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The Latest: Trump asked doctor for cognitive test


President Donald Trump asked that a cognitive test be included as part of his first physical exam. Trump's physician - Navy doctor Ronny Jackson - says the president achieved a perfect score on the test, which was included in last Friday's medical checkup. Jackson says Trump's 30 out of 30 score means there's no indication that Trump has any cognitive issues. The doctor speculates that Trump requested the exam in an attempt to beat back the narrative of t...

Mom of malnourished children was 'perplexed' by police visit


PERRIS, Calif. (AP) - The mother of 13 malnourished children and young adults who were held in filthy conditions, some chained to furniture, was "perplexed" when deputies arrived at the family's Southern California home, a sheriff's official said Tuesday. The deputies had been summoned by a 17-year-old daughter who jumped out a window and called 911. Riverside County sheriff's Capt. Greg Fellows described the reaction of the mother, Louise Anna T...

Watchdog says democratic freedoms waning in US under Trump


WASHINGTON (AP) - Basic rights and political freedoms in the United States are deteriorating at a faster pace under President Donald Trump, exacerbated by attacks on key institutions like the press and the courts, according to a new report released Tuesday by Freedom House. In its annual global assessment, the think tank slammed the Trump administration for withdrawing from America's "historical commitment to promoting and supporting democracy," calling it perhaps...

Trump vulgarity debate has become an 's-show,' senator says


WASHINGTON (AP) - The clamor over President Donald Trump's use of a vulgarity bled into a second week Tuesday as aides took issue with details in accounts of his comments and a Republican senator who was present for the original remark said the situation had become an "s-show." Trump was said to have uttered "shithole" during last Thursday's conversation to describe countries in Africa during immigration talks with senators in the Oval O...

A growing number of actors are renouncing Woody Allen


NEW YORK (AP) - A growing number of actors are distancing themselves from Woody Allen and his next film, heightening questions about the future of the prolific 82-year-old filmmaker in a Hollywood newly sensitive to allegations of sexual misconduct. Timothee Chalamet on Tuesday said he will donate his salary for an upcoming Woody Allen film to three charities fighting sexual harassment and abuse: Time's Up, the LGBT Center in New York and RAINN. The breakout star of "Call ...

AP source: House panel wants Bannon to explain Comey firing


WASHINGTON (AP) - A House panel questioned Steve Bannon on Tuesday, aiming to find out President Donald Trump's thinking when he fired FBI Director James Comey, according to a person familiar with what the panel was planning to ask the former White House chief strategist. The committee also planned to press Bannon on other ``executive actions'' taken by Trump that have drawn interest from congressional investigators prying into ties between Trump's campai...

Rebel ex-policeman among dead in Venezuela shootout


CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - Officials in Venezuela confirmed Tuesday that a rebellious police officer who led a brazen helicopter attack in Caracas last year was among those killed in a violent shootout with security forces. Oscar Perez was among the seven who died fighting against police and soldiers Monday in a small mountain community outside of Caracas, Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said. Two police officers were killed and eight others gravely injured, he said. "The terrorist...

Ex-doctor's victims recount sex abuse as young gymnasts


LANSING, Mich. (AP) - One after one, gymnasts and other victims of a disgraced former sports doctor stepped forward in a Michigan courtroom Tuesday to recount the sexual abuse and emotional trauma Larry Nassar inflicted on them as children - one with the warning that ``little girls don't stay little forever.'' Nearly 100 women and girls planned to speak or have their statements read during an extraordinary four-day sentencing hearing. Many of them cried as they to...

Trump ends 1st year with lowest average approval rating


WASHINGTON (AP) - This is a record not to be coveted: Donald Trump is wrapping up a year in office with the lowest average approval rating of any elected president in his first year. That's according to polling by Gallup, which shows that Trump has averaged just a 39 percent approval rating since his inauguration. The previous low was held by Bill Clinton, whose first-year average stood 10 points higher than Trump's, at 49 percent. Recent surveys show most Americans view T...

Analysis: With a vent at Trump, Abbas exits 'peace process'


RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - There seems to be no going back for Mahmoud Abbas after the Palestinian leader cursed and ridiculed President Donald Trump and his aides in a pugnacious speech - a very public break with the 82-year-old's long-standing efforts to cultivate Washington's goodwill as the sole pathway to Palestinian statehood. Abbas' pivot from quiet diplomacy to loudly challenging the U.S. and Israel brings him in line with his aggrieved public and quashes ...