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WASHINGTON (AP) — Billionaire Wilbur Ross has cleared the Senate and will serve as President Donald Trump's commerce secretary. Ross received some Democratic votes and was approved 72-27. Republicans say he bring decades of business and civic experience. But Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren criticized Ross' business ties to Russia and called him "a cartoon stereotype of a Wall Street fat cat."

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is proposing a huge $54 billion surge in military spending for new aircraft, ships and fighters in his first federal budget. At the same time, he says there will be deep cuts from domestic programs and foreign aid to make the government "do more with less." The White House says details are to come.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Police are preparing for protests when President Donald Trump's two oldest sons officially open a new Trump International Hotel and Tower in Vancouver on Tuesday. Officials expect a number of downtown protest marches. The U.S. consulate is warning Americans to stay away.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — in a dramatic reversal, the Justice Department plans to drop longstanding opposition to a key portion of Texas' toughest-in-the-nation voter ID law. Under the Obama administration, the government spent years arguing that the 2011 law that Texas' Republican-controlled Legislature passed was intended to disenfranchise poor and minority voters. The Washington-based Campaign Legal Center calls the decision an "extraordinary disappointment" and says there's no new evidence for making the switch.

DETROIT (AP) — Japanese auto parts maker Takata has pleaded guilty to a criminal charge and agreed to pay $1 billion for a scheme to conceal a deadly defect in millions of its air bag inflators. Takata admits to hiding problems that can cause inflators to explode with too much force, hurling shrapnel into drivers and passengers. U.S. prosecutors still are seeking extradition of three former Takata executives from Japan to face criminal charges.

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