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Survey: Top CEOs Still Back Some Of Trump’s Major Policies

WASHINGTON (AP) – Leading U.S. CEOs remain supportive of some of President Donald Trump’s key policies despite his still-hazy plan for cutting taxes and recent actions by Trump that have intensified attention on an FBI investigation into his campaign. The Business Roundtable, a trade association for CEOs, says the executives’ economic outlook has reached its highest level in three years….

Accuser: Cosby Drugged, Forced Himself On Her

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) – A woman who says Bill Cosby drugged and violated her at a Los Angeles hotel bungalow two decades ago is testifying in his sexual assault trial. Kelly Johnson wiped back tears Monday as she described the 1996 encounter. She said she lost consciousness soon after Cosby pressured her to take a large white pill. Johnson, then…

Trump Outlines Privatizing Air Traffic Control

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is making the case for privatizing the nation’s air traffic control system. Trump says the overhaul would improve customer service by reducing costs, wait times and technology. Trump says during a White House announcement that the current system is “stuck painfully in the past. He says, “today we’re proposing to take American air travel…

Justices Will Review Police Use Of Cellphone Tower Data

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court will consider whether police need warrants to review cellphone towers records that help them track the location of criminal suspects. The justices on Monday agreed to take up a new case about digital age technology and privacy rights. They will hear an appeal from Timothy Carpenter, who was sentenced to 116 years in prison…

Travel Ban Critics Say Trump Is Hurting His Case

WASHINGTON (AP) – Critics of President Donald Trump’s stalled travel ban say he may have undercut the government’s defense of the measure when he bashed the Justice Department for asking the Supreme Court to review a “watered-down” version of the ban. In a series of Monday morning tweets, Trump says the Justice Department “should have stayed” with his first executive…

Sheriff: ‘Multiple Fatalities’ In Florida Shooting

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Law enforcement authorities in Florida say there are “multiple fatalities” following a shooting in an industrial area near Orlando. On its official Twitter account Monday morning, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said the “situation” has been contained. Officials say they’ll provide an update as soon as the “info is accurate.” Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demmings is…

Putin: ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’ As Trump Ditches Climate Deal

WASHINGTON (AP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin says he won’t judge Donald Trump’s decision to abandon the Paris climate accord, which is being widely panned by other world leaders. “Don’t worry, be happy!” Putin quipped Friday after being asked for his reaction at an economic forum in St. Petersburg, Russia. There’s plenty for Putin to cheer in Trump’s rejection of…

Tillerson: US Still Will Cut Emissions Despite Paris Pullout

WASHINGTON (AP) – Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says he believes the United States will keep reducing greenhouse gas emissions despite pulling out of the Paris climate change pact. It’s the first public comment on the decision from Tillerson, who had urged President Donald Trump not to abandon the deal. Tillerson is downplaying the significance of Trump’s decision to withdraw…

Mississippi River Mayors: Paris Pullout Hurts US AG Exports

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Mayors along the Mississippi River say President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of a worldwide climate agreement could severely damage U.S. agricultural exports. The Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative says in a news release Friday that nations remaining in the Paris agreement will impose carbon pricing through taxes or trading systems, without any say…

Heat Buys Controlling Interest In Development League Team

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The Miami Heat has purchased a controlling interest in the Skyforce, its NBA Development League franchise. The Heat says its executives will maintain full control of basketball operations while Skyforce owner Mike Heineman and his family will continue to operate the team’s off court business. Heineman says the deal expands the Skyforce’s partnership with the…

Trump Announces US Pull Out From Paris Climate Agreement

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump has announced that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, but will begin negotiations to “re-enter either the Paris accord or an entirely new transaction.” Trump says during a White House Rose Garden announcement that the U.S. will exit the landmark climate agreement aimed at reducing carbon emissions to slow climate change….

Sears Says That Some Kmart Stores Targets Of Security Breach

NEW YORK (AP) – Sears Holdings Corp. says some of its Kmart stores were targeted by hackers, leading to unauthorized activity on some of its customers’ credit cards. The company says in a blog post that Kmart’s store payment systems were infected with virus-like computer code undetectable by current anti-virus systems. It says some credit card numbers were stolen, although…

Associate Says Fired FBI Head OK’d To Testify

WASHINGTON (AP) – An associate of James Comey says the special counsel overseeing an investigation into possible Russian coordination with the Trump campaign has approved the former FBI director to testify before a Senate committee. The associate wouldn’t discuss what Comey plans to tell the Senate intelligence committee. But the associate says Comey has received approval from special counsel Robert…

Pro-Syrian Forces Staying In Border Area Despite US Warnings

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. military says that pro-Syrian-government forces remain in a protected area near Syria’s southern border with Jordan despite repeated warnings to leave. The warnings were included in 90,000 leaflets the U.S. dropped in the area over two days. Army Col. Ryan Dillon, spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria,…

Cops: Racial Slur Sprayed On LeBron James’ Los Angeles Home

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Police are investigating after someone spray painted a racial slur on the front gate of LeBron James’ home in Los Angeles on the eve of the NBA Finals. It happened Wednesday morning in Brentwood. Capt. Patricia Sandoval, a Los Angeles police spokeswoman, says James wasn’t at the home at the time. She says the property manager…

With Lawsuits Pending, Trump Moves To Cut Refugee Admissions

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is moving to significantly reduce the number of refugees allowed to enter the United States, even as his bid to temporarily suspend admissions is stalled in the courts. The latest effort comes through Trump’s federal budget proposal, which calls for a 25 percent cut in funds for resettling refugees on American soil. If approved…

Iowa’s GOP Senators Say Health Care Law Repeal Unlikely

ALTOONA, Iowa (AP) – Iowa’s two Republican senators, both key players in the health care debate, say full repeal of “Obamacare” is unlikely and that any final agreement with the House is uncertain. At a joint appearance in suburban Des Moines, Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst say majority Republicans don’t agree on provisions of an alternative to the 2010…

Dakota Access Pipeline, Law Officers Had Close Relationship

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) – Documents provided to an online magazine indicate a private security firm hired by the developer of the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline conducted an aggressive, multifaceted operation that included a close working relationship with public law enforcement. The Intercept reports the documents show Energy Transfer Partners hired TigerSwan to help with security. The firm was founded…