National News

Immigrant mom heads to court to get her son back

By MARTHA IRVINE and JULIE WATSON, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — When Lidia Karine Souza would call her 9-year-old son — allowed just 20 minutes per week — he would beg his mom though tears to do everything in her power to get him out of U.S. government custody and back to her. The ...

House backs $675 B spending bill for Pentagon

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved a $675 billion spending bill for the Defense Department that includes a 2.6 percent raise for the military. Lawmakers approved the bill, 359-49, on Thursday. The vote sends the bill to the Senate, where the Senate ...

Trump threatens Harley-Davidson with tax punishment for move

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump sought Tuesday to avoid blame for Harley-Davidson's decision to move some motorcycle production overseas and threatened to tax the manufacturer "like never before!" as punishment for the planned production ...

States, immigrant supporters demand family reunifications

By MICHAEL BALSAMO, WILL WEISSERT and GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Seventeen states, including New York and California, sued the Trump administration Tuesday to force it to reunite the thousands of immigrant children and parents it separated at the border, as pressure ...

High court rules against Calif. crisis pregnancy center law

By MARK SHERMAN and JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday effectively put an end to a California law that forces anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers to provide information about abortion. The 5-4 ruling also casts doubts on similar laws in Hawaii ...

Court upholds Trump travel ban, rejects discrimination claim

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A sharply divided Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld President Donald Trump's ban on travel from several mostly Muslim countries, rejecting a challenge that it discriminated against Muslims or exceeded his authority. A dissenting justice said ...

Trump’s clout within GOP on the line in Tuesday elections

By STEVE PEOPLES and MEG KINNARD, Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump is not on the ballot, but he has invested time, energy and political capital in a slate of primary contests across America that will again test his clout within his own party. Voters weigh in on ...

Ryan sets House vote on GOP immigration bill for Wednesday

By LISA MASCARO and ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan scheduled a long-awaited showdown vote on a broad Republican immigration bill for Wednesday, but is showing little confidence that the package will survive. Underscoring the legislation's weak ...

Sanders says she was told to leave Virginia restaurant

By KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was booted from a Virginia restaurant because she works for President Donald Trump, setting off a fierce debate about whether politics should play a role in how administration officals are ...

Zsa Zsa, the English bulldog, wins World’s Ugliest Dog title

PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) — A 9-year-old English bulldog was named the winner of the 2018 World's Ugliest Dog contest in the San Francisco Bay Area. Zsa Zsa won the title Saturday night at the Sonoma-Marin Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma. The dog's owner Megan Brainard of Anoka, Minnesota, ...