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Trump asserts he didn’t push House GOP on immigration

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump claimed Saturday that he never pushed House Republicans to vote for immigration bills that failed last week, offering his latest display of whiplash on the legislation. Trump tweeted from his New Jersey ...

Melania Trump seeing lots, saying little at migrant centers

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump lit up when a 3-year-old boy darted out of "Family Unit 8" at a migrant center in Tucson, Arizona. "Hello!" said the first lady, brightening amid the semicircle of eight cells in a short-term holding center for migrants. ...

Barbs for Bezos but Bill Gates largely admired in Seattle

By SALLY HO, Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle region is home to America's two richest men, but their local legacies to date represent two very different eras for the city. While Amazon's Jeff Bezos is blamed by some for rising rents and clogged city streets, Bill Gates is largely ...

Small capital city draped in grief by newspaper shooting

By BRIAN WITTE, Associated Press ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The historic state capital of Annapolis is draped in grief from a shooting attack on the local newspaper, which killed journalists who chronicled soccer games, art exhibits and the fabric of small-city life. A sign outside The Annapolis ...

Trump to tout economic policies at Foxconn ground-breaking

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — President Donald Trump was highlighting his economic policies Thursday by taking part in the ceremonial groundbreaking for a $10 billion Foxconn factory complex that may bring thousands of jobs to a state he barely carried in the 2016 ...

Barbed Senate words over timing of court confirmation

By CATHERINE LUCEY and LISA MASCARO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate battle over Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee is off to a fiery start — even before the president makes his choice. Republican and Democratic leaders traded accusations and barbed comments Thursday on the ...

Kennedy retirement guaranteed to ratchet up midterm rhetoric

By STEVE PEOPLES and BILL BARROW, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Nothing could have shifted the political landscape more than this. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement and President Donald Trump's pledge to move quickly to fill the seat guarantee a searing summer of charged ...

Survey: Exercise and obesity are both rising in US

By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — It may seem like a contradiction, but more adults in the U.S. say they are exercising at the same time more of them are becoming obese. About 24 percent of adults last year said they exercise enough each week to meet government ...

Immigrant mom heads to court to get her son back

By MARTHA IRVINE and JULIE WATSON, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — When Lidia Karine Souza would call her 9-year-old son — allowed just 20 minutes per week — he would beg his mom though tears to do everything in her power to get him out of U.S. government custody and back to her. The ...

House backs $675 B spending bill for Pentagon

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved a $675 billion spending bill for the Defense Department that includes a 2.6 percent raise for the military. Lawmakers approved the bill, 359-49, on Thursday. The vote sends the bill to the Senate, where the Senate ...