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White House briefs Senate amid scary moment with North Korea
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration hosted senators for an extraordinary White House briefing Wednesday at a perilous moment with North Korea, marked by the unpredictable nation's nuclear threats and stern talk of military action, if necessary, from the United States....



Trump plan would cut taxes for companies _ and people, too
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump proposed dramatic cuts in corporate and personal taxes Wednesday in an overhaul his administration asserts will spur national economic growth and bring jobs and prosperity to America's middle class. But his ambitious plan is alarming lawmakers who worry it will balloon federal deficits....



'I'll be praying for you:' Americans assess Trump's 100 days
They are young and old: a high school student who can't yet vote, a Vietnam vet who did so proudly. They hail from all corners of the United States and very different walks of life: a "downhome boy" from Kentucky, a third-generation Mexican-American from Texas, a stay-at-home mom in Pennsylvania, an Iranian immigrant in Los Angeles....



Conservative caucus backs GOP health bill but fate uncertain
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The conservative House Freedom Caucus announced its support Wednesday for a newly revised GOP health care bill, a month after the group's opposition forced Republican leaders to pull the legislation in an embarrassing retreat....



US colleges confront a new era of sometimes-violent protest
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Fearing a return to violent protests that roiled campuses in the 1970s, colleges and universities are re-examining how to protect free speech while keeping students and employees safe in a time of political polarization....



Neanderthals in California? Maybe so, provocative study says
NEW YORK (AP) -- A startling new report asserts that the first known Americans arrived much, much earlier than scientists thought - more than 100,000 years ago -- and maybe they were Neanderthals....



Those caught up in 1992 LA riot reflect on causes, changes
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Dee Young remembers April 29, 1992, the way most Americans of a certain age recall Sept. 11 - it's indelibly etched in his memory as the day his world and that of thousands of others changed forever....



Jonathan Demme, 'Silence of the Lambs' director, dead at 73
NEW YORK (AP) -- Jonathan Demme, the eclectic, ever-enthusiastic filmmaker behind the Oscar winners "The Silence of the Lambs" and "Philadelphia," and the director of one of the most seminal concert films ever made, the Talking Heads' "Stop Making Sense," has died. He was 73....



Police: Captive woman found crying in pit in neighbor's shed
BLANCHESTER, Ohio (AP) -- A man with mental health problems kidnapped a neighbor and kept her trapped in a small grave-like pit in his backyard shed, where her cries for help alerted other people living nearby and led to her rescue, police said....



Mnuchin: Trump has 'no intention' of releasing tax returns
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump "has no intention" of releasing his taxes returns to the public, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Wednesday, asserting Americans have "plenty of information" about the president's financial matters....