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Customs Intercepts Over $12M in Meth at Border Crossing

PHARR, Texas - Customs and Border Protection agents intercepted nearly $13 million worth of methamphetamine inside a truck carrying frozen strawberries that crossed into the U.S. from Mexico. The agency on Tuesday said officers working at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge…

The Latest: Survivors Demand Transparency at Vatican Summit

VATICAN CITY - Survivors of sexual abuse who met with the organizers of a Vatican summit on abuse are demanding transparency and true accountability for religious superiors who protect priests who rape and molest children. A dozen survivors met for…

Failing Payless to Honor Gift Cards, Store Credit Into March

TOPEKA, Kan. - The failing Payless ShoeSource chain will honor gift cards and store credit until March 11 as the company liquidates all operations. The Topeka, Kansas, company, which filed for bankruptcy protection this week, will allow returns and exchanges…

Chris Stapleton, Dan + Shay Lead ACM Nominations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Chris Stapleton and Dan + Shay lead the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards with six nominations each while Grammy album of the year winner Kacey Musgraves is close behind with five nominations. Reba McEntire, who is…

Trump Moving Closer to Goal of Creating a Space Force

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is moving closer toward his goal of creating a Space Force, but it won't begin as a separate military branch as he envisioned. The Space Force instead initially will be created as part of…

Supreme Court Says Ginsburg to Attend Court's Public Session

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is making her public return to the bench, eight weeks after surgery for lung cancer. Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg says the 85-year-old justice will join her eight colleagues on Tuesday…

Trump Criticizes California Over Lawsuit Against Border Wall

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is criticizing California's lead role in a multi-state lawsuit challenging his emergency declaration to pay for a U.S.-Mexico border wall. On Twitter Tuesday, Trump noted last week's decision by California Gov. Gavin Newsom to cancel…

2 College Students Killed In Car-Semitrailer Collision

CONRAD, Iowa - Authorities say two University of Northern Iowa students were killed when their car collided with a semitrailer. The collision occurred around 12:40 p.m. Sunday, a few miles north of Conrad on Iowa Highway 14. The Grundy County…

Trump Lashes Out at Key Officials Involved in Russia Probe

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - President Donald Trump is lashing out at key officials involved in the Russia probe, namely former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and the current deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein. In an interview with CBS'…

ACLU Says It Will Sue Over Trump Emergency Order

WASHINGTON (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union says it will file a lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump's emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border. The Friday announcement came hours after Trump signed the declaration and said…

Trump's National Emergency Sparks New GOP Divide in Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency to build his long-promised border wall is ending one political problem for the White House and allies on Capitol Hill, but launching another. Republicans are torn over Trump's decision…

Trump Plans To Spend $8B On Border Barriers

President Donald Trump plans to spend about $8 billion on border barriers, far more than Congress has given him for that purpose. Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney says Trump will tap various other sources of money beyond…

AP Analysis: Steel Tariffs Waived Even With Tough Trade Talk

WASHINGTON - Despite President Donald Trump's tough talk on trade, his administration has granted hundreds of companies permission to import millions of tons of steel made in China, Japan and other countries without paying the hefty tariff he put in…

China, U.S. Announce More Trade Talks Next Week

BEIJING - A U.S. trade envoy says talks on a dispute over Beijing's technology ambitions "made headway on very, very important" issues. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer expressed optimism but gave no details after the two countries wrapped up two days…

Supreme Court Says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Back at Work

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has returned to work at the building for the first time since lung cancer surgery in late December. The court's press office says the 85-year-old Ginsburg is attending the justices'…

Home Investor Finds Staircase Booby-Trapped With a Knife

PHILADELPHIA - A Philadelphia real estate investor says a home he was scoping out came with an unadvertised surprise - a stairway booby-trapped with a swinging knife. Ekrem Uysaler says he and his team were looking at the home in…

Senate Passes Border Security Plan

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has passed a bipartisan border security plan that would finance 55 additional miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border, significantly less than President Donald Trump wanted. The vote came shortly after the White House announced…

McConnell: Trump to Sign Bill, Declare Emergency

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says President Donald Trump has indicated he's prepared to sign the government funding bill and issue a national emergency on the border. McConnell said Thursday the Senate will soon vote on the…

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