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Venezuela strike erupts into violence leaving 2 dead

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his opponents face a crucial showdown as the country's oppositions calls the first national strike since a 2002 stoppage that failed to topple Maduro's predecessor Hugo Chavez. More>>

Brazilian judge seizes $2.8 million in Silva's pension funds

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A Brazilian judge has seized about $2.8 million in pension funds of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in connection with his recent corruption conviction. More>>

Morocco tensions: 83 police, protesters injured in clashes

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Moroccan demonstrators frustrated over inequality and corruption are defying a police ban and holding a protest in a northern city that has become a symbol of mounting public anger. More>>

Trump legal team looking to investigate Mueller aides

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President Donald Trump's legal team is evaluating potential conflicts of interest among members of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team. More>>

Senate panel rejects Trump cuts to foreign aid, domestic

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A Republican budget blueprint that would begin to clear a path for a GOP effort to overhaul the tax code this fall is headed to an uncertain fate after winning a key committee vote Wednesday night. More>>

Scaramucci under consideration for top White House job

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New York financier Anthony Scaramucci is under consideration to join the Trump administration as communications director. More>>

Ryan pitches tax reform at shoe factory as protesters gather

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U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan is heading to Massachusetts to tour a New Balance sneaker factory. More>>

GOP leaders plan Tuesday health vote, it's an uphill climb

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Republican senators are hunkering down for a last-ditch attempt to prevent their own divisions from pushing their health care bill to oblivion. More>>

Trump administration pulls health law help in 18 cities

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Shoppers will have fewer places to turn for help signing up for coverage on the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges after President Donald Trump's administration ended contracts that brought assistance into 18 cities. More>>

Doctors consider next treatment for McCain's brain tumor

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Sen. John McCain's tumor is one of the most aggressive forms of brain cancer. More>>

Despite cancer diagnosis, McCain says, 'I'll be back soon'

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Doctors say Arizona Sen. John McCain has a brain tumor associated with a blood clot that was removed last week. More>>

Australia disappointed by delay in US refugee resettlement

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An Australian official says his government is disappointed that hundreds of its rejected refugees will not begin resettling in the United States this month under a deal that predates Trump's administration. More>>

Even with Trump warning, Mueller likely to probe finances

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Members of the Trump campaign's inner circle are being called before Senate committees next week to talk about the 2016 election. More>>

Cancer isn't silencing McCain in career's latest chapter

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Cancer, calls to Graham, work from bed latest chapters in McCain chronicles. More>>

Publicly assailed by Trump, Sessions says he's staying on

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Trump's extraordinary public denouncement of AG Sessions reflects long-simmering frustration with one of his staunchest allies. More>>

CIA director: Moscow loves to 'stick it to America'

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CIA Director Mike Pompeo says Russia is expected to stay in Syria, partly because they "love to stick it to America.". More>>

AG Sessions to talk sanctuary cities in Philadelphia

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Attorney General headed to Philadelphia on Friday to discuss so-called sanctuary cities. More>>

Cops wage psychological warfare against online drug bazaars

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Justice Department officials are announcing a takedown of an internet marketplace for drugs, counterfeit goods, weapons and other illicit items. More>>

Exxon fined $2M for Tillerson-era breach of Russia sanctions

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The Treasury Department says it is slapping Exxon Mobil Corp. with a $2 million fine for violating Russia sanctions while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was the oil company's CEO. More>>

Groups to train volunteers to record police interactions

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Civil rights groups say they plan to train large numbers of volunteers on the best ways to record law enforcement with cell phone cameras to discourage police misconduct in minority communities. More>>

The Latest: Health care bill set for vote faces uphill climb

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The Congressional Budget Office estimates that a revised version of the Senate Republican health care bill would increase the number of uninsured people by 22 million by 2026. More>>

AP-NORC Poll: Shift to political left seen on health care

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AP-NORC Poll: 62 percent say feds should make sure that all Americans have health care coverage as public opinion shifts. More>>

Brain scans may change care for some people with memory loss

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Not everyone needs a brain scan to diagnose Alzheimer's, but new research suggests PET scans may lead to treatment changes for a surprising number of patients whose memory problems are hard to pin down. More>>

Hints that lifestyle changes might guard against dementia

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There are no proven ways to stave off Alzheimer's, but a new report raises the prospect that avoiding nine risks starting in childhood just might delay or even prevent about a third of dementia cases. More>>

The Latest: Despite criticism, Sessions says he's staying on

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Sen. Rand Paul is agreeing with President Donald Trump that Attorney General Jeff Sessions shouldn't have recused himself from the federal probe into whether Trump's campaign got Russian help in last year's election. More>>

Lifestyle changes to stave off Alzheimer's? Hints, no proof

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There are no proven ways to stave off Alzheimer's, but a new report raises the prospect that avoiding nine risks starting in childhood just might delay or even prevent about a third of dementia cases. More>>

California farm region plagued by dirty air looks to Trump Video included

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Officials at the San Joaquin Valley air district say they can't meet some federal standards, so they're seizing upon Donald Trump's election to wage a campaign against enforcement of ever-tightening rules. More>>

US seeks Syrian solution, but Assad doesn't have to go first

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President Donald Trump's counterterrorism adviser says the U.S. is seeking a political resolution to the crisis in Syria and will not insist that President Bashar Assad be ousted first. More>>

DOJ seeks to waive Harley-Davidson air-pollution punishment

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The Trump administration is seeking to waive part of the penalty Harley Davidson Inc. agreed to last year to settle environmental violations involving racing tuners that caused its motorcycles to emit higher-than-allowed levels of air pollution. More>>

Capitol Hill Buzz: Miami fan Rubio ponders a Brady-free NFL

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Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, a lifelong fan of the Miami Dolphins, has grown weary of watching the New England Patriots rack up Super Bowl wins while his team watches from afar. More>>

Teachers union chief: School choice rooted in segregation

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Head of a leading national teachers' union under fire for saying that school choice is rooted in segregation and racism. More>>

Trump's envoy picks hesitate on question of Russian meddling

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Several of President Donald Trump's nominees for key ambassador posts are declining to say unequivocally whether Russia sought to meddle in the election. More>>

Trump, Mattis: US winning fight against Islamic State group

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President Donald Trump is focusing on the fight against the Islamic State group in Afghanistan as he visits the Pentagon. More>>

Ex-Rep. Regula, Ohio congressman elected to 18 terms, dies

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Ralph Regula, a former Ohio congressman elected to 18 terms in the U.S. House, has died at the age of 92. More>>

US condemns deadliest day of violence in Ukraine this year

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The United States is condemning an outbreak of violence in eastern Ukraine, calling it the deadliest 24-hour period so far this year. More>>

The Latest: Poland prime minister defends courts legislation

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Polish lawmakers have voted to approve a contentious law that gives control of the top court to politicians instead of judges. More>>

US praises Sudan on counterterrorism despite blacklist

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The Trump administration is praising Sudan for improving its counterterrorism record despite keeping it on a blacklist of countries that sponsor terrorism. More>>

The Latest: Trump calls McCain to wish him well

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The junior senator from Arizona says Sen. John McCain told him about his brain tumor only at the end of a telephone conversation, saying he was "feeling fine, but I might have some chemotherapy in my future.". More>>

Analysis: Trump Sessions comments show penchant for shaming

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The art of humiliation appears to be a key operating principle for President Donald Trump, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions is the latest example of the ease with which Trump is willing to air grievances about members of his team. More>>

Pelosi speaks to ailing lawmaker, says he sounds wonderful

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Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi says she has spoken with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was critically wounded in a shooting at a baseball practice nearly a month ago, and "he sounded wonderful.". More>>

Republicans target arbitration rule for consumers

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Republicans in Congress are targeting a rule that would let consumers band together to sue their banks or credit card companies rather than use a mediator to resolve a dispute. More>>

Trump cutting hundreds of planned regulations

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Trump is culling hundreds of proposed regulations, a move meant to boost economic growth. More>>

Senate confirms judge who equated abortion with slavery

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The Senate has confirmed a Kentucky lawyer who once equated abortion and slavery to a lifetime appointment on the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. More>>

House backs road in remote Alaska wildlife refuge

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The House has approved legislation allowing a proposed road through a remote national wildlife refuge in Alaska that was rejected by the Obama administration. More>>

Senate Judiciary Committee approves FBI director nomination

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The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved the nomination of President Donald Trump's choice to head the FBI. More>>

Former intelligence director James Clapper is writing a book

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James Clapper, the former Director of National Intelligence who has clashed with President Donald Trump, has a book deal. More>>

By embracing Russia, Trump bumps up against top advisers

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President Donald Trump's persistent overtures toward Russia are placing him increasingly at odds with his national security and foreign policy advisers, who have long urged a more cautious approach to dealing with the foreign adversary. More>>

Q&A: How Trump could help sink Obama health law

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How Trump could help sink Obama health law by withholding subsidy payments to insurers and declining to enforce the mandate to buy coverage. More>>

AP-NORC poll: Negotiate on 'Obamacare,' don't just kill it

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AP-NORC poll: Negotiate on health care overhaul; only 13 percent back "Obamacare" repeal without a replacement. More>>

The Latest: Turkey says it would reciprocate German threats

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Germany's foreign minister says his country will revise its travel advice for Turkey following the jailing of a German human rights activist who has no ties to the country. More>>

Germany raises pressure on Turkey after activist jailed

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Turkey says Germany's demand for the release of a German human rights trainer is "unacceptable" and an attempt to interfere with the Turkish judiciary. More>>

Thousands rally in Moldova as Parliament approves voting law

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Thousands of people have rallied outside Moldova's Parliament as lawmakers approved a law that would change the electoral system. More>>

House GOP defiant on health bill amid Senate uncertainty

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Vulnerable House Republicans are defiant in their support for an unpopular health bill that collapsed in the Senate. More>>

Trump exhorts Senate anew to rid US of Obamacare

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President Donald Trump says it's probably time to "just let Obamacare fail" after the latest humiliating heath bill collapse in the Senate. More>>

Attorneys general: Keep protections for sex assault victims

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Attorneys general from Pennsylvania, New Mexico and more than a dozen other states are urging U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to keep in place protections for survivors of sexual assault on college campuses. More>>

Rural hospitals face uncertainty with health care proposals

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Rural hospitals face prospect of struggling to stay viable as Republicans in Congress consider everything from outright repeal to gradual phase-out of Medicaid expansion. More>>

Report: Trump ends covert plan to arm Syrian rebels

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President Donald Trump had decided to halt the CIA's years-long covert program to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels battling the regime of the nation's president Bashar al-Assad. More>>

Portugal admits to outdated security in army weapon theft

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Portugal's defense minister says the Army national armory where hand grenades, ammunition and other weapons were stolen last month was vulnerable due to its "obsolete" electronic surveillance system. More>>

Azerbaijan sentences Russian blogger to 3 years in prison

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A court in Azerbaijan has sentenced a Russian blogger to three years in prison for illegally crossing the border after he made a trip to a separatist-controlled region of the country. More>>

Trump campaign inner circle called before Senate committees

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Members of the Trump campaign's inner circle are being called before Senate committees next week to talk about the 2016 election. More>>

The Latest: 3 top Trump insiders to talk to Senate panels

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Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr says he is not going to the White House while his panel is investigating Russian election meddling and ties to the Trump campaign. More>>

Trump stops hundreds of planned regulations

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Trump is culling hundreds of proposed regulations, a move meant to boost economic growth. More>>

Trump's embrace of Russia making top advisers wary

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President Donald Trump had another, previously undisclosed conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a summit in Germany this month. More>>

McCain's brain tumor is particularly aggressive type

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Sen. John McCain's tumor is one of the most aggressive forms of brain cancer. More>>

McCain aide: Senator 'recovering comfortably' after surgery

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Sen. John McCain's office says the Arizona Republican continues to recover following recent surgery to remove a blot clot. More>>

US-China trade talks break up without breakthrough

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U.S. and Chinese officials have wrapped up high-level talks without announcing any breakthroughs on the contentious economic issues that divide them. More>>

Doctors: Sen. John McCain has brain tumor

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Doctors say Arizona Sen. John McCain has a brain tumor associated with a blood clot that was removed last week. More>>

House panel approves budget with hopes for tax reform

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Republicans are pressing ahead with a budget plan designed to help the party to deliver on a GOP-only effort to overhaul the tax code. More>>

Trump campaign inner circle called before Senate committees

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The Russian lawyer who met with President Donald Trump's eldest son during the election campaign says she's ready to testify before the U.S. Senate. More>>

Trump rages at Sessions in New York Times interview

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President Donald Trump says he never would have appointed Jeff Sessions as attorney general had he known that Sessions would recuse himself from overseeing the Russia investigation. More>>

AP names Benjaminson as national news editor for beats

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The Associated Press has named Wendy Benjaminson, a senior leader in its Washington bureau, to a role directing coverage of the cooperative's national reporting teams. More>>

US: Iran still top state terror sponsor; global attacks down

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The Trump administration says in a new report that Iran continues to be the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism. More>>

The Latest: McCain tells Senate colleague, 'I'll be back'

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President Donald Trump says he and first lady Melania Trump are sending their thoughts and prayers to Arizona Sen. John McCain after his cancer diagnosis. More>>

Kelly: States should ask feds for help to secure elections

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Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly says states should not be wary of asking for the federal government's help to strengthen election systems in light of Russian meddling in last year's election. More>>

Trump declines invitation to speak at NAACP convention

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The White House says President Donald Trump has declined an invitation to speak at the NAACP's annual convention next week in Baltimore. More>>

Enhanced security in effect on international flights to US

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Travelers flying to the U.S. from nearly 300 international airports are now subject to stepped-up security measures that include stricter screening for electronic devices larger than cell phones. More>>

The Latest: Senators end meeting stalemated on health care

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President Donald Trump says a bill to overhaul the Obama health care law will "get even better" during a White House lunch with Republican senators. More>>

Trump to pick ex-diplomat, pundit for ambassador to Germany

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A former diplomat and television commentator is expected to be named the United States' ambassador to Germany. More>>

Brazil government assures graft probe will continue

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Brazil's Justice Minister insists corruption probe will continue in full force, even after president was charged. More>>

AP FACT CHECK: On a doubt voiced about 2016 election result

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AP FACT CHECK: The vice chairman of Trump's voting commission casts doubt on popular vote margins in 2016 presidential race although certified results show Hillary Clinton received nearly 2.9 million more votes than Trump. More>>

Trump's New Jersey home gets security designation

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The New Jersey town where President Donald Trump has spent weekends at his golf course has received a designation by the Secret Service so it can meet criteria to be reimbursed by the federal government for security costs when Trump visits. More>>

Trump says he wants voter fraud commission to have open mind

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President Donald Trump's voter integrity commission is meeting for the first time amid outrage over its request for extensive personal voter data. More>>

Trump had second conversation with Putin in Germany

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President Donald Trump had a second, previously undisclosed conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a summit it Germany. More>>

Brazil freezes accounts of ex-President Silva in graft case

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A Brazilian judge says bank accounts belonging to ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva have been frozen due to his conviction on corruption charges. More>>

OAS chief says he backs targeted sanctions against Venezuela

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The leader of the Western Hemisphere's largest diplomatic body says he supports targeted sanctions against Venezuelan officials responsible for the political and economic turmoil gripping the South American nation. More>>

Justices allow strict refugee ban but say grandparents OK

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The Supreme Court is granting the Trump administration's request to more strictly enforce its ban on refugees, at least until a federal appeals court weighs in. More>>

GOP targets Endangered Species Act as protections lifted

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Congressional Republicans are moving forward with legislation to roll back the Endangered Species Act, amid complaints that the 44-year-old law hinders drilling, logging and other activities. More>>

Trump pulls out props for latest 'theme week'

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Seeking to shift attention from Russia and health care struggles, President Donald Trump pulled out all the stops _ and props. More>>

Just 'dessert'? Second Trump-Putin chat defied the norms

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When is an impromptu, after-dinner chat more than just "dessert"? When you're President Donald Trump, and your confection companion is Russian President Vladimir Putin. More>>

Democrats urge swifter action from Trump on opioid addiction

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President Donald Trump's drug commission is drawing new criticism after it missed a second self-imposed deadline. More>>

The Latest: Putin spokesman says Trump chat was no secret

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A senior Russian lawmaker is dismissing media reports of an undisclosed conversation between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump as sensationalist. More>>

Missouri GOP coalesce around Hawley to challenge McCaskill

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Missouri Republicans are coalescing around Attorney General Josh Hawley as their favored candidate to challenge veteran Democratic U.S. Sen. Clair McCaskill in 2018. More>>

AP Explains: How police, US feds team up to seize property

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AP Explains: The US Justice Department is dusting off a program called adoptive forfeiture that teams federal and local law enforcement to seize property from suspects, but critics remain opposed despite news safeguards aimed at curbing abuse. More>>

White nationalist leader pleads guilty in Trump rally case

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A white nationalist group leader has pleaded guilty to an amended charge stemming from an accusation that he physically harassed a woman during a rally in Louisville for Donald Trump last year. More>>

In fallout over health care collapse, it's GOP vs. GOP Video included

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Republicans are expressing embarrassment, fear and frustration as party leaders concede that their years-long promise to erase much of Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act is all but dead. More>>

Crumbling health bill dents McConnell image as top tactician

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The crumbling Republican health care bill has tarnished Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's image as a dauntless legislative tactician. More>>

Helicopter carrying WWE exec makes emergency ocean landing

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The son of World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Vince McMahon was rescued unhurt from a helicopter that made an emergency landing in the ocean waters off New York. More>>

Panel approves bill to boost testing of self-driving cars

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A House subcommittee has approved legislation designed to allow automakers to increase the testing of self-driving cars on U.S. roads. More>>

US complains to Turkey after map of posts in Syria published

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The U.S. military says it's raised concerns with Ankara over the publication of what Turkey's state-run news agency says is a map of U.S. military posts in Syria. More>>

The Latest: Kobach questions Clinton's popular vote win

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Vice President Mike Pence says the President Donald Trump's voter integrity commission will perform a "non-partisan" service for the American people. More>>

Democrat calls foul after panel cuts war authority amendment

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A House Democrat says Republican leaders used "underhanded" tactics to strip her amendment to force a debate on new presidential war powers from the 2018 military spending bill. More>>

Health plan's fall brings dread for 'Obamacare' recipients

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'Let it fail': Trump's push to repeal health care plan without replacing it feeds the dread that many Americans who are beneficiaries of the Affordable Care Act have endured for months. More>>

'Repeal now, replace later' has immediate consumer impact

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Higher premiums, less choice could follow if Republicans repeal "Obamacare" with no replacement. More>>

Rosie O'Donnell draws criticism over online anti-Trump game

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Rosie O'Donnell is in a new feud with President Donald Trump's supporters after promoting an online game that lets players lead Trump off a cliff. More>>

EPA promoting millions in funding for water programs

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The Environmental Protection Agency is considering a dozen proposed water and sewer projects for a program intended to leverage $25 million in federal funds to secure billions in additional public and private financing. More>>

The Latest: Venezuela opposition eases alternate gov't plan

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The Vatican is voicing support for Venezuelan Roman Catholic clergy, who have come out against the government's plans to rewrite the constitution. More>>

Clashes erupt between rebels, al-Qaida in northwest Syria

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Syrian activists say clashes have broken out between rebels and al-Qaida-linked militants in the opposition's main stronghold in northwestern Syria. More>>

In Trump style, senators' tweet dashed GOP health care hopes

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Senators Mike Lee and Jerry Moran used President Donald Trump's favorite medium _ Twitter _ to tell the world they were going to tank the president's top legislative priority, the GOP health care bill. More>>

Brown, lawmakers celebrate bipartisan cap-and-trade victory

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California's signature initiative to fight global warming will get another decade of life. More>>

Privatization plan hits turbulence; supporters still upbeat

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A proposal that would turn the nation's air traffic control operations over to a non-profit corporation has hit some turbulence in the House. More>>

Germany summons Turkish envoy over human rights activist

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A German newspaper publisher says it has filed an appeal to Turkey's highest court against the incarceration for the past five months of a German-Turkish reporter. More>>

Callista Gingrich casts Trump as guardian of the environment

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Callista Gingrich, Donald Trump's nominee to be ambassador to the Vatican, is telling skeptical Democrats the president wants the U.S. to be an environmental leader even after withdrawing from the landmark accord aimed at combatting global warming. More>>

House to vote on Trump's $1.6B border wall request next week

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House Republicans are moving next week to fund President Donald Trump's $1.6 billion request to begin construction of his oft-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. More>>

In Trump style, senators' tweet dashed GOP health care hopes

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Senators Mike Lee and Jerry Moran did not give a heads up to the White House or Senate leaders that they were going to tank the president's top legislative priority, the GOP health care bill. More>>

'Let Obamacare fail,' Trump declares as GOP plan collapses Video included

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The implosion of the Senate Republican health care bill leaves a divided GOP with its flagship legislative priority in tatters. More>>

Trump to nominate Jon Huntsman as US ambassador to Russia

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President Donald Trump has announced his intention to nominate former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman to be U.S. ambassador to Russia. More>>

Cautious Kansas Sen. Moran steps into health law spotlight

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Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran is a solid Republican stalwart who had a reputation for caution before he helped torpedo the latest Senate GOP plan for overhauling health care. More>>

US restoring asset seizures _ with safeguards

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The Trump administration will soon restore the ability of police to seize suspects' property with federal help. More>>

Asian shares mostly higher as focus turns to central bankers

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Stocks open lower as drugmakers, insurers and other health care companies trade lower after the latest Republican-backed health care bill fails in the Senate. More>>

APNewsBreak: US restoring asset seizures _ with safeguards

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The Trump administration will soon restore law enforcement ability to seize money and property with federal help, but there will be safeguards. More>>

Trump lets Iran deal live, but signals he may not for long

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Senior U.S. officials say the Trump administration is certifying to Congress that Iran is technically complying with the 2015 nuclear deal but is "unquestionably in default of the spirit" of the agreement. More>>

In Trump style, senators' tweet dashed GOP health care hopes

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Senators Mike Lee and Jerry Moran used President Donald Trump's favorite medium _ Twitter _ to tell the world they were going to tank the president's top legislative priority, the GOP health care bill. More>>

Health plan hinges on the young, but they're a tough sell

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The Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act hinges in part on enticing young adults into the insurance market, but they're a tough sell. More>>

What's next? Senate GOP scrambles after health care flop Video included

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Senate Republicans are scrambling to pick up the pieces after their attempt to repeal and replace the Obama-era health care law collapsed for a second time. More>>

Lawyer: Russian developer's staffer also at Trump Tower meet

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A lawyer for a Russian developer says a U.S.-based employee of the company was the eighth person at a Trump Tower meeting brokered by Donald Trump Jr. during the campaign. More>>

The Latest: Trump to discuss health care with GOP senators Video included

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President Donald Trump is blasting Democrats and "a few Republicans" over the failure to pass a new health care bill in the Senate, declaring: "we will return.". More>>

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

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Among 10 Things to Know for Wednesday: Trump's hidden Putin meeting, Republicans' Obamacare repeal collapse, what new Arctic looks like. More>>

House budget blueprint key to success of Trump tax agenda

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House Republicans have unveiled a 10-year budget blueprint that would dramatically increase military spending while putting the GOP on record favoring Medicare cuts opposed by President Donald Trump. More>>

The Latest: Another name added to Trump Tower meeting list

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The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee says that special counsel Robert Mueller has approved congressional testimony from President Donald Trump's former campaign chief and others. More>>

Australians see woman's shooting by police as US nightmare

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Australia's airwaves, newspapers and websites have been dominated by the death of a Sydney woman shot by police in Minneapolis. More>>

What's next? Senate GOP scrambles after health care flop Video included

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Senate Republicans are scrambling to pick up the pieces after their attempt to repeal and replace the Obama-era health care law collapsed for a second time. More>>

Republican lawmakers give California climate law a boost

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A handful of Republican lawmakers proved unlikely allies for Gov. Jerry Brown this week in his quest to extend California's landmark law to combat global warming. More>>

Trump seeking new ideas on Afghanistan from service members

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President Donald Trump is having lunch with service members to come up with new ideas for fighting the war in Afghanistan. More>>

Spanish soccer executive, son arrested in corruption probe

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Spanish Football Federation president Angel Maria Villar has been arrested along with his son and three more federation executives as part of an anti-corruption probe. More>>

California lawmakers buck party on cap and trade

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Republican votes in the Assembly proved critical to passing an extension of California's cap and trade program, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. More>>

House approves delay of Obama-era smog reductions

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A Republican-backed bill delaying implementation of Obama-era reductions in smog-causing air pollutants has passed the House. More>>

Senior US general: Hacker tried to breach my bank account

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Senior US military leader says attempted hack of his bank account was a distraction from doing his job. More>>

Advocacy groups urge states to protect transgender students

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Advocacy groups are urging state education officials around the country to protect transgender students after the Trump administration rescinded an Obama-era guidance on school bathroom use. More>>

Carson pledges to fight homelessness amid budget cut plans

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Housing Secretary Ben Carson is promising to "work toward a time when no family is without a home" _ even as the Trump administration seeks sharp budget cuts that critics say would lead to more people living on the streets. More>>

Turkish court jails 6 human rights activists pending trial

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A court in Istanbul has ordered six human rights activists _ including Amnesty International's Turkey director _ formally arrested pending a trial on charges of aiding an armed terror group. More>>

Montana faces double quandary over Medicaid expansion

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For all the uncertainty over the fate of a health care overhaul in Washington, Montana's working poor are already in a quandary. More>>

Justices urged to reject Trump plea to tighten travel ban

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Opponents of President Donald Trump's ban on refugees and visitors from six mostly Muslim countries are urging the Supreme Court to leave in place a federal judge's order that would relax restrictions on entry into the United States. More>>

Perry touts energy exports, awaits study on electric grid

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Energy Secretary Rick Perry says the Trump administration will push for increased exports of natural gas and other energy sources as its seeks U.S. "energy dominance" in the global market. More>>

California judge who pocketed 2 cardholders agrees to resign

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A Northern California judge is losing his job after swiping two art deco-style business card holders from a family law dinner last year. More>>

Russian lawyer at Trump Tower meeting drew US scrutiny

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Russian lawyer at the center of the June 2016 meeting with Donald Trump Jr. was on the radar of American officials long before revelations about the meeting. More>>

Not a tweet storm, but a real storm coincidentally named Don

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The newest potentially dangerous swirl of hot air is a tropical storm named Don, but it has nothing to do with the president. More>>

The Latest: Lawmakers urge more authority for Iran sanctions

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The Trump administration is slapping new sanctions on 18 Iranian individuals, groups and networks over non-nuclear behavior such as support for ballistic missiles development. More>>

US to create independent military cyber command

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The US plans to create independent military cyber command in order to enable military to more aggressively wage cyberwar against IS and others. More>>

Macron: My charm offensive may soften Trump's climate stance

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French President Emmanuel Macron says his glamorous Paris charm offensive on new friend Donald Trump might have changed the U.S. president's mind on climate change. More>>

US: More work needed to resolve irritants with Russia

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The Trump administration says more work needs to be done in order to resolve irritants in the U.S.-Russia relationship, including the return of two seized diplomatic compounds that Moscow is demanding. More>>

Cameras turned off again for White House press briefing

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A must-see event of the early Trump administration, the White House briefing, is off-camera again. More>>

Growing cast of lawyers signing up to defend Trump and team

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A growing cast of lawyers is signing up to defend President Donald Trump and his associates as the Russia probes unfold. More>>

Venezuela opposition calls strike, Trump threatens 'actions' Video included

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Venezuelan's opposition said more than 7.1 million people responded to its call to vote in a symbolic rejection of President Nicolas Maduro's plan to rewrite the constitution. More>>

Gorsuch can't escape travel ban at San Francisco meeting

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President Donald Trump's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court couldn't escape discussion of the president's travel ban _ and even the president _ during an appearance at a judicial conference in San Francisco. More>>

Dollar slide after Trump's planned health reforms implode

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Asian shares sink as setbacks for the health care overhaul in the U.S. casts doubt over prospects for reforms backed by President Donald Trump. More>>

US-Russia talks resume; Moscow demands dachas' return

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The United States and Russia are resuming high-level talks aimed at resolving irritants between Washington and Moscow. More>>

US: Iran complying with nuclear deal but defying its spirit

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Senior U.S. officials say the Trump administration is certifying to Congress that Iran is technically complying with the 2015 nuclear deal but is "unquestionably in default of the spirit" of the agreement. More>>

California lawmakers extend landmark climate change law

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California lawmakers are nearing a high-stakes decision that will decide the fate of a climate initiative that Gov. Jerry Brown holds up as a model to be replicated around the world to confront rising global temperatures. More>>

State official seeks to allay concerns over agency overhaul

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A senior State Department official is seeking to allay fears a plan to reorganize the agency will lead to an upheaval of the U.S. foreign policy establishment. More>>

McCain colleague says senator 'sounding strong' post-surgery

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Oklahoma senator to lead Armed Services Committee while Sen. John McCain recuperates from surgery. More>>

Whose side are you on? Separate lawyers defend Trump, aides

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A growing cast of lawyers is signing up to defend President Donald Trump and his associates as the Russia probes unfold. And they're all focused on their own clients, not those clients' colleagues. More>>

2 more GOP senators oppose health bill, killing it for now

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Foes from left and right are using the delayed vote on the Republican health care bill to make it as politically toxic as possible for wavering GOP senators to support it. More>>

Trump wants new NAFTA deal to cut trade deficit with Mexico Video included

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President Donald Trump is vowing to boost U.S. manufacturing by cutting the trade deficit with Mexico. More>>

The Latest: McConnell says he'll push for clean repeal bill

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A third Republican senator is signaling he may not back his party's health care bill when it finally comes to a vote. More>>

Asian stocks sink as US politics weigh on market outlook

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US stocks rise as retailers and clothing companies move higher and technology companies continue to recover. More>>

Obama officials meeting with Senate intelligence panel

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Three Senate Democrats are calling on the White House to review and possibly revoke Jared Kushner's security clearance due to the revelation of a meeting with Russian contacts during President Donald Trump's campaign. More>>

White House meeting suggests strain between Trump, Flake

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A conservative Republican who is running to unseat Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake says she's met with White House officials about the campaign. More>>

Justice Dept. signals more police property seizures coming

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the Justice Department is developing policies that would increase police seizures of cash and property. More>>

State Dept expands 'close family' criteria for visas

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The State Department is expanding its definition of "close family" to include grandparents and other relatives that constitute a bona fide U.S. relationship for visa applicants and refugees from six mainly Muslim nations. More>>

Anti-abortion-rights activist found in contempt over videos

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A federal judge has found an anti-abortion activist known for clandestine videos of abortion-rights supporters in contempt of court. More>>

House gives go-ahead for Washington Metro safety commission

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The House has approved legislation giving the go-ahead for a new safety watchdog for the passenger rail system serving commuters and visitors in and around Washington. More>>

Trump's voter panel responds to privacy group's lawsuit

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President Donald Trump's commission on election fraud continues to defend its request for detailed voter information in court. More>>

Trump administration to share records about Mar-a-Lago

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Who was at Mar-a-Lago with President Donald trump the seven times he visited his Florida resort. More>>

Christie: Getting Russian oppo research 'probably' illegal

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New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie addressed Donald Trump Jr.'s 2016 meeting with a Russian attorney, saying it's "probably against the law" to get opposition research from a foreign country. More>>

With 2018 looming, Democrats divided on their core message

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Is it health care? Is it Russia? Democratic leaders and officials are publicly at odds over what the party's core message and emphasis should be as it targets the 2018 midterm elections. More>>

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