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Under pressure, social media giants acknowledge meddling

By MARY CLARE JALONICK and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In three exhaustive hearings this week, executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google acknowledged that their platforms were used by Russia to try and create division over such disparate issues as immigration, gun ...

Child sex offenders to be named as such in US passports

By MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — America's registered child sex offenders will now have to use passports identifying them for their past crimes when traveling overseas. The State Department said Wednesday it would begin revoking passports of registered child sex ...

Feds: Truck attack suspect said ‘he felt good about’ rampage

By COLLEEN LONG and LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The suspect in a deadly truck rampage was inspired by the Islamic State group's online videos and plotted his New York City attack for two months, renting a truck ahead of time to practice turning it, federal authorities ...

Trump calls for death penalty for NYC truck attack suspect

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the suspect in the New York City truck attack that killed eight people "SHOULD GET DEATH PENALTY!" Trump expressed his feelings late Wednesday, tweeting that "NYC terrorist was happy as he asked to hang ISIS flag in his hospital room. He killed 8 ...

House GOP set to unveil tax overhaul; keeps retirement rules

By MARCY GORDON and ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are set to unveil their far-reaching tax overhaul Thursday, making major changes yet looking to preserve current tax rules for retirement accounts popular with middle-class Americans and to retain a top ...

3 killed in Colorado Walmart shooting; police seek suspect

By P. SOLOMON BANDA, Associated Press THORNTON, Colo. (AP) — A man nonchalantly walked into a Walmart and immediately opened fire with a handgun, killing two men and a woman before fleeing in a car on Wednesday night, according to Colorado authorities. The shooting appears random and there ...

‘Cowardly act of terror’: Truck driver kills 8 on bike path

By COLLEEN LONG and JAKE PEARSON, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A man in a rented pickup truck mowed down pedestrians and cyclists along a busy bike path near the World Trade Center memorial on Tuesday, killing at least eight and seriously injuring 11 in what the mayor called "a ...

NYC truck attack: Investigators scour driver’s background

By COLLEEN LONG and MATT SEDENSKY, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Investigators worked through the night to determine what led a truck driver to plow down people on a riverfront bike path near the World Trade Center, brandishing air guns and yelling "God is great" in Arabic as his deadly ...

GOP tax writers delay rollout as Trump sets rapid timetable

By MARCY GORDON and ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans struggled to complete work on a sweeping tax proposal, delaying its public release by a day as President Donald Trump set an ambitious, by-Christmas timetable for passage of the legislation. The GOP ...

Police scour for details leading up to Utah student slaying

By LINDSAY WHITEHURST, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Authorities are trying to figure out how a longtime criminal recently released from an Alabama prison ended up in a Utah canyon where he's suspected of killing a 23-year-old devout Mormon immigrant from China. ChenWei Guo came to ...

Bergdahl defense nears end of its sentencing arguments

By JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's attorneys are nearing the end of their defense for the soldier who pleaded guilty to endangering his comrades by walking away from his remote post in Afghanistan in 2009. So far, Bergdahl has testified, ...

Former Trump adviser’s guilty plea could rattle White House

By ERIC TUCKER and CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump dismissed George Papadopoulos as a "liar" and a mere campaign volunteer, but newly unsealed court papers outline the former adviser's frequent contacts with senior officials and with foreign nationals who ...

Manafort, Gates indicted in first charges from Russia probe

By ERIC TUCKER and CHAD DAY of The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and a former business associate, Rick Gates, were indicted Monday on charges of conspiracy against the United States, money laundering and several other ...

Senators to press Tillerson and Mattis on new war authority

By RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's national security brain trust faces Congress on the need for a new war authorization as the deadly ambush in Niger is igniting a push among many lawmakers to update the legal parameters for combat operations ...

Health law sign-ups start, and some see a ‘hostile takeover’

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It's sign-up season for the Affordable Care Act, but the Trump administration isn't making it easy — cutting the enrollment period in half, slashing advertising and dialing back on counselors who help consumers get through the ...

Wounded soldier’s wife expected to testify against Bergdahl

By JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Emotional testimony is expected Monday when the wife of a seriously wounded soldier takes the stand during the sentencing hearing for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Prosecutors told a judge that they intend to call Shannon Allen to the ...

Full recovery from California wildfires may take years

By KATHLEEN RONAYNE, Associated Press SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — It will take at least months and likely years to fully recover from devastating wildfires that ripped through Northern California earlier this month, destroying at least 8,900 structures and killing 42 people, Sonoma County ...

Puerto Rico utility moves to scrap $300M Whitefish contract

By DANICA COTO, Associated Press SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The head of Puerto Rico's power company said Sunday the agency is cancelling its $300 million contract with Whitefish Energy Holdings amid scrutiny of the tiny Montana company's role in restoring the island's power system. The ...

Severe weather sweeps through Northeast, 300K without power

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Severe weather pounded the Northeast region with powerful winds and drenching rains early Monday, leaving nearly 300,000 without power. Southern New England appeared to suffer the brunt of the storm damage overnight. Eversource reported more than 155,000 Connecticut ...

Women lost months at sea credit dogs for keeping spirits up

By CALEB JONES, Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — A planned voyage from Hawaii to Tahiti aboard a small sailboat didn't start off well for two Honolulu women. One of their cellphones washed overboard and sank into the deep blue water on their first day at sea. From there, things got worse. ...