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Trump seeks national security adviser, health care strategy

By CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump's holiday weekend featured a raucous campaign rally, a health care strategy session, interviews for a new national security adviser — and even a few holes of golf. Trump brought four contenders to his ...

US Defense Secretary Mattis: No plan to seize Iraqi oil

By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday the United States does not intend to seize Iraqi oil, shifting away from an idea proposed by President Donald Trump that has rattled Iraq's leaders. Mattis' arrived on an unannounced visit in ...

Draft DHS guidelines sharpen focus on those here illegally

By HOPE YEN and JULIE PACE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department has drafted sweeping new guidelines aimed at aggressively detaining and deporting immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, according to a pair of memoranda signed by DHS Secretary John ...

A month of Trump, by the numbers

By The Associated Press A by-the-numbers look at some of Donald Trump's early activity as president: —24: Executive orders and memoranda signed. That includes orders to withdraw the United States from Trans-Pacific trade deal, impose a federal hiring freeze and reduce regulations related to ...

Yiannopoulos responds to video posted by conservative site

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos was trying to clarify past comments on relationships between boys and older men after a conservative site posted a collection of edited video clips that set social media abuzz. After the polarizing Breitbart News editor was invited ...

Boston, patrolmen’s union agree to 4-year, $68 million deal

BOSTON (AP) — Boston's mayor and the city's largest police union have agreed to a four-year, $68 million contract for its 1,500 patrol officers. The city's chief financial officer tells The Boston Globe members of the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association will receive a 2 percent increase ...

SpaceX trying again to launch rocket from historic moon pad

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX is taking another shot at launching a rocket from NASA's historic moon pad. As dawn broke Sunday over Florida's Kennedy Space Center, the unmanned Falcon rocket stood at Launch Complex 39A, poised to deliver supplies to ...

Revived by rally, Trump turns back to governing

By CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — One day after delighting in a massive campaign-style rally, President Donald Trump is turning back to the business of governing. Trump, who is spending the weekend at his private club in Florida, plans to spend Sunday ...

Southern California rain eases; north facing renewed storm

By ROBERT JABLON, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — A huge Pacific storm that parked itself over Southern California and unloaded, ravaging roads, opening sinkholes and leading to the deaths of at least three people, eased off Saturday. But it was only a temporary reprieve as new storms ...

“Blind Sheik” guilty of 1990s terror plots dies in US prison

By BRIAN MELLEY and LEE KEATH, Associated Press The so called Blind Sheik, Omar Abdel-Rahman, who was convicted of plotting terror attacks in New York City in the decade before 9/11 has died in a federal prison. He was 78. Abdel-Rahman, blind since infancy from diabetes, had diabetes and ...

Harward turns Trump down for national security adviser job

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice Admiral Robert Harward has turned down an offer to be President Donald Trump's new national security adviser, the latest blow to a new administration struggling to find its footing. Harward told The Associated Press that the ...

Critics: Trump should not ignore domestic terrorist threats

By ADAM KEALOHA CAUSEY, Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Bud Welch knows something about the human cost of terrorism. His 23-year-old daughter was killed when a rental truck packed with explosives destroyed the Oklahoma City federal building. That was in 1995, when domestic terrorism ...

Zuckerberg’s goal: Remake a world Facebook helped create

By BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Mark Zuckerberg helped create the modern world by connecting nearly a quarter of its citizens to Facebook and giving them a platform to share, well, everything — baby pictures and Pepe memes, social updates and abusive bullying, ...

Man convicted of running over woman, dragging body 3 miles

DEDHAM, Mass. (AP) — A judge has convicted a Massachusetts man of running over a Wrentham (REN'-thum) hotel worker four years ago and dragging her body more than 3 miles. The Norfolk District Attorney's Office says 25-year-old Moses Acloque, of Norwood, was convicted on Tuesday of charges ...

11-foot python slithers into South Florida student’s car

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — A South Florida college student says he was startled when he saw a large snake crawl under his roommate's car. Nova Southeastern University students Ross Price and his roommate James Hand called an exterminator Feb. 1, but were told it was too late to send someone. So they ...

Immigrant-rich Miami-Dade split over sanctuary city order

By ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — The mayor is an immigrant, and more than half its residents are foreign born. But unlike many cities with large numbers of immigrants, there's no sanctuary for people living illegally in Miami-Dade County, Florida. A recent decision by ...

‘Firefall’ phenomenon wows visitors to Yosemite’s El Capitan

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Mother Nature is again putting on a show at California's Yosemite National Park, where every February the setting sun draws a narrow sliver of light on a waterfall to make it glow like a cascade of molten lava. The phenomenon known as "firefall" draws ...

For GOP, a dimmed zeal for investigations in Trump era

By ERICA WERNER, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republicans' ardor for investigations and oversight, on display throughout the Obama administration, has cooled off considerably with Donald Trump in the White House. Each day seems to bring a new headache or near-crisis ...

Officials: Trump knew Flynn misled WH weeks before ouster

By JULIE PACE and VIVIAN SALAMA, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Just six days into his presidency, Donald Trump was informed his national security adviser had misled his vice president about contacts with Russia. Trump kept his No. 2 in the dark and waited nearly three weeks before ...

Boeing vote tells next chapter in Southern unionization

By MEG KINNARD, Associated Press NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Nearly 3,000 production workers at Boeing's South Carolina plant are deciding whether they want to unionize, writing the next chapter in efforts to organize labor in large manufacturing plants across the South. The first round ...