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Coroner says Indiana couple, teenage son were shot to death

SALEM, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a couple and their teenage son whose bodies were found in their southern Indiana home were shot to death. Police have said they believe a man who was living with the family committed the slayings. State Police say the Washington County coroner identified ...

Raise your right hand: High stakes at Congressional hearings

By NANCY BENAC, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — This city knows how to do big hearings —https://www.oniwire.com/wp-admin/post-new.php even Titanic ones. Dramatic congressional hearings are something of a Washington art form, a rite of democracy carefully crafted for the ...

Trump heading to Ohio to talk infrastructure

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will discuss his plans for a $1 trillion overhaul of the nation's crumbling roads, bridges and waterways during a speech in Ohio Wednesday. As the White House tries to push past a series of distractions and focus on ...

SpaceX launches 1st recycled supply ship

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launched its first recycled cargo ship to the International Space Station on Saturday, yet another milestone in its bid to drive down flight costs. After a two-day delay caused by thunderstorms, the unmanned Falcon ...

NY officer dragged by car, critically injured; 2 in custody

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a New York plainclothes police officer was critically injured when a driver he was questioning in a gunfire investigation took off, dragging the officer more than two city blocks. A police spokesman said Officer Dalsh Veve fired his weapon as he was being ...

Source: Brother of dismembered boy’s killer found dead

By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly six years after detectives uncovered the dismembered remains of an 8-year-old boy in a Brooklyn house, the brother of the man now imprisoned for killing the child was found dead in the same family home. Police responding to a call ...

Pentagon chief turns up heat on North Korea and China

By ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer SINGAPORE (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis turned up the heat on North Korea and its main benefactor, China, on Saturday, calling the North Koreans a "clear and present danger" and chastising the Chinese for coercive behavior in the South ...

GOP legislative agenda incomplete, lags as Congress returns

By ERICA WERNER, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his GOP allies on Capitol Hill have made it through nearly half their first year in power without a single major legislative achievement. If that's going to change, it will have to start soon, a ...

Pence rallying GOP base in Iowa, where some cool to Trump

By THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is trying to solidify the Republican base in Iowa, where some conservatives complain President Donald Trump has much to prove and party leaders say he's being undermined from within. Headlining Sen. Joni ...

Source: Chicago, federal government draft police reform deal

By MICHAEL TARM and HERBERT G. MCCANN, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — The city of Chicago and the U.S. Justice Department have negotiated a draft agreement that calls for an independent monitor to oversee police department reforms, though it is unclear if there will be court oversight at ...

Cosby accuser calm and focused as trial nears, friends say

By MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — When Andrea Constand takes the stand in the coming days to break her decade-long silence about Bill Cosby, jurors will hear from a free spirit who devotes her life to family, her French poodle, and her work treating cancer patients ...

NASA spacecraft will aim straight for sun next year

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft will aim straight for the sun next year. The space agency announced the red-hot mission Wednesday at the University of Chicago. Scheduled to launch in summer 2018, the Solar Probe Plus will fly within 4 ...

Trump resisting pressure from Europe, pope on climate deal

By JULIE PACE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is expected to withdraw the United States from a landmark global climate agreement, a White House official said Wednesday, though Trump and aides were looking for "caveats in the language" related to the exit and had ...

Top Trump aide exits as wider White House overhaul expected

By JILL COLVIN and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A top communications aide to President Donald Trump has resigned, in what many inside and outside the White House see as the first exit before a wider overhaul. Fresh off Trump's first official trip abroad, his ...

GOP health plan could be costly for those with coverage gaps

By SHEILA BURKE and DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As a thyroid cancer survivor battling nerve damage and other complications, Lisa Dammert was in such dire financial straits in 2014 that she and her husband did the unthinkable: They let their health insurance lapse ...

Poll: GOP health bill a far cry from Trump promises

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has called the House-passed health care bill a "great plan," but a new poll finds that 3 out of 4 people in the United States do not believe it fulfills most of his promises. The poll out Wednesday from ...

Relative ‘devastated’ after shooting kills 8 in Mississippi

By KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — Head in hands, his voice strained, Vincent Mitchell sat outside his little yellow home and tried to make sense of how a family dispute led to a rampage that killed eight people, including the deputy who tried to keep them safe. "I'm ...

Kelly defends plan for Russia back channel as a ‘good thing’

By HOPE YEN and VIVIAN SALAMA, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly is defending an alleged effort by top White House adviser Jared Kushner to create back-channel communications with Russia as a "good thing," while the Trump administration sought to quell ...

Police: Parking dispute escalates to fatal shooting; 2 dead

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two men were fatally shot after an argument over a parking space in a crowded Florida tourist district. Miami Beach Police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez says two Miami-Dade County men suffered gunshot wounds in the dispute late Sunday along a popular stretch of Ocean ...

Standing Rock film festival centers around pipeline protest

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A film festival on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation aims to bolster the anti-pipeline movement that blossomed there last year. Another goal of the inaugural Standing Rock Nation Film and Music Festival Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the tribal casino near Fort Yates ...