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AP sources: Trump plans to oust Shulkin as VA secretary

By HOPE YEN and KEN THOMAS, Associated Press PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump is planning to oust embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin amid an extraordinary rebellion at the agency and damaging government investigations into his alleged spending abuses, three ...

Trump order would ban most transgender troops from serving

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump released an order Friday night banning most transgender troops from serving in the military except under "limited circumstances," following up on his calls last year to ban transgender individuals from ...

Will GOP accomplishments in Congress be enough for voters?

By LISA MASCARO and MATTHEW DALY WASHINGTON (AP) — With passage of an enormous budget bill, the GOP-controlled Congress all but wrapped up its legislating for the year. But will it be enough to convince voters to give Republicans another two years at the helm? In two big ways, Republicans ...

Organizers hope to draw half a million to gun control rally

By ASHRAF KHALIL, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands are gathering in Washington Saturday for a protest that organizers claim will be a defining moment in the long-simmering national debate over gun-control legislation. Organizers of the March for Our Lives rally are hoping to ...

FBI seeks motive for fiery van crash at California air base

By DON THOMPSON and PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press ROSEVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Investigators are working around the clock as they struggle to determine why a man with no apparent ties to terrorism drove a flaming minivan full of propane tanks and gasoline cans through the main gate of a major ...

Trump signs $1.3 trillion budget after threatening veto

By JILL COLVIN, CATHERINE LUCEY, LISA MASCARO and ALAN FRAM of The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending measure Friday, averting a midnight government shutdown just hours after declaring he was considering a veto. Trump said he was "very ...

Fired Tillerson says farewell to ‘a very mean-spirited town’

By JOSH LEDERMAN and MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — He came, he saw, he got fired on Twitter. And now Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said farewell, with a parting plea Thursday to America's diplomats not to let anyone violate their integrity. Tillerson did not mention ...

House OKs compromise $1.3 trillion budget bill, Senate next

By ANDREW TAYLOR and LISA MASCARO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The House easily approved a bipartisan $1.3 trillion spending bill Thursday that pours huge sums into Pentagon programs and domestic initiatives ranging from building roads to combatting the nation's opioid abuse crisis, ...

Lead Trump lawyer in Russia probe leaves in legal shake-up

By CHAD DAY and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's lead lawyer in the special counsel's Russia investigation has resigned amid a shake-up of the president's team, an exit that removes the primary negotiator and legal strategist who had been molding ...

Police: Austin bomber’s motive still unknown, despite video

By JIM VERTUNO and WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (AP) — A 25-minute cellphone video left behind by the bomber whose deadly explosives terrorized Austin for weeks details the differences among the weapons he built and amounts to a confession, police said. But his motive ...