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US to reunite migrant families as immigration politics boil

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Stung by a public outcry, the Trump administration said Thursday it will meet court-ordered deadlines for reuniting families separated at the border, even as the politics of immigration remained at a boil. Health and Human ...

Statue of Liberty climber charged with trespassing

By TOM HAYS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A woman was charged on Thursday with misdemeanor trespassing and disorderly conduct for climbing the base of the Statue of Liberty on a busy Fourth of July in what prosecutors called a "dangerous stunt." Court papers also charged Therese Okoumou ...

Growing fires in US West put damper on holiday festivities

By KATHLEEN FOODY, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Large wildfires grew across the American West on Wednesday, keeping thousands of people out of their homes for the July 4 holiday and forcing some strict bans on fireworks to prevent new fires from igniting in the hot, dry region. The ...

Trump gets ‘welcome’ from Montana senator he is opposing

By MATT VOLZ, Associated Press HELENA, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jon Tester gave President Donald Trump a tongue-in-cheek welcome to Montana on Thursday by taking out a full-page ad in more than a dozen newspapers thanking him for signing 16 bills the Democrat sponsored or co-sponsored. Trump ...

Trump closes in on Supreme Court pick; 3 judges top list

By CATHERINE LUCEY, KEN THOMAS and LISA MASCARO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is closing in on his next Supreme Court nominee, with three federal judges leading the competition to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Trump's top contenders for the vacancy ...

Trump hails ‘American heroes’ who helped US win independence

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press STERLING, Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump wished America a happy Fourth of July holiday Wednesday and reserved special praise for the "American heroes" whose sacrifice he said helped the nation win her independence 242 years ago. Trump tweeted a ...

Restless Democratic newcomers bringing change to House

By LISA MASCARO, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Ready or not, change is coming to the House Democrats. Across the country, a new generation is making its way to Washington. It's not just that some of the Democrats, like 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, are young and ...

Protesters flood US cities to fight Trump immigration policy

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — They wore white. They shook their fists in the air. They carried signs reading: "No more children in cages," and "What's next? Concentration Camps?" In major cities and tiny towns, hundreds of thousands of marchers gathered Saturday ...

Trump asserts he didn’t push House GOP on immigration

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump claimed Saturday that he never pushed House Republicans to vote for immigration bills that failed last week, offering his latest display of whiplash on the legislation. Trump tweeted from his New Jersey ...

Melania Trump seeing lots, saying little at migrant centers

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump lit up when a 3-year-old boy darted out of "Family Unit 8" at a migrant center in Tucson, Arizona. "Hello!" said the first lady, brightening amid the semicircle of eight cells in a short-term holding center for migrants. ...

Barbs for Bezos but Bill Gates largely admired in Seattle

By SALLY HO, Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle region is home to America's two richest men, but their local legacies to date represent two very different eras for the city. While Amazon's Jeff Bezos is blamed by some for rising rents and clogged city streets, Bill Gates is largely ...

Small capital city draped in grief by newspaper shooting

By BRIAN WITTE, Associated Press ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The historic state capital of Annapolis is draped in grief from a shooting attack on the local newspaper, which killed journalists who chronicled soccer games, art exhibits and the fabric of small-city life. A sign outside The Annapolis ...

Trump to tout economic policies at Foxconn ground-breaking

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — President Donald Trump was highlighting his economic policies Thursday by taking part in the ceremonial groundbreaking for a $10 billion Foxconn factory complex that may bring thousands of jobs to a state he barely carried in the 2016 ...

Barbed Senate words over timing of court confirmation

By CATHERINE LUCEY and LISA MASCARO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate battle over Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee is off to a fiery start — even before the president makes his choice. Republican and Democratic leaders traded accusations and barbed comments Thursday on the ...

Kennedy retirement guaranteed to ratchet up midterm rhetoric

By STEVE PEOPLES and BILL BARROW, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Nothing could have shifted the political landscape more than this. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement and President Donald Trump's pledge to move quickly to fill the seat guarantee a searing summer of charged ...

Survey: Exercise and obesity are both rising in US

By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — It may seem like a contradiction, but more adults in the U.S. say they are exercising at the same time more of them are becoming obese. About 24 percent of adults last year said they exercise enough each week to meet government ...

Immigrant mom heads to court to get her son back

By MARTHA IRVINE and JULIE WATSON, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — When Lidia Karine Souza would call her 9-year-old son — allowed just 20 minutes per week — he would beg his mom though tears to do everything in her power to get him out of U.S. government custody and back to her. The ...

House backs $675 B spending bill for Pentagon

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved a $675 billion spending bill for the Defense Department that includes a 2.6 percent raise for the military. Lawmakers approved the bill, 359-49, on Thursday. The vote sends the bill to the Senate, where the Senate ...

Trump threatens Harley-Davidson with tax punishment for move

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump sought Tuesday to avoid blame for Harley-Davidson's decision to move some motorcycle production overseas and threatened to tax the manufacturer "like never before!" as punishment for the planned production ...

States, immigrant supporters demand family reunifications

By MICHAEL BALSAMO, WILL WEISSERT and GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Seventeen states, including New York and California, sued the Trump administration Tuesday to force it to reunite the thousands of immigrant children and parents it separated at the border, as pressure ...