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‘Meet a Muslim’ events hope to dispel misconceptions

By KRISTIN J. BENDER, Associated Press FREMONT, Calif. (AP) — When Moina Shaiq realized even her friends were scared to ask her about her religion for fear of offending her or sounding uneducated, she put an advertisement in a California newspaper: "Questions and answers about being ...

Texas Senate OKs restricting insurance coverage for abortion

By WILL WEISSERT and DAVID CRARY, Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Republican-controlled Texas Senate backed a plan Saturday night to restrict insurance coverage for abortions, over the objections of opponents who expressed concern it could force some women to make heart-wrenching ...

Trump faulted for not explicitly rebuking white supremacists

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump is drawing criticism from Republicans and Democrats for not explicitly denouncing white supremacists in the aftermath of violent clashes in Virginia, with lawmakers saying he needs to take a public stand ...

Utah Republicans divided in battle for Chaffetz’s House seat

By MICHELLE L. PRICE, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Republican race to fill a Utah congressional seat abandoned by Jason Chaffetz is pitting the party establishment, which is backing a popular mayor with a Democratic past, against further-right conservatives who are divided ...

3 dead, dozens injured, amid violent white nationalist rally

By SARAH RANKIN, Associated Press CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A car rammed into a crowd of protesters and a state police helicopter crashed into the woods Saturday as tension boiled over at a white supremacist rally. The violent day left three dead, dozens injured and this usually quiet ...

FBI agents searched former Trump campaign chair’s home

By CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI agents have searched one of the homes of Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Manafort's spokesman said Wednesday. Spokesman Jason Maloni said in a statement that FBI agents had obtained a warrant and searched ...

British firm billed US for cars, pay to ‘significant others’

By RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A British company hired to help train Afghan intelligence officers billed the U.S. government for more than $50 million in questionable expenses that included luxury cars and exorbitant salaries paid to the "significant others" of the ...

Gunmen kill 1, wound 6 in attack along Chicago street

CHICAGO (AP) — Police say several gunmen opened fire on a group of people standing on a Chicago sidewalk, killing a man and wounding six other people. Police say the shooting happened late Tuesday along a street in the city's Bronzeville neighborhood, about two blocks from police ...

Trump touts nuke strength as Tillerson urges calm on NKorea

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared the U.S. nuclear arsenal "far stronger and more powerful than ever before," even as his top diplomat was working to calm the North Korea crisis and insisting there wasn't "any imminent threat." In a series ...

Tip leads to arrest of suspect in Missouri officer’s death

By MARGARET STAFFORD, Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man charged in the shooting death of a western Missouri police officer has been arrested after an alert driver provided a tip that the fugitive was wandering within miles of where the killing took place, a law enforcement ...

How states are handling Trump’s voter information request

By The Associated Press These are state-by-state responses to a request for detailed voter data from President Donald Trump's Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, which is investigating voter fraud. The information indicates whether a state is willing to comply with, is ...

Kelly shows his clout: Scaramucci out as WH chief moves in

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Firmly taking charge in an unruly White House, former Gen. John Kelly moved in Monday as President Donald Trump's new chief of staff and immediately made sure that Trump's profanity-spouting new communications ...

Defiance that made Joe Arpaio popular leads to his downfall

By JACQUES BILLEAUD, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — The political defiance that made Joe Arpaio popular and seemingly untouchable as metro Phoenix's sheriff of 24 years ultimately led to his downfall Monday as he was convicted of a crime for ignoring a U.S. court order to stop traffic ...

Trump awards Medal of Honor to Army medic 48 years later

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — An Army medic who "ran into danger" to save wounded soldiers during a Vietnam War battle despite his own serious wounds on Monday became the first Medal of Honor recipient under President Donald Trump, 48 years after the selfless acts ...

Transgender US soldier felt ‘fired’ by Trump’s tweet

By JULIE WATSON and CHRISTOPH NOELTING, Associated Press BERATZHAUSEN, Germany (AP) — The subject line read: "Announcing a personal change." The U.S. Army soldier took a deep breath before hitting the button that sent the email to more than 200 fellow troops. "All considered, I am, and ...

After life without parole: 2 held for decades savor freedom

By ADAM GELLER and SHARON COHEN, AP National Writers WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — It's just a few blocks from the house Earl Rice Jr. left behind as a teenager to the places he remembers. But after more than four decades in prison, he has ground to cover. Skirting Franklin Street's neatly ...

Worsening drought conditions in parts of U.S. stressing crops

By DAVID PITT, Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Drought conditions worsened in several states over the past week from extreme heat and weeks with little rain, raising the prospect that grocery staples such as bread and beans could cost more as the region that produces those ...

Cancer patient sues over license photo, cites distress

EATONTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A cancer patient is suing the New Jersey's Motor Vehicle Commission for compelling her to remove her headscarf to take a driver's license photo. Forty-year-old Jennifer Giordano said she was still uncomfortable without wearing a wrap to cover her balding head caused by ...

Gambler tied to golfer Phil Mickelson gets 5 years in prison

By LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A Las Vegas gambler linked to golfer Phil Mickelson was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison by a judge who said the businessman collected tens of millions of dollars illegally in the stock market to seem like "a winner" to himself ...

96-year-old vet gets his wish of visiting U.S. Navy station

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A 96-year-old World War II veteran who dreamed of returning to a Navy installation to reminisce about his more than 20-year naval career got his wish. Edmund DelBarone (del-bah-ROHN') toured Naval Station Newport in Rhode Island Thursday in a visit arranged by ...