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Dressed up, ready for fun: New Orleans celebrates Mardi Gras

By REBECCA SANTANA Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The streets of New Orleans will be filled Tuesday with excited kids catching beads from atop ladders, revelers in fancy costumes walking through the French Quarter and Mardi Gras Indians wearing finely beaded costumes. Tuesday marks the ...

Man finds father’s body in Alabama tornado wreckage

By KIM CHANDLER and JEFF MARTIN Associated Press BEAUREGARD, Ala. (AP) — Picking through the twisted debris that had been her Alabama mobile home, Carol Dean found her wedding dress and a Father's Day note to her husband reading, "Daddy, I love you to pieces." But the storm took the ...

As 2020 nears, pressure grows to replace voting machines

By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Time and money are running short for states to replace aging or inadequate voting machines before the 2020 presidential primaries, according to a report released Tuesday. State and local election officials in 31 states say they want to ...

Who’s getting document requests from House Dems in new probe

By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Dozens of people with connections to President Donald Trump and his associates will receive document requests this week, as the House Judiciary Committee starts a broad new probe looking at possible obstruction of justice, corruption ...

House panel opens sweeping probe of Trump, his associates

By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats launched a sweeping new probe of President Donald Trump, an aggressive investigation that threatens to shadow the president through the 2020 election season with potentially damaging inquiries into his White House, campaign ...

Searches resume after tornado kills 23 in Alabama

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press BEAUREGARD, Ala. (AP) — Rescuers began tearing through the rubble of mobile homes and houses Monday in search of survivors of a powerful tornado that rampaged through southeast Alabama and killed at least 23 people, including children. The trail of ...

Holder rules out 2020 run, says he’ll focus on redistricting

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Attorney General Eric Holder says he's not running for president in 2020. Holder, a Democrat, said in a Monday opinion piece in The Washington Post that he'll focus on redistricting, the process of reconfiguring electoral districts. Holder served under President ...

Slaying of one of their own unnerves gangland reporters

By MICHAEL TARM, AP Legal Affairs Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Shawn Cotton no longer drives his $55,000, bright pink Corvette to work because he's afraid it could get him killed like his friend. But there are two things he won't leave home without: his bulletproof vest and the 9 mm pistol he slips ...

Former Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper joins presidential race

By NICHOLAS RICCARDI, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said on Monday he's running for president, casting himself as a can-do uniter who's used to overcoming adversity and accomplishing liberal goals in a politically divided state. "I'm running for ...

New techniques let scientists zero in on individual cells

By MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Did you hear what happened when Bill Gates walked into a bar? Everybody there immediately became millionaires — on average. That joke about a very rich man is an old one among statisticians. So why did Peter Smibert use it to explain a ...