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Man recounts pushing fiancee away from car during protest

By BRIAN WITTE, Associated Press CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — With tires screeching and bodies flying, Marcus Martin shoved his fiancee out of the way of a car charging through a crowd of peaceful protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia. Marcus Martin was promptly hit and upended by the car ...

Confederate monuments removed overnight in Baltimore

BALTIMORE (AP) — Confederate monuments in Baltimore were quietly removed and hauled away on trucks in darkness early Wednesday, days after a violent white nationalist rally in Virginia that was sparked by plans to take down a similar statue there. Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh told The ...

Mourners gather to remember woman killed at Virginia rally

By BRIAN WITTE AND SARAH RANKIN CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Mourners gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Wednesday to honor the woman who was killed when a car rammed into a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally that descended into violence last weekend. A memorial ...

Trump goes after Amazon, again

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is renewing his attacks on e-commerce giant Amazon, and he says the company is "doing great damage to tax paying retailers." Trump tweets that "towns, cities and states throughout the U.S. are being hurt - many jobs being lost!" The president has ...

Defiant Trump again blames “both sides” in Virginia protest

By JULIE PACE and JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump defiantly blamed "both sides" for the weekend violence between white supremacists and counter-demonstrators in Virginia, seeking to rebuff the widespread criticism of his handling of the ...

5 missing after Army helicopter goes down off Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. Coast Guard and military crews are searching the ocean off Hawaii for five crewmembers of an Army helicopter that reportedly went down during a training exercise, authorities said Wednesday. Officials at Wheeler Army Airfield near Honolulu reported losing communications ...

Violence in Charlottesville exposes nation’s divisions

Associated Press CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The college town of Charlottesville, Virginia, is reeling after violent clashes erupted between a large gathering of white nationalists and hundreds of counter protesters. Three people were killed amid the turmoil that has exposed the nation's ...

Lawmaker seeks probe after AP reveals maggots in NY facility

By DAVID KLEPPER, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York state lawmaker is demanding a federal investigation into New York state's care for the disabled following a recent Associated Press story that revealed the case of a man infested with maggots in a state-run group ...

‘Meet a Muslim’ events hope to dispel misconceptions

By KRISTIN J. BENDER, Associated Press FREMONT, Calif. (AP) — When Moina Shaiq realized even her friends were scared to ask her about her religion for fear of offending her or sounding uneducated, she put an advertisement in a California newspaper: "Questions and answers about being ...

Texas Senate OKs restricting insurance coverage for abortion

By WILL WEISSERT and DAVID CRARY, Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Republican-controlled Texas Senate backed a plan Saturday night to restrict insurance coverage for abortions, over the objections of opponents who expressed concern it could force some women to make heart-wrenching ...

Trump faulted for not explicitly rebuking white supremacists

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump is drawing criticism from Republicans and Democrats for not explicitly denouncing white supremacists in the aftermath of violent clashes in Virginia, with lawmakers saying he needs to take a public stand ...

Utah Republicans divided in battle for Chaffetz’s House seat

By MICHELLE L. PRICE, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Republican race to fill a Utah congressional seat abandoned by Jason Chaffetz is pitting the party establishment, which is backing a popular mayor with a Democratic past, against further-right conservatives who are divided ...

3 dead, dozens injured, amid violent white nationalist rally

By SARAH RANKIN, Associated Press CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A car rammed into a crowd of protesters and a state police helicopter crashed into the woods Saturday as tension boiled over at a white supremacist rally. The violent day left three dead, dozens injured and this usually quiet ...

FBI agents searched former Trump campaign chair’s home

By CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI agents have searched one of the homes of Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Manafort's spokesman said Wednesday. Spokesman Jason Maloni said in a statement that FBI agents had obtained a warrant and searched ...

British firm billed US for cars, pay to ‘significant others’

By RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A British company hired to help train Afghan intelligence officers billed the U.S. government for more than $50 million in questionable expenses that included luxury cars and exorbitant salaries paid to the "significant others" of the ...

Gunmen kill 1, wound 6 in attack along Chicago street

CHICAGO (AP) — Police say several gunmen opened fire on a group of people standing on a Chicago sidewalk, killing a man and wounding six other people. Police say the shooting happened late Tuesday along a street in the city's Bronzeville neighborhood, about two blocks from police ...

Trump touts nuke strength as Tillerson urges calm on NKorea

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared the U.S. nuclear arsenal "far stronger and more powerful than ever before," even as his top diplomat was working to calm the North Korea crisis and insisting there wasn't "any imminent threat." In a series ...

Tip leads to arrest of suspect in Missouri officer’s death

By MARGARET STAFFORD, Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man charged in the shooting death of a western Missouri police officer has been arrested after an alert driver provided a tip that the fugitive was wandering within miles of where the killing took place, a law enforcement ...

How states are handling Trump’s voter information request

By The Associated Press These are state-by-state responses to a request for detailed voter data from President Donald Trump's Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, which is investigating voter fraud. The information indicates whether a state is willing to comply with, is ...

Kelly shows his clout: Scaramucci out as WH chief moves in

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Firmly taking charge in an unruly White House, former Gen. John Kelly moved in Monday as President Donald Trump's new chief of staff and immediately made sure that Trump's profanity-spouting new communications ...