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Lawyer: Russian developer’s staffer also at Trump Tower meet

By STEPHEN BRAUN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A representative of the Russian developer who partnered with President Donald Trump to bring the Miss Universe pageant to Moscow was the eighth person at a Trump Tower meeting arranged by Donald Trump Jr. during the campaign, a lawyer for ...

Officer who shot Australian woman felt called to police work

By AMY FORLITI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an Australian woman in an alley shortly after she called 911 to report a possible crime is a young Somali-American and father who felt called to work in law enforcement after getting a ...

Officials worry about debris in water near Florida sinkhole

LAND O'LAKES, Fla. (AP) — Even though a Florida sinkhole hasn't grown in several days, officials said that the debris-strewn site is still considered dangerous and that residents of five homes remained evacuated Tuesday due to the dangers. "The sinkhole is not growing anymore ... but still ...

Search intensifies for man swept away in violent flash flood

By ANITA SNOW and ANGIE WANG, Associated Press TONTO NATIONAL FOREST, Ariz. (AP) — The search for a man who was swept away in a flash flood that killed nine others at a swimming hole in central Arizona intensified Tuesday as crews with dogs and a drone combed through huge clumps of muddy ...

House budget blueprint key to success of Trump tax agenda

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite opposition from Republican moderates and conservatives, House leaders are pressing ahead with a budget plan whose success is critical to the party's hopes to deliver on one of President Donald Trump's top priorities — a GOP-only ...

Powerful opioid suspected in 10-year-old Miami boy’s death

By JENNIFER KAY and CURT ANDERSON, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — A 10-year-old boy from a drug-ridden Miami neighborhood apparently died of a fentanyl overdose last month, becoming one of Florida's littlest victims of the opioid crisis, authorities said Tuesday. But how he came into contact ...

Relatives demand answers in fatal Minnesota police shooting

By AMY FORLITI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Relatives and neighbors of an Australian woman who was fatally shot by Minneapolis police over the weekend demanded answers Monday about the mysterious shooting in which the meditation teacher and bride-to-be was reportedly killed by a ...

Flood victims ‘heard a roar, and it was on top of them’

By ANITA SNOW and ALINA HARTOUNIAN, Associated Press TONTO NATIONAL FOREST, Ariz. (AP) — The flash flood that killed nine people in an Arizona canyon began its deadly descent as an impressive but avoidable surge of churning water, black with cinders from a recent wildfire and choked with ...

Health plan hinges on the young, but they’re a tough sell

By CARLA K. JOHNSON, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Julian Senn-Raemont isn't convinced he needs to buy health insurance when he loses coverage under his dad's plan in a couple of years — no matter what happens in the policy debate in Washington, or how cheap the plans are. The ...

No Trump slump in tourism but there could be a Trump bump

By BETH J. HARPAZ, AP Travel Editor NEW YORK (AP) — Last winter, the U.S. tourism industry fretted that Trump administration policies might lead to a "Trump slump" in travel. But those fears may have been premature. International arrivals and travel-related spending are up in 2017 compared ...

Studio: Kermit actor fired for ‘unacceptable’ conduct

NEW YORK (AP) — The Muppets Studio is blaming "unacceptable business conduct" for its dismissal of Steve Whitmire as the longtime performer of Kermit the Frog. This explanation, issued Monday, follows Whitmire's emotional blog post last week after his firing was made public. He said he ...

White House briefing is off-camera again

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Cameras remained off Monday at the White House press briefing on orders of the Trump administration, sidelining one of daytime television's most popular features on the same day that ABC announced new digital programming tied to it. The ...

Papers reveals grisly confession in 4 Pennsylvania slayings

By MARYCLAIRE DALE and MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A pot dealer gave police a grisly account of killing four men on his family's Pennsylvania farm, saying he crushed one of them with a backhoe after shooting him and tried to set three of the bodies on fire in ...

Senator selling stock after AP ties company to Mexican labor

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana senator and longtime critic of outsourcing jobs to foreign countries announced Friday that he's selling his stock in his family's arts and crafts company after The Associated Press reported it manufactures some products in Mexico. Democrat Joe Donnelly said he ...

Trump administration to appeal travel ban ruling to justices

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — In another setback for President Donald Trump, a federal judge in Hawaii further weakened the already-diluted travel ban by vastly expanding the list of U.S. family relationships that visitors from six Muslim-majority countries can ...

Nevada Sen. Dean Heller is the man to watch on health bill

By ERICA WERNER and ALISON NOON, Associated Press CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Health care legislation is hanging by a thread in the Senate, and no one is under more pressure than Republican Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada. Heller was already seen as the most endangered GOP incumbent senator in next ...

How hot is too hot aboard an airliner? The law doesn’t say

By THOMAS PEIPERT, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Every day, tens of thousands of U.S. airline passengers settle into their seats, lower the window shades and reach up to twist the air vents without the benefit of something that might do even more to keep them cool: a rule setting ...

Court: Commissioners’ prayer practice violated Constitution

By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Elected officials in North Carolina violated the Constitution by opening meetings with Christian prayers and inviting audience members to join, a federal appeals court ruled Friday in a closely watched case that could end up in ...

General: Jet was at cruising altitude before problems, crash

By JEFF AMY, Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The military transport plane that slammed into soybean fields Monday in the Mississippi Delta, killing 15 Marines and a Navy sailor, appears to have developed problems while high in the air, a Marine general said Wednesday. "Indications ...

Former Christie ally, ‘Bridgegate’ mastermind avoids prison

By DAVID PORTER, Associated Press NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former ally to Gov. Chris Christie who was the mastermind of the 2013 George Washington Bridge lane-closing scheme will avoid prison after pleading guilty and giving testimony that helped convict two former aides to him. Federal Judge ...