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Dressed up, ready for fun: New Orleans celebrates Mardi Gras

By REBECCA SANTANA Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The streets of New Orleans will be filled Tuesday with excited kids catching beads from atop ladders, revelers in fancy costumes walking through the French Quarter and Mardi Gras Indians wearing finely beaded costumes. Tuesday marks the ...

Man finds father’s body in Alabama tornado wreckage

By KIM CHANDLER and JEFF MARTIN Associated Press BEAUREGARD, Ala. (AP) — Picking through the twisted debris that had been her Alabama mobile home, Carol Dean found her wedding dress and a Father's Day note to her husband reading, "Daddy, I love you to pieces." But the storm took the ...

As 2020 nears, pressure grows to replace voting machines

By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Time and money are running short for states to replace aging or inadequate voting machines before the 2020 presidential primaries, according to a report released Tuesday. State and local election officials in 31 states say they want to ...

Who’s getting document requests from House Dems in new probe

By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Dozens of people with connections to President Donald Trump and his associates will receive document requests this week, as the House Judiciary Committee starts a broad new probe looking at possible obstruction of justice, corruption ...

House panel opens sweeping probe of Trump, his associates

By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats launched a sweeping new probe of President Donald Trump, an aggressive investigation that threatens to shadow the president through the 2020 election season with potentially damaging inquiries into his White House, campaign ...

Searches resume after tornado kills 23 in Alabama

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press BEAUREGARD, Ala. (AP) — Rescuers began tearing through the rubble of mobile homes and houses Monday in search of survivors of a powerful tornado that rampaged through southeast Alabama and killed at least 23 people, including children. The trail of ...

Holder rules out 2020 run, says he’ll focus on redistricting

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Attorney General Eric Holder says he's not running for president in 2020. Holder, a Democrat, said in a Monday opinion piece in The Washington Post that he'll focus on redistricting, the process of reconfiguring electoral districts. Holder served under President ...

Slaying of one of their own unnerves gangland reporters

By MICHAEL TARM, AP Legal Affairs Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Shawn Cotton no longer drives his $55,000, bright pink Corvette to work because he's afraid it could get him killed like his friend. But there are two things he won't leave home without: his bulletproof vest and the 9 mm pistol he slips ...

Former Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper joins presidential race

By NICHOLAS RICCARDI, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said on Monday he's running for president, casting himself as a can-do uniter who's used to overcoming adversity and accomplishing liberal goals in a politically divided state. "I'm running for ...

New techniques let scientists zero in on individual cells

By MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Did you hear what happened when Bill Gates walked into a bar? Everybody there immediately became millionaires — on average. That joke about a very rich man is an old one among statisticians. So why did Peter Smibert use it to explain a ...

House OKs Democrats’ bill blocking Trump emergency on wall

By ALAN FRAM and ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats have ignored a veto threat and passed legislation that would stymie President Donald Trump's bid for billions of extra dollars for a U.S.-Mexico border wall. The move has escalated a clash over whether he has ...

What to Watch: Cohen’s testimony could deal damage to Trump

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — There'll be much talk of a "rat," hush money for onetime paramours and the 2016 presidential campaign. But did President Donald Trump break the law? That's the key question Michael Cohen will be expected to answer with documents on ...

Cohen says Trump knew about WikiLeaks email dump beforehand

By MARY CLARE JALONICK and MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer is planning to tell a House committee that Trump knew ahead of time that WikiLeaks had emails damaging to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and that Trump is ...

Supreme Court considers fate of cross-shaped war memorial

By JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is diving into a debate about the place of religious symbols in public life in a case about a cross-shaped war memorial in Maryland. Those challenging the cross say that if the court allows it to stand on public land, ...

Cohen prepared testimony: Trump is ‘racist,’ ‘liar,’ ‘cheat’

By MARY CLARE JALONICK and MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer is preparing to tell a House committee Wednesday that Trump knew ahead of time that WikiLeaks had emails damaging to his rival Hillary Clinton's presidential ...

Tornado death confirmed as violent storms smack the South

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — The full extent of the damage was coming into view Sunday after a tornado smashed into a commercial district in a small Mississippi city, killing at least one person and shattering businesses as severe storms raked the South on a weekend of drenching rains and a rising ...

Congress mulls cap on what Medicare enrollees pay for drugs

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — With health care a top issue for American voters, Congress may actually be moving toward doing something this year to address the high cost of prescription drugs. President Donald Trump, Democrats trying to retire him in 2020, ...

Unclaimed $1.5B jackpot mystery: Winner died? Ticket lost?

By JEFFREY COLLINS and REBECCA SANTANA, Associated Press SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Nearly everyone in this small South Carolina town has a theory for the city's billion-dollar mystery: Who won the $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot announced last October? Maybe the winner was so overwhelmed ...

Oscars: Stars and stand-ins rehearse for the big show

By LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — It is decidedly casual inside the Dolby Theatre the day before the Oscars. Most people, celebrities included, are wearing jeans and sneakers, and in Brie Larson's case, a backpack, to practice presenting awards Saturday. Walking out with ...

A stern memo about Manafort says he ‘brazenly violated’ law

By CHAD DAY and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort committed crimes that cut to "the heart of the criminal justice system" and over the years deceived everyone from bookkeepers and banks to federal prosecutors and his own lawyers, ...