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Trump’s first campaign manager joins super PAC backing him

Trump’s first campaign manager joins super PAC backing him

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's first campaign manager is joining a growing outside political effort dedicated to helping him. Corey Lewandowski will be a senior adviser...
Bonnie Tyler to sing ‘Total Eclipse’ hit during eclipse

Bonnie Tyler to sing ‘Total Eclipse’ hit during eclipse

MIAMI  — Some cruise passengers will have the ultimate soundtrack for Monday's solar eclipse when Bonnie Tyler sings her hit "Total Eclipse of the Heart" on board. Royal Caribbean...
Family settles with PETA over removal, death of girl’s dog

Family settles with PETA over removal, death of girl’s dog

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A family has settled a lawsuit against the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals for taking a girl's unattended dog and euthanizing it, ending an attempt...
Colorado resort won’t host anti-immigration conference

Colorado resort won’t host anti-immigration conference

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado resort said Wednesday that it will not host a conference organized by a national anti-immigration group following criticism in the wake of...
Former Michigan Rep. Vern Ehlers, a physicist, dies at 83

Former Michigan Rep. Vern Ehlers, a physicist, dies at 83

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Vern Ehlers, a research physicist and moderate Republican who represented a western Michigan congressional district for 17 years and advocated for Great Lakes...
Lucky carrot: Alberta woman finds mother-in-law’s lost ring

Lucky carrot: Alberta woman finds mother-in-law’s lost ring

Mary Grams, 84, said she can't believe the lucky carrot actually grew through and around the diamond ring she lost 13 years ago while gardening....
Seattle’s own monument to the Confederacy was erected on Capitol Hill in 1926 — and it’s still there

Seattle’s own monument to the Confederacy was erected on Capitol Hill in 1926 — and it’s still there

On a sleepy, urban hilltop in Seattle stands a monument to Confederate soldiers. It's been there for more than 90 years....
Feds demand data on visitors to anti-Trump website, sparking privacy fight

Feds demand data on visitors to anti-Trump website, sparking privacy fight

Last month a judge issued a search warrant to the company, Dreamhost, demanding that it turn over data identifying all the computers that visited its customer’s website and what...
‘Game of Thrones’: What you don’t know could get you killed

‘Game of Thrones’: What you don’t know could get you killed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Samwell Tarly knows more than the maesters of the Citadel. Littlefinger knows more than Arya. And Bran knows more than anyone in "Game of Thrones." The imbalance...
AP Fact Check: What Trump said about Virginia protesters

AP Fact Check: What Trump said about Virginia protesters

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended his response to Saturday's racially-charged protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, in a winding, combative exchange with...
Trump says ‘we’ll see’ what happens to his top strategist

Trump says ‘we’ll see’ what happens to his top strategist

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump won't say whether he plans to keep Steve Bannon, a top adviser and key campaign strategist, in the White House. "We'll see what happens with...
AP Explains: How the Texas ‘bathroom bill’ keeps faltering

AP Explains: How the Texas ‘bathroom bill’ keeps faltering

Supporters of the "bathroom bill" say they're not giving up, but given the legislative roadblocks, the battle is now likely to shift outside the state Capitol and into the 2018...
Racial politics haunt GOP in the Trump era

Racial politics haunt GOP in the Trump era

NEW YORK (AP) — The statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia, was the focus of an emotional debate in the state's Republican primary election weeks before it became a...
Report: Higher premiums if Trump halts ‘Obamacare’ subsidies

Report: Higher premiums if Trump halts ‘Obamacare’ subsidies

The Congressional Budget Office report also estimates that cutting off Obamacare "cost-sharing" payments would add $194 billion to federal deficits over a decade. That's because...
ACLU: Police can’t ticket drivers for giving the finger

ACLU: Police can’t ticket drivers for giving the finger

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana is chastising state police because a trooper ticketed a driver who gave him the middle finger. The ticket alleged...
End-of-life advice: Medicare covers the cost of care-planning sessions

End-of-life advice: Medicare covers the cost of care-planning sessions

In 2016, the first year health-care providers were allowed to bill for an end-of-life consultation, nearly 575,000 Medicare beneficiaries took part in the conversations, new...
WSU College Republicans head among white-nationalist protesters exposed on social media

WSU College Republicans head among white-nationalist protesters exposed on social media

A Twitter account dedicated to calling out racism identified people who attended the rally — including the head of the WSU College Republicans, who quit the organization — using...
Jurors weighing case over Taylor Swift’s groping allegation

Jurors weighing case over Taylor Swift’s groping allegation

DENVER (AP) — Jurors on Monday began weighing dueling lawsuits over Taylor Swift's accusation that a former radio host groped her during a 2013 meet-and-greet after attorneys for...
Netflix wins ‘Scandal’ creator Rhimes in blow to Disney, ABC

Netflix wins ‘Scandal’ creator Rhimes in blow to Disney, ABC

NEW YORK (AP) — Netflix has lured Shonda Rhimes, the well-regarded creator of TV series "Scandal" and "Grey's Anatomy," from ABC, its latest big get as media companies old and new...
Trump’s sanctuary city threat triggers confusion, changes

Trump’s sanctuary city threat triggers confusion, changes

CHICAGO (AP) — From defiant lawsuits to reversing policies, U.S. cities and counties are zeroing in on their immigration rules to avoid losing millions in public safety dollars...
Lots of questions still hang over Trump’s tax plan

Lots of questions still hang over Trump’s tax plan

The White House maintains that Congress will begin considering a detailed tax overhaul after the August recess, with final passage in November. Here are questions about taxes that...
Stunt driver dies while filming ‘Deadpool 2’ in Vancouver

Stunt driver dies while filming ‘Deadpool 2’ in Vancouver

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — A female stunt driver has died after a motorcycle crash on a set for the movie "Deadpool 2" in downtown Vancouver, police said Monday. The...
Trump said set to discuss Virginia violence with advisers

Trump said set to discuss Virginia violence with advisers

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — As President Donald Trump remained out of sight and silent, pressure mounted from both sides of the aisle for him to explicitly condemn white supremacists...
‘Almost edible’ 106-year-old fruitcake found preserved in Antarctica’s ice

‘Almost edible’ 106-year-old fruitcake found preserved in Antarctica’s ice

Lizzie Meek, conservation manager for artifacts at the trust, said the cake was well preserved....
Who was the woman killed when car hit crowd in Charlottesville?

Who was the woman killed when car hit crowd in Charlottesville?

Heather D. Heyer, who was killed Saturday when a car plowed into a crowd that was protesting a rally of white nationalists, was a passionate advocate for the disenfranchised and...
Who is the man charged in Charlottesville killing?

Who is the man charged in Charlottesville killing?

James Alex Fields was charged with second-degree murder in Charlottesville, Virginia, after he smashed a car into a line of cars in an episode that left a 32-year-old woman dead...
Trump blames ‘many sides’ for violent clashes in Virginia

Trump blames ‘many sides’ for violent clashes in Virginia

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Saturday blamed "many sides" for the violent clashes between protesters and white supremacists in Virginia and contended that the...
Mini-fridge-sized satellites could provide troops real-time information for missions

Mini-fridge-sized satellites could provide troops real-time information for missions

It’s another sign of how increasingly capable small satellites are finding their way into an array of private and government applications, including commercial imaging, scientific...
Booming Texas cities feeling stunted by governor’s agenda

Booming Texas cities feeling stunted by governor’s agenda

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — As Texas' big cities boom like few places in the U.S., Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is trying to rein them in and reassert himself ahead of his 2018 re-election...
Premiums set to rise amid health-law uncertainty

Premiums set to rise amid health-law uncertainty

The Kaiser Family Foundation has compiled proposed insurance prices for coverage in 21 large U.S. cities next year. Insurers cite the Trump administration’s hostile policy messages...
Nevada opens pot distribution to non-liquor wholesalers

Nevada opens pot distribution to non-liquor wholesalers

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada marijuana regulators have decided to start issuing pot distribution licenses to businesses other than liquor wholesalers to keep up with...
Congress approves bill to address VA claims backlog

Congress approves bill to address VA claims backlog

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has sent the president a bill aimed at trimming a rapidly growing backlog of veterans' disability claims. The House approved the bill by voice vote...
Why even the hyperloop wouldn’t change commute times

Why even the hyperloop wouldn’t change commute times

The half-hour trip is something of a mystical notion in transportation. It is, in fact, roughly how long many of us spend getting to work....
South Africa’s opposition moves to dissolve parliament

South Africa’s opposition moves to dissolve parliament

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's main opposition party submitted a motion to dissolve the nation's parliament on Thursday, which, if passed, would require fresh national...
Trump continues taunts of Senate GOP leader over health care

Trump continues taunts of Senate GOP leader over health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump resumed his taunts of the Senate's top Republican on Thursday, expressing disbelief that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell couldn't persuade...
Study: Trump’s own moves triggering health-premium jumps for 2018

Study: Trump’s own moves triggering health-premium jumps for 2018

The analysis found that mixed signals from President Trump have created uncertainty "far outside the norm," leading insurers to seek higher premium increases for 2018 than would...
AP Interview: DeVos says she didn’t decry racism enough

AP Interview: DeVos says she didn’t decry racism enough

WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Wednesday distanced herself from her comment earlier this year about the nation's historically black colleges and universities...
Northwest farmers urge Trump administration to sidestep salmon protection rules

Northwest farmers urge Trump administration to sidestep salmon protection rules

BOISE, Idaho — A group that represents farmers is calling the costs of saving imperiled salmon in the largest river system in the Pacific Northwest unsustainable and is turning to...
Study finds immunotherapy may prevent Type 1 diabetes

Study finds immunotherapy may prevent Type 1 diabetes

After a quarter-century of failed efforts to treat diabetes with an immune therapy, the experimental treatment appeared to quell the immune system’s assaults on the body’s...
Massachusetts Rep. Tsongas won’t seek re-election

Massachusetts Rep. Tsongas won’t seek re-election

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Rep. Niki Tsongas, who credited her late husband Paul as a political lodestar, announced Wednesday she would not seek re-election in her north...
Trump endorses Strange; Brooks said president was misled

Trump endorses Strange; Brooks said president was misled

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — President Donald Trump's tweet endorsing Luther Strange is welcome news for the recently appointed senator, but it's shaking up Alabama's contentious GOP...
Plutonium detected in air at Washington state nuclear site

Plutonium detected in air at Washington state nuclear site

The air samples were collected by the state Department of Health on June 8 at the Rattlesnake Barricade just off of public Highway 240, The Tri-City Herald reported....
Rep. Rokita embraces Trump as he launches Indiana Senate bid

Rep. Rokita embraces Trump as he launches Indiana Senate bid

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican Todd Rokita is taking aim at "lobbyists, bureaucrats, politicians and the media" as he prepares to launch his campaign for Senate in Indiana, a race...
Nuclear agency begins work to consider Yucca Mountain site

Nuclear agency begins work to consider Yucca Mountain site

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is taking steps to review the planned revival of the long-dormant nuclear waste dump at Nevada's Yucca Mountain. The nuclear...
Cynthia Nixon knocks Cuomo but won’t commit to challenge him

Cynthia Nixon knocks Cuomo but won’t commit to challenge him

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Actress Cynthia Nixon has plenty of criticism for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, though she's not saying whether she'll run against him next year. Appearing on NBC's...
1,200 miles, 46 days, 1 storm: The story of Trotsy the cat

1,200 miles, 46 days, 1 storm: The story of Trotsy the cat

CRESTVIEW, Fla. (AP) — A New Jersey cat's Florida adventure lasted 46 days. Steve Kreuger and Ana Fontana stopped in a Crestview, Florida, restaurant on June 18 while driving from...
Fake solar eclipse glasses flood market, could damage eyes

Fake solar eclipse glasses flood market, could damage eyes

With less than two weeks before the eclipse — the first total solar eclipse to cross coast-to-coast in 99 years — people are scrambling to buy the special glasses that allow you to...
Oregon warns that Willamette Steelhead face extinction

Oregon warns that Willamette Steelhead face extinction

Oregon's report comes as two Pacific Northwest congressional leaders are trying to give Oregon and Washington broader authority to kill sea lions at Bonneville Dam on the Columbia...
Sinead O’Connor pleads for help, says she’s living in motel

Sinead O’Connor pleads for help, says she’s living in motel

Sinead O'Connor emotionally pleaded for help from her family and opened up about her mental illness in a rambling Facebook video posted from a New Jersey motel she had been living...
Trump visits putting big dent in small airports’ business

Trump visits putting big dent in small airports’ business

READINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Thor Solberg's business is down — try practically nonexistent — at a time when it's usually way up, and he has President Donald Trump to thank for...