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Trump chides Giuliani to ‘get his facts straight’ on Stormy

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is suggesting Rudy Giuliani, the aggressive new face of his legal team, needed to "get his facts straight" about the hush money paid to porn actress Stormy Daniels just before the 2016 election. ...

Indiana officer, homicide suspect killed after shootout

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana officer was killed Friday evening in an exchange of gunfire between police and a homicide suspect, who barricaded himself inside an apartment complex and later died from injuries sustained during the shootout, authorities said. Terre Haute police spokesman ...

Georgia executes killer of off-duty prison guard

By RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia inmate executed for a 1996 shotgun slaying twitched briefly as the lethal injection flowed into his body and groaned, "It burns, man." Robert Earl Butts Jr., 40, was declared dead by a prison warden at 9:58 p.m. Friday after the ...

Trump heads to Cleveland ahead of Ohio’s primary Tuesday

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump is headed to Ohio to talk about Republican tax cuts and highlight their positive impacts on Ohio families and businesses. The president is expected to arrive at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland on Saturday ...

Early GOP primaries shaping up as rightward march with Trump

By BILL BARROW, Associated Press As primary season kicks into high gear, Republicans are engaged in nomination fights that are pulling the party to the right, leaving some leaders worried their candidates will be out of a step with the broader electorate in November. Primaries in four states ...

Arizona classrooms packed again as 6-day teacher strike ends

By MELISSA DANIELS and TERRY TANG, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Arizona schoolchildren returned to classes Friday, a day after state lawmakers approved a plan to hike teacher salaries to end a historic six-day walkout by educators that shuttered most schools ...

Domestic violence call led to standoff, deadly explosion

By DAVE COLLINS, Associated Press NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut woman's call to police to report domestic violence led to a standoff and explosion in a barn behind her home that left one person dead and nine officers injured, officials said Thursday. The officers were being ...

Transport plane that crashed in Georgia was on final trip

By RUSS BYNUM and DANICA COTO, Associated Press PORT WENTWORTH, Ga. (AP) — An aging C-130 Hercules that rescued and resupplied U.S. citizens after last year's hurricanes crashed onto a Georgia highway during what was supposed to be its final flight, killing all nine Puerto Ricans on ...

Arizona teacher raises passed after strike shuts schools

By BOB CHRISTIE and MELISSA DANIELS PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona lawmakers pulled an all-nighter to enact a budget Thursday that provides big raises for many of the state's striking teachers, and Gov. Doug Ducey signed the teacher funding part while the House continued debating the rest of the ...

Wife: Cosby convicted by ‘mob justice, not real justice’

By MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby's wife called Thursday for a criminal investigation into the suburban Philadelphia prosecutor behind his sexual assault conviction, saying the case that could put the 80-year-old comedian in prison for the rest of his life ...

Giuliani offers new explanation of Comey firing

By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's explanation for why he fired FBI Director James Comey has shifted again. Rudy Giuliani, Trump's new attorney, said in an interview on Fox News that Trump fired Comey last year "because Comey would not, among other ...

Son: Mom accused in Florida, Minnesota deaths ‘a good lady’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The son of a Minnesota woman suspected of fatally shooting her husband then killing a Florida woman and stealing her identity says she is a "good lady" but "had her own demons" including a gambling addiction, according to an interview to be aired Thursday. Braden Riess, ...

Passengers heard window popping on Southwest plane

By MARK GILLISPIE and DAVID PORTER, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Passengers on a Southwest Airlines plane first heard a loud pop and then scurried away when they saw a jagged crack in a window that forced the jet to land in Cleveland on Wednesday. Some on board immediately thought back ...

With girls joining the ranks, Boy Scouts plan a name change

By DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — For 108 years, the Boy Scouts of America's flagship program has been known simply as the Boy Scouts. With girls soon entering the ranks, the group says that iconic name will change. The organization on Wednesday announced a new name for its ...

Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories roil DC city government

By ASHRAF KHALIL, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A spiraling controversy over anti-Semitic comments and conspiracy theories has roiled the Washington city government, seemingly getting worse with every public attempt to ease the tensions. The issue nearly derailed a City Council meeting ...

Next steps for caravan will unfold mostly out of public view

By ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — The caravan of Central Americans seeking asylum in the United States sought the world's attention as scores of migrants traveled through Mexico on a journey to escape their violent homelands. Now that the group has arrived at the ...

Special counsel team has floated idea of subpoena for Trump

By CHAD DAY and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The special counsel leading the Russia investigation raised the prospect in March of issuing a grand jury subpoena for President Donald Trump, his former attorney said, confirming that investigators have floated the ...

Kelly says ‘total BS’ that he called Trump an ‘idiot’

By ZEKE MILLER, JONATHAN LEMIRE and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — New details emerged on the rift between White House chief of staff John Kelly and President Donald Trump, with one former administration official saying Kelly privately called Trump "an idiot" last ...

Ashley Judd wants movie mogul Weinstein held accountable

NEW YORK (AP) — Ashley Judd says she wants Harvey Weinstein to be held accountable for "illegal conduct" that caused her to lose money, status, prestige and power. Judd spoke Tuesday on ABC's "Good Morning America." Judd sued Weinstein on Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, saying ...

Trump: ‘Disgraceful’ leak of Mueller Russia probe questions

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday it's "disgraceful" that a list of questions that the special counsel investigating Russian election interference wants to ask him was "leaked" to the news media. The New York Times late Monday ...