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Mueller’s Russia probe shows it pays to cooperate

By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — George Papadopoulos, taken by surprise by FBI agents at an airport last summer, now tweets smiling beach selfies with a Mykonos hashtag. Rick Gates, for weeks on home confinement with electronic monitoring, gets rapid approval for a family ...

APNewsBreak: DHS finds suspected phone spying in Washington

By FRANK BAJAK, AP Technology Writer For the first time, the U.S. government has publicly acknowledged the existence in Washington of what appear to be rogue devices that foreign spies and criminals could be using to track individual cellphones and intercept calls and messages. The use of ...

New team targets online opioid sales fueling the drug crisis

By SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — His moniker was "DARKKING22," and authorities say he offered a cornucopia of illicit drugs through the click of a mouse. But it was his ads on a hidden website for pure fentanyl, the powerful painkiller driving a record number of overdose ...

Migrant caravan, raising concerns in US, halts in Mexico

By CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN, Associated Press MATIAS ROMERO, Mexico (AP) — The caravan of Central American migrants that angered U.S. President Donald Trump was sidelined at a sports field in southern Mexico with no means of reaching the border even as Trump tweeted another threat to Mexico ...

Trump offers support to embattled EPA head

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is offering strong support for Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency who is at the center of swirling ethics questions, the White House said Tuesday. The president ...

Oklahoma teachers walk out for 2nd day in red-state revolt

By SEAN MURPHY and BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Many schools will remain closed for a second day in Oklahoma Tuesday as teachers rally for higher pay and education funding in a rebellion that has hit several Republican-led states across the country. Oklahoma Gov. ...

Sacramento police chief struggles with change after shooting

By DON THOMPSON, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn had his first major encounter with officers as a kid who witnessed a murder in a tough part of California's capital city. His second: as a teenager busted on allegations of assaulting an ...

Family of man killed by police joins rally for reform

By KATHLEEN RONAYNE, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The family of Stephon Clark joined hundreds of people at a rally urging California's capital city not to let his memory or calls for police reform fade nearly two weeks after the 22-year-old unarmed black man was killed by ...

Teens begin Mississippi-to-Memphis march in honor of King

By ADRIAN SAINZ, Associated Press DUNDEE, Miss. (AP) — Wearing aqua-colored T-shirts and hydration backpacks, a group of teenagers on Saturday launched a 50-mile walk from northern Mississippi to Memphis, Tennessee, a tribute to slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th ...

Arnold Schwarzenegger in ‘good spirits’ after heart surgery

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Arnold Schwarzenegger is in good spirits as he recovers from heart surgery in a Los Angeles hospital. The 70-year-old "Terminator" actor and former California governor underwent a scheduled procedure to replace a valve on Thursday. His spokesman Daniel Ketchell says he ...

Trump administration backs PLO in victims’ high court appeal

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite its bumpy relationship with the Palestinians, the Trump administration is siding with the Palestine Liberation Organization in urging the Supreme Court to reject an appeal from American victims of terrorist attacks in the Middle ...

In Iowa’s GOP ag epicenter, tariffs spark Trump skepticism

By THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press HOSPERS, Iowa (AP) — In Sioux County, where swine barns interrupt the vast landscape of corn-stubbled fields, exports of meat, grain and machinery fuel the local economy. And there's a palpable sense of unease that new Chinese tariffs pushed by President ...

Autopsy disputing police account of shooting prompts anger

By KATHLEEN RONAYNE, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Calls for justice and charges against two police officers who fatally shot an unarmed black man aren't abating in California's capital city after an autopsy showed Stephon Clark was shot in the back, a counter to the ...

Mormon conference ushers in leaders as church faces scrutiny

By BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Mormon conference this weekend in Utah will usher in a new era of church leadership that comes as the faith grapples with heightened scrutiny about its handling of sexual abuse reports and one-on-one interviews between local lay ...

EPA to loosen rules for automobile gas mileage, pollution

By TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer DETROIT (AP) — The Trump administration is expected to announce that it will roll back automobile gas mileage and pollution standards. Automakers wanted the government to relax the current standards, which were imposed by the Obama administration to combat ...

Court: Government can’t block immigrant teens from abortion

By JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal court in Washington has told the Trump administration that the government can't interfere with the ability of pregnant immigrant teens being held in federal custody to obtain abortions. A judge issued an order Friday evening ...

New videos show clearest account of Alton Sterling’s killing

By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE and MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Kept under wraps for nearly two years, body camera footage of a policeman killing Alton Sterling shows the officer threatening to shoot the man and screaming profanities before firing the fatal shots that ...

Bright light on family of Sacramento police shooting victim

By SOPHIA BOLLAG and DON THOMPSON, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A blinding national spotlight is shining on the family of Stephon Clark, the 22-year-old unarmed black man killed by Sacramento police last week. "You don't know what it's like until you experience it," Clark's ...

Attorney for porn star seeks to depose Trump on payment

By CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — An attorney for an adult film star claiming a sexual encounter with President Donald Trump is seeking to depose the president and his attorney. Michael Avenatti filed the motion in federal court in California. In the documents, dated ...

3 people face charges in waterslide death of Kansas boy, 10

By JOHN HANNA, Associated Press TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A water park company co-owner accused of rushing the world's tallest waterslide into service and a designer accused of shoddy planning have been charged in the decapitation of a 10-year-old boy on the ride in 2016. With the latest charges ...