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Domestic violence call led to standoff, deadly explosion

By DAVE COLLINS, Associated Press NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut woman's call to police to report domestic violence led to a standoff and explosion in a barn behind her home that left one person dead and nine officers injured, officials said Thursday. The officers were being ...

Transport plane that crashed in Georgia was on final trip

By RUSS BYNUM and DANICA COTO, Associated Press PORT WENTWORTH, Ga. (AP) — An aging C-130 Hercules that rescued and resupplied U.S. citizens after last year's hurricanes crashed onto a Georgia highway during what was supposed to be its final flight, killing all nine Puerto Ricans on ...

Arizona teacher raises passed after strike shuts schools

By BOB CHRISTIE and MELISSA DANIELS PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona lawmakers pulled an all-nighter to enact a budget Thursday that provides big raises for many of the state's striking teachers, and Gov. Doug Ducey signed the teacher funding part while the House continued debating the rest of the ...

Wife: Cosby convicted by ‘mob justice, not real justice’

By MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby's wife called Thursday for a criminal investigation into the suburban Philadelphia prosecutor behind his sexual assault conviction, saying the case that could put the 80-year-old comedian in prison for the rest of his life ...

Giuliani offers new explanation of Comey firing

By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's explanation for why he fired FBI Director James Comey has shifted again. Rudy Giuliani, Trump's new attorney, said in an interview on Fox News that Trump fired Comey last year "because Comey would not, among other ...

Son: Mom accused in Florida, Minnesota deaths ‘a good lady’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The son of a Minnesota woman suspected of fatally shooting her husband then killing a Florida woman and stealing her identity says she is a "good lady" but "had her own demons" including a gambling addiction, according to an interview to be aired Thursday. Braden Riess, ...

Passengers heard window popping on Southwest plane

By MARK GILLISPIE and DAVID PORTER, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Passengers on a Southwest Airlines plane first heard a loud pop and then scurried away when they saw a jagged crack in a window that forced the jet to land in Cleveland on Wednesday. Some on board immediately thought back ...

With girls joining the ranks, Boy Scouts plan a name change

By DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — For 108 years, the Boy Scouts of America's flagship program has been known simply as the Boy Scouts. With girls soon entering the ranks, the group says that iconic name will change. The organization on Wednesday announced a new name for its ...

Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories roil DC city government

By ASHRAF KHALIL, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A spiraling controversy over anti-Semitic comments and conspiracy theories has roiled the Washington city government, seemingly getting worse with every public attempt to ease the tensions. The issue nearly derailed a City Council meeting ...

Next steps for caravan will unfold mostly out of public view

By ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — The caravan of Central Americans seeking asylum in the United States sought the world's attention as scores of migrants traveled through Mexico on a journey to escape their violent homelands. Now that the group has arrived at the ...

Special counsel team has floated idea of subpoena for Trump

By CHAD DAY and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The special counsel leading the Russia investigation raised the prospect in March of issuing a grand jury subpoena for President Donald Trump, his former attorney said, confirming that investigators have floated the ...

Kelly says ‘total BS’ that he called Trump an ‘idiot’

By ZEKE MILLER, JONATHAN LEMIRE and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — New details emerged on the rift between White House chief of staff John Kelly and President Donald Trump, with one former administration official saying Kelly privately called Trump "an idiot" last ...

Ashley Judd wants movie mogul Weinstein held accountable

NEW YORK (AP) — Ashley Judd says she wants Harvey Weinstein to be held accountable for "illegal conduct" that caused her to lose money, status, prestige and power. Judd spoke Tuesday on ABC's "Good Morning America." Judd sued Weinstein on Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, saying ...

Trump: ‘Disgraceful’ leak of Mueller Russia probe questions

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday it's "disgraceful" that a list of questions that the special counsel investigating Russian election interference wants to ask him was "leaked" to the news media. The New York Times late Monday ...

US May Day immigration protests target Trump, fall elections

By DEEPTI HAJELA and AMY TAXIN, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Immigrants say President Donald Trump's administration has become almost everything they feared, but while they rally across the United States on May Day, their focus is less on huge turnout Tuesday than on the first Tuesday in ...

Feds process asylum-seekers from caravan criticized by Trump

By ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — U.S. border inspectors allowed some of the Central American asylum-seekers to enter the country for processing, ending a brief impasse over lack of space. Now, the migrants who crossed Mexico in a caravan may face a long legal ...

White House not addressing reports on Jackson’s future

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says Dr. Ronny Jackson remains assigned to the White House — but it's not addressing reports the Navy rear admiral won't be returning to the job of President Donald Trump's personal physician. Jackson abandoned his nomination to be secretary of Veterans ...

US says border crossing doesn’t have room for asylum seekers

By ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — After traveling through Mexico with great fanfare for a month under the Trump administration's watchful eye, nearly 200 Central American migrants attempting to seek asylum in the United States were stopped in their tracks when border ...

Cosby juror: Comedian’s talk of quaaludes led to conviction

By MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The jury that convicted Bill Cosby at his sexual assault retrial said that its decision was only influenced by what happened in court, and the youngest member of the panel said that the comedian's own words sealed his fate. Harrison ...

Sprint, T-Mobile have to sell $26.5B deal to antitrust cops

By STAN CHOE and TALI ARBEL, AP Business Writers NEW YORK (AP) — To gain approval for their $26.5 billion merger agreement, T-Mobile and Sprint aim to convince antitrust regulators that there is plenty of competition for wireless service beyond Verizon and AT&T. The deal announced ...