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Trump attacks conservative lawmakers over health bill

By HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday attacked conservative lawmakers for the failure of the Republican bill to replace Barack Obama's health care law as his aides pledged to court moderate Democrats on upcoming initiatives from health care to tax ...

Medical pot bill in S. Carolina bolstered by conservatives

By SEANNA ADCOX, Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Rep. Eric Bedingfield once shunned all marijuana use, but when his eldest son's six-year struggle with opioid addiction ended with his overdose a year ago, the conservative Republican co-sponsored medical cannabis ...

Family of missing ex-FBI agent files lawsuit against Iran

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The family of a former FBI agent who went missing in Iran a decade ago on an unauthorized CIA assignment has filed a lawsuit against the Islamic Republic, accusing it of using "cold, cynical and false denials" to torture ...

Judge says Pulse lawsuit may be tossed out of federal court

By MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A judge says a lawsuit brought by victims of the Orlando nightclub massacre against the gunman's employer and wife may be tossed out of federal court. U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra last week issued an order raising questions about ...

Lefties, techies long at odds in SF, team up against Trump

By NICHOLAS RICCARDI, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Before Donald Trump's election, Laurence Berland viewed political protest as a sort of curiosity. He was in a good place to see it: San Francisco's Mission District, once an immigrant enclave in the country's heartland of radicalism ...

Brown swipes Trump for border wall, says California to fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown likened President Donald Trump to a strongman whose goal of walling off the U.S.-Mexico border conjures other infamous barriers from the past. Brown said during an interview broadcast Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" that the president's promised ...

Gorsuch hearings show him as careful, folksy, testy at times

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Nominees appearing before the Senate all have one goal in mind: Win confirmation. And when one party controls the Senate and the White House, the strategy of saying as little as possible doesn't vary much. But because Supreme Court nominees ...

Collapse of GOP health care bill puts effort into limbo

By ALAN FRAM and ERICA WERNER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans passed roughly 60 bills over the past six years dismembering President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Other than minor tweaks, they knew the measures would go nowhere because the Democrat still lived in ...

Man carrying a sword, dressed as Joker arrested in Virginia

WINCHESTER, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia have arrested a man who was dressed as comic book villain the Joker and reportedly carrying a sword. Winchester Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Hall said in a news release that the department got several 911 calls Friday afternoon reporting a ...

Failure on health bill also hurts prospects for tax overhaul

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans' failure to repeal Barack Obama's health care law deals a serious blow to another big part of President Donald Trump's agenda: tax reform. Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., say they will soon turn their ...