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Justice Department expects to release Russia report Thursday

By MICHAEL BALSAMO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department expects to make a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on the Trump-Russia investigation public Thursday morning, a spokeswoman said Monday. The redacted report would be sent to Congress and ...

US measles count up to 555, with most new cases in New York

By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. measles cases have surged again, and are on pace to set a record for most illnesses in 25 years. Health officials on Monday said 555 measles cases have been confirmed so far this year, up from 465 as of a week ago. While 20 states have ...

Supreme Court rejects death row appeal over anti-gay juror

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is again rejecting a gay death row inmate's appeal that claims jurors in South Dakota were biased against him because of his sexual orientation. The justices did not comment on Monday in leaving in place the death sentence for Charles Rhines. Rhines was ...

Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg set to make 2020 Democratic run

By SARA BURNETT Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, is expected to make his Democratic run for president official during a rally later Sunday in the city where he launched his political career less than a decade ago. The 37-year-old Rhodes ...

Biden to campaign as extension of Obama’s political movement

By THOMAS BEAUMONT and JULIE PACE Associated Press BLUFFTON, S.C. (AP) — Joe Biden is finalizing the framework for a White House campaign that would cast him as an extension of Barack Obama's presidency and political movement. He's betting that the majority of Democratic voters are eager to ...

Trump sanctuary city idea could help migrants stay in US

By ASTRID GALVAN and MORGAN LEE Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — An idea floated by President Donald Trump to send immigrants from the border to "sanctuary cities" to exact revenge on Democratic foes could end up doing the migrants a favor by placing them in locations that make it easier to ...

Kamala Harris is latest 2020 Dem contender to release taxes

By JUANA SUMMERS, ALAN SUDERMAN and STEPHEN BRAUN Associated Press BALTIMORE (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris has released 15 years of tax returns, including her returns for 2018, and the California senator reports that she and her husband had a federal tax bill of ...

Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp back up after massive outage

By The Associated Press undefined Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp were temporarily down early Sunday. All three social media platforms, including Facebook Messenger, were affected by the outage. Downdetector.com, a site that monitors site outages, shows Facebook had been down since 6:30 ...

Bernie Sanders relaunches ‘Medicare for All’ amid 2020 glare

By ELANA SCHOR and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont will unveil a new version of his "Medicare for All" plan on Wednesday, shaking up the 2020 presidential election by reopening the debate over his call to eliminate private health ...

Bodycam footage may be shown at Minneapolis officer’s trial

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors could introduce body camera video as early as Wednesday in the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an unarmed woman. Mohamed Noor, who shot and killed Justine Ruszczyk Damond as she approached his ...

Barr to testify before the Senate as Mueller’s report looms

By ERIC TUCKER and MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr is returning to Capitol Hill for a second time this week as lawmakers, the White House and the American public anxiously await his release of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia report ...

Eying Supreme Court, abortion foes promote tough state bans

By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer Emboldened by the new conservative majority on the Supreme Court, anti-abortion lawmakers and activists in numerous states are pushing near-total bans on the procedure in a deliberate frontal attack on Roe v. Wade. Mississippi and Kentucky have passed laws ...

Democrats prepare border bills

By ALAN FRAM Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Under pressure to show they have solutions, Democrats are honing proposals to address the surge of families entering the U.S. at the southern border, a problem they say President Donald Trump's restrictive immigration policies are ...

Smoking pot vs. tobacco: What science says about lighting up

By JENNIFER PELTZ Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — As more states make it legal to smoke marijuana, some government officials, researchers and others worry what that might mean for one of the country's biggest public health successes: curbing cigarette smoking. Though there are notable ...

Chief of staff says Dems will ‘never’ see Trump tax returns

By ZEKE MILLER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats will "never" see President Donald Trump's tax returns, said White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney on Sunday, as a new front opened in the confrontation between the administration and Congress. Mulvaney accused Democrats of ...

American Airlines extends Max-caused cancellations to June 5

By MARCY GORDON AP Business Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — American Airlines is extending by over a month its cancellations of about 90 daily flights as the troubled 737 Max plane remains grounded by regulators. American said Sunday it is extending the cancellations through June 5 from the ...

4 adults, 2 kids shot and wounded at Chicago baby shower

CHICAGO (AP) — Two men who opened fire on a crowd of people gathered for a baby shower, wounding six people, including two children, may have acted in retaliation for an earlier gang conflict, police said Sunday. Authorities have only "shards of information" about what happened at the family ...

Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen resigned

By COLLEEN LONG Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he's accepted the resignation of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. Trump announced the resignation in a tweet on Sunday. Two sources said Nielsen went to the White House Sunday to speak with Trump ...

A 2016 hangover: Some Bernie Sanders supporters still upset

By ALEXANDRA JAFFE, HUNTER WOODALL and MEG KINNARD Associated Press IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — It was hard to miss Cheri Pichone's excitement about Bernie Sanders' second presidential run. She showed up to a recent Iowa rally decked out in Sanders gear, complete with a figurine of the Vermont ...

Trump struggles with a growing problem on the border

By JILL COLVIN and COLLEEN LONG Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Tensions are rising, fingers are pointing and the search for solutions is becoming increasingly fraught. Overwhelmed by an influx of migrants at the border that is taxing the immigration system, President Donald Trump is ...