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Activists relate to King’s shift from dreamer to radical

By ERRIN HAINES WHACK, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — For Abdul Aliy-Muhammad, the Martin Luther King Jr. he learned about as a child was a man of love, peace and racial harmony, a gifted orator. It wasn't until Aliy-Muhammad became an activist that he came to know, and appreciate, ...

AP Interview: Lynch defends push for police accountability

By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press BALTIMORE (AP) — As a younger lawyer, Loretta Lynch prosecuted New York police officers who sodomized a Haitian immigrant in a precinct bathroom. As attorney general, she's broadened her focus to go after entire police departments for unconstitutional ...

Women have many motivations for DC inauguration protest

By NANCY BENAC, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Call them rebels with a cause. Or two. Or three. Or 10. When throngs of women from around the nation converge on Washington for a march on the day after Donald Trump's inauguration, they will arrive driven by a multitude of ...

Military going ahead with plan for low-level fighter jets

By DAVID SHARP, Associated Press PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A proposal to lower the flight ceiling for noisy fighter jets has dragged on for so long that residents can be forgiven if they've put it out of their minds. But the Air National Guard is pressing forward with the plan with a goal of ...

King’s legacy celebrated as Trump, Lewis duel lingers

By The Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Civil rights leaders and activists are gathering at sites across the country to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. On the same day that Americans celebrate King's legacy, his son is scheduled to meet President-elect Donald Trump. Martin ...

Inauguration in sight, Trump continues Twitter assault

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — His inauguration days away, President-elect Donald Trump is continuing to lash out at critics in the intelligence community and Democrats in Congress who are vowing to skip his swearing-in ceremony. The tough-talking Republican questioned ...

Anti-Trumper John Kasich to doubters: I’m no lame duck

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — In less than a year's time, Ohio Gov. John Kasich has gone from an "adult in the room" alternative in a fractious Republican presidential field, to a potential convention spoiler in Cleveland, to now facing a hostile new president ...

Chicago pledges improvements after scathing police report

By ERIC TUCKER, MICHAEL TARM and DON BABWIN, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago officials are pledging to revamp the city Police Department following a scathing federal report, but a change in presidential administrations could spell uncertainty for the critical next step in the ...

Early win on budget pressures GOP to deliver on health care

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans have won a gateway victory in Congress in their seven-year trek toward scuttling President Barack Obama's health care law. Now with Donald Trump a week from taking the presidential oath, achieving that goal is possible, but the ...

‘Momma’ charged with stealing teenage daughter at birth

By JASON DEAREN and RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press WALTERBORO, S.C. (AP) — Neighbors knew them for years as a church-going mother and her polite teenage daughter before police swarmed Gloria Williams' home in this small, quiet South Carolina city. Williams, 51, was arrested on kidnapping ...

Military’s shift away from oil clashes with Trump’s promises

By JULIE WATSON and GREGORY BULL, Associated Press TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (AP) — At a sprawling desert base, a Marine recharged his radio's batteries simply by walking, while nearby fellow troops examined a rocket artillery system and a drone — both powered by the sun. Navy and Marine ...

Drone schools look to woo younger pilots for commercial jobs

By DAVE KOLPACK, Associated Press GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Leaders in the unmanned aircraft industry are trying to persuade young people who think drones are cool to consider flying them for a living. Commercial pilots must obtain a Federal Aviation Administration drone license, and some ...

Ex-FBI agent recalls helping find 2 missing boys decade ago

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former FBI agent who played a key role in cracking the disappearance of two Missouri boys, one of whom had been missing for nearly five years, is rejoicing in the 10-year anniversary of their rescue. Lynn Willett tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2jAGF6F ) ...

Republican-led Senate takes first step to repeal ‘Obamacare’

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has passed a measure to take the first step forward on dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law, responding to pressure to move quickly even as Republicans and President-elect Trump grapple with what to replace it ...

Newly leaked dossier on Trump circulated in DC for months

By JACK GILLUM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a bombshell story, emerging on the eve of Donald Trump's first news conference as president-elect: U.S. intelligence officials had presented Trump with unsubstantiated claims that Russia had amassed compromising personal and financial ...

Church members join relatives in grief, anger at gunman

By JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Family members of the nine people Dylann Roof killed in a Charleston, South Carolina, church weren't the only ones who suffered. Their church family grieved, too. Along with the 32 family members of victims, three people connected ...

Trump’s pick to be top diplomat breaks with him in key ways

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Rex Tillerson's foreign policy doesn't sound a lot like Donald Trump's. At his confirmation hearing Wednesday, the former Exxon Mobil CEO selected by Trump for secretary of state called Russia a "danger" and vowed to protect America's ...

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson gets hearing for HUD chief

By JENNIFER C. KERR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Ben Carson's celebrated career as a neurosurgeon leaves no doubt about his medical credentials, but his lack of experience in government and public policy will be questioned at his confirmation hearings to be housing secretary in the ...

Trump’s CIA choice to be questioned amid Russia hacking fury

By EILEEN SULLIVAN and DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's pick to run the CIA faces a Senate confirmation hearing amid a testy standoff between the president-elect and the spy community. Rep. Mike Pompeo, a four-term conservative Kansas Republican, is a member ...

Trump blasts intel agencies over report on Russia ties

By JULIE PACE and LAURIE KELLMAN, AP White House Correspondent NEW YORK (AP) — Hours before his first news conference as president-elect, Donald Trump on Wednesday blasted U.S. intelligence agencies, blaming them for leaking unsubstantiated reports on his relationship with Russia and ...