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Trump signs $1.3 trillion budget after threatening veto

By JILL COLVIN, CATHERINE LUCEY, LISA MASCARO and ALAN FRAM of The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending measure Friday, averting a midnight government shutdown just hours after declaring he was considering a veto. Trump said he was "very ...

Fired Tillerson says farewell to ‘a very mean-spirited town’

By JOSH LEDERMAN and MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — He came, he saw, he got fired on Twitter. And now Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said farewell, with a parting plea Thursday to America's diplomats not to let anyone violate their integrity. Tillerson did not mention ...

House OKs compromise $1.3 trillion budget bill, Senate next

By ANDREW TAYLOR and LISA MASCARO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The House easily approved a bipartisan $1.3 trillion spending bill Thursday that pours huge sums into Pentagon programs and domestic initiatives ranging from building roads to combatting the nation's opioid abuse crisis, ...

Lead Trump lawyer in Russia probe leaves in legal shake-up

By CHAD DAY and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's lead lawyer in the special counsel's Russia investigation has resigned amid a shake-up of the president's team, an exit that removes the primary negotiator and legal strategist who had been molding ...

Police: Austin bomber’s motive still unknown, despite video

By JIM VERTUNO and WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (AP) — A 25-minute cellphone video left behind by the bomber whose deadly explosives terrorized Austin for weeks details the differences among the weapons he built and amounts to a confession, police said. But his motive ...

Mueller examining Cambridge Analytica, Trump campaign ties

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller is scrutinizing the connections between President Donald Trump's campaign and the data mining firm Cambridge Analytica, which has come under fierce criticism over reports that it swiped the data of more ...

How the Parkland teens are pulling off a worldwide movement

By KELLI KENNEDY, Associated Press PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — They can't buy a beer or rent a car and most aren't even old enough to vote, yet the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have spearheaded what could become one of the largest marches in history with nearly 1 million ...

Austin bomber blows self up; fears of more explosives remain

By JIM VERTUNO, Associated Press ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) — The suspect in a series of bombing attacks that terrorized Austin over the past few weeks blew himself up early Wednesday as law enforcement closed in on him. Authorities warned of concern that more explosives might still be out ...

Officer’s response praised as school shooting ends quickly

By MATTHEW BARAKAT and JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press GREAT MILLS, Md. (AP) — In the latest school shooting in America, the gunfire was over and done with in less than a minute. This time, the shooter, a 17-year-old student, was killed. Authorities said a 16-year-old girl who had some ...

Spending talks nearly done, $1.3T bill soon to be unveiled

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Talks over a $1.3 trillion government spending bill neared completion Wednesday as the White House and Capitol Hill Democrats ironed out deals on a first round of funding for President Donald Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall. GOP aides ...