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Cosby prosecutors line up accusers after ‘con-artist’ attack

By MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors are rallying from a blistering defense attack on Bill Cosby's chief accuser with a parade of women who say the comedian drugged and attacked them long before he met Andrea Constand. The first of the five women, Heidi ...

AP sources: House Speaker Ryan won’t run for re-election

By CATHERINE LUCEY AND ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan will not run for re-election, people close to the Wisconsin lawmaker said Wednesday. Ryan's plans have been the source of much speculation amid Republican concerns over keeping their ...

Trump seethes over FBI raid, ponders firing those he blames

By CATHERINE LUCEY, ZEKE MILLER and JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump was so incensed by the FBI's raid of his personal attorney's office and hotel room that he's privately pondered firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and publicly mused ...

CEO Zuckerberg apologizes for Facebook’s privacy failures

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, BARBARA ORTUTAY and DAVID HAMILTON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Under fire for the worst privacy debacle in his company's history, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg batted away often-aggressive questioning from lawmakers who accused him of failing to protect the ...

Sessions to address immigration at border sheriffs meeting

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — As thousands of National Guard troops deploy to the Mexico border, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans to bring his firm stance on immigration enforcement to New Mexico where a group of Southwest border sheriffs are meeting Wednesday. Sessions will speak in Las ...

Michigan’s top court hearing cases over guns, schools

By ED WHITE, Associated Press ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A gun openly carried by a spectator at a school concert in 2015 has turned into a major legal case as the Michigan Supreme Court considers whether the state's public schools can trump the Legislature and adopt their own restrictions on ...

Facebook to send Cambridge Analytica data-use notices Monday

By BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Get ready to find out if your Facebook data has been swept up in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Starting Monday, the 87 million users who might have had their data shared with Cambridge Analytica will get a detailed message on their ...

Trump once fought measure requiring sprinklers in buildings

By KAREN MATTHEWS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The 50th-floor apartment in Trump Tower where a man was killed in a raging fire did not have sprinklers — a requirement Donald Trump once fought as a powerful real estate developer. Todd Brassner, 67, died at a hospital on Saturday after ...

Passage of Kansas school funding hike highlights GOP split

By JOHN HANNA, AP Political Writer TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators approved an increase in spending on the state's public schools in hopes of meeting a court mandate after the rancorous final days of debate highlighted deep divisions among top Republicans. Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer ...

Jimmy Kimmel tries to tone down feud with Sean Hannity

NEW YORK (AP) — ABC late-night comic Jimmy Kimmel is trying to de-escalate a feud with Fox News host Sean Hannity that began over a joke about first lady Melania Trump's accent. Kimmel said in a Twitter post made Sunday that his exchanges with Hannity were fun but he didn't want to add to ...

Facebook scandal affected more users than thought: up to 87M

By BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook revealed Wednesday that tens of millions more people might have been exposed in the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal than previously thought and said it will restrict the user data that outsiders can access. Those ...

Bill Cosby’s retrial jury mirrors first on gender, race

By MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — After a showdown over race, the jury picked to decide Bill Cosby's fate in the first big trial of the #MeToo era ended up mirroring the gender and racial makeup of the group that deadlocked last year: seven men and five women — ...

YouTube shooter’s bizarre videos key to suspected motive

By ELLIOT SPAGAT and SUDHIN THANAWALA, Associated Press MENIFEE, Calif. (AP) — The woman who shot three people at YouTube's headquarters was prolific at producing videos and posting them online, many of them bizarre, such as a clip in which she removes a revealing purple dress to expose fake ...

As Oklahoma teachers strike drags on, frustration mounts

By SEAN MURPHY, Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — When Oklahoma Republicans finally passed a massive tax hike for hundreds of millions of new dollars for public schools and teacher pay raises, they thought they would get a thank you. Instead, educators and their supporters marched on ...

Trump signs proclamation directing troops to secure border

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Asserting the situation had reached "a point of crisis," President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed a proclamation directing the deployment of the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border to fight illegal immigration. "The lawlessness that ...

Mueller’s Russia probe shows it pays to cooperate

By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — George Papadopoulos, taken by surprise by FBI agents at an airport last summer, now tweets smiling beach selfies with a Mykonos hashtag. Rick Gates, for weeks on home confinement with electronic monitoring, gets rapid approval for a family ...

APNewsBreak: DHS finds suspected phone spying in Washington

By FRANK BAJAK, AP Technology Writer For the first time, the U.S. government has publicly acknowledged the existence in Washington of what appear to be rogue devices that foreign spies and criminals could be using to track individual cellphones and intercept calls and messages. The use of ...

New team targets online opioid sales fueling the drug crisis

By SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — His moniker was "DARKKING22," and authorities say he offered a cornucopia of illicit drugs through the click of a mouse. But it was his ads on a hidden website for pure fentanyl, the powerful painkiller driving a record number of overdose ...

Migrant caravan, raising concerns in US, halts in Mexico

By CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN, Associated Press MATIAS ROMERO, Mexico (AP) — The caravan of Central American migrants that angered U.S. President Donald Trump was sidelined at a sports field in southern Mexico with no means of reaching the border even as Trump tweeted another threat to Mexico ...

Trump offers support to embattled EPA head

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is offering strong support for Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency who is at the center of swirling ethics questions, the White House said Tuesday. The president ...