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Trump Loyalists Pay Little Heed To Revelations Rocking DC

NEW YORK (AP) – President Donald Trump’s loyal backers say they don’t know, don’t believe or don’t care about the explosive revelations rocking Washington. Voters who supported him are standing by the president – who’s tweeted that he’s the target of what he calls “the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!” That’s the word from the…

Tribes Fighting Pipeline Drop Appeal But Battle Continues

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – American Indian tribes who are still fighting the Dakota Access pipeline in court have dropped an appeal of a federal judge’s decision that allowed final construction to proceed. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg in early March refused to stop completion of the pipeline based on the claims of Sioux tribes that it threatens water they consider…

Roger Ailes, Founder Of Fox News, Dead At 77

ReutersNEW YORK- Roger Ailes, the founder and former chairman of Fox News died on Thursday morning at the age of 77, according to his family. The ticker outside of Fox News’ midtown Manhattan offices said simply: “A giant passes,” according to NBC News. Ailes resigned as chairman and CEO of Fox News last July when a former Fox anchor filed a…

White House: Trump Interviewing 4 FBI Candidates

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House says President Donald Trump will be interviewing four potential candidates to lead the FBI, including former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman. White House press secretary Sean Spicer says Trump will be meeting later Wednesday with Lieberman, former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating, FBI acting director Andrew McCabe and Richard McFeely, a former top FBI official. The…

White House Offers Muted Response On Comey Memo

WASHINGTON (AP) – Rocked by days of damaging developments, President Donald Trump’s White House is looking ahead to the president’s upcoming foreign trip – and trying to get his plane in the air with as little additional turbulence as possible. The White House has been mum since a report came out Tuesday afternoon, alleging that Trump had personally appealed to…

Poland To Seek Extradition Of Minnesota Man In Nazi Case

WARSAW, Poland (AP) – Polish prosecutors say they are working on a request for the extradition from the U.S. of a Minnesota man they accuse of participating in a World War II massacre. The Associated Press had previously identified the man as 98-year-old Michael Karkoc, an ex-commander in an SS-led Nazi unit that burned Polish villages and killed civilians during…

Law Enforcement Officials Flag NKorea Link In Latest Cyberattack

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Two law enforcement officials say U.S. investigators suspect North Korea may be behind the global “ransomware” attack. They say that’s based on a preliminary investigation and stressed investigators are still following digital clues in the probe. The officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they aren’t authorized to speak publicly about an…

More US Firms Believed Hit By Ransomware Cyberattack

NEW YORK (AP) – A law enforcement official says investigators believe additional companies in the United States have been affected by the global “ransomware” software cyberattack but have not yet come forward to report the attacks. The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly about an ongoing investigation….

North Korea Missile Launch Tests Trump’s China Outreach

WASHINGTON (AP) – North Korea’s launch of a longer-range missile shows advances in its technological capabilities and offers the sternest test yet of President Donald Trump’s strategy to work with China to combat the threat. Will China fully enforce global sanctions on North Korea and back tough new penalties? If not, will Trump accept the growing calls from Congress to…

Miss Minnesota Named 2nd Runner-Up At Miss USA

Miss Minnesota might be a familiar face to many of you and last night she received top honors at Miss USA. Meridith Gould is from Sioux Falls and was named second runner up at Miss USA. Gould is studying apparel retail merchandising at the University of Minnesota. She has also represented her home state of South Dakota in the Miss…

GOP Officials: Trump Finalizing Budget With Domestic Cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House is finalizing a budget proposal that promises a balanced federal budget within 10 years. The effort doubles down on cuts to domestic programs and adding a new round of reductions to the Medicaid program for the poor. Details are sketchy and remain subject to change. But Republican officials on Capitol Hill say President Donald…

Senate Conservatives: Ease Obama Health Care Law Protections

WASHINGTON (AP) – Conservative senators are pushing to diminish insurance coverage requirements imposed by President Barack Obama’s health care law. The effort comes as Senate Republicans start fashioning legislation overhauling the nation’s health care system. The conservatives’ ideas include erasing Obama consumer protections, like barring higher premiums for people with pre-existing medical conditions, but allowing states to opt into them….

20 Attorneys General Call For Independent Probe Into Russia

BOSTON (AP) – A group of 20 attorneys general, all Democrats, is calling for the appointment of an independent special counsel to continue the investigation into Russian interference in last year’s presidential election. The group led by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey called Republican President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey during the ongoing investigation a “violation of…

Pentagon Intelligence Chief Warns Of Afghan Gains Being Lost

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Pentagon’s intelligence chief says the work of U.S. and NATO forces to stabilize Afghanistan is at risk of being squandered. Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, the Defense Intelligence Agency’s director, is telling a Senate panel the U.S. must do “something very different” in Afghanistan or else the Taliban will make new advances on the battlefield. He says…

Thune: Special Prosecutor On Russia ‘Not Going To Happen’

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Members of South Dakota’s all-Republican congressional delegation aren’t joining calls for a special prosecutor to investigate Russia’s interference in the presidential election after the firing of FBI Director James Comey. U.S. Sen. John Thune said on Fox News that it’s “not going to happen.” But Thune says the timing of President Donald Trump’s termination of…

The Latest: Trump Assails Sen. Schumer For Remarks On Comey

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Latest on the firing of FBI Director James Comey (all times local): 12:50 a.m. President Donald Trump is criticizing Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for comments the New York Democrat made in response to the firing of FBI Director James Comey. Schumer said Tuesday evening that he told Trump in a phone conversation that “you are…

$45M Settlement Between BP, Louisiana Parish Over Oil Spill

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – A coastal Louisiana parish has announced a $45 million settlement with BP over damages from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil spill. Plaquemines Parish president Amos Cormier announced the settlement in a news release Tuesday. He set a Wednesday news conference to discuss details. Plaquemines Parish juts out into the Gulf of Mexico from Louisiana’s southeastern…

Study: Side Effects Emerge After Approval For Many US Drugs

CHICAGO (AP) – Almost one-third of new drugs approved by U.S. regulators over a decade ended up later with warnings about sometimes serious side effects. That’s according to a new analysis published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. It involves all 222 prescription drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration from 2001 to 2010. Researchers looked…

Senate Committee Approves Branstad For US Envoy To China

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Senate panel has approved Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad as U.S. ambassador to China. Tuesday’s decision all but assures full Senate confirmation of President Donald Trump’s pick for the key diplomatic post. Members of the Foreign Relations Committee approved Branstad’s nomination by voice vote. Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, the committee’s top Democrat, says Branstad is “fully…