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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 ...

Senate begins debate on Gorsuch, headed for showdown

By ERICA WERNER and MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats have secured the votes to block President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee under current rules, putting the Senate on a partisan collision course over confirming Neil Gorsuch to a lifetime appointment ...

Bit by bit, Trump methodically undoing Obama policies

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid the turmoil over staff shake-ups, blocked travel bans and the Russia cloud hanging overhead, President Donald Trump is steadily plugging away at a major piece of his agenda: Undoing Obama. From abortion to energy to climate ...

Senate panel to vote on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel is opening a weeklong partisan showdown over President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee with Democrats steadily amassing the votes to block Neil Gorsuch and force Republicans to unilaterally change long-standing ...

Congress seen as not likely to pass tax overhaul quickly

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — After their humiliating loss on health care, Republicans in Congress could use a quick victory on a big issue. It won't be an overhaul of the tax code. Overhauling the tax code could prove harder to accomplish than repealing and ...

Trump’s son-in-law slated to make a visit to Iraq Monday

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, is due to spend Monday in Iraq with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a senior administration official said. The official did not release additional details ...

Atlanta begins 1st full workweek since major bridge collapse

By JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr., Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Traffic appeared light Monday morning as the first full workweek opened since the fiery collapse of a major Atlanta interstate bridge, complicating the city's already challenging commute. The Southeast's largest city faced a tough ...

Losses from mine spill may be less than feared

By DAN ELLIOTT, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Economic damage from a Colorado mine waste spill caused by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may be far less than originally feared after attorneys drastically reduced some of the larger claims, The Associated Press has learned. Farmers, ...

Nearly 9 months later, Central Park blast remains a mystery

By JAKE PEARSON, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Detective Paul Arroyo and Special Agent Peter D'Antonio are frustrated. For nearly nine months, the investigators have tried to find out how exactly a small, clear plastic bag full of readily available, highly explosive chemicals found its ...