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Trump says tougher gun laws not answer after Texas shooting

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Donald Trump says tougher gun laws would not have prevented a mass shooting at a south Texas church, arguing that more restrictions might have led to more casualties. Trump spoke at a news conference in South Korea Tuesday ...

Threatened medical deduction seen as valuable, versatile

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Several million people unlucky enough to face big medical bills not covered by their insurance would lose a valuable and versatile deduction under the House GOP tax bill. Groups representing older people and patients are trying ...

Democrats try to look forward but are still haunted by 2016

By NICHOLAS RICCARDI, Associated Press Time has not healed the Democratic party's wounds. On Election Day 2016, Democrats suffered a devastating and shocking loss. A year later, they're still sorting through the wreckage. The infighting, the divisive personalities and the questions about how ...

Combat and cultural readiness key for new Army trainers

By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press FORT BENNING, Georgia (AP) — Army Col. Scott Jackson reaches out and grasps the hand of a male soldier. Their fingers interlaced, Jackson talks to the soldier for a few minutes and then asks if he feels uncomfortable. The soldier's answer: "A little ...

Brazile stirs Democratic strife; party chief seeks unity

WASHINGTON (AP) — The former head of the Democratic National Committee says she considered initiating efforts to replace Hillary Clinton as the party's presidential nominee with then-Vice President Joe Biden. Donna Brazile makes the revelation in a memoir being released Tuesday that has ...

Police: Sen. Paul suffers minor injury in assault at home

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A man has been arrested and charged with assaulting and injuring U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, authorities said Saturday. Kentucky State Police said in a news release that Paul suffered a minor injury when 59-year-old Rene Boucher assaulted him at his Warren ...

Inside story: How Russians hacked the Democrats’ emails

By RAPHAEL SATTER, JEFF DONN and CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It was just before noon in Moscow on March 10, 2016, when the first volley of malicious messages hit the Hillary Clinton campaign. The first 29 phishing emails were almost all misfires. Addressed to people who ...

Latest JFK files say no evidence found of CIA link to Oswald

By DEB RIECHMANN and ALANNA DURKIN RICHER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly released government documents regarding John F. Kennedy's assassination say allegations that Lee Harvey Oswald was connected to the CIA were "totally unfounded." A 1975 CIA memo says a thorough search of ...

Congressional leaders call for sexual harassment training

By ERICA WERNER and JULIET LINDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Leading lawmakers are calling for mandatory training and other steps to prevent sexual harassment in Congress as the national spotlight on gender hostility in the workplace falls on Capitol Hill. The calls from House ...

Local voting districts seen as crucial to election security

By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY, Associated Press CONYERS, Ga. (AP) — Last November, election officials in a small Rhode Island town were immediately suspicious when results showed 99 percent of voters had turned down a noncontroversial measure about septic systems. It turned out that an oval on ...

Under pressure, social media giants acknowledge meddling

By MARY CLARE JALONICK and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In three exhaustive hearings this week, executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google acknowledged that their platforms were used by Russia to try and create division over such disparate issues as immigration, gun ...

Child sex offenders to be named as such in US passports

By MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — America's registered child sex offenders will now have to use passports identifying them for their past crimes when traveling overseas. The State Department said Wednesday it would begin revoking passports of registered child sex ...

Feds: Truck attack suspect said ‘he felt good about’ rampage

By COLLEEN LONG and LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The suspect in a deadly truck rampage was inspired by the Islamic State group's online videos and plotted his New York City attack for two months, renting a truck ahead of time to practice turning it, federal authorities ...

Trump calls for death penalty for NYC truck attack suspect

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the suspect in the New York City truck attack that killed eight people "SHOULD GET DEATH PENALTY!" Trump expressed his feelings late Wednesday, tweeting that "NYC terrorist was happy as he asked to hang ISIS flag in his hospital room. He killed 8 ...

House GOP set to unveil tax overhaul; keeps retirement rules

By MARCY GORDON and ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are set to unveil their far-reaching tax overhaul Thursday, making major changes yet looking to preserve current tax rules for retirement accounts popular with middle-class Americans and to retain a top ...

3 killed in Colorado Walmart shooting; police seek suspect

By P. SOLOMON BANDA, Associated Press THORNTON, Colo. (AP) — A man nonchalantly walked into a Walmart and immediately opened fire with a handgun, killing two men and a woman before fleeing in a car on Wednesday night, according to Colorado authorities. The shooting appears random and there ...

‘Cowardly act of terror’: Truck driver kills 8 on bike path

By COLLEEN LONG and JAKE PEARSON, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A man in a rented pickup truck mowed down pedestrians and cyclists along a busy bike path near the World Trade Center memorial on Tuesday, killing at least eight and seriously injuring 11 in what the mayor called "a ...

NYC truck attack: Investigators scour driver’s background

By COLLEEN LONG and MATT SEDENSKY, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Investigators worked through the night to determine what led a truck driver to plow down people on a riverfront bike path near the World Trade Center, brandishing air guns and yelling "God is great" in Arabic as his deadly ...

GOP tax writers delay rollout as Trump sets rapid timetable

By MARCY GORDON and ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans struggled to complete work on a sweeping tax proposal, delaying its public release by a day as President Donald Trump set an ambitious, by-Christmas timetable for passage of the legislation. The GOP ...

Police scour for details leading up to Utah student slaying

By LINDSAY WHITEHURST, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Authorities are trying to figure out how a longtime criminal recently released from an Alabama prison ended up in a Utah canyon where he's suspected of killing a 23-year-old devout Mormon immigrant from China. ChenWei Guo came to ...