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Leaping elk crashes low-flying research helicopter in Utah

By LINDSAY WHITEHURST, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An elk leaped into a research helicopter that was trying to capture it and brought down the helicopter in a collision that also killed the elk, authorities said Tuesday. The elk jumped into the chopper's tail rotor as the ...

White House, FBI differ in accounts of investigation of aide

By DEB RIECHMANN and ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Contradicting the White House, the FBI said it gave the Trump administration information on multiple occasions last year about a top aide accused of domestic abuse by his two ex-wives, and the investigation wrapped up in ...

Senate leaders predict a tough time getting immigration deal

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's two top leaders put on a show of comradery as their chamber launched its immigration debate, but also laid down markers underscoring how hard it will be to reach a deal that can move through Congress. "We really do get along, ...

Winners and losers under Medicare drug plan in Trump budget

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Some Medicare beneficiaries would face higher prescription drug costs under President Donald Trump's budget even as the sickest patients save thousands of dollars, a complex trade-off that may make it harder to sell Congress on ...

Conservatives lash out at GOP spending binge

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The GOP is the party of fiscal responsibility no more. That's according to some conservatives who are grappling with a Republican-backed spending binge that threatens to generate trillion-dollar deficits for years to come while staining a ...

Can gene therapy be harnessed to fight the AIDS virus?

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer For more than a decade, the strongest AIDS drugs could not fully control Matt Chappell's HIV infection. Now his body controls it by itself, and researchers are trying to perfect the gene editing that made this possible. Scientists removed some of ...

Mardi Gras parade honors New Orleans’ tricentennial

By REBECCA SANTANA and JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tens of thousands of revelers are expected on New Orleans streets for parades and rowdy fun as Mardi Gras caps the Carnival season in a city with a celebration of its own, its 300th anniversary. The anniversary ...

Bill, Melinda Gates turn attention toward poverty in America

By SALLY HO, Associated Press KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) — Bill and Melinda Gates, as the world's top philanthropists, are rethinking their work in America as they confront what they consider their unsatisfactory track record on schools, the country's growing inequity and a president they disagree ...

Congress takes on immigration issue amid election pressures

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate begins a rare, open-ended debate on immigration and the fate of the "Dreamer" immigrants on Monday, and Republican senators say they'll introduce President Donald Trump's plan. Though his proposal has no chance of passage, Trump may ...

Trump aide confident Democratic memo will be released

By CALVIN WOODWARD, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee are prepared to black out parts of their memo about the FBI's Russia investigation to ensure there's no harmful spilling of secrets, then try again to get President Donald Trump to let it ...

Trump’s $4 trillion budget helps move deficit sharply higher

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is proposing a $4 trillion-plus budget for next year that projects a $1 trillion or so federal deficit and — unlike the plan he released last year — never comes close to promising a balanced federal ledger even ...

Attorney general suit: Weinstein Co. failed to protect women

TOM McELROY, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — New York's attorney general is accusing Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein of "repeatedly and persistently" sexually harassing female employees at his film company, according to a lawsuit filed on Sunday by the state prosecutor that could ...

3 dead, 4 rescued after Grand Canyon helicopter crash

By WALTER BERRY, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Four survivors of a deadly tour helicopter crash onto the jagged rocks of the Grand Canyon were being treated at a Nevada hospital on Sunday while crews tackled difficult terrain in a remote area to try to recover the bodies of three other ...

Trump infrastructure plan relies on state, local funding

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and MARTIN CRUTSINGER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday launched a "big week" for his long-awaited infrastructure plan, which envisions spurring $1.5 trillion in spending over a decade to rebuild roads and highways. The plan would fulfill ...

Trump accuses Democrats of playing politics with memo

By CHAD DAY and JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Saturday accused the Democrats of playing politics with classified information, asserting that their memo countering GOP allegations about the conduct of the FBI's Russia probe was a trap meant to ...

On drug costs, modest steps follow Trump’s big promises

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and MATTHEW PERRONE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump makes big promises to reduce prescription drug costs, but his administration is gravitating to relatively modest steps such as letting Medicare patients share in manufacturer ...

Border collie Fame(US) wins Westminster agility contest

By JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — When your name is famous, you've got to live up to it. Like a black-and-white blur, a border collie named Fame(US) — pronounced like "famous" — streaked to a win in the Westminster Kennel Club dog show's agility championship Saturday ...

Pennsylvania race to test how tax law plays with voters

By BILL BARROW, Associated Press NORTH HUNTINGDON, Pa. (AP) — In southwest Pennsylvania, Democratic congressional hopeful Conor Lamb hammers the new Republican tax law as a gift to corporations and the wealthy that will add to the national debt and give the GOP-led Congress an excuse to gut ...

Canadian PM Trudeau and LA mayor toast friendship with hike

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Capping off a three-day swing through California that's mostly been focused on business and trade, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau toasted his country's friendship with Los Angeles on Saturday by taking a brisk morning hike with Mayor Eric Garcetti. Dressed in ...

3 dead in tour helicopter crash at Grand Canyon

By ALINA HARTOUNIAN, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — A tour helicopter carrying seven people on board crashed in the Grand Canyon, killing three people and injuring four others. Six passengers and a pilot were on board the Papillion Grand Canyon Helicopters chopper when it crashed around ...

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