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Filipino Bataan Death March survivors mark 75th anniversary

By JANIE HAR, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ramon Regalado was starving and sick with malaria when he slipped away from his Japanese captors during the infamous 1942 Bataan Death March in the Philippines, escaping a brutal trudge through steamy jungle that killed hundreds of ...

Retail store job cuts deepen as more buyers migrate online

By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Retail stores are cutting jobs at the sharpest pace in more than seven years, evidence of a seemingly inexorable shift away from employee-heavy stores as Americans increasingly shop online. A combined 60,600 retail job losses over the ...

Seattle mayor denies sex abuse claims – ‘simply not true’

By MARTHA BELLISLE and RACHEL LA CORTE, Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — Ed Murray led a long campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington state, toiled for nearly two decades as a state lawmaker and won his biggest personal political victory in 2013 when he unseated Seattle's ...

Trump, Xi meet again – in shadow of missile strikes on Syria

By VIVIAN SALAMA and JULIE PACE, Associated Press PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump was meeting again with his Chinese counterpart Friday, with U.S. missile strikes on Syria adding weight to his threat to act unilaterally against the nuclear weapons program of China's ally, ...

Pace of US hiring tumbles, yet jobless rate hits 10-year low

By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. jobs report for March report delivered a mixed message Friday as hiring fell to its slowest pace in nearly a year. Yet at the same time, the unemployment rate fell to its lowest level in nearly a decade. Employers ...

New York police set to deploy 1,200 bodycams around the city

By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department is set to deploy the first body cameras to officers after resolving some of the thorniest issues on when to switch on the camera, how long to keep the tape and when to tell the public they're being ...

Lawmakers slam Trump for bypassing Congress on Syria strike

By RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid measured support for the U.S. cruise missile attack on a Syrian air base, some vocal Republicans and Democrats are reprimanding the White House for launching the strike without first getting congressional approval. The politically ...

Rickles: The man was sweet, but oh that on-stage bite

By LYNN ELBER, AP Television Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Don Rickles kept the nice inside, his friends say. Lucky us. Offstage, the self-described "shy and frightened kid" was invariably kind and caring, fellow celebrities said after his death Thursday at age 90. So are many other worthy ...

Gorsuch confirmed; Senate approves Trump nominee, 54-45

By ERICA WERNER, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, bringing a contentious 14-month partisan battle to a close after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. The vote was 54-45 on Friday. The victory gives President ...

Showdown at hand over Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

By ERICA WERNER, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate showdown is at hand over President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, and it could change the Senate and the court for years to come. Democrats escalated their attacks against Judge Neil Gorsuch ahead of key votes ...

Hundreds expected to comment on Baltimore police reforms

By JULIET LINDERMAN, Associated Press BALTIMORE (AP) — Hundreds of Baltimore residents are expected to show up to comment on a proposed agreement to overhaul the city's troubled police force, despite an attempt by the Department of Justice to delay the hearing. A judge on Wednesday denied a ...

Dems in Trump states pressured from both sides on court pick

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a rare and momentous decision — one by one, seated at desks centuries old, senators will stand and cast their votes for a Supreme Court nominee. It's a difficult political call in the modern era, especially for the 10 ...

Dead gator in Florida dorm room means warning for students

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Wildlife officials say they've issued warnings to three Florida Gulf Coast University students who took a dead alligator to a dorm room and posted pictures of it on social media. The News-Press (https://goo.gl/Hnp4fE) reports that the Florida Fish and Wildlife ...

Historical Commission objects to plan to exhume Polk’s body

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Historical Commission has come out against a plan to exhume the body of former President James K. Polk from the grounds of the state Capitol and move it 50 miles away. Commission Executive Director Patrick McIntyre Jr. wrote a letter saying moving the ...

AP NORC Poll: Most Americans oppose funding border wall

By ANDREW TAYLOR and EMILY SWANSON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans oppose funding President Donald Trump's wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to poll released Thursday by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The president gets higher ...

White House officials offer change to health care bill

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — White House officials made a new offer to conservative House Republicans late Monday on the GOP's failed health care bill, hoping to resuscitate a measure that crashed spectacularly less than two weeks ago. Vice President Mike Pence and two ...

AP Exclusive: Border wall contractors brace for hostile site

By ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — One potential bidder on President Donald Trump's border wall with Mexico wanted to know if authorities would rush to help if workers came under "hostile attack." Another asked if employees can carry firearms in states with strict gun ...

Drug suits, clemencies considered before Arkansas executions

By KELLY P. KISSEL, Associated Press LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas officials say their plans for eight executions in a 10-day period will fall through if a federal judge gives death row inmates more time to prepare clemency requests. A judge on Tuesday will consider the inmates' request ...

4 men shot, 3 killed, in shooting near Philadelphia school

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia police say three men are dead and a fourth has been wounded in what may be a drug-related shooting near a Catholic school. Police believe two gunmen opened fire at the group of men about 3:30 p.m. Monday before possibly leaving in a gray sport-utility ...

Justice Dept. seeks pause on agreement with Baltimore police

By JULIET LINDERMAN and SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's mayor and police chief worked closely with Justice Department investigators to scrutinize the city's police force and embraced a plan they crafted to overhaul the troubled department. So they were surprised ...