White House expects Justice crackdown on legalized marijuana

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department will step up enforcement of federal law against recreational marijuana, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Thursday, offering the Trump… Continue reading

Hawaii bill would ban licenses for some foreign fishermen

HONOLULU — Hawaii lawmakers are considering a proposal with the potential to cripple the state’s commercial fishing industry after an Associated Press investigation found foreign… Continue reading

7 Earth-size worlds found orbiting star; could hold life

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — For the first time ever, astronomers have discovered seven Earth-size planets orbiting a nearby star — and these new worlds could… Continue reading

Tribes hope Trump’s ‘America first’ helps first Americans

BOSTON — Native Americans hope President Donald Trump doesn’t forget America’s first inhabitants as he promises to put “America first.” Tribes have been reaching out… Continue reading

New Washington ferry director young and passionate

SEATTLE — There’s a new generation leading Washington’s ferries. Forty-year-old Amy Scarton became director Feb. 1, bumping interim boss Elizabeth Kosa back to her No.… Continue reading

AP Exclusive: DHS weighed National Guard for immigration roundups

The Trump administration considered a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, including millions living nowhere near… Continue reading

Trump says White House ‘fine-tuned machine,’ despite turmoil

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump mounted an aggressive defense of his young presidency Thursday, lambasting reports that his campaign advisers had inappropriate contact with Russian officials… Continue reading

Lawyer: Florida airport shooting suspect mentally competent

MIAMI — Defense lawyers say the Alaska man accused of fatally shooting five people and wounding six at a major airport in Florida is mentally… Continue reading

Immigrant workers, families to protest by staying home

PHILADELPHIA — Organizers in cities across the U.S. are telling immigrants to miss class, miss work and not shop on Thursday as a way to… Continue reading

Puzder withdraws nomination to be Trump’s labor secretary

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s nominee for labor secretary abruptly withdrew his nomination Wednesday after Senate Republicans balked at supporting him, in part over taxes… Continue reading

Officials: Trump knew Flynn misled White House weeks before ouster

WASHINGTON — Just six days into his presidency, Donald Trump was informed his national security adviser had misled his vice president about contacts with Russia.… Continue reading

Alleged airport shooter lied about his record on job form

ANCHORAGE — The man accused of killing five people at a Florida airport lied about his criminal record on his application to be a security… Continue reading

Murkowski among 4 GOP senators on fence over Pudzer for labor secretary

WASHINGTON — Four Republicans on the Senate committee considering President Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of labor aren’t saying publicly if they will vote for… Continue reading

White House seeks to regroup after stinging legal defeat

WASHINGTON — Seeking to regroup after a stinging legal defeat, President Donald Trump said Friday he is considering signing a “brand new order” after his… Continue reading

A look at what comes next in Trump travel ban case

SEATTLE — A federal appeals court has handed a resounding victory to Washington state and Minnesota in their challenge of President Donald Trump’s travel ban,… Continue reading

Appeals court refuses to reinstate Trump travel ban

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court refused Thursday to reinstate President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations, dealing another legal… Continue reading

Jury hears openings in trial for 6 in Bundy ranch standoff

LAS VEGAS — A jury in Las Vegas heard competing narratives Thursday about six men accused of illegally wielding weapons to block a federal roundup… Continue reading

Tribe files legal challenge to stall Dakota Access pipeline

CANNON BALL, N.D. — Construction crews have resumed work on the final segment of the Dakota Access pipeline, and the developer of the long-delayed project… Continue reading

Pence breaks tie as Senate confirms DeVos for Education post

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday confirmed school choice advocate Betsy DeVos as Education secretary by the narrowest of margins, with Vice President Mike Pence… Continue reading

Army to allow completion of Dakota Access oil pipeline

BISMARCK, N.D. — The Army said Tuesday that it will allow the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline to cross under a Missouri River reservoir… Continue reading