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Arnold Schwarzenegger in ‘good spirits’ after heart surgery

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Arnold Schwarzenegger is in good spirits as he recovers from heart surgery in a Los Angeles hospital. The 70-year-old "Terminator" actor and former California governor underwent a scheduled procedure to replace a valve on Thursday. His spokesman Daniel Ketchell says he ...

Trump administration backs PLO in victims’ high court appeal

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite its bumpy relationship with the Palestinians, the Trump administration is siding with the Palestine Liberation Organization in urging the Supreme Court to reject an appeal from American victims of terrorist attacks in the Middle ...

In Iowa’s GOP ag epicenter, tariffs spark Trump skepticism

By THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press HOSPERS, Iowa (AP) — In Sioux County, where swine barns interrupt the vast landscape of corn-stubbled fields, exports of meat, grain and machinery fuel the local economy. And there's a palpable sense of unease that new Chinese tariffs pushed by President ...

Autopsy disputing police account of shooting prompts anger

By KATHLEEN RONAYNE, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Calls for justice and charges against two police officers who fatally shot an unarmed black man aren't abating in California's capital city after an autopsy showed Stephon Clark was shot in the back, a counter to the ...

Mormon conference ushers in leaders as church faces scrutiny

By BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Mormon conference this weekend in Utah will usher in a new era of church leadership that comes as the faith grapples with heightened scrutiny about its handling of sexual abuse reports and one-on-one interviews between local lay ...

EPA to loosen rules for automobile gas mileage, pollution

By TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer DETROIT (AP) — The Trump administration is expected to announce that it will roll back automobile gas mileage and pollution standards. Automakers wanted the government to relax the current standards, which were imposed by the Obama administration to combat ...

Court: Government can’t block immigrant teens from abortion

By JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal court in Washington has told the Trump administration that the government can't interfere with the ability of pregnant immigrant teens being held in federal custody to obtain abortions. A judge issued an order Friday evening ...

New videos show clearest account of Alton Sterling’s killing

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE and MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Kept under wraps for nearly two years, body camera footage of a policeman killing Alton Sterling shows the officer threatening to shoot the man and screaming profanities before firing the fatal shots that ...

Bright light on family of Sacramento police shooting victim

By SOPHIA BOLLAG and DON THOMPSON, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A blinding national spotlight is shining on the family of Stephon Clark, the 22-year-old unarmed black man killed by Sacramento police last week. "You don't know what it's like until you experience it," Clark's ...

Attorney for porn star seeks to depose Trump on payment

By CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — An attorney for an adult film star claiming a sexual encounter with President Donald Trump is seeking to depose the president and his attorney. Michael Avenatti filed the motion in federal court in California. In the documents, dated ...

3 people face charges in waterslide death of Kansas boy, 10

By JOHN HANNA, Associated Press TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A water park company co-owner accused of rushing the world's tallest waterslide into service and a designer accused of shoddy planning have been charged in the decapitation of a 10-year-old boy on the ride in 2016. With the latest charges ...

Trump says Second Amendment won’t be repealed

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the Second Amendment will not be repealed. The president is making that pledge a day after retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens expressed a different view. Stevens wrote in The New York Times that ...

How Facebook was able to siphon off phone call and text logs

By RYAN NAKASHIMA and MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writers The news that Facebook's Android app has been collecting call and text histories is yet another black eye for the social media giant. But just why was Facebook able to siphon off records of who its users were contacting — and when — ...

Porn star’s claim she was threatened disputed by White House

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is disputing adult film star Stormy Daniels' claim that she was threatened to keep quiet over her alleged affair with Donald Trump and said the president continues to deny the relationship. Daniels' detailed her allegations ...

Decision to add citizenship question to census draws fire

WASHINGTON (AP) — The 2020 U.S. Census will include a question about citizenship status, a move that brought swift condemnation from Democrats, who said it would intimidate immigrants and discouraging them from responding. The population count taken every 10 years is more than an academic ...

Fight fire with fire: opponents borrow from Trump’s playbook

By CATHERINE LUCEY and JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Looking to get ahead in President Donald Trump's Washington? Borrow his media playbook. With suggestive statements, cryptic tweets, provocative lawsuits and must-see television interviews, Trump's adversaries are ...

Another key redistricting case goes in front of high court

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has already heard a major case about political line-drawing that has the potential to reshape American politics. Now, before even deciding that one, the court is taking up another similar case. The arguments justices will ...

Porn star reveals details about alleged encounter with Trump

By KEN THOMAS and KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Adult film star Stormy Daniels says she was threatened to keep silent about an alleged sexual encounter with Donald Trump in 2006, telling her story in a highly anticipated interview with CBS' "60 Minutes" broadcast ...

Facebook faces scrutiny for pulling Android call, text data

By TOM KRISHER, AP Business Writer On the same day Facebook bought ads in U.S. and British newspapers to apologize for the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the social media site faced new questions about collecting phone numbers and text messages from Android devices. The website Ars Technica ...

Rick Santorum: Students should learn CPR, not seek gun laws

By The Associated Press Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum said Sunday that students who have rallied for gun control should instead learn CPR or find their own way to prevent a school shooting. "How about kids instead of looking to someone else to solve their problem, do something about ...