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Trump reviving his border wall fight with new budget request

By LISA MASCARO AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is reviving his border wall fight, preparing a new budget that will seek $8.6 billion for his signature project, impose steep spending cuts to other domestic programs and set the stage for another fiscal ...

Modern policing: Algorithm helps NYPD spot crime patterns

By MICHAEL R. SISAK Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — When a syringe-wielding drill thief tried sticking up a Home Depot near Yankee Stadium, police figured out quickly that it wasn't a one-off. A man had also used a syringe a few weeks earlier while stealing a drill at another Home Depot 7 ...

Powell says Trump’s attacks played no role in rate pause

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says political attacks by President Donald Trump played no role in the Fed's decision in January to signal that it planned to take a pause in hiking interest rates. He also said in an interview ...

Neighbors open another front in Colorado oil and gas battle

By DAN ELLIOTT Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Frustrated residents of a Denver suburb say state law is forcing them to participate in a major oil and gas drilling project against their wishes, so they launched legal challenges with potentially significant consequences for the ...

2020 Democrats aim to make inroads in rural America

By BILL BARROW Associated Press DENMARK, S.C. (AP) — Deanna Miller Berry doesn't often see presidential candidates. So when New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker recently came to Bamberg County, South Carolina, she was primed to unload about a contaminated water system. "What is your plan to fix it?" ...

Omar’s Israel remarks expose Democrats’ simmering divisions

By LAURIE KELLMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Back in January, the Democrats welcomed their brash young newcomers to Congress with smiles and hugs. That was before the new colleagues dragged the party's simmering divisions over Israel out in the open. Provocative comments from Rep. ...

Monster twister takes 10 relatives from 1 Alabama family

By JAY REEVES Associated Press BEAUREGARD, Ala. (AP) — Cousins Cordarrly Jones and Demetria Jones have a hard time counting all the relatives they lost to a monster tornado that wiped out a rural community in Alabama. Their grandparents, 89-year-old Jimmy Jones and 83-year-old Mary Louise ...

Elon Musk firm pitched to build transit system in Las Vegas

By REGINA GARCIA CANO Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Entrepreneur Elon Musk's dream of an express tunnel transit system could finally become a reality in Las Vegas after major setbacks in other cities. Las Vegas' tourism agency announced Wednesday it is recommending that an enterprise ...

Cohen’s 4th day of testimony could touch on Russia, finances

By MARY CLARE JALONICK and ERIC TUCKER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former lawyer is returning to Capitol Hill for a fourth day of testimony as Democrats pursue a flurry of investigations into Trump's White House, businesses and presidential campaign. Michael ...

Trump to battle investigations with condemnation and lawyers

By CATHERINE LUCEY and ZEKE MILLER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has beefed up its legal team. Its political team is ready to distract and disparage. And President Donald Trump is venting against Democratic prying. Trump's plan for responding to the multiplying ...