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Another key redistricting case goes in front of high court

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has already heard a major case about political line-drawing that has the potential to reshape American politics. Now, before even deciding that one, the court is taking up another similar case. The arguments justices will ...

Porn star reveals details about alleged encounter with Trump

By KEN THOMAS and KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Adult film star Stormy Daniels says she was threatened to keep silent about an alleged sexual encounter with Donald Trump in 2006, telling her story in a highly anticipated interview with CBS' "60 Minutes" broadcast ...

Facebook faces scrutiny for pulling Android call, text data

By TOM KRISHER, AP Business Writer On the same day Facebook bought ads in U.S. and British newspapers to apologize for the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the social media site faced new questions about collecting phone numbers and text messages from Android devices. The website Ars Technica ...

Rick Santorum: Students should learn CPR, not seek gun laws

By The Associated Press Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum said Sunday that students who have rallied for gun control should instead learn CPR or find their own way to prevent a school shooting. "How about kids instead of looking to someone else to solve their problem, do something about ...

Anguished students take aim at gun laws, next election

By MARTHA IRVINE, AP National Writer Charlie Goodman looked at the massive crowd around him, the largest youth-led protest in Washington since the Vietnam War era. He listened to people speak about toughening gun laws. They included some of his peers at the Florida high school who've sparked ...

AP sources: Trump plans to oust Shulkin as VA secretary

By HOPE YEN and KEN THOMAS, Associated Press PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump is planning to oust embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin amid an extraordinary rebellion at the agency and damaging government investigations into his alleged spending abuses, three ...

Trump order would ban most transgender troops from serving

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump released an order Friday night banning most transgender troops from serving in the military except under "limited circumstances," following up on his calls last year to ban transgender individuals from ...

Will GOP accomplishments in Congress be enough for voters?

By LISA MASCARO and MATTHEW DALY WASHINGTON (AP) — With passage of an enormous budget bill, the GOP-controlled Congress all but wrapped up its legislating for the year. But will it be enough to convince voters to give Republicans another two years at the helm? In two big ways, Republicans ...

Organizers hope to draw half a million to gun control rally

By ASHRAF KHALIL, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands are gathering in Washington Saturday for a protest that organizers claim will be a defining moment in the long-simmering national debate over gun-control legislation. Organizers of the March for Our Lives rally are hoping to ...

FBI seeks motive for fiery van crash at California air base

By DON THOMPSON and PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press ROSEVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Investigators are working around the clock as they struggle to determine why a man with no apparent ties to terrorism drove a flaming minivan full of propane tanks and gasoline cans through the main gate of a major ...

Trump signs $1.3 trillion budget after threatening veto

By JILL COLVIN, CATHERINE LUCEY, LISA MASCARO and ALAN FRAM of The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending measure Friday, averting a midnight government shutdown just hours after declaring he was considering a veto. Trump said he was "very ...

Fired Tillerson says farewell to ‘a very mean-spirited town’

By JOSH LEDERMAN and MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — He came, he saw, he got fired on Twitter. And now Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said farewell, with a parting plea Thursday to America's diplomats not to let anyone violate their integrity. Tillerson did not mention ...

House OKs compromise $1.3 trillion budget bill, Senate next

By ANDREW TAYLOR and LISA MASCARO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The House easily approved a bipartisan $1.3 trillion spending bill Thursday that pours huge sums into Pentagon programs and domestic initiatives ranging from building roads to combatting the nation's opioid abuse crisis, ...

Lead Trump lawyer in Russia probe leaves in legal shake-up

By CHAD DAY and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's lead lawyer in the special counsel's Russia investigation has resigned amid a shake-up of the president's team, an exit that removes the primary negotiator and legal strategist who had been molding ...

Police: Austin bomber’s motive still unknown, despite video

By JIM VERTUNO and WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (AP) — A 25-minute cellphone video left behind by the bomber whose deadly explosives terrorized Austin for weeks details the differences among the weapons he built and amounts to a confession, police said. But his motive ...

Mueller examining Cambridge Analytica, Trump campaign ties

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller is scrutinizing the connections between President Donald Trump's campaign and the data mining firm Cambridge Analytica, which has come under fierce criticism over reports that it swiped the data of more ...

How the Parkland teens are pulling off a worldwide movement

By KELLI KENNEDY, Associated Press PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — They can't buy a beer or rent a car and most aren't even old enough to vote, yet the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have spearheaded what could become one of the largest marches in history with nearly 1 million ...

Austin bomber blows self up; fears of more explosives remain

By JIM VERTUNO, Associated Press ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) — The suspect in a series of bombing attacks that terrorized Austin over the past few weeks blew himself up early Wednesday as law enforcement closed in on him. Authorities warned of concern that more explosives might still be out ...

Officer’s response praised as school shooting ends quickly

By MATTHEW BARAKAT and JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press GREAT MILLS, Md. (AP) — In the latest school shooting in America, the gunfire was over and done with in less than a minute. This time, the shooter, a 17-year-old student, was killed. Authorities said a 16-year-old girl who had some ...

Spending talks nearly done, $1.3T bill soon to be unveiled

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Talks over a $1.3 trillion government spending bill neared completion Wednesday as the White House and Capitol Hill Democrats ironed out deals on a first round of funding for President Donald Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall. GOP aides ...