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Paris mayor says 'solution' found for black feminist event

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Paris' mayor Anne Hidalgo has strongly criticized a black feminist festival in Paris that bans non-black people in large parts of the event, saying she might prosecute its organizers on grounds of discrimination. More>>

Trump honors fallen and families in Memorial Day address

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President Donald Trump is set to lay a wreath and deliver his first Memorial Day address at Arlington National Cemetery. More>>

AP Exclusive: Suspected drug thefts persist at VA centers

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AP Exclusive: Federal authorities are investigating dozens of new cases into possible opioid and other drug theft by employees at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals. More>>

The Latest: Putin visits new Orthodox Church in Paris

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Human rights activists are gathered in Paris to draw attention to the situation of gays in Chechnya before Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to France. More>>

Kelly defends plan for Russia back channel as a 'good thing'

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Homeland Security secretary defends an alleged effort by top White House adviser Jared Kushner to create back-channel communications. More>>

Dems view vets as strong candidates in bid to retake House

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Democrats hope to enlist military veterans in another type of fight - for majority control of the House. More>>

A sampling of VA drug-theft prosecutions

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More drug theft: Some recently prosecuted cases involving VA health facilities. More>>

Judges weigh law cutting governor's elections oversight role

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Lawyers for North Carolina's new Democratic governor say a new law could increase confusion during future elections, leave unethical politicians unpunished and allow campaign finance tricks to continue unabated. More>>

The Latest: Trump honors fallen in Memorial Day address

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President Donald Trump is thanking the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for the United States. More>>

US official mulling greatly expanded airplane laptop ban

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Homeland Security secretary says he's considering banning laptops from the passenger cabins of all international flights into and out of the United States. More>>

Top Dominican official among 12 detained in bribery scandal

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The Dominican Republic minister of industry and commerce and seven other top-level officials have been detained on suspicion of corruption in an international case involving the Brazilian company Odebrecht. More>>

Trump lashes out at leaks, considers staff upheaval

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President Donald Trump lashed out at internal leaks and considers an overhaul of his White House staff. More>>

Wild horses could be sold for slaughter in Trump budget plan

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Advocates for wild horses say President Donald Trump is giving in to ranchers and rural communities who don't want the animals competing for space on land in the U.S. West. More>>

'Mad Dog' Mattis sleeps well, keeps others awake

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Pentagon chief 'Mad Dog' Mattis, veteran of the military's toughest commands, says he keeps others awake, not the other way around. More>>

South African ruling party backs scandal-tainted president

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A leader of South Africa's ruling party says calls for the resignation of scandal-tainted President Jacob Zuma benefit opposition efforts to dislodge the party that has led the country since the end of white minority rule in 1994. More>>

Once an unlikely candidate, Iowa's governor embraces new job

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Gov. Kim Reynolds acknowledges growing more comfortable with her ascent to Iowa's job following her mentor's appointment as U.S. ambassador to China. More>>

Senators' demands underscore McConnell's health care problem

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Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is trying to write a Republican-only health care bill that can pass the Senate. More>>

California House race is a test of Latino, Korean influence

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A June 6 special election for a U.S. House seat from Los Angeles could be a breakout moment for Korean-Americans. More>>

New lawsuit accuses imprisoned former speaker of sex assault

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An Illinois man accuses Dennis Hastert in a new lawsuit of sexually assaulting him when he was a fourth-grader, at least the fifth such allegation against the former House speaker who will soon be released from prison in a hush-money case. More>>

German security chiefs upbeat on intel cooperation with US

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The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency says he hopes cooperation with the U.S. won't become more difficult under President Donald Trump, arguing that the Americans also need information from European agencies. More>>

Top Brazilian musicians join in calling for a new president

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Top Brazilian musical performers are lending their talents to the latest protest in the country calling for new presidential elections while pressure mounts on the country's top leader to resign amid corruption allegations. More>>

Trump budget draws ire, concern from minority communities

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Trump budget cuts aimed at safety-net programs worries advocates for minority communities. More>>

Travel ban to test Supreme Court view of presidential power

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The Supreme Court may soon decide how courts are supposed to view presidential power in the age of Donald Trump. More>>

Kushner's Russia ties questioned as Trump cites media 'lies'

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AP source: Trump son-in-law and adviser proposed a secret back channel between the Kremlin and the Trump transition team. More>>

AP FACT CHECK: A rash of Trump statements under scrutiny

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AP FACT CHECK: A rash of questionable statements by Trump and aides under scrutiny. More>>

Trump eyes White House overhaul, outside lawyers and PR team

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Trump faces a slew of political and policy challenges at home _ and intensifying inquiries into allegations his campaign had contacts with Russian officials before he entered the White House. More>>

The Latest: Trump says he favors more money for health care

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Facing Russia probe and other challenges, Trump considers overhauling his White House staff and bringing back top campaign strategists. More>>

The Latest: DHS sec'y 'wouldn't criticize' Russia channels

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The Latest: Trump takes to Twitter to lash out at news reports his son-in-law tried to establish secret communications with Russians. More>>

Correction: Trump-Budget-Arctic Refuge-Q&A CORRECTIVE story

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President Donald Trump's proposed budget calls for opening the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling. More>>

The Latest: Proposed laptop ban on flights may expand

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Homeland Security secretary says he's considering banning laptops from the passenger cabins of all international flights into and out of the United States. More>>

South African ruling party debates fate of president

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South Africa's ruling party is debating whether President Jacob Zuma should resign amid increasing concern about alleged corruption at the highest levels the government. More>>

Insurers continue to hike prices, abandon ACA markets

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People shopping for insurance through the Affordable Care Act in yet more regions will be facing higher prices and fewer choices next year as insurance companies lay out their early plans for 2018. More>>

Judge dismisses lawsuit against Clinton by Benghazi families

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A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against Hillary Clinton by the parents of Americans killed in the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. More>>

New York senators' scandal highlights vast stipend system

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Few state legislatures have a bonus system as extensive as the one in New York's state senate. More>>

Poland's pro-democracy movement ousts leader, elects new one

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Poland's popular pro-democracy movement has elected a new leader amid signs of waning and controversies surrounding the finances of its previous chairman. More>>

Tributes pour in for ex-national security adviser Brzezinski

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Zbigniew Brzezinski, national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter, has died. More>>

GOP focus on lowering health premiums may undermine benefits

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Republicans want lower premiums, but quality health insurance doesn't come cheap. More>>

The Latest: Italian police tear gas protesters near G-7 site

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A summit of the leaders of the world's wealthiest democracies has ended without a unanimous agreement on climate change, as the Trump administration plans to take more time to say whether the U.S. is going to remain in the Paris climate agreement. More>>

Trump's trip: Conventional images and unconventional talk

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President Donald Trump will return to Washington having rattled some allies and reassured others, but his White House still sits under a cloud of scandal. More>>

AP source: Kushner back channel with Russia involved Syria

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Lawyer for Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner says Kushner stands ready to talk to investigators about campaign contacts. More>>

The Latest: Trump didn't sound like conventional president

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President Donald Trump is starting his second day of meetings with Group of Seven wealthy nation leaders. More>>

Ex-Senate staffer: Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning has died

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Jim Bunning, a former Hall of Fame pitcher who went on to serve in Congress, has died. He was 85. More>>

The Latest: Trump's praise of leader doesn't match US facts

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The Latest: Trump's praise of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's aggressive war on drugs doesn't match facts provided by his own State Department. More>>

The Latest: Former presidents recall Brzezinski's influence

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Former presidents are remembering Jimmy Carter's national security adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski, as an "influential voice" who "shaped decades of American national security policy.". More>>

House OKs bill making nude photo sharing in military a crime

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The House has unanimously passed legislation that makes it a crime for U.S. service members to distribute intimate photos or videos of people without first getting their consent. More>>

White House adviser differs with coal-loving president

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One of President Donald Trump's senior advisers apparently does not share Trump's affinity for coal. More>>

The Latest: Syria said to be aim of reported back channel

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Some of President Donald Trump's top aides are refusing to address reports that Trump's son-in-law _ Jared Kushner _ and a Russian diplomat may have discussed setting up a secret communications channel between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin. More>>

Phoenix Comicon prop weapons banned after armed man arrested

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Police are adding extra security at the Phoenix Comicon following the arrest of a man armed with guns and ammunition who allegedly threatened to harm a performer and posted online threats against officers. More>>

Advocates: Federal role crucial for iconic waterway cleanups

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The Trump administration says state and local governments should pay for cleanups of the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay and other iconic waterways. More>>

Kansas legislators to reopen debate over guns at hospitals

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Kansas legislators are preparing to reopen a debate over keeping concealed guns out of those hospitals and other health care facilities. More>>

23 million more uninsured with GOP health bill, analysts say

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Congressional Republicans are about to learn more about whether their drive to dismantle President Barack Obama's health care law has been worth the political pain they've been experiencing. More>>

If FBI wants to talk to Kushner, lawyer says he's ready

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Amid reports that the FBI is investigating meetings Trump son-in-law had with Russians, Jared Kushner's lawyer says he is willing to cooperate with investigators. More>>

US plans test of defense system to shoot down an ICBM

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As North Korea continues testing its missiles, US plans a test of its defense system to shoot down an ICBM. More>>

Melania Trump's pricey jacket draws attention in Sicily

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Melania Trump's colorful and pricey jacket draws attention during G-7 spouses' luncheon in Sicily. More>>

Carter national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski dies

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Zbigniew Brzezinski, the national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter, has died. More>>

Warthog attack plane finds new life in Trump administration

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Once marked for retirement by Obama's Pentagon, Warthog attack plane finds new life in Trump administration. More>>

Democrats see hope for 2018 in thin GOP victory in Montana

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While GOP sees a victory for strategy in Montana's special House election, Democrats point to a thin win as reason for hope in 2018. More>>

Boehner: Trump's term 'disaster,' aside from foreign affairs

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Former House Speaker John Boehner says that aside from international affairs and foreign policy, President Donald Trump's term has so far been a "disaster.". More>>

Trump law firm calls alleged Bloom County letter a 'fake'

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A law firm representing President Trump is disputing internet reports that it sent a "cease and desist" letter to the creator of Bloom County. More>>

New 'Blue Lives Matter' laws raise concerns among activists

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More than a dozen states this year have passed "Blue Lives Matter" laws that come down even harder on crimes against law enforcement officers. More>>

Next for Montana's new congressman: Day in court, then DC

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Republican Greg Gianforte's win in Montana's special election hinged on flaws in both the two major party candidates. More>>

Lawyer says Kushner stands ready to talk to investigators

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Lawyer for Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner says Kushner stands ready to talk to investigators about campaign contacts. More>>

Girls are increasingly being married off in war-torn Yemen

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Human rights activists say child marriages are rising dramatically amid the civil war in Yemen. More>>

Leery of North Korea, US plans first test of ICBM intercept

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With North Korea's nuclear missile threat in mind, Pentagon officials are planning a missile defense test next week that for the first time will use an intercontinental-range missile as a target. More>>

Kuwaiti company agrees to pay $95 million in fraud case

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A Kuwaiti logistics company accused of inflating prices and defrauding the US government has agreed to pay $95 million, plead guilty to misdemeanor theft of government funds. More>>

Trump views on climate 'evolving' amid push from Europeans

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European leaders are mounting a last-ditch effort to stop President Donald Trump from abandoning the Paris climate accord, using multiple meetings this week to sell the American leader on the global agreement to reduced carbon emissions. More>>

Melania Trump wears $51K Dolce & Gabbana jacket in Sicily

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Melania Trump's first outing in the Sicilian sunshine was in a colorful floral applique jacket by Dolce & Gabbana that comes off the rack at $51,000. More>>

Trump 'evolving' on climate action, pressured by Europeans Video included

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President Donald Trump has faced a much cooler reception in Europe than the welcome he received in the Middle East. More>>

Utah senator, mayor among top candidates for Chaffetz's seat

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State lawmakers and a mayor were among those expected to lead a packed field of more than a dozen contenders for the Utah congressional seat soon to be vacated by U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz. More>>

GOP holds onto Montana seat, yet both parties optimistic

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Republicans held onto a conservative House seat in Montana despite a last-minute assault charge against their candidate. Democrats say the GOP had to spend millions on what should have been an easy win. More>>

Clinton calls Trump's budget a mean-spirited 'con'

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Hillary Clinton is returning to her alma mater, Wellesley College, to deliver this year's commencement address at the Massachusetts school. More>>

US: 2 Chinese jets conduct unsafe intercept of Navy aircraft

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The Pentagon says two Chinese aircraft conducted an unsafe and unprofessional intercept of a U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft over the South China Sea. More>>

The Latest: Paper says Kushner sought secret Russia channel

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The Washington Post reports that Russia's ambassador to the U.S. has told his superiors that he and Jared Kushner discussed setting up a secret communications channel between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin in December. More>>

California 'anti-fascist' activist charged with assault

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Authorities say a former San Francisco Bay Area junior college professor has been arrested for beating three people during violent clashes between supporters and detractors of President Donald Trump last month. More>>

Indiana faces records request backlog as Pence drags feet

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The Indiana governor's office faces a backlog of public records requests, most of which stem from Vice President Mike Pence's tenure as governor. More>>

White House to share information about lobbyist waivers

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The White House is preparing to post to its website information about any of its employees who have been granted waivers to its rules about ex-lobbyists. More>>

Sounds of silence? Trump's body language speaks volumes

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Donald Trump hasn't done a lot of public speaking during his big trip abroad, but the president's body language has spoken volumes. More>>

Trump condemns attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt

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President Donald Trump is vowing to crush "evil organizations of terror" after an attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt killed 28 people near Cairo. More>>

Kuwaiti company settles claims of troop food contract fraud

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A Kuwaiti logistics company has agreed to pay $95 million to resolve allegations that it inflated prices and defrauded the U.S. government for contracts to feed American troops based in Iraq, Kuwait and Jordan. More>>

Trump handshake showdown: France's Macron just won't let go Video included

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U.S. President Donald Trump met his match in a handshake showdown with France's new president, Emmanuel Macron. More>>

Once at risk of extinction, iconic Warthog plane lives on

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The A-10 Warthog attack plane was once on the brink of forced retirement, but now the plane with the ungainly shape and odd nickname has been given new life. More>>

As Trump announces famine aid, relief funds face big cuts

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Relief funds for global emergency food aid are targeted for 40 percent cut in Trump's budget even as the president announces a new aid contribution. More>>

Trump scolds fellow NATO leaders: Spend more for military Video included

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President Donald Trump will be in the heart of Europe to address a continent still reeling from his election and anxious about his support. More>>

Trump travel ban showdown headed for Supreme Court

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Donald Trump's administration is pledging a Supreme Court showdown over his travel ban. More>>

Poll: Most older Americans want Medicare for long-term care

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AP Poll: Most older Americans want Medicare to cover costs of long-term care for older adults. More>>

Poll: Older Americans want Medicare-covered long-term care

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AP Poll: Growing number of Americans 40 and older think Medicare should cover the costs of long-term care for older adults. More>>

Lieberman latest person to withdraw from FBI director search

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Former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman has withdrawn from consideration for the role of FBI director. More>>

Outspoken Chinese law professor, government critic, silenced

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One of the Chinese government's most vocal, and dogged, critics will finally fall silent. More>>

Senate panel backs bill to authorize new sanctions on Iran

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The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved bipartisan legislation that would authorize the president to levy new penalties on Iran while keeping the landmark nuclear deal in place. More>>

Media watchers blame hostility toward reporters on Trump

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The case of a Montana congressional candidate accused of body-slamming a reporter is being blamed by some media watchers on a wave of hostility toward journalists that President Donald Trump helped generate. More>>

Gianforte apologizes to reporter after winning US House race

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Witnesses said the Republican candidate for Montana's sole congressional seat body-slammed a reporter Wednesday, the day before the polls close in the special election. More>>

FBI probes Kushner-Russia meetings; more documents sought

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The FBI says it needs more time to consider a request by Congress to turn over memos and other documents related to meetings between former FBI Director James Comey and President Donald Trump. More>>

UK bomber said to have pleaded 'Forgive me' before blast Video included

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Police have arrested two more people and are searching a new site in Manchester suspected of links to the bombing that killed 22 people a pop concert. More>>

The Latest: Democrat concedes to Gianforte in Montana race

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The Montana congressional candidate accused of assaulting a reporter hasn't been seen or heard from Thursday as voters go to the polls. More>>

Trump plan to sell off half of oil stockpile sparks debate

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President Donald Trump's proposal to sell nearly half the US emergency oil stockpile is sparking renewed debate about whether the Strategic Petroleum Reserve is still needed amid an ongoing oil boom that has seen imports drop sharply in recent years. More>>

AP FACT CHECK: Medicaid a target for cuts despite assurance

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AP FACT CHECK: Medicaid a target for cuts despite assurances from Trump budget chief. More>>

The Latest: Trump to hold Iowa rally next week

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President Donald Trump is at the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis, the famously humble pontiff with whom he has publicly clashed. More>>

Gov. Walker wants Wisconsin to drug test Medicaid applicants

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Gov. Scott Walker's attempt to make Wisconsin the first state in the country to require childless adults applying for Medicaid to undergo drug screening is up for review by a key state legislative committee. More>>

Probe: US bomb set off IS-planted devices in Mosul tragedy

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A Pentagon investigation has found that more than 100 civilians were killed after the U.S. dropped a bomb on a building in Mosul, Iraq, in March. More>>

The Latest: Britain resumes sharing bombing intel with US Video included

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British police say officers and the army are responding to an incident at a college in Trafford, a district near Manchester. More>>

Tribes bash proposed Trump budget cuts to Native Americans

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Nearly five dozen Native American tribes in six Western states criticized President Trump's proposed budget cuts to federal programs and aid for American Indians. More>>

Mrs. Trump visits Brussels children's hospital, art museum

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Joining spouses of other NATO leaders, Melania Trump cheers ailing children and tours art museum. More>>

Troops pull out of Brazil capital; president under pressure

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Troops are guarding federal buildings in Brazil's capital as the president struggles to hang onto power amid an outcry over corruption allegations and after clashes between police and protesters forced the evacuations of several ministries. More>>

The Latest: Trump to review US sanctions on Russia

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President Donald Trump is pledging to "get to the bottom" of leaks of sensitive information. More>>

House OKs bill requiring sports groups to report sex abuse

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The House has passed legislation to require amateur sports groups recognized by the United States Olympics Committee to report allegations of sexual abuse to police. More>>

4 protesters arrested at Senate hearing on energy nominees

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Four protesters have been arrested after disrupting a Senate hearing on nominees to serve in energy-related posts in the Trump administration. More>>

Leaks from bombing probe antagonize British officials

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Leaks of sensitive information that have been a hallmark of the Trump administration are antagonizing one of America's closest allies. More>>

GOP senators say tough report complicates health care bill

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Congress' nonpartisan budget analysts have released a largely damaging report on the House-passed health care bill, saying the Republican measure would leave 23 million more Americans uninsured. More>>

Retailers cheer GOP retreat on ending debit card fees limit

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Restaurants, grocers and several lawmakers are celebrating the decision to make a key change to a bill that would repeal much of the Dodd-Frank law enacted after the financial crisis. More>>

House GOP sticking with Montana candidate despite assault

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House Republicans are sticking with their candidate in Montana's special House election even after he was charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly attacking a reporter. More>>

$6 billion in improper student aid payments found at Ed Dept

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Members of Congress are criticizing the Education Department over $6 billion in improper payments made as part of the federal student aid programs. More>>

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

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President John F. Kennedy's daughter has reminisced about her father in a new video released ahead of what would have been his 100th birthday. More>>

Senate acts on Trump pick, promotes judge to appeals court

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The Senate has elevated a federal trial court judge to fill the first appeals court vacancy in more than a year. More>>

Ryan: Lawmakers will meet new debt deadline

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House Speaker Paul Ryan is assuring investors that Congress will meet a new deadline to increase the government's borrowing cap and avert an economy-quaking default on U.S. obligations. More>>

House speaker calls Erdogan visit violence 'indefensible'

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House Speaker Paul Ryan says the violence against peaceful protesters in Washington by Turkish security forces was "completely indefensible.". More>>

The Latest: Greg Gianforte keeps low profile, Montana votes

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It's unclear how an alleged assault of a reporter by a Montana congressional candidate will affect the special election's outcome _ in part because more than a third of the state's registered voters cast absentee ballots before polls opened Thursday. More>>

22 GOP senators want US to pull out of Paris climate accord

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and 21 other Republicans are urging the president to follow through on his campaign pledge to pull out of the Paris climate accord. More>>

Foreign meetings omitted from Sessions' security clearance

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The ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee says the panel will be issuing subpoenas to get former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to cooperate with its investigation into Russian activities during the 2016 election. More>>

From Trump to Oprah, speakers offer parting advice to grads

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Famous figures from entertainment, politics and business are giving commencement speeches at colleges across the country. More>>

Senate panel OKs ex-Sen. Scott Brown to be New Zealand envoy

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The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved the nomination of former Sen. Scott Brown to be U.S. ambassador to New Zealand. More>>

Trump budget faces Dem opposition, GOP doubts about math Video included

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Top officials in President Donald Trump's Cabinet are heading to Capitol Hill to defend his plans to cut domestic programs and parry Democratic criticism of his tax plans. More>>

Trump seeks to end program for older jobless Americans

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A half-century-old job training and placement program for older Americans is on President Donald Trump's chopping block. More>>

Democratic congressman has heart valve replacement procedure

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The top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has undergone a heart procedure and will remain hospitalized for a few days. More>>

Russian activist fined for posting segment of US comedy show

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A Russian opposition activist has been fined for posting a segment from an American comedy show on social media. More>>

Trump's speech to Israeli parliament scrapped amid concerns

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Israel's parliament speaker: Proposed Trump speech to Knesset scrapped amid concerns he would be interrupted, heckled. More>>

Setting aside past rude talk, Trump and pope focus on peace Video included

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Concluding his tour of the ancestral homes of the world's three largest monotheistic religions, President Donald Trump is poised to call on Pope Francis, the famously humble pontiff with whom he has publicly clashed. More>>

AP FACT CHECK: No Medicaid cuts in Trump budget? Really? Video included

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AP FACT CHECK: Trump budget chief misleads in insisting no cuts to Medicaid. More>>

Trump takes a more cautious approach on big trip

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In his first appearance on the world stage, President Donald Trump is aiming for caution over his usual brand of chaos. The early morning Twitter rants that so often rattle Washington have disappeared as Trump travels through the Middle East and Europe. More>>

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's theory about Iran's collapse

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AP FACT CHECK: Trump's theory that Iran was 6 months from ruin before nuclear deal. More>>

Trump's budget means deep cuts for health care safety net Video included

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President Donald Trump's first full budget calls for deep cuts to popular health insurance programs that are part of the social safety net. Trump campaigned for president on a promise to improve health care. More>>

Throwing chaos aside, Trump aims for caution on big trip

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In his first appearance on the world stage, President Donald Trump is aiming for caution over his usual brand of chaos. More>>

Architect of Dodd-Frank repeal bill agrees to key change

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The architect of House legislation that would repeal much of the Dodd-Frank law enacted after the financial crisis has agreed to make a key change to the bill, clearing the way for the full House to take up the measure in coming weeks. More>>

Treasury chief to Congress: Raise debt limit before August

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White House budget director Mick Mulvaney warned lawmakers on Wednesday that they may have to vote to increase the government's borrowing cap sooner than previously thought. More>>

GOP candidate charged with misdemeanor assault of reporter

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Voters are heading to the polls Thursday to decide who will fill Montana's only U.S. House seat amid uncertainty in Washington over President Donald Trump's agenda and his handling of the country's affairs. More>>

The Latest: GOP hopeful charged with misdemeanor assault

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A reporter for the Guardian newspaper is alleging that the Republican candidate for Montana's sole congressional seat "body slammed" him on the day before the special election. More>>

Israel defense chief appears to confirm Trump leaked intel

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Israel's defense minister appears to have confirmed his country's intelligence was leaked by President Donald Trump during a meeting with Russian officials this month. More>>

Top education official resigns before Congress hearing

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A senior official in charge of managing federal student aid has resigned from the Education Department. More>>

Why Melania Trump covers her head one day and not the next Video included

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Melania Trump is drawing attention for covering her head for some meetings but not others on President Donald Trump's first international trip. More>>

Embattled Brazilian president orders troops to restore order

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Brazil's president has ordered federal troops to restore order in the country's capital following the evacuation of some ministries amid clashes between police and protesters who are seeking the leader's ouster. More>>

The Latest: Sessions omitted foreign contacts from filing

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The top Democrat on the House intelligence committee says if it's true that the president asked top intelligence officials to publicly deny that there had been any "collusion" between Russian and the Trump campaign, it would suggest obstruction. More>>

Carson calls poverty a state of mind

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Housing Secretary Ben Carson wants to change the name of the sprawling federal agency he leads. More>>

The Latest: Report disputes claim on pre-existing conditions

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Senate leaders are positioning themselves for a Congressional Budget Office report that will assess the impact the House-approved health care bill would have on insurance coverage and consumers' costs. More>>

Many states have laws intended to keep kids away from guns

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Many states have laws intended to keep kids away from guns. More>>

Trump said to praise 'great job' in Philippine drug fight

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A leaked transcript of President Donald Trump's call last month to the Philippine president shows Trump praising Rodrigo Duterte for an "unbelievable job" in waging a drug fight that's left thousands dead and drawn condemnation from American lawmakers. More>>

House approves bill seeking to upend EPA pesticide rule

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The House has passed a Republican-backed measure reversing an Environmental Protection Agency requirement that those spraying pesticides on or near rivers and lakes file for a permit. More>>

Biden tells grads to take up 'dirty business of politics'

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Former Vice President Joe Biden is slated to deliver the Class Day address at Harvard University. More>>

Longtime Trump attorney set to aid president amid probe

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Trump retains his longtime attorney Marc Kasowitz as part of a still-forming team that will represent him on an investigation about Russian interference in the U.S. election. More>>

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's suspect claim about Iran's collapse

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AP FACT CHECK: Trump's suspect claim about the imminent collapse of Iran before nuclear deal. More>>

Justice watchdog says DEA botched deadly Honduras missions

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A government watchdog found problems with a strategy that led to deadly confrontations involving U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents in Honduras. More>>

On the Syrian border, Haley confronts civil war's reality Video included

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President Donald Trump's U.N. envoy sets foot in the no-man's-land between Syria and Turkey, witnessing the daily transfer of aid supplies into a seemingly interminable conflict. More>>

Judges divided in hearing on consumer agency power

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Federal appeals judges are divided as they hear arguments over whether the president should be able to more easily fire the head of the government's consumer finance watchdog agency. More>>

The Latest: Lawmakers critical of cuts in security grants

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Donald Trump's budget chief is defending the president's plans to cut social programs as a means to increase economic growth to 3 percent and put "taxpayers first.". More>>

Ivanka Trump asks trafficked women what US can do to help

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Ivanka Trump has asked African women who were trafficked into prostitution in Italy what the U.S. government can do to help. More>>

US-Russia calls increase to avoid air mishaps in Syria Video included

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A senior American Air Force commander says U.S. military phone calls with Russians have increased as the two nations work to avoid aircraft mishaps in the increasingly crowded skies over Syria. More>>

AP FACT CHECK: Budget chief slams Obama growth forecast Video included

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AP FACT CHECK: Budget chief glosses over differences in Obama and Trump economies as he slams previous administration on growth forecasts. More>>

UK criticizes US leaks about concert bombing Video included

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UK criticizes US leaks about concert bombing. More>>

Kim Reynolds sworn in as Iowa's 1st female governor

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Kim Reynolds has been sworn in as Iowa's next governor, becoming the state's first woman to hold the job after taking over for veteran Gov. Terry Branstad. More>>

Secret Service budget asks for $25M to protect Trump Tower

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The Trump administration wants more money to protect President Donald Trump's signature New York skyscraper, add hundreds of new Secret Service agents and bolster security at the White House. More>>

Trump team eyes public asset sales to pay for infrastructure

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President Donald Trump's advisers are drafting plans to sell some public assets, such as airports, to help pay for a $1 trillion overhaul of the nation's aging infrastructure. More>>

The Latest: Leahy calls report on US drug mission troubling

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A Vermont senator says a watchdog report about deadly encounters during a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration operation in Honduras raises questions about whether the incidents are isolated. More>>

Analysis: Budget shows Trump's trouble figuring out Congress Video included

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As congressional Republicans largely rejected President Donald Trump's first budget proposal some said it was the latest symptom of a sometimes dysfunctional relationship between the Trump administration and Capitol Hill. More>>

Trump's food stamp cuts face hard sell in Congress

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With a proposal to cut the nation's largest domestic food aid program by almost a third, President Donald Trump's budget builds on more than two decades of Republican efforts to cut food stamps. More>>

$400 billion price tag for California single-payer bill

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State experts say a California bill that would provide government-funded health coverage for everyone in the state would cost $400 billion and require significant tax increases. More>>

Uncertainty grows as Trump delays a health care decision

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Uncertainty over the future of health care for millions next year is growing deeper. More>>

Ryan rejects Trump's branding of Comey as 'nut job'

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House Speaker Paul Ryan says he disagrees with President Donald Trump's assessment that former FBI Director James Comey is a "nut job.''. More>>

Romania: daughter, aide of ex-president to stand trial

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Romanian anti-corruption prosecutors say the daughter of former President Traian Basescu and his closest aide will stand trial on suspicion of bribery and other corruption-related charges. More>>

US ambassador to UN hails Turkish school for Syria refugees Video included

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The U.S ambassador to the United Nations is in Turkey at the ribbon-cutting for a new U.S.-funded school, and Nikki Haley says the American people are thankful the U.S. ally is taking in so many Syrian refugees. More>>

Trump, Francis: After clashing, a search for common ground Video included

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They are stylistic and strategic opposites, one a bombastic and ostentatious president, the other a modest and wily pontiff. More>>

The Latest: Ex-CIA head says he warned Russia about meddling Video included

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The nation's intelligence director says he won't comment on a news report that President Donald Trump asked him to publicly deny any collusion between his campaign and Russia. More>>

Poor and disabled big losers in Trump budget; military wins Video included

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The poor and the disabled are big losers in President Donald Trump's budget while the Pentagon is a big winner. More>>

The Latest: Some of Trump's GOP allies slam budget plan Video included

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Top GOP leaders in Congress are praising President Donald Trump's budget plan for promising a balanced federal ledger over time. More>>

Trump envoy Haley tells refugees she cares, but defends cuts

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President Donald Trump's 31 percent budget cut to the U.S. State Department and international assistance dramatically ramps down American support for programs that for decades have promoted U.S. values and the welfare of the neediest around the world. More>>

Hands off US election, ex-CIA director says he warned Russia Video included

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Former CIA Director John Brennan to testify publicly before Congress, could shed light on concerns about the security risk posed by Trump's first national security adviser. More>>

Trump's food stamp cuts face hard sell in Congress

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With a proposal to cut the nation's largest domestic food aid program by almost a third, President Donald Trump's budget builds on more than two decades of Republican efforts to cut food stamps. More>>

Bahrain raid on Shiite cleric's town: 5 killed, 286 arrested

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Bahrain police raid in town where sit-in was underway for Shiite cleric left 5 killed, 286 arrested. More>>

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