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Trump to address NRA, raise money for key Congress race

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will become the first sitting president to address a National Rifle Association convention in more than 30 years when he speaks Friday at the group's annual meeting. The president's trip to Atlanta also will serve ...

Warren ‘troubled’ by report of Wall Street-paid Obama speech

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she's "troubled" by reports that former President Barack Obama will be paid $400,000 to speak at a September health care conference put on by Wall Street firm Cantor Fitzgerald. The Massachusetts Democrat said Thursday on SiriusXM's "Alter ...

Facing a pro-gun government, anti-gun movement feels defiant

By NANCY BENAC, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump, a favorite of the National Rifle Association, has custody of the Oval Office. The Republican-controlled Congress already has ditched one Obama-era rule to tighten access to guns. And an emboldened NRA has much more ambitious ...

Robots, tasers join battle against invasive species

By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — A robot zaps and vacuums up venomous lionfish in Bermuda. A helicopter pelts Guam's trees with poison-baited dead mice to fight the voracious brown tree snake. A special boat with giant winglike nets stuns and catches Asian carp in the ...

US economic growth weakened to 0.7 percent in first quarter

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy turned in the weakest performance in three years in the January-March quarter as consumers sharply slowed their spending. The result underscores the challenge facing President Donald Trump in achieving his ambitious ...

Trump tax plan leaves most of the hard work to Congress

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER and JOSH BOAK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's plan to overhaul the U.S. tax code leaves much of the heavy lifting to Congress. It also ignores years of hard work by the guy who will have to do a lot of that lifting: House Speaker Paul ...

United raising limit on payments to bumped flyers to $10,000

By DAVID KOENIG, AP Airlines Writer DALLAS (AP) — United Airlines says it will raise the limit — to $10,000 — on payments to customers who give up seats on oversold flights and will increase training for employees as it deals with fallout from the video of a passenger being violently ...

White House says Trump won’t immediately pull out of NAFTA

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has told the leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement at this time, just hours after administration officials said he was considering a draft executive order to ...

White House backs off as lawmakers work to avert shutdown

By ERICA WERNER, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers are nearing agreement on sweeping spending legislation to keep the lights on in government, after the White House backed off a threat to withhold payments that help lower-income Americans pay their medical bills. It ...

Trump ‘absolutely’ considered breaking up 9th Circuit Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, still chafing over rulings blocking his travel ban early this year, says he's considered breaking up the West Coast-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Asked during a White House interview by the Washington Examiner if he'd thought about proposals to ...