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Kushner, taking new White House role, faces rare scrutiny
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Jared Kushner has been a power player able to avoid much of the harsh scrutiny that comes with working in the White House. But this week he's found that even the president's son-in-law takes his turn in the spotlight....

Fears for Indonesian park's rare species as Trump town rises
GUNUNG GEDE PANGRANGO, Indonesia (AP) -- Shrouded in mist and cloud, the twin volcanoes of the lushly forested Gunung Gede Pangrango national park are the brooding guardians of nature's last stand on teeming Java island. Indonesia's overflowing, polluted capital is a couple of hours north, and with Trump-branded properties being built next to this protected area, Jakarta may soon feel even closer....

Head of Trump-Russia probe under fire, won't step down
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The chairman of the House intelligence committee is refusing to step away from its investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, as fresh political allegations bring new cries of protest from Democrats....

Priebus a central figure in Trump's White House drama
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In the behind-the-scenes drama of who's up and who's down in Donald Trump's White House, chief of staff Reince Priebus is playing a starring role....

McConnell confident Dems won't keep Gorsuch off high court
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A showdown loomed over President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Tuesday as the number of Democrats opposing Judge Neil Gorsuch grew to more than 25. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged Gorsuch would be confirmed next week regardless of the Democratic opposition....

AP FACT CHECK: Spicer says case closed on Russia. It's not
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The question of collusion between Russian interests and Donald Trump's campaign is far from answered, despite repeated assertions by the president's spokesman that it's case closed....

House sends bill to Trump blocking online privacy regulation
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress has sent President Donald Trump legislation that would kill an online privacy regulation, a move that could eventually allow internet providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to sell the browsing habits of their customers....

Questions, answers about funding threats to sanctuary cities
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration is issuing a fresh threat to withhold or revoke law enforcement grant money from communities that refuse to cooperate with federal efforts to find and deport immigrants in the country illegally....

US official: Trump to meet China's Xi first week in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet with President Donald Trump the first full week of April, a senior State Department official said Tuesday....

Arab summit to endorse Palestinian positions with eye on US
DEAD SEA, Jordan (AP) -- Arab leaders are gathering for an annual summit where the call for Palestinian statehood is to take center stage....

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