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Rep. Omar apologizes for tweets about support for Israel

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Freshman Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar has "unequivocally" apologized for tweets suggesting that members of Congress support Israel because they are being paid to do so, which drew bipartisan criticism and a rebuke from House Speaker Nancy ...

In Texas, Trump backs wall while O’Rourke rallies opponents

By JILL COLVIN and WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press EL PASO, Texas (AP) — President Donald Trump charged ahead with his pledge to build a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, skimming over the details of lawmakers' tentative deal that would give him far less than he's been demanding and declaring ...

Budget deal allows far less money than Trump wanted for wall

By ANDREW TAYLOR and ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional negotiators reached agreement to prevent a government shutdown and finance construction of new barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border, overcoming a late-stage hang-up over immigration enforcement issues that had ...

2 Parkland moms now divided over guns

By KELLI KENNEDY, Associated Press PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — It's an image that has become emblematic of the Parkland school massacre : two terrified moms outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, one of them a tall, weeping blonde with the black smudge of Ash Wednesday on her forehead, the other a ...

Iranian-Americans nurture new generations after revolution

By AMY TAXIN, Associated Press IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Minoo Sharifan came to the United States from Iran in the 1970s for graduate school, and like many others, wound up settling in America, starting a career and raising her family while a revolution upended her homeland and fractured ...

Democrats speechless as scandal engulfs Virginia’s leaders

By ALAN SUDERMAN, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — With Virginia's top three elected officials engulfed in scandal, fellow Democrats were rendered practically speechless, uncertain of how to thread their way through the racial and sexual allegations and their tangled political ...

New US-Mexico border barrier charts tricky course near homes

By ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press ALONG THE SAN DIEGO-TIJUANA BORDER (AP) — For all practical purposes, the purple-and-white stucco shrine that Jose Arias built to celebrate his recovery from a heart attack and honor his family lies in Mexico. The only way in and out of his plywood shack ...

Anti-abortion bills: Odds good in GOP states, not Congress

By DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer President Donald Trump's call for a ban on late-term abortions is unlikely to prevail in Congress, but Republican legislators in several states are pushing ahead with their own tough anti-abortion bills that they hope can pass muster with the Supreme ...

Democrats seek Green New Deal to address climate change

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York are calling for a Green New Deal intended to transform the U.S. economy to combat climate change and create thousands of jobs in renewable energy. The freshman lawmaker and ...

Senate panel set to approve Trump’s attorney general nominee

By MARY CLARE JALONICK and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee is poised to approve William Barr's nomination to be attorney general Thursday in a vote that is likely to be mostly along party lines as Democrats have questioned how transparent Barr ...

Trump calls for bipartisanship, a hard line on immigration

By JULIE PACE and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Face to face with emboldened Democrats, President Donald Trump called on Washington to cast aside "revenge, resistance and retribution" and end "ridiculous partisan investigations" in a State of the Union address delivered ...

Trump launching campaign to end HIV epidemic in US by 2030

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is launching a campaign to end the HIV epidemic in the United States by 2030, targeting areas where new infections happen and getting highly effective drugs to people at risk. His move is being greeted ...

High court upholds texting suicide manslaughter conviction

By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — The involuntary manslaughter conviction of a young woman who encouraged her boyfriend through dozens of text messages to kill himself was upheld Wednesday by Massachusetts' highest court. The Supreme Judicial Court agreed with a lower ...

Telemedicine’s challenge: Getting patients to click the app

By TOM MURPHY, AP Health Writer Walmart workers can now see a doctor for only $4. The catch? It has to be a virtual visit. The retail giant recently rolled back the $40 price on telemedicine, becoming the latest big company to nudge employees toward a high-tech way to get diagnosed and ...

Blackface photo reopens long history of bigotry in medicine

By DEEPTI HAJELA, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The racist photo on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's yearbook page wasn't the only thing that disgusted Monifa Bandele. She was especially appalled that the image was published as he was graduating from medical school on his way to become a ...

5 Takeaways from Trump's State of the Union speech By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump delivered his second State of the Union speech Tuesday night, calling on Democrats and Republicans to work together and making only brief reference to the rancor that ...

Trump calls for end of resistance politics in State of Union

By JULIE PACE and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing a divided Congress for the first time, President Donald Trump on Tuesday called on Washington to reject "the politics of revenge, resistance and retribution." He warned emboldened Democrats that "ridiculous partisan ...

Vietnam site for 2nd Trump-Kim summit may bring wins for all

By GRANT PECK, Associated Press BANGKOK (AP) — Vietnam's selection as the venue for the second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is largely a matter of convenience and security, but not without bigger stakes. Washington's goal for the talks Feb. 27-28 ...

Women in white: Dem solidarity stands out at State of Union

By LISA MASCARO and LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The women of the House wore white. The men wore dark suits. And the contrast laid bare the growing gender gap between Democrats and Republicans. Wearing the color of the suffragists, the Democratic women of the House put ...

Beto O’Rourke says he’ll decide on 2020 run by month’s end

By STEVE PEOPLES and WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Breaking months of near-silence about his political future, Democrat Beto O'Rourke said Tuesday that he would announce his decision about a 2020 presidential run "before the end of the month" and suggested he's leaning ...