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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 ...

Congress to probe Trump wiretap claim, FBI disputes it

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Key members of Congress say they will honor President Donald Trump's request to investigate his unsubstantiated claim that Barack Obama overstepped his authority as president and had Trump's telephones tapped during the election ...

Bridge over I-64 to be named after slain Virginia trooper

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — A bridge in Newport News will be named after a Virginia trooper who was killed last year at a Richmond bus station. Gov. Terry McAuliffe recently approved legislation that would name the State Route 143 bridge at exit 255 over Interstate 64 in Newport News as the ...

David Letterman: ‘I would have gone to work on Trump’

NEW YORK (AP) — David Letterman says he would have handled President Donald Trump a bit differently than "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon. In a wide-ranging interview with Vulture, the retired late night television icon discussed the playful moment when Fallon tousled Trump's hair during an ...

In past land cases, Gorsuch has limited environmentalists

By HOLBROOK MOHR and GARANCE BURKE, Associated Press Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch has shown a willingness to limit the participation of environmental groups in lawsuits involving public lands, writing in one case that allowing conservationists to intervene could complicate and slow down ...

Man accused of threats to congressman’s staff due in court

ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta man accused of threatening the staff of U.S. Rep. John Lewis is set to appear in court for a hearing to decide whether he'll continue to be held in custody. The detention hearing for 42-year-old Dante Antoine Rosser is set for 11 a.m. Monday in Atlanta. Newly ...

Trump alleges Obama had Trump phones wiretapped during race

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump is accusing former President Barack Obama of having Trump's telephones "wire tapped" during last year's election, but Trump isn't offering any evidence or saying what prompted the allegation. Trump says ...

Based on photo with Putin, Trump calls Schumer ‘hypocrite’

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump, his administration under siege for contacts with Russian officials, is calling for "an immediate investigation" into Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's own ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump's ...

School district: No more part in US Navy funeral processions

CORONADO, Calif. (AP) — A California school district will no longer take part in funeral processions for sailors and Navy SEALS killed overseas that have drawn thousands of students. The San Diego Union-Tribune (http://bit.ly/2mkBEDR ) says the Coronado Unified School District and the Navy ...

US and Canadian scientists to study cross-border flooding

By WILSON RING, Associated Press MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — U.S. and Canadian scientists are planning to spend the next five years studying flooding on Lake Champlain and the Richelieu River, which drains the lake north into Quebec, and whether methods can be developed to control future ...

Arnold Schwarzenegger opens up about affair, Trump feud

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Arnold Schwarzenegger says he doesn't dwell on the affair that cost him his marriage to Maria Shriver and is focused on having a great relationship with his kids. Schwarzenegger and Shriver separated in 2011 after she discovered he had fathered a child with the family maid ...

Mischief in the Capitol as GOP rebels stir up trouble

By ERICA WERNER, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — The Capitol is suddenly awash with troublemakers and rebels — and that's just the Republicans. Whatever GOP unity was produced by Donald Trump's victory in November has all but disappeared, and Republican leaders are ...

Yellen signals the Fed will likely raise rates this month

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signaled Friday that the Fed will likely resume raising interest rates later this month to reflect a strengthening job market and inflation edging toward the central bank's 2 percent target ...

Silicon Valley high school makes $24 million from Snap IPO

By KRISTIN J. BENDER, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A private Catholic high school in California's Silicon Valley that made $24 million from an initial public offering of shares in Snap Inc. will use the windfall for financial aid, professional development, teacher training and ...

Art of the parse: How politicians talk their way out of jams

By NANCY BENAC, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In Washington, it's the art of the parse. Everyone splits rhetorical hairs from time to time, but politicians are especially adept at trying to dance their way out of a bind with carefully crafted explanations. Now, here comes Attorney ...

Man accused of threatening Jewish institutions to vilify ex

By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A former journalist fired for making up details in stories is behind at least eight of the scores of threats made against Jewish institutions nationwide, and a bomb threat to New York's Anti-Defamation League, in an effort to harass and ...

Justice Dept: Sessions spoke with Russian ambassador in 2016

By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions talked twice with Russia's ambassador to the United States during the presidential campaign season, communications that spurred calls in Congress for him to recuse himself from a Justice Department ...

Judge: Casey Anthony may have accidentally killed daughter

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The judge who presided over Casey Anthony's murder trial says the Florida mother may have killed her 2-year-old daughter by accident. Anthony may have been trying to quiet the child, Caylee, with chloroform and accidentally used too much, former Circuit Judge Belvin ...

Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch back on market for $67M

LOS OLIVOS, Calif. (AP) — Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch is back on the market with an asking price of $67 million. The 2,700-acre property near Santa Barbara, California, has been renamed Sycamore Valley Ranch. The listed price represents a significant cut from the $100 million it was on ...