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Record flooding causes levee breach in western Arkansas

DARDANELLE, Ark. (AP) — A levee breached Friday along the Arkansas River, prompting a flash flood warning and evacuation of a rural area in western Arkansas. Officials said the levee breached at Dardanelle, about 60 miles (95 kilometers) northwest of Little Rock. Yell County officials had ...

Trump prompts protests with promise of new Mexican tariffs

By JILL COLVIN and COLLEEN LONG Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In a surprise announcement that could derail a major trade deal, President Donald Trump says he is placing a 5% tariff on all Mexican imports, effective June 10, to pressure the country to do more to crack down on the surge ...

Trump attacks Mueller, denies that Russia helped him win

By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has angrily assailed special counsel Robert Mueller's motives, after Mueller bluntly rebuffed Trump's repeated claims that the Russia investigation had cleared him of obstructing justice. The president also offered ...

Louisiana’s Democratic governor signs abortion ban into law

By MELINDA DESLATTE Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Democratic governor signed a ban on abortion as early as six weeks of pregnancy Thursday, a move that puts him squarely in line with the leaders of other conservative Southern states while provoking anger from members ...

Lawsuit calls Mississippi’s way of choosing governors racist

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS and DAVID A. LIEB Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — In 1890, as white politicians across the South cracked down on the black population with Jim Crow laws, Mississippi inserted into its constitution an unusually high bar for getting elected governor or winning ...

Tornado warning? In East, storm season brings bewilderment

By DAVID PORTER Associated Press NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — As a tornado bore down on the western edge of New Jersey, some residents prepared for the worst, while others were caught off guard, despite bulletins from meteorologists and extensive coverage by television and radio stations. Marie ...

Oregon, awash in marijuana, takes steps to curb production

By ANDREW SELSKY Associated Press SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is awash in pot, glutted with so much legal weed that if growing were to stop today, it could take more than six years by one estimate to smoke or eat it all. Now, the state is looking to curb production. Five years after they ...

R. Kelly charged with 11 new sex-related counts in Chicago

By MICHAEL TARM and HERB McCANN Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors charged R&B singer R. Kelly on Thursday with 11 new sex-related counts involving one of the women who accused him of sexually abusing her when she was underage, including counts that carry a maximum sentence of ...

Mueller: Special counsel probe did not exonerate Trump

By ERIC TUCKER, MICHAEL BALSAMO and CHAD DAY Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller said Wednesday he was barred from charging President Donald Trump with a crime but pointedly emphasized that his Russia report did not exonerate the president. If he could have ...

Tracking microbes people carry may predict future health

By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — We share our bodies with trillions of microbes that are critical to staying healthy, but now scientists are getting a much-needed close look at how those bugs can get out of whack and spur disease. One lesson: A single test to see what ...