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As Oklahoma teachers strike drags on, frustration mounts

By SEAN MURPHY, Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — When Oklahoma Republicans finally passed a massive tax hike for hundreds of millions of new dollars for public schools and teacher pay raises, they thought they would get a thank you. Instead, educators and their supporters marched on ...

Trump signs proclamation directing troops to secure border

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Asserting the situation had reached "a point of crisis," President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed a proclamation directing the deployment of the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border to fight illegal immigration. "The lawlessness that ...

Mueller’s Russia probe shows it pays to cooperate

By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — George Papadopoulos, taken by surprise by FBI agents at an airport last summer, now tweets smiling beach selfies with a Mykonos hashtag. Rick Gates, for weeks on home confinement with electronic monitoring, gets rapid approval for a family ...

APNewsBreak: DHS finds suspected phone spying in Washington

By FRANK BAJAK, AP Technology Writer For the first time, the U.S. government has publicly acknowledged the existence in Washington of what appear to be rogue devices that foreign spies and criminals could be using to track individual cellphones and intercept calls and messages. The use of ...

New team targets online opioid sales fueling the drug crisis

By SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — His moniker was "DARKKING22," and authorities say he offered a cornucopia of illicit drugs through the click of a mouse. But it was his ads on a hidden website for pure fentanyl, the powerful painkiller driving a record number of overdose ...

Migrant caravan, raising concerns in US, halts in Mexico

By CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN, Associated Press MATIAS ROMERO, Mexico (AP) — The caravan of Central American migrants that angered U.S. President Donald Trump was sidelined at a sports field in southern Mexico with no means of reaching the border even as Trump tweeted another threat to Mexico ...

Trump offers support to embattled EPA head

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is offering strong support for Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency who is at the center of swirling ethics questions, the White House said Tuesday. The president ...

Oklahoma teachers walk out for 2nd day in red-state revolt

By SEAN MURPHY and BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Many schools will remain closed for a second day in Oklahoma Tuesday as teachers rally for higher pay and education funding in a rebellion that has hit several Republican-led states across the country. Oklahoma Gov. ...

Sacramento police chief struggles with change after shooting

By DON THOMPSON, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn had his first major encounter with officers as a kid who witnessed a murder in a tough part of California's capital city. His second: as a teenager busted on allegations of assaulting an ...

Family of man killed by police joins rally for reform

By KATHLEEN RONAYNE, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The family of Stephon Clark joined hundreds of people at a rally urging California's capital city not to let his memory or calls for police reform fade nearly two weeks after the 22-year-old unarmed black man was killed by ...