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GOP must decide what to do with health law taxes

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans love cutting taxes, especially if they were authored by a president named Barack Obama. But as they push their wobbly effort to erase his health care overhaul, they're divided over whether to repeal the levies the law imposed to ...

Voters await economic revival in a part of pro-Trump America

By CLAIRE GALOFARO, Associated Press PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. (AP) — She tugged 13 envelopes from a cabinet above the stove, each one labeled with a different debt: the house payment, the student loans, the vacuum cleaner she bought on credit. Lydia Holt and her husband tuck money into these ...

Apple’s Tim Cook: Fake news is ‘killing people’s minds’

LONDON (AP) — Apple chief executive Tim Cook says fake news is "killing minds," and governments and tech firms must act to stop it. Cook told the Daily Telegraph newspaper that falsehoods are being spread by people who want "to get the most clicks, not tell the most truth. It's killing ...

Trump attacks on judiciary raise safety concerns for judges

By MARTHA BELLISLE, Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — When a judge who helped derail President Donald Trump's travel ban was hit with online threats, the abuse raised safety concerns among jurists across the country, and experts are worried that the president's own attacks on the judiciary ...

22 train cars plunge into river in California derailment

ELK GROVE, Calif. (AP) — A California fire department says a freight train that derailed in suburban Sacramento has sent 22 rail cars into the mucky and swollen Cosumnes River. KCRA reports (http://bit.ly/2kYcnPI ) the Cosumnes Fire Department says the Union Pacific train carrying food ...

Church shootings leave holes in the fabric of Charleston

By JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The bullet holes in the fellowship hall at Emanuel AME church have been patched, but the holes in the fabric of life in Charleston remain. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton is absent from Goose Creek High School, her exhortations still ...

Ford bets $1B on startup founded by Waymo, Uber vets

By MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ford Motor is spending $1 billion to take over a budding robotics startup to acquire more expertise needed to reach its ambitious goal of having a fully driverless vehicle on the road by 2021. The big bet announced Friday comes ...

Trump’s pick for health and human secretary takes office

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's new health secretary took office Friday after becoming the latest Cabinet nominee to eke out a confirmation victory in the bitterly divided Senate. Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath of office to Tom ...

Trump backs aide who promoted his daughter’s fashion on TV

By JULIE PACE and JULIE BYKOWICZ, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Kellyanne Conway, the high-profile White House counselor, has come under fire from Democratic and Republican lawmakers, fact checkers and the media. But she's so far maintained the support of her boss, President Donald ...

Suspects in videotaped beating plead not guilty in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Four black people charged with a hate crime in an attack on a white mentally disabled man that was shown live on Facebook have pleaded not guilty. The Chicago Sun-Times reports (http://bit.ly/2lz7Hxb) that assistant public defenders for each of the four entered the pleas on ...

How Google Chromebooks conquered schools

By ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The Google Chromebook, a type of stripped-down laptop, isn't a practical mobile device for many people — mostly because it basically turns into an expensive paperweight whenever it can't find a Wi-Fi connection. Yet Chromebooks have ...

Fight on travel ban on hold; appeals court sides with states

By SUDHIN THANAWALA, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The legal fight over President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations is on hold after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reinstate the order, unanimously rejecting the administration's ...

Trump slams the courts, and his court nominee hits back

By VIVIAN SALAMA and KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's criticism of the judiciary prompted a rebuke from his nominee for the Supreme Court, who told a senator the president's comments were "demoralizing and disheartening." Judge Neil Gorsuch, who was ...

Trump vs Nordstrom: The latest bout raising ethical concerns

By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO and BERNARD CONDON, AP Business Writers NEW YORK (AP) — The White House is rushing to the defense of Ivanka Trump's company — the latest sign the president can't seem to separate the presidency from his family's businesses. President Donald Trump added to a string of ...

Tribe files legal challenge to stall Dakota Access pipeline

By JAMES MacPHERSON and BLAKE NICHOLSON, Associated Press CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — Construction of the Dakota Access pipeline under a North Dakota reservoir has begun and the full pipeline should be operational within three months, the developer of the long-delayed project said Thursday, ...

Big utilities try to tilt solar energy market in their favor

By BRIAN SLODYSKO INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's energy utilities want state lawmakers to pass a law that critics say would muscle out smaller companies from the emerging solar energy market. Solar power provides only about 1 percent of the country's energy, but the industry is growing ...

Republican state lawmakers push for restrictions on voting

By KATHLEEN RONAYNE and CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY, Associated Press CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — As President Donald Trump hurls unfounded allegations of colossal fraud in last fall's election, lawmakers in at least 20 mostly Republican-led states are pushing to make it harder to register or to ...

Men in cat scalding case ordered to work in animal shelter

MOSS POINT, Miss. (AP) — Two Mississippi men have been sentenced to jail and ordered to work in an animal shelter for taking part in the videotaped scalding of a cat. Police say the cat died after being doused with boiling water in December. The video was posted online. News organizations ...

Travel ban decision in hands of federal appeals court judges

By SUDHIN THANAWALA, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court will decide whether to reinstate President Donald Trump's travel ban after a contentious hearing in which the judges hammered away at the administration's motivations for the ban, but also directed pointed ...

No sign of Sunny: Virginia Zoo still searching for red panda

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Two weeks have passed since a red panda named Sunny escaped the Virginia Zoo and the raccoonlike animal is still missing. The Virginian-Pilot reports (http://bit.ly/2llcZLK) that sightings of the animal in Norfolk have dwindled to nearly none. Executive Director Greg ...