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Neighbor: Bar attack suspect a ‘drunken mess,’ not political

By JIM SUHR and JOHN HANNA, Associated Press OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man accused of shooting two Indian immigrants and a third man at a bar, in what some believe was a hate crime, was always a drinker but became a "drunken mess" after his father died about 18 months ago, a longtime ...

Officials: Trump adviser asked FBI to dispute Russia reports

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — White House chief of staff Reince Priebus asked top FBI officials to dispute media reports that President Donald Trump's campaign advisers were frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents during the election, according to ...

Dakota Access oil pipeline could be operating within weeks

By BLAKE NICHOLSON and JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — Oil could be flowing through the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline in less than two weeks, according to court documents filed by the developer just before police and soldiers started clearing a protest camp ...

Indian man killed in possible racial shooting at Kansas bar

By JIM SUHR, Associated Press OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A man has been charged with murder in what some witnesses described as a racially motivated shooting at a crowded suburban Kansas City bar that left one Indian man dead and two other men hospitalized. Local police are working with the FBI to ...

Vulnerable Dems lay low as town hall angst rages

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — From Montana to West Virginia, the nation's most vulnerable Senate Democrats are avoiding town hall meetings as their Republican counterparts get pummeled by an energized electorate frustrated with President Donald Trump's early ...

Refugees of a certain age seek mainstream high schools

By MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — The handiwork posted outside a small classroom in the heart of Pennsylvania's Amish country hints at the ambition of the refugees studying at Phoenix Academy. I come from Africa and want to be an economist. I come from Tanzania and ...

Judge: Only 1 Cosby accuser can testify at sex assault trial

By MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A judge will let only one other accuser testify at Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial to bolster charges that the actor drugged and molested a woman at his estate near Philadelphia. The pivotal ruling Friday by a Pennsylvania judge ...

Governor: Dakota Access protesters can leave without arrest

By BLAKE NICHOLSON and JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — A few dozen people still occupying a sprawling encampment on federal land to protest construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline will have another chance to leave peacefully Thursday, North Dakota's ...

End of transgender bathroom rule gets conservative praise

By SADIE GURMAN and MARIA DANILOVA, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservatives are praising the Trump administration's rollback of public school bathroom requirements for transgender students, saying the move corrects a legal overreach by the Obama administration that is best left for ...

Immigrants fearing deportation under Trump change routines

By DEEPTI HAJELA and AMY TAXIN, Associated Press In Orange County, California, dozens of immigrant parents have signed legal documents authorizing friends and relatives to pick up their children from school and access their bank accounts to pay their bills in the event they are arrested by ...

Officer shoots suspect in central Kansas triple homicide

NEWTON, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a police officer has fatally shot a man suspected in a triple homicide in rural central Kansas. Harvey County Sheriff's Cpl. Tim Boese says officers responding to reports of a shooting found three bodies in a home in Newton, 25 miles north of Wichita, ...

Conservatives learn dealing with Trump can be complicated

By LISA LERER and ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — For the past eight years, thousands of conservative activists have descended on Washington each spring with dreams of putting a Republican in the White House. This year, they're learning reality can be complicated. With ...

NYC lowers cost estimate for presidential protection

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City has lowered its cost estimate for guarding President Donald Trump, his family and their Manhattan residence. Police Commissioner James P. O'Neill has written to New York's Congressional delegation to seek reimbursement. He says it cost about $24 million to ...

Trump’s new national security adviser a soldier-scholar

By CATHERINE LUCEY and ROBERT BURNS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has chosen as his national security adviser a soldier-scholar who fought in both Iraq wars and wrote an influential book that called out the U.S. government for "lies" that led to the Vietnam ...

Creeks, rivers top banks after latest California storm

By KRISTIN J, BENDER, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Creeks and rivers topped their banks, hundreds of homes were evacuated and several thousand people found themselves trapped in a rural hamlet as Northern California emerged Tuesday from yet another winter storm. The atmospheric ...

Cobain’s daughter thanks late dad on date of 50th birthday

By The Associated Press Kurt Cobain's daughter has paid tribute to the late Nirvana frontman on what would have been his 50th birthday. Frances Bean Cobain posted a brief note on Instagram on Monday. She writes, "You are loved and you are missed. Thank you for giving me the gift of ...

Groups, individuals helping white extremists shed hate

By JAY REEVES, Associated Press ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The Celtic cross tattoo on Shannon Martinez's leg gives away her past. A victim of sexual assault at age 14 and never quite able to meet her parents' expectations, Martinez sought out other angry teens. By 16, she was a skinhead spouting ...

Dozens of headstones toppled at Jewish cemetery in Missouri

UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities in Missouri are investigating after dozens of headstones were tipped over at a Jewish cemetery near St. Louis. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/2lAG5dB ) that the vandalism was reported early Monday at the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery ...

FBI assessing threat against Muslims made during meeting

KERNERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The FBI says it's looking into reports of death threats made against Muslims during a meeting of conservative activists in North Carolina. Local news outlets report Monday the Council on American-Islamic Relations asked federal authorities to look into a meeting ...

Trump seeks national security adviser, health care strategy

By CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump's holiday weekend featured a raucous campaign rally, a health care strategy session, interviews for a new national security adviser — and even a few holes of golf. Trump brought four contenders to his ...