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First lady helps present courage awards to 13 women

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump helped present State Department awards Wednesday to 13 women from around the globe who were recognized for demonstrating courage and leadership in the face of adversity, a group she praised a "true heroes." The first ...

Driver plows into Capitol Police cruiser; streets closed

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman described as "erratic and aggressive" drove a vehicle into a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser and was taken into custody Wednesday morning, a disruption that closed down streets near the Capitol for nearly three hours. Shots ...

Rep. Maxine Waters’ no-holds-barred remarks find fans

By JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Maxine Waters doesn't expect to pose for a photo with President Donald Trump anytime soon. In fact, the California congresswoman plans to boycott any meeting, event, ceremony or public event with the president, at the White House ...

Trump vows to step up efforts to combat drug addiction

By JILL COLVIN and VIVIAN SALAMA, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is vowing to step up efforts to combat the nation's addiction crisis. Trump convened an emotional roundtable Wednesday attended by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, members of his cabinet, law ...

Census suggests counting LGBT, then “corrects,” deletes

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Census Bureau said Wednesday that it mistakenly proposed counting LGBTQ Americans and has since "corrected" the proposal to remove the gender and sexuality category. Gay rights groups quickly declared that it was another sign ...

States push to protect birth control despite failed GOP bill

By DAVID CRARY and ALISON NOON, Associated Press CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Even with the Republican failure to repeal Barack Obama's health care law, Democratic lawmakers in some states are pressing ahead with efforts to protect birth control access, Planned Parenthood funding and abortion ...

Man kills 3 home burglars; woman who aided robbers arrested

By KEN MILLER, Associated Press A woman believed to have driven three burglars to an Oklahoma home where they were shot to death during a suspected home invasion has been arrested on murder and robbery warrants but the homeowner's son who shot them has not been arrested while police ...

US denies loosening rules for avoiding civilian casualties

By SINAN SALAHEDDIN and ROBERT BURNS, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — U.S. airstrikes probably played a role in the deaths of dozens of civilians in Mosul earlier this month, U.S. and Iraqi military officials acknowledged Tuesday, but they denied the rules for avoiding civilian casualties ...

Trump tosses Obama’s ‘clean’ energy plan, embraces coal

By MATTHEW DALY and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring "the start of a new era" in energy production, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that he said would revive the coal industry and create jobs. The move makes good on his campaign pledge to ...

Star gymnasts testify at Congress about sex-abuse scandal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Retired star gymnasts testified before Congress on Tuesday that they were sexually abused by a former USA Gymnastics doctor and recommended a bill that requires tougher sex-abuse reporting for Olympic sports. Jamie Dantzscher, a 2000 Olympic bronze medalist, and three-time ...

Schumer seizes on Trump team’s offer to work with Dems

By HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's aides opened the door to working with moderate Democrats on health care and other issues while Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer quickly offered to find common ground with Trump for repairing former President ...

Some balk as Seattle seeks to spend more money on homeless

By PHUONG LE, Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — Sixteen months after he declared a state of emergency on homelessness, Seattle's mayor is asking voters in this liberal, affluent city for $55 million a year in new taxes to fight the problem. But some are pushing back, saying the city already ...

State Senate could vote on resolution to move Polk’s body

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee state Senate could decide as early as Monday on whether to approve a resolution that would allow the body of former President James K. Polk to be exhumed and moved to a fourth resting place. Polk and his wife, Sarah, are currently buried on the grounds ...

It wasn’t seaweed; Man finds marijuana bale on Florida beach

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a 52-year-old man called 911 after finding a bale of marijuana that had washed up on a Florida beach. Jeff Stolowitz tells local news outlets he was walking on Daytona Beach on Saturday morning when he spotted the object, which was shaped like a ...

Trump plans office to bring business ideas to government

By CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is set to announce a new White House office run by his son-in-law that will seek to overhaul government functions using ideas from the business sector. A senior administration official said Trump on Monday will ...

Trump attacks conservative lawmakers over health bill

By HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday attacked conservative lawmakers for the failure of the Republican bill to replace Barack Obama's health care law as his aides pledged to court moderate Democrats on upcoming initiatives from health care to tax ...

Medical pot bill in S. Carolina bolstered by conservatives

By SEANNA ADCOX, Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Rep. Eric Bedingfield once shunned all marijuana use, but when his eldest son's six-year struggle with opioid addiction ended with his overdose a year ago, the conservative Republican co-sponsored medical cannabis ...

Family of missing ex-FBI agent files lawsuit against Iran

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The family of a former FBI agent who went missing in Iran a decade ago on an unauthorized CIA assignment has filed a lawsuit against the Islamic Republic, accusing it of using "cold, cynical and false denials" to torture ...

Judge says Pulse lawsuit may be tossed out of federal court

By MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A judge says a lawsuit brought by victims of the Orlando nightclub massacre against the gunman's employer and wife may be tossed out of federal court. U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra last week issued an order raising questions about ...

Lefties, techies long at odds in SF, team up against Trump

By NICHOLAS RICCARDI, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Before Donald Trump's election, Laurence Berland viewed political protest as a sort of curiosity. He was in a good place to see it: San Francisco's Mission District, once an immigrant enclave in the country's heartland of radicalism ...