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Omar’s Israel remarks expose Democrats’ simmering divisions

By LAURIE KELLMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Back in January, the Democrats welcomed their brash young newcomers to Congress with smiles and hugs. That was before the new colleagues dragged the party's simmering divisions over Israel out in the open. Provocative comments from Rep. ...

Monster twister takes 10 relatives from 1 Alabama family

By JAY REEVES Associated Press BEAUREGARD, Ala. (AP) — Cousins Cordarrly Jones and Demetria Jones have a hard time counting all the relatives they lost to a monster tornado that wiped out a rural community in Alabama. Their grandparents, 89-year-old Jimmy Jones and 83-year-old Mary Louise ...

Elon Musk firm pitched to build transit system in Las Vegas

By REGINA GARCIA CANO Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Entrepreneur Elon Musk's dream of an express tunnel transit system could finally become a reality in Las Vegas after major setbacks in other cities. Las Vegas' tourism agency announced Wednesday it is recommending that an enterprise ...

Cohen’s 4th day of testimony could touch on Russia, finances

By MARY CLARE JALONICK and ERIC TUCKER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former lawyer is returning to Capitol Hill for a fourth day of testimony as Democrats pursue a flurry of investigations into Trump's White House, businesses and presidential campaign. Michael ...

Trump to battle investigations with condemnation and lawyers

By CATHERINE LUCEY and ZEKE MILLER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has beefed up its legal team. Its political team is ready to distract and disparage. And President Donald Trump is venting against Democratic prying. Trump's plan for responding to the multiplying ...

Dressed up, ready for fun: New Orleans celebrates Mardi Gras

By REBECCA SANTANA Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The streets of New Orleans will be filled Tuesday with excited kids catching beads from atop ladders, revelers in fancy costumes walking through the French Quarter and Mardi Gras Indians wearing finely beaded costumes. Tuesday marks the ...

Man finds father’s body in Alabama tornado wreckage

By KIM CHANDLER and JEFF MARTIN Associated Press BEAUREGARD, Ala. (AP) — Picking through the twisted debris that had been her Alabama mobile home, Carol Dean found her wedding dress and a Father's Day note to her husband reading, "Daddy, I love you to pieces." But the storm took the ...

As 2020 nears, pressure grows to replace voting machines

By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Time and money are running short for states to replace aging or inadequate voting machines before the 2020 presidential primaries, according to a report released Tuesday. State and local election officials in 31 states say they want to ...

Who’s getting document requests from House Dems in new probe

By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Dozens of people with connections to President Donald Trump and his associates will receive document requests this week, as the House Judiciary Committee starts a broad new probe looking at possible obstruction of justice, corruption ...

House panel opens sweeping probe of Trump, his associates

By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats launched a sweeping new probe of President Donald Trump, an aggressive investigation that threatens to shadow the president through the 2020 election season with potentially damaging inquiries into his White House, campaign ...

Searches resume after tornado kills 23 in Alabama

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press BEAUREGARD, Ala. (AP) — Rescuers began tearing through the rubble of mobile homes and houses Monday in search of survivors of a powerful tornado that rampaged through southeast Alabama and killed at least 23 people, including children. The trail of ...

Holder rules out 2020 run, says he’ll focus on redistricting

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Attorney General Eric Holder says he's not running for president in 2020. Holder, a Democrat, said in a Monday opinion piece in The Washington Post that he'll focus on redistricting, the process of reconfiguring electoral districts. Holder served under President ...

Slaying of one of their own unnerves gangland reporters

By MICHAEL TARM, AP Legal Affairs Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Shawn Cotton no longer drives his $55,000, bright pink Corvette to work because he's afraid it could get him killed like his friend. But there are two things he won't leave home without: his bulletproof vest and the 9 mm pistol he slips ...

Former Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper joins presidential race

By NICHOLAS RICCARDI, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said on Monday he's running for president, casting himself as a can-do uniter who's used to overcoming adversity and accomplishing liberal goals in a politically divided state. "I'm running for ...

New techniques let scientists zero in on individual cells

By MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Did you hear what happened when Bill Gates walked into a bar? Everybody there immediately became millionaires — on average. That joke about a very rich man is an old one among statisticians. So why did Peter Smibert use it to explain a ...

House OKs Democrats’ bill blocking Trump emergency on wall

By ALAN FRAM and ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats have ignored a veto threat and passed legislation that would stymie President Donald Trump's bid for billions of extra dollars for a U.S.-Mexico border wall. The move has escalated a clash over whether he has ...

What to Watch: Cohen’s testimony could deal damage to Trump

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — There'll be much talk of a "rat," hush money for onetime paramours and the 2016 presidential campaign. But did President Donald Trump break the law? That's the key question Michael Cohen will be expected to answer with documents on ...

Cohen says Trump knew about WikiLeaks email dump beforehand

By MARY CLARE JALONICK and MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer is planning to tell a House committee that Trump knew ahead of time that WikiLeaks had emails damaging to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and that Trump is ...

Supreme Court considers fate of cross-shaped war memorial

By JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is diving into a debate about the place of religious symbols in public life in a case about a cross-shaped war memorial in Maryland. Those challenging the cross say that if the court allows it to stand on public land, ...

Cohen prepared testimony: Trump is ‘racist,’ ‘liar,’ ‘cheat’

By MARY CLARE JALONICK and MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer is preparing to tell a House committee Wednesday that Trump knew ahead of time that WikiLeaks had emails damaging to his rival Hillary Clinton's presidential ...