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Gun-rights activists gear up for show of force in Virginia

BY ALAN SUDERMAN and DENISE LAVOIE Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Police are scouring the internet for clues about plans for mayhem, workers are putting up chain link holding pens around Virginia's picturesque Capitol Square, and one lawmaker even plans to hide in a safe house in ...

Ex-US Rep. Collins gets over 2 years in insider trading case

By LARRY NEUMEISTER and JIM MUSTIAN Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The first member of Congress to endorse Donald Trump to be president was sentenced Friday to two years and two months in federal prison after admitting he helped his son and others dodge $800,000 in stock market losses when ...

Amid hacking fears, key caucus states to use app for results

By RYAN J. FOLEY and CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY Associated Press IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Two of the first three states to vote in the Democratic presidential race will use new mobile apps to gather results from thousands of caucus sites — technology intended to make counting easier but that ...

Justices taking up bans on state money to religious schools

By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A Supreme Court that seems more favorable to religion-based discrimination claims is set to hear a case that could make it easier to use public money to pay for religious schooling in many states. The justices will hear arguments Wednesday ...

How Trump’s impeachment differs from a criminal trial

By ERIC TUCKER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Yes, it's a trial — but the Senate's impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump won't resemble anything Americans have seen on Court TV. In Trump's trial, the Senate will serve as both judge and jury. The Republicans who ...

Titans, Chiefs on verge of Super Bowl, play for AFC title

By Dave Skretta AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Andy Reid rarely digs into his own past, preferring to stay in the moment or focus squarely on the future. It's an approach that has served him well during a coaching career that might someday land him in the Pro Football Hall of ...

2020 Democratic race is wide open in Iowa as caucuses near

By THOMAS BEAUMONT and ALEXANDRA JAFFE Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Presidential candidates have swarmed Iowa's rolling landscape for more than a year, making their pitch to potential supporters on campuses, county fairgrounds and in high school gymnasiums. But three weeks before ...

Storms sweep southern US, Midwest as death toll rises to 11

By JUAN A. LOZANO undefined HOUSTON (AP) — Severe storms sweeping across southern portions of the U.S. and up into the Midwest were blamed Saturday in the deaths of at least 11 people, including two first responders, as high winds, tornadoes and unrelenting rain battered large swaths of the ...

Ahead of impeachment trial, Trump suggests not having it

By LISA MASCARO AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the Senate should simply dismiss the impeachment case against him, an extraordinary suggestion as the House prepares to transmit the charges to the chamber for the historic trial. The Republican ...

Storms sweep southern US, Midwest as death toll rises to 11

By JUAN A. LOZANO undefined HOUSTON (AP) — Severe storms sweeping across southern portions of the U.S. and up into the Midwest were blamed Saturday in the deaths of at least 11 people, including two first responders, as high winds, tornadoes and unrelenting rain battered large swaths of the ...

Pelosi to send impeachment to Senate for historic trial

By LISA MASCARO and MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House will take steps next week to transmit the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, ending a three-week standoff but confronting the Senate with only the third trial ...

White House considering dramatic expansion of travel ban

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, LISA MASCARO and JILL COLVIN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is considering dramatically expanding its much-litigated travel ban to additional countries amid a renewed election-year focus on immigration by President Donald Trump, according to six people ...

Trump goes out of his way to take a bow, again

By KEVIN FREKING Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It was wonderful news: Researchers reported this past week the largest-ever one-year decline in the U.S. cancer death rate during 2017. And President Donald Trump didn't miss the chance to take a bow. Trump tweeted: "U.S. Cancer Death ...

House approves measure to restrain Trump’s actions on Iran

By MATTHEW DALY Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Reigniting a debate over who has the power to declare war, the Democratic-controlled House on Thursday approved a resolution asserting that President Donald Trump must seek approval from Congress before engaging in further military action ...

CES Gadget Show: Pizza from robots, underwater scooters

By RACHEL LERMAN and JOSEPH PISANI Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Robots were front and center at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas. One even made pizza. The annual CES technology conference in Las Vegas runs through Friday and offers a forum for companies to unveil their products and ...

Independents could decide California’s Democratic primary

By KATHLEEN RONAYNE Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination, no prize is bigger than California, which offers more delegates than any other state. And as candidates plot their strategies here, there's an overlooked group of voters ...

US adds 145,000 jobs; unemployment holds at 3.5%

By JOSH BOAK AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added 145,000 jobs in December and the unemployment rate held steady at 3.5%, signaling that the job market remains strong at the start of 2020 even if hiring and wage gains have slowed somewhat more than a decade into an ...

Boeing papers show employees slid 737 Max problems past FAA

By DAVID KOENIG and TOM KRISHER AP Airlines Writer Boeing employees raised doubts among themselves about the safety of the 737 Max, apparently tried to hide problems from federal regulators and ridiculed those responsible for designing and overseeing the jetliner, according to a batch of ...

Trump proposes sweeping rollback of environmental oversight

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday proposed rolling back enforcement of a landmark environmental law, reducing federal oversight of many major projects, from pipelines to commercial development, to speed the approval process. He said ...

Booker: Impeachment trial could be ‘big blow’ to my campaign

By JULIE PACE AP Washington Bureau Chief WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Cory Booker said a looming impeachment trial and other pressing issues in Washington could deal a "big, big blow" to his Democratic presidential campaign by keeping him away from Iowa in the final weeks before the Feb. 3 ...