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House committee wants evidence for Trump’s wiretap claim

By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The House intelligence committee is asking the Trump administration for evidence that the phones at Trump Tower were tapped during the campaign as its namesake has charged. President Donald Trump asserted in a tweet last week: "Terrible! ...

Trump budget timeline mixes deadlines, uncertainty

By The Associated Press President Donald Trump's release of a spending blueprint for the upcoming budget year will set in motion a debate that's full of uncertainty — and the potential for gridlock, even a government shutdown. There's also a more immediate quandary: What to do about the ...

Advocates say First Amendment can withstand Trump attacks

By HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Whenever Donald Trump fumes about "fake news" or labels the press "the enemy of the people," First Amendment scholar David L. Hudson Jr. hears echoes of other presidents — but a breadth and tone that are entirely new. Trump may not know ...

US rig count increases 12 this week to 768; Louisiana up 5

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 12 this week to 768. A year ago, 480 rigs were active. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 617 rigs sought oil and 151 explored for natural gas this week. Louisiana ...

Democratic AGs step up legal fight against Trump travel ban

By MARTHA BELLISLE and JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — In stepping up legal challenges to President Donald Trump's revised travel ban, Democratic attorneys general are trying to use the court system to thwart the executive branch in the same way their GOP ...

House GOP health bill would cut women’s services

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Women seeking abortions and some basic health services, including prenatal care, contraception and cancer screenings, would face restrictions and struggle to pay for some of that medical care under the House Republicans' proposed ...

Volkswagen pleads guilty in US diesel emissions scandal

By TOM KRISHER and ED WHITE, Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy and obstruction of justice in a brazen scheme to get around U.S. pollution rules on nearly 600,000 diesel vehicles by using software to suppress emissions of nitrogen oxide during ...

Prosecutors gone from jobs after AP report on church abuse

By MITCH WEISS and JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press A North Carolina district attorney said Friday that two assistant prosecutors no longer work for him after The Associated Press reported ex-members of a church said the men, who belong to the sect, derailed criminal investigations into ...

Book filled with blank pages tops Amazon’s best seller list

SEATTLE (AP) — A joke book "written" by a conservative author and filled with blank pages in a dig at Democrats is the top selling book on Amazon. "Reasons to Vote for Democrats: A Comprehensive Guide" consists of 266 pages. It has a table of contents, chapters and a bibliography, but no ...

Officials say Kansas wildfires are under control

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Officials say wildfires that have charred more than 1,100 square miles in Kansas are under control, prompting the state to withdraw response teams from the firefighting effort. The Kansas Division of Emergency Management said Friday that crews in Clark County have a blaze ...

Hawaii becomes 1st state to sue over Trump’s new travel ban

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER and CALEB JONES, Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii has become the first state to file a lawsuit against President Donald Trump's revised travel ban, saying the order will harm its Muslim population, tourism and foreign students. Attorneys for the state filed ...

House panel OKs health bill, industry groups say ‘no’

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans scored a pre-dawn triumph Thursday in their effort to scuttle former President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, but it masked deeper problems as hospitals, doctors and consumer groups mounted ...

Trump on charm offensive with former rivals

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — After spending months rehashing the brutal GOP primary campaign and bragging about his victory, President Donald Trump has quietly launched a charm offensive, reaching out to former rivals whose help he now needs. The latest on his list: ...

IRS strikes back as agents make big dent in identity theft

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS strikes back: The tax agency reports that the number of identity theft victims plummeted last year after agents struggled for years to combat what has become a multibillion-dollar industry. The number of victims dropped by 46 ...

CIA won’t discuss breach; Will WikiLeaks help tech firms?

By DEB RIECHMANN, RAPHAEL SATTER and JACK GILLUM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA has gone dark about the WikiLeaks dump of nearly 9,000 pages of purported U.S. intelligence files, even as the anti-secrecy group raised the prospect of providing technology companies additional ...

A look at the opposing sides on the GOP health care bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — A look at opposing sides as Congress considers proposed Republican changes to the Obama administration health law. ___ SUPPORTING THE BILL: President Donald Trump: "We're going to do something that's great and I'm proud to support the replacement plan released by the ...

GOP bill unlikely to settle passionate health care debate

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's passionate debate about the role of government in providing health care for citizens and paying the costs is unlikely to be settled by the legislation newly revealed by House Republicans. With ...

Top Trump security adviser faces questions in rare hearing

By RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The senior Army officer tapped by President Donald Trump to be his national security adviser faces questions from senators during a rare closed-door meeting amid intense scrutiny of the White House for alleged Trump campaign contacts ...

Transgender Virginia student: Ruling leaves kids in limbo

By SARAH RANKIN and MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to back out of a lawsuit over transgender students' bathroom access is a disappointment that will keep transgender children in limbo, said 17-year-old plaintiff Gavin Grimm, who's become ...

Trump expected to sign new travel ban order

By JULIE PACE and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A revised executive order temporarily barring the entry of people from certain Muslim-majority countries and halting the nation's refugee program is set to go to President Donald Trump soon. A White House official says plans ...