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NYC lowers cost estimate for presidential protection

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City has lowered its cost estimate for guarding President Donald Trump, his family and their Manhattan residence. Police Commissioner James P. O'Neill has written to New York's Congressional delegation to seek reimbursement. He says it cost about $24 million to ...

Trump’s new national security adviser a soldier-scholar

By CATHERINE LUCEY and ROBERT BURNS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has chosen as his national security adviser a soldier-scholar who fought in both Iraq wars and wrote an influential book that called out the U.S. government for "lies" that led to the Vietnam ...

Creeks, rivers top banks after latest California storm

By KRISTIN J, BENDER, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Creeks and rivers topped their banks, hundreds of homes were evacuated and several thousand people found themselves trapped in a rural hamlet as Northern California emerged Tuesday from yet another winter storm. The atmospheric ...

Cobain’s daughter thanks late dad on date of 50th birthday

By The Associated Press Kurt Cobain's daughter has paid tribute to the late Nirvana frontman on what would have been his 50th birthday. Frances Bean Cobain posted a brief note on Instagram on Monday. She writes, "You are loved and you are missed. Thank you for giving me the gift of ...

Groups, individuals helping white extremists shed hate

By JAY REEVES, Associated Press ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The Celtic cross tattoo on Shannon Martinez's leg gives away her past. A victim of sexual assault at age 14 and never quite able to meet her parents' expectations, Martinez sought out other angry teens. By 16, she was a skinhead spouting ...

Dozens of headstones toppled at Jewish cemetery in Missouri

UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities in Missouri are investigating after dozens of headstones were tipped over at a Jewish cemetery near St. Louis. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/2lAG5dB ) that the vandalism was reported early Monday at the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery ...

FBI assessing threat against Muslims made during meeting

KERNERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The FBI says it's looking into reports of death threats made against Muslims during a meeting of conservative activists in North Carolina. Local news outlets report Monday the Council on American-Islamic Relations asked federal authorities to look into a meeting ...

Trump seeks national security adviser, health care strategy

By CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump's holiday weekend featured a raucous campaign rally, a health care strategy session, interviews for a new national security adviser — and even a few holes of golf. Trump brought four contenders to his ...

US Defense Secretary Mattis: No plan to seize Iraqi oil

By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday the United States does not intend to seize Iraqi oil, shifting away from an idea proposed by President Donald Trump that has rattled Iraq's leaders. Mattis' arrived on an unannounced visit in ...

Draft DHS guidelines sharpen focus on those here illegally

By HOPE YEN and JULIE PACE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department has drafted sweeping new guidelines aimed at aggressively detaining and deporting immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, according to a pair of memoranda signed by DHS Secretary John ...

A month of Trump, by the numbers

By The Associated Press A by-the-numbers look at some of Donald Trump's early activity as president: —24: Executive orders and memoranda signed. That includes orders to withdraw the United States from Trans-Pacific trade deal, impose a federal hiring freeze and reduce regulations related to ...

Yiannopoulos responds to video posted by conservative site

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos was trying to clarify past comments on relationships between boys and older men after a conservative site posted a collection of edited video clips that set social media abuzz. After the polarizing Breitbart News editor was invited ...

Boston, patrolmen’s union agree to 4-year, $68 million deal

BOSTON (AP) — Boston's mayor and the city's largest police union have agreed to a four-year, $68 million contract for its 1,500 patrol officers. The city's chief financial officer tells The Boston Globe members of the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association will receive a 2 percent increase ...

SpaceX trying again to launch rocket from historic moon pad

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX is taking another shot at launching a rocket from NASA's historic moon pad. As dawn broke Sunday over Florida's Kennedy Space Center, the unmanned Falcon rocket stood at Launch Complex 39A, poised to deliver supplies to ...

Revived by rally, Trump turns back to governing

By CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — One day after delighting in a massive campaign-style rally, President Donald Trump is turning back to the business of governing. Trump, who is spending the weekend at his private club in Florida, plans to spend Sunday ...

Southern California rain eases; north facing renewed storm

By ROBERT JABLON, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — A huge Pacific storm that parked itself over Southern California and unloaded, ravaging roads, opening sinkholes and leading to the deaths of at least three people, eased off Saturday. But it was only a temporary reprieve as new storms ...

“Blind Sheik” guilty of 1990s terror plots dies in US prison

By BRIAN MELLEY and LEE KEATH, Associated Press The so called Blind Sheik, Omar Abdel-Rahman, who was convicted of plotting terror attacks in New York City in the decade before 9/11 has died in a federal prison. He was 78. Abdel-Rahman, blind since infancy from diabetes, had diabetes and ...

Harward turns Trump down for national security adviser job

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice Admiral Robert Harward has turned down an offer to be President Donald Trump's new national security adviser, the latest blow to a new administration struggling to find its footing. Harward told The Associated Press that the ...

Critics: Trump should not ignore domestic terrorist threats

By ADAM KEALOHA CAUSEY, Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Bud Welch knows something about the human cost of terrorism. His 23-year-old daughter was killed when a rental truck packed with explosives destroyed the Oklahoma City federal building. That was in 1995, when domestic terrorism ...

Zuckerberg’s goal: Remake a world Facebook helped create

By BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Mark Zuckerberg helped create the modern world by connecting nearly a quarter of its citizens to Facebook and giving them a platform to share, well, everything — baby pictures and Pepe memes, social updates and abusive bullying, ...