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Democrats would reverse some tax cuts to fund infrastructure

By LISA MASCARO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — For Senate Democrats, voting against the Republican tax cuts that President Donald Trump signed into law wasn't opposition enough. Now they have a plan to reverse some of the tax breaks for corporations and the wealthiest Americans and put ...

Snowy nor’easter brings threat of more power problems

By KRISTEN DE GROOT, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Another snowy, blowy nor'easter threatened a new round of power outages as it swirled ashore early Wednesday, causing officials to close schools and government offices and raising concerns for utility customers still trying to bounce ...

Wave of exits from West Wing sparks talk of brain drain

By ZEKE MILLER and JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump once presided over a reality show in which a key cast member exited each week. The same thing seems to be happening in his White House. Trump's West Wing has descended into a period of unparalleled ...

Porn star sues Trump over nondisclosure agreement

By MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — A porn star who has said she had sex with President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement that she signed days before the 2016 presidential election, which prevented her from discussing the ...

In Pa. union territory, an electoral test of labor’s pull

By BILL BARROW and STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — The fight for the hearts and minds of America's labor unions is raging in western Pennsylvania, where Joe Biden has suddenly stopped smiling. In the midst of a speech to boost Democrat Conor Lamb ahead of next week's ...

West Virginia leaders reach deal to end teachers strike

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice and West Virginia's Republican leaders tentatively agreed Tuesday to end the state's nine-day teachers' walkout by giving 5 percent raises to not just teachers, but all state workers. To pay for it, lawmakers will seek ...

Probe finds deadly Niger mission lacked proper approval

By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A military investigation into the Niger attack that killed four American service members concludes the team didn't get required senior command approval for their risky mission to capture a high-level Islamic State militant, several U.S. ...

Republicans want Trump to back off his tariff proposal

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In a remarkably public confrontation, House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republican allies of President Donald Trump are pleading with him to back away from his threatened international tariffs, which they fear could spark a dangerous trade ...

2 Senate seats up in Mississippi as GOP defends its majority

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republicans suddenly find themselves defending two seats in Mississippi this year as they try to maintain their slim majority in the U.S. Senate. Republican Sen. Roger Wicker is already up for re-election in the deeply ...

Man arrested, accused of stealing McDormand’s Oscar trophy

By MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man was arrested and is accused of stealing Frances McDormand's Oscars trophy after the Academy Awards on Sunday night, Los Angeles police said. Terry Bryant, 47, was arrested on suspicion of felony grand theft, said Officer Rosario ...

In reversal, former Trump aide says he’ll probably cooperate

By JILL COLVIN and TOM LoBIANCO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Trump campaign aide spent much of the day promising to defy a subpoena from special counsel Robert Mueller, even throwing down the challenge to "arrest me," then backed off his defiance by saying he would probably ...

Police investigate why student gunned down his parents

By RICK CALLAHAN, Associated Press Investigators were trying to figure out why a Central Michigan University student charged with fatally shooting his parents acted so strangely the day before the killings that he was taken to a hospital. The shooting happened Friday after James Eric Davis ...

Trump puts aside the feud with media for a night at Gridiron

By ZEKE MILLER and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump engaged in a good-natured duel of one-liners with political rivals and the press at the annual Gridiron Dinner this weekend, largely putting aside his ongoing criticism of the media for a night. Trump ...

A year later, the Oscars return to the scene of the flub

By JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — The (right) envelope, please. The Oscars will hope to live down their most infamous blunder at the 90th Academy Awards, which begin at 8 p.m. EST and will be broadcast live by ABC from the Dolby Theatre. But more than redemption is on the ...

Bill restricting gun purchases goes to Florida Senate

By BRENDAN FARRINGTON, Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Senate agreed to advance a bill that would increase school safety and restrict gun purchases during a rare weekend session that often turned into a debate on gun control and arming teachers in the aftermath of last ...

A-listers dress down for casual day at the Academy Awards

By SANDY COHEN, AP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — A lot can go wrong on Oscar night. Even if all the right envelopes end up in the right hands, there are still lots of moving parts — literally. Stage elements move all around, screens lower from the ceiling, and microphones pop up ...

Worst of bad US flu season finally over as illnesses decline

By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The worst of the nation's nasty flu season is finally over. The season apparently peaked in early February and has been fading since, health officials said Friday. The number of people going to the doctor with symptoms of the flu has ...

Report: Order for perimeter came after school shooting ended

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — A sheriff's office captain told deputies to form a perimeter instead of confronting the gunman at a Florida high school where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting, according to documents obtained by the Miami Herald. The newspaper reported late Thursday that it had ...

Police: 2 dead after shooting at Central Michigan University

By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER and ED WHITE, Associated Press MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — Police warned the public not to a confront a 19-year-old man suspected of fatally shooting two people on Friday at a Central Michigan University residence hall, saying he is considered dangerous and likely still ...

Delta CEO insists “we are not taking sides” in US gun debate

By BEN NADLER and R.J. RICO, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — After Delta Air Lines withstood swift political retribution in its home state of Georgia for cutting ties with the National Rifle Association, the airline's chief executive insisted Friday "we are not taking sides" in the national ...