Alabama bill would allow tax refunds to fund border wall

Alabamians would be able to donate part of their state income tax refunds to help build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico, according to a bill the state Senate advanced Thursday.

Gillibrand seeks to improve asylum process for immigrants

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Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand is pitching her ideas to improve the asylum process for immigrants while touring a law clinic at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas that helps unaccompanied immigrant children.

Hogan: Trump challenge now 'doesn't make any sense at all'

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While Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan isn't completely ruling out a potential primary challenge to President Donald Trump, he said Thursday that currently "it doesn't make any sense at all."
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Energy secretary may speed plutonium removal from Nevada

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto says Energy Secretary Rick Perry has committed to expediting the removal of weapons-grade plutonium it secretly shipped to a site in Nevada last year if she agrees to stop blocking appointments to vacant positions in his department.
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Tribes urge US to ban drilling around sacred New Mexico site

Native American leaders are banding together to pressure U.S. officials to ban oil and gas exploration around a sacred tribal site that features massive stone structures and other remnants of an ancient civilization but are facing the Trump administration's pro-drilling stance.
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Top US general to meet with Google on China security worries

The top U.S. military officer will meet with Google representatives next week amid growing concerns that American companies doing business in China are helping its military gain ground on the U.S.
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Multiple 2020 Democrats say they won't attend AIPAC summit

Multiple Democratic presidential candidates said Thursday that they won't attend the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual conference in Washington next week.
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President Donald Trump speaks before signing an executive order on "improving free inquiry, transparency and accountability on campus" on Thursday.

Trump orders colleges to back free speech or lose funding

The order follows a growing chorus of complaints from conservatives who say their voices have been stifled on campuses across the U.S.
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Marines cut training to fund hurricane costs, border mission

A number of unexpected costs, including major hurricane damage repairs and unplanned deployments to the U.S.-Mexico border, are forcing the Marine Corps to cancel training exercises and will degrade combat readiness, the top Marine general warned.
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Glance at what some state legislatures are doing on abortion

Mississippi's governor signed into law one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the country on Thursday. The bill outlaws abortions after the heartbeat of…
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Legislative panel debates Walz 70 percent gas tax hike plan

The Minnesota Legislature began work in earnest Thursday on Gov. Tim Walz's transportation plan, including his hotly disputed proposal to raise the state's gasoline tax by 70 percent.
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Hogan: Trump challenge now 'doesn't make any sense at all'

While Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan isn't completely ruling out a potential primary challenge to President Donald Trump, he says that currently "it doesn't make any sense at all."
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White House rejects request for Trump, Putin communications

The White House on Thursday rejected a Democratic request for information on private conversations between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, including an interview with an interpreter who sat in on their one-on-one meeting in Helsinki last summer.
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This white van is said to belong to Cesar Sayoc, mail bomber suspect and former Minnesota criminal.

Florida man pleads guilty to mailing bombs to Trump foes

A Florida man pleaded guilty Thursday to sending pipe bombs to CNN and prominent critics of President Donald Trump in a wave of attacks that harmed no one but spread fear of political violence across the U.S. for days leading up to last fall's midterm elections.
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In this Nov. 24, 2014 file photo, Ferguson activist Daren Seals, top center, awaits the decision by a grand jury on whether to indict Darren Wilson in

Clarification: Ferguson Activists-Deaths story

In a story March 17, The Associated Press reported that the deaths of six young men connected with the 2014 anti-police protests in Ferguson have drawn attention on social media and speculation in the activist community that something sinister is at play. The headline referred to the deaths as "puzzling" without providing attribution. This version of the story replaces the headline to focus on the fact that activists are unnerved by the deaths.
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Ex-cop says he thought he saw a gun when he shot black teen

A white former police officer said Thursday he thought a weapon was pointed at him when he shot and killed an unarmed black teenager outside Pittsburgh last summer.
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Rand Paul's $580,000 jury award upheld in Kentucky

A Kentucky judge has denied a request for a new trial from a man who a jury said should pay more than $580,000 to U.S. Sen. Rand Paul for injuries Paul suffered when he was tackled by the man.
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Judge delays sentencing in Chicago bomb plot

A judge has delayed sentencing a man who is accused of plotting to bomb a Chicago bar after lawyers said the government withheld evidence that would have helped his defense.
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US targets Chinese firms for alleged NKorea sanctions dodge

The Trump administration on Thursday sanctioned two Chinese shipping companies suspected of helping North Korea evade sanctions — the first targeted actions taken against Pyongyang since its nuclear negotiations with the U.S. in Hanoi last month ended without agreement.
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Former AG Sessions honored at Justice Dept. ceremony

As Washington awaits word from special counsel Robert Mueller, three Justice Department officials inextricably linked to his appointment and tenure joined each other on stage Thursday for a ceremony honoring one of them — former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
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Trump blames Fed for holding back economic growth in 2018

President Donald Trump says the economy would have grown much faster last year if the Federal Reserve had not been tightening credit last year.
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Attorneys: 5 charged in terror case because they are Muslims

Attorneys for five people facing federal terrorism-related charges following their arrests last summer in a New Mexico compound raid said Thursday their clients are being prosecuted because they are Muslims.
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AP FACT CHECK: Trump blames media for his McCain rant

President Donald Trump is offering a distorted account of John McCain's actions in the Russia investigation and trying to blame the media for making him talk about the late senator, despite plain-as-day evidence that he's assailing McCain without any prodding.