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Building the wall would save taxpayers billions

President Donald Trump launched another battle for border-wall funding on Monday, calling for $8.6 billion additional dollars in his proposed federal budget for next year. Top Democrats came out swinging, bashing a border wall as “expensive and ineffective.” The truth is, Dems are not ...

Can members of Congress amend Constitution?

“Emergency does not create power. Emergency does not increase granted power or remove or diminish the restrictions imposed upon power granted or reserved. The Constitution was adopted in a period of grave emergency. Its grants of power to the federal government and its limitations of the ...

O’Rourke begins 2020 bid with big crowds, centrist message

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — Democrat Beto O’Rourke jumped into the 2020 presidential race Thursday, shaking up the already packed field and pledging to win over voters from across the political spectrum as he tries to translate his sudden celebrity into a formidable White House bid. The ...

Court rules gun maker can be sued over Newtown shooting

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gun-maker Remington can be sued over how it marketed the rifle used to kill 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, a divided Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Thursday. Gun control advocates touted the ruling as providing a possible ...

Brextension: UK lawmakers vote to seek delay of EU departure

LONDON (AP) — In a stalemate over Brexit, British politicians have chosen to delay it. After weeks of political gridlock, Parliament voted Thursday to seek to postpone the country’s departure from the European Union, a move that will likely avert a chaotic withdrawal on the scheduled exit ...

Ethiopia crash black boxes arrive in France for analysis

HEJERE, Ethiopia (AP) — Flight recorders from a doomed Ethiopian Airlines flight arrived in France for analysis Thursday as frustrated relatives of the 157 people killed stormed out of a meeting with airline officials in Addis Ababa. Sunday’s crash was the second fatal flight for a Boeing ...

Brazil says goodbye to shooting victims, questions mount

SUZANO, Brazil (AP) — Classmates, friends and relatives of the victims of a mass school shooting hugged, cried and prayed on Thursday as several thousand attended a wake in this devastated Sao Paulo suburb while authorities worked to uncover what drove two former students to attack with a ...

Facebook says outages due to ‘server configuration change’

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook says its lengthy outages over the past day were the result of a “server configuration change.” The outages affected countless users and advertisers worldwide. Some people weren’t able to reach Facebook’s website and apps, including Facebook, Messenger, ...

Manafort gets 7 years in prison, then faces fresh NY charges

WASHINGTON — Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sentenced to a total of seven and a half years in prison on federal charges Wednesday, then was hit almost immediately with fresh state charges in New York that could put him outside the president’s power to pardon. In ...

A twist in the usual college sports scandal

The latest federal probe into the seamy underbelly of college athletics uncovered just the opposite of what we usually expect: Instead of paying recruits to attend schools, coaches and top athletic officials at some of America’s finest universities were selling spots on their rosters to the ...

With blockbuster completed, Browns talk of league

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns returned as an expansion team in 1999. They became a real one Tuesday night. It only took 20 mostly tortuous years — and one tremendous trade. With a shocking, blockbuster deal for superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., the Browns flipped the ...

Lindor sensibly works his way back to lineup

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Slowly and sensibly, Francisco Lindor is working his way back onto the field. Surrounded by approximately 50 fans, more than a dozen minor leaguers, a few scouts, and various game operations and medical staffers, the Indians’ three-time All-Star shortstop played in ...

Same tournament, new course with Players moving to March

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Justin Thomas has played the 15th hole at The Players Championship some 20 times, but never this early in the year. That’s why he turned to his caddie for some last-minute advice during a practice round. “We don’t have to worry about going through the ...

Ringleader in college scandal irritated others

NEWPORT BEACH — For 25 years, William “Rick” Singer was in the business of helping high school students get into some of the country’s top colleges, gaining a reputation as a master salesman who got results, but also someone who came across as devious and way too slick, say some of ...

Bad day for No. 1s: Djokovic, Osaka upset at Indian Wells

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — It was a tough day for seeded players at the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday, with Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka, the world’s top-ranked players, ushered out in the desert. Djokovic and Philipp Kohlschreiber resumed their third-round match that was suspended ...

Carlson comments signal brawl for Fox advertisers

NEW YORK — This week’s controversy over statements made by Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson is as much about a high-stakes battle over the network’s financial future as it is over what he said on a radio show a decade ago. The liberal advocacy group Media Matters for America this ...

DeWine doesn’t think GM will revive assembly plant

LORDSTOWN (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine isn’t optimistic that General Motors will bring a line of new vehicles to the sprawling Ohio assembly plant the automaker shut down last week, possibly for good. GM indicated it has been in talks with one or more other companies about taking over the site ...

Ohio ‘heartbeat’ abortion ban moves closer to becoming law

COLUMBUS (AP) — The Republican-led Ohio Senate again passed legislation Wednesday to ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, moving the state a step closer to potentially enacting one of the most restrictive abortion measures in the country. The senators’ 19-13 vote sends the ...

Veteran congresswoman from Ohio says gerrymandering hurts America

CINCINNATI (AP) — The longest-serving woman in U.S. House history blamed partisan gerrymandering on Wednesday for making “a mess” of Congress and harming the nation. Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur, of Toledo, testified via video on the final day of testimony in a federal lawsuit brought ...

US health officials move to tighten sales of e-cigarettes

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health regulators are moving ahead with a plan designed to keep e-cigarettes out of the hands of teenagers by restricting sales of most flavored products in convenience stores, gas stations, pharmacies and other retail locations. The new guidelines, first proposed by ...