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Trump, lawmakers squabble over whether they struck a deal

By ERICA WERNER and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The fate of 800,000 young immigrants hung in the balance as top lawmakers, White House officials and President Donald Trump himself squabbled over whether an agreement had been struck to protect them — and if so, exactly ...

Schools seek to help immigrants amid mixed signals on DACA

By JOCELYN GECKER and SOPHIA TAREEN, Associated Press BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Mixed signals from Washington over a possible agreement to preserve protections for young immigrants are increasing anxiety and confusion on college campuses, where the stakes are high. Amid the uncertainty, ...

Harvard removes title for Chelsea Manning amid CIA spat

By PATRICK MAIRS, Associated Press Harvard University reversed its decision to name Chelsea Manning a visiting fellow early Friday, a day after CIA Director Mike Pompeo scrapped a planned appearance over the title for the soldier who was convicted of leaking classified information. Douglas ...

Scientists: Ash tree species pushed to brink of extinction

By MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Five prominent species of ash tree in the eastern U.S. have been driven to the brink of extinction from years of lethal attack by a beetle, a scientific group says. Tens of millions of trees in the U.S. and Canada have already ...

What happened at dinner? Trump, Dems don’t see eye to eye

By ERICA WERNER and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday denied an assertion by the Democratic leaders in Congress that they had an agreement to preserve protections for young immigrants living illegally in America and to bolster U.S.-Mexico ...

Death of 8 at Florida nursing home sounds alarms after Irma

By TIM REYNOLDS and TERRY SPENCER, Associated Press HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane-scarred Florida warily eyed the fate of its most vulnerable residents and emergency workers were urged to immediately check on those in nursing homes after eight people died in a scorching facility that ...

Attacked in bed, safe a few feet away: Cuba mystery deepens

By JOSH LEDERMAN, MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The blaring, grinding noise jolted the American diplomat from his bed in a Havana hotel. He moved just a few feet, and there was silence. He climbed back into bed. Inexplicably, the agonizing sound ...

School shooting: A gun jams, and a student tries to help

BY NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press ROCKFORD, Wash. (AP) — Armed with a pistol and rifle, classmates say the shooter's face "was passive" in the hallway of a high school in a tiny Washington state town. He tried to fire a weapon, but it jammed, and another boy confronted him. "He ...

Trump heads to southwestern Florida to survey Irma recovery

By CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will hear directly from people affected by Irma's fury as he makes his third visit in less than three weeks to the storm-wracked South. Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence, was scheduled to visit Naples ...

Florida nun dons habit, grabs chain saw to help after Irma

MIAMI (AP) — A Florida nun is pitching in on the cleanup efforts following Hurricane Irma by taking a chain saw to downed trees while dressed in her full habit. Miami-Dade police posted video of Sister Margaret Ann at work on social media taken by an off-duty officer who came across ...

Study prompts call to examine flu vaccine and miscarriage

By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — A puzzling study of U.S. pregnancies found that women who had miscarriages between 2010 and 2012 were more likely to have had back-to-back annual flu shots that included protection against swine flu. Vaccine experts think the results may ...

Sanders, GOP push banner health care bills

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Liberal Sen. Bernie Sanders is ready to unveil his bill for starkly reshaping the country's current hodge-podge health care system into one where the government provides medical insurance for everybody. Republican senators are preparing to ...

Man accused of killing his mom in hospital to be arraigned

By MICHAEL CASEY, Associated Press LEBANON, N.H. (AP) — A Rhode Island man accused of fatally shooting his mother in the intensive care unit of New Hampshire's largest hospital was set to be arraigned Wednesday on murder charges. Travis Frink signed into the visitor center at ...

Willie Nelson, Raitt to headline Texas storm benefit concert

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt are among the stars headlining a benefit concert next week to help Texas residents affected by Hurricane Harvey. Organizers said the "Harvey Can't Mess With Texas" concert will be held in Austin on Sept. 22. It ...

Arkansas woman admits using county cash to buy dog tuxedo

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — A former administrative assistant to an Arkansas county official has pleaded guilty to fraudulent use of a credit card after prosecutors accused her of using public money to buy personal items, including a tuxedo for her pet pug. Kristi Goss was set for trial this ...

Democrat on voter fraud commission defends panel’s existence

By HOLLY RAMER, Associated Press MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner defended both his role on President Donald Trump's election fraud commission and the panel's existence Tuesday as it began its second meeting amid persistent criticism that its ultimate ...

Defense: Girl accused of stabbing classmate was delusional

By GRETCHEN EHLKE, Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin girl who told investigators she helped stab a classmate was convinced the crime would protect her and her family from a fictional horror character called Slender Man, her attorney told jurors Tuesday. The defense is ...

Irma kills 2 in Georgia and 2 in South Carolina

By JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr. and RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — The remnants of Hurricane Irma forced Atlanta's international airport - the world's busiest passenger airport - to cancel nearly 200 flights early Tuesday. The storm also claimed two lives in Georgia and two in South ...

Suicide of teen who made sex video shows dilemma for schools

By MICHAEL TARM and MARTHA IRVINE, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Staff at a suburban Chicago high school called 16-year-old Corey Walgren to the dean's office to ask about a video he made of himself having sex with a classmate. A few hours later, the teen walked to the top of a five-story ...

J.J. Abrams to write and direct ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’

By LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — J.J. Abrams is returning to "Star Wars," and will replace Colin Trevorrow as writer and director of "Episode IX." Disney announced Abrams return on Tuesday a week after news broke of Trevorrow's departure. After several high-profile exits ...