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Hollywood writers, producers reach deal; strike averted

By LYNN ELBER, AP Television Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — A tentative deal was reached between screenwriters and producers Tuesday, averting a strike that could have crippled TV and film production. The three-year agreement, which requires ratification by members of the Writers Guild of ...

Ford, GM, Toyota report April US sales drops as demand slows

By TOM KRISHER and DEE-ANN DURBIN, AP Auto Writers DETROIT (AP) — Ford, General Motors and Toyota all reported U.S. sales declines in April, strong signs that demand for cars, trucks and SUVs is starting to slow after seven straight years of growth. Ford's sales fell 7.2 percent, dragged ...

Trump: US needs September ‘shutdown’ to fix Senate ‘mess’

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the nation "needs a good 'shutdown' in September" to fix a "mess" in the Senate. The president says on Twitter that the country needs to "either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51 ...

Lawmakers settle on $1T plan to avoid US gov’t shutdown

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers on Monday unveiled a huge $1 trillion-plus spending bill that would fund most government operations through September but would deny President Donald Trump money for a border wall and rejects his proposed cuts to popular domestic ...

Man opens fire at San Diego pool party; 1 victim, gunman die

By GREGORY BULL, Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — A man sat calmly with a gun on his lap and opened fire on seven people enjoying a birthday party at an apartment complex pool near the University of California, San Diego, killing one woman before officers fatally shot him, witnesses and ...

Midwest, South brace for flooding and tornadoes

By The Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Parts of the U.S. South and Midwest braced for flooding and possible tornadoes Monday following a weekend of deadly torrents and powerful winds that claimed at least 15 lives. Heavy rain caused the roof of a furniture store in northern Oklahoma to ...

White House promotes latest health care bill

By CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is promoting a new health care proposal that the president insists will lower premiums and guarantee people with pre-existing conditions will get insurance coverage, even though some medical groups said they aren't so ...

Trump administration to roll back some school meal standards

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is ready to roll back some nutrition standards for federally subsidized school meals, reversing elements of first lady Michelle Obama's healthy eating initiative. In his first major act in the Cabinet, ...

Official: Deaths reported, dozens hospitalized after tornado

CANTON, Texas (AP) — Fatalities have been reported and dozens of people were taken to hospitals after a tornado hit a small city in East Texas, authorities said. Canton Fire Department Capt. Brian Horton said during a news conference late Saturday that "a number of fatalities" were reported, ...

1 dead amid flooding, strong thunderstorms in Midwest

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Flooding from heavy rains sweeping across the Midwest has killed at least one person in Missouri, prompted numerous rescues and blocked roadways. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a 72-year-old woman drowned despite her husband's efforts to save her as their ...

Absent glitter and Trump, journalists honor press freedom

By JACK GILLUM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Prominent Washington journalists, if not Hollywood stars, celebrated the First Amendment during the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner, an event that lacked the glitter of past years because of the absence of the president of the ...

Hacker claims release of stolen copies of Netflix series

By MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A hacker claims to have followed through on a threat to release several episodes from the upcoming season of Netflix's hit series "Orange Is The New Black." The hacker, who goes by the name The Dark Overlord, announced the move ...

At 100 days in, Trump rallies backers in PA, claims ‘change’

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Saturday marked his 100th day in office by claiming historic action on his agenda, renewing promises on health care and taxes and attacking the news media that he says is misleading Americans. Declaring his ...

Trump to address NRA, raise money for key Congress race

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will become the first sitting president to address a National Rifle Association convention in more than 30 years when he speaks Friday at the group's annual meeting. The president's trip to Atlanta also will serve ...

Warren ‘troubled’ by report of Wall Street-paid Obama speech

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she's "troubled" by reports that former President Barack Obama will be paid $400,000 to speak at a September health care conference put on by Wall Street firm Cantor Fitzgerald. The Massachusetts Democrat said Thursday on SiriusXM's "Alter ...

Facing a pro-gun government, anti-gun movement feels defiant

By NANCY BENAC, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump, a favorite of the National Rifle Association, has custody of the Oval Office. The Republican-controlled Congress already has ditched one Obama-era rule to tighten access to guns. And an emboldened NRA has much more ambitious ...

Robots, tasers join battle against invasive species

By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — A robot zaps and vacuums up venomous lionfish in Bermuda. A helicopter pelts Guam's trees with poison-baited dead mice to fight the voracious brown tree snake. A special boat with giant winglike nets stuns and catches Asian carp in the ...

US economic growth weakened to 0.7 percent in first quarter

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy turned in the weakest performance in three years in the January-March quarter as consumers sharply slowed their spending. The result underscores the challenge facing President Donald Trump in achieving his ambitious ...

Trump tax plan leaves most of the hard work to Congress

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER and JOSH BOAK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's plan to overhaul the U.S. tax code leaves much of the heavy lifting to Congress. It also ignores years of hard work by the guy who will have to do a lot of that lifting: House Speaker Paul ...

United raising limit on payments to bumped flyers to $10,000

By DAVID KOENIG, AP Airlines Writer DALLAS (AP) — United Airlines says it will raise the limit — to $10,000 — on payments to customers who give up seats on oversold flights and will increase training for employees as it deals with fallout from the video of a passenger being violently ...