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Hawaii becomes 1st state to sue over Trump’s new travel ban

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER and CALEB JONES, Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii has become the first state to file a lawsuit against President Donald Trump's revised travel ban, saying the order will harm its Muslim population, tourism and foreign students. Attorneys for the state filed ...

House panel OKs health bill, industry groups say ‘no’

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans scored a pre-dawn triumph Thursday in their effort to scuttle former President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, but it masked deeper problems as hospitals, doctors and consumer groups mounted ...

Trump on charm offensive with former rivals

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — After spending months rehashing the brutal GOP primary campaign and bragging about his victory, President Donald Trump has quietly launched a charm offensive, reaching out to former rivals whose help he now needs. The latest on his list: ...

IRS strikes back as agents make big dent in identity theft

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS strikes back: The tax agency reports that the number of identity theft victims plummeted last year after agents struggled for years to combat what has become a multibillion-dollar industry. The number of victims dropped by 46 ...

CIA won’t discuss breach; Will WikiLeaks help tech firms?

By DEB RIECHMANN, RAPHAEL SATTER and JACK GILLUM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA has gone dark about the WikiLeaks dump of nearly 9,000 pages of purported U.S. intelligence files, even as the anti-secrecy group raised the prospect of providing technology companies additional ...

A look at the opposing sides on the GOP health care bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — A look at opposing sides as Congress considers proposed Republican changes to the Obama administration health law. ___ SUPPORTING THE BILL: President Donald Trump: "We're going to do something that's great and I'm proud to support the replacement plan released by the ...

GOP bill unlikely to settle passionate health care debate

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's passionate debate about the role of government in providing health care for citizens and paying the costs is unlikely to be settled by the legislation newly revealed by House Republicans. With ...

Top Trump security adviser faces questions in rare hearing

By RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The senior Army officer tapped by President Donald Trump to be his national security adviser faces questions from senators during a rare closed-door meeting amid intense scrutiny of the White House for alleged Trump campaign contacts ...

Transgender Virginia student: Ruling leaves kids in limbo

By SARAH RANKIN and MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to back out of a lawsuit over transgender students' bathroom access is a disappointment that will keep transgender children in limbo, said 17-year-old plaintiff Gavin Grimm, who's become ...

Trump expected to sign new travel ban order

By JULIE PACE and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A revised executive order temporarily barring the entry of people from certain Muslim-majority countries and halting the nation's refugee program is set to go to President Donald Trump soon. A White House official says plans ...

Congress to probe Trump wiretap claim, FBI disputes it

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Key members of Congress say they will honor President Donald Trump's request to investigate his unsubstantiated claim that Barack Obama overstepped his authority as president and had Trump's telephones tapped during the election ...

Bridge over I-64 to be named after slain Virginia trooper

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — A bridge in Newport News will be named after a Virginia trooper who was killed last year at a Richmond bus station. Gov. Terry McAuliffe recently approved legislation that would name the State Route 143 bridge at exit 255 over Interstate 64 in Newport News as the ...

David Letterman: ‘I would have gone to work on Trump’

NEW YORK (AP) — David Letterman says he would have handled President Donald Trump a bit differently than "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon. In a wide-ranging interview with Vulture, the retired late night television icon discussed the playful moment when Fallon tousled Trump's hair during an ...

In past land cases, Gorsuch has limited environmentalists

By HOLBROOK MOHR and GARANCE BURKE, Associated Press Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch has shown a willingness to limit the participation of environmental groups in lawsuits involving public lands, writing in one case that allowing conservationists to intervene could complicate and slow down ...

Man accused of threats to congressman’s staff due in court

ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta man accused of threatening the staff of U.S. Rep. John Lewis is set to appear in court for a hearing to decide whether he'll continue to be held in custody. The detention hearing for 42-year-old Dante Antoine Rosser is set for 11 a.m. Monday in Atlanta. Newly ...

Trump alleges Obama had Trump phones wiretapped during race

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump is accusing former President Barack Obama of having Trump's telephones "wire tapped" during last year's election, but Trump isn't offering any evidence or saying what prompted the allegation. Trump says ...

Based on photo with Putin, Trump calls Schumer ‘hypocrite’

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump, his administration under siege for contacts with Russian officials, is calling for "an immediate investigation" into Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's own ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump's ...

School district: No more part in US Navy funeral processions

CORONADO, Calif. (AP) — A California school district will no longer take part in funeral processions for sailors and Navy SEALS killed overseas that have drawn thousands of students. The San Diego Union-Tribune (http://bit.ly/2mkBEDR ) says the Coronado Unified School District and the Navy ...

US and Canadian scientists to study cross-border flooding

By WILSON RING, Associated Press MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — U.S. and Canadian scientists are planning to spend the next five years studying flooding on Lake Champlain and the Richelieu River, which drains the lake north into Quebec, and whether methods can be developed to control future ...

Arnold Schwarzenegger opens up about affair, Trump feud

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