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US manufacturers seek relief from steel and aluminum tariffs

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump’s tariffs on imported aluminum and steel are disrupting business for hundreds of American companies that buy those metals, and many are pressing for relief. Nearly 2,200 companies are asking the Commerce Department to exempt them from the 25 percent steel tariff, and more than 200 other companies are asking to be spared the 10…

Senators introducing new war powers resolution

WASHINGTON (AP) – The leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee are set to unveil a bipartisan resolution authorizing the use of military force overseas. The proposal would accelerate a debate that Congress has been reluctant to have, but that’s taking on new urgency after President Donald Trump ordered airstrikes on Syria. The resolution from Republican Bob Corker of Tennessee…

900 National Guard troops at border so far

SAN DIEGO (AP) – The National Guard Bureau’s vice chief says about 900 guard members are deployed so far for President Donald Trump’s effort to combat illegal immigration and drug trafficking along the U.S.-Mexico border. Speaking to reporters in Washington, Lt. Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson said Monday that about 650 are deployed in Texas, with close to 250 in Arizona…

NASA’s newest planet-hunting spacecraft poised for launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – NASA’s newest planet-hunting spacecraft is poised for a Monday evening launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The Tess satellite will scan almost the entire sky, staring at the brightest, closest stars in an effort to find any planets that might be encircling them. These mysterious worlds beyond our solar system, called exoplanets, could harbor life. Scientists…

GAO says EPA violated spending law on Pruitt’s privacy booth

WASHINGTON (AP) – An internal government watchdog says the Environmental Protection Agency violated federal spending laws when purchasing a $43,000 soundproof privacy booth for Administrator Scott Pruitt’s office. The Government Accountability Office issued its findings Monday in a letter to Senate Democrats who had requested a review of Pruitt’s spending. GAO determined that EPA’s purchase of the booth violated federal…

Granddaughter: Barbara Bush resting comfortably

HOUSTON (AP) – Jenna Bush Hager says her grandmother, former first lady Barbara Bush, is resting comfortably with family members at her side. Hager’s comments to NBC’s “Today” show Monday come a day after the family announced the 92-year-old Bush has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and is instead focusing on “comfort care” at home in Houston. Hager,…

Lawyer of fired FBI Deputy Dir. McCabe may file defamation suit vs. Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) – TA lawyer for fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe says he’s considering filing a defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his “colleagues.” Attorney Michael Bromwich sarcastically thanked Trump in a Twitter post Friday for “providing even more material” for a lawsuit he’s considering. The statement was in response to a Trump tweet that said McCabe had…

Trump administration spares China ‘currency manipulator’ tag

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration is again declining to name China as a currency manipulator, but it did target that country and five others for special monitoring of practices that the administration says are making America’s trade deficit worse. In a report the administration must issue every six months, it said Friday that no country met the criteria to…

GOP Senator says Trump vows to protect marijuana industry

DENVER (AP) – A Republican senator says President Trump has promised to support legislation protecting the marijuana industry in states that have legalized the drug. Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner says Trump made the pledge to him in a Wednesday night conversation. Gardner has been working on bipartisan legislation to prevent prosecution of people who obey marijuana laws in states like…

Trump: Syria attack ‘very soon or not so soon at all!’

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says an attack on Syria could take place “very soon or not so soon at all!” The president made the statement in a tweet Thursday morning. Trump on Wednesday warned Russia to “get ready” for a missile attack on its ally Syria, suggesting imminent retaliation for last weekend’s suspected chemical weapons attack. But his…

Plan would allow drug testing for some food stamp recipients

WASHINGTON (AP) – Conservatives supporting ways to cut back on food stamps may find one in a plan that would allow states to require certain recipients to undergo drug testing. The Trump administration is weighing a proposal that would apply mostly to people who are able-bodied, without dependents and applying for some specialized jobs. An administration official briefed on the…

Zuckerberg: Regulation ‘inevitable’ for social media firms

WASHINGTON (AP) – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he knows what it means to have personal information compromised by malicious outsiders. And he acknowledges that regulation of social media companies is “inevitable.” Zuckerberg’s two says of congressional questioning has revealed how little lawmakers seem to know about the social media giant he founded and even less about what to do…

USA Gymnastics sues insurance carriers amid Nassar lawsuits

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – USA Gymnastics is suing its insurance carriers, alleging that they haven’t fully reimbursed it for defense costs incurred in lawsuits filed by victims of disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar. The Indianapolis-based governing body for gymnastics sued seven insurance companies Friday in Marion County. The Indianapolis Star reports that USA Gymnastics accuses the insurers of breach of…

Zuckerberg says Facebook has seen no falloff

WASHINGTON (AP) – CEO Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook has not seen a falloff in usage in light of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Zuckerberg had already said last week that the company has not seen any “meaningful impact” from an online campaign to “delete Facebook” or from some high-profile departures, such as Elon Musk’s companies pulling their pages from the site….

YouTube Facing Legal Action

Sioux Falls, S.D. – One of the biggest websites on the internet may be facing legal action. YouTube is being accused of breaking a federal law designed to protect children’s privacy online. Some fear that the website’s policies allow it to collect data from devices, location, phone number and browsing habits. Amanda Chaon, a Senior Digital Media Strategist at Click…

Attorney: Federal agents seize documents from Trump lawyer

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal agents carrying court-authorized search warrants have seized documents from President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen. That’s according to a statement from Cohen’s attorney, Stephen Ryan. He says the search warrants were executed by the office of the U.S. Attorney for Southern District of New York but they are “in part” related to special counsel Robert…