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Tornado death confirmed as violent storms smack the South

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — The full extent of the damage was coming into view Sunday after a tornado smashed into a commercial district in a small Mississippi city, killing at least one person and shattering businesses as severe storms raked the South on a weekend of drenching rains and a rising ...

Congress mulls cap on what Medicare enrollees pay for drugs

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — With health care a top issue for American voters, Congress may actually be moving toward doing something this year to address the high cost of prescription drugs. President Donald Trump, Democrats trying to retire him in 2020, ...

Unclaimed $1.5B jackpot mystery: Winner died? Ticket lost?

By JEFFREY COLLINS and REBECCA SANTANA, Associated Press SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Nearly everyone in this small South Carolina town has a theory for the city's billion-dollar mystery: Who won the $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot announced last October? Maybe the winner was so overwhelmed ...

Oscars: Stars and stand-ins rehearse for the big show

By LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — It is decidedly casual inside the Dolby Theatre the day before the Oscars. Most people, celebrities included, are wearing jeans and sneakers, and in Brie Larson's case, a backpack, to practice presenting awards Saturday. Walking out with ...

A stern memo about Manafort says he ‘brazenly violated’ law

By CHAD DAY and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort committed crimes that cut to "the heart of the criminal justice system" and over the years deceived everyone from bookkeepers and banks to federal prosecutors and his own lawyers, ...

Chicago police seek follow-up interview with Jussie Smollett

By SARA BURNETT and GREG MCCUNE, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police said Sunday they're still seeking a follow-up interview with Jussie Smollett after receiving new information that "shifted" their investigation of a reported attack on the "Empire" actor. The trajectory of the ...

White House indicates Trump to veto disapproval of emergency

By ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump is prepared to issue the first veto of his term if Congress votes to disapprove his declaration of a national emergency along the U.S.-Mexico border, a top White House adviser said on Sunday. White House ...

Ex-FBI official: ‘Crime may have been committed’ by Trump

By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said in an interview that aired Sunday that a "crime may have been committed" when President Donald Trump fired the head of the FBI and tried to publicly undermine an investigation into his campaign's ...

Border wall could be tricky issue, especially for O’Rourke

By WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press EL PASO, Texas (AP) — When Donald Trump visited Beto O'Rourke's hometown to argue that walling off the southern border makes the U.S. safer, the former Democratic congressman and possible 2020 presidential hopeful was ready. As the president filled an El ...

Disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner released from prison

AYER, Mass. (AP) — Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner has been released from federal prison after being convicted of having illicit online contact with a 15-year-old girl in 2017. The Federal Bureau of Prisons website shows the 54-year-old New York Democrat is currently in the ...