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Republicans want Trump to back off his tariff proposal

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In a remarkably public confrontation, House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republican allies of President Donald Trump are pleading with him to back away from his threatened international tariffs, which they fear could spark a dangerous trade ...

2 Senate seats up in Mississippi as GOP defends its majority

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republicans suddenly find themselves defending two seats in Mississippi this year as they try to maintain their slim majority in the U.S. Senate. Republican Sen. Roger Wicker is already up for re-election in the deeply ...

Man arrested, accused of stealing McDormand’s Oscar trophy

By MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man was arrested and is accused of stealing Frances McDormand's Oscars trophy after the Academy Awards on Sunday night, Los Angeles police said. Terry Bryant, 47, was arrested on suspicion of felony grand theft, said Officer Rosario ...

In reversal, former Trump aide says he’ll probably cooperate

By JILL COLVIN and TOM LoBIANCO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Trump campaign aide spent much of the day promising to defy a subpoena from special counsel Robert Mueller, even throwing down the challenge to "arrest me," then backed off his defiance by saying he would probably ...

Police investigate why student gunned down his parents

By RICK CALLAHAN, Associated Press Investigators were trying to figure out why a Central Michigan University student charged with fatally shooting his parents acted so strangely the day before the killings that he was taken to a hospital. The shooting happened Friday after James Eric Davis ...

Trump puts aside the feud with media for a night at Gridiron

By ZEKE MILLER and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump engaged in a good-natured duel of one-liners with political rivals and the press at the annual Gridiron Dinner this weekend, largely putting aside his ongoing criticism of the media for a night. Trump ...

A year later, the Oscars return to the scene of the flub

By JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — The (right) envelope, please. The Oscars will hope to live down their most infamous blunder at the 90th Academy Awards, which begin at 8 p.m. EST and will be broadcast live by ABC from the Dolby Theatre. But more than redemption is on the ...

Bill restricting gun purchases goes to Florida Senate

By BRENDAN FARRINGTON, Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Senate agreed to advance a bill that would increase school safety and restrict gun purchases during a rare weekend session that often turned into a debate on gun control and arming teachers in the aftermath of last ...

A-listers dress down for casual day at the Academy Awards

By SANDY COHEN, AP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — A lot can go wrong on Oscar night. Even if all the right envelopes end up in the right hands, there are still lots of moving parts — literally. Stage elements move all around, screens lower from the ceiling, and microphones pop up ...

Worst of bad US flu season finally over as illnesses decline

By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The worst of the nation's nasty flu season is finally over. The season apparently peaked in early February and has been fading since, health officials said Friday. The number of people going to the doctor with symptoms of the flu has ...

Report: Order for perimeter came after school shooting ended

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — A sheriff's office captain told deputies to form a perimeter instead of confronting the gunman at a Florida high school where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting, according to documents obtained by the Miami Herald. The newspaper reported late Thursday that it had ...

Police: 2 dead after shooting at Central Michigan University

By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER and ED WHITE, Associated Press MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — Police warned the public not to a confront a 19-year-old man suspected of fatally shooting two people on Friday at a Central Michigan University residence hall, saying he is considered dangerous and likely still ...

Delta CEO insists “we are not taking sides” in US gun debate

By BEN NADLER and R.J. RICO, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — After Delta Air Lines withstood swift political retribution in its home state of Georgia for cutting ties with the National Rifle Association, the airline's chief executive insisted Friday "we are not taking sides" in the national ...

Songs, heartfelt words fill the Rev. Billy Graham’s funeral

By TOM FOREMAN Jr. and JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Rev. Billy Graham's funeral Friday featured rousing music along with heartfelt words from his adult children in the culmination of more than a week of tributes to "America's Pastor." The noon service commenced ...

Florida students return to ‘picture of education in fear’

By KELLI KENNEDY, TERRY SPENCER and JOSH REPLOGLE, Associated Press PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Students and teachers passed through tight security cordons of dozens of officers as classes resumed Wednesday for the first time since a troubled teenager with an AR-15 killed 17 people, thrusting them ...

Graham praised by Trump, politicians as ‘America’s pastor’

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — He felt stung by the politics that helped define his life — and resolved to keep a distance. But in death, the Rev. Billy Graham on Wednesday received a rare tribute from the nation's top political leaders under the Capitol ...

Dick’s ends sales of assault-style rifles in stores

NEW YORK (AP) — Dick's Sporting Goods, a major U.S. retailer, will immediately halt sales of assault-style rifles and high-capacity magazines at all of its stores and ban the sale of all guns to anyone under 21. The announcement Wednesday comes as students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High ...

Manafort pleads not guilty, gets September trial date

By CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort maintained his innocence on Wednesday to new charges he acted as an unregistered foreign agent and directed an international money-laundering conspiracy. Manafort appeared at the ...

Immigration chief: 800 avoid arrest due to mayor’s warning

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A federal immigration official says about 800 people living in Northern California were able to avoid arrest because of a warning by Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. Thomas Homan, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement chief, told "Fox and Friends" Wednesday that what ...

Florida shooting suspect case heads back to court

By KELLI KENNEDY, BRENDAN FARRINGTON and CURT ANDERSON, Associated Press PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The criminal case against the gunman accused in the Florida high school shooting returns to court Tuesday with prosecutors seeking hair samples, fingerprints, DNA and photographs of the ...