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Trump administration sending Congress $4.1 trillion budget

By ANDREW TAYLOR and MARTIN CRUTSINGER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is sending Congress a $4.1 trillion spending plan that relies on faster economic growth and steep cuts in a range of support programs for low-income individuals to balance the government's books ...

AP Exclusive: CEOs got biggest raise since 2013

By STAN CHOE, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The typical CEO at the biggest U.S. companies got an 8.5 percent raise last year, raking in $11.5 million in salary, stock and other compensation last year, according to a study by executive data firm Equilar for The Associated Press. That's ...

Texas bathroom bill could expose secrets of transgender kids

By MEREDITH HOFFMAN, Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Each morning, Joanna Smith's 7-year-old son pulls on a T-shirt and shorts, boasts how fast he can tie his sneakers and heads to school. An honor-roll student who loves science and spelling, he often stays after class to run on the ...

A call for patience during investigation of campus stabbing

By JESSICA GRESKO and BRIAN WITTE, Associated Press COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Authorities appealed for patience from two college communities reacting in shock, fear and anger after a white University of Maryland student was arrested in what police called the unprovoked stabbing of a black ...

High court ruling may give voter rights groups a strong tool

By JONATHAN DREW and MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Supreme Court's ruling that two North Carolina congressional districts relied too heavily on race should give voting-rights advocates a potent tool to fight other electoral maps drawn to give Republicans an ...

Police find Nazi items, explosives during murder probe

By JASON DEAREN and MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press Investigators found white supremacist propaganda, bomb-making materials and a framed photograph of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh at a Florida apartment where a teenager killed two roommates who had once shared his neo-Nazi beliefs ...

Race, gender, fame all issues as Cosby jury selection starts

By MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Thirteen years after a Temple University basketball team manager went to famous alumni Bill Cosby's nearby home for career advice, her complaint that Cosby drugged and molested her that night will soon be a task for a Pennsylvania ...

Texas revives transgender ‘bathroom bill’ for public schools

By WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A transgender "bathroom bill" reminiscent of one in North Carolina that caused a national uproar now appears to be on a fast-track to becoming law in Texas — though it may only apply to public schools. A broader proposal mandating ...

Ringling Bros. shuts down the big top after 146 years

By TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — With laughter, hugs and tears — and the requisite death-defying stunts — the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus received its final standing ovation Sunday night as it performed its last show. "We are, forevermore, the ...

Billy Bush says he’s ready to get back into television

NEW YORK (AP) — Former "Today" co-host Billy Bush says he's a better man and ready to get back into television seven months after being fired following the release of a videotape in which he can be heard engaging in lewd talk with Donald Trump. In an interview posted Sunday, Bush told The ...

GOP’s Cotton in Iowa: “I’m ready for that new beginning.”

By THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton declared Americans "ready for that new beginning" in Iowa Friday, walking a delicate path by raising his national political profile at a time of turmoil for Donald Trump's White House. The 40-year-old ...

Hawaii-bound passengers noticed unruly man before take-off

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER and MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — After landing in Honolulu on a flight from Los Angeles, passengers described a midair disruption involving an unruly man whose attempts to get to the front of the jetliner prompted flight attendants and ...

In draft of speech, Trump using softer language about Islam

By VIVIAN SALAMA and JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will use his first visit to the Middle East to call for unity in the fight against radicalism in the Muslim world, casting the challenge as a "battle between good and evil" and urging Arab leaders ...

Report: Trump says firing ‘nut job’ Comey took off pressure

By ERICA WERNER and EILEEN SULLIVAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump told Russian diplomats last week his firing of "nut job" James Comey had eased the pressure on him, even as the FBI's Trump-Russia investigation had moved into the White House, according to reports ...

Jury acquits Tulsa officer in shooting of unarmed black man

By JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS, Associated Press TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A jury on Wednesday acquitted a white Oklahoma police officer who says she fired out of fear last year when she killed an unarmed black man with his hands held above his head. The family of Terence Crutcher burst into tears and ...

Trump calls naming of special counsel move a ‘witch hunt’

By ERIC TUCKER, JULIE PACE and NANCY BENAC, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to lead a federal investigation into allegations that Donald Trump's campaign collaborated with Russia to sway the 2016 ...

Former FBI Director Mueller to lead Trump-Russia probe

By ERIC TUCKER and SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Robert Mueller has been given sweeping power to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, an acknowledgment of growing public demands to place the politically charged inquiry into the hands of an ...

Poll says blacks less likely to have enough for retirement

By MARIA INES ZAMUDIO, For The Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Older white Americans are nearly twice as likely as African-Americans to say they've saved enough for retirement, a new poll found. The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey also found that African- ...

Embattled White House lurches from crisis to crisis

By ERIC TUCKER, CATHERINE LUCEY and JULIE PACE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump personally appealed to FBI Director James Comey to abandon the bureau's investigation into National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, according to notes Comey wrote after the meeting. The ...

Tornadoes in Wisconsin, Oklahoma leave 2 dead

CHICAGO (AP) — Two people died and dozens were injured when tornadoes flattened a mobile home park in Wisconsin and a housing subdivision in Oklahoma during powerful spring storms that battered an area from the South Plains of Texas to the Great Lakes. The storms hit late in the afternoon ...