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Michigan seeks changes to abuse reporting law after Nassar

By DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is looking to shore up its law that requires certain people to report suspected child sexual abuse to authorities to address gaps that were exposed after disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar admitted to sexually ...

California gunman in veteran center killings was ex-patient

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER and JANIE HAR, Associated Press YOUNTVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Three women who devoted their lives to helping traumatized veterans were killed by a patient who had been kicked out of their Northern California treatment program, authorities and a relative of a victim said. A ...

Debate stirs over ‘America’s Harvest Box,’ food benefit plan

By JULIET LINDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Hawaii's food stamp administrator says he was stunned when he first heard that the U.S. Agriculture Department wanted to replace some cash benefits with a pre-assembled package of shelf-stable goods. That changed quickly to frustration, ...

GOP candidate in Pennsylvania struggles with campaign basics

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — There is no sign of Republican congressional candidate Rick Saccone on Sherwood Drive. Just days before western Pennsylvania's special election, his campaign informed some residents that he may knock on doors that morning in this ...

Justice Department proposes banning rapid-fire bump stocks

By SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is proposing banning bump stocks, which allow guns to mimic fully automatic fire and were used in last year's Las Vegas massacre. The Justice Department's regulation, announced Saturday, would classify the device ...

Democrats, women candidates score big in Texas primaries

By WILL WEISSERT and PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Women running for Congress surged to big wins and Democrats smashed recent turnout levels in Texas' first-in-the-nation 2018 primary elections, giving Republicans a potential glimpse of what's ahead in the first ...

Democrats would reverse some tax cuts to fund infrastructure

By LISA MASCARO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — For Senate Democrats, voting against the Republican tax cuts that President Donald Trump signed into law wasn't opposition enough. Now they have a plan to reverse some of the tax breaks for corporations and the wealthiest Americans and put ...

Snowy nor’easter brings threat of more power problems

By KRISTEN DE GROOT, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Another snowy, blowy nor'easter threatened a new round of power outages as it swirled ashore early Wednesday, causing officials to close schools and government offices and raising concerns for utility customers still trying to bounce ...

Wave of exits from West Wing sparks talk of brain drain

By ZEKE MILLER and JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump once presided over a reality show in which a key cast member exited each week. The same thing seems to be happening in his White House. Trump's West Wing has descended into a period of unparalleled ...

Porn star sues Trump over nondisclosure agreement

By MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — A porn star who has said she had sex with President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement that she signed days before the 2016 presidential election, which prevented her from discussing the ...

In Pa. union territory, an electoral test of labor’s pull

By BILL BARROW and STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — The fight for the hearts and minds of America's labor unions is raging in western Pennsylvania, where Joe Biden has suddenly stopped smiling. In the midst of a speech to boost Democrat Conor Lamb ahead of next week's ...

West Virginia leaders reach deal to end teachers strike

By JOHN RABY, Associated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice and West Virginia's Republican leaders tentatively agreed Tuesday to end the state's nine-day teachers' walkout by giving 5 percent raises to not just teachers, but all state workers. To pay for it, lawmakers will seek ...

Probe finds deadly Niger mission lacked proper approval

By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A military investigation into the Niger attack that killed four American service members concludes the team didn't get required senior command approval for their risky mission to capture a high-level Islamic State militant, several U.S. ...

Republicans want Trump to back off his tariff proposal

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In a remarkably public confrontation, House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republican allies of President Donald Trump are pleading with him to back away from his threatened international tariffs, which they fear could spark a dangerous trade ...

2 Senate seats up in Mississippi as GOP defends its majority

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republicans suddenly find themselves defending two seats in Mississippi this year as they try to maintain their slim majority in the U.S. Senate. Republican Sen. Roger Wicker is already up for re-election in the deeply ...

Man arrested, accused of stealing McDormand’s Oscar trophy

By MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man was arrested and is accused of stealing Frances McDormand's Oscars trophy after the Academy Awards on Sunday night, Los Angeles police said. Terry Bryant, 47, was arrested on suspicion of felony grand theft, said Officer Rosario ...

In reversal, former Trump aide says he’ll probably cooperate

By JILL COLVIN and TOM LoBIANCO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Trump campaign aide spent much of the day promising to defy a subpoena from special counsel Robert Mueller, even throwing down the challenge to "arrest me," then backed off his defiance by saying he would probably ...

Police investigate why student gunned down his parents

By RICK CALLAHAN, Associated Press Investigators were trying to figure out why a Central Michigan University student charged with fatally shooting his parents acted so strangely the day before the killings that he was taken to a hospital. The shooting happened Friday after James Eric Davis ...

Trump puts aside the feud with media for a night at Gridiron

By ZEKE MILLER and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump engaged in a good-natured duel of one-liners with political rivals and the press at the annual Gridiron Dinner this weekend, largely putting aside his ongoing criticism of the media for a night. Trump ...

A year later, the Oscars return to the scene of the flub

By JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — The (right) envelope, please. The Oscars will hope to live down their most infamous blunder at the 90th Academy Awards, which begin at 8 p.m. EST and will be broadcast live by ABC from the Dolby Theatre. But more than redemption is on the ...