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January 18, 2017

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  • Justices to hear free speech clash over offensive trademarks

    2 days, 13 hours ago

    (AP) The Slants aren't exactly a household name when it comes to music, but the Asian-American rock band has certainly made its mark in the legal world. The Oregon-based group has spent years locked in a First Amendment battle with the ...

  • Warren embraces her role as a top Democratic foil to Trump

    3 days ago

    (AP) BOSTON — Donald Trump's election has propelled Sen. Elizabeth Warren into an even sharper partisan spotlight as she embraces her role as a top Democratic foil to the Republican president-elect. In just the past few weeks, Warren has penned a ...

  • A young ex-president, Obama poised for a busy retirement

    3 days, 23 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — For Barack Obama, there's a presidential library to build, hundreds of millions of dollars to raise, causes to champion and a book to write. And don't forget that long-promised vacation with his wife. Looming retirement is looking like ...

  • Jennifer Holliday backs out of Trump inauguration gig

    3 days, 23 hours ago

    (AP) Broadway star Jennifer Holliday has backed out as a performer at next week's presidential inaugural, saying she did not realize that her participation would be interpreted as a statement of support for President-elect Donald Trump. Holliday, best known for her ...

  • Many motivations drive women to D.C. for inauguration protest

    3 days, 23 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Call them rebels with a cause. Or two. Or three. Or 10. When throngs of women from around the nation converge on Washington for a march on the day after Donald Trump's inauguration, they will arrive driven ...

  • Trump unleashes Twitter attack against congressional critic Lewis

    4 days ago

    (AP) NEW YORK — Donald Trump is lashing out at a Georgia congressman who described the Republican as an illegitimate president. Trump tweeted on Saturday that Democrat John Lewis "should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is ...

  • GOP Congress feels it has mandate to undo Obama's agenda

    15 days, 5 hours ago

    (AP) Republicans' grip on all levers of power stands as a mandate to the GOP-led Congress, which will move swiftly to try to undo eight years of outgoing President Barack Obama's agenda. With Republican President-elect Donald Trump just weeks away from ...

  • Russia, brushing off Obama, looks to friendlier Donald Trump

    19 days, 1 hour ago

    (AP) HONOLULU — Stung by new punishments, Russia is looking straight past President Barack Obama to Donald Trump in hopes the president-elect will reverse the tough U.S. stance toward Moscow of the last eight years. In a stunning embrace of a ...

  • With Ivanka Trump, the role of first daughter may evolve

    1 month, 1 day ago

    (AP) DES MOINES, Iowa — With Ivanka Trump, the typically minor role of a first daughter could get a major makeover. She was a key player in her father's winning campaign, and people are closely watching the next moves by President-elect ...

  • Trump wants S.C. Rep. Mick Mulvaney to be his budget director

    1 month, 2 days ago

    (AP) WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — As he prepared for the final stop on his postelection "thank you" tour, President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday announced his pick for White House budget director, a tough-on-spending conservative congressman who advocates balancing the federal ...

  • High, consistent education standards give military families a fighting chance

    1 month, 7 days ago

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  • Death penalty, the mentally disabled at issue for justices

    1 month, 22 days ago

    (AP) HOUSTON — The U.S. Supreme Court is set to examine whether the nation's busiest state for capital punishment is trying to put to death a convicted killer who's intellectually disabled, which would make him ineligible for execution under the court's ...

  • Trump children's roles blur line between transition, company

    1 month, 29 days ago

    (AP) NEW YORK — Nearly every morning since their father's stunning victory on Election Day, three of Donald Trump's grown children walk through the Trump Tower lobby and board an elevator. But are Don Jr., Ivanka and Eric going to the ...

  • Gold Star family of slain California soldier booed on flight

    1 month, 29 days ago

    (AP) STOCKTON, Calif. — The father of a California soldier recently killed in Afghanistan says he felt disrespected and hurt by passengers who booed him and his family when they were on a flight to meet his son's remains. Stewart Perry, ...

  • Political risks come with control of Washington for GOP

    2 months ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — For Republicans, there will be no one left to blame. As they prepare to take control of the White House and both chambers of Congress next year, Republicans are celebrating the opportunity to enact a new agenda for ...

  • Libertarian Gary Johnson on Trump, pot and locker room talk

    3 months ago

    (AP) He has climbed Mount Everest with an injured leg, built his own house by hand and served two terms as a Republican governor in New Mexico. Gary Johnson’s next goal? President of the United States. Or, at least make sure ...

  • Kaine defends campaign's respect for religion

    3 months, 3 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — The Latest on the 2016 presidential campaign (all times EDT): 9:45 a.m. Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton's running mate, is defending the campaign's respect for different religions after a leaked email by a Clinton aide suggested that Catholicism is ...

  • Trump belittles accusers as more turn up with sordid stories

    3 months, 5 days ago

    (AP) GREENSBORO, N.C.— Donald Trump acted out onstage an accuser's allegations and suggested another wasn't worthy of his attention the same day two more women came forward with years-old stories of unwanted sexual encounters with the Republican presidential nominee. With eight ...

  • Navy's new destroyer rides like 'a really souped-up' SUV

    3 months, 5 days ago

    (AP) BALTIMORE — What's a ride like in the Navy's largest and most sophisticated new destroyer? Capt. James Kirk compares it to "a really souped-up sport utility vehicle." "It's not like a Ferrari, but it's like a very big SUV that ...

  • Lawmakers vow to override Obama's veto of Sept. 11 bill

    3 months, 26 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Democrats and Republicans are vowing to decisively override President Barack Obama's veto of a bill to allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia for the kingdom's alleged backing of the terrorists who ...

  • New Smithsonian museum chronicling black history opens

    3 months, 26 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Centuries of struggles and strife, decades of planning and pain, and years of hoping for a place that African-American history can call home will culminate as President Barack Obama officially opens the Smithsonian National Museum of African American ...

  • A mystery solved: Where is Scalia buried?

    4 months, 14 days ago

    (AP) FAIRFAX, Va. — Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's funeral was attended by thousands and carried on live television, but when the hearse pulled away from the church and headed to his burial site, his family asked for privacy and Supreme ...

  • Ahead of fall election, Congress has a lengthy to-do list

    4 months, 15 days ago

    (AP) Congress has a long to-do list when lawmakers return from a seven-week recess Tuesday, but it's unclear if much of it will get done. Presidential politics will hover over all business in the month before lawmakers leave Washington again to ...

  • Sneak peek of new Smithsonian shows rich black history

    5 months ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Lonnie Bunch leans forward to peer inside a slave cabin from Edisto Island, S.C. The dark and cramped interior defies his attempts to showcase the small living space its occupants subsisted on. Bunch flips on the flashlight on ...

  • Key Senate race in Ohio shows increasing promise for GOP

    5 months, 17 days ago

    (AP) Ohio GOP Sen. Rob Portman announced another endorsement Wednesday from a labor union that had previously backed his Democratic opponent, former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland. It's the latest in a string of developments that has Republicans increasingly optimistic about keeping ...

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