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Bright light on family of Sacramento police shooting victim

By SOPHIA BOLLAG and DON THOMPSON, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A blinding national spotlight is shining on the family of Stephon Clark, the 22-year-old unarmed black man killed by Sacramento police last week. "You don't know what it's like until you experience it," Clark's ...

Attorney for porn star seeks to depose Trump on payment

By CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — An attorney for an adult film star claiming a sexual encounter with President Donald Trump is seeking to depose the president and his attorney. Michael Avenatti filed the motion in federal court in California. In the documents, dated ...

3 people face charges in waterslide death of Kansas boy, 10

By JOHN HANNA, Associated Press TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A water park company co-owner accused of rushing the world's tallest waterslide into service and a designer accused of shoddy planning have been charged in the decapitation of a 10-year-old boy on the ride in 2016. With the latest charges ...

Trump says Second Amendment won’t be repealed

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the Second Amendment will not be repealed. The president is making that pledge a day after retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens expressed a different view. Stevens wrote in The New York Times that ...

How Facebook was able to siphon off phone call and text logs

By RYAN NAKASHIMA and MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writers The news that Facebook's Android app has been collecting call and text histories is yet another black eye for the social media giant. But just why was Facebook able to siphon off records of who its users were contacting — and when — ...

Porn star’s claim she was threatened disputed by White House

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is disputing adult film star Stormy Daniels' claim that she was threatened to keep quiet over her alleged affair with Donald Trump and said the president continues to deny the relationship. Daniels' detailed her allegations ...

Decision to add citizenship question to census draws fire

WASHINGTON (AP) — The 2020 U.S. Census will include a question about citizenship status, a move that brought swift condemnation from Democrats, who said it would intimidate immigrants and discouraging them from responding. The population count taken every 10 years is more than an academic ...

Fight fire with fire: opponents borrow from Trump’s playbook

By CATHERINE LUCEY and JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Looking to get ahead in President Donald Trump's Washington? Borrow his media playbook. With suggestive statements, cryptic tweets, provocative lawsuits and must-see television interviews, Trump's adversaries are ...

Another key redistricting case goes in front of high court

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has already heard a major case about political line-drawing that has the potential to reshape American politics. Now, before even deciding that one, the court is taking up another similar case. The arguments justices will ...

Porn star reveals details about alleged encounter with Trump

By KEN THOMAS and KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Adult film star Stormy Daniels says she was threatened to keep silent about an alleged sexual encounter with Donald Trump in 2006, telling her story in a highly anticipated interview with CBS' "60 Minutes" broadcast ...

Facebook faces scrutiny for pulling Android call, text data

By TOM KRISHER, AP Business Writer On the same day Facebook bought ads in U.S. and British newspapers to apologize for the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the social media site faced new questions about collecting phone numbers and text messages from Android devices. The website Ars Technica ...

Rick Santorum: Students should learn CPR, not seek gun laws

By The Associated Press Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum said Sunday that students who have rallied for gun control should instead learn CPR or find their own way to prevent a school shooting. "How about kids instead of looking to someone else to solve their problem, do something about ...

Anguished students take aim at gun laws, next election

By MARTHA IRVINE, AP National Writer Charlie Goodman looked at the massive crowd around him, the largest youth-led protest in Washington since the Vietnam War era. He listened to people speak about toughening gun laws. They included some of his peers at the Florida high school who've sparked ...

AP sources: Trump plans to oust Shulkin as VA secretary

By HOPE YEN and KEN THOMAS, Associated Press PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump is planning to oust embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin amid an extraordinary rebellion at the agency and damaging government investigations into his alleged spending abuses, three ...

Trump order would ban most transgender troops from serving

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump released an order Friday night banning most transgender troops from serving in the military except under "limited circumstances," following up on his calls last year to ban transgender individuals from ...

Will GOP accomplishments in Congress be enough for voters?

By LISA MASCARO and MATTHEW DALY WASHINGTON (AP) — With passage of an enormous budget bill, the GOP-controlled Congress all but wrapped up its legislating for the year. But will it be enough to convince voters to give Republicans another two years at the helm? In two big ways, Republicans ...

Organizers hope to draw half a million to gun control rally

By ASHRAF KHALIL, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands are gathering in Washington Saturday for a protest that organizers claim will be a defining moment in the long-simmering national debate over gun-control legislation. Organizers of the March for Our Lives rally are hoping to ...

FBI seeks motive for fiery van crash at California air base

By DON THOMPSON and PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press ROSEVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Investigators are working around the clock as they struggle to determine why a man with no apparent ties to terrorism drove a flaming minivan full of propane tanks and gasoline cans through the main gate of a major ...

Trump signs $1.3 trillion budget after threatening veto

By JILL COLVIN, CATHERINE LUCEY, LISA MASCARO and ALAN FRAM of The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending measure Friday, averting a midnight government shutdown just hours after declaring he was considering a veto. Trump said he was "very ...

Fired Tillerson says farewell to ‘a very mean-spirited town’

By JOSH LEDERMAN and MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — He came, he saw, he got fired on Twitter. And now Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said farewell, with a parting plea Thursday to America's diplomats not to let anyone violate their integrity. Tillerson did not mention ...