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Conservatives urged not to ‘squander’ Trump presidency
OXON HILL, Md. — President Donald Trump’s vice president and top aides delivered one overriding message Thursday to the thousands of conservative activists gathered for their annual conference outside of Washington: Don’t blow it. Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Vice...
By Julie Bykowicz and Andrew Taylor The Associated Press FULL STORY
Trio of military men gaining a growing influence with Trump
WASHINGTON — In a White House laden with competing power centers, a trio of military men has emerged as a force to be reckoned with. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and Joint Chiefs Chairman Joseph Dunford have quickly formed a stabilizing alliance in an admi...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Pew: Hispanics before Trump inauguration split on issues
WASHINGTON — A Pew Research Center survey says more than half of Hispanic immigrants who were neither U.S. citizens nor legal permanent residents said they were concerned about their place in the United States. The survey showed that 55 percent of foreign-born Hispanics surveyed who do not have ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Study: Global warming is shrinking Colorado River
DENVER — Global warming is already shrinking the Colorado River, the most important waterway in the American Southwest, and it could reduce the flow by more than a third by the end of the century, two scientists say. The river’s volume has dropped more than 19 percent during a drought gripping ...
By Dan Elliott The Associated Press FULL STORY
State lawmakers announce bills to protect environment
SACRAMENTO — Democratic lawmakers in California on Thursday announced their first attempt to protect the state’s wide-ranging environmental regulations from potential interference by President Donald Trump’s administration. Concerned that California’s aggressive attempts to combat climate c...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
State senator removed after criticizing late lawmaker
SACRAMENTO — A California lawmaker was removed from the state Senate floor Thursday after refusing to stop delivering a speech criticizing late state Sen. Tom Hayden for his leadership role in the anti-Vietnam War movement of the 1960s. Republican Sen. Janet Nguyen lived in South Vietnam as a chi...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Mnuchin: Goal is to pass tax reform by August
WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday the administration is committed to getting major tax reform legislation through Congress by August. He predicted that President Donald Trump’s economic proposals will be able to boost growth significantly to annual rates above 3 percen...
By Martin Crutsinger The Associated Press FULL STORY
Sessions: U.S. to continue use of privately run prisons
WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions signaled Thursday his strong support for the federal government’s continued use of private prisons, reversing an Obama administration directive to phase out their use. Stock prices of major private prison companies rose at the news. Sessions issued a ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Justice Ginsburg praises media and the role of free press
WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is praising the media at a time when the Trump administration has accused reporters of being dishonest and delivering “fake news.” Ginsburg told the BBC’s “Newsnight” program in an interview Thursday that she reads The Washington Po...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Iraq retakes Mosul airport amid cautious advances against IS
SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq — Closely supported by the U.S.-led international coalition, Iraqi forces secured a series of cautious advances on Thursday, pushing into a sprawling military base outside of Mosul and onto the grounds of the city’s airport, where they took control of the runway. The thre...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Homeland Security chief: No use of military for deportations
MEXICO CITY — Seeking to tamp down growing unease in Latin America, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly pledged Thursday that the United States won’t enlist its military to enforce immigration laws and that there will be “no mass deportations.” Only hours earlier, President Donald T...
By Josh Lederman The Associated Press FULL STORY
Mayor ‘deeply disturbed’ over incident between cop and teen
ANAHEIM — Anaheim officials pressed for calm Thursday after a night of raucous protests that followed an incident in which an off-duty policeman scuffled in his front yard with a boy, drew a weapon and fired a shot into the ground after another teen pushed him over a hedge and others surrounded hi...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Fugitive search at JFK Airport sparks new travel ban scare
NEW YORK — Federal border officials say they were looking for a fugitive, not doing a random immigration check, when they met a plane at New York City’s Kennedy Airport and asked passengers for their IDs. U.S. Customs and Border Protection says in a statement that two of its officers met the De...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
This day in history
In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII issued an edict outlining his calendar reforms. (The Gregorian Calendar is the calendar in general use today.) In 1868, the U.S. House of Representatives impeached President Andrew Johnson following his attempted dismissal of Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton; Johnson was...
Cute calf video draws activists fearful of animal’s fate
CONCORD, N.H. — So much for sharing the good news about a newborn calf named Pitcher Diego. A New Hampshire farm that posted a video of the Scottish Highland calf is coming under fire from animal rights supporters who don’t want the animal to be slaughtered. The video, posted on Facebook, has...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Minneapolis women line up for ’she persisted’ tattoos
MINNEAPOLIS — So many women showed up at a Minneapolis tattoo parlor for a permanent reminder of female solidarity that it had to turn away some latecomers. Local women Chelsea Brink, Nora McInerny and Kate O’Reilly organized a fundraiser in which people could get a tattoo of the words “Never...
The Associated Press FULL STORY

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