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Teacher who stopped shooting: I had to save students

By KEN KUSMER, Associated Press NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A teacher who was shot while tackling and disarming a student at an Indiana school said Monday that his swift decisions "were the only acceptable actions" to save his seventh-grade classroom. Jason Seaman spoke publicly for the first ...

Rescuers seeking 1 man still missing in Maryland flooding

By DAVID McFADDEN, Associated Press ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) — One person was missing after flash flooding tore down historic Main Street in Ellicott City, Maryland, and left a community heartbroken at seeing severe damage less than two years after another devastating flood. Howard County ...

Trump to mark Memorial Day with Arlington cemetery visit

By CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is marking his second Memorial Day as commander in chief with a planned visit to Arlington National Cemetery and a salute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. He's set to lay a wreath ...

Trump threatens another shutdown as budget battle heats up

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has warned Congress that he will never sign another foot-tall, $1 trillion-plus government-wide spending bill like the one he did in March. His message to lawmakers in both parties: Get your act together before the ...

Giuliani says informant info key to giving Mueller interview

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's legal team would advise that he refuse to submit to an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller unless the team can review classified information shared with select lawmakers about the origins of the FBI investigation into Russia's election ...

Trump’s trade agenda runs into reality of global geopolitics

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's hard-line views on trade, a staple of his message long before he entered politics, are beginning to collide with the cold realities of global geopolitics. Trade talks on China and the North American Free Trade ...

2 hurt in Indiana middle school shooting; suspect detained

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Someone opened fire at a suburban Indianapolis middle school Friday morning, injuring an adult and a child before the suspect was taken into custody, authorities said. The victims in the attack at Noblesville West Middle School were taken to hospitals in Indianapolis ...

Civilian kills gunman after shooting at Oklahoma restaurant

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A young man who opened fire in an Oklahoma City restaurant, leaving two people with gunshot wounds and two others hurt in the ensuing chaos, was then shot dead by a handgun-carrying civilian in the parking lot, police said. Police said they didn't know what prompted the ...

Weinstein faces sex charges in prosecution amid #MeToo

By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Flinching when he heard himself described as a man who used power to prey on women, Harvey Weinstein was arraigned Friday on charges of rape and a criminal sex act in the first criminal prosecution to result from the wave of allegations ...

APNewsBreak: Tesla in Autopilot mode sped up before crashing

By JULIAN HATTEM, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Tesla that crashed while in Autopilot mode in Utah this month accelerated in the seconds before it smashed into a stopped firetruck, according to a police report obtained by The Associated Press. Two people were injured. Data from ...

Rachel Dolezal accused of welfare fraud after race scandal

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A former NAACP leader in Washington state whose life unraveled after she was exposed as a white woman pretending to be black has been charged with welfare fraud. Rachel Dolezal, who legally changed her name to Nkechi Diallo in 2016, was charged this week with theft by ...

Dems alarmed when WH lawyer shows up at classified briefing

By MARY CLARE JALONICK and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican and Democratic lawmakers have gotten classified briefings about the origins of the FBI investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election, a highly unusual series of meetings prompted by ...

Trump seethes over Russia probe, calls for end to ‘SPYGATE’

By ANNE FLAHERTY, DESMOND BUTLER and CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump escalated his efforts to discredit the Russia investigation Wednesday, saying the FBI has been caught in a "MAJOR spy scandal" over its use of a secret informant to determine whether some ...

Georgia Democrat challenges racial barrier in governor race

By BILL BARROW, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Democrats gave Atlanta lawyer Stacey Abrams a chance to become the first black female governor in American history on a primary night that ended well for several women seeking office. Abrams set new historical marks with a primary ...

Hawaii geothermal plant plugs wells as lava flows nearby

By JAE C. HONG and SOPHIA YAN, Associated Press PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Production wells at a geothermal plant under threat by lava flowing from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano have been plugged to prevent toxic gases from seeping out. Lava from a nearby, new volcanic vent entered, then stalled, on ...

Wyoming makes rush for hyped new tech, results still virtual

By MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Block Chain Gang LLC, Crypto Cowboy, Something Something Blockchain LLC: Based on the names of dozens of new companies registering to set up shop in Wyoming, the state's effort to lure the latest tech craze appears to be paying ...

Tens of thousands of Las Vegas casino workers OK strike

By REGINA GARCIA CANO, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas casinos could watch tens of thousands of employees walk off the job for the first time in more than three decades after union members voted to authorize a strike at any time starting June 1, a move that could cripple the ...

Philip Roth, fearless and celebrated author, dies at 85

By HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Philip Roth, the prize-winning novelist and fearless narrator of sex, death, assimilation and fate, from the comic madness of "Portnoy's Complaint" to the elegiac lyricism of "American Pastoral," died Tuesday night at age 85. Roth's ...

Lava from Kilauea volcano enters ocean, creates toxic cloud

By CALEB JONES and AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — White plumes of acid and extremely fine shards of glass billowed into the sky over Hawaii as molten rock from Kilauea volcano poured into the ocean, creating yet another hazard from an eruption that began more than two ...

Trials for violent protest framed as Trump vs the resistance

By ASHRAF KHALIL, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — When police arrested more than 200 anti-Trump protesters on Inauguration Day 2017, it touched off a long-term battle of wits and wills. On one side: a Justice Department that has sought to incarcerate scores of people over a violent ...