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Trump to address NRA, raise money for key Congress race

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will become the first sitting president to address a National Rifle Association convention in more than 30 years when he speaks Friday at the group's annual meeting. The president's trip to Atlanta also will serve ...

Warren ‘troubled’ by report of Wall Street-paid Obama speech

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she's "troubled" by reports that former President Barack Obama will be paid $400,000 to speak at a September health care conference put on by Wall Street firm Cantor Fitzgerald. The Massachusetts Democrat said Thursday on SiriusXM's "Alter ...

Facing a pro-gun government, anti-gun movement feels defiant

By NANCY BENAC, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump, a favorite of the National Rifle Association, has custody of the Oval Office. The Republican-controlled Congress already has ditched one Obama-era rule to tighten access to guns. And an emboldened NRA has much more ambitious ...

Robots, tasers join battle against invasive species

By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — A robot zaps and vacuums up venomous lionfish in Bermuda. A helicopter pelts Guam's trees with poison-baited dead mice to fight the voracious brown tree snake. A special boat with giant winglike nets stuns and catches Asian carp in the ...

US economic growth weakened to 0.7 percent in first quarter

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy turned in the weakest performance in three years in the January-March quarter as consumers sharply slowed their spending. The result underscores the challenge facing President Donald Trump in achieving his ambitious ...

Trump tax plan leaves most of the hard work to Congress

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER and JOSH BOAK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's plan to overhaul the U.S. tax code leaves much of the heavy lifting to Congress. It also ignores years of hard work by the guy who will have to do a lot of that lifting: House Speaker Paul ...

United raising limit on payments to bumped flyers to $10,000

By DAVID KOENIG, AP Airlines Writer DALLAS (AP) — United Airlines says it will raise the limit — to $10,000 — on payments to customers who give up seats on oversold flights and will increase training for employees as it deals with fallout from the video of a passenger being violently ...

White House says Trump won’t immediately pull out of NAFTA

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has told the leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement at this time, just hours after administration officials said he was considering a draft executive order to ...

White House backs off as lawmakers work to avert shutdown

By ERICA WERNER, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers are nearing agreement on sweeping spending legislation to keep the lights on in government, after the White House backed off a threat to withhold payments that help lower-income Americans pay their medical bills. It ...

Trump ‘absolutely’ considered breaking up 9th Circuit Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, still chafing over rulings blocking his travel ban early this year, says he's considered breaking up the West Coast-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Asked during a White House interview by the Washington Examiner if he'd thought about proposals to ...

Trump proposing tax cuts for companies big and small

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER and JOSH BOAK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is proposing dramatically reducing the taxes paid by corporations big and small in an overhaul his administration says will spur economic growth and bring jobs and prosperity to the middle ...

Spacecraft flies between Saturn and rings in historic 1st

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's Cassini spacecraft ventured Wednesday into the never-before-explored region between Saturn and its rings. But flight controllers won't know how everything went until Thursday when they are back in touch with the ...

Ryan: New revisions are winning support for GOP health bill

By ALAN FRAM and ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A proposal to revive the stalled Republican health care bill is gaining support, Speaker Paul Ryan said Wednesday, but he stopped short of saying the plan has garnered the votes the GOP would need to finally push the ...

Judge cites Trump’s words in blocking ‘sanctuary city’ order

By SUDHIN THANAWALA, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — For the third time in two months, a federal judge has knocked down an immigration order by President Donald Trump and used Trump's own language against him. In a ruling on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge William Orrick quoted Trump to ...

All in the Family: Trump mixes family, governing, business

By NANCY BENAC, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Not since John F. Kennedy appointed his brother Bobby to be attorney general and his brother-in-law as director of the Peace Corps has a president leaned so heavily on his family. Even Donald Trump's 5-year-old granddaughter Arabella has ...

Trump touts executive orders he once lambasted

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will mark the end of his first 100 days in office with a flurry of executive orders, looking to fulfill campaign promises and rack up victories ahead of that milestone by turning to a presidential ...

Tough court on immigration serves as model for Trump plans

By ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — One by one, the Mexican men stood in the jury box, shackles rattling as they fidgeted slightly and pleaded guilty to crossing the U.S. border illegally. They had come for better jobs, many to earn more money to help raise their ...

Wells Fargo faces shareholders, protesters at annual meeting

By KEN SWEET, AP Business Writer PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Wells Fargo's top management and board of directors apologized to investors and faced a series of protesters Tuesday at the first big shareholder meeting since a scandal over sales practices led to an executive shake-up, fines ...

Police: Wife’s Fitbit logs steps after husband says she died

ELLINGTON, Conn. (AP) — Police in Connecticut have cited Fitbit records in an arrest warrant for a 40-year-old man charged with killing his wife in 2015. Richard Dabate (DAH-bayt) faces murder, tampering with evidence and making a false statement charges in the fatal shooting of 39-year-old ...

Gov’t shutdown, health bill rescue at stake in Congress

By ALAN FRAM and ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Bipartisan bargainers are making progress toward a budget deal to prevent a partial federal shutdown this weekend, a major hurdle overcome when President Donald Trump signaled he would put off his demand that the measure ...