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Trump and McConnell set for frosty White House lunch

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are set for an interesting meeting at the White House on Monday. Trump blames the Kentucky Republican for the health overhaul failure. Trump hints at tantalizing deals with Democrats and watches his former ...

White House: $4,000 more for families with business tax cuts

By JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — By slashing corporate tax rates, the Trump administration said Monday, the average U.S. household will get an estimated $4,000 more a year. This stunning 5 percent increase is likely to be met with skepticism from tax experts and ...

Tillerson ‘not playing’ when pressed on ‘moron’ remark

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson insisted that persistent tensions with President Donald Trump were not hindering his mission as the nation's top diplomat, all while ducking, dancing and sidestepping the question of ...

Women ID as assault, harassment victims with ‘me too’ tweets

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thousands of women are responding to actress Alyssa Milano's call to tweet "me too" to raise awareness of sexual harassment and assault following the recent revelation of decades of allegations of sexual misconduct by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Milano suggested women ...

University investigates racial slurs in student dorm

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — Officials at a Massachusetts university are investigating after racial slurs were found written in a student dorm. Eunice Bwambok, a junior at Framingham State University, says she found racial slurs written in marker on her dorm room door Sunday. The finding comes ...

1 missing after oil rig explodes on Louisiana lake

KENNER, La. (AP) — An oil rig explosion on a lake north of New Orleans, apparently caused when cleaning chemicals ignited, injured seven people and left authorities searching for another who was missing. There were "a lot of injuries," many of them serious, with at least seven confirmed and ...

Wildfires now up to 100 miles wide as death toll reaches 40

By SUDHIN THANAWALA and ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — They fled in fear nearly a week ago. Now they're ready to go back. While wildfires are still burning powerfully in parts of Northern California, some of the tens of thousands of evacuees are getting antsy to ...

More than just wine country is burning in California

By PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press REDWOOD VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Mendocino County is 70 miles north of California's fabled wine country of Napa and Sonoma counties, now under siege from wildfires. But it's a world away in mood, attitude and, especially, prominence. That helps explain why some ...

Trump’s speech sparks a new war of words between US, Iran

By NASSER KARIMI and JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — President Donald Trump's refusal to certify the Iran nuclear deal has sparked a new war of words between the Islamic Republic and America, fueling growing mistrust and a sense of nationalism among Iranians. The speech ...

Family dog emerges alive and happy from wildfire aftermath

By JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Jack Weaver and his brother-in-law Patrick Widen walked around police barricades, through a creek and up treacherous hilly roads to save Weaver's mother from the grim task of recovering the body of the family's beloved dog ...