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Arts and crafts see special counsel Robert Mueller as icon

By CLAIRE GALOFARO AP National Writer Her family wanted a puppy, so Alicia Barnett dreamed they would find one that was smart, steady and a bit mysterious. She hoped their new addition could share a personality — and a name — with the man who has become her rather unlikely idol. At ...

More evacuations in Midwest as floodwaters head downstream

By JIM SALTER Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — Residents in parts of southwestern Iowa were forced out of their homes Sunday as a torrent of Missouri River water flowed over and through levees, putting them in a situation similar to hundreds of people in neighboring Nebraska who have been ...

Beto O’Rourke says he raised $6.1M online in 1st 24 hours

By DINO HAZELL Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke raised more than $6 million online during the first 24 hours after he announced his White House bid, the highest first-day number reported by any candidate, his campaign said Monday. The ...

Warren embraces underdog role as she faces 2020 challenges

By STEVE PEOPLES, ELANA SCHOR and HUNTER WOODALL Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren has spent much of the last decade as a leader of the Democratic Party's liberal wing. But three and a half months into her presidential campaign, the Massachusetts senator is facing tough ...

Be Kind, Please Rewind: Oregon Blockbuster is last on Earth

By GILLIAN FLACCUS Associated Press BEND, Ore. (AP) — There are challenges that come with running the last Blockbuster Video on the planet. The computer system must be rebooted using floppy disks that only the general manager — a solid member of Gen X — knows how to use. The dot-matrix ...

R. Kelly case spotlights abuse of girls in the era of #MeToo

BY MARYCLAIRE DALE and JOCELYN NOVECK Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The girls, a dozen of them 15 to 18 years old, file into a conference room in a downtown Brooklyn office building, taking seats in chairs carefully arranged in a circle. On the floor in front of them is a makeshift altar ...

Trump reviving his border wall fight with new budget request

By LISA MASCARO AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is reviving his border wall fight, preparing a new budget that will seek $8.6 billion for his signature project, impose steep spending cuts to other domestic programs and set the stage for another fiscal ...

Modern policing: Algorithm helps NYPD spot crime patterns

By MICHAEL R. SISAK Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — When a syringe-wielding drill thief tried sticking up a Home Depot near Yankee Stadium, police figured out quickly that it wasn't a one-off. A man had also used a syringe a few weeks earlier while stealing a drill at another Home Depot 7 ...

Powell says Trump’s attacks played no role in rate pause

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says political attacks by President Donald Trump played no role in the Fed's decision in January to signal that it planned to take a pause in hiking interest rates. He also said in an interview ...

Neighbors open another front in Colorado oil and gas battle

By DAN ELLIOTT Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Frustrated residents of a Denver suburb say state law is forcing them to participate in a major oil and gas drilling project against their wishes, so they launched legal challenges with potentially significant consequences for the ...