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Arnold Schwarzenegger opens up about affair, Trump feud

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Arnold Schwarzenegger says he doesn't dwell on the affair that cost him his marriage to Maria Shriver and is focused on having a great relationship with his kids. Schwarzenegger and Shriver separated in 2011 after she discovered he had fathered a child with the family maid ...

Mischief in the Capitol as GOP rebels stir up trouble

By ERICA WERNER, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — The Capitol is suddenly awash with troublemakers and rebels — and that's just the Republicans. Whatever GOP unity was produced by Donald Trump's victory in November has all but disappeared, and Republican leaders are ...

Yellen signals the Fed will likely raise rates this month

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signaled Friday that the Fed will likely resume raising interest rates later this month to reflect a strengthening job market and inflation edging toward the central bank's 2 percent target ...

Silicon Valley high school makes $24 million from Snap IPO

By KRISTIN J. BENDER, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A private Catholic high school in California's Silicon Valley that made $24 million from an initial public offering of shares in Snap Inc. will use the windfall for financial aid, professional development, teacher training and ...

Art of the parse: How politicians talk their way out of jams

By NANCY BENAC, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In Washington, it's the art of the parse. Everyone splits rhetorical hairs from time to time, but politicians are especially adept at trying to dance their way out of a bind with carefully crafted explanations. Now, here comes Attorney ...

Man accused of threatening Jewish institutions to vilify ex

By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A former journalist fired for making up details in stories is behind at least eight of the scores of threats made against Jewish institutions nationwide, and a bomb threat to New York's Anti-Defamation League, in an effort to harass and ...

Justice Dept: Sessions spoke with Russian ambassador in 2016

By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions talked twice with Russia's ambassador to the United States during the presidential campaign season, communications that spurred calls in Congress for him to recuse himself from a Justice Department ...

Judge: Casey Anthony may have accidentally killed daughter

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The judge who presided over Casey Anthony's murder trial says the Florida mother may have killed her 2-year-old daughter by accident. Anthony may have been trying to quiet the child, Caylee, with chloroform and accidentally used too much, former Circuit Judge Belvin ...

Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch back on market for $67M

LOS OLIVOS, Calif. (AP) — Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch is back on the market with an asking price of $67 million. The 2,700-acre property near Santa Barbara, California, has been renamed Sycamore Valley Ranch. The listed price represents a significant cut from the $100 million it was on ...

Trump gives GOP leaders rallying cry, roadmap for change

By ERICA WERNER, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump gave Republican congressional leaders a rallying cry and even a roadmap as they try to push through a sweeping and divisive agenda on health care, taxes and more. In his first address to a joint session ...

Questions and answers about upcoming travel ban order

By ERIC TUCKER and SUDHIN THANAWALA, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's travel ban has been frozen by the courts, but the White House has promised a new executive order that officials say will address concerns raised by judges that have put the policy on hold. The ...

At least 2 dead after tornadoes touch down in central US

By KELLY P. KISSEL, Associated Press LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Tornadoes touched down in the upper Midwest and northern Arkansas on Tuesday, killing at least two people, as a spring-like storm system posed a risk to 45 million people. Compact but strong storms known as supercells raked parts ...

Some facts about hail from the National Weather Service

By The Associated Press A powerful storm system blew through a large swath of the nation's midsection, spawning deadly tornadoes, blowing cars off roads and causing property damage, including from hail. Here are some hail facts, according to the National Weather Service: HOW IT FORMS Inside ...

NTSB removes wrecked plane from Long Island crash scene

WESTHAMPTON BEACH, N.Y. (AP) — Federal officials say they've removed the single-engine plane that crashed on Long Island last weekend, killing two people and injuring a third. Newsday reports (http://nwsdy.li/2mspIkx) the National Transportation Safety Board says the plane has been ...

Officials: New Trump travel ban removes Iraq from list

By MATTHEW LEE and VIVIAN SALAMA, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's new immigration order will remove Iraq from the list of countries whose citizens face a temporary U.S. travel ban, U.S. officials say, citing the latest draft in circulation. Trump is expected to ...

Trump looks to refocus his presidency in address to Congress

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — With his first address to Congress, President Donald Trump has an opportunity to refocus his young administration on the economic issues that helped him get elected. His allies hope it will help him move beyond the distractions ...

Historically black colleges push for financial support

By ERRIN HAINES WHACK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Presidents from a majority of the country's historically black colleges and universities are in Washington this week, calling for $25 billion in the upcoming budget to help address priorities including infrastructure, college ...

Judge to hear arguments on Dakota Access oil pipeline work

By BLAKE NICHOLSON, Associated Press BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge will hear arguments Tuesday about whether to stop the final bit of construction on the disputed Dakota Access pipeline, perhaps just days before it could start moving oil. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg in ...

Prison for 2 who threatened violence at black child’s party

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia judge sentenced two people to lengthy prison terms for their role in the disruption of a black child's birthday party with Confederate flags, racial slurs and armed threats. Jose Ismael Torres, 26, will spend 13 years in prison; Kayla Rae Norton, 25, is to ...

Trump ordering review of Obama rule protecting small streams

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will sign an executive order Tuesday mandating a review of an Obama-era rule aimed at protecting small streams and wetlands from development and pollution. The order will instruct the Environmental Protection Agency ...