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Woman strikes Capitol Police cruiser, taken into custody
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A woman described as "erratic and aggressive" drove a vehicle into a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser near the Capitol on Wednesday morning and was taken into custody, police said....

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....

Justice Dept. watchdog criticizes asset forfeiture program
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A government watchdog on Wednesday identified what it called weaknesses in the Justice Department's asset forfeiture program, including poor data collection and analysis and inadequate training of local and state officers....

US opens formal investigation into civilian deaths in Mosul
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The top U.S. general for the Middle East says the military has launched a formal investigation to determine what role the U.S. played in the deaths of dozens of civilians in Mosul, Iraq....

First lady helps present courage awards to 13 women
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Melania Trump is helping present courage awards to 13 women from around the world....

DeVos faults predecessor for wasting money on school reform
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says her predecessor wasted billions of dollars trying to fix traditional public schools....

Trump vows efforts to fight nation's opioid addiction crisis
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is vowing to step up efforts to combat the nation's opioid addiction crisis....

Supreme Court orders new look at "swipe fees" law
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court is ordering a lower court to take a new look at a New York law that prohibits businesses from imposing fees on credit-card purchases....

Supreme Court hears case of men convicted in 1984 murder
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court is weighing whether to overturn the convictions of seven men in the brutal beating death of a woman about a mile (1.6 kilometers) from the U.S. Capitol in 1984....