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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 ...

New Orleans takes down 1st of 4 Confederate statues

By JESSE J. HOLLAND and GERALD HERBERT, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Workers in New Orleans removed the first of four prominent Confederate monuments Monday morning, making the city the latest Southern institution to sever itself from symbols viewed by many as a representation of ...

Farmers fear losing immigrant workers under Trump crackdown

By ANDREW SELSKY, Associated Press SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The head of Bethel Heights Vineyard looked out over the 100 acres of vines her crew of 20 Mexicans had just finished pruning, worried about what will happen if the Trump administration presses ahead with its crackdown on immigrants. From ...

Astronaut breaks record for most time in space by American

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronaut Peggy Whitson has another record under her space belt. Early Monday, the International Space Station commander surpassed the record of 534 days, two hours and 48 minutes for most accumulated time in orbit by an ...

Arkansas prepares for 1st double execution in US since 2000

By ANDREW DeMILLO, Associated Press LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Two condemned Arkansas killers who admit they're guilty but fear their poor health could lead to extreme pain during lethal injections set for Monday might become the first inmates put to death in a double execution in the U.S. in ...

Trump pushes wall funding in spending dispute with Democrats

By CATHERINE LUCEY and HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — With a budget deadline looming, President Donald Trump plans a whirlwind of activities seeking to highlight accomplishments while putting fresh pressure on congressional Democrats to pay for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, ...

UC Berkeley students threaten to sue over Ann Coulter visit

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — The University of California at Berkeley students who invited Ann Coulter to speak on campus are threatening to sue the university if it doesn't find a proper time and venue for the conservative pundit to speak next week. Harmeet Dhillon, who represents the Berkeley ...

Trump awards Purple Heart at Walter Reed military hospital

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Saturday awarded a Purple Heart to an Army sergeant recently wounded in Afghanistan, the first of many Trump likely will award during his service as commander in chief of the U.S. military. "When I heard ...

Hillary Clinton makes surprise appearance at Tribeca Fest

By JOCELYN NOVECK, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The premiere of a virtual reality short by Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow was already a high-profile event at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday night. And then Hillary Clinton walked onstage. Clinton was an unannounced ...

Study: Whale and boat collisions may be more common

By PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A group of marine scientists says collisions of whales and boats off of the New England coast may be more common than previously thought. The scientists focused on the humpback whale population in the southern Gulf of Maine, a body ...

Police ambush killer’s strategy to avoid death: Blame Dad

By MICHAEL RUBINKAM, Associated Press MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — As Eric Frein tries to avoid death row for ambushing two Pennsylvania State Police troopers at their barracks, defense lawyers are suggesting they intend to raise questions about his father's influence on the gunman, a college dropout ...

Coal-state lawmakers push to extend retired miners’ benefits

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers from coal-mining states are pushing to extend health benefits for more than 22,000 retired miners and widows whose medical coverage is set to expire at the end of April. West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and other coal-state ...

Motive unclear in killing of 2 utility workers in St. Louis

By JIM SALTER, Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — As police investigated why a gunman killed two utility workers in St. Louis before fatally shooting himself, workers from Laclede Gas Co. and other utilities cautiously returned to the field Friday. Police say a man walked up to the workers ...

Fleeing with student, teacher took guns, cash and wife’s car

By SHEILA BURKE, Associated Press COLUMBIA, Tenn. (AP) — Teacher Tad Cummins took guns, money and his wife's car before kidnapping a 15-year-old female student and taking her on a 2,500-mile cross-country journey that ended Thursday, court records show. He had just been suspended from ...

Volkswagen to pay $2.8 billion in US diesel emission scandal

By ED WHITE, Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — A judge on Friday ordered Volkswagen to pay a $2.8 billion criminal penalty in the United States for cheating on diesel emissions tests, blessing a deal negotiated by the government for a "massive fraud" orchestrated by the German automaker. U.S. ...

Appeals court denies Blagojevich request for 3rd sentencing

By MICHAEL TARM, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — A federal court has taken just three days to reject the appeal of imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich seeking a third sentencing. The unanimous ruling Friday by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago dismissed arguments ...