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US first loosened limits on lion trophies, then elephants

By MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — One month before the Trump administration sparked outrage by reversing a ban on trophies from threatened African elephants, federal officials quietly loosened restrictions on the importation of heads and hides of lions shot for ...

Kathy Griffin: Trump photo put me on ‘Hollywood blacklist’

By The Associated Press Kathy Griffin says she is in the middle of a "Hollywood blacklist" after taking a photo holding a fake severed head that resembled President Donald Trump. The comedian is currently on a world standup tour. She says in a YouTube video that when she returns to the U.S. ...

Melania Trump and Barron receive White House Christmas tree

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump, and son Barron, continued a time-honored tradition of first ladies receiving the official White House Christmas tree. A military band quartet played holiday tunes as a horse-drawn wagon carried the 19 1/2-foot Balsam ...

CBS suspends Rose, PBS halts his show following allegations

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Media Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Charlie Rose is the latest public figure to be felled by sexual misconduct allegations, with PBS halting distribution of his nightly interview show and CBS News suspending him Monday following a Washington Post report with the accusations of ...

Report: Rep. Conyers settled complaint over sexual conduct

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michigan Rep. John Conyers settled a complaint in 2015 from a woman who alleged she was fired from his Washington staff because she rejected his sexual advances, BuzzFeed News reported. The website reported Monday that Conyers' office paid the woman over $27,000 to settle ...

AP source: Authorities believe border agent may have fallen

By CLAUDIA LAUER and DAVID WARREN, Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — Investigators believe a border patrol agent who died in West Texas after suffering extensive injuries to his head and body may have fallen down a 14-foot (4-meter) culvert, and his partner, who radioed for help, has no memory ...

White House open to striking health provision from tax bill

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says it's willing to strike a health-care provision from Senate legislation to cut taxes and overhaul the tax code if the provision becomes an impediment to passing one of President Donald Trump's top legislative ...

3- 2-1, BAM! Georgia Dome imploded in downtown Atlanta

By JEFF MARTIN, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — One of the nation's largest domed stadiums collapsed Monday into a pile of jagged concrete and a vast cloud of smoke in a scheduled implosion in downtown Atlanta. Nearly 5,000 pounds of explosives were used to blast the Georgia Dome in Atlanta ...

Bush administration alums rising in Trump’s orbit

By KEN THOMAS and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — For all the lingering tensions between President Donald Trump and former President George W. Bush, Trump's White House shares one thing in common with his Republican predecessor's: People. Trump has installed more than ...

Keystone XL pipeline faces last major regulatory hurdle

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska regulator is set to decide whether to approve the proposed route of the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline through the state. The decision Monday could have a big impact on whether TransCanada Corp. decides to proceed with construction of the project, which ...