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Beto O’Rourke says he’ll decide on 2020 run by month’s end

By STEVE PEOPLES and WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Breaking months of near-silence about his political future, Democrat Beto O'Rourke said Tuesday that he would announce his decision about a 2020 presidential run "before the end of the month" and suggested he's leaning ...

Mississippi considers abortion ban after fetal heartbeat

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers are considering what could become one of the strictest abortion laws in the country. Bills that passed legislative committees Tuesday would ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, as early as six ...

Trump to call for unity, face skepticism in State of Union

By JULIE PACE, AP Washington Bureau Chief WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump will call for optimism and unity in his State of the Union address, using the moment to attempt a reset after two years of bitter partisanship and deeply personal attacks. But will anyone ...

Virginia governor clings to office amid uncertainty, furor

By ALAN SUDERMAN, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam clung to his office Tuesday amid intense political fallout over a racist photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook and uncertainty about the future of the state's government. Nearly all of the state's ...

Turmoil over governor tests Democrats’ zero-tolerance policy

By NICHOLAS RICCARDI, Associated Press The denunciations began within hours of the disclosure that Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's medical school yearbook page featured a person in blackface standing next to a person in a Ku Klux Klan outfit. Democratic activists and presidential contenders ...

Trooper, suspect killed in shootout amid drug investigation

FARMVILLE, Va. (AP) — Authorities in Virginia say a state trooper and a suspect were killed in a shootout during a drug investigation. News outlets cite a Virginia State Police release that says Lucas B. Dowell was a member of a tactical team assisting the Piedmont Regional Drug and Gang ...

Federal prosecutors subpoena Trump’s inaugural committee

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors in New York issued a subpoena Monday seeking documents from Donald Trump's inaugural committee, furthering a federal inquiry into a fund that has faced mounting scrutiny into how it raised and spent its money. Inaugural committee spokeswoman Kristin ...

Blackface scandal spotlights racism in US

By ERRIN HAINES WHACK, AP National Writer When Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam refused to resign last week, he did so in the shadow of a Capitol built by a founding father and a slave owner, in the former seat of the Confederacy still wrestling with what to do about statues that honor those who ...

Super Bowl ad winners: Bud Light, Amazon

By MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — This year some of the Super Bowl ads that grabbed the greatest buzz were surprises, like Bud Light's "Game of Thrones" teaser. Other crowd-pleasers focused on humor, like Amazon's take on celebrity product testers. While the New England ...

5 die, 2 hospitalized when plane parts hit California house

YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) — Five people died and two others were injured after a small plane apparently came apart, raining debris across a Southern California neighborhood and igniting a house fire before landing in a backyard, authorities said Sunday. The male pilot, who was the only person ...

Trump campaign takes steps to prevent a challenge within GOP

By ZEKE MILLER and STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Worried about a potential Republican primary challenge, President Donald Trump's campaign has launched a state-by-state effort to prevent an intraparty fight that could spill over into the general-election campaign. The ...

Virginia gov. resists resignation call over blackface photo

By ALAN SUDERMAN, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam was clinging to office Monday morning amid nearly unanimous calls from his own party to resign over a racist photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook, after a bizarre weekend in which he first admitted he ...

Sen. Kamala Harris says the powerful seek to divide America

By JUANA SUMMERS, Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris, standing outside of Oakland's city hall, formally kicked off her campaign for the White House on Sunday, presenting herself as the leader who can best unite an America that is at an "inflection point" ...

Kamala Harris kicks off 2020 campaign, warns of divisions

By JUANA SUMMERS, Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris, standing outside of Oakland's city hall, formally kicked off her campaign for the White House by presenting herself as the leader who can best unite an America that is at an "inflection point" and facing ...

Trump rollbacks for fossil fuel industries carry steep cost

By MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — As the Trump administration rolls back environmental and safety rules for the energy sector, government projections show billions of dollars in savings reaped by companies will come at a steep cost: more premature deaths and illnesses ...

Trump casts doubt on seeing a budget deal that he’d accept

By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said the odds congressional negotiators will craft a deal to end his border wall standoff with Congress are "less than 50-50." As hundreds of thousands of furloughed federal workers prepared to return to work, Trump ...

Companies navigate dementia conversations with older workers

By ANDREW SOERGEL, For The Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Faced with an aging American workforce, companies are increasingly navigating delicate conversations with employees grappling with cognitive declines, experts say. Workers experiencing early stages of dementia may struggle with ...

Trump ally Stone charged with lying about hacked emails

By ERIC TUCKER and CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's confidant Roger Stone has been charged with lying about his pursuit of Russian-hacked emails damaging to Hillary Clinton's 2016 election bid. Prosecutors allege that senior Trump campaign officials ...

The shutdown today: Workers to get paid ‘in the coming days’

By The Associated Press What's up now that the partial government shutdown ended after 35 days: WHAT'S NEW President Donald Trump signed a short-term deal Friday to end the shutdown after delays at the nation's airports and widespread disruptions brought new urgency to efforts to resolve the ...

Undercover agents target cybersecurity watchdog

By RAPHAEL SATTER, AP Cybersecurity Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The researchers who reported that Israeli software was used to spy on Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi's inner circle before his gruesome death are being targeted in turn by international undercover operatives, The ...