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EU ready for a 'stupid' trade war if Trump slaps on tariffs

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union says it's ready to retaliate against the U.S. over President Donald Trump's proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum — with counter-measures against iconic U.S. products like Harley Davidson motorcycles, Levi's...

 

Putin praises Trump, says US political system eating itself

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin lavished praise on President Donald Trump, but added that he was sorely disappointed with the U.S. political system, saying that it has been "eating itself up." Speaking in a series of interviews with...

 

Fears of 'brain drain' hit West Wing amid Trump staff exits

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump once presided over a reality show in which a key cast member exited each week. The same thing seems to be happening in his White House. Trump's West Wing has descended into a period of unparalleled tumult...

 

Democrats, women candidates score big in Texas primaries

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Women running for Congress surged to big wins and Democrats smashed recent turnout levels in Texas' first-in-the-nation 2018 primary elections, giving Republicans a potential glimpse of what's ahead in the first midterms under...

 

SUPREME COURT NOTEBOOK: Kagan recalls clerking for Marshall

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Elena Kagan recalled the moment 30 years ago when her boss looked at her "as though I must have lost my mind." The boss was Justice Thurgood Marshall and the setting was his Supreme Court office, where Kagan was spending...

 

Bettor sues harness-racing trainer for loss linked to doping

NEW YORK (AP) — An aggrieved harness-racing bettor has gone to court to recoup more than $31,000 in winnings he said he was cheated out of when a doped horse won a race in New Jersey two years ago. Leading figures in harness racing said they had...

 

Indian architect wins prestigious Pritzker Prize

NEW DELHI (AP) — Architect and educator Balkrishna Doshi, best-known for his innovative work designing low-cost housing, has been awarded the 2018 Pritzker Architecture Prize, the first Indian to win architecture's highest honor in its 40-year hist...

 

Democrats would reverse some tax cuts to fund infrastructure

WASHINGTON (AP) — For Senate Democrats, voting against the Republican tax cuts that President Donald Trump signed into law wasn't opposition enough. Now they have a plan to reverse some of the tax breaks for corporations and the wealthiest...

 

South African triathlete severely injured in saw attack

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Assailants in South Africa attacked a top national triathlete who was cycling to a training session and cut into his legs with a blunt saw, causing severe injuries, an athletic director said Wednesday. Mhlengi Gwala, 27, was...

 

S. Korean president says talks won't ease pressure on North

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday downplayed concerns that the resumption of inter-Korean dialogue will be accompanied by an easing of international sanctions and pressure on North Korea over its nuclear...

 

Ex-mayor, bank executive sentenced in Oklahoma fraud case

ENID, Okla. (AP) — A former Oklahoma mayor and bank executive has been sentenced to more than 13 years in prison after pleading guilty to 33 felony charges connected to a years-long fraud scheme. Ernst Leroy Currier, former Enid Mayor and senior...

 

Oklahoma House speaker secures another term as leader

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Speaker of the House Charles McCall has secured another term as Republican leader after a closed-door vote among his GOP colleagues. House Republicans voted Wednesday to re-elect the Atoka banker to the post he's held...

 

8-foot-tall gas pump stolen from Route 66 landmark

MIAMI, Okla. (AP) — Authorities are searching for a nearly century-old gas pump that was stolen from a Route 66 landmark in Oklahoma. Police say the red, 8-foot-tall pump was one of three bolted into concrete outside the Marathon Gas Station in...

 

Oklahoma House approves expanding 'Stand Your Ground' law

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — House lawmakers have approved legislation that would expand civil lawsuit immunity to Oklahoma churches when someone uses a gun or other deadly force in self-defense. The Oklahoman reports that the "Stand Your Ground Law"...

 

Kansas students to participate in gun-control walkouts

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Parents are working with students in northeast Kansas to stage walkouts to protest gun violence and to honor the school shooting victims of Parkland, Florida. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that students and supporters...

 

Firefighters battling wildfires in Kansas, Nebraska

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Firefighters are battling dozens of wildfires in Kansas and Nebraska. In Nebraska, a burned man was found crawling in a McCook farm field Tuesday afternoon as 50 mph wind gusts whipped flames down a ravine toward the Red Willow...

 

Kansas bill to require transparency regarding child deaths

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Officials with the Kansas Department for Children and Families are pushing a transparency bill amid criticism of the state's handling of abuse-related child deaths. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the House Judiciary...

 

Immigrants say working at Kansas ranch was 'like slavery'

SYRACUSE, Kan. (AP) — Immigrants working on a remote Kansas ranch toil long days in a type of servitude to work off loans from the company for the cost of smuggling them into the country, according to five people who worked there. There are no...

 

Kansas considers allowing self-service beer taps

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is one of the few states that prohibit self-service beer taps at bars and clubs, though a bill under consideration in the Legislature could finally allow patrons to be their own bartenders. Behind the bill is a trio of...

 

Kansas lawmaker to run with independent Orman for governor

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Independent candidate Greg Orman has picked a western Kansas legislator as his running mate in his campaign for governor. Orman announced Wednesday that state Sen. John Doll of Garden City is leaving the Republican Party to run...

 

University of Missouri frats respond to hazing accusations

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The Interfraternity Council for the University of Missouri announced it is halting all new-member activities in response to hazing allegations. Tuesday's announcement on Twitter said the activities will be paused until March 19...

 

Students alter plan to raffle off AR-15 to fund class trip

PENNINGTON GAP, Va. (AP) — Seniors at a Virginia high school almost raffled off an AR-15 rifle to fund a class trip. But they changed the prize over concerns that the same type of weapon was used to kill 17 people at a Florida high school last...

 

Sheriff boosting security at Grand Junction area schools

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Mesa County Sheriff Matt Lewis says school resource officers will be assigned to four Grand Junction area schools in response to the deadly February shooting at a Florida high school. Lewis says the school resource...

 

Trump reopens a seemingly settled video-game debate

NEW YORK (AP) — In the wake of the Florida school shooting, President Donald Trump is reviving an old debate over whether violent video games can trigger violent behavior. There's just one problem: Roughly two decades of research has repeatedly...

 

Weeks after school shooting, band performs at Carnegie Hall

NEW YORK (AP) — Three weeks after a gunman killed 17 people at their high school, students from Parkland, Florida, have followed through with a long-planned Carnegie Hall performance. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Wind Symphony played...

 

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