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Suit seeks to stop Trump from naming acting director of CFPB

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government official President Donald Trump wants to pass over as acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau with his own budget chief is asking a federal court to block the president's appointment. Leandra English, who was elevated to the position of ...

Justices ponder need for warrant for cellphone tower data

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Like almost everyone else in America, thieves tend to carry their cellphones with them to work. When they use their phones on the job, police find it easier to do their jobs. They can get cellphone tower records that help place suspects in ...

Trump calls for crushing terrorists with military means

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump denounced the deadly mosque attack in Egypt and reached out to its president, asserting the world must crush terrorists by military means — and insisting the U.S. needs a southern border wall and the travel ban ...

Looming deadlines, much unfinished business await Congress

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The crush of unfinished business facing lawmakers when they return to the Capitol would be daunting even if Washington were functioning at peak efficiency. It's an agenda whose core items — tax cuts, a potential government shutdown, ...

Consumer watchdog head names a successor, and Trump does too

By KEN SWEET, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau resigned Friday and named his own successor, leading to an open conflict with President Donald Trump — who announced a different person as acting head of the agency later in the ...

“Die Hard” for jihadists? IS recruits with heroic tales

By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Beyond the slick, Hollywood-style cinematics, the Islamic State is targeting Western recruits with videos suggesting they, too, can be heroes like Bruce Willis' character in "Die Hard." That's the conclusion of The Chicago Project on ...

Man charged with killing Texas trooper who had stopped him

By CLAUDIA LAUER, Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — The suspect in the shooting death of a state trooper during a Thanksgiving Day traffic stop in East Texas was charged Friday with capital murder of a law enforcement officer. Dabrett Black, 32, was being held in the Brazos County jail in ...

US changes course, allows PLO office to remain open

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has backtracked on its decision to order the Palestinians' office in Washington to close, instead saying it would merely impose limitations on the office that it expected would be lifted after 90 days. Last week, ...

US first loosened limits on lion trophies, then elephants

By MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — One month before the Trump administration sparked outrage by reversing a ban on trophies from threatened African elephants, federal officials quietly loosened restrictions on the importation of heads and hides of lions shot for ...

Kathy Griffin: Trump photo put me on ‘Hollywood blacklist’

By The Associated Press Kathy Griffin says she is in the middle of a "Hollywood blacklist" after taking a photo holding a fake severed head that resembled President Donald Trump. The comedian is currently on a world standup tour. She says in a YouTube video that when she returns to the U.S. ...

Melania Trump and Barron receive White House Christmas tree

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump, and son Barron, continued a time-honored tradition of first ladies receiving the official White House Christmas tree. A military band quartet played holiday tunes as a horse-drawn wagon carried the 19 1/2-foot Balsam ...

CBS suspends Rose, PBS halts his show following allegations

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Media Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Charlie Rose is the latest public figure to be felled by sexual misconduct allegations, with PBS halting distribution of his nightly interview show and CBS News suspending him Monday following a Washington Post report with the accusations of ...

Report: Rep. Conyers settled complaint over sexual conduct

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michigan Rep. John Conyers settled a complaint in 2015 from a woman who alleged she was fired from his Washington staff because she rejected his sexual advances, BuzzFeed News reported. The website reported Monday that Conyers' office paid the woman over $27,000 to settle ...

AP source: Authorities believe border agent may have fallen

By CLAUDIA LAUER and DAVID WARREN, Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — Investigators believe a border patrol agent who died in West Texas after suffering extensive injuries to his head and body may have fallen down a 14-foot (4-meter) culvert, and his partner, who radioed for help, has no memory ...

White House open to striking health provision from tax bill

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says it's willing to strike a health-care provision from Senate legislation to cut taxes and overhaul the tax code if the provision becomes an impediment to passing one of President Donald Trump's top legislative ...

3- 2-1, BAM! Georgia Dome imploded in downtown Atlanta

By JEFF MARTIN, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — One of the nation's largest domed stadiums collapsed Monday into a pile of jagged concrete and a vast cloud of smoke in a scheduled implosion in downtown Atlanta. Nearly 5,000 pounds of explosives were used to blast the Georgia Dome in Atlanta ...

Bush administration alums rising in Trump’s orbit

By KEN THOMAS and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — For all the lingering tensions between President Donald Trump and former President George W. Bush, Trump's White House shares one thing in common with his Republican predecessor's: People. Trump has installed more than ...

Keystone XL pipeline faces last major regulatory hurdle

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska regulator is set to decide whether to approve the proposed route of the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline through the state. The decision Monday could have a big impact on whether TransCanada Corp. decides to proceed with construction of the project, which ...

WH: Trump not stumping for Moore due to discomfort with bid

By HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump isn't campaigning for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore because of "discomfort" with the sexual misconduct allegations made by several women but isn't calling on the controversial judge to drop out of the race because ...

Scaramucci says don’t rule out beltway return

By JOSEF FEDERMAN, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Washington may not have seen the last of "The Mooch." Anthony Scaramucci, the short-lived White House communications chief who was forced out after just 11 days on the job, said in an interview on Monday that he remains in close touch ...