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Depp’s ‘assassin’ comments the latest in celebrity anger

By MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Johnny Depp has sparked controversy for joking about assassinating Donald Trump during an appearance at a large festival in Britain, the latest example of artists using violent imagery when dealing with the president. "When was the ...

Doctors: Officer stabbed in neck at airport recovering well

By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER and JEFF KAROUB, Associated Press FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The Flint, Michigan, airport officer stabbed in the neck during what authorities are investigating as a terrorist act is recovering well from a 12-inch "slash" that caused significant bleeding but spared major arteries ...

Prosecutors seek to uphold ‘Making a Murderer’ confession

By TODD RICHMOND and STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The confession of a Wisconsin inmate featured in the Netflix series "Making a Murderer" was improperly obtained and he should be retried or released from prison, a three-judge federal appeals panel ruled. Brendan ...

University of Missouri revokes Cosby’s honorary degree

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri's Board of Curators has voted unanimously to revoke an honorary degree it granted to Bill Cosby. University system President Mun Choi recommended that the board strip the comedian of a doctorate in humane letters he received in 1999. Choi cited ...

Judge orders changes at Wisconsin juvenile prisons

By SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge issued a stinging rebuke Friday of disciplinary practices at Wisconsin's youth prisons, saying state officials have demonstrated a "callous indifference" to the harm caused to juvenile inmates by the use of solitary ...

Accident reported involving military plane at Ohio air show

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a military jet apparently practicing for an Ohio air show has been involved in an accident. Penelope Reed of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office in Dayton says a report was received at 12:31 p.m. Friday of a jet off the end of a runway and on its top. ...

Trump attorney says president not under investigation

By CATHERINE LUCEY and HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A member of the president's outside legal team said Sunday that Donald Trump is not under federal investigation, days after Trump appeared to confirm he was with a tweet about being the target of a "witch hunt." Appearing ...

Search for 7 Navy sailors ends after bodies found on ship

By MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press YOKOSUKA, Japan (AP) — The search for seven U.S. Navy sailors who went missing after their destroyer collided with a container ship off the Japanese coast was called off after several bodies were found Sunday in the ship's flooded compartments, including ...

Tourists descend as temperatures climb in Death Valley

By SALLY HO and CHRISTOPHER WEBER., Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Desert dwellers in the western U.S. see temperatures topping 120 degrees as a reason to hunker down indoors and turn up the air conditioning. But some tourists welcome it as a bucket-list opportunity to experience Death ...

In Georgia, a cacophony of arguments could tilt House race

By BILL BARROW, Associated Press DORAVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Dr. Nadine Becker wasn't politically involved until she saw Donald Trump elected president, but the suburban Atlanta gynecologist didn't know how to engage, given her traditionally Republican surroundings. "I was yelling at the TV and ...

Trump’s top lawyer to face questions on Russia, Comey

By ERIC TUCKER and DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is preparing for sharp questions from his former Senate colleagues about his role in the firing of James Comey, his Russian contacts during the campaign and his decision to recuse himself from ...

Trump to tout apprenticeships as way to fill jobs gap

By LAURIE KELLMAN and JOSH BOAK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says apprenticeships could match workers with millions of open jobs, but he's reluctant to devote more taxpayer money to the effort. Instead, Trump and Labor Secretary Alex Acosta say the ...

Deliberations resume in police officer’s manslaughter trial

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota police officer who fatally shot a black motorist seconds after the man informed him he was carrying a gun "did what he had to do" in a thoroughly justified use of force, a defense attorney argued during closing ...

Trump says travel ban ruling comes at ‘dangerous time’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the latest federal court ruling against his proposed travel ban comes at a "dangerous time," maintaining that prohibitions on travelers from six Muslim-majority nations will keep the country safe. The president tweeted, "Well, as ...

Puerto Rico upholds statehood demand in contentious vote

By DANICA COTO, Associated Press SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor is vowing to make the U.S. territory the 51st state after statehood won in a non-binding referendum hit by a boycott and low turnout that raised questions about the vote's legitimacy. Gov. Ricardo Rossello ...

Half-staff flags, bells mark 1 year since Pulse massacre

By MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Church bells throughout Orlando will ring 49 times at noon Monday, a year after the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Gov. Rick Scott ordered U.S. flags around Florida to be flown at half-staff, a giant rainbow flag will be ...

Under Trump, US militias not ready to lay down arms

By LISA MARIE PANE, Associated Press JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — In the woods south of Atlanta, John and Yvette DeMaria are with about a dozen camouflage-wearing, heavily armed Americans huffing and puffing as they scramble to navigate the sprawling piece of property where they train, one weekend a ...

Sessions to testify as Republicans prod Trump on tapes

By HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is preparing to face former Senate colleagues over his role in the controversy around ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, part of an escalating investigation into possible Russian meddling in the 2016 ...

California winner of $447M Powerball can claim prize Monday

By AMY TAXIN, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — The holder of the sole winning Powerball ticket worth $447.8 million can claim the prize as early as Monday morning, lottery officials said. The ticket matching all six numbers was sold in Southern California, and whoever owns it will claim ...

Trump tweets on Comey, declares ‘total vindication’

By ERIC TUCKER and ERICA WERNER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday broke his silence on Twitter following explosive testimony by fired FBI Director James Comey, declaring "total and complete vindication." Trump, who had not posted on his Twitter account ...