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AP-NORC Poll: US teens disillusioned, divided by politics
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- In the days after President Donald Trump's election, thousands of teenagers across the nation walked out of class in protest. Others rallied to his defense....

New anti-IS strategy may mean deeper US involvement in Syria
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A new military strategy to meet President Donald Trump's demand to "obliterate" the Islamic State group is likely to deepen U.S. military involvement in Syria, possibly with more ground troops, even as the current U.S. approach in Iraq appears to be working and will require fewer changes....

AP sources: White House to propose boosting defense spending
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House will propose boosting defense spending and slashing funding for longtime Republican targets like the Environmental Protection Agency in a set of marching orders to agencies as it prepares its budget for the upcoming fiscal year....

Trump's speech could be marked by disruption or decorum
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A presidential speech to Congress is one of those all-American moments that ooze ritual and decorum....

Health care, Supreme Court on agenda as Congress returns
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress returns to Washington this week to confront dramatic decisions on health care and the Supreme Court that may help determine the course of Donald Trump's presidency....

The Latest: Trump to sign new travel order on Wednesday
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest news on President Donald Trump (all times local):...

AP: VA data show low rate of discipline for drug loss, theft
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Doctors, nurses or pharmacy staff at the Department of Veterans Affairs' hospitals were fired or reprimanded in only a small fraction of thousands of reported cases of opioid theft and missing prescriptions since 2010, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press....

How the AP-NORC poll of teenagers was conducted
The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll on teens and politics was conducted by NORC Dec. 7-31, 2016. It is based on online and telephone interviews of 790 teenagers whose parents are members of NORC's nationally representative AmeriSpeak panel....

AP FACT CHECK: Trump makes his points with overstated flair
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In President Donald Trump's estimation, the U.S. border isn't merely porous, it's "wide open." Darkness and danger are everywhere, even Sweden. American infrastructure isn't just in need of improvement but it's in "total disrepair and decay." The health law is not only flawed, but it's an "absolute and total catastrophe."...

Report warns of state money fallout from health law repeal
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A sobering report to governors about the potential consequences of repealing the Obama-era health care law warns that federal spending cuts probably would create funding gaps for states and threaten many people with the loss of insurance coverage....

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