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Kelly defends Trump's call to war widow, raps congresswoman
WASHINGTON (AP) -- White House chief of staff John Kelly delivered an extraordinary denunciation of a Democratic congresswoman Thursday, accusing her of politicizing what he called a "sacred" presidential effort to console the grieving loved ones of a slain soldier....

Uneven record of consolation by Trump for families of fallen
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Some got sympathy and solace. Some got silence. One got a promise of cash....

Thousands eligible for DACA renewals failed to apply in time
WASHINGTON (AP) -- About 21,000-22,000 young immigrants, many brought to the country illegally as children, did not submit their status renewal applications in time....

Deported Mexican man drops lawsuit against US over removal
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- An immigrant who had been shielded from deportation but was sent back to Mexico has dropped his lawsuit against the Trump administration....

GOP to muscle budget through Senate as it eyes tax cuts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans controlling the Senate appear set to muscle their $4 trillion budget plan through the Senate late Thursday, turning back successive attempts by Democrats to derail GOP plans for a tax cut later this year....

US tourist fears he was hit in Cuba, years before diplomats
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Chris Allen's phone started buzzing as word broke that invisible attacks in Cuba had hit a U.S. government worker at Havana's Hotel Capri. Allen's friends and family had heard an eerily similar story from him before....

Obama pushing Democratic governor candidates in 2 states
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- People arrived early and were waiting in line for hours Thursday as former President Barack Obama returned to the campaign trail to stump for Democratic gubernatorial candidates in New Jersey and Virginia....

Bipartisan Senate bill aims to prevent Western wildfires
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As wildfires rage across California and the West, a bipartisan group of senators is seeking to help rural communities better prepare for and prevent catastrophic wildfires....

Bush condemns Trump-era America: 'Bigotry seems emboldened'
NEW YORK (AP) -- Former President George W. Bush on Thursday denounced bigotry in Trump-era American politics, warning that the rise of "nativism," isolationism and conspiracy theories have clouded the nation's true identity....

CIA head: NKorea months from perfecting nuclear capabilities
WASHINGTON (AP) -- CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Thursday that North Korea is months away from perfecting its nuclear weapons capabilities....