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High court nominee to face daylong questioning in Senate

By ERICA WERNER and MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch faces hours of questioning from senators as frustrated Democrats are determined to press him on everything from abortion and guns to his independence from President Donald ...

Trump to Capitol in last-ditch lobbying for health care bill

By ALAN FRAM and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is rallying support for the Republican health care overhaul by taking his case directly to GOP lawmakers at the Capitol, two days before the House plans a climactic vote that poses an ...

Labs extend purebred dog popularity record; Rottweilers rise

By JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — America's most popular dog breed is taking yet another victory Lab. Labrador retrievers extended their record run last year in the top spot, leading the American Kennel Club's new rankings Tuesday for a 26th straight year. But Rottweilers ...

Ex-MMA fighter guilty of 29 felonies in kidnap, beating case

By KEN RITTER, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — The former mixed martial arts fighter known as War Machine was found guilty Monday of kidnapping, beating and sexually assaulting his porn actress ex-girlfriend over several months in 2014, and of beating her male friend when he found them ...

Google affiliate offers tools to safeguard elections

By ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — An organization affiliated with Google is offering tools that news organizations and election-related sites can use to protect themselves from hacking. Jigsaw, a research arm of Google parent company Alphabet Inc., says that free and ...

Dylann Roof’s friend is going to prison for lying to FBI

By JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press The only person with whom Dylann Roof shared his racist plan to massacre worshippers at a historically black South Carolina church is about to find out how long he will go to prison for lying to the FBI. Joey Meek is set to be sentenced Tuesday in ...

While Trump talks tough, US quietly cutting nuclear force

By ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force is quietly shrinking its deployed force of land-based nuclear missiles as part of a holdover Obama administration plan to comply with an arms control treaty with Russia. The reductions are nearing completion despite ...

Justices to hear property rights dispute over family’s land

By SAM HANANEL, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Murr family's path to the Supreme Court began on the scenic banks of Wisconsin's St. Croix River, when a group of siblings tried to sell one of two waterfront plots. The idea was to use the money from the vacant lot to pay for ...

AP Explains: Senate confirmation and Supreme Court pick

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Thirteen months after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the Senate is finally holding confirmation hearings to fill the vacancy, considering President Donald Trump's choice of Neil Gorsuch for the high court. Republicans refused ...

Slain NYC medic’s son: ‘I know she didn’t die in vain’

NEW YORK (AP) — The eldest son of a fire department medic fatally run over by a stolen ambulance urged her colleagues and loved ones Saturday to be humbled rather than sad in her memory. "Seeing everyone she affected, I know she didn't die in vain," Jose Montes, the eldest of slain Fire ...

Man who drove suspicious car near White House is detained

WASHINGTON (AP) — A man who drove to a security checkpoint near the White House in a car that was deemed suspicious has been detained by the U.S. Secret Service. The car was stopped Saturday night about a quarter-mile from the White House. The Secret Service says it's investigating. It ...

Trump predicts quick passage of his health care proposal

By KEN THOMAS and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday predicted that a new health care law would be passed by a substantial margin and "pretty quickly," expressing optimism for his top legislative priority during his first news conference ...

Man accused of killing medic with ambulance: ‘I’m innocent’

By TOM McELROY, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A man accused of stealing an ambulance and then driving it over a fire department medic, crushing her to death, told reporters he wasn't guilty as he was escorted out of a police station Friday surrounded by angry uniformed emergency medical ...

Long before new hacks, US worried by Russian spying efforts

By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Years before Russian intelligence agencies stood accused of interfering in the U.S. presidential election and of orchestrating a massive Yahoo data breach, there was lingerie model Anna Chapman and her band of "Illegals" — Russian spies ...

Home explodes in DC suburb: ‘It’s just a pile of bricks’

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — A house in a Maryland suburb of the nation's capital was leveled early Friday by a thunderous explosion heard for miles around, a blast so powerful it shattered windows and caused other damage to several neighboring homes, authorities said. The explosion shook the city ...

Immigration judges to be sent to border detention centers

By ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Justice Department said Friday that it will temporarily transfer immigration judges to six detention centers mostly near the border with Mexico in an effort to put President Donald Trump's immigration directives into effect. The ...

Yahoo breach indictments may shed light on other hacks

By ERIC TUCKER and MICHAEL LIEDTKE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. authorities may now be in a better position to figure out if Russian hackers and Russian spies swayed last year's presidential elections. A scheme uncovered during a federal investigation into a huge Yahoo security ...

Native Hawaiian federal judge halts revised travel ban

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — The judge who halted President Donald Trump's revised travel ban is the only Native Hawaiian serving on the federal bench. U.S. District Judge Derrick Kahala Watson, who was nominated by former President Barack Obama in 2012 and ...

Trump budget: Defense spending a priority over agency money

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump unveiled a $1.15 trillion budget on Thursday, a far-reaching overhaul of federal government spending that slashes many domestic programs to finance a significant increase in the military and make a down payment on a ...

Oklahoma Senate punishes senator found with teen in motel

By TIM TALLEY, Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Charges could be filed Thursday against an Oklahoma state senator who police say was found with a teenage boy in a motel room in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, according to a local prosecutor. Cleveland County District Attorney Greg ...