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A look at latest ruling on Trump administration travel ban
HONOLULU (AP) -- A federal judge in Hawaii who temporarily blocked President Donald Trump's revised travel ban hours before it was set to take effect issued a longer-lasting order Wednesday....

Senate hearing to focus on Russian disinformation tactics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Some tactics Russia used to meddle in last year's presidential election would give shivers to anyone who believes in American democracy, the Senate intelligence committee's top Democrat says....

The Latest: Ryan says Congress awaiting new Russia documents
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the Senate intelligence committee's hearing on Russian interference in last year's presidential election (all times local):...

US opens formal investigation into civilian deaths in Mosul
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. military has launched a formal investigation into what role the U.S. played in the deaths of dozens of civilians in Mosul, Iraq, earlier this month, amid warnings from a top American general that the dense urban fight is making it harder to avoid killing innocents....

Distraction cited as pedestrian deaths spiked in 2016
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pedestrian deaths are climbing faster than motorist fatalities, reaching nearly 6,000 deaths last year - the highest total in more than two decades, according to an analysis of preliminary state data released Thursday....

Casino mogul Phil Ruffin among Trump's closest friends
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Billionaire Las Vegas casino owner Phil Ruffin has never been to the White House. On Thursday, he'll have dinner there with his friend, Donald Trump....

Zinke: Border wall 'complex,' faces geographic challenges
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Geographic and physical challenges - including the Rio Grande and threatened wildlife - will make it difficult to build the "big, beautiful wall" that President Donald Trump has promised on the U.S.-Mexico border, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Wednesday....

Amid US' Afghanistan uncertainty, Russia resurrects interest
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As America's 16-year war in Afghanistan drags on, Russia is resurrecting its own interest in the "graveyard of empires." The jockeying includes engaging the Taliban and leading a new diplomatic effort to tackle Afghanistan's future, all while Washington leaves the world guessing on its strategy for ending the conflict....

AP SPIN METER: Was Trump joking on health care?
WASHINGTON (AP) -- To believe or not to believe? That is the question, when it comes to President Donald Trump's comments about what comes next on health care....

Republican foes of health care bill win praise in districts
BUCKNER, Kentucky (AP) -- One of the House Republican rebels, Kentucky Rep. Tom Massie, wasn't just "no" on the GOP health care bill to replace Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. Massie was "hell no."...

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