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Trump Jr., Manafort consider private interview with senators

By CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's eldest son and his former campaign chairman won't testify publicly next week and are instead discussing being privately interviewed by a Senate committee investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 election, the panel ...

Spicer out, Sanders and Scaramucci rise in Trump shake-up

By KEN THOMAS and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sean Spicer abruptly resigned Friday over President Donald Trump's decision to tap a camera-ready financier to lead the beleaguered White House communications team. The departing spokesman said the ...

Federal grand jury indicts US soldier on terrorism charges

By CALEB JONES HONOLULU (AP) — A federal grand jury in Hawaii indicted a U.S. soldier Friday for attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State group. Army Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Kang was arrested by an FBI SWAT team on July 8. Kang was ordered held without bail. Kang will be ...

Brain scans may change care for some people with memory loss

By LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Does it really take an expensive brain scan to diagnose Alzheimer's? Not everybody needs one but new research suggests that for a surprising number of patients whose memory problems are hard to pin down, PET scans may lead to changes ...

Health plan’s fall brings dread for ‘Obamacare’ recipients

By JAMES ANDERSON and CARLA K. JOHNSON, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — One American was able to afford her toddler's latest heart operation. Another had the means to go back to college to pursue her dreams. They and thousands of others were able to do so as beneficiaries of President Barack ...

Trump tweets health bill ‘will get even better’ at lunch

By ERICA WERNER and ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday stepped up the pressure on reluctant Republicans to erase much of Barack Obama's health care law, tweeting, "They MUST keep their promise to America" and vowing the measure would improve at ...

Trump to rally in Ohio’s blue-collar Youngstown on Tuesday

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — President Donald Trump is returning to the blue-collar Ohio city where frustrated former Democrats crossed party lines last year to help send him to the White House. The Republican president will appear in Youngstown at 7 p.m. Tuesday for an event at the Covelli ...

Lawyer: Russian developer’s staffer also at Trump Tower meet

By STEPHEN BRAUN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A representative of the Russian developer who partnered with President Donald Trump to bring the Miss Universe pageant to Moscow was the eighth person at a Trump Tower meeting arranged by Donald Trump Jr. during the campaign, a lawyer for ...

Officer who shot Australian woman felt called to police work

By AMY FORLITI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an Australian woman in an alley shortly after she called 911 to report a possible crime is a young Somali-American and father who felt called to work in law enforcement after getting a ...

Officials worry about debris in water near Florida sinkhole

LAND O'LAKES, Fla. (AP) — Even though a Florida sinkhole hasn't grown in several days, officials said that the debris-strewn site is still considered dangerous and that residents of five homes remained evacuated Tuesday due to the dangers. "The sinkhole is not growing anymore ... but still ...

Search intensifies for man swept away in violent flash flood

By ANITA SNOW and ANGIE WANG, Associated Press TONTO NATIONAL FOREST, Ariz. (AP) — The search for a man who was swept away in a flash flood that killed nine others at a swimming hole in central Arizona intensified Tuesday as crews with dogs and a drone combed through huge clumps of muddy ...

House budget blueprint key to success of Trump tax agenda

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite opposition from Republican moderates and conservatives, House leaders are pressing ahead with a budget plan whose success is critical to the party's hopes to deliver on one of President Donald Trump's top priorities — a GOP-only ...

Powerful opioid suspected in 10-year-old Miami boy’s death

By JENNIFER KAY and CURT ANDERSON, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — A 10-year-old boy from a drug-ridden Miami neighborhood apparently died of a fentanyl overdose last month, becoming one of Florida's littlest victims of the opioid crisis, authorities said Tuesday. But how he came into contact ...

Relatives demand answers in fatal Minnesota police shooting

By AMY FORLITI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Relatives and neighbors of an Australian woman who was fatally shot by Minneapolis police over the weekend demanded answers Monday about the mysterious shooting in which the meditation teacher and bride-to-be was reportedly killed by a ...

Flood victims ‘heard a roar, and it was on top of them’

By ANITA SNOW and ALINA HARTOUNIAN, Associated Press TONTO NATIONAL FOREST, Ariz. (AP) — The flash flood that killed nine people in an Arizona canyon began its deadly descent as an impressive but avoidable surge of churning water, black with cinders from a recent wildfire and choked with ...

Health plan hinges on the young, but they’re a tough sell

By CARLA K. JOHNSON, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Julian Senn-Raemont isn't convinced he needs to buy health insurance when he loses coverage under his dad's plan in a couple of years — no matter what happens in the policy debate in Washington, or how cheap the plans are. The ...

No Trump slump in tourism but there could be a Trump bump

By BETH J. HARPAZ, AP Travel Editor NEW YORK (AP) — Last winter, the U.S. tourism industry fretted that Trump administration policies might lead to a "Trump slump" in travel. But those fears may have been premature. International arrivals and travel-related spending are up in 2017 compared ...

Studio: Kermit actor fired for ‘unacceptable’ conduct

NEW YORK (AP) — The Muppets Studio is blaming "unacceptable business conduct" for its dismissal of Steve Whitmire as the longtime performer of Kermit the Frog. This explanation, issued Monday, follows Whitmire's emotional blog post last week after his firing was made public. He said he ...

White House briefing is off-camera again

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Cameras remained off Monday at the White House press briefing on orders of the Trump administration, sidelining one of daytime television's most popular features on the same day that ABC announced new digital programming tied to it. The ...

Papers reveals grisly confession in 4 Pennsylvania slayings

By MARYCLAIRE DALE and MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A pot dealer gave police a grisly account of killing four men on his family's Pennsylvania farm, saying he crushed one of them with a backhoe after shooting him and tried to set three of the bodies on fire in ...