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Top Trump aide exits as wider White House overhaul expected

By JILL COLVIN and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A top communications aide to President Donald Trump has resigned, in what many inside and outside the White House see as the first exit before a wider overhaul. Fresh off Trump's first official trip abroad, his ...

GOP health plan could be costly for those with coverage gaps

By SHEILA BURKE and DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As a thyroid cancer survivor battling nerve damage and other complications, Lisa Dammert was in such dire financial straits in 2014 that she and her husband did the unthinkable: They let their health insurance lapse ...

Poll: GOP health bill a far cry from Trump promises

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has called the House-passed health care bill a "great plan," but a new poll finds that 3 out of 4 people in the United States do not believe it fulfills most of his promises. The poll out Wednesday from ...

Relative ‘devastated’ after shooting kills 8 in Mississippi

By KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — Head in hands, his voice strained, Vincent Mitchell sat outside his little yellow home and tried to make sense of how a family dispute led to a rampage that killed eight people, including the deputy who tried to keep them safe. "I'm ...

Kelly defends plan for Russia back channel as a ‘good thing’

By HOPE YEN and VIVIAN SALAMA, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly is defending an alleged effort by top White House adviser Jared Kushner to create back-channel communications with Russia as a "good thing," while the Trump administration sought to quell ...

Police: Parking dispute escalates to fatal shooting; 2 dead

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two men were fatally shot after an argument over a parking space in a crowded Florida tourist district. Miami Beach Police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez says two Miami-Dade County men suffered gunshot wounds in the dispute late Sunday along a popular stretch of Ocean ...

Standing Rock film festival centers around pipeline protest

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A film festival on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation aims to bolster the anti-pipeline movement that blossomed there last year. Another goal of the inaugural Standing Rock Nation Film and Music Festival Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the tribal casino near Fort Yates ...

JFK’s life, legacy is celebrated on his centennial

By CRYSTAL HILL, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — The life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy, who died at 46, will be celebrated on the day he would have turned 100. The United States Postal Service plans to commemorate Kennedy's centennial Monday with a dedication of a new JFK postage ...

Appeals court deals blow to Trump administration travel ban

By JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's revised travel ban "speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination," a federal appeals court said Thursday in ruling against the ban that ...

Caroline Kennedy says she’s missed JFK every day of her life

BOSTON (AP) — President John F. Kennedy's daughter reminisces about her father in a new video released ahead of what would have been his 100th birthday. Speaking about her father in the video released by the JFK Library in Boston, Caroline Kennedy says she has "thought about him and missed ...

Monstrous cyclones churning over Jupiter’s poles

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Monstrous cyclones are churning over Jupiter's poles, until now a largely unexplored region. NASA's Juno spacecraft spotted the chaotic weather once it began skimming Jupiter's cloud tops last year, surprising scientists who ...

3 federal prison guards charged with sex abuse of inmates

By LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A federal prison guard supervisor charged with repeatedly raping a female inmate who he knew spoke little English and would be turned over to immigration authorities was among three guards arrested Thursday in a prison sexual abuse ...

US immigration agents eat, arrest 3 at Michigan restaurant

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The owner of a Michigan restaurant says U.S. immigration agents who were conducting enforcement at the business ate breakfast before arresting three workers. The Ann Arbor News and WJBK-TV report the men arrested Wednesday at Sava's Restaurant remain in custody. ...

11 hurt, most with minor injuries, in Vegas school bus crash

By KEN RITTER, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — At least 11 people were injured Thursday, including eight middle school students, their bus driver and a woman and an infant in a vehicle that collided with a school bus in Las Vegas, authorities said. The woman driving an SUV appeared to ...

Trump administration sending Congress $4.1 trillion budget

By ANDREW TAYLOR and MARTIN CRUTSINGER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is sending Congress a $4.1 trillion spending plan that relies on faster economic growth and steep cuts in a range of support programs for low-income individuals to balance the government's books ...

AP Exclusive: CEOs got biggest raise since 2013

By STAN CHOE, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The typical CEO at the biggest U.S. companies got an 8.5 percent raise last year, raking in $11.5 million in salary, stock and other compensation last year, according to a study by executive data firm Equilar for The Associated Press. That's ...

Texas bathroom bill could expose secrets of transgender kids

By MEREDITH HOFFMAN, Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Each morning, Joanna Smith's 7-year-old son pulls on a T-shirt and shorts, boasts how fast he can tie his sneakers and heads to school. An honor-roll student who loves science and spelling, he often stays after class to run on the ...

A call for patience during investigation of campus stabbing

By JESSICA GRESKO and BRIAN WITTE, Associated Press COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Authorities appealed for patience from two college communities reacting in shock, fear and anger after a white University of Maryland student was arrested in what police called the unprovoked stabbing of a black ...

High court ruling may give voter rights groups a strong tool

By JONATHAN DREW and MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Supreme Court's ruling that two North Carolina congressional districts relied too heavily on race should give voting-rights advocates a potent tool to fight other electoral maps drawn to give Republicans an ...

Police find Nazi items, explosives during murder probe

By JASON DEAREN and MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press Investigators found white supremacist propaganda, bomb-making materials and a framed photograph of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh at a Florida apartment where a teenager killed two roommates who had once shared his neo-Nazi beliefs ...