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  • President Donald Trump gestures after speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Officials: Trump adviser asked FBI to dispute Russia reports
    Washington • White House chief of staff Reince Priebus asked top FBI officials to dispute media reports that Donald Trump’s campaign advisers were fre...
    Updated Feb 24 2017 09:54 am   |     |   Share
  • President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) ’No anonymous sources,’ Trump scolds — after WH uses them
    Washington • Donald Trump used his first presidential appearance before the nation’s largest gathering of conservative activists on Friday to sharply ...
    Updated Feb 24 2017 09:54 am   |     |   Share
  • J.C. Penney to close 13 to 14 percent of stores
    New York • J.C. Penney is joining its department store rivals in pruning its store numbers in an era of online shopping. Penney said Friday that it wi...
    Updated Feb 24 2017 09:58 am   |     |   Share
  • In this photo taken on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, 10 year-old Anna Thulin-Myge is photographed at her home in Haugesund, Norway. Anna was born a boy but is now legally a girl. Only Malta and Norway allow children to swap gender without a doctor’s agreement or intervention. She says changing in the girls’ locker room and using the girls’ bathroom at school makes her feel included. (AP Photo/Odin Omland) Other nations shaking heads at US transgender toilet battle
    Dublin • Coming out as a transgender boy brought untold relief to Irish student Lucas Cross. After years of holding it in, he could finally start usin...
    Updated Feb 24 2017 07:57 am   |     |   Share


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  • A backhoe rips through a wood structure to begin the cleaning up process at the Oceti Sakowin camp as law enforcement swept through the camp arresting the final Dakota Access oil pipeline protesters in Morton County Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, near Cannon Ball, N.D. (Mike McCleary/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, Pool) Dakota Access oil pipeline could be operating within weeks
    Cannon Ball, N.D. • Oil could be flowing through the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline in less than two weeks, according to court documents filed by...
    Updated Feb 24 2017 08:00 am   |     |   Share
  • Montana abortion bill would make doctors try to save fetus
    Helena, Mont. • Montana lawmakers pushed forward with a measure that would effectively ban all abortions after 24 weeks of pregnancy, regardless of th...
    Updated Feb 24 2017 08:03 am   |     |   Share
  • In this Feb. 15, 2017, photo, Shukuru Amanya works with paper letters in an English language class at Phoenix Academy in Lancaster, Pa. Amanya, 18, was born in a refugee camp in Tanzania to parents who had fled Congo. She said she attended school there, in French, through 11th grade and came to the U.S. last fall with her husband and daughter. (AP Photo/Michael Rubinkam) Refugees of a certain age seek mainstream high schools
    Lancaster, Pa. • The handiwork posted outside a small classroom in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Amish country hints at the ambition of the refugees stu...
    Updated Feb 24 2017 08:00 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2017 file photo, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. From Missouri to Montana, the nation’s most vulnerable Senate Democrats are avoiding town hall meetings altogether this week as their Republican counterparts get pummeled by an energized electorate frustrated with President Donald Trump’s early agenda.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) Vulnerable Dems lay low as town hall angst rages
    New York • From Montana to West Virginia, the nation’s most vulnerable Senate Democrats are avoiding town hall meetings as their Republican counterpar...
    Updated Feb 24 2017 08:00 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - This Friday, May 23, 2014, file photo, shows the sign at a Taco Bell in Mount Lebanon, Pa. Taco Bell spokesman Rob Poetsch said Feb. 23, 2017, that theits Naked Chicken Chalupa, a sandwhich with a shell made out of fried chicken, will be pulled from menus as it was always intended to be a limited time offer. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) Taco Bell pulling popular chicken-shelled chalupa
    Irvine, Calif. • A Taco Bell treat that has a shell made entirely of fried chicken will vanish from the fast food chain’s menu despite its popularity....
    Updated Feb 23 2017 04:09 pm   |     |   Share
  • Republican lawmakers ‘go negative’ more often than Democrats, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis
    Republican U.S. lawmakers are significantly more likely than their Democratic colleagues to “go negative” and attack their political opponents in offi...
    Updated Feb 23 2017 12:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • Transgender teen to press Supreme Court case despite Trump administration guidance
    Washington Attorneys for a transgender teen who sued his school board for barring him from the boys’ bathroom said Thursday that they plan to continue...
    Updated Feb 23 2017 11:54 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2011 file photo, House Speaker John Boehner, second left, of Ohio participates in a ceremonial House swearing-in ceremony for Del. Eni H. Faleomavaega, third from right, D-American Samoa, on Capitol Hill in Washington. American Samoa’s longest serving non-voting delegate to the U.S House of Representatives Faleomavaega died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, at age 73. His sister-in-law, Therese Hunkin, didn’t disclose the cause of death but said he died at his home in Provo, Utah.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) American Samoa’s ex-delegate dies at 73 in Provo
    Pago Pago, American Samoa • American Samoa’s longest serving non-voting delegate to the U.S House of Representatives Eni H. Faleomavaega died Wednesda...
    Updated Feb 23 2017 07:08 pm   |     |   Share
  • President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with manufacturing executives in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Trump touts recent immigration raids, calls them a ‘military operation’
    President Donald Trump on Thursday celebrated what he called “a military operation” to round up and deport undocumented immigrants who have committed ...
    Updated Feb 23 2017 07:07 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, second from left, waves as he is introduced for a panel discussion at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. From left are, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) Conservatives learn dealing with Trump can be complicated
    Oxonhill, Md. • For the past eight years, thousands of conservative activists have descended on Washington each spring with dreams of putting a Republ...
    Updated Feb 23 2017 12:12 pm   |     |   Share
  • Arkansas Supreme Court strikes city’s LGBT protections
    Little Rock, Ark. • The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a city’s ordinance banning discrimination based on a person’s sexual orientatio...
    Updated Feb 23 2017 05:52 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - This undated image shows shows an artist’s rendering of NASA’s Juno spacecraft making a close pass over Jupiter. On Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, NASA said its the spacecraft is stuck making long laps around the gas giant because of sticky valves. (NASA via AP) NASA’s Jupiter-circling spacecraft stuck making long laps
    Cape Canaveral, Fla. • NASA’s Jupiter-circling spacecraft is stuck making long laps around the gas giant because of sticky valves. It currently takes ...
    Updated Feb 23 2017 12:09 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2016 file photo, singer Rihanna poses for photographers as she arrives to Christian Dior’s Spring-Summer 2017 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented in Paris. Harvard University will present the singer with the Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, during a ceremony on campus in Cambridge, Mass., (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File) Rihanna is named Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year
    Cambridge, Mass. • Rihanna has been named the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year. The Grammy Award-winning singer will receive the Harva...
    Updated Feb 23 2017 12:09 pm   |     |   Share
  • Analysis: James O’Keefe’s ‘CNN Leaks’ are totally overrated
    Maybe there is a bombshell yet to come. Maybe. But the debut of James O’Keefe’s “CNN Leaks” Thursday morning can only be described as underwhelming. O...
    Updated Feb 23 2017 12:03 pm   |     |   Share
  • Conservative activist O’Keefe posts tapes targeting CNN
    New York • Conservative activist James O’Keefe on Thursday released what he said are 119 hours of raw audio secretly recorded inside CNN’s Atlanta hea...
    Updated Feb 23 2017 11:57 am   |     |   Share
  • Justice Ginsburg praises media and the role of a free press
    Washington • Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is praising the media at a time when the Trump administration has accused reporters of being di...
    Updated Feb 23 2017 11:57 am   |     |   Share
  • $3.35M settlement for family of black teen killed by officer
    Madison, Wis. • Relatives of an unarmed black teenager who was fatally shot by a police officer will receive $3.35 million to settle a federal civil r...
    Updated Feb 23 2017 11:54 am   |     |   Share
  • Protesters then took to Euclid Street, blocking traffic and marching north toward Ball Road, where they congregated in the intersection for several minutes in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. A Los Angeles policeman is under investigation after a video appears to show him firing a single round during an off-duty tussle with a 13-year-old boy. No one was injured but two teenagers were arrested after the incident, which spurred dozens of people to protest against police Wednesday night in the streets of Anaheim, where the officer lives and the confrontation occurred. (Joshua Sudock/The Orange County Register via AP) Off-duty officer’s fight with teens sets off California protests
    Anaheim, Calif. • An off-duty California officer who didn’t want teens walking across his lawn fired his gun during a struggle with a 13-year-old boy ...
    Updated Feb 23 2017 09:44 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this Sept. 29, 2014 photo, Marcelo Crivella, bishop of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, who was running for governor of Rio de Janeiro state, campaigns at Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. While campaigning last year to be Rio de Janeiro’s mayor, Crivella, a Pentecostal pastor from one of Brazil’s most powerful evangelical churches, repeatedly argued that his faith would not get in the way of governing the nation’s most famous city. (AP Photo/Leo Correa) Brazil’s sexy Carnival puts Pentecostal mayor in tight spot
    Rio de Janeiro • While campaigning last year to become Rio de Janeiro’s mayor, Marcelo Crivella, a retired Pentecostal bishop, insisted his faith woul...
    Updated Feb 23 2017 11:48 am   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2017 file photo, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks in Washington. While Oklahoma’s attorney general, emails show that new Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt was in frequent contact with fossil fuel companies and special interest groups working to undermine federal efforts to curb planet-warming carbon emissions.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) Emails show new EPA boss cozy with oil, gas execs
    Washington • While serving as Oklahoma’s attorney general, new EPA chief Scott Pruitt coordinated closely with fossil-fuel companies and special-inter...
    Updated Feb 22 2017 08:13 pm   |     |   Share