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Schumer seizes on Trump team’s offer to work with Dems

By HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's aides opened the door to working with moderate Democrats on health care and other issues while Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer quickly offered to find common ground with Trump for repairing former President ...

Some balk as Seattle seeks to spend more money on homeless

By PHUONG LE, Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — Sixteen months after he declared a state of emergency on homelessness, Seattle's mayor is asking voters in this liberal, affluent city for $55 million a year in new taxes to fight the problem. But some are pushing back, saying the city already ...

State Senate could vote on resolution to move Polk’s body

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee state Senate could decide as early as Monday on whether to approve a resolution that would allow the body of former President James K. Polk to be exhumed and moved to a fourth resting place. Polk and his wife, Sarah, are currently buried on the grounds ...

It wasn’t seaweed; Man finds marijuana bale on Florida beach

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a 52-year-old man called 911 after finding a bale of marijuana that had washed up on a Florida beach. Jeff Stolowitz tells local news outlets he was walking on Daytona Beach on Saturday morning when he spotted the object, which was shaped like a ...

Trump plans office to bring business ideas to government

By CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is set to announce a new White House office run by his son-in-law that will seek to overhaul government functions using ideas from the business sector. A senior administration official said Trump on Monday will ...

Trump attacks conservative lawmakers over health bill

By HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday attacked conservative lawmakers for the failure of the Republican bill to replace Barack Obama's health care law as his aides pledged to court moderate Democrats on upcoming initiatives from health care to tax ...

Medical pot bill in S. Carolina bolstered by conservatives

By SEANNA ADCOX, Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Rep. Eric Bedingfield once shunned all marijuana use, but when his eldest son's six-year struggle with opioid addiction ended with his overdose a year ago, the conservative Republican co-sponsored medical cannabis ...

Family of missing ex-FBI agent files lawsuit against Iran

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The family of a former FBI agent who went missing in Iran a decade ago on an unauthorized CIA assignment has filed a lawsuit against the Islamic Republic, accusing it of using "cold, cynical and false denials" to torture ...

Judge says Pulse lawsuit may be tossed out of federal court

By MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A judge says a lawsuit brought by victims of the Orlando nightclub massacre against the gunman's employer and wife may be tossed out of federal court. U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra last week issued an order raising questions about ...

Lefties, techies long at odds in SF, team up against Trump

By NICHOLAS RICCARDI, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Before Donald Trump's election, Laurence Berland viewed political protest as a sort of curiosity. He was in a good place to see it: San Francisco's Mission District, once an immigrant enclave in the country's heartland of radicalism ...

Brown swipes Trump for border wall, says California to fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown likened President Donald Trump to a strongman whose goal of walling off the U.S.-Mexico border conjures other infamous barriers from the past. Brown said during an interview broadcast Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" that the president's promised ...

Gorsuch hearings show him as careful, folksy, testy at times

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Nominees appearing before the Senate all have one goal in mind: Win confirmation. And when one party controls the Senate and the White House, the strategy of saying as little as possible doesn't vary much. But because Supreme Court nominees ...

Collapse of GOP health care bill puts effort into limbo

By ALAN FRAM and ERICA WERNER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans passed roughly 60 bills over the past six years dismembering President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Other than minor tweaks, they knew the measures would go nowhere because the Democrat still lived in ...

Man carrying a sword, dressed as Joker arrested in Virginia

WINCHESTER, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia have arrested a man who was dressed as comic book villain the Joker and reportedly carrying a sword. Winchester Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Hall said in a news release that the department got several 911 calls Friday afternoon reporting a ...

Failure on health bill also hurts prospects for tax overhaul

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans' failure to repeal Barack Obama's health care law deals a serious blow to another big part of President Donald Trump's agenda: tax reform. Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., say they will soon turn their ...

Public memorial service to honor Fisher and Reynolds

By ANTHONY McCARTNEY, AP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stars and fans will gather Saturday for a public memorial to honor late actresses Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher nearly three months after their deaths. The ceremony honoring the lives of the mother-daughter duo will be ...

Security, parking, garbage irk Ivanka Trump’s DC neighbors

By BEN NUCKOLS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Residents of a posh Washington neighborhood say the Trump clan doesn't make for very good neighbors, hogging parking on an already crowded street and leaving trash bags rotting on the curb. A big part of the complaint: a huge security ...

Many governors welcome demise of GOP health care bill

By GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — Governors of both parties had warned Congress for weeks that the Republican health care bill threatened to saddle their states with big costs and potentially leave millions of people without coverage, especially because of the ...

Ex-Penn State president guilty on one count of child endangerment

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State president Graham Spanier was convicted Friday of hushing up suspected child sex abuse in 2001 by Jerry Sandusky, whose arrest a decade later blew up into a major scandal for the university and led to the firing of beloved football coach Joe ...

AP Exclusive: US probes banking of ex-Trump campaign chief

By JACK GILLUM, MENELAOS HADJICOSTIS and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Treasury Department agents have recently obtained information about offshore financial transactions involving President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, as part of a federal ...