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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 ...

Army nod for Dakota Access pipeline looms; Tribe vows action

By BLAKE NICHOLSON, Associated Press BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The developer of the stalled Dakota Access oil pipeline could get clearance from the Army as early as Wednesday to finish the $3.8 billion project, though the American Indian tribe that has led the battle against the project for ...

Warren violates rule, sparking Senate dustup

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans silenced Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren for criticizing colleague and attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions with the words of Coretta Scott King from three decades ago. The Massachusetts lawmaker, whose name has been ...

Disney’s Iger announces 2019 opening for Star Wars lands

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Disney CEO Bob Iger says the company will open its Star Wars-themed lands at California's Disneyland and Florida's Walt Disney World in 2019. The 14-acre attractions were announced in 2015 and are under construction at the parks. Disney says the lands will include ...

Federal appellate court judges will hear arguments today

By ERIC TUCKER and SUDHIN THANAWALA, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — State and federal lawyers will argue before a panel of federal appellate court judges Tuesday in the pitched fight over President Donald Trump's travel and refugee ban that could reach the Supreme Court. The legal ...

At $250 million, a new mega mansion is most expensive home in U.S.

By AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — At $250 million, a new mega mansion in the exclusive Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles is the most expensive home listed in the United States. The passion project of developer and handbag tycoon Bruce Makowsky, the four-level, ...

2 employees attacked by inmate at North Carolina prison

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Prison officials in North Carolina say an inmate has attacked two employees at the Central Prison in Raleigh. Public Safety Department spokesman Keith Acree told local news outlets the attacks occurred about 11 p.m. Monday. Acree says medical workers at the prison ...

Donald Trump dismisses polls showing low approval ratings as “fake news,”

By LISA LERER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Scrappy as ever, Donald Trump on Monday dismissed polls showing low approval ratings as "fake news." But whatever his opinion, active opposition to his go-it-alone presidency appears to be widening. From corporate boardrooms to the halls of ...

A divided Senate is set to confirm DeVos by the narrowest possible margin

By MARIA DANILOVA and ERICA WERNER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate was poised on Tuesday to confirm President Donald Trump's nominee for education secretary by the narrowest possible margin, with Vice President Mike Pence expected to break a 50-50 tie, despite a last-ditch ...

Republicans seek distance from Trump’s comments on Putin, US

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump has long expressed a desire for improved relations with Moscow, but his latest comments about Russian President Vladimir Putin and the U.S. are leading some fellow Republicans to take a step back from ...

2 states say allowing travel ban would ‘unleash chaos again’

By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for Washington state and Minnesota have told a federal appellate court that restoring President Donald Trump's ban on refugees and travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries would "unleash chaos again." The filing with the ...

Super Bowl ads go political in a big way

By MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Messages about America, inclusiveness — and, yes, even "four years of awful hair" — kept bubbling up in Super Bowl 51 ads from Airbnb, the NFL and a line of personal care products. But there was still plenty of escapism and light ...

Is it tough being a kid? Try being a president’s kid

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — If it's tough being a kid, try being a "first kid" — the child of an American president. Just ask President Bill Clinton's daughter, Chelsea. Or President George W. Bush's twins, Jenna and Barbara. And now, President Donald Trump's ...

Trump to make first visit to MacDill Air Force Base

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump is making his first visit to the headquarters for U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command. Both military commands are headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. Trump, ...

Georgia deputy inhales liquid nitrogen while rescuing woman

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a sheriff's deputy in east Georgia has died after inhaling liquid nitrogen while trying to save a worker at a company in Augusta. The Richmond County Sheriff's Office says in a statement that 33-year-old Sgt. Greg Meagher died Sunday after inhaling a ...

Visa holders rush to board flights to US amid reprieve

By TAMMY WEBBER, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Visa holders from seven majority-Muslim countries who were turned away from the United States due to President Donald Trump's travel ban are hoping to make it through a narrow window opened by legal challenges. The federal appeals court in ...