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Skeptical Democrats to quiz Trump health pick on drug prices

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Skeptical Democratic senators are getting a chance to question President Donald Trump's pick for health secretary about what he'll do about rising drug prices and the future of "Obamacare." Alex Azar's first ...

Facing tax vote in Senate, Trump seizes on cultural fights

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump sized up his coming week on Sunday and tweeted that it was a "big week for Tax Cuts and many other things of great importance to our Country." But over the next 48 hours he dished out tweets and quips that instead put ...

Trump retweets videos critical of Muslims

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is retweeting a series of anti-Muslim videos posted by a far-right British politician. Trump sent the Twitter messages Wednesday morning. The videos were first posted by Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of the far-right group Britain First. The ...

24-year-old man arrested in Tampa serial killings

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Police have arrested a man and said they will charge him with murder in a string of killings that terrorized a Tampa neighborhood. Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan announced at a news conference that Howell Emanuel Donaldson, 24, would be charged with four counts of ...

Families of Navajo Code Talkers decry Trump’s political jab

By FELICIA FONSECA and LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Families of Navajo war veterans who were honored Monday at the White House say they were dumbfounded that President Donald Trump used the event to take a political jab at a Massachusetts senator, demeaning their ...

Alabama Senate race gives GOP voters an uncomfortable choice

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press HOMEWOOD, Ala. (AP) — With two weeks to go until the Alabama election for U.S. Senate, Kathie Luckie of Hoover said she is "teetering" with her choice. A Republican, she usually supports the GOP candidate. But she said Roy Moore has always been "a little ...

Powell casts himself as a figure of stability for the Fed

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Jerome Powell says that if confirmed as the next chairman of the Federal Reserve, he expects the Fed to continue raising interest rates gradually to support its twin goals of maximum employment and stable prices. Under his ...

Meghan Markle has advocated for women since the age of 11

By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Meghan Markle became an advocate for women when she was an 11-year-old elementary school student, and achieving gender equality remains a driving force for the fiancée of Britain's Prince Harry and self-described "feminist." Since ...

2 battle for control over US consumer watchdog

By KEN SWEET and CATHERINE LUCEY, The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The battle between two supposed directors of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is making for compelling optics but only seems to be delaying a tidal shift at the powerful consumer watchdog. Mick Mulvaney, ...

Trump won’t campaign for Moore, yet critical of Democrat

By ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Playing all sides in the Alabama Senate race, President Donald Trump has made it known he won't set foot in the state on behalf of embattled Republican Roy Moore, even as he intensified his insistence that voters must never elect Moore's ...

Conyers gives up Judiciary post amid sex harassment probe

By HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Even while fiercely denying allegations of sexual harassment, Michigan Rep. John Conyers is giving up his leadership position as top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, acknowledging a congressional probe into his possible misconduct had ...

Sen. Franken back to work amid sexual misconduct allegations

By ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Al Franken said he doesn't remember whether he touched women inappropriately while having his picture taken with them at campaign events. The Democrat's comments were the latest indication that he had no plans to step down ...

Trump’s Mar-a-Lago stay a welcome break from DC challenges

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump draws a wiggly line between work, play and business at the private club he calls his "winter White House." Like George H.W. Bush and his family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine, or George W.  Bush with his ...

Miss Universe contestants speak on sexual harassment issue

By REGINA GARCIA CANO, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters didn't shy away when asked to comment on sexual harassment just after being crowned. "If women take hands and stand together, we are unbreakable," said the 22-year-old representative from South ...

Suit seeks to stop Trump from naming acting director of CFPB

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government official President Donald Trump wants to pass over as acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau with his own budget chief is asking a federal court to block the president's appointment. Leandra English, who was elevated to the position of ...

Justices ponder need for warrant for cellphone tower data

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Like almost everyone else in America, thieves tend to carry their cellphones with them to work. When they use their phones on the job, police find it easier to do their jobs. They can get cellphone tower records that help place suspects in ...

Trump calls for crushing terrorists with military means

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump denounced the deadly mosque attack in Egypt and reached out to its president, asserting the world must crush terrorists by military means — and insisting the U.S. needs a southern border wall and the travel ban ...

Looming deadlines, much unfinished business await Congress

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The crush of unfinished business facing lawmakers when they return to the Capitol would be daunting even if Washington were functioning at peak efficiency. It's an agenda whose core items — tax cuts, a potential government shutdown, ...

Consumer watchdog head names a successor, and Trump does too

By KEN SWEET, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau resigned Friday and named his own successor, leading to an open conflict with President Donald Trump — who announced a different person as acting head of the agency later in the ...

“Die Hard” for jihadists? IS recruits with heroic tales

By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Beyond the slick, Hollywood-style cinematics, the Islamic State is targeting Western recruits with videos suggesting they, too, can be heroes like Bruce Willis' character in "Die Hard." That's the conclusion of The Chicago Project on ...