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While Trump talks tough, US quietly cutting nuclear force

By ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force is quietly shrinking its deployed force of land-based nuclear missiles as part of a holdover Obama administration plan to comply with an arms control treaty with Russia. The reductions are nearing completion despite ...

Justices to hear property rights dispute over family’s land

By SAM HANANEL, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Murr family's path to the Supreme Court began on the scenic banks of Wisconsin's St. Croix River, when a group of siblings tried to sell one of two waterfront plots. The idea was to use the money from the vacant lot to pay for ...

AP Explains: Senate confirmation and Supreme Court pick

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Thirteen months after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the Senate is finally holding confirmation hearings to fill the vacancy, considering President Donald Trump's choice of Neil Gorsuch for the high court. Republicans refused ...

Slain NYC medic’s son: ‘I know she didn’t die in vain’

NEW YORK (AP) — The eldest son of a fire department medic fatally run over by a stolen ambulance urged her colleagues and loved ones Saturday to be humbled rather than sad in her memory. "Seeing everyone she affected, I know she didn't die in vain," Jose Montes, the eldest of slain Fire ...

Man who drove suspicious car near White House is detained

WASHINGTON (AP) — A man who drove to a security checkpoint near the White House in a car that was deemed suspicious has been detained by the U.S. Secret Service. The car was stopped Saturday night about a quarter-mile from the White House. The Secret Service says it's investigating. It ...

Trump predicts quick passage of his health care proposal

By KEN THOMAS and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday predicted that a new health care law would be passed by a substantial margin and "pretty quickly," expressing optimism for his top legislative priority during his first news conference ...

Man accused of killing medic with ambulance: ‘I’m innocent’

By TOM McELROY, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A man accused of stealing an ambulance and then driving it over a fire department medic, crushing her to death, told reporters he wasn't guilty as he was escorted out of a police station Friday surrounded by angry uniformed emergency medical ...

Long before new hacks, US worried by Russian spying efforts

By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Years before Russian intelligence agencies stood accused of interfering in the U.S. presidential election and of orchestrating a massive Yahoo data breach, there was lingerie model Anna Chapman and her band of "Illegals" — Russian spies ...

Home explodes in DC suburb: ‘It’s just a pile of bricks’

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — A house in a Maryland suburb of the nation's capital was leveled early Friday by a thunderous explosion heard for miles around, a blast so powerful it shattered windows and caused other damage to several neighboring homes, authorities said. The explosion shook the city ...

Immigration judges to be sent to border detention centers

By ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Justice Department said Friday that it will temporarily transfer immigration judges to six detention centers mostly near the border with Mexico in an effort to put President Donald Trump's immigration directives into effect. The ...

Yahoo breach indictments may shed light on other hacks

By ERIC TUCKER and MICHAEL LIEDTKE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. authorities may now be in a better position to figure out if Russian hackers and Russian spies swayed last year's presidential elections. A scheme uncovered during a federal investigation into a huge Yahoo security ...

Native Hawaiian federal judge halts revised travel ban

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — The judge who halted President Donald Trump's revised travel ban is the only Native Hawaiian serving on the federal bench. U.S. District Judge Derrick Kahala Watson, who was nominated by former President Barack Obama in 2012 and ...

Trump budget: Defense spending a priority over agency money

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump unveiled a $1.15 trillion budget on Thursday, a far-reaching overhaul of federal government spending that slashes many domestic programs to finance a significant increase in the military and make a down payment on a ...

Oklahoma Senate punishes senator found with teen in motel

By TIM TALLEY, Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Charges could be filed Thursday against an Oklahoma state senator who police say was found with a teenage boy in a motel room in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, according to a local prosecutor. Cleveland County District Attorney Greg ...

Refugee family lands in US amid fight over travel ban

By JULIE WATSON, MALAK HARB and ALLEN G. BREED, Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — Just a week ago, Nadia Hanan Madalo and her family had received news that refugees like them have been waiting to hear: They had seats on a flight bound for the U.S. from Iraq, with an arrival just before the ...

Army Corps on trial over Missouri River flooding complaint

By JIM SUHR, Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is defending itself at trial against more than 300 farmers and other landowners who say the agency's management of the Missouri River has contributed to major flooding in five states, most notably 2011 ...

Critics of GOP health bill get ammunition from budget score

By ERICA WERNER, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Critics of GOP health care legislation got fresh ammunition from a report that estimates the bill would increase the ranks of the uninsured by 14 million people next year alone, and 24 million over a decade. The findings from ...

Obama’s final year: US spent $36 million in records lawsuits

By TED BRIDIS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration in its final year in office spent a record $36.2 million on legal costs defending its refusal to turn over federal records under the Freedom of Information Act, according to an Associated Press analysis of new U.S. ...

Get by without Planned Parenthood? One Texas effort stumbles

By PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — In pushing a replacement for the Affordable Care Act that cuts off funds for Planned Parenthood, Republicans are out to reassure women who rely on the major health care organization that other clinics will step up to provide their ...

State police: More than 30 cars involved in Chicago pileup

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois State Police say snowy weather caused two crashes on a Chicago expressway that involved a total of 34 cars. A State Police spokesman says seven people sustained minor injuries in Monday night's pileup on the Kennedy Expressway. Both wrecks occurred in the express ...