Trump tries to close health care deal with GOP skeptics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Showdown day at hand, Republicans remained short of votes Thursday for their showpiece health care overhaul, hoping for President Donald Trump to close the deal with balky conservatives at a White House meeting.

IS group claims responsibility for London car, knife attack

LONDON (AP) -- The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Thursday for an attack by a man who plowed an SUV into pedestrians on a crowded London bridge and then stabbed a police officer to death on the grounds of Britain's Parliament.

Spying claim by intel chair renews Russia probe fight

WASHINGTON -- Private communications of Donald Trump and his presidential transition team may have been scooped up by American intelligence officials monitoring other targets and improperly distributed throughout spy agencies, the chairman of the House intelligence committee said Wednesday -- an extraordinary public airing of often-secret information that brought swift protests from Democrats.

‘Gong Show’ creator Chuck Barris dies at 87

NEW YORK -- Chuck Barris, whose game show empire included The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game and that infamous factory of cheese, The Gong Show, has died. He was 87.

California may face ‘very significant risk’ from dam

SAN FRANCISCO -- California is courting a "very significant risk" if a damaged spillway on the nation's tallest dam is not operational by the next rainy season, and the state's plan for the work leaves no time for any delays, a team of safety experts has warned in a report obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press.

Trump ex-campaign chief linked to Putin interests

WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to advance the interests of Vladimir Putin a decade ago and proposed an ambitious political strategy to undermine anti-Russian opposition across former Soviet republics, The Associated Press has learned.

High court bolsters rights of learning-disabled students

WASHINGTON -- A unanimous Supreme Court on Wednesday bolstered the rights of millions of learning-disabled students in a ruling that requires public schools to offer special education programs that meet higher standards. The court struck down a lower standard endorsed by President Donald Trump's nominee to the high court.

Retirement dreams fizzle for some workers

CHICAGO -- Workers dreaming of early retirement are getting the jitters as Washington debates replacing the Obama-era health care law with a system that could be a lot more expensive for many older Americans.

Poll sees optimism increase with age

NEW YORK -- Feel down about getting older? Wish your life was better? Worried about all the problems that come with age?

Leaders need votes for health bill on eve of House showdown

WASHINGTON -- The long-awaited House showdown a day away, President Donald Trump and Republican leaders cajoled recalcitrant GOP lawmakers Wednesday to back their health care overhaul. Conservatives insisted they had the votes to torpedo the measure, leaving the party's top legislative priority dangling perilously.

Proposal would bar discrimination toward climate change doubters

AUGUSTA, Maine -- Maine laws protect people from discrimination based on factors such as race, disabilities and sexual orientation, and a Republican lawmaker wants to add a person's beliefs about climate change to that list.

4 dead in vehicle, knife attack near British Parliament

LONDON (AP) -- A knife-wielding man went on a deadly rampage at the heart of Britain's seat of power Wednesday, mowing down pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge before stabbing an armed police officer to death inside the gates of Parliament. Four people were killed, including the attacker, and about 20 others were injured.

GOP lawmaker: Trump communications may have been ‘monitored’

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The chairman of the House intelligence committee said Wednesday that the communications of Trump transition officials -- possibly including President Donald Trump himself -- may have been "monitored" after the election as part of an "incidental collection."

South Dakota, Iowa confirm vandalism on Dakota Access pipeline

BISMARCK, N.D. -- Authorities in South Dakota and Iowa on Tuesday confirmed incidents of vandalism against the Dakota Access oil pipeline in which someone burned a hole through an empty section of pipe.

Gorsuch: No one is above the law

WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch declared Tuesday he's made no promises to Donald Trump or anyone else about how he'll vote on abortion or other issues and testified he'll have no trouble as a justice holding anyone accountable, including the president who picked him.

Labradors retrievers extend dog popularity record; Rottweilers rise

NEW YORK -- Labrador retrievers have extended their record run as America's most popular dog breed, leading the American Kennel Club's new rankings for a 26th straight year.

Closer ties with Russia uncertain as Tillerson plans trip next month

WASHINGTON -- With Russia-tinged investigations swirling around his administration, President Donald Trump has yet to fulfill a campaign pledge of closer cooperation with Moscow. A planned trip by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Russia could test if detente proves anything more than talk.

Lawmaker charged withchild prostitution to resign

OKLAHOMA CITY -- A Republican state senator charged with child prostitution once proposed a bill to prohibit the use of human fetuses in food and spent 17 years working with a program that introduces young people to government.

No new threat led to airline laptop limits, officials say

WASHINGTON -- U.S. and British officials said Tuesday the decision to bar laptops and tablets from the cabins of some international flights wasn't based on any specific threat but on longstanding concerns about terrorists targeting jetliners.

Trump to GOP: Pass health care bill or seal your fate

WASHINGTON -- Time for talk running out, President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned wavering House Republicans that their jobs were on the line in next year's elections if they failed to back a GOP bill that would upend Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

S. Korean prosecutors grill ousted president

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea's just-ousted president returned home early Wednesday after being grilled by prosecutors in a long-awaited investigation of corruption allegations that ended her rule and now threaten to put her in jail.

Passed-out pilot in Canada pleads guilty to being impaired

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- A pilot who passed out in a cockpit before a scheduled flight in Canada pleaded guilty Tuesday to being impaired while in control of an aircraft.

Israel draws up plans for mass evacuations

JERUSALEM -- If Islamic militants in Gaza or Lebanon go to war with Israel, they could find their usual targets empty.

Trump signs bill authorizing NASA funding, Mars exploration

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump signed a bill into law Tuesday that updates NASA's mission to add exploration of Mars and authorizes $19.5 billion in spending for the U.S. space agency for the current budget year.

Trump warns GOP of political costs of rejecting health bill

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned House Republicans they would lose their seats in next year's midterm elections if they failed to back the GOP health care overhaul and fulfill a long-promised goal to undo Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

‘No man is above the law’ Supreme Court pick says on Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch said Tuesday that "no man is above the law" when pressed on whether President Donald Trump could reinstitute torture as a U.S. interrogation method.

Comey says FBI probing Trump-Russia links

WASHINGTON -- The FBI is investigating whether Donald Trump's associates coordinated with Russian officials in an effort to sway the 2016 presidential election, Director James Comey said Monday in an extraordinary public confirmation of a probe the president has refused to acknowledge, dismissed as fake news and blamed on Democrats.

Gorsuch vows to be independent

WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch pledged to be independent or "hang up the robe" as the U.S. Senate began rancorous hearings Monday on President Donald Trump's conservative pick to fill a Supreme Court seat that has been vacant for more than a year.

Norway tops happy report, America falls

OSLO, Norway -- If you want to pursue happiness, grab a winter coat. A new report shows Norway is the happiest country on Earth, Americans are getting sadder, and it takes more than just money to be happy.

FBI probing possible links between Russia, Trump associates

WASHINGTON (AP) -- FBI Director James Comey confirmed Monday that the bureau is investigating possible links and coordination between Russia and associates of President Donald Trump as part of a broader probe of Russian interference in last year's presidential election.

Bitter partisanship on display at Supreme Court hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bitter partisanship marked the start of Senate confirmation hearings for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick on Monday, as Democrats angrily condemned Republicans for refusing to act on Barack Obama's nominee last year and Republicans accused Democrats of playing politics.

North Korea tests high-thrust rocket engine

TOKYO -- North Korea has conducted a ground test of a new type of high-thrust rocket engine that leader Kim Jong Un is calling a revolutionary breakthrough for the country's space program, the North's state media said Sunday.

China sets record for U.S. lobster imports

ROCKPORT, Maine -- The expanding market for lobsters in China is continuing to grow, with the country setting a new record for the value of its imports of the crustaceans from the United States.

Italy president hugs those like him who lost family to mafia

ROME -- Italy's president, whose brother was murdered by Cosa Nostra, traveled on Sunday to an organized crime stronghold to honor hundreds of Italians slain by the country's crime clans over the past decades.

Journalist Jimmy Breslin dies at 88

NEW YORK -- Jimmy Breslin scored one of his best-remembered interviews with President John F. Kennedy's gravedigger and once drove straight into a riot where he was beaten to his underwear.

Former dairy farmer leads Trump-Russia probe

WASHINGTON -- Devin Nunes once said all he wanted to do was work on a dairy farm. Now the Republican from the rural Central Valley of California is running one of the most scrutinized, complex and politically fraught congressional investigations in recent memory.

Air Force shrinks nuclear arsenal

WASHINGTON -- The Air Force is quietly shrinking its deployed force of land-based nuclear missiles as part of a holdover Obama administration plan to comply with an arms control treaty with Russia. The reductions are nearing completion despite President Donald Trump's argument that the treaty gives Moscow an unfair advantage in nuclear firepower.

Supreme Court to consider dispute over family’s land

WASHINGTON -- The Murr family's path to the Supreme Court began on the scenic banks of Wisconsin's St. Croix River, when a group of siblings tried to sell one of two waterfront plots.

Meetup takes a risky leap into the Trump resistance

NEW YORK -- Meetup is taking a leap into the Trump resistance. The New York-based networking site will unveil plans in the coming days to partner with a labor group -- under the guidance of a former Hillary Clinton aide -- to coordinate protests among more than 120,000 activists already involved with anti-Trump Meetup groups.

Efforts to replace pipes in Flint slow

FLINT, Mich. -- Flint residents could still be a few years away from drinking unfiltered tap water as the city makes incremental progress on an ambitious -- if not overly optimistic -- timeframe to replace old water service lines that leached lead into homes and businesses.

Officials say blaze near Boulder may have been human-caused

Firefighters made progress Sunday in battling a small wildfire that forced people to flee hundreds of homes in the mountains just outside downtown Boulder, Colorado, and authorities said they believe the blaze may have been human-caused.

Chuck Berry, rock ’n’ roll legend, dies at 90

NEW YORK — Chuck Berry, rock ’n’ roll’s founding guitar hero and storyteller who defined the music’s joy and rebellion in such classics as “Johnny B. Goode,” “Sweet Little Sixteen” and “Roll Over Beethoven,” died Saturday at his home west of St. Louis. He was 90.

Republicans at odds over Medicaid

The House GOP health care bill has competition from other Republicans, a group of governors who've made their own proposal about how to overhaul Medicaid for low-income people. They're hoping GOP senators will find their ideas more persuasive.The House GOP health care bill has competition from other Republicans, a group of governors who've made their own proposal about how to overhaul Medicaid for low-income people. They're hoping GOP senators will find their ideas more persuasive.

Trump: U.S. ‘must be paid more’

President Donald Trump said Saturday that Germany owes "vast sums of money" to NATO and the U.S. "must be paid more" for providing defense, reiterating his stance that European allies need to meet their end of the bargain if they are to continue benefiting from the military alliance.

Trump wants to build 30-foot-high wall at border

The Trump administration wants to build a 30-foot-high border wall that looks good from the north side and is difficult to climb or cut through, according to a pair of contract notices posted to a government website further detailing President Donald Trump's promise to build a "big, beautiful wall" at the Mexican border.

NTSB pledges report on fatal Biloxi bus crash within 3 weeks

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) -- Investigators said Friday that a preliminary report on the train-bus crash that killed four Texas tourists should be ready within two to three weeks.

Trump sticks to unproved wiretap accusation against Obama

President Donald Trump defiantly refused to back down from his explosive claim that Barack Obama wiretapped his phones, and sidestepped any blame for the White House decision to highlight an unverified report that Britain helped carry out the alleged surveillance.

In Beijing, Tillerson urges China-US cooperation on North Korea

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Saturday pushed for closer China-U.S. cooperation on dealing with North Korea's nuclear program in his first face-to-face talks with top Chinese diplomats.

Republican health care plan creates budget problems for GOP

Republicans intent on scrapping Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act have a budget problem.

GOP, Dem lawmakers decry Trump’s cut to Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels, the popular service that provides food to the elderly, would see a sharp funding cut under President Donald Trump's budget proposal.