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Court denies Trump request to immediately restore travel ban

By ERIC TUCKER, The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court denied early Sunday the Justice Department's request for an immediate reinstatement of President Donald Trump's ban on accepting certain travelers and all refugees. The Trump administration appealed a temporary ...

2 dead, 2 injured after van soars over Los Angeles freeway

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two women are dead after their van missed a bridge over the 101 Freeway in Los Angeles, smashing through concrete pillars and launching over six lanes of traffic before colliding with a southbound car. The Los Angeles Fire Department released a statement Saturday night ...

A look at how a president can exercise his authority

By The Associated Press President Donald Trump has taken 18 executive actions since being sworn into office on Jan. 20. Some of the papers he signed were executive orders that dealt with building the wall he promised along the U.S.-Mexico border; temporarily banning entry to the U.S. by ...

Feds: Oceanic whitetip shark warrants ‘threatened’ listing

By PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The oceanic whitetip shark's declining status in the wild warrants listing as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, an arm of the federal government has determined. The shark is found around the world, mostly in open water, ...

Trump takes first step to scale back financial regulations

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is taking his first steps aimed at scaling back financial services regulations, and the Republican-run Congress cast a vote early Friday signaling that it's eager to help. The president will sign an executive order ...

AP FACT CHECK: Conway cites ‘massacre’ that didn’t happen

By PATRICK MAIRS, Associated Press A top aide to President Donald Trump has cited a 2011 "massacre" in Kentucky that never happened as a reason why the administration's temporary ban on immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations is necessary. During an interview with MSNBC's Chris ...

US jobs report to show if Trump era began with strong hiring

By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The first U.S. jobs report to be released since Donald Trump became president will reveal whether growing confidence among businesses fueled an accelerated pace of hiring in January. Economists remain watchful. They have ...

Guard killed at prison saved colleagues’ lives, union says

By RANDALL CHASE, Associated Press SMYRNA, Del. (AP) — Forced into a closet by inmates at Delaware's largest prison, Sgt. Steven Floyd called out to officers coming to his aid, warning them that inmates had set a trap — saving their lives with his final actions, the head of the state ...

DeVos clears major Senate hurdle toward becoming ed secy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Betsy DeVos has cleared a major hurdle in the Senate to become the next education secretary, despite vigorous opposition from Democrats. Senators voted 52-48 to cut off debate before dawn Friday morning, setting the stage for a final confirmation vote next week. DeVos is a ...

Breitbart editor’s Berkeley talk nixed amid violent protest

By JOCELYN GECKER, Associated Press BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — A crowd protesting a far-right commentator's appearance at the University of California at Berkeley hurled smoke bombs, broke windows and sparked a massive bonfire, prompting officials to call off the event. The decision came two ...

More Delaware inmates released, 2 workers still held hostage

By RANDALL CHASE, Associated Press SMYRNA, Del. (AP) — Authorities say 14 more inmates have been released at a Delaware prison where inmates are still holding two staffers hostage. A news release from the Delaware Department of Correction says the 14 were released about 12:30 a.m. Thursday ...

DeVos nomination on thin ice with 2 GOP senators opposed

By MARIA DANILOVA, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's nomination of school choice activist Betsy DeVos as education secretary is on thin ice after two Republican senators vowed to vote against her. DeVos, a billionaire Republican donor who spent more than two decades ...

Pennsylvania groundhog’s handlers: Phil predicts more winter

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — The handlers of Pennsylvania's most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, said the furry rodent has "predicted" six more weeks of winter after seeing his shadow at dawn Thursday. The top hat-wearing members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club's Inner Circle reveal ...

Trump taps Judge Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court

By JULIE PACE and MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has nominated Neil Gorsuch, a fast-rising conservative judge with a writer's flair, to the Supreme Court, setting up a fierce fight with Democrats over a jurist who could shape America's legal landscape ...

Gorsuch emulates Scalia minus the rough edges

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — If confirmed by the Senate to the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch would fill the seat of the man he seeks to emulate as a judge. He would be the first justice to serve alongside a colleague for whom he worked. Gorsuch described his former ...

U. of Mich. video game cache serves as an archive, at play

By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER, Associated Press ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan collects video games. Lots of them. The Ann Arbor university's Computer and Video Game Archive features over 7,000 titles — everything from time-honored favorites such as "Pac-Man" and "Frogger" to ...

Senator: Army Corps told to approve Dakota pipeline easement

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The acting secretary of the Army has ordered the Army Corps of Engineers to allow construction of the Dakota Access pipeline under a Missouri River reservoir, a North Dakota senator said, the latest twist in the months-long legal battle over the $3.8 billion ...

NY attorney general sues internet provider over speed claims

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's attorney general has filed a lawsuit against Charter Communications alleging that the cable and internet provider failed to deliver on promised internet speeds and reliability. Charter's subsidiary, Spectrum, was previously known as Time Warner Cable. The ...

Giving away the farm: Woman holds 200-word essay contest

BENNETT, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina woman wants to give her farm away to a couple who wins her essay contest. News outlets report that architect-turned-farmer Norma Burns is the owner of Bluebird Hill Farm in Bennett. Burns has run the farm for 18 years, but says she is ready to return to ...

Clash over refugee ban brings firing of Justice Dept. head

By JULIE PACE and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press Writers WASHINGTON (AP) — In an extraordinary public showdown, President Donald Trump fired the acting attorney general of the United States after she publicly questioned the constitutionality of his refugee and immigration ban and refused to ...