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Medical pot bill in S. Carolina bolstered by conservatives

By SEANNA ADCOX, Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Rep. Eric Bedingfield once shunned all marijuana use, but when his eldest son's six-year struggle with opioid addiction ended with his overdose a year ago, the conservative Republican co-sponsored medical cannabis ...

Family of missing ex-FBI agent files lawsuit against Iran

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The family of a former FBI agent who went missing in Iran a decade ago on an unauthorized CIA assignment has filed a lawsuit against the Islamic Republic, accusing it of using "cold, cynical and false denials" to torture ...

Judge says Pulse lawsuit may be tossed out of federal court

By MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A judge says a lawsuit brought by victims of the Orlando nightclub massacre against the gunman's employer and wife may be tossed out of federal court. U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra last week issued an order raising questions about ...

Lefties, techies long at odds in SF, team up against Trump

By NICHOLAS RICCARDI, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Before Donald Trump's election, Laurence Berland viewed political protest as a sort of curiosity. He was in a good place to see it: San Francisco's Mission District, once an immigrant enclave in the country's heartland of radicalism ...

Brown swipes Trump for border wall, says California to fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown likened President Donald Trump to a strongman whose goal of walling off the U.S.-Mexico border conjures other infamous barriers from the past. Brown said during an interview broadcast Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" that the president's promised ...

Gorsuch hearings show him as careful, folksy, testy at times

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Nominees appearing before the Senate all have one goal in mind: Win confirmation. And when one party controls the Senate and the White House, the strategy of saying as little as possible doesn't vary much. But because Supreme Court nominees ...

Collapse of GOP health care bill puts effort into limbo

By ALAN FRAM and ERICA WERNER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans passed roughly 60 bills over the past six years dismembering President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Other than minor tweaks, they knew the measures would go nowhere because the Democrat still lived in ...

Man carrying a sword, dressed as Joker arrested in Virginia

WINCHESTER, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia have arrested a man who was dressed as comic book villain the Joker and reportedly carrying a sword. Winchester Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Hall said in a news release that the department got several 911 calls Friday afternoon reporting a ...

Failure on health bill also hurts prospects for tax overhaul

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans' failure to repeal Barack Obama's health care law deals a serious blow to another big part of President Donald Trump's agenda: tax reform. Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., say they will soon turn their ...

Public memorial service to honor Fisher and Reynolds

By ANTHONY McCARTNEY, AP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stars and fans will gather Saturday for a public memorial to honor late actresses Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher nearly three months after their deaths. The ceremony honoring the lives of the mother-daughter duo will be ...

Security, parking, garbage irk Ivanka Trump’s DC neighbors

By BEN NUCKOLS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Residents of a posh Washington neighborhood say the Trump clan doesn't make for very good neighbors, hogging parking on an already crowded street and leaving trash bags rotting on the curb. A big part of the complaint: a huge security ...

Many governors welcome demise of GOP health care bill

By GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — Governors of both parties had warned Congress for weeks that the Republican health care bill threatened to saddle their states with big costs and potentially leave millions of people without coverage, especially because of the ...

Ex-Penn State president guilty on one count of child endangerment

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State president Graham Spanier was convicted Friday of hushing up suspected child sex abuse in 2001 by Jerry Sandusky, whose arrest a decade later blew up into a major scandal for the university and led to the firing of beloved football coach Joe ...

AP Exclusive: US probes banking of ex-Trump campaign chief

By JACK GILLUM, MENELAOS HADJICOSTIS and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Treasury Department agents have recently obtained information about offshore financial transactions involving President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, as part of a federal ...

Some of the youngest opioid victims are curious toddlers

By GRETCHEN EHLKE, Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — Curious toddlers find the drugs in a mother's purse or accidentally dropped on the floor. Sometimes a parent fails to secure the child-resistant cap on a bottle of painkillers. No matter how it happens, if a 35-pound toddler grabs just ...

Officer, 3 others fatally shot in Wisconsin domestic dispute

By TODD RICHMOND, Associated Press WESTON, Wis. (AP) — Four people including a police officer are dead and a suspect is in custody after shootings at a bank and a law firm in northern Wisconsin, followed by a standoff at an apartment complex that ended in a volley of gunfire. Police ...

Greta Garbo’s former NYC apartment on market for $5.95M

NEW YORK (AP) — Film legend Greta Garbo's former longtime apartment in New York City is up for sale for nearly $6 million. The New York Times reports (http://nyti.ms/2nFMaXm ) that the Swedish-born star's seven-room Manhattan co-op overlooking the East River is on the market for $5.95 ...

Spying claim by Intel chair renews fight over Russia probe

By JULIE PACE and DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House intelligence committee says private communications of Donald Trump and his presidential transition team may have been scooped up by American intelligence officials monitoring other targets and ...

GOP health bill on the brink hours from House showdown vote

By ERICA WERNER and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP's long-promised legislation to repeal and replace "Obamacare" stood on the brink just hours before Republican leaders planned to put it on the House floor for a showdown vote. Short of support, GOP ...

High court nominee to face daylong questioning in Senate

By ERICA WERNER and MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch faces hours of questioning from senators as frustrated Democrats are determined to press him on everything from abortion and guns to his independence from President Donald ...