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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 ...

GOP pushing Price, Sessions, DeVos a step toward Senate OK

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are muscling more of President Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees to the cusp of Senate confirmation over Democratic objections, with committees poised to advance his picks to head agencies in the thick of partisan battles over health ...

Congressional leaders blindsided, scrambling on refugee ban

By ERICA WERNER, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Donald Trump paused the nation's refugee program with the stroke of a pen, top congressional leaders of his own party were left to find out the same way the general public did: from the media as Trump signed the ...

US military botches online fight against Islamic State

By DESMOND BUTLER and RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — On any given day at MacDill Air Force Base, web crawlers scour social media for potential recruits to the Islamic State group. Then, in a high-stakes operation to counter the extremists' propaganda, language ...

Immigration order playing well to Trump’s fans around nation

By JAY REEVES, Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — President Donald Trump's order temporarily banning refugees and immigrants from seven mostly Muslim countries is playing well in Trump Country, those places that propelled him to the White House. The New York businessman and reality TV ...

Boy Scouts allows transgender kids into boys-only programs

By CLAUDIA LAUER, Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — A New Jersey woman whose son was asked to leave his Boy Scouts troop after leaders found out he is transgender said she has mixed emotions about the organization's decision to allow transgender children who identify as boys to enroll in its ...

Trump denies immigration restriction is ‘a Muslim ban’

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is vigorously defending his immigration restrictions, as protests spread throughout the country, saying "this is about terror and keeping our country safe." Trump released a statement asserting, "To be clear, this is ...

A look at Trump’s executive order on refugees, immigration

By ALICIA A. CALDWEL and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday that makes major changes to America's immigration system, sparking confusion at airports, protests around the country and denunciations from leaders around the ...

A commuter’s dream: Entrepreneurs race to develop flying car

By JOAN LOWY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Even before George Jetson entranced kids with his cartoon flying car, people dreamed of soaring above traffic congestion. Inventors and entrepreneurs have long tried and failed to make the dream a reality, but that may be changing. Nearly a ...

Troopers: Son stabs mom to death during confrontation

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) — A man has been charged with stabbing his mother to death during a confrontation inside her western Pennsylvania home. Police say 27-year-old Dean Craven stabbed his 57-year-old mother, Lauri, multiple times Sunday morning. Authorities declared her dead at her ...

Man convicted in deadly blast faces murder-for-hire trial

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A man serving two life sentences in a deadly Indianapolis house explosion faces trial on a murder-for-hire charge. Prosecutors say 47-year-old Mark Leonard tried to hire a hit man to kill a key witness in the house explosion case while he was in jail. The Indianapolis ...

Most religious groups come out against Trump refugee order

By RACHEL ZOLL, AP Religion Writer Rabbi Joel Mosbacher had just finished the morning's Shabbat service when he got an urgent message: Rabbis were needed at New York's Kennedy Airport. People were being detained under President Donald Trump's sharp travel restrictions on refugees. Would he ...

Protests erupt at airports following Trump travel ban

By The Associated Press President Donald Trump's travel ban barring citizens of seven predominantly Muslim nations entry into the U.S. has sparked protests around the country Saturday night and early Sunday morning. A look at what is happening: ___ SEATTLE At Seattle-Tacoma International ...

Environmentalists preparing to battle Trump, GOP in court

By TAMMY WEBBER and JOHN FLESHER, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — The night before Donald Trump's inauguration, five environmental lawyers filed a federal court brief defending an Obama administration clean-water rule that the new president and his Republican allies have targeted for ...

Week 1 of Trump: dog years, old fights, new words, weirdness

By NANCY BENAC, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It's been a getting-to-know-you first week for both President Donald Trump and the nation. Trump's personal traits on display during the campaign seemed more pronounced in the august setting of the White House. The new president made haste ...