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For Ivanka Trump, rising profile comes with backlash

Catherine Lucey, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:04am

She has a West Wing office, facetime with world leaders and unrivaled access to the president. And as Ivanka Trump's White House role grows, so does the backlash.

Distraction citied as pedestrian deaths spiked in 2016

Joan Lowy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:04am

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.

Agreement to end 'bathroom bill' but are there enough votes?

Gary D. Robertson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:57am

Republican legislative leaders in North Carolina and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper say they have an agreement to end the state's so-called "bathroom bill" that they hope will drive away negative national attention and remove obstacles to expanding businesses and attracting sporting events.

Key findings of the AP-NORC poll on health care

Emily Swanson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:54am

More than 6 in 10 Americans disapprove of the way President Donald Trump is handling health care, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Most oppose key elements of the short-circuited GOP proposal to overhaul President Barack Obama's health care law, including Medicaid cuts and surcharges for people whose coverage lapses.

Poll: Americans dislike GOP's, Trump's plan on health care

Alan Fram and Emily Swanson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:54am

Note to President Donald Trump and House Republicans: People really don't like your approach to overhauling America's health care. If you're hoping to revive the effort, you may want to try something different.

Amid US' Afghanistan uncertainty, Russia resurrects interest

Matthew Pennington, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:34am

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.

Trump University lawsuits face final hurdle to settlement

Elliot Spagat, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:01am

President Donald Trump faces one last hurdle to ending nearly seven years of lawsuits over his now-defunct Trump University when a judge decides Thursday whether to approve a $25 million settlement with former customers.

Severe storms expected in Mississippi Valley, Dixie Alley

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 12:54am

The Mississippi Valley is in the severe weather bull's-eye as a storm system that already left at least six dead moved into the Dixie Alley.

'Dreamer' reunites with family, says he's hopeful for future

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 12:52am

Their hug was silent, their smiles broad. After more than six weeks in custody, a Mexican man who had been arrested despite his participation in a program designed to prevent the deportation of those brought to the U.S. illegally as children was freed Wednesday pending deportation proceedings.

Roger Stone, a figure in Russia probe, faces defamation suit

Karen Matthews, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 11:29pm

A lawyer for Republican operative Roger Stone says his client is so busy preparing for a possible grilling by the U.S. Senate intelligence committee, that he doesn't have time to attend the opening of his civil defamation trial in New York City.

Police: Drugs seized from plane at Ohio University airport

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 11:00pm

Authorities say they've seized a "significant" amount of suspected cocaine from an unauthorized plane that landed at Ohio University's airport.

NC lawmakers, gov reach deal to end 'bathroom bill' standoff

Gary D. Robertson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 10:33pm

North Carolina Republican lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper said late Wednesday that they have agreed on legislation to resolve a standoff over the state's "bathroom bill" through a replacement measure that still restricts LGBT nondiscrimination protections.

Sentenced to jail, Christie aide says she won't be scapegoat

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 10:26pm

The sentencing of two former aides to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for creating traffic jams at the busiest bridge in the U.S. for political revenge may not prevent the scandal from hanging over the Republican's final year in office.

Pedestrian deaths spiked in 2016, distraction cited

Joan Lowy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 10:25pm

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.

Judge in Hawaii extends order blocking Trump's travel ban

Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 10:24pm

A federal judge in Hawaii decided Wednesday to extend his order blocking President Donald Trump's travel ban, preventing the government from suspending new visas for people from six Muslim-majority countries and halting the U.S. refugee program.

Record snowfall buries Anchorage

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 10:24pm

It was a late March surprise for residents of Alaska's largest city, the kind that snarls traffic and keeps kids at home for the day.

Trump admin drops human rights conditions for Bahrain F-16s

Josh Lederman and Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 10:15pm

The Trump administration told Congress on Wednesday it plans to approve a multibillion-dollar sale of F-16 fighter jets to Bahrain without the human rights conditions imposed by the Obama administration.

The Latest: Governor: HB2 fix not perfect but he supports it

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 10:10pm

The Latest on efforts at the North Carolina legislature to repeal or replace a state law limiting LGBT protections and which public restrooms transgender people can use (all times local):

Later start times approved for northern Utah schools

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 9:50pm

Students in Logan will be able to sleep in a little longer next school year after the northern Utah city's school board approved later start times.

Justice Dept. watchdog criticizes asset forfeiture program

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 9:36pm

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.