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Corporate chiefs flee Trump; he disbands WH advisory panels
NEW YORK (AP) -- With corporate chieftains fleeing, President Donald Trump abruptly abolished two of his White House business councils Wednesday - the latest fallout from his combative comments on racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia....

Republican leaders dance around Trump remarks
NEW YORK (AP) -- One after another, the nation's most powerful Republicans responded to President Donald Trump's extraordinary remarks about white supremacists. Yet few mentioned the president....

Survey: Citizens of many US allies trust Putin over Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Vladimir Putin is more trusted than Donald Trump to do the right thing for the world among citizens of numerous U.S. allies, including Japan, South Korea and seven European NATO members, according to a survey released Wednesday....

Ousted chief justice makes runoff in Alabama Senate race
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Ousted Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is trying to play usurper to deep-pocketed Republican forces after making a runoff with incumbent Sen. Luther Strange in the state's Senate primary....

Donald Trump's die-hard supporters show no signs of straying
NEW YORK (AP) -- They wash their hands of neo-Nazis and wag their fingers at leftists. They denounce a press corps they see as biased and controversies they view as manufactured. But in the frenzied blame game over the deadly violence at a rally of white supremacists, Donald Trump's loyal base is happy to absolve the president himself....

Trump signs bill expanding college assistance for veterans
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) -- President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed into law an updated veterans' education bill that marks the largest expansion of college assistance for military veterans in a decade....

Internal FBI surveys show high support for ex-FBI head Comey
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Despite White House claims to the contrary, fired FBI Director James Comey was highly respected and trusted within the bureau during his nearly four-year tenure, according to internal survey results released Wednesday....

Former Michigan Rep. Vern Ehlers, a physicist, dies at 83
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Vern Ehlers, a research physicist and moderate Republican who represented a western Michigan congressional district for 17 years and advocated for Great Lakes cleanup funding, has died. He was 83....

White House: Gov't to make health law payments this month
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government will make this month's payments to insurers under the Obama-era health care law that President Donald Trump still wants to repeal and replace, a White House official said Wednesday....

The Latest: Trump disbands business panel as fallout spreads
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times EDT):...