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Federal judge declines to reconsider license suspension suit

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — A federal judge has decided not reconsider a class-action lawsuit filed against the commissioner of Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicles. The Daily Progress reports (http://bit.ly/2skpbzN ) Judge Norman Moon is standing by his decision to dismiss the case from federal court saying in a May 22 ruling that the issues were … Continue reading

Officials probe whether suspect lived illegally at complex
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Officials probe whether suspect lived illegally at complex

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Officials are examining whether the man accused of killing a Virginia State Police special agent was living illegally at the public housing complex where the fatal shooting took place. Media outlets report that court records list 27-year-old Travis Ball’s home address at the Mosby Court complex, but the Richmond Redevelopment and … Continue reading

Trump resisting pressure from Europe, pope on climate deal
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Trump resisting pressure from Europe, pope on climate deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is expected to withdraw the United States from a landmark global climate agreement, a White House official said Wednesday, though Trump and aides were looking for “caveats in the language” related to the exit and had not made a final decision. Leaving the deal would fulfill a central campaign … Continue reading

The Latest: Melania Trump says Griffin video ‘simply wrong’
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The Latest: Melania Trump says Griffin video ‘simply wrong’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 12:05 p.m. Melania Trump says it was “simply wrong” for celebrity Kathy Griffin to appear in a video holding what looked like President Donald Trump’s bloody, severed head. In a statement released Wednesday, the first lady says that “as a mother, a wife … Continue reading

Arrested, missing China activists spark criticism of Trump
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Arrested, missing China activists spark criticism of Trump

SHANGHAI (AP) — The arrest and disappearance of three labor activists investigating a Chinese company that produces Ivanka Trump shoes in China prompted a call for her brand to stop working with the supplier and raised questions about whether the first family’s commercial interests would muddy U.S. leadership on human rights. “Ivanka’s brand should immediately … Continue reading

New arrest in ‘full tilt’ Manchester attack investigation
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New arrest in ‘full tilt’ Manchester attack investigation

LONDON (AP) — British police made another arrest and stormed another house Sunday as they hunted for suspects in the Manchester bombing, while a government minister said members of attacker Salman Abedi’s network may still be at large. Greater Manchester Police said a 25-year-old man was arrested in the city on suspicion of terrorist offenses. … Continue reading

Kushner ties to Russia questioned as Trump blasts media lies
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Kushner ties to Russia questioned as Trump blasts media lies

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats on Sunday demanded to hear directly from top White House adviser Jared Kushner over allegations of proposed secret back-channel communications with Russia, saying the security clearance of President Donald Trump’s son-in-law may need to be revoked. Trump, having returned from a nine-day overseas trip, immediately railed against administration leaks, calling … Continue reading

AP FACT CHECK: Trump exaggerates record while abroad
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AP FACT CHECK: Trump exaggerates record while abroad

WASHINGTON (AP) — Here’s a new U.S. export: President Donald Trump’s exaggerations about his record. In his speech in Saudi Arabia on Sunday during his first foreign trip as president, Trump claimed to have accomplished record spending on the armed forces, even though Congress has yet to pass a budget that reflects his plans and … Continue reading

Democrats use budget office report to attack GOP health bill
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Democrats use budget office report to attack GOP health bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats needle Republicans on Thursday with the gloomy assessment that 23 million people would lose insurance under the Republican health care bill, and that premiums for seriously ill people would rise. The leader of the Senate GOP effort to dismantle President Barack Obama’s health care law faulted Democrats for not working with … Continue reading

Technical problems force HBO to scrap Jon Stewart venture
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Technical problems force HBO to scrap Jon Stewart venture

NEW YORK (AP) — HBO is scrapping a web-delivered satirical project it was developing with Jon Stewart, a change of plans that keeps the popular political humorist on the sidelines as the Trump administration continues to provide his fellow comedians with comic gold. “HBO and Jon Stewart have decided not to proceed with a short-form … Continue reading

The Latest: President Trump arrives in Brussels
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The Latest: President Trump arrives in Brussels

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s first trip abroad (all times local): 4:12 p.m. President Donald Trump arrived in Brussels Wednesday afternoon ahead of meetings with NATO leaders. Trump was harshly critical of NATO as a candidate, declaring the military alliance “obsolete.” He’s also criticized member countries for not following NATO … Continue reading

Race, gender, fame questions loom as Cosby jurors sought
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Race, gender, fame questions loom as Cosby jurors sought

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Thirteen years after a Temple University basketball team manager went to famous alumnus Bill Cosby’s nearby home for career advice, her complaint that Cosby drugged and molested her that night will soon be a task for a Pennsylvania jury. Lawyers this week hope to find a dozen jurors and six alternates willing … Continue reading

North Korea says ready to deploy, mass-produce new missile
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North Korea says ready to deploy, mass-produce new missile

TOKYO (AP) — North Korea said Monday it is ready to start mass-producing a new medium-range missile after a weekend test-launch confirmed its combat readiness. It called the missile, capable of reaching Japan and major U.S. military bases there, an “answer” to U.S. President Donald Trump’s policies. The solid-fuel Pukguksong-2 missile flew about 500 kilometers … Continue reading

Trump avoids pointing to Saudis’ human rights failings
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Trump avoids pointing to Saudis’ human rights failings

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — As President Donald Trump opened his keynote address in Saudi Arabia, he lavished praise on the “magnificent” kingdom and “the grandeur of this remarkable place.” Then he made clear there would be no public lecture from America on Saudi Arabia’s abysmal human rights record. “We are not here to tell … Continue reading

APNewsBreak: Source says Flynn to invoke 5th Amendment
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APNewsBreak: Source says Flynn to invoke 5th Amendment

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn will invoke his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination as he notifies a Senate panel that he won’t hand over documents in the probe into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter. The notification will come in a … Continue reading

Hugh Jackman’s secret? He didn’t know wolverines are real
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Hugh Jackman’s secret? He didn’t know wolverines are real

NEW YORK (AP) — After playing Wolverine in nine movies, Hugh Jackman arguably knows more about the superhero than anyone. But that wasn’t always the case. He recalls researching the animal when he first got the role and being somewhat mistaken about the character. For one thing, he had no idea that a wolverine is … Continue reading

The Latest: Last Confederate monument removed in New Orleans
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The Latest: Last Confederate monument removed in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on the removal of Confederate-related monuments from New Orleans (all times local): 6 p.m. Workers in New Orleans have removed the last of four monuments to Confederate-era figures — a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee. The statue was lifted from its pedestal early Friday evening, capping a day … Continue reading

The Latest: Comey to testify before Senate intel committee
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The Latest: Comey to testify before Senate intel committee

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible Trump campaign connections with the Russians (all times local): 6:40 p.m. Former FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify before the Senate intelligence committee after Memorial Day. The committee’s chairman, Sen. Richard Burr, and the ranking Democrat, Sen. … Continue reading