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Federal prosecutors subpoena Trump’s inaugural committee

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors in New York issued a subpoena Monday seeking documents from Donald Trump's inaugural committee, furthering a federal inquiry into a fund that has faced mounting scrutiny into how it raised and spent its money. Inaugural committee spokeswoman Kristin ...

Blackface scandal spotlights racism in US

By ERRIN HAINES WHACK, AP National Writer When Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam refused to resign last week, he did so in the shadow of a Capitol built by a founding father and a slave owner, in the former seat of the Confederacy still wrestling with what to do about statues that honor those who ...

Super Bowl ad winners: Bud Light, Amazon

By MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — This year some of the Super Bowl ads that grabbed the greatest buzz were surprises, like Bud Light's "Game of Thrones" teaser. Other crowd-pleasers focused on humor, like Amazon's take on celebrity product testers. While the New England ...

5 die, 2 hospitalized when plane parts hit California house

YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) — Five people died and two others were injured after a small plane apparently came apart, raining debris across a Southern California neighborhood and igniting a house fire before landing in a backyard, authorities said Sunday. The male pilot, who was the only person ...

Trump campaign takes steps to prevent a challenge within GOP

By ZEKE MILLER and STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Worried about a potential Republican primary challenge, President Donald Trump's campaign has launched a state-by-state effort to prevent an intraparty fight that could spill over into the general-election campaign. The ...

Virginia gov. resists resignation call over blackface photo

By ALAN SUDERMAN, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam was clinging to office Monday morning amid nearly unanimous calls from his own party to resign over a racist photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook, after a bizarre weekend in which he first admitted he ...

Sen. Kamala Harris says the powerful seek to divide America

By JUANA SUMMERS, Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris, standing outside of Oakland's city hall, formally kicked off her campaign for the White House on Sunday, presenting herself as the leader who can best unite an America that is at an "inflection point" ...

Kamala Harris kicks off 2020 campaign, warns of divisions

By JUANA SUMMERS, Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris, standing outside of Oakland's city hall, formally kicked off her campaign for the White House by presenting herself as the leader who can best unite an America that is at an "inflection point" and facing ...

Trump rollbacks for fossil fuel industries carry steep cost

By MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — As the Trump administration rolls back environmental and safety rules for the energy sector, government projections show billions of dollars in savings reaped by companies will come at a steep cost: more premature deaths and illnesses ...

Trump casts doubt on seeing a budget deal that he’d accept

By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said the odds congressional negotiators will craft a deal to end his border wall standoff with Congress are "less than 50-50." As hundreds of thousands of furloughed federal workers prepared to return to work, Trump ...

Companies navigate dementia conversations with older workers

By ANDREW SOERGEL, For The Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Faced with an aging American workforce, companies are increasingly navigating delicate conversations with employees grappling with cognitive declines, experts say. Workers experiencing early stages of dementia may struggle with ...

Trump ally Stone charged with lying about hacked emails

By ERIC TUCKER and CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's confidant Roger Stone has been charged with lying about his pursuit of Russian-hacked emails damaging to Hillary Clinton's 2016 election bid. Prosecutors allege that senior Trump campaign officials ...

The shutdown today: Workers to get paid ‘in the coming days’

By The Associated Press What's up now that the partial government shutdown ended after 35 days: WHAT'S NEW President Donald Trump signed a short-term deal Friday to end the shutdown after delays at the nation's airports and widespread disruptions brought new urgency to efforts to resolve the ...

Undercover agents target cybersecurity watchdog

By RAPHAEL SATTER, AP Cybersecurity Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The researchers who reported that Israeli software was used to spy on Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi's inner circle before his gruesome death are being targeted in turn by international undercover operatives, The ...

Trump ends shutdown, signs bill to reopen government

By JILL COLVIN, LISA MASCARO and ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Submitting to mounting pressure, President Donald Trump has signed a bill to reopen the government for three weeks, backing down from his demand that Congress give him money for his border wall before federal ...

Jackson accusers’ film gets standing ovation, estate rebuke

By LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writer PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — It's not uncommon for audiences at the Sundance Film Festival to give standing ovations, but the ceremonial act took on a solemn air as two men who accuse Michael Jackson of molesting them as boys walked onstage following the festival's ...

Ending showdown with Pelosi, Trump postpones State of Union

By KEVIN FREKING, MATTHEW DALY and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he is postponing his State of the Union address until the partial government shutdown ends, yielding after a weeklong showdown with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Following a ...

Trump’s shutdown gift to Pelosi: A unified Democratic caucus

By LISA MASCARO, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has done something remarkable in the government shutdown: He's unified the diverse new House Democratic majority firmly behind Speaker Nancy Pelosi. It's not even about the wall at this point. Democrats ...

Votes on Senate bills seen as progress even if they fail

By ANDREW TAYLOR and ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is taking a new approach to ending the partial government shutdown by actually taking votes instead of just pointing fingers. But competing bills appear likely to fail Thursday, caught in a poisonous Washington ...

Diversity highlights emerging field of Democratic candidates

By JUANA SUMMERS and ELANA SCHOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The early days of the Democratic primary campaign are highlighting the party's diversity as it seeks a nominee who can build a coalition to take on President Donald Trump. Of the more than half dozen Democrats who have ...