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Democratic state AGs move to defend consumer watchdog

Marcy Gordon, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 5:12pm

Attorneys general from 16 states and the District of Columbia are seeking to defend a U.S. consumer watchdog agency in court amid speculation that President Donald Trump may fire its director, Richard Cordray.

The Latest: Judge hears from victims at utility sentencing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 5:11pm

The Latest on a sentencing hearing for Pacific Gas & Electric Co. in a criminal case tied to a deadly blast in the San Francisco Bay Area (all times local):

Analysis: Trump's trade plans to test his deal-making skills

Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 5:10pm

President Donald Trump said he was protecting jobs as he officially pulled out from the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal on Monday.

US fights Microsoft's bid to tell users when feds take data

Martha Bellisle, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 5:10pm

The U.S. Justice Department asked a judge Monday to throw out a lawsuit from Microsoft and keep a law that prohibits technology companies from telling customers when the government demands their electronic data.

Sticky substance coats roads after paper mill explosion

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 5:00pm

Authorities say no one was injured when a paper mill exploded in Florida's Panhandle.

Texas governor warns Austin sheriff over 'sanctuary cities'

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 4:42pm

Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday told Austin's sheriff that her jail would become the first in the state to lose taxpayer money over so-called "sanctuary cities" policies unless she reverses plans to curtail working with federal immigration authorities by February.

Trump moves to pull US out of big Asia trade deal

Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 4:42pm

Charting a new American course abroad, President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the sweeping Trans-Pacific Partnership on Monday, using one of his first actions in office to reject a centerpiece of Barack Obama's attempts to counter China and deepen U.S. ties in Asia.

Trump undoes parts of Obama agenda with executive actions

Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 4:41pm

President Donald Trump signed three executive memorandums on Monday, kicking off his first full week in the White House by undoing parts of his predecessor's agenda and renewing a longtime Republican priority on abortion funding.

Senate panel narrowly backs Trump's choice for top diplomat

Richard Lardner and Erica Werner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 4:32pm

Rex Tillerson's bid to be secretary of state narrowly won approval Monday from the Republican-led Foreign Relations Committee, a move that all but assures the full Senate will confirm President Donald Trump's pick for the key Cabinet post.

Hawaii's Lanai Island dark after windstorm knocks out power

Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 4:30pm

The entire Hawaiian island of Lanai remained without electrical service Monday after strong winds snapped or damaged utility poles over the weekend.

If Trump ends America's world leadership, who will step up?

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 4:24pm

President Donald Trump's pursuit of an "America first" foreign policy is raising questions about who, if anyone, will fill the void if the U.S. relinquishes its traditional global leadership role. China and Russia are among the aspirants for greater economic and military influence, while an ambivalent Germany could emerge as the West's moral compass.

Scorecard: Bulk of Trump's "Day One" promises unfulfilled

Josh Boak and Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 4:16pm

As a candidate, Donald Trump set a sweeping "Day One" agenda.

Officer smashes window to save woman trapped in burning car

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 4:14pm

A woman who was trapped in a burning car hailed a Washington state police officer as a hero after he bashed in her window and pulled her to safety, a rescue caught on the officer's body camera.

Latest California storm goes out with a bang

Christopher Weber and John Antczak, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 4:12pm

Sunshine and rainbows alternated with thunderclaps, downpours, snow and hail on Monday as the last in a trio of storms broke up over California after flooding roads and homes and trapping people in swamped vehicles.

Lawsuit: Trump business ties violate Constitution

Bernard Condon and Julie Bykowicz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 4:00pm

To fight what it called a "grave threat" to the country, a watchdog group on Monday filed a lawsuit alleging that President Donald Trump is violating the Constitution by allowing his business to accept payments from foreign governments.

The Latest: Trump meets with congressional leaders

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 4:00pm

The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):

'Net neutrality' foe Ajit Pai is new FCC head

Tali Arbel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 3:52pm

President Donald Trump has picked a fierce critic of the Obama-era "net neutrality" rules to be chief regulator of the nation's airwaves and internet connections.

NJ Transit resumes rail service suspended after wire problem

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 3:50pm

New Jersey Transit and Amtrak have resumed train service in New Jersey.

Arkansas lawmakers approve governor's $50M tax cut plan

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 3:30pm

Arkansas lawmakers approved Gov. Asa Hutchinson's $50 million low-income tax cut plan on Monday, setting the stage for a debate over deeper tax reductions the Republican has vowed to champion in two years.

Rates on US Treasury bills drop at weekly auction

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 3:21pm

Interest rates on short-term Treasury bills fell in Monday's auction, with rates on three-month bills dropping to their lowest level since early December.