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Suspects in videotaped beating plead not guilty in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Four black people charged with a hate crime in an attack on a white mentally disabled man that was shown live on Facebook have pleaded not guilty. The Chicago Sun-Times reports (http://bit.ly/2lz7Hxb) that assistant public defenders for each of the four entered the pleas on ...

How Google Chromebooks conquered schools

By ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The Google Chromebook, a type of stripped-down laptop, isn't a practical mobile device for many people — mostly because it basically turns into an expensive paperweight whenever it can't find a Wi-Fi connection. Yet Chromebooks have ...

Fight on travel ban on hold; appeals court sides with states

By SUDHIN THANAWALA, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The legal fight over President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations is on hold after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reinstate the order, unanimously rejecting the administration's ...

Trump slams the courts, and his court nominee hits back

By VIVIAN SALAMA and KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's criticism of the judiciary prompted a rebuke from his nominee for the Supreme Court, who told a senator the president's comments were "demoralizing and disheartening." Judge Neil Gorsuch, who was ...

Trump vs Nordstrom: The latest bout raising ethical concerns

By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO and BERNARD CONDON, AP Business Writers NEW YORK (AP) — The White House is rushing to the defense of Ivanka Trump's company — the latest sign the president can't seem to separate the presidency from his family's businesses. President Donald Trump added to a string of ...

Tribe files legal challenge to stall Dakota Access pipeline

By JAMES MacPHERSON and BLAKE NICHOLSON, Associated Press CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — Construction of the Dakota Access pipeline under a North Dakota reservoir has begun and the full pipeline should be operational within three months, the developer of the long-delayed project said Thursday, ...

Big utilities try to tilt solar energy market in their favor

By BRIAN SLODYSKO INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's energy utilities want state lawmakers to pass a law that critics say would muscle out smaller companies from the emerging solar energy market. Solar power provides only about 1 percent of the country's energy, but the industry is growing ...

Republican state lawmakers push for restrictions on voting

By KATHLEEN RONAYNE and CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY, Associated Press CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — As President Donald Trump hurls unfounded allegations of colossal fraud in last fall's election, lawmakers in at least 20 mostly Republican-led states are pushing to make it harder to register or to ...

Men in cat scalding case ordered to work in animal shelter

MOSS POINT, Miss. (AP) — Two Mississippi men have been sentenced to jail and ordered to work in an animal shelter for taking part in the videotaped scalding of a cat. Police say the cat died after being doused with boiling water in December. The video was posted online. News organizations ...

Travel ban decision in hands of federal appeals court judges

By SUDHIN THANAWALA, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court will decide whether to reinstate President Donald Trump's travel ban after a contentious hearing in which the judges hammered away at the administration's motivations for the ban, but also directed pointed ...

No sign of Sunny: Virginia Zoo still searching for red panda

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Two weeks have passed since a red panda named Sunny escaped the Virginia Zoo and the raccoonlike animal is still missing. The Virginian-Pilot reports (http://bit.ly/2llcZLK) that sightings of the animal in Norfolk have dwindled to nearly none. Executive Director Greg ...

Army nod for Dakota Access pipeline looms; Tribe vows action

By BLAKE NICHOLSON, Associated Press BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The developer of the stalled Dakota Access oil pipeline could get clearance from the Army as early as Wednesday to finish the $3.8 billion project, though the American Indian tribe that has led the battle against the project for ...

Warren violates rule, sparking Senate dustup

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans silenced Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren for criticizing colleague and attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions with the words of Coretta Scott King from three decades ago. The Massachusetts lawmaker, whose name has been ...

Disney’s Iger announces 2019 opening for Star Wars lands

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Disney CEO Bob Iger says the company will open its Star Wars-themed lands at California's Disneyland and Florida's Walt Disney World in 2019. The 14-acre attractions were announced in 2015 and are under construction at the parks. Disney says the lands will include ...

Federal appellate court judges will hear arguments today

By ERIC TUCKER and SUDHIN THANAWALA, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — State and federal lawyers will argue before a panel of federal appellate court judges Tuesday in the pitched fight over President Donald Trump's travel and refugee ban that could reach the Supreme Court. The legal ...

At $250 million, a new mega mansion is most expensive home in U.S.

By AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — At $250 million, a new mega mansion in the exclusive Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles is the most expensive home listed in the United States. The passion project of developer and handbag tycoon Bruce Makowsky, the four-level, ...

2 employees attacked by inmate at North Carolina prison

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Prison officials in North Carolina say an inmate has attacked two employees at the Central Prison in Raleigh. Public Safety Department spokesman Keith Acree told local news outlets the attacks occurred about 11 p.m. Monday. Acree says medical workers at the prison ...

Donald Trump dismisses polls showing low approval ratings as “fake news,”

By LISA LERER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Scrappy as ever, Donald Trump on Monday dismissed polls showing low approval ratings as "fake news." But whatever his opinion, active opposition to his go-it-alone presidency appears to be widening. From corporate boardrooms to the halls of ...

A divided Senate is set to confirm DeVos by the narrowest possible margin

By MARIA DANILOVA and ERICA WERNER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate was poised on Tuesday to confirm President Donald Trump's nominee for education secretary by the narrowest possible margin, with Vice President Mike Pence expected to break a 50-50 tie, despite a last-ditch ...