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Trump wishes for better libel laws after book slams him

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Plainly agitated by a new book portraying him as dysfunctional, President Donald Trump is bemoaning his country's "very weak" libel laws and making the case that he's "like, really smart" and, indeed, a "very stable genius." Trump defense ...

Told their treehouse must go, owners appeal to Supreme Court

By JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Lynn Tran and Richard Hazen built a Florida beachfront treehouse that would be the envy of any child. It's got two levels, hammocks and windows looking out on the Gulf of Mexico. But the hangout has cost the couple a handsome sum: about ...

Trump washes his hands of insurgency against GOP incumbents

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press THURMONT, Md. (AP) — President Donald Trump says he's done campaigning for insurgents challenging incumbent Republican members of Congress. Trump told reporters after meeting GOP House and Senate leaders at Camp David on Saturday that he's planning a robust ...

1 winning Powerball ticket to claim $570 million jackpot

MERRIMACK, N.H. (AP) — It's been a billion-dollar lottery weekend after a lone Powerball ticket sold in New Hampshire matched all six numbers and will claim a $570 million jackpot, one day after another single ticket sold in Florida nabbed a $450 million Mega Millions grand prize. The ...

US to end policy that let legal pot flourish

By SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is going after legalized marijuana. Sessions is rescinding a policy that had let legalized marijuana flourish without federal intervention across the country. That's according to two people with direct ...

Huge swath of US hit by winter storm, bringing snow, cold

By SUSAN HAIGH, Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Residents across a huge swath of the U.S. awakened Thursday to the beginnings of a massive winter storm expected to deliver snow, ice and high winds followed by possible record-breaking cold as it moves up the Eastern Seaboard from the ...

New year, new start? Not in President Trump’s Washington

By JULIE PACE, AP Washington Bureau Chief WASHINGTON (AP) — So much for a new year, new start. For Donald Trump, that energy-sapping 2017 cocktail of blistering presidential tweets, salacious White House infighting and jaw-dropping feuds with foreign adversaries has given way to, well, more ...

3 cars on Amtrak train with 311 passengers derail, none hurt

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Three cars on an Amtrak train carrying more than 300 passengers on a route from Miami to New York derailed in snow-covered Savannah after a fierce winter storm, but no injuries were reported. Amtrak spokesman Jason Abrams said Silver Meteor train 98 was backing slowly ...

Officials to draw name from bowl to decide election winner

By ALAN SUDERMAN, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — There's no winner yet in Virginia's hotly contested race for a House seat despite a general election, a recount and a legal battle. Now election officials are turning to a ceramic bowl. But even that may not be enough. Although a ...

Divided Democrats face liberal backlash on immigration

By STEVE PEOPLES and MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — With a new deadline fast approaching, Democrats in Congress are struggling to adopt a unified strategy to protect hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation. Their inaction has enraged liberal activists ...