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Protesters flood US cities to fight Trump immigration policy

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — They wore white. They shook their fists in the air. They carried signs reading: "No more children in cages," and "What's next? Concentration Camps?" In major cities and tiny towns, hundreds of thousands of marchers gathered Saturday ...

Trump asserts he didn’t push House GOP on immigration

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump claimed Saturday that he never pushed House Republicans to vote for immigration bills that failed last week, offering his latest display of whiplash on the legislation. Trump tweeted from his New Jersey ...

Melania Trump seeing lots, saying little at migrant centers

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump lit up when a 3-year-old boy darted out of "Family Unit 8" at a migrant center in Tucson, Arizona. "Hello!" said the first lady, brightening amid the semicircle of eight cells in a short-term holding center for migrants. ...

Barbs for Bezos but Bill Gates largely admired in Seattle

By SALLY HO, Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle region is home to America's two richest men, but their local legacies to date represent two very different eras for the city. While Amazon's Jeff Bezos is blamed by some for rising rents and clogged city streets, Bill Gates is largely ...

Small capital city draped in grief by newspaper shooting

By BRIAN WITTE, Associated Press ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The historic state capital of Annapolis is draped in grief from a shooting attack on the local newspaper, which killed journalists who chronicled soccer games, art exhibits and the fabric of small-city life. A sign outside The Annapolis ...

Trump to tout economic policies at Foxconn ground-breaking

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — President Donald Trump was highlighting his economic policies Thursday by taking part in the ceremonial groundbreaking for a $10 billion Foxconn factory complex that may bring thousands of jobs to a state he barely carried in the 2016 ...

Barbed Senate words over timing of court confirmation

By CATHERINE LUCEY and LISA MASCARO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate battle over Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee is off to a fiery start — even before the president makes his choice. Republican and Democratic leaders traded accusations and barbed comments Thursday on the ...

Kennedy retirement guaranteed to ratchet up midterm rhetoric

By STEVE PEOPLES and BILL BARROW, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Nothing could have shifted the political landscape more than this. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement and President Donald Trump's pledge to move quickly to fill the seat guarantee a searing summer of charged ...

Survey: Exercise and obesity are both rising in US

By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — It may seem like a contradiction, but more adults in the U.S. say they are exercising at the same time more of them are becoming obese. About 24 percent of adults last year said they exercise enough each week to meet government ...

Immigrant mom heads to court to get her son back

By MARTHA IRVINE and JULIE WATSON, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — When Lidia Karine Souza would call her 9-year-old son — allowed just 20 minutes per week — he would beg his mom though tears to do everything in her power to get him out of U.S. government custody and back to her. The ...

House backs $675 B spending bill for Pentagon

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved a $675 billion spending bill for the Defense Department that includes a 2.6 percent raise for the military. Lawmakers approved the bill, 359-49, on Thursday. The vote sends the bill to the Senate, where the Senate ...

Trump threatens Harley-Davidson with tax punishment for move

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump sought Tuesday to avoid blame for Harley-Davidson's decision to move some motorcycle production overseas and threatened to tax the manufacturer "like never before!" as punishment for the planned production ...

States, immigrant supporters demand family reunifications

By MICHAEL BALSAMO, WILL WEISSERT and GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Seventeen states, including New York and California, sued the Trump administration Tuesday to force it to reunite the thousands of immigrant children and parents it separated at the border, as pressure ...

High court rules against Calif. crisis pregnancy center law

By MARK SHERMAN and JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday effectively put an end to a California law that forces anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers to provide information about abortion. The 5-4 ruling also casts doubts on similar laws in Hawaii ...

Court upholds Trump travel ban, rejects discrimination claim

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A sharply divided Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld President Donald Trump's ban on travel from several mostly Muslim countries, rejecting a challenge that it discriminated against Muslims or exceeded his authority. A dissenting justice said ...

Trump’s clout within GOP on the line in Tuesday elections

By STEVE PEOPLES and MEG KINNARD, Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump is not on the ballot, but he has invested time, energy and political capital in a slate of primary contests across America that will again test his clout within his own party. Voters weigh in on ...

Ryan sets House vote on GOP immigration bill for Wednesday

By LISA MASCARO and ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan scheduled a long-awaited showdown vote on a broad Republican immigration bill for Wednesday, but is showing little confidence that the package will survive. Underscoring the legislation's weak ...

Sanders says she was told to leave Virginia restaurant

By KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was booted from a Virginia restaurant because she works for President Donald Trump, setting off a fierce debate about whether politics should play a role in how administration officals are ...

Zsa Zsa, the English bulldog, wins World’s Ugliest Dog title

PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) — A 9-year-old English bulldog was named the winner of the 2018 World's Ugliest Dog contest in the San Francisco Bay Area. Zsa Zsa won the title Saturday night at the Sonoma-Marin Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma. The dog's owner Megan Brainard of Anoka, Minnesota, ...

Trump tweets, hard-right voters hamper GOP immigration push

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican apprehension over President Donald Trump's next tweet and fear of riling conservative voters is undermining GOP leaders' election-year struggle to shove an immigration bill through the House this week, leaving their prospects ...