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Trump taps military strategist as national security adviser
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- President Donald Trump has tapped Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his new national security adviser, replacing the ousted Michael Flynn....

Kremlin: Trump associates' peace plan for Ukraine 'absurd'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Kremlin said Monday that the Russian government does not know anything about a Ukraine peace plan crafted by an opposition Ukrainian lawmaker and two of President Donald Trump's associates....

AP Exclusive: Drugs vanish at some VA hospitals
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal authorities are stepping up investigations at Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers due to a sharp increase in opioid theft, missing prescriptions or unauthorized drug use by VA employees since 2009, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press....

Trump tries to move past controversies, toward legislating
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As President Donald Trump begins his second month in office, his team is trying to move past the crush of controversies that overtook his first month and make progress on health care and tax overhauls long sought by Republicans....

Trump tweets further criticism of Sweden
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- President Donald Trump is tweeting further criticism of Sweden's immigration policies....

AP, other media ask judge to order release of iPhone records
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Associated Press and two other news organizations asked a judge Monday to force the federal government to reveal how much it paid for a tool to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, California, shooters....

Supreme Court weighs case of Mexican boy slain across border
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sixty feet and the U.S-Mexico border separated the unarmed, 15-year-old Mexican boy and the U.S. Border Patrol agent who killed him with a gunshot to the head early on a June evening in 2010....

US Defense Secretary Mattis: US will stay in Iraq a while
BAGHDAD (AP) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday he believes U.S. forces will be in Iraq and in the fight against Islamic State militants for a while, despite some rocky times between the two nations....

Congressman intends to sue over removal of painting
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The office of a Democratic Missouri congressman says he intends to file a federal lawsuit over the removal of a constituent's painting from a display on Capitol Hill....

GOP health plan: Lower costs, better care, or road to ruin?
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Top House Republicans say their outline for replacing President Barack Obama's health care law is a pathway to greater flexibility and lower costs for consumers. Democrats see a road to ruin for millions who'd face lost coverage and higher medical expenses, particularly the poor....