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Prosecuting more who lie to buy guns could strain resources

By SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A Trump administration plan to crack down on people who lie to buy guns faces a giant hurdle: It relies on federal agents and prosecutors who are already overwhelmed with other responsibilities. Prosecutors and officials from the U.S. ...

NYPD confirms 5 passengers in NYC helicopter crash are dead

By JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A helicopter crashed into New York City's East River Sunday night and flipped upside down in the water, killing all five passengers aboard, officials said. A spokesman for the NYPD confirmed the deaths to The Associated Press early ...

Bids to curb health care costs offer little more than talk

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It started as a bipartisan attempt to curb soaring health care premiums. But Congress' effort to stabilize the nation's insurance markets is faltering amid escalating demands by each party and erratic positions by President Donald Trump. ...

Trump doesn’t set age for guns, defers on arming teachers

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's plan to prevent school shootings doesn't increase the minimum age for purchasing assault weapons to 21 — an idea Trump publicly favored just last month — and leaves the question of arming teachers to states and ...

Tim McGraw collapses on stage during Ireland performance

DUBLIN (AP) — Country music star Tim McGraw collapsed on stage during a performance in Ireland. Rolling Stone magazine reports McGraw collapsed while performing Sunday night in Dublin. McGraw's wife, singer Faith Hill, can be seen in a video on a fan's Instagram page saying, "He's been ...

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 ...