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SpaceX trying again to launch rocket from historic moon pad

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX is taking another shot at launching a rocket from NASA's historic moon pad. As dawn broke Sunday over Florida's Kennedy Space Center, the unmanned Falcon rocket stood at Launch Complex 39A, poised to deliver supplies to ...

Revived by rally, Trump turns back to governing

By CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — One day after delighting in a massive campaign-style rally, President Donald Trump is turning back to the business of governing. Trump, who is spending the weekend at his private club in Florida, plans to spend Sunday ...

Southern California rain eases; north facing renewed storm

By ROBERT JABLON, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — A huge Pacific storm that parked itself over Southern California and unloaded, ravaging roads, opening sinkholes and leading to the deaths of at least three people, eased off Saturday. But it was only a temporary reprieve as new storms ...

“Blind Sheik” guilty of 1990s terror plots dies in US prison

By BRIAN MELLEY and LEE KEATH, Associated Press The so called Blind Sheik, Omar Abdel-Rahman, who was convicted of plotting terror attacks in New York City in the decade before 9/11 has died in a federal prison. He was 78. Abdel-Rahman, blind since infancy from diabetes, had diabetes and ...

Harward turns Trump down for national security adviser job

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice Admiral Robert Harward has turned down an offer to be President Donald Trump's new national security adviser, the latest blow to a new administration struggling to find its footing. Harward told The Associated Press that the ...

Critics: Trump should not ignore domestic terrorist threats

By ADAM KEALOHA CAUSEY, Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Bud Welch knows something about the human cost of terrorism. His 23-year-old daughter was killed when a rental truck packed with explosives destroyed the Oklahoma City federal building. That was in 1995, when domestic terrorism ...

Zuckerberg’s goal: Remake a world Facebook helped create

By BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Mark Zuckerberg helped create the modern world by connecting nearly a quarter of its citizens to Facebook and giving them a platform to share, well, everything — baby pictures and Pepe memes, social updates and abusive bullying, ...

Man convicted of running over woman, dragging body 3 miles

DEDHAM, Mass. (AP) — A judge has convicted a Massachusetts man of running over a Wrentham (REN'-thum) hotel worker four years ago and dragging her body more than 3 miles. The Norfolk District Attorney's Office says 25-year-old Moses Acloque, of Norwood, was convicted on Tuesday of charges ...

11-foot python slithers into South Florida student’s car

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — A South Florida college student says he was startled when he saw a large snake crawl under his roommate's car. Nova Southeastern University students Ross Price and his roommate James Hand called an exterminator Feb. 1, but were told it was too late to send someone. So they ...

Immigrant-rich Miami-Dade split over sanctuary city order

By ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — The mayor is an immigrant, and more than half its residents are foreign born. But unlike many cities with large numbers of immigrants, there's no sanctuary for people living illegally in Miami-Dade County, Florida. A recent decision by ...

‘Firefall’ phenomenon wows visitors to Yosemite’s El Capitan

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Mother Nature is again putting on a show at California's Yosemite National Park, where every February the setting sun draws a narrow sliver of light on a waterfall to make it glow like a cascade of molten lava. The phenomenon known as "firefall" draws ...

For GOP, a dimmed zeal for investigations in Trump era

By ERICA WERNER, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republicans' ardor for investigations and oversight, on display throughout the Obama administration, has cooled off considerably with Donald Trump in the White House. Each day seems to bring a new headache or near-crisis ...

Officials: Trump knew Flynn misled WH weeks before ouster

By JULIE PACE and VIVIAN SALAMA, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Just six days into his presidency, Donald Trump was informed his national security adviser had misled his vice president about contacts with Russia. Trump kept his No. 2 in the dark and waited nearly three weeks before ...

Boeing vote tells next chapter in Southern unionization

By MEG KINNARD, Associated Press NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Nearly 3,000 production workers at Boeing's South Carolina plant are deciding whether they want to unionize, writing the next chapter in efforts to organize labor in large manufacturing plants across the South. The first round ...

Trial starts for teen police say took selfie with corpse

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A trial is underway for an 18-year-old Pennsylvania man accused of fatally shooting a friend in the face and then taking a selfie with the victim's body. Two officers testified Tuesday that Maxwell Morton, then 16, showed little emotion or concern about the February ...

China awards Trump valuable new trademark

By ERIKA KINETZ, Associated Press SHANGHAI (AP) — The government of China awarded U.S. President Donald Trump valuable rights to his own name this week, in the form of a 10-year trademark for construction services. The registration became official on Feb. 14 and was published in a trademark ...

Conway: Flynn resigned because he’d become ‘a lightning rod’

By JULIE PACE, ERIC TUCKER and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — National security adviser Michael Flynn resigned following reports he misled Vice President Mike Pence about contacts with a Russian diplomat, up-ending President Donald Trump's White House team less than a month ...

Damaged dam system threatens Northern California towns

By JONATHAN J. COOPER and DON THOMPSON, Associated Press OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A huge Northern California reservoir, held in place by a massive dam, has always been central to the life of the towns around it. Now the lake that has brought them holiday fireworks and salmon festivals could ...

Aetna, Humana call off $34 billion deal

By TOM MURPHY, AP Health Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Aetna and Humana called off a $34 billion proposal to combine the two major health insurers after a federal judge, citing antitrust concerns, shot down the deal. The announcement Tuesday comes several days after another federal judge ...

Congress to grill Yellen amid uncertainty over Trump’s plans

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen faces two tasks when she delivers her semiannual testimony to Congress starting Tuesday: As always, she'll sketch a picture of how she expects the economy to fare in coming months and how the ...