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Pennsylvania court throws out congressional boundaries

By MARC LEVY, Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down the state's widely criticized congressional map Monday, granting a major victory to Democrats who alleged the 18 districts were unconstitutionally gerrymandered to benefit Republicans and setting ...

Alaska hit by 7.9 earthquake; tsunami warning canceled

By MARK THIESSEN and BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck off Alaska's Kodiak Island early Tuesday, prompting a tsunami warning for a large swath of the state's coast and sending some residents fleeing to higher ground. Officials at the ...

Has #MeToo gone too far? Ansari story sparks debate

By DAVID CRARY and TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press The #MeToo movement has been embraced by legions of women as a vital step toward countering widespread sexual abuse and misconduct. This week, more so than at any point in the movement's brief history, there's visceral discussion about its ...

Trump insists his views on a border wall have not ‘evolved’

By ALAN FRAM and ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump insisted Thursday his views on a border wall with Mexico have not evolved, pushing back against his own chief of staff's comments to lawmakers. Trump said on Twitter: "The Wall is the Wall, it has ...

Federal responsibility in nuclear attack alerts is unclear

By CALEB JONES, Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — A timeline shows Hawaii officials botched efforts to immediately correct a false missile alert over the weekend, taking more than 20 minutes to contact federal authorities for approval they didn't need and then taking another 15 minutes to ...

Trump to Pennsylvania, but don’t call it a campaign trip

By BILL BARROW, Associated Press President Donald Trump is tiptoeing around the first congressional election of the new year as he heads to southwestern Pennsylvania on Thursday to hail the Republican tax cuts he signed last year. Trump will appear with the Republican nominee for a ...

Slow-moving winter storm leaves lingering effect in South

By JONATHAN DREW and TOM FOREMAN Jr., Associated Press DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Several Southern states were dealing Thursday with the lingering effects of a slow-moving winter storm that dumped up to 12 inches (30 centimeters) of snow in central North Carolina, dusted the Deep South and killed ...

MLK day marked by Trump criticism, pledges to fight racism

By JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr., Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Martin Luther King Jr.'s children and the pastor of an Atlanta church where he preached decried disparaging remarks President Donald Trump is said to have made about African countries, while protests between Haitian immigrants and ...

Missile-alert error reveals uncertainty about how to react

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER and BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — When Jonathan Scheuer got an alert on his phone of a ballistic missile headed for Hawaii, he and his family didn't know what to do. They went to their guest bedroom, then decided it would be safer on the ground ...

Crews struggle to clear California highway after mudslides

By CHRISTOPHER WEBER, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Crews working around the clock cleared boulders, trees and crushed cars from all lanes of U.S. 101, but California officials still weren't sure Monday when the key coastal highway might reopen after being inundated during mudslides ...

Trump marks King day out of view, buffeted by race claims

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump marked his first Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday Monday largely out of sight, buffeted by accusations that he used a racially tinged word to describe African countries and scoffed at the ...

Hundreds search for victims of California mudslide

By MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ and ROBERT JABLON, Associated Press MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of searchers continued the grueling work Thursday of hunting for survivors and digging up bodies in the sea of mud and wreckage left by flash flooding in this wealthy coastal enclave. Muck-spattered ...

Major shift as Trump opens way for Medicaid work requirement

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major policy shift that could affect millions of low-income people, the Trump administration said Thursday it is offering a path for states that want to seek work requirements on Medicaid recipients. Seema Verma, head of ...

Missouri Gov. Greitens acknowledges affair, denies blackmail

By SUMMER BALLENTINE, Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Responding to a bombshell news report that overshadowed his annual address to the legislature, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has acknowledged he's been "unfaithful" in his marriage but denied allegations that he blackmailed the ...

Lawmakers renew immigration effort as a shutdown looms

By ANDREW TAYLOR and ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Backed by the White House, Democratic and Republican lawmakers dug into a politically fraught search for compromise on immigration Wednesday, seeking to take advantage of a window of opportunity opened by President Donald ...

Trump: ‘Unlikely’ he’d submit to a Russia probe interview

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says that it "seems unlikely" that he'd give an interview in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign. Trump said "we'll see what ...

Trump gets a national anthem moment at football title game

By ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — President Donald Trump got his own national anthem moment Monday when he took the field before Alabama and Georgia faced off in the College Football Playoff National Championship. Months after wading into the culture war over protests during ...

Supreme Court hearing 2 vehicle search cases

By JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Terrence Byrd was driving his fiancee's rental car on a Pennsylvania highway when a state trooper pulled him over for an alleged minor traffic violation. He acted nervously during the stop, at one point telling troopers he had a marijuana ...

Coast Guard ends search for Oklahoma pilot in Gulf of Mexico

DALLAS (AP) — The Coast Guard is no longer searching for an Oklahoma pilot who went missing over the Gulf of Mexico while flying a dog-rescue mission to Texas. The agency said in a statement Monday that Coast Guard air and seacraft and two Mexican naval ships searched for 55-year-old Dr. ...

AP source: Mueller conveys interest in questioning Trump

By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller's team of investigators has expressed interest in speaking with President Donald Trump as part of a probe into potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign, a person familiar with the matter ...