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Trump, lawmakers squabble over whether they struck a deal

By ERICA WERNER and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The fate of 800,000 young immigrants hung in the balance as top lawmakers, White House officials and President Donald Trump himself squabbled over whether an agreement had been struck to protect them — and if so, exactly ...

Schools seek to help immigrants amid mixed signals on DACA

By JOCELYN GECKER and SOPHIA TAREEN, Associated Press BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Mixed signals from Washington over a possible agreement to preserve protections for young immigrants are increasing anxiety and confusion on college campuses, where the stakes are high. Amid the uncertainty, ...

Harvard removes title for Chelsea Manning amid CIA spat

By PATRICK MAIRS, Associated Press Harvard University reversed its decision to name Chelsea Manning a visiting fellow early Friday, a day after CIA Director Mike Pompeo scrapped a planned appearance over the title for the soldier who was convicted of leaking classified information. Douglas ...

Scientists: Ash tree species pushed to brink of extinction

By MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Five prominent species of ash tree in the eastern U.S. have been driven to the brink of extinction from years of lethal attack by a beetle, a scientific group says. Tens of millions of trees in the U.S. and Canada have already ...

What happened at dinner? Trump, Dems don’t see eye to eye

By ERICA WERNER and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday denied an assertion by the Democratic leaders in Congress that they had an agreement to preserve protections for young immigrants living illegally in America and to bolster U.S.-Mexico ...

Death of 8 at Florida nursing home sounds alarms after Irma

By TIM REYNOLDS and TERRY SPENCER, Associated Press HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane-scarred Florida warily eyed the fate of its most vulnerable residents and emergency workers were urged to immediately check on those in nursing homes after eight people died in a scorching facility that ...

Attacked in bed, safe a few feet away: Cuba mystery deepens

By JOSH LEDERMAN, MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The blaring, grinding noise jolted the American diplomat from his bed in a Havana hotel. He moved just a few feet, and there was silence. He climbed back into bed. Inexplicably, the agonizing sound ...

School shooting: A gun jams, and a student tries to help

BY NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press ROCKFORD, Wash. (AP) — Armed with a pistol and rifle, classmates say the shooter's face "was passive" in the hallway of a high school in a tiny Washington state town. He tried to fire a weapon, but it jammed, and another boy confronted him. "He ...

Trump heads to southwestern Florida to survey Irma recovery

By CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will hear directly from people affected by Irma's fury as he makes his third visit in less than three weeks to the storm-wracked South. Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence, was scheduled to visit Naples ...

Florida nun dons habit, grabs chain saw to help after Irma

MIAMI (AP) — A Florida nun is pitching in on the cleanup efforts following Hurricane Irma by taking a chain saw to downed trees while dressed in her full habit. Miami-Dade police posted video of Sister Margaret Ann at work on social media taken by an off-duty officer who came across ...