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Superhero pose: Wonder Woman Gal Gadot visits kids’ hospital

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Movie star Gal Gadot surprised children at a Virginia hospital with a superpowered superhero moment: She visited them wearing her iconic Amazonian armor costume from the popular "Wonder Woman" film. Gadot doled out hugs, kisses, and autographs Friday at Inova ...

Trump enjoys ‘suspense’ ahead of Supreme Court announcement

By CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is going down to the wire as he makes his choice on a replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, but he says with his final four options "you can't go wrong." Trump spoke to reporters Sunday ...

ACLU: Less than half of child reunions will meet deadline

By ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union said it appears the Trump administration will miss a court-ordered deadline to reunite young children who were separated at the border with their parents in more than half of the cases. The ACLU said late ...

Starbucks, citing ocean threat, is ditching plastic straws

NEW YORK (AP) — Starbucks will eliminate plastic straws from all of its locations within two years, citing the environmental threat to oceans. The company becomes the largest food and beverage company to do so as calls to cut waste globally grow louder. Plastic straws have become a ...

Capital staffer remembered as ‘smart, beautiful, talented’

By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press OLNEY, Md. (AP) — Capital Gazette staffer Rebecca Smith was remembered as sweet and quiet, a good person with a beautiful smile. Dozens attended a visitation on Sunday afternoon to pay their respects to Smith, The Baltimore Sun reported. "Smart, ...

What to expect in the Supreme Court confirmation battle

By KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The coming battle over a Supreme Court nominee promises to be a bruising one. Republicans are eager for conservatives to gain a firm majority on the court. Democrats are voicing alarm about what the new justice could mean for charged ...

Crews battle destructive wildfires raging in US West

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Firefighters continued to build containment around several destructive wildfires burning in California, though one stubborn blaze in the northern part of the state grew significantly and crossed the border into Oregon. The blaze on the California-Oregon state line known as ...

Wildfires rage through California amid heat rage

By JOHN ANTCZAK, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Firefighters toiled in stifling heat Saturday on the lines of destructive wildfires across the U.S. West, making progress against some blazes while struggling to tame others that have forced evacuations of hundreds of homes. In ...

Kids as young as 1 in US court, awaiting reunion with family

By ASTRID GALVAN, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — The 1-year-old boy in a green button-up shirt drank milk from a bottle, played with a small purple ball that lit up when it hit the ground and occasionally asked for "agua." Then it was the child's turn for his court appearance before a ...

Trump lawyers call Comey ‘Machiavellian’ in note to Mueller

By ERIC TUCKER and CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for President Donald Trump unleashed a blistering attack on former FBI Director James Comey in a confidential memo last year to the special counsel, casting him as "Machiavellian," dishonest and "unbounded by law and ...

Prosecutor: 2 dead in house blast, no foul play suspected

NEWFIELD, N.J. (AP) — A house exploded in New Jersey early Saturday, killing a husband and wife and reducing the two-story home to piles of scattered rubble, but no foul play was suspected, authorities said. The blast initially reported as a gas explosion shattered windows in nearby homes, ...

Judge insists timeline be met to reunite children at border

By ELLIOT SPAGAT and JULIE WATSON, Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — A judge insisted on Friday the Trump administration stick to a deadline to reunite children separated from their parents at the border, instead acknowledging that more time may be justified only in specific cases. U.S. ...

Trump administration takes another swipe at ‘Obamacare’

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Saturday it's freezing payments under an "Obamacare" program that protects insurers with sicker patients from financial losses, a move expected to add to premium increases next year. At stake are ...

Surge in illegal California pot shops undercuts legal market

By MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — A slight marijuana smell wafted out as a steady stream of customers walked into a warehouse, its doors and windows covered by bars. Suddenly, police swooped in. "Sheriff's department! Search warrant!" a Los Angeles County deputy ...

US to reunite migrant families as immigration politics boil

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Stung by a public outcry, the Trump administration said Thursday it will meet court-ordered deadlines for reuniting families separated at the border, even as the politics of immigration remained at a boil. Health and Human ...

Statue of Liberty climber charged with trespassing

By TOM HAYS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A woman was charged on Thursday with misdemeanor trespassing and disorderly conduct for climbing the base of the Statue of Liberty on a busy Fourth of July in what prosecutors called a "dangerous stunt." Court papers also charged Therese Okoumou ...

Growing fires in US West put damper on holiday festivities

By KATHLEEN FOODY, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Large wildfires grew across the American West on Wednesday, keeping thousands of people out of their homes for the July 4 holiday and forcing some strict bans on fireworks to prevent new fires from igniting in the hot, dry region. The ...

Trump gets ‘welcome’ from Montana senator he is opposing

By MATT VOLZ, Associated Press HELENA, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jon Tester gave President Donald Trump a tongue-in-cheek welcome to Montana on Thursday by taking out a full-page ad in more than a dozen newspapers thanking him for signing 16 bills the Democrat sponsored or co-sponsored. Trump ...

Trump closes in on Supreme Court pick; 3 judges top list

By CATHERINE LUCEY, KEN THOMAS and LISA MASCARO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is closing in on his next Supreme Court nominee, with three federal judges leading the competition to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Trump's top contenders for the vacancy ...

Trump hails ‘American heroes’ who helped US win independence

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press STERLING, Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump wished America a happy Fourth of July holiday Wednesday and reserved special praise for the "American heroes" whose sacrifice he said helped the nation win her independence 242 years ago. Trump tweeted a ...