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O’Rourke’s immigration plan calls for pathway to citizenship

By WILL WEISSERT Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on Wednesday unveiled a sweeping immigration plan to seek a pathway to U.S. citizenship for 11 million people in the country illegally, deploy thousands of immigration lawyers to the southern ...

In emotional interviews, ex-Scouts open up about abuse

By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Sharing their stories doesn't come easily for these middle-aged men. At times, their eyes well up or their voices crack as they describe being sexually abused in the Boy Scouts and suffering from emotional damage long afterward. Looking ...

Colorado climber dies after reaching top of Mount Everest

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado climber died shortly after getting to the top of Mount Everest and achieving his dream of scaling the highest peaks on each of the seven continents, his brother said Monday. Christopher Kulish, a 62-year-old Boulder attorney, died Monday at a camp below the summit ...

Sanders 2020 looks like Sanders 2016, challenges and all

By STEVE PEOPLES, JUANA SUMMERS and HUNTER WOODALL Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It was supposed to be different this time. But three months into his second presidential campaign, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is struggling with some of the same challenges that sank his last bid: doubts ...

Trump wishes ‘happy Memorial Day’ to US, Japanese troops

By JILL COLVIN and DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press ABOARD THE USS WASP (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday wished "Happy Memorial Day" to U.S. service members aboard an American assault ship docked in Japan. They shouted "U.S.A. U.S.A." Trump called them a "tough bunch of people" ...

Supreme Court upholds Indiana abortion law on fetal remains

By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is upholding an Indiana law that requires abortion providers to dispose of aborted fetuses in the same way as human remains. But the justices are staying out of the debate over a broader, blocked provision that would ...

Trump plan would shift immigration focus to ‘merit’

By ZEKE MILLER, LISA MASCARO and JILL COLVIN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Unveiling a new immigration plan, President Donald Trump said he wanted to provide a sharp contrast with Democrats, and he did — aiming to upend decades of family-based immigration policy with a new approach ...

Missouri House expected to pass abortion ban at 8 weeks

By SUMMER BALLENTINE Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Republican-led House is expected to pass a sweeping bill to ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy on lawmakers' final day in session Friday, joining Alabama and several other states that have moved recently to ...

Courts weigh Trump’s plan to tap Pentagon for border wall

By DAISY NYUGEN and ELLIOT SPAGAT Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — President Donald Trump is moving fast to spend billions of dollars to build a wall on the Mexican border with money secured under his declaration of a national emergency, but he first must get past the courts. On ...

Roy Moore weighs AL Senate re-run despite GOP opposition

By ALAN FRAM and KIM CHANDLER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative lightning rod Roy Moore of Alabama, narrow loser of a turbulent special election for Senate in 2017, is considering a fresh run next year. National Republican leaders are signaling they'll again try preventing ...

US: Flynn described efforts to interfere with cooperation

By ERIC TUCKER and MICHAEL BALSAMO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn told the special counsel's office that people connected to the Trump administration and Congress sought to influence his cooperation with the Russia investigation, ...

Channeling maybe-yes, maybe-no Mueller: Speak, Bob, Speak!

By NANCY BENAC Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — See Bob investigate. Read Bob's report. Wait, Bob, what? For nearly two years, the nation watched and waited as special counsel Robert Mueller investigated President Donald Trump and his campaign for potential collusion with Russia and ...

White House hopefuls swarm rival’s home turf of California

By BRIAN SLODYSKO Associated Press BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The Democrats who want to be president are swarming California, competing for campaign cash and media attention while courting longtime allies of home-state Sen. Kamala Harris on their rival's own turf. Former Vice President ...

California reporter vows to protect source after police raid

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A freelance journalist is vowing to protect his source after San Francisco police raided his home and office while keeping him handcuffed for several hours as part of a criminal investigation, according to a newspaper report. Bryan Carmody told the Los Angeles Times that ...

Washington to offer first ‘public option’ insurance in US

By TOM JAMES The Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — Washington is set to become the first state to enter the private health insurance market with a universally available public option. A set of tiered public plans will cover standard services and are expected to be up to 10% cheaper than ...

Prosecutor: Dogs detected decomposition in missing girl case

By JUAN A. LOZANO Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Trained dogs detected the scent of human decomposition in the vehicle of a man arrested in connection with the disappearance of a 4-year-old Texas girl, according to a prosecutor. Derion Vence, 26, remained jailed Sunday on a $1 million bond ...

Hearing in Colorado school shooting put off until next week

By P. SOLOMON BANDA and KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Prosecutors investigating the case against two students suspected of shooting nine classmates, one fatally, in a suburban Denver charter school have until next week to decide what charges to pursue, a judge ruled ...

Farrakhan delivers insult while denying he’s anti-Semitic

By HERBERT G. McCANN Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan referenced "Satanic Jews" in a speech denying allegations of anti-Semitism, misogyny and homophobia after Facebook banned him from the social media platform. During the speech Thursday at a ...

Utah event celebrates Transcontinental Railroad anniversary

By BRADY McCOMBS Associated Press PROMONTORY, Utah (AP) — Music, bells and cannon fire rang out Friday at a remote spot in the Utah desert where the final spikes of the Transcontinental Railroad were hammered 150 years ago, uniting a nation long separated by vast expanses of desert, ...

Space-tourism enters ‘home stretch’ toward commercial flight

By MORGAN LEE Associated Press SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Billionaire Richard Branson is moving Virgin Galactic's winged passenger rocket and more than 100 employees from California to a remote commercial launch and landing facility in southern New Mexico, bringing his space-tourism dream a step ...