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Officials: Trump adviser asked FBI to dispute Russia reports

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — White House chief of staff Reince Priebus asked top FBI officials to dispute media reports that President Donald Trump's campaign advisers were frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents during the election, according to ...

Dakota Access oil pipeline could be operating within weeks

By BLAKE NICHOLSON and JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — Oil could be flowing through the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline in less than two weeks, according to court documents filed by the developer just before police and soldiers started clearing a protest camp ...

Indian man killed in possible racial shooting at Kansas bar

By JIM SUHR, Associated Press OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A man has been charged with murder in what some witnesses described as a racially motivated shooting at a crowded suburban Kansas City bar that left one Indian man dead and two other men hospitalized. Local police are working with the FBI to ...

Vulnerable Dems lay low as town hall angst rages

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — From Montana to West Virginia, the nation's most vulnerable Senate Democrats are avoiding town hall meetings as their Republican counterparts get pummeled by an energized electorate frustrated with President Donald Trump's early ...

Refugees of a certain age seek mainstream high schools

By MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — The handiwork posted outside a small classroom in the heart of Pennsylvania's Amish country hints at the ambition of the refugees studying at Phoenix Academy. I come from Africa and want to be an economist. I come from Tanzania and ...

Judge: Only 1 Cosby accuser can testify at sex assault trial

By MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A judge will let only one other accuser testify at Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial to bolster charges that the actor drugged and molested a woman at his estate near Philadelphia. The pivotal ruling Friday by a Pennsylvania judge ...

Governor: Dakota Access protesters can leave without arrest

By BLAKE NICHOLSON and JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — A few dozen people still occupying a sprawling encampment on federal land to protest construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline will have another chance to leave peacefully Thursday, North Dakota's ...

End of transgender bathroom rule gets conservative praise

By SADIE GURMAN and MARIA DANILOVA, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservatives are praising the Trump administration's rollback of public school bathroom requirements for transgender students, saying the move corrects a legal overreach by the Obama administration that is best left for ...

Immigrants fearing deportation under Trump change routines

By DEEPTI HAJELA and AMY TAXIN, Associated Press In Orange County, California, dozens of immigrant parents have signed legal documents authorizing friends and relatives to pick up their children from school and access their bank accounts to pay their bills in the event they are arrested by ...

Officer shoots suspect in central Kansas triple homicide

NEWTON, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a police officer has fatally shot a man suspected in a triple homicide in rural central Kansas. Harvey County Sheriff's Cpl. Tim Boese says officers responding to reports of a shooting found three bodies in a home in Newton, 25 miles north of Wichita, ...