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Copies of President Donald Trump's first budget are displayed at the Government Printing Office in Washington, Thursday, March, 16, 2017. Trump unveiled a $1.15 trillion budget on Thursday, a far-reaching overhaul of federal government spending that slashes many domestic programs to finance a significant increase in the military and make a down payment on a U.S.-Mexico border wall. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
March 16, 2017 - 3:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's budget proposal for the coming fiscal year (all times local): 4:55 p.m. White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney says the Trump administration is cutting spending for climate change efforts because "we consider that to be a waste of your...
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March 16, 2017 - 3:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The national debt limit has come back into force at a level near $20 trillion, prompting the Trump administration to alert Congress about the measures it will take to stay under the new limit. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a letter to lawmakers that that he has started...
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Nadia Hanan Madalo, center right, hugs her mother, Alyshooa Kannah, left, at the airport after arriving from Iraq Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in San Diego. Madalo and her family, refugees forced to flee their town of Batnaya, Iraq, after the Islamic State invaded and destroyed it several years ago, arrived in San Diego to be reunited with Madalo's siblings and mother. As they flew to the U.S. on Wednesday, a federal judge in Hawaii put a hold on President Trump's newest ban - the latest development in a fight between the administration and the courts that has injected more uncertainty into the lives of refugees. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
March 16, 2017 - 3:57 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Inside a small apartment in a San Diego suburb, Nadia Hanan Madalo sat before tins of kebab, roasted chicken, and tomato and cucumber salad. Her refugee flight credential still hung around her neck, as her children played with cousins they had only seen on Internet phone chats...
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March 16, 2017 - 1:59 pm
DETROIT (AP) — A judge on Thursday refused to set a bond and release a German Volkswagen executive who was arrested in the company's U.S. emissions scandal while on vacation in Florida. Oliver Schmidt's attorneys said he was willing to risk $1.6 million in assets, with help from family and friends...
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FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2016 file photo, animal rights lawyer Steven Wise poses for a portrait to promote the film, "Unlocking the Cage", during the Sundance Film Festival, in Park City, Utah. On Thursday, March 16, 2017, Wise will try to persuade a New York appeals court that a chimpanzee should be treated as a person with legal rights when he presents the case of two chimps named Tommy and Kiko and argues that they should be freed from cages to live in an outdoor sanctuary. (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)
March 16, 2017 - 1:56 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Should a chimpanzee be treated as a person with legal rights? That's what attorney Steven Wise will try to convince a state appeals court in Manhattan of on Thursday. Wise, who represents the Florida-based Nonhuman Rights Project animal advocacy group, plans to argue that two chimps...
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FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2017 file photo, Oklahoma state Sen. Ralph Shortey, R-Oklahoma City, speaks during a Senate committee meeting in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma Senate has voted to punish Shortey, who police say was found with a teenage boy in a motel room. Police officials in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore are still investigating the circumstances surrounding an incident last week involving Sen. Shortey and a teenager. No charges have been filed. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
March 16, 2017 - 1:55 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Latest on an Oklahoma state senator facing child prostitution charges (all times local): 12:55 p.m. A Republican state senator facing child prostitution charges involving a 17-year-old boy has surrendered to authorities in Cleveland County. State Sen. Ralph Shortey was...
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Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano, is seen from the side of a road as it spews lava during an eruption in the early hours of Thursday, March 16, 2017. A new eruption which began on March 15 is causing no damages to Catania's airport which is fully operational. (AP Photo/Salvatore Allegra)
March 16, 2017 - 1:55 pm
MILAN (AP) — Volcanic rocks and steam injured at least 10 people, including tourists and a scientist, following an explosion on Sicily's Mount Etna on Thursday, witnesses and media reported. The tourists, who were drawn to Etna to observe the spectacle of the active volcano erupting, were caught by...
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March 16, 2017 - 11:54 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Many people who attend the annual Essence Festival in New Orleans do so without ever setting foot in the Superdome, where nightly, ticketed concerts are held as part of the experience. Instead, they attend the free daytime programs held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center...
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FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2017 file photo, Oklahoma state Sen. Ralph Shortey, R-Oklahoma City, speaks during a Senate committee meeting in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma Senate has voted to punish Shortey, who police say was found with a teenage boy in a motel room. Police officials in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore are still investigating the circumstances surrounding an incident last week involving Sen. Shortey and a teenager. No charges have been filed. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
March 16, 2017 - 11:54 am
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma prosecutors on Thursday filed child prostitution charges against a Republican state senator after police found him in a hotel room with a 17-year-old boy. Ralph Shortey, 35, is charged in Cleveland County with engaging in child prostitution, transporting a minor for...
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FILE - This Tuesday, June 28, 2016, file photo shows a McDonald's sign at one of the company's restaurants in Miami. On Thursday, March 16, 2017, McDonald's said it has been notified by Twitter that its account was "compromised" after it appeared to send a message calling Donald Trump "a disgusting excuse of a President." (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)
March 16, 2017 - 11:53 am
NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's says it has been notified by Twitter that its account was "compromised" after it appeared to send a message calling Donald Trump "a disgusting excuse of a President." The tweet to Trump from the official account for McDonald's Corp., a message that has since been deleted...
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