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Trump honors fallen and families in Memorial Day address
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) -- President Donald Trump on Monday expressed the nation's "boundless" gratitude for the ultimate sacrifice paid by Americans defending the United States, dedicating his first Memorial Day address as commander in chief to a top Cabinet secretary and two other families who lost loved ones....

McConnell juggling diverse demands on Republican health bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- For Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, writing a Republican-only health care bill that can pass the Senate boils down to this question: How do you solve a problem like Dean, Lisa, Patrick, Ted, Rand and Susan?...

Zealous prosecutor leading review of violent crime in cities
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A zealous prosecutor who was crucial in writing the Justice Department's new policy encouraging harsher punishments for criminals is now turning his attention to hate crimes, marijuana and the ways law enforcement seizes suspects' cash and property....

AP Exclusive: Suspected drug thefts persist at VA centers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal authorities are investigating dozens of new cases of possible opioid and other drug theft by employees at Veterans Affairs hospitals, a sign the problem isn't going away as more prescriptions disappear....

A sampling of VA drug-theft prosecutions
Government data obtained by The Associated Press show more cases of opioid drug theft or missing prescriptions at Veterans Affairs health facilities despite new prevention efforts. The VA inspector general's office opened 36 new criminal investigations into possible drug theft from Oct. 1 to May 19. Doctors, nurses or pharmacy staff in the VA's network of more than 160 medical centers and 1,000 clinics are suspected of siphoning away controlled substances for their own use or street sale - sometimes to the harm of patients....

Judges weigh law cutting governor's elections oversight role
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- If judges sign off on Republican legislation that curtails the new governor's control over state and local elections, future balloting could be wracked with confusion, unethical politicians could go unpunished and campaign finance tricks could continue unabated, Democratic lawyers contend....

US official mulling greatly expanded airplane laptop ban
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Sunday he's considering banning laptops from the passenger cabins of all international flights to and from the United States....

Kelly defends plan for Russia back channel as a 'good thing'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly is defending an alleged effort by top White House adviser Jared Kushner to create back-channel communications with Russia as a "good thing," while the Trump administration sought to quell mounting questions over secret ties to the Kremlin....

Dems view vets as strong candidates in bid to retake House
ATLANTA (AP) -- Democrats hope to enlist military veterans in another type of fight - for majority control of the House....

Newly insured fret over gains made under US health care law
Dawn Erin went nearly 20 years without health insurance before the Affordable Care Act, bouncing between free clinics for frequent and painful bladder infections....

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