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Republicans seek distance from Trump’s comments on Putin, US

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump has long expressed a desire for improved relations with Moscow, but his latest comments about Russian President Vladimir Putin and the U.S. are leading some fellow Republicans to take a step back from ...

2 states say allowing travel ban would ‘unleash chaos again’

By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for Washington state and Minnesota have told a federal appellate court that restoring President Donald Trump's ban on refugees and travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries would "unleash chaos again." The filing with the ...

Super Bowl ads go political in a big way

By MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Messages about America, inclusiveness — and, yes, even "four years of awful hair" — kept bubbling up in Super Bowl 51 ads from Airbnb, the NFL and a line of personal care products. But there was still plenty of escapism and light ...

Is it tough being a kid? Try being a president’s kid

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — If it's tough being a kid, try being a "first kid" — the child of an American president. Just ask President Bill Clinton's daughter, Chelsea. Or President George W. Bush's twins, Jenna and Barbara. And now, President Donald Trump's ...

Trump to make first visit to MacDill Air Force Base

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump is making his first visit to the headquarters for U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command. Both military commands are headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. Trump, ...

Georgia deputy inhales liquid nitrogen while rescuing woman

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a sheriff's deputy in east Georgia has died after inhaling liquid nitrogen while trying to save a worker at a company in Augusta. The Richmond County Sheriff's Office says in a statement that 33-year-old Sgt. Greg Meagher died Sunday after inhaling a ...

Visa holders rush to board flights to US amid reprieve

By TAMMY WEBBER, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Visa holders from seven majority-Muslim countries who were turned away from the United States due to President Donald Trump's travel ban are hoping to make it through a narrow window opened by legal challenges. The federal appeals court in ...

Court denies Trump request to immediately restore travel ban

By ERIC TUCKER, The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court denied early Sunday the Justice Department's request for an immediate reinstatement of President Donald Trump's ban on accepting certain travelers and all refugees. The Trump administration appealed a temporary ...

2 dead, 2 injured after van soars over Los Angeles freeway

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two women are dead after their van missed a bridge over the 101 Freeway in Los Angeles, smashing through concrete pillars and launching over six lanes of traffic before colliding with a southbound car. The Los Angeles Fire Department released a statement Saturday night ...

A look at how a president can exercise his authority

By The Associated Press President Donald Trump has taken 18 executive actions since being sworn into office on Jan. 20. Some of the papers he signed were executive orders that dealt with building the wall he promised along the U.S.-Mexico border; temporarily banning entry to the U.S. by ...

Feds: Oceanic whitetip shark warrants ‘threatened’ listing

By PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The oceanic whitetip shark's declining status in the wild warrants listing as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, an arm of the federal government has determined. The shark is found around the world, mostly in open water, ...

Trump takes first step to scale back financial regulations

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is taking his first steps aimed at scaling back financial services regulations, and the Republican-run Congress cast a vote early Friday signaling that it's eager to help. The president will sign an executive order ...

AP FACT CHECK: Conway cites ‘massacre’ that didn’t happen

By PATRICK MAIRS, Associated Press A top aide to President Donald Trump has cited a 2011 "massacre" in Kentucky that never happened as a reason why the administration's temporary ban on immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations is necessary. During an interview with MSNBC's Chris ...

US jobs report to show if Trump era began with strong hiring

By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The first U.S. jobs report to be released since Donald Trump became president will reveal whether growing confidence among businesses fueled an accelerated pace of hiring in January. Economists remain watchful. They have ...

Guard killed at prison saved colleagues’ lives, union says

By RANDALL CHASE, Associated Press SMYRNA, Del. (AP) — Forced into a closet by inmates at Delaware's largest prison, Sgt. Steven Floyd called out to officers coming to his aid, warning them that inmates had set a trap — saving their lives with his final actions, the head of the state ...

DeVos clears major Senate hurdle toward becoming ed secy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Betsy DeVos has cleared a major hurdle in the Senate to become the next education secretary, despite vigorous opposition from Democrats. Senators voted 52-48 to cut off debate before dawn Friday morning, setting the stage for a final confirmation vote next week. DeVos is a ...

Breitbart editor’s Berkeley talk nixed amid violent protest

By JOCELYN GECKER, Associated Press BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — A crowd protesting a far-right commentator's appearance at the University of California at Berkeley hurled smoke bombs, broke windows and sparked a massive bonfire, prompting officials to call off the event. The decision came two ...

More Delaware inmates released, 2 workers still held hostage

By RANDALL CHASE, Associated Press SMYRNA, Del. (AP) — Authorities say 14 more inmates have been released at a Delaware prison where inmates are still holding two staffers hostage. A news release from the Delaware Department of Correction says the 14 were released about 12:30 a.m. Thursday ...

DeVos nomination on thin ice with 2 GOP senators opposed

By MARIA DANILOVA, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's nomination of school choice activist Betsy DeVos as education secretary is on thin ice after two Republican senators vowed to vote against her. DeVos, a billionaire Republican donor who spent more than two decades ...

Pennsylvania groundhog’s handlers: Phil predicts more winter

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — The handlers of Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, said the furry rodent has "predicted" six more weeks of winter after seeing his shadow at dawn Thursday. The top hat-wearing members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club's Inner Circle reveal ...