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Senate celebrates budget deal, but shutdown still possible

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate leaders brokered a long-elusive budget agreement Wednesday that would shower the Pentagon and domestic programs with an extra $300 billion over the next two years. But both Democratic liberals and GOP tea party forces swung against ...

Trump flirts with flashy military parade long eschewed by US

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — For generations, as America's authoritarian rivals strutted their tanks, troops and jets through main thoroughfares in dramatic displays of strength, the United States watched from afar, but did not emulate. Widely accepted as the world's ...

White House aide resigns after allegations of spousal abuse

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — One of President Donald Trump's top White House aides resigned Wednesday following allegations of domestic abuse leveled against him by his two ex-wives. Staff secretary Rob Porter said in a written statement that allegations that ...

Space sports car now flying toward asteroid belt beyond Mars

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The world's first space sports car is cruising toward the asteroid belt, well beyond Mars. SpaceX chief Elon Musk confirmed the new, more distant route for his rocketing Tesla Roadster. The red electric convertible was the ...

Casino mogul Steve Wynn resigns amid sex misconduct claims

By REGINA GARCIA CANO, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Facing investigations by gambling regulators and allegations of sexual misconduct, billionaire casino mogul Steve Wynn has stepped down as chairman and CEO of the resorts bearing his name. The Las Vegas-based Wynn Resorts in a ...

AP count: Nearly 11.8M enroll for Obama health law in 2018

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and KEVIN S. VINEYS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Call it the political equivalent of a death-defying escape: former President Barack Obama's health care law pulled in nearly 11.8 million customers for 2018, despite the Republican campaign to erase it from ...

Gymnastics doctor scandal goes beyond prison sentences

By ED WHITE, Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Larry Nassar's final sentence for serial sexual assault now turns the scandal's spotlight toward major institutions, including Michigan State University, where many of his abuses occurred. The former sports doctor was sentenced Monday to 40 to ...

Democratic memo on Russia probe under White House review

By MARY CLARE JALONICK and CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A memo written by Democrats on the House intelligence committee as part of its investigation of Russian election interference was under review Tuesday at the White House, where President Donald Trump will decide whether ...

Hawaii emergency worker threatened after misleading photo

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — When an erroneous alert was sent out last month telling people in Hawaii that there was an incoming ballistic missile, Jeffrey Wong was an island away from the state's emergency management agency office where he works as an ...

Markets waited a while for a pullback. Then, pow!

By STAN CHOE, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The long, smooth, record-setting ride on Wall Street is over. The stock market pullback that experts had been saying was long overdue has finally come. Investor fears about higher interest rates escalated into rapid, computer-generated ...

High Fives and a black eye: Scenes from Oscar Nominees Lunch

By MIKE CIDONI LENNOX, SANDY COHEN and LINDSEY BAHR, AP Entertainment Writers BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The Oscar nominees luncheon brings together A-listers and rising stars — artists from every aspect of filmmaking — for an afternoon of celebration and mutual fandom. With little on ...

US investigators say deadly Amtrak train crash preventable

By MEG KINNARD, Associated Press CAYCE, S.C. (AP) — Federal investigators are trying to figure out why a switch was in the wrong position, sending an Amtrak train into a freight train and killing a conductor and an engineer in South Carolina. But they already know what could have prevented ...

Cities and states take the lead on banning bump stocks

By LISA MARIE PANE, Associated Press In the immediate aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, there was a fevered pitch to ban bump stocks, the device that allowed the shooter's semi-automatic rifles to mimic the rapid fire of machine guns. With that push stalled at ...

Philadelphians take to the streets to celebrate Super Bowl

By DAVE ZEITLIN, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles' Super Bowl victory set off a celebration that has been 58 years in the making. Just as Nick Foles and the Eagles clinched a surprising 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots in Minneapolis for the team's ...

Era of trillion-dollar budget deficits is making a comeback

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The era of trillion-dollar budget deficits is about to make a comeback — and a brewing budget deal could mean their return comes just next year. Talks on a budget-busting spending pact that would give whopping increases to both the ...

New report details misuse of antipsychotics in nursing homes

By DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. nursing homes have significantly reduced the use of powerful antipsychotic drugs among their elderly residents, responding to pressure from many directions. Yet advocacy groups insist that overmedication remains a major problem, and ...

Ram truck ad using MLK speech draws backlash

By MAE ANDERSON, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A Ram truck ad that used a speech by Martin Luther King, Jr., is drawing a backlash. The ad shows people doing service-oriented tasks set against audio of King's speech, which urges people to be "great" by serving the greater good rather ...

Reaction to Trump’s immigration offer casts doubt on a deal

By ALAN FRAM and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's State of the Union offer of a "down-the-middle compromise" on immigration did nothing to move Republicans and Democrats closer to a deal, as Democrats accused the president of lacing his speech with ...

FBI in public fight with Trump over releasing Russia memo

By CHAD DAY, JONATHAN LEMIRE and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In a remarkably public clash of wills with the White House, the FBI declared Wednesday it has "grave concerns" about the accuracy of a classified memo on the Russia election investigation that President Donald ...

Trump infrastructure plan seeks to shift burden to states

By DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — When President Donald Trump called for a $1.5 trillion infrastructure investment in his State of the Union address, he didn't pledge that the federal government actually would provide that much money for roads, bridges, rail and ...