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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 ...

Mystery solved: Why Trump-Macron friendship tree vanished

PARIS (AP) — The French president's office says there's nothing mysterious about the disappearance of an oak tree he planted on the White House lawn. It was put in quarantine, like other plants or animals brought into U.S. territory. The sapling was a gift from French President Emmanuel ...

US consumer spending rebounded 0.4 percent in March

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans boosted their spending by 0.4 percent in March, the best showing in three months. Meanwhile, a key gauge of inflation closely watched by the Federal Reserve rose at the fastest pace in more than a year. The March increase ...

Ronny Jackson withdraws from consideration for VA chief

By HOPE YEN, LISA MASCARO and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — White House doctor Ronny Jackson withdrew from consideration as Veterans Affairs secretary on Thursday, saying "false allegations" against him have become a distraction. In a statement the White House issued ...

Senate committee poised for vote on bill to protect Mueller

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee is poised to vote Thursday on a bill to protect special counsel Robert Mueller's job — legislation that has split Republicans as President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized Mueller's Russia ...

EPA chief faces Capitol Hill grilling over ethical missteps

By MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt faces potentially make-or-break hearings Thursday on Capitol Hill, where he is expected to be peppered with questions about spending and ethics scandals that have triggered bipartisan ...

Genetic sleuthing bolsters food poisoning searches

By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Disease hunters are using genetic sequencing in their investigation of the ongoing food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce, a technique that is revolutionizing the detection of germs in food. The genetic analysis is being used to ...

Ex-policeman charged with decades-old serial killings

By DON THOMPSON and BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A man once sworn to protect the public from crime was accused Wednesday of living a double life terrorizing suburban neighborhoods at night, becoming one of California's most feared serial killers and rapists in the ...

APNewsBreak: Feds’ delays imperil migrant children

By GARANCE BURKE, Associated Press The U.S. government risks placing migrant children in the custody of human traffickers because federal agencies have delayed crucial reforms needed to keep the children safe, according to the findings of a Senate subcommittee obtained by The Associated ...

Car theft solved too late to prevent Waffle House tragedy

By SHEILA BURKE, Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After Travis Reinking allegedly stole a BMW from a Nashville area car dealer last week, police say they found it outside the apartment where he lived. Authorities recovered the car but didn't figure out who had stolen it until too ...

For the first time, Facebook spells out what it forbids

By BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — If you've ever wondered exactly what sorts of things Facebook would like you not to do on its service, you're in luck. For the first time, the social network is publishing detailed guidelines to what does and doesn't belong on its ...

Spokesman: George HW Bush is eager to get well, go to Maine

By MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized in Houston with an infection, just after attending the funeral of his wife, Barbara, a spokesman said. Jim McGrath said Monday on Twitter that the 93-year-old Bush is "responding to ...

Michigan State kept ties to coach accused of sexual abuse

By MICHAEL TARM, AP Legal Affairs Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Michigan State University, already reeling from the scandal involving a gymnastics doctor who molested young athletes, has maintained ties to a prominent volleyball coach for decades after he was publicly accused in 1995 of sexually ...

Senators considering a delay for VA confirmation hearing

By HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators were discussing plans to delay the confirmation hearing for President Donald Trump's pick to be Veteran Affairs secretary over growing questions about the nominee's ability to manage the government's second-largest department. The ...

Opioid treatment gap in Medicare: methadone clinics

By CARLA K. JOHNSON, AP Medical Writer One in three older Americans with Medicare drug coverage is prescribed opioid painkillers, but for those who develop a dangerous addiction there is one treatment Medicare won't cover: methadone. Methadone is the oldest, and experts say, the most ...