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A frustrated Trump lashes out at special counsel Mueller

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday took out his frustrations over the intensifying Russia investigation by lashing out at special counsel Robert Mueller, signaling a possible shift away from a strategy of cooperating with a probe he ...

Security of state voter rolls a concern as primaries begin

By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY and SARAH ZIMMERMAN, Associated Press SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — With the Illinois primary just days away, state election officials are beefing up cyber defenses and scanning for possible intrusions into voting systems and voter registration rolls. They have good ...

Death penalty for drug traffickers part of Trump opioid plan

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's plan to combat opioid drug addiction calls for stiffer penalties for drug traffickers, including the death penalty where it's appropriate under current law. Administration officials say Trump also wants ...

Superstore chain Fred Meyer to stop selling guns, ammunition

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Superstore company Fred Meyer will stop selling guns and ammunition. The Portland, Oregon,-based chain in a statement Friday said it made the decision after evaluating customer preferences. The company sells guns at nearly 45 of its 132 stores in Oregon, Washington, ...

State: Voicemail about cracking in bridge wasn’t picked up

By ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON and JENNIFER KAY, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — An engineer left a voicemail two days before a catastrophic bridge failure in Miami to say some cracking had been found at one end of the concrete span, but the voicemail wasn't picked up until after the collapse, Florida ...

Trump lauds firing of ex-top FBI official as ‘great day’

By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In what President Donald Trump called "a great day for Democracy," Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired Andrew McCabe, a former FBI deputy director long scorned by Trump, two days before McCabe's scheduled retirement date, acting on the ...

Trump’s possible China tariffs send opponents scrambling

By LISA MASCARO and JOSH BOAK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is considering broad tariffs on imports from China and an announcement could come as soon as next week. Industry groups and some lawmakers are scrambling to prevent a new front in a potential trade war ...

Talks on trillion-dollar US budget bill reach crucial stage

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Top-level congressional talks on a $1.3 trillion catchall spending bill are reaching a critical stage as negotiators confront immigration, abortion-related issues and a battle over a massive rail project that pits President Donald Trump ...

Militia members accused of targeting Somalis to stand trial

By ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Three members of a militia group are set to stand trial on charges alleging they were plotting to bomb a mosque and a southwestern Kansas apartment complex where Somali refugees live. Gavin Wright, Patrick Stein and Curtis Allen have ...

PA race tighter-than-tight; Dem claims win, GOP hangs in

By BILL BARROW, MARC LEVY and STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press MT. LEBANON, Pa. (AP) — A razor's edge separated Democrat Conor Lamb and Republican Rick Saccone early Wednesday in their closely watched special election in Pennsylvania, where a surprisingly strong bid by first-time candidate ...