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Home explodes in DC suburb: ‘It’s just a pile of bricks’

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — A house in a Maryland suburb of the nation's capital was leveled early Friday by a thunderous explosion heard for miles around, a blast so powerful it shattered windows and caused other damage to several neighboring homes, authorities said. The explosion shook the city ...

Immigration judges to be sent to border detention centers

By ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Justice Department said Friday that it will temporarily transfer immigration judges to six detention centers mostly near the border with Mexico in an effort to put President Donald Trump's immigration directives into effect. The ...

Yahoo breach indictments may shed light on other hacks

By ERIC TUCKER and MICHAEL LIEDTKE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. authorities may now be in a better position to figure out if Russian hackers and Russian spies swayed last year's presidential elections. A scheme uncovered during a federal investigation into a huge Yahoo security ...

Native Hawaiian federal judge halts revised travel ban

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — The judge who halted President Donald Trump's revised travel ban is the only Native Hawaiian serving on the federal bench. U.S. District Judge Derrick Kahala Watson, who was nominated by former President Barack Obama in 2012 and ...

Trump budget: Defense spending a priority over agency money

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump unveiled a $1.15 trillion budget on Thursday, a far-reaching overhaul of federal government spending that slashes many domestic programs to finance a significant increase in the military and make a down payment on a ...

Oklahoma Senate punishes senator found with teen in motel

By TIM TALLEY, Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Charges could be filed Thursday against an Oklahoma state senator who police say was found with a teenage boy in a motel room in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, according to a local prosecutor. Cleveland County District Attorney Greg ...

Refugee family lands in US amid fight over travel ban

By JULIE WATSON, MALAK HARB and ALLEN G. BREED, Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — Just a week ago, Nadia Hanan Madalo and her family had received news that refugees like them have been waiting to hear: They had seats on a flight bound for the U.S. from Iraq, with an arrival just before the ...

Army Corps on trial over Missouri River flooding complaint

By JIM SUHR, Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is defending itself at trial against more than 300 farmers and other landowners who say the agency's management of the Missouri River has contributed to major flooding in five states, most notably 2011 ...

Critics of GOP health bill get ammunition from budget score

By ERICA WERNER, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Critics of GOP health care legislation got fresh ammunition from a report that estimates the bill would increase the ranks of the uninsured by 14 million people next year alone, and 24 million over a decade. The findings from ...

Obama’s final year: US spent $36 million in records lawsuits

By TED BRIDIS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration in its final year in office spent a record $36.2 million on legal costs defending its refusal to turn over federal records under the Freedom of Information Act, according to an Associated Press analysis of new U.S. ...

Get by without Planned Parenthood? One Texas effort stumbles

By PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — In pushing a replacement for the Affordable Care Act that cuts off funds for Planned Parenthood, Republicans are out to reassure women who rely on the major health care organization that other clinics will step up to provide their ...

State police: More than 30 cars involved in Chicago pileup

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois State Police say snowy weather caused two crashes on a Chicago expressway that involved a total of 34 cars. A State Police spokesman says seven people sustained minor injuries in Monday night's pileup on the Kennedy Expressway. Both wrecks occurred in the express ...

Library named for Charleston church shooting victim targeted

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Police in South Carolina are looking for whoever is responsible for racist and anti-gay graffiti at three buildings, including a library named for one of the victims of the 2015 Charleston church shootings. Area news outlets report that workers found the graffiti when ...

Tight budgets could complicate Sessions’ vow to fight crime

By SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is promising his Justice Department will lead the charge in helping cities fight violent crime, and police chiefs are ready with their wish-lists. More technology to trace guns after shootings. More grant ...

Trump adviser says gov’t has many ways to surveil people

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway says she doesn't have any evidence to support President Donald Trump's claim that Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower phone lines during the election. Instead, Conway is pointing to recent revelations about other government ...

Democrats warn against funding border wall in catchall bill

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Senate Democrats are warning Republicans controlling Congress against adding billions of dollars for President Donald Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall to an upcoming $1 trillion-plus catchall spending package. The warning from Senate ...

Republicans brace for downbeat CBO analysis of health bill

By HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans pushing a plan to dismantle Barack Obama's health care law are bracing for a Congressional Budget Office analysis widely expected to conclude that fewer Americans will have health coverage under the proposal, despite President ...

AP Exclusive: Under radar, Florida spent $240M on lawyers

By GARY FINEOUT, Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Rick Scott and other top Florida Republicans frequently complain about government spending, but they have quietly spent more than $237 million on private lawyers to advance and defend their agendas, an Associated Press ...

University launches Biden policy institute

NEWARK, Del. (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden is joining officials at the University of Delaware, his alma mater, for the launch Monday of the Biden Institute. The Institute is a new research and policy center focused on domestic issues including economic reform, environmental ...

Nor’easter to bring heavy snow, strong winds to Northeast

NEW YORK (AP) — A powerful nor'easter could bring blizzard conditions and more than a foot of snow to some parts of the Northeast, proving that winter is not done yet. The National Weather Service issued a blizzard watch from late Monday night through Tuesday evening for New York City and ...