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California dam’s outflow to be stopped to clear debris

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — California water authorities will stop the outflow from the Oroville Dam's crippled spillway to allow workers to remove debris blocking a hydroelectric plant from working, officials said Sunday. The Department of Water Resources said it will start gradually reducing ...

Pediatricians warn against pot use: Not your dad’s marijuana

By LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — An influential doctors group is beefing up warnings about marijuana's potential harms for teens amid increasingly lax laws and attitudes on pot use. Many parents use the drug and think it's OK for their kids, but "we would rather not mess ...

Money being raised to restore vandalized Jewish cemetery

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Money is being raised to repair and restore more than 100 headstones that were vandalized at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia while police hunt for the person who toppled them. A man visiting Mount Carmel Cemetery on Sunday called police to report that three of his ...

Oscars flap eclipses ‘Moonlight’ win, but civility reigns

By LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 89th Academy Awards got off on the right foot, with a song and dance, but ended with the most stunning mistake ever to befall the esteemed awards show when the best picture Oscar was presented to the wrong movie. Faye Dunaway and Warren ...

DWI suspected in crash that hurt 28 at New Orleans parade

By REBECCA SANTANA, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A man who allegedly plowed into a crowd enjoying the Krewe of Endymion parade on Saturday in the Mid-City section of New Orleans is being investigated for driving while intoxicated, police said. The accident came during one of the ...

Liberal activists, new DNC chief face a Trump-era reckoning

By BILL BARROW, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — When Tom Perez stepped to the stage as the newly elected Democratic national chairman, his first official act was to invite his vanquished rival to join him as deputy chairman. Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison accepted on the spot and two men ...

Congress returns, with health care, Supreme Court on agenda

By ERICA WERNER, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress returns to Washington this week to confront dramatic decisions on health care and the Supreme Court that may help determine the course of Donald Trump's presidency. First, the president will have his say, in his ...

Trump administration blocks changes on coal mining royalties

By MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Interior Department has put on hold changes to how the federal government values huge volumes of coal extracted from public lands, primarily in the Western United States, after mining companies challenged the agency in federal ...

Trump says he won’t attend correspondents dinner this spring

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, who has been criticizing the news media and is famously thin-skinned, says he won't be attending the White House Correspondents' Association dinner — sparing himself the dubious honor of being an in-the-house target of jokes. The annual fundraiser ...

Neighbor: Bar attack suspect a ‘drunken mess,’ not political

By JIM SUHR and JOHN HANNA, Associated Press OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man accused of shooting two Indian immigrants and a third man at a bar, in what some believe was a hate crime, was always a drinker but became a "drunken mess" after his father died about 18 months ago, a longtime ...

Officials: Trump adviser asked FBI to dispute Russia reports

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — White House chief of staff Reince Priebus asked top FBI officials to dispute media reports that President Donald Trump's campaign advisers were frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents during the election, according to ...

Dakota Access oil pipeline could be operating within weeks

By BLAKE NICHOLSON and JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — Oil could be flowing through the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline in less than two weeks, according to court documents filed by the developer just before police and soldiers started clearing a protest camp ...

Indian man killed in possible racial shooting at Kansas bar

By JIM SUHR, Associated Press OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A man has been charged with murder in what some witnesses described as a racially motivated shooting at a crowded suburban Kansas City bar that left one Indian man dead and two other men hospitalized. Local police are working with the FBI to ...

Vulnerable Dems lay low as town hall angst rages

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — From Montana to West Virginia, the nation's most vulnerable Senate Democrats are avoiding town hall meetings as their Republican counterparts get pummeled by an energized electorate frustrated with President Donald Trump's early ...

Refugees of a certain age seek mainstream high schools

By MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — The handiwork posted outside a small classroom in the heart of Pennsylvania's Amish country hints at the ambition of the refugees studying at Phoenix Academy. I come from Africa and want to be an economist. I come from Tanzania and ...

Judge: Only 1 Cosby accuser can testify at sex assault trial

By MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A judge will let only one other accuser testify at Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial to bolster charges that the actor drugged and molested a woman at his estate near Philadelphia. The pivotal ruling Friday by a Pennsylvania judge ...

Governor: Dakota Access protesters can leave without arrest

By BLAKE NICHOLSON and JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — A few dozen people still occupying a sprawling encampment on federal land to protest construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline will have another chance to leave peacefully Thursday, North Dakota's ...

End of transgender bathroom rule gets conservative praise

By SADIE GURMAN and MARIA DANILOVA, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservatives are praising the Trump administration's rollback of public school bathroom requirements for transgender students, saying the move corrects a legal overreach by the Obama administration that is best left for ...

Immigrants fearing deportation under Trump change routines

By DEEPTI HAJELA and AMY TAXIN, Associated Press In Orange County, California, dozens of immigrant parents have signed legal documents authorizing friends and relatives to pick up their children from school and access their bank accounts to pay their bills in the event they are arrested by ...

Officer shoots suspect in central Kansas triple homicide

NEWTON, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a police officer has fatally shot a man suspected in a triple homicide in rural central Kansas. Harvey County Sheriff's Cpl. Tim Boese says officers responding to reports of a shooting found three bodies in a home in Newton, 25 miles north of Wichita, ...