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US acknowledges its forces were behind airstrike on Mosul

An airstrike targeting Islamic State militants in the Iraqi city of Mosul that witnesses say killed at least 100 people was in fact launched by the U.S. military, American officials said Saturday. U.S. officials did not confirm the reports of civilian casualties but opened an investigation. In the days following the March 17 airstrike, U.S. officials had said they were unsure whether American forces...
Living in no man’s land: Life along the US-Mexico border

Living in no man’s land: Life along the US-Mexico border

BROWNSVILLE, TX — Most mornings, 19-year-old Greg Garcia passes through an opening in a rusting, 18-foot-high steel fence on his way to classes at Texas Southmost College in Brownsville, where he studies the air conditioning sciences. On his way home, he drives south past the border fence. More often than not he is waved through by Border Patrol agents stationed at the opening who have come...
Idaho inmates: Prison violations led to amputations, death

Idaho inmates: Prison violations led to amputations, death

Idaho inmates are asking a federal judge to penalize the state after saying prison officials repeatedly violated a settlement plan in a long-running lawsuit over health care, leading to amputations and other serious injuries and even some prisoners' deaths. In a series of documents filed in federal court, the inmates' attorney Christopher Pooser painted a bleak and often gruesome picture of the alleged...
Now what? Options for consumers as health law drama fades

Now what? Options for consumers as health law drama fades

The Republican health plan designed to replace the Obama-era health law known as the Affordable Care Act would not have taken full effect for a few years anyway — and now it's dead. "We're going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future," House Speaker Paul Ryan said Friday. That means millions of Americans will have to navigate a current federal health care system that...

Third Airbus plane purchased by Iran lands in Tehran

Iran's official IRNA news agency is reporting that the third of the 100 planes it purchased from Airbus following a landmark nuclear with world powers has joined its commercial fleet. The now Iran Air A330 jet landed in Tehran Saturday after a flight from Toulouse, France, home to the headquarters of the European consortium. It has 32 business and 206 economy class seats. Iran Air received its first...
Colorado weighs strategy for guarding against pot crackdown

Colorado weighs strategy for guarding against pot crackdown

Colorado is considering an unusual strategy to protect its nascent marijuana industry from a potential federal crackdown, even at the expense of hundreds of millions of dollars in tax collections. A bill pending in the Legislature would allow pot growers and retailers to reclassify their recreational pot as medical pot if a change in federal law or enforcement occurs. It's the boldest attempt yet...
Trump budget could gut meals for seniors, but not Meals on Wheels

Trump budget could gut meals for seniors, but not Meals on Wheels

While some Meals on Wheels programs are caught in the cross-hairs of billions of dollars of proposed spending cuts, a Palm Beach County program delivering hot meals without any government money is thriving. But that doesn’t mean it won’t be affected. Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches is preparing for a sharp increase in demand for services if the federal government guts money for the...
Belarus police arrest over 400 protesters; many are beaten

Belarus police arrest over 400 protesters; many are beaten

Police in Belarus cracked down hard Saturday on opposition protesters who tried to hold a forbidden demonstration in the capital — a human rights group said more than 400 people were arrested and many were beaten. The demonstrators had hoped to build on a rising wave of defiance of the former Soviet republic's authoritarian government, led by President Alexander Lukashenko, who has ruled since...
Trumps plot big hotel expansion, but political problems loom

Trumps plot big hotel expansion, but political problems loom

The Trump family is launching a new hotel chain in a bold expansion of a company that critics say is already too big and opaque for an enterprise whose owner sits in the Oval Office.  The chain, called Scion, will feature the first Trump-run hotels not to bear the family's gilded name. The hotels will feature modern, sleek interiors and communal areas, and offer rooms at $200 to $300 a night...

POINT OF VIEW Don’t pull the rug out from under poor people

There is a lot to dislike about President Donald Trump’s budget proposal, no matter where you fall on the political spectrum. Fiscal conservatives are correct to suspect most of its cuts will not survive the trip through Congress while its spending increases will make it through just fine. The military spending hike is an absurdist exercise in irresponsibility and recklessness given the Pentagon&rsquo...

Vegas doctor, 93, convicted in opioid pill mill conspiracy

A 93-year-old Las Vegas doctor faces up to 30 years in prison after he was convicted of illegally writing prescriptions for oxycodone and other painkillers that ended up in the hands of drug addicts and dealers. A federal court jury found Dr. Henri Wetselaar guilty Thursday of all 11 drug and money laundering-related counts contained in a 2011 indictment against him, his medical assistant and a local...
Ex-Penn State president convicted over child-sex scandal

Ex-Penn State president convicted over child-sex scandal

Former Penn State President Graham Spanier was convicted Friday of hushing up child sexual abuse allegations in 2001 against Jerry Sandusky, whose arrest a decade later blew up into a major scandal for the university and led to the firing of beloved football coach Joe Paterno. The jury found Spanier guilty of one misdemeanor count of child endangerment over his handling of a complaint against the...
Judge clears way for retrial of ex-Philadelphia monsignor

Judge clears way for retrial of ex-Philadelphia monsignor

A Catholic church official's 14-year legal odyssey over his handling of sex-abuse complaints won't end anytime soon after a Philadelphia judge said Friday he would be retried on child endangerment charges. Monsignor William Lynn had served nearly three years of a three- to six-year sentence when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court tossed his conviction because of trial errors. That was the second time...
General favors more aggressive approach in Somalia

General favors more aggressive approach in Somalia

Vowing he won't turn Somalia into a "free fire zone," the commander of U.S. Africa Command said Friday he wants greater authority to conduct airstrikes and use military forces in the African country to allow the U.S. to strike al-Qaida-linked militants more quickly. Marine Gen. Thomas Waldhauser said the White House hasn't yet approved the request. But he told reporters at the Pentagon the...

UN warns that destroying cultural heritage may be war crime

The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Friday condemning the unlawful destruction of cultural heritage and warning the Islamic State extremist group, al-Qaida and other combatants that such attacks may constitute war crimes. The resolution approved by the U.N.'s most powerful body expands previous measures which were limited to the illicit trafficking in looted cultural items to...
Double-amputee Marine vet joins New York police department

Double-amputee Marine vet joins New York police department

The wounded warrior is now a cop — and he'll be walking the beat on titanium legs. Matias Ferreira, a former U.S. Marine Corps lance corporal who lost his legs below the knee when he stepped on a hidden explosive in Afghanistan in 2011, is joining a suburban New York police department. The 28-year-old graduated Friday from the Suffolk County Police Academy on Long Island following 29 weeks of...
Macy’s, Kmart, JCPenney: More retailers closing brick-and-mortar stores

Macy’s, Kmart, JCPenney: More retailers closing brick-and-mortar stores

The news from retailers across the country this quarter has not been good.  More than two dozen stores and restaurants, including the likes of Macy's, Payless Shoes, Outback Steakhouse and Noodles and Company, have either closed locations or have announce plans to shutter stores across the country. As people choose e-commerce over shopping in brick-and-mortar stores, experts said customers can...
US coalition investigating reports of deadly Mosul airstrike

US coalition investigating reports of deadly Mosul airstrike

The U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group is investigating reports of an airstrike in a western neighborhood in the Iraqi city of Mosul that allegedly left more than 100 civilians dead last week, according to a statement given to The Associated Press on Friday. The suspected high toll underscores the difficulties that Iraqi troops face in the weeks-long fight to route the Sunni militant...
Native Americans prepare to battle Trump over Utah national monument

Native Americans prepare to battle Trump over Utah national monument

When word came down on Dec. 28 that President Barack Obama had created a 1.35 million-acre national monument called Bears Ears, Jonah Yellowman celebrated. So did leaders of his Navajo people and other tribes that rarely have much to cheer about, such as the Hopi, Ute and Zuni. Yet the festivities did not last long. Angered at Obama, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and other Republicans quickly lobbied President...
Chicago has biggest population dip as southern states grow

Chicago has biggest population dip as southern states grow

The last straw that convinced Chicago native Marissa Marshall it was time to move away was hearing dangerously close gunfire in the rough neighborhood where she found affordable housing. The 29-year-old, who's pregnant with her fifth child, relocated about three years ago to a St. Louis suburb where she more easily found jobs and a home where she felt it was safe to send the kids outside. "I...
British ex-con, 52, carried out Westminster attack

British ex-con, 52, carried out Westminster attack

The 52-year-old Briton identified as the Westminster Bridge attacker had a raft of convictions — including assault, weapons possession and public order offenses — spanning two decades, London police said. Khalid Masood, a U.K.-born resident of the West Midlands in central England, was once investigated for extremism by British authorities but was not currently on a terrorism watch list...
Perry blasts election of 1st gay Texas A&M student president

Perry blasts election of 1st gay Texas A&M student president

Energy Secretary Rick Perry, whose agency oversees the nation's nuclear arsenal, is inserting himself into an unusually small political dispute: an election for student body president at Texas A&M. In an op-ed submitted to the Houston Chronicle, the former Texas governor suggested that his alma mater's first openly gay president may have stolen the outcome. Perry wrote that the campus election "...

Coal ash: 'Why in the world would we be importing it?'

Shipping containers full of foreign coal ash are coming into the United States through the Port of Virginia. That irritates some lawmakers, since Virginia is among many states struggling to dispose of this industrial waste from coal-fired power plants. Critics call it a missed opportunity, because coal ash is used in everything from roads to concrete to wallboard. Environmentalists want more recycling...
Pope OKs sainthood for Fatima siblings, Mexico child martyrs

Pope OKs sainthood for Fatima siblings, Mexico child martyrs

Pope Francis is making five more child saints: Two Portuguese shepherd children who said the Virgin Mary appeared to them in Fatima 100 years ago, and three Mexican adolescents who were killed for their Catholic faith in the 16th century. Francis signed the decrees Thursday, raising the likelihood that he might canonize the Portuguese siblings Francisco and Jacinta Marto during his upcoming trip to...
90-year-old woman knits hats for thousands of babies

90-year-old woman knits hats for thousands of babies

A 90-year-old great-grandmother has knitted thousands of hats for babies and has no plans to stop any time soon. >> Read more trending news Over the last eight years, Barbara Lowe has knitted 2,100 hats.  “That’s a lot of hats. That’s a lot of babies,” she told WOIO. The hats that Lowe makes are sent to newborns at nearby Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights...
Police: Wisconsin rampage began with domestic dispute

Police: Wisconsin rampage began with domestic dispute

A man angry after a domestic dispute opened fire in a Wisconsin bank, killing two longtime employees, then killed an attorney at a nearby law firm and a detective trying to set a perimeter outside his apartment complex before he was finally captured, police said. His wife was unhurt. The man, whom police would not identify, was hospitalized Thursday under police guard with nonfatal wounds, police...
This is California in the era of Trump

This is California in the era of Trump

Californians wake up every day delighted to be in California, and then they remember that they are also in the United States. The bougainvillea catches the rising sun in San Clemente, the sapphire tide heaves into Big Sur — and three time zones to the East, President Donald Trump has been up and tweeting for hours. "I don't want to look at my phone in the morning," said Cynthia Blatt...
Is the United States' military big enough?

Is the United States' military big enough?

President Donald Trump has proposed a $54 billion increase in military spending, which he said would be “one of the largest increases in national defense spending in American history.” Past administrations have increased military spending, but typically to fulfill a specific mission. Jimmy Carter expanded operations in the Persian Gulf. Ronald Reagan pursued an arms race with the Soviet...
The Latest: Dozens of French teenagers return to homeland

The Latest: Dozens of French teenagers return to homeland

The latest on the attack outside Britain's Parliament (all times local): 11 p.m. Dozens of French teenagers have returned to their homeland after a traumatic school trip to London during which some of them witnessed the attack on Westminster Bridge. A plane chartered by their insurance company landed Thursday night at an airport in Quimper, in France's western Brittany region. Some 90 students from...
London defiant as IS claims attack by British ex-con, 52

London defiant as IS claims attack by British ex-con, 52

Authorities on Thursday identified a 52-year-old Briton as the man who mowed down pedestrians and stabbed a policeman to death outside Parliament in London, saying he had a long criminal record and once was investigated for extremism — but was not currently on a terrorism watch list. As millions of Londoners returned to work a day after a rampage that killed four victims and injured at least...
As Japan suicides drop, survivor shares story to save others

As Japan suicides drop, survivor shares story to save others

It's not that he wanted to die. Rather, Kazuo Sawato says, he couldn't bear his life anymore. The 31-year-old Japanese office worker ran to the roof's edge and jumped. "I just wanted to free myself from all the suffering," he said in an interview, 12 years after that August afternoon in 2005. "I felt as if I was getting endless barrages of punches, or gasping for air every second with...
Police officer, 3 others killed in Wisconsin town

Police officer, 3 others killed in Wisconsin town

A police officer and three other people were shot and killed when a domestic dispute at a bank escalated into shootings at three locations in northern Wisconsin on Wednesday, investigators said. A suspect was in custody. The shootings happened at a bank, a law firm and an apartment complex, where officers, including a SWAT team, had a standoff with the suspect for several hours before ending in a...
Prosecutors say Oregon day care provider left children alone

Prosecutors say Oregon day care provider left children alone

An Oregon day care provider has been indicted on more than 100 criminal counts after being accused of leaving children as young as six months old alone multiple times over eight days to go to a tanning salon and a gym, prosecutors said Wednesday. A grand jury indicted January Neatherlin, 31, of Bend late Tuesday on 76 counts of criminal mistreatment and 38 counts of reckless endangerment, said Deschutes...
JUST IN: Florida man missing after fall from cruise ship off Cuba

JUST IN: Florida man missing after fall from cruise ship off Cuba

The U.S. Coast Guard and Cuban authorities are searching for a Florida man who fell from a Carnival cruise ship Wednesday.  As a Carnival Victory headed from Key West to Cozumel, Mexico, 23-year-old Brandon Paul of Floral City went overboard, the Miami Herald reports.  Paul fell from the eighth deck around 3.a.m.  while the ship was 33 miles northwest of Pinar Del Rio, Cuba, according...
EXCLUSIVE: Dad wants Cash Me Outside girl out of Hollywood, in therapy

EXCLUSIVE: Dad wants Cash Me Outside girl out of Hollywood, in therapy

Around this time a year ago, Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy Ira Peskowitz stood in a greeting card aisle, fingers trembling as he fumbled through rows of pink and purple birthday wishes to find something pretty for a little girl with eyes like his. Months before the six words she uttered on a Dr. Phil episode propelled her to internet infamy, Danielle Peskowitz Bregoli reluctantly...
AP Explains: A doctrine in focus at Neil Gorsuch's hearings

AP Explains: A doctrine in focus at Neil Gorsuch's hearings

Lawmakers questioning Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch at his Senate confirmation are asking about something called "Chevron deference." For the record, it is not about letting someone ahead of you in line at the gas station. But it is a legal concept Gorsuch has addressed as a judge on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver since 2006. What you should know about Chevron deference...
Australia pair are first foreigners to own US radio stations

Australia pair are first foreigners to own US radio stations

An Australian couple with roots in Alaska has bought more than two dozen radio stations in three states, marking the first time federal regulators have allowed full foreign ownership of U.S. radio stations. The Federal Communications Commission recently approved a request by Richard and Sharon Burns through their company Frontier Media to increase their interest in 29 radio stations in Alaska, Texas...
'Gong Show' creator Chuck Barris dies at 87

'Gong Show' creator Chuck Barris dies at 87

Chuck Barris, whose game show empire included "The Dating Game," ''The Newlywed Game" and that infamous factory of cheese, "The Gong Show," has died. He was 87. Barris died of natural causes Tuesday afternoon at his home in Palisades, New York, according to publicist Paul Shefrin, who announced the death on behalf of Barris' family. Barris made game show history right off...
Top prosecutor pleads not guilty in gifts-for-favors case

Top prosecutor pleads not guilty in gifts-for-favors case

Philadelphia's top prosecutor pleaded not guilty to federal bribery and extortion charges on Wednesday as pressure mounted from the mayor and others for him to resign. Democratic District Attorney Seth Williams appeared cool and calm as he entered his plea in a courtroom full of reporters. Williams admits he took more than $100,000 in luxury trips, gifts and cash while in office as he went through...

APNewsBreak: 124 Illinois prison nurses get layoff notices

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration has told 124 prison nurses that their jobs are being privatized, a move their union blasted Tuesday as retaliation for its rejection of a contract offer last year. Nurses stationed at 12 state prisons will be dismissed on June 15, two days after the contract nurses are hired, according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press that the prison system's...
Prosecutor charged with taking $100,000 in gifts, trips

Prosecutor charged with taking $100,000 in gifts, trips

The city's top prosecutor accepted more than $100,000 in luxury gifts, Caribbean trips and cash, often in exchange for official favors including help with a court case, according to a bribery and extortion indictment unsealed Tuesday. The indictment caps a nearly two-year investigation into District Attorney Seth Williams' financial affairs. Williams, a Democrat and career prosecutor who makes $175...
Ireland's McGuinness trod unlikely path from war to peace

Ireland's McGuinness trod unlikely path from war to peace

Standing at the Butcher's Gate in Londonderry, Martin McGuinness often had to choose between war and peace. For the longest time, he chose war. I met McGuinness for the first time in 1989 at that spot, which marks the dividing line between the walled hilltop center of the Northern Ireland city and McGuinness' impoverished Catholic home district of the Bogside below. With his curly reddish hair and...
Israel plans mass evacuation if war erupts again

Israel plans mass evacuation if war erupts again

If Islamic militants in Gaza or Lebanon go to war with Israel, they could find their usual targets empty. Israel is drawing up contingency plans to evacuate up to a quarter-million civilians from border communities to protect them from attacks from Hamas, Hezbollah or other Islamic militant groups. The mass evacuations would be the biggest in Israel's history, part of a bigger plan where the army...
AP Explains: A doctrine in focus at Neil Gorsuch's hearings

AP Explains: A doctrine in focus at Neil Gorsuch's hearings

Lawmakers questioning Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch at his Senate confirmation are asking about something called "Chevron deference." For the record, it is not about letting someone ahead of you in line at the gas station. But it is a legal concept Gorsuch has addressed as a judge on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver since 2006. What you should know about Chevron deference...

High court limits president's power to fill temporary posts

The Supreme Court on Tuesday limited the president's power to temporarily fill vacant government posts while nominations are tied up in partisan political fights. The 6-2 ruling said a former top lawyer at the National Labor Relations Board had served in violation of a federal law governing such appointments. Writing for the court, Chief Justice John Roberts said that Lafe Solomon was not allowed...
1st units of South Sudan protection force arrive soon: UN

1st units of South Sudan protection force arrive soon: UN

The first units of a long-delayed regional protection force for South Sudan will deploy within a few weeks, the U.N. peacekeeping chief said Tuesday. Herve Ladsous spoke during a visit to South Sudan's capital, Juba. "We'll spare no effort to speed up the process," he said. The U.N. Security Council last year approved an additional 4,000 peacekeepers to help protect civilians after a series...
Israeli army chief: Hezbollah leader killed by his own men

Israeli army chief: Hezbollah leader killed by his own men

Israel has concluded that Hezbollah's top military commander was killed in Syria last year by rivals within the Shiite militant group, Israel's military chief said Tuesday. The explosive announcement was the latest sign of an escalating feud between Israel and Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed group sworn to Israel's destruction. Israel considers Hezbollah to be a potent enemy, with over 100,000 rockets...
Attorney for accused Oklahoma senator says he'll resign

Attorney for accused Oklahoma senator says he'll resign

A Republican state senator facing felony child prostitution charges after police say he solicited sex from a 17-year-old boy plans to resign from his seat, his attorney said late Monday. Attorney Ed Blau said he'd recently been retained by Sen. Ralph Shortey and that it was premature to comment on the charges until he had more time to discuss the case with his client. "Other than the probable...
Who was David Rockefeller?

Who was David Rockefeller?

David Rockefeller was the oldest living billionaire, a banker and a philanthropist, but he was more than that. As the youngest and last surviving grandson of Standard Oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller, David inherited the fabled Rockefeller fortune and wielded great power and influence during his lifetime. From Washington to New York City government to capitals around the world, his influence was far...
Contrast in style as Duterte meets Myanmar's Suu Kyi

Contrast in style as Duterte meets Myanmar's Suu Kyi

Regional politics makes for strange bedfellows, and at first glance, it is hard to imagine more of an odd couple than tempestuous Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his cerebral de facto Myanmar counterpart, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, who met Monday in Myanmar's capital, Naypyitaw. After his arrival in Myanmar on Sunday, Duterte rejected European criticism of his deadly war on drugs...
Study: Solar system could have more than 100 planets (including Pluto)

Study: Solar system could have more than 100 planets (including Pluto)

Remember when Pluto was demoted to a dwarf planet in 2006? Well, a group of scientists is making a case for its comeback as the proper planet many of us grew up knowing. Johns Hopkins University scientist Kirby Runyon and his colleagues have proposed new criteria for classifying a planet that would not only label Pluto a planet again, but would label 100 other objects in the solar system as planets...
Guardian of Rockefeller fortune, philanthropy dies at 101

Guardian of Rockefeller fortune, philanthropy dies at 101

David Rockefeller was the last of his generation in a famous American family that taught its children that wealth brings great responsibility. Even as children, he and his siblings had to set aside portions of their allowances for charitable giving. That lesson lasted throughout his life; to mark his 100th birthday in 2015, Rockefeller gave 1,000 acres of land next to a national park to the state...
Supreme Court rejects appeal of former Connecticut governor

Supreme Court rejects appeal of former Connecticut governor

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to disturb the convictions of former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland for conspiring to hide his work for two Republican congressional candidates, several years after he resigned from office and served prison time for corruption. The 59-year-old Republican argued that contracts he prepared, which federal prosecutors said illegally sought to disguise the nature...
She's 100! Britain marks singer Vera Lynn's landmark day

She's 100! Britain marks singer Vera Lynn's landmark day

Britain has taken a nostalgic trip into the past to celebrate the 100th birthday of patriotic songstress Vera Lynn by projecting her image onto the white cliffs of Dover. The unusual tribute Monday is a reference to her World War II classic "(There'll be Bluebirds Over) the White Cliffs of Dover." Lynn was known as the "Forces Sweetheart" for her optimistic wartime anthems, including...
Trump fires off tweets slamming Russia allegations

Trump fires off tweets slamming Russia allegations

President Donald Trump fired off some angry tweets Monday morning regarding allegations that his campaign colluded with the Russian government during the 2016 election. >> Read more trending news The president defended himself and his campaign by reasserting that he has never colluded with Russia — not during his presidential bid and not after the election. Trump also repeated his...
Pope begs forgiveness for church role in Rwanda genocide

Pope begs forgiveness for church role in Rwanda genocide

Pope Francis on Monday begged forgiveness for the "sins and failings of the church and its members" during Rwanda's 1994 genocide as the Holy See sought to open a new phase in relations nearly a quarter-century after the slaughter. In an extraordinary statement after Francis' meeting with Rwandan President Paul Kagame, the Vatican acknowledged that the church itself bore blame, as well as...
How much is President Trump's travel and protection costing?

How much is President Trump's travel and protection costing?

President Donald Trump's 2018 budget proposal is unabashed in its goal: slashing or eradicating a number of social and research programs to offset new spending on defense and homeland security. That emphasis quickly met with broad criticism, including from some who pointed out an apparent contradiction.  Trump places a heavy emphasis on cutting waste and targets for elimination programs that...
$75 million pledged to protect heritage sites in war zones

$75 million pledged to protect heritage sites in war zones

World donors pledged more than $75 million Monday to an historic UNESCO-backed alliance to protect cultural heritage sites threatened by war and the wave of ideological-driven destruction carried out by Islamic State group militants. French President Francois Hollande, speaking at a donors' conference in Paris' Louvre Museum, passionately called on more countries to contribute to the newly-created...
Air Force arsenal of land-based nukes shrinking as planned

Air Force arsenal of land-based nukes shrinking as planned

The Air Force is quietly shrinking its deployed force of land-based nuclear missiles as part of a holdover Obama administration plan to comply with an arms control treaty with Russia. The reductions are nearing completion despite President Donald Trump's argument that the treaty gives Moscow an unfair advantage in nuclear firepower. The reduction to 400 missiles from 450 is the first for the intercontinental...

Supreme Court seems divided in property rights dispute

A divided Supreme Court struggled on Monday over a property rights dispute that could make it tougher for state and local governments to limit development in coastal areas. The case involves a family's effort to sell part of its riverfront land in Wisconsin. The family planned to use the money from a vacant lot they own to pay for improvements on a cabin that sits on the parcel next door. But county...
AP Explains: Supreme Court confirmation an arduous process

AP Explains: Supreme Court confirmation an arduous process

The Senate has confirmed 124 Supreme Court justices since the United States was founded. Neil Gorsuch wants to be the newest member of the relatively small group of men and women who guide the nation's judicial branch. The modern-day confirmation process is arduous, with dozens of one-on-one meetings with senators in recent weeks giving way to days of testimony starting Monday. Gorsuch and the Judiciary...
High court nominee: I'll be unbiased or 'hang up the robe'

High court nominee: I'll be unbiased or 'hang up the robe'

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch pledged to be independent or "hang up the robe" as the U.S. Senate began rancorous hearings Monday on President Donald Trump's conservative pick to fill a Supreme Court seat that has been vacant for more than a year. Gorsuch sought to take the edge off Democratic complaints that he has favored the wealthy and powerful in more than 10 years as a federal...
While Trump talks tough, US quietly cutting nuclear force

While Trump talks tough, US quietly cutting nuclear force

The Air Force is quietly shrinking its deployed force of land-based nuclear missiles as part of a holdover Obama administration plan to comply with an arms control treaty with Russia. The reductions are nearing completion despite President Donald Trump's argument that the treaty gives Moscow an unfair advantage in nuclear firepower. The reduction to 400 missiles from 450 is the first for the intercontinental...
Justices to hear property rights dispute over family's land

Justices to hear property rights dispute over family's land

The Murr family's path to the Supreme Court began on the scenic banks of Wisconsin's St. Croix River, when a group of siblings tried to sell one of two waterfront plots. The idea was to use the money from the vacant lot to pay for improvements on a rustic cabin that sits on the parcel next door. But county officials nixed the sale for violating local conservation rules and treated the lots as a single...
AP Explains: Senate confirmation and Supreme Court pick

AP Explains: Senate confirmation and Supreme Court pick

Thirteen months after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the Senate is finally holding confirmation hearings to fill the vacancy, considering President Donald Trump's choice of Neil Gorsuch for the high court. Republicans refused to even grant a hearing to former President Barack Obama's choice, Merrick Garland, insisting the next president should decide. Now, the Senate will exercise its "...
Germany's Social Democrats elect Schulz as Merkel challenger

Germany's Social Democrats elect Schulz as Merkel challenger

Germany's center-left Social Democratic Party unanimously elected Martin Schulz on Sunday as the party's top candidate to challenge Chancellor Angela Merkel in the country's upcoming general election. Party leaders had unexpectedly nominated Schulz in January after long-time chairman Sigmar Gabriel stepped aside. Since then, the Social Democrats have enjoyed a surge in the polls that's been attributed...
Trump, Pence visit Palm Beach as Democratic critic attends fundraiser

Trump, Pence visit Palm Beach as Democratic critic attends fundraiser

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were both in town Saturday as Trump hunkered down for a fifth presidential weekend at Mar-a-Lago while Pence sought to assuage conservative skeptics during his first visit to the island since taking office. The Palm Beach County Democratic Party, meanwhile, tried to capitalize on anti-Trump sentiment by bringing in U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff...
Somalia blames Saudi-led coalition for deadly strike on boat

Somalia blames Saudi-led coalition for deadly strike on boat

Somalia's government on Saturday blamed the Saudi-led coalition for Friday's attack on a boat that killed at least 42 Somali refugees off the coast of war-torn Yemen, calling the assault by a military vessel and a helicopter gunship "horrific." Somalia urged the United States-supported coalition to investigate. The boat was packed with dozens of refugees, some of them women and children...

Congo disappearances raise alarm as political tensions grow

Nearly a week after Congo's government announced the kidnapping of two United Nations experts along with their translator and drivers, no trace of them has been found. Their abduction in a region of the country where kidnappings are rare, and where the experts were investigating abuses by state and militia forces, has raised alarm as political tensions spread over an election crisis. Michael Sharp...
King maintains support in Iowa after inflammatory comments

King maintains support in Iowa after inflammatory comments

Outside his rural congressional district stretching over 39 Iowa counties, conservative U.S. Rep. Steve King's stream of inflammatory comments generate outrage and condemnation, but back home they rate little more than a shrug. "That's just Steve being Steve," was how Tom Reiter put it, looking into a mirror while getting his hair cut Thursday in Carroll. "He doesn't pull any punches...
Ex-trooper charged in 2014 shooting death of pregnant wife

Ex-trooper charged in 2014 shooting death of pregnant wife

At first, Pennsylvania state trooper Joseph Miller said he was as far as 10 feet away cleaning his gun when it accidentally discharged, killing his pregnant wife. Later, he told detectives he was 2 feet away. On Friday, three years after the shooting, Miller was under arrest after prosecutors said new tests showed the gun was 3 to 6 inches from her head when it went off. Miller, 36, was arraigned...
Ban on Irish butter sparks fight in butter-loving Wisconsin

Ban on Irish butter sparks fight in butter-loving Wisconsin

Wisconsin resident Jean Smith snatches up entire stocks of her beloved Kerrygold Irish butter from stores when visiting family in Nebraska, thanks to an antiquated law in her dairy-obsessed state that bans it and any other butter that hasn't been graded for quality. "We bring back 20 bricks or so," Smith said, noting she plops a tablespoon of the Ireland-made butter into her tea each morning...

Trump predicts victory as GOP aims for House vote next week on health care bill

With President Donald Trump leading the last minute lobbying and deal making with conservative GOP lawmakers, Republican leaders are planning for a showdown vote next Thursday on the House floor, arguing now is the time to move forward with plans to overhaul the Obama health law. “I want everybody to know that I’m a hundred percent behind this,” President Trump said to reporters...
Mythic creatures dance through Dublin on St. Patrick's Day

Mythic creatures dance through Dublin on St. Patrick's Day

Performers dressed as colorful creatures from Irish myth and legend danced Friday down the chilly streets of Dublin as Ireland commemorated its national saint in a St. Patrick's Day parade witnessed by hundreds of thousands. Throngs of tourists and Dubliners, many of them donning leprechaun costumes, braved gusty winds to pack the route for the parade as it traveled down O'Connell Street across the...
The Latest: Trump optimistic on new health law

The Latest: Trump optimistic on new health law

Latest on the Republican health care plan (all times local): 2:30 p.m. President Donald Trump says he expects the House Republican health plan will be passed "substantially pretty quickly." Speaking at a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel Friday, Trump calls it a "great plan" and says it is "getting more and more popular with the Republican base, the...
Brother of Toulouse attacker on trek against radicalism

Brother of Toulouse attacker on trek against radicalism

Five years after his brother killed seven people in the name of Islam, Abdelghani Merah is walking across France to preach tolerance and warn against the dangers of religious radicalism. Mohamed Merah killed three soldiers in southern France in March 2012. He then turned his anger on the Ozar Hatorah Jewish school in Toulouse, where he killed a rabbi and his two sons, aged 4 and 5, and an 8-year-old...
Republicans join Democrats against Trump's Great Lakes cuts

Republicans join Democrats against Trump's Great Lakes cuts

It sounds like an idea that would warm a conservative Republican's heart: Kill funding of a regional environmental cleanup that has lasted seven years and cost the federal government more than $2 billion, with no end in sight. If states want to keep the program going, let them pick up the tab. That is what President Donald Trump's 2018 budget plan proposes for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative...
Home explodes in DC suburb: 'It's just a pile of bricks'

Home explodes in DC suburb: 'It's just a pile of bricks'

A house in a Maryland suburb of the nation's capital was leveled early Friday by a thunderous explosion heard for miles around, a blast so powerful it shattered windows and caused other damage to several neighboring homes, authorities said. The explosion shook the city of Rockville about 1 a.m. and scattered debris widely, a fire official said, adding that while the cause wasn't immediately known...
Military attack kills 42 Somali refugees off Yemen's coast

Military attack kills 42 Somali refugees off Yemen's coast

The boat packed with dozens of Somali refugees was more than 30 miles off war-torn Yemen's coast when a military vessel and a helicopter gunship swooped in, opening fire in the dead of night Friday, killing at least 42 people. The attack, which Yemen's Shiite rebels blamed on a Saudi-led coalition, highlighted the perils of a heavily used migration route running from the Horn of Africa to the oil-rich...

Correction: Congress-Health Overhaul story

In a story March 17 about the House Republican health care bill, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., is a freshman from the Hudson River Valley. He is a second-term lawmaker from upstate New York. A corrected version of the story is below: Trump OKs changes in GOP health care bill, winning support President Donald Trump has agreed to add fresh Medicaid curbs to...
Many Trump voters would feel program cuts in budget proposal