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

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

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Virginia Beach SPCA wildlife program suspended

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Beach Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ wildlife rehabilitation program has been temporarily suspended for allegedly violating reporting guidelines related to bald eagles. The Virginian-Pilot reports (http://bit.ly/2rPfGbN ) that according to the state Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, SPCA employee Cara Stutzman didn’t immediately tell … Continue reading

Ethics office blasts Trump refusal to disclose lobby waivers
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Ethics office blasts Trump refusal to disclose lobby waivers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The message from a senator to the government ethics office: Use your authority to force the president to reveal how many waivers he’s granted to ex-lobbyists in his new administration. That was Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley’s demand to the Office of Government Ethics in June 2009. He was seeking information about some … Continue reading

‘Shame’ spray-painted on Confederate monument in Virginia
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‘Shame’ spray-painted on Confederate monument in Virginia

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The word “shame” has been spray-painted on a Confederate monument in Virginia. Media outlets report Norfolk police spokesman Daniel Hudson says officers were called to the vandalism site Monday morning. The Norfolk City Council decided in 2015 to keep the monument, despite pressure from a local civil rights group. At the … 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

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Judge declares Prince’s 6 siblings the heirs to his estate

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota judge has ruled that Prince’s six siblings are the heirs to his estate. In a ruling made public Friday, Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide declared that Prince died without a will and that his sister, Tyka Nelson, and five half-siblings are his heirs. There are people who filed appeals … Continue reading

Trump attorney didn’t want him to sign financial disclosure
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Trump attorney didn’t want him to sign financial disclosure

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s attorneys originally wanted him to submit an updated financial disclosure without certifying the information as true, according to correspondence with the Office of Government Ethics. Attorney Sheri Dillon said she saw no need for Trump to sign his 2016 personal financial disclosure because he is filing voluntarily this year. But … Continue reading

Ex-US Rep. Anthony Weiner pleads guilty in sexting case
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Ex-US Rep. Anthony Weiner pleads guilty in sexting case

NEW YORK (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, whose penchant for sexting strangers ended his political career and led to an investigation that upended the presidential race, pleaded guilty Friday to criminal charges in connection with his online communications with a 15-year-old girl. Weiner pleaded guilty to a charge of transmitting sexual material to … Continue reading

Russians increasingly indifferent to Trump, US turmoil
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Russians increasingly indifferent to Trump, US turmoil

MOSCOW (AP) — While their country has become a daily source of headlines and political intrigue in the United States, most Russians are watching the drama over President Donald Trump’s relationship with Moscow with resignation, even indifference. Russian media, state-owned and private, chronicle Trump’s troubles matter-of-factly. Regular citizens generally care little about them. Many share … Continue reading