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Texas stokes immigration debate with ‘sanctuary cities’ ban

By PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas charged to the forefront of the national debate over immigration as Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed a so-called "sanctuary cities" ban that lets police ask during routine stops whether someone is in the U.S. legally and ...

Kansas man to get life term for killing of 7-year-old son

By JIM SUHR, Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man will be sentenced to life in prison Monday for the killing of his 7-year-old son, who authorities say was subjected to horrific abuse and was "essentially starved to death" before his remains were found in the family's pig ...

Trump tries to pressure Senate Republicans on health care

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press BRANCHBURG, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump urged Senate Republicans on Sunday to "not let the American people down," as the contentious debate over overhauling the U.S. health care systems shifts to Congress' upper chamber, where a vote is ...

Researchers seek better ways to farm popular Pacific fish

By PHUONG LE, Associated Press PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) — The dark gray fish prized for its buttery flavor live deep in the ocean, so researchers keep their lab cold and dark to simulate ideal conditions for sablefish larvae. A biologist shines his dim red headlamp and uses an ultrasound to ...

Grieving dad runs for school board in gang-scarred suburb

By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press BRENTWOOD, N.Y. (AP) — Robert Mickens was just a regular dad who went to his daughter's high school basketball games in their New York town, worried about whether she studied enough and sometimes got on her case for spending too much time gabbing with her ...

Chicago gang helped investigators in officers’ shooting

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say two plainclothes officers shot last week were mistaken for rival street-gang members and that other gang members cooperated with police when that became clear. Chicago Police Commander Brendan Deenihan spoke to reporters Sunday about the South Side ...

Jared Kushner’s sister woos China’s ‘golden visa’ investors

By GILLIAN WONG, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — The sister of President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner has been in China courting individual investors with a much-criticized federal visa program that provides a path toward obtaining U.S. green cards. Kushner's sister Nicole Meyer ...

Senate wary on ‘Obamacare’ repeal, bumpy path ahead

By ALAN FRAM and RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are claiming a triumph by pushing their legislative centerpiece scuttling much of President Barack Obama's health care law through the House. It was a perilous journey, and its Senate pathway will be at least as ...

Snake fan hunts pythons in Florida to save other critters

By JENNIFER KAY, Associated Press IN THE FLORIDA EVERGLADES (AP) — Florida is paying $8.10 an hour to hunt invasive Burmese pythons in the Everglades, but Brian Hargrove says he'd work for free. He's enjoying special access to state-owned wetlands and reliving his teenage years, when ...

Students sue over suspensions for ‘likes’ on racist posts

By SUDHIN THANAWALA, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California school district suspended a high school student after racist images that included nooses drawn around the necks of a black student and coach appeared on his social media site. But a federal lawsuit says the district ...

Jury awards record-setting $110.5M in baby powder lawsuit

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis jury has awarded a Virginia woman a record-setting $110.5 million in the latest lawsuit alleging that using Johnson & Johnson's baby powder caused cancer. The jury ruling Thursday night for 62-year-old Lois Slemp, of Wise, Virginia, comes after three previous ...

Trump to weaken IRS rule against church political activity

By CATHERINE LUCEY and RACHEL ZOLL, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is seeking to further weaken enforcement of an IRS rule barring churches and tax-exempt groups from endorsing political candidates, in a long-anticipated executive order on religious freedom that ...

GOP revives struggling health care bill and plans House vote

By ALAN FRAM and ERICA WERNER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In a startling turnabout, Republicans say they are ready to push their prized health care bill through the House and claim a victory for President Donald Trump, six weeks after nearly leaving it for dead and days after support ...

Top Kansas court to revisit death penalty in Wichita murders

By JOHN HANNA, Associated Press TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court is considering for a second time whether to spare two brothers from being executed for four murders in what became known as "the Wichita massacre" after earlier rulings in the men's favor sparked a political ...

What to know as Texas nears passing ‘sanctuary city’ law

By PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — What to know about a Texas bill targeting so-called 'sanctuary cities' that is heading to the desk of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who has pledged to sign the measure that immigrant-rights activists say will lead to profiling and ...

Family of boy killed on Kansas waterslide to receive $20M

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The family of a 10-year-old boy who died on a giant waterslide at a Kanas water park will receive nearly $20 million in settlement payments, according to court documents. The largest payment to Caleb Schwab's family, $14 million, will come from SVV 1 and KC Water ...

Health bill teeters on the brink as House OK’s budget bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Their health care bill teetering on the brink, House Republican leaders and President Donald Trump intensified their already-fierce lobbying Wednesday to save the long-promised legislation, agreeing to changes that brought two pivotal Republicans back on board. Democrats ...

House passes $1.1T government spending bill, sends to Senate

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The House easily passed a $1.1 trillion governmentwide spending bill on Wednesday, awarding wins to both Democrats and Republicans while putting off until later this year fights over President Donald Trump's promised border wall with ...

A way forward on health care bill? Key GOP rep has $8B plan

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Top House Republicans scrambling to prevent another collapse of their push to repeal much of the Obama health care law may have found a way to win over some moderate GOP holdouts. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., an influential centrist who'd ...

State charges still possible for Baton Rouge officers

By SADIE GURMAN and MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Justice Department's decision not to charge two white Baton Rouge police officers in the shooting death of a black man may not be the final legal chapter in a case that reverberated far beyond Louisiana's ...