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18 die amid apparent winter tornadoes, other storms in South

By JAY REEVES and BRENDAN FARRINGTON, Associated Press ADEL, Ga. (AP) — A vast storm system that kicked up apparent tornadoes, shredded mobile homes and left other destruction scattered around the Southeast has claimed at least 18 lives on its two-day assault on the region. Authorities said ...

Trump begins first week in office with outreach

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is set to meet with congressional leaders from both parties to discuss his agenda, as he enters his first official week in the White House and works to begin delivering on his ambitious campaign promises. Trump has ...

2 suspects in custody in deadly San Antonio mall shooting

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Two suspects are in custody Monday after a robbery in a San Antonio shopping mall ended in a shooting that left one man dead and several other people injured, police said. Police Chief William McManus said the two suspects robbed a jewelry store at the Rolling Oaks Mall on ...

Police: Man’s finger cut off by trio with machete, knives

NEW YORK (AP) — Police say three men wielding a machete and knives attacked a man in New York City, slashing him and cutting off one of his fingers. Police say the trio assaulted a 25-year-old man inside a stairwell in the Bedford Park neighborhood of the Bronx. Police say the victim's ...

Protesters take control of Mexican border crossing with US

By ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Protesters took control of vehicle lanes at one of the busiest crossings on the U.S. border Sunday to oppose Mexican gasoline price hikes, waving through motorists into Mexico after Mexican authorities abandoned their ...

Rubio faces moment of truth on secretary of state vote

By ERICA WERNER, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — All eyes are on Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida as a Senate committee is poised to vote on President Donald Trump's nominee to be secretary of state. The nomination of Rex Tillerson got a boost on Sunday after two influential ...

Defiant women to Trump: Your agenda won’t go unchallenged

By NANCY BENAC and BEN NUCKOLS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In a global exclamation of defiance and solidarity, more than 1 million people rallied at women's marches in the nation's capital and cities around the world Saturday to send President Donald Trump an emphatic message on his ...

Trump turns to routine matters after day of bashing media

By JULIE PACE and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, who spent his first full day in office berating the media over their coverage of his inauguration, will spend Sunday engaged in more routine matters, like overseeing the swearing in of high-level ...

Trump hotel starts ‘inaugural tradition’ amid ethics concern

By JULIE BYKOWICZ, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Red, white and blue balloons rained down over crystal chandeliers in the soaring atrium of the Trump International Hotel at midnight in "a new inaugural tradition," its social media account promised. But while President Donald Trump's ...

George Krimsky, 1970s AP correspondent in Soviet Union, dies

WASHINGTON, Conn. (AP) — Journalist and author George Krimsky, who covered Charles Manson's arrest, the Lebanese civil war and dissident activity in the Soviet Union and co-founded a center for international journalists, has died at age 75. Krimsky, who lived in Washington, died Friday after ...

Bogus bongs or bogus lawsuits? Pipe maker sues over fakes

By TERRY SPENCER, Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — In the rarefied world of high-end bong makers, Roor glass water pipes have long been smoked to impress. The status symbols are so sought after that some models command prices of $1,000. There's even a diamond-studded, ...

4 dead mourned in Mississippi storm as living begin recovery

By JEFF AMY, Associated Press PETAL, Miss. (AP) — Cynthia Holland has to repair her liquor store. William Carey University has to find a place to hold classes. Michelle Kirk has to allay her 11-year-old daughter's anxieties while living in a damaged house. And families will mourn four ...

Trump takes office, vows to stop ‘American carnage’

By JULIE PACE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Pledging emphatically to empower America's "forgotten men and women," Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Friday, taking command of a riven nation facing an unpredictable era under his assertive but ...

Women descend on DC a day after anarchists create chaos

By STEVE PEOPLES and JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A day after self-described anarchists created chaos, thousands of women are descending upon Washington for what is expected to be a more orderly show of force on the first full day of Donald Trump's ...

Fires, bricks mark daylong assault on inaugural festivities

By JESSICA GRESKO, MICHAEL BIESECKER and JACK GILLUM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Protesters set fires and hurled bricks in a daylong assault on the city hosting Donald Trump's inauguration, registering their rage against the new president in a series of clashes that led to more than ...

El Chapo’s new home: a jail that held mobsters, terrorists

By JAKE PEARSON and LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — In the heart of bustling lower Manhattan sits one of the country's most secure federal lockups — and the new home of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. Guzman, who pleaded not guilty on Friday to charges he ...

1 wounded in school shooting, ‘could have been much worse’

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press WEST LIBERTY, Ohio (AP) — A school shooting that left one student hospitalized and others scrambling out classroom windows could have been far worse if not for the heroics of staff members who stopped the shooter and had him pinned down when police ...

California flood sweeps cabins, cars down coastal canyon

By JOHN ANTCZAK, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — More than 20 people escaped injury when a flood swept cabins and vehicles down a coastal canyon as the second in a trio of storms drenched California with heavy rain and brought more snow to the mountains. The dramatic scene about 115 ...

Presidential Limo: Trumps, Obamas on their way to Capitol

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Following the path of inaugurations past, Donald Trump and Barack Obama rode together to the U.S. Capitol Friday as the real estate mogul and reality TV star who upended American politics prepared to be sworn in as the 45th ...

Prosecutor: Extradition of El Chapo is milestone for justice

By TOM HAYS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Saying they were bringing the world's most notorious drug lord to justice, U.S. prosecutors on Friday described Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman as the murderous architect of a 3-decade-long web of violence, corruption and drug addiction and announced ...