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Westbrook scores 57, leads Thunder to 114-106 win in OT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — With as prolific a scorer as Russell Westbrook is, the Oklahoma City Thunder never feel as though any deficit is too much to overcome. ...

US judge questions government on narrowing travel ban block

HONOLULU (AP) — A federal judge in Hawaii questioned a government attorney Wednesday who urged him to narrow his order blocking President Donald Trump's travel ban after arguing that a freeze on the nation's...

Mets’ Familia suspended 15 games for domestic violence

NEW YORK (AP) — Mets All-Star reliever Jeurys Familia accepted a 15-game suspension under Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy, discipline stemming from an altercation last October. ...

US women’s hockey agreement could have far-reaching impact

Cammi Granato's biggest victory in hockey came 12 years after she retired. When USA Hockey and the women's national team agreed...

Severe storms threaten central US; trucker dies in Oklahoma

SPUR, Texas (AP) — A storm system blamed for the death of a truck driver in Oklahoma barreled eastward Wednesday, generating a tornado in Houston and threatening additional bad weather in the central United...

Prosecutors: Foster father’s home a ‘horrific place’

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) — A foster father who took in more than 100 troubled boys over 20 years and is on trial for sexually abusing eight of the children operated a house that was...

Environmental groups file lawsuit over Trump climate actions

CHICAGO (AP) — Environmental groups that vowed to fight President Donald Trump's efforts to roll back his predecessor's plans to curb global warming made good on their promise Wednesday, teaming up with an American...

Women’s basketball regional attendance at 20-year low

DALLAS (AP) — There were a lot of empty seats at the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament regionals. The NCAA saw its...

US stock indexes close mostly higher; oil up

U.S. stock indexes closed mostly higher Wednesday after a sharp increase in crude oil prices helped drive market-leading gains for energy companies. ...

Westinghouse troubles loom over SC, Georgia nuke projects

Westinghouse Electric Co., the U.S. nuclear unit of Japan's Toshiba Corp., filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday, calling into question the future of a number of billion-dollar nuclear projects under construction, including two in the...

NCAA referee is target of death threats after Kentucky loss

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Referee John Higgins of Omaha reported he received death threats after Kentucky's loss to North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament, a Nebraska law enforcement official said Wednesday. ...

After setback, abortion foes keep pressing Congress to act

NEW YORK (AP) — The collapse of the Republican health care overhaul was a sharp setback for anti-abortion leaders, whose hopes of halting federal funding to Planned Parenthood were derailed. But they continue to...

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

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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...

Final Four guide: Teams, players and matchups to watch

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Final Four is set, with one blue blood and three newbies headed to the desert to settle the NCAA Tournament. ...

John Wooden’s UCLA set standard for being No. 1 in AP poll

The programs that bleed blue have dominated when it comes to being No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll — though the shades of the color have varied. ...

AP Top 25 polls highlight Top 100 all-time in college hoops

It all started in 1949 with Saint Louis on top. And 68 years later, The Associated Press college basketball poll has ranked a total of 200 schools through more than 1,100 polls — 59...

Rep. Maxine Waters’ no-holds-barred remarks find fans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Maxine Waters doesn't expect to pose for a photo with President Donald Trump anytime soon. In fact,...

Ex-Christie aide gets prison term for bridge revenge plot

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former aide to Gov. Chris Christie was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison for his role in a political revenge plot involving traffic jams at the country's busiest...

The Latest: Spanish minister says reciprocity key in Brexit

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 5:30 p.m. ...

FDA approves 1st drug for aggressive multiple sclerosis

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. regulators have approved the first drug for an aggressive kind of multiple sclerosis that steadily reduces coordination and the ability to walk. ...

First lady helps present courage awards to 13 women

WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump is helping present courage awards to 13 women from around the world. The first lady and...

Egypt’s famed pyramids get new lab to restore pharaonic boat

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's famed pyramids at Giza have a newcomer in their midst: the largest on-site antiquities laboratory meant to restore the location's second pharaonic boat. ...

It’s over: Britain files for divorce from the European Union

LONDON (AP) — The United Kingdom filed for divorce from the European Union on Wednesday, overturning four decades of integration with its neighbors, demolishing the notion that EU expansion is inevitable and shaking the...

Woman strikes Capitol Police cruiser, taken into custody

WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman described as "erratic and aggressive" drove a vehicle into a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser near the Capitol on Wednesday morning and was taken into custody, police said. ...

Christie, Trump to launch drug addiction task force

WASHINGTON (AP) — After being unceremoniously dropped from President Donald Trump's transition team, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is dipping his toes into the administration as he takes the lead of a White House...

Ex-Christie aides to be sentenced in New Jersey bridge case

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Two former aides to Gov. Chris Christie will be sentenced Wednesday for their roles in the 2013 George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal, the closing chapter of a traffic jam that...

Kushner, taking new White House role, faces rare scrutiny

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jared Kushner has been a power player able to avoid much of the harsh scrutiny that comes with working in the White House. But this week he's found that even the...

UK set to file for EU divorce, triggering 2 years to Brexit

LONDON (AP) — Britain is set to formally file for divorce from the European Union Wednesday, walking out on a 44-year relationship, enacting the decision made by U.K. voters in a referendum nine months...

Toshiba says Westinghouse files for bankruptcy protection

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's embattled Toshiba Corp. said Wednesday that its U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric Co. has filed for bankruptcy protection, marking a key step in its struggles to stop the flow of...

EU regrets Trump’s reversal of climate policy

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has expressed regret about President Donald Trump's decision to undo U.S. policies for fighting global warming and is wondering how he will live up to Washington's international climate...

Priebus a central figure in Trump’s White House drama

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the behind-the-scenes drama of who's up and who's down in Donald Trump's White House, chief of staff Reince Priebus is playing a starring role. ...

Arab summit to endorse Palestinian positions with eye on US

DEAD SEA, Jordan (AP) — Arab leaders are gathering for an annual summit where the call for Palestinian statehood is to take center stage. ...

SWAT body camera captures dramatic scene of hostage standoff

BALTIMORE (AP) — Body camera video captured a scene rarely made public: a Baltimore SWAT supervisor ordering an officer to kill a man holding two children hostage with a knife. While the video is...

Family ties: 3 Iraqis in US allegedly hid link to kidnapper

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Adil Hasan and his wife, Enas Ibrahim, came to the U.S. in 2008 as refugees from Iraq, and have been living peacefully in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., ever since. ...

Questions, answers about funding threats to sanctuary cities

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is issuing a fresh threat to withhold or revoke law enforcement grant money from communities that refuse to cooperate with federal efforts to find and deport immigrants in...

AP FACT CHECK: Spicer says case closed on Russia. It’s not

WASHINGTON (AP) — The question of collusion between Russian interests and Donald Trump's campaign is far from answered, despite repeated assertions by the president's spokesman that it's case closed. ...

Head of Trump-Russia probe under fire, won’t step down

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House intelligence committee is refusing to step away from its investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, as fresh political allegations bring new cries of protest...

House sends bill to Trump blocking online privacy regulation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has sent President Donald Trump legislation that would kill an online privacy regulation, a move that could eventually allow internet providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to sell the...

US judge to hear arguments on longer block to travel ban

HONOLULU (AP) — A federal judge in Hawaii who temporarily blocked President Donald Trump's revised travel ban planned to hear arguments Wednesday on whether to extend his order until the state's lawsuit works its...

Blazers beat Nuggets to take 1-game lead for 8th seed

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Jusuf Nurkic knows what his former team is missing. He illustrated that Tuesday night and got serenaded by his new fans in the process. ...

Wizards beat Lakers 119-108 to clinch division title

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Water pooled on a table in the middle of the noisy locker room and soaked in the carpet. The Washington Wizards had just celebrated clinching the Southeast Division for the...

Dempsey, Pulisic star again as US ties 1-1 at Panama

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Christian Pulisic was sent tumbling to the ground early on. The 18-year-old phenom bounced back up, and so did the United States. ...

Curry’s 32 lead Warriors over Rockets 113-106

HOUSTON (AP) — Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors didn't get much time to celebrate their 60th win, not with a game at San Antonio coming Wednesday night. ...

Whiteside’s buzzer-beating tip-in lifts Heat past Pistons

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Hassan Whiteside tipped in a shot at the buzzer to lift the Miami Heat over the Detroit Pistons 97-96 on Tuesday night. ...

USA Hockey, women’s players reach agreement to avoid boycott

USA Hockey and the women's national team reached an agreement to end a wage dispute and avoid a boycott of the world championships on home ice that would've been a black eye for the...

Arkansas panel backs gun ban at stadiums after SEC plea

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas House committee advanced a measure Tuesday to exempt college sporting events from a state law allowing guns after the Southeastern Conference appealed for guns to be banned...

Sharapova proud of her passion, integrity as doping ban ends

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — Maria Sharapova believes she succeeded in a fight against injustice when he managed to get her doping ban reduced to 15 months. ...

Federer and Nadal advance, Wawrinka ousted at Miami Open

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — For Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, it was a happy anniversary. For Stan Wawrinka, it was...

Coaches at women’s NCAA Final Four have deep connections

Geno Auriemma, Tara VanDerveer and Dawn Staley have decades-long connections through women's NCAA Final Fours and Olympic gold medals. The coaches...

The Latest: Helmets by position in NFL’s future?

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on the NFL meetings (all times local): 3:40 p.m. ...

Brain and arm implants help paralyzed US man feed himself

LONDON (AP) — A paralyzed man was able to feed himself for the first time in eight years, after doctors implanted sensors in his brain that sent signals to his arm. ...

Similarities striking between 2 deadly Oakland fires

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The similarities between two deadly Oakland fires that occurred nearly four months apart are striking: Each involved a dangerously dilapidated building with an absentee landlord and renters desperate for affordable...

Bourjos, Gennett, Asher switch sides as opening day nears

Speedy outfielder Peter Bourjos and infielder Scooter Gennett were among the players on the go Tuesday as big league teams tweaked their rosters less than a week before opening day. ...

Wells Fargo to pay $110 million to settle fake account suit

NEW YORK (AP) — Wells Fargo will pay $110 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over up to 2 million accounts its employees opened for customers without getting their permission, the bank announced Tuesday. ...

Man kills 3 home burglars; woman who aided robbers arrested

A woman believed to have driven three burglars to an Oklahoma home where they were shot to death during a suspected home invasion has been arrested on murder and robbery warrants but the homeowner's...

McConnell confident Dems won’t keep Gorsuch off high court

WASHINGTON (AP) — A showdown loomed over President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Tuesday as the number of Democrats opposing Judge Neil Gorsuch grew to more than 25. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged...

Sean Spicer tells reporter to ‘stop shaking your head’

NEW YORK (AP) — White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told a reporter to "stop shaking your head" during an exchange at his daily press briefing Tuesday. ...

Man exonerated for attempted murder free after 20 years

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man whose attempted-murder conviction was tossed by a California judge walked free Tuesday after 20 years in prison. ...

Star gymnasts testify at Congress about sex-abuse scandal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Retired star gymnasts testified before Congress on Tuesday that they were sexually abused by a former USA Gymnastics doctor and recommended a bill that requires tougher sex-abuse reporting for Olympic sports. ...

Chicago activists call for transparency in ICE shooting

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago activists and residents called for more transparency Tuesday as officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigate an agent-involved shooting that left a man wounded and raised questions about the...

Judge approves plan on fix for 18,000 Flint water lines

DETROIT (AP) — Water lines at 18,000 homes in Flint, Michigan, will be replaced under a landmark deal approved by a judge on Tuesday, marking a milestone in the effort to overcome the disastrous...

Ivanka Trump, Education Secretary DeVos promote STEM careers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ivanka Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday exhorted young girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math, saying those fields will provide the jobs and innovation for...

Movie studios look to young, diverse audiences for growth

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The future of Hollywood movies is in the hands of young and diverse audiences. At CinemaCon Tuesday,...

Nationals: Trump declined invite for opening day 1st pitch

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals say President Donald Trump has declined an invitation to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before their game on opening day. ...

NFL players push lawmakers on criminal justice reform

WASHINGTON (AP) — Football is hard. But for Malcolm Jenkins of the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles, convincing politicians to enact meaningful changes...

O’Reilly apologizes for jest about Maxine Waters’ hair

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly apologized Tuesday for saying he had a hard time concentrating on California Rep. Maxine Waters during a speech because he was distracted by her "James...

Oakland found building lacked sprinklers before deadly blaze

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Inspectors discovered that a California building in a rundown neighborhood lacked fire extinguishers, smoke detectors in every apartment and a working sprinkler system just three days before a blaze erupted...

Former Army medic arrested in vandalism at Colorado mosque

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Police arrested a former Army medic after a vandal broke windows and left a Bible at a Colorado mosque — an act that led to an outpouring of support...

FIFA bans Lionel Messi for 4 World Cup qualifying games

GENEVA (AP) — Lionel Messi is banned from Argentina's next four World Cup qualifying games, dealing a blow to a campaign by the 2014 runner-up that has stuttered without him. ...

Documentarian Ken Burns making film on Muhammad Ali

NEW YORK (AP) — The late Muhammad Ali is getting the Ken Burns treatment. The PBS documentarian announced Tuesday that he...

A look at how Trump’s moves on coal will affect the industry

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — President Donald Trump's move to roll back Obama-era regulations aimed at curbing climate change comes as the coal industry is reeling from bankruptcies, pollution restrictions and growing competition from natural...

Frank Mason of Kansas unanimous pick for AP All-America team

Frank Mason III was a last-minute recruit for Kansas. He turned into the Jayhawks' latest All-American. The senior guard was the...

The Latest: Nunes rebuffs calls to step down from intel post

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on an investigation into purported ties between Trump associates and Russia (all times local): 10:40 a.m. ...

White House plan to help pay for border wall is a long shot

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is calling for immediate budget cuts of $18 billion from programs like medical research, infrastructure and community development grants to help pay for the border wall that President...

Petition would seek reduced sentence for Pamela Smart

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Advocates for Pamela Smart, who's serving a life sentence for plotting with her teenage lover to kill her husband, say they are planning to file a petition seeking a reduced...

Amnesty: US-led coalition not protecting Mosul civilians

BAGHDAD (AP) — A recent spike in civilian casualties in Mosul suggests the U.S.-led coalition is not taking adequate precautions as it helps Iraqi forces battle the Islamic State group, Amnesty International said Tuesday. ...

World Video Game Hall of Fame names 2017 finalists

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — The World Video Game Hall of Fame's 2017 finalists span decades and electronic platforms, from the 1981 arcade classic "Donkey Kong" that launched Mario's plumbing career to the 2006 living...

Trump puts anti-global warming projects on chopping block

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order Tuesday aimed at moving forward on his campaign pledge to unravel former President Barack Obama's plan to curb global warming. ...

McConnell criticizes Iran nuke deal as ‘windfall’ for Tehran

WASHINGTON (AP) — Aiming to prove their commitment to Israel, senior U.S. lawmakers are backing bipartisan legislation that would slap Iran with new sanctions while maintaining rigorous enforcement of the landmark nuclear deal. ...

Some state lawmakers seek to protect birth-control access

CARSON CITY, Nevada (AP) — Even with the Republican failure to repeal Barack Obama's health care law, Democratic lawmakers in some states are pressing ahead with efforts to protect birth control access, Planned Parenthood...

City leaders defy White House threat on “sanctuary” policies

NEW YORK (AP) — Ignoring fresh threats from the White House, city leaders across the U.S. are vowing to intensify their fight against President Donald Trump's promised crackdown on so-called "sanctuary cities" despite the...

Westbrook, Thunder top Mavs 92-91 with 14-0 finishing run

DALLAS (AP) — Russell Westbrook hit a pull-up jumper with seven seconds left and the Oklahoma City Thunder erased a 13-point deficit in the final four minutes to beat the Dallas Mavericks 92-91 on...

UConn, South Carolina, Miss State and Stanford in Final Four

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Geno Auriemma and the UConn Huskies have been on an unprecedented Final Four run, making it there 10 straight years. ...

No. 1 South Carolina follows men’s team, reaches Final Four

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Kaela Davis scored 23 points and A'ja Wilson added 16 and top-seeded South Carolina held off No. 3 seed Florida State 71-64 in a furious finish Monday night to win...

Leonard scores 25 as Spurs dismantle ailing Cavs, 103-74

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points and the San Antonio Spurs dismantled the ailing Cleveland Cavaliers 103-74 on Monday night in a showdown that turned into a major letdown for the...

Lack leaves on stretcher; Wings win in OT again

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Andreas Athanasiou chased down the puck in overtime and skated hard toward Carolina goalie Eddie Lack. As...

UConn routs Oregon, heads to 10th straight Final Four

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Everything UConn lost to graduation made another Final Four even more special for Geno Auriemma and his Huskies. ...

Senators urge USA Hockey to end dispute with women’s team

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pressure is mounting on USA Hockey in its wage dispute with the women's national team. On Monday, 16...

NFL owners approve Raiders’ move from Oakland to Las Vegas

PHOENIX (AP) — Invoking his father Al's name, and copying what the Hall of Fame owner did with the Raiders, Mark Davis is moving the franchise out of Oakland. ...

Coaches: Carolina Final Four advantage to fade after tipoff

Coaches for Oregon, South Carolina and Gonzaga concede Roy Williams and his North Carolina players have an advantage when it comes to knowing how to deal with the spotlight during Final Four week. ...

Police: No active search for suspects in nightclub shooting

CINCINNATI (AP) — As Cincinnati police delved further into their investigation of a nightclub shooting melee that left one person dead and 16 injured, city officials Monday urged more witnesses to come forward and...

Trump signs legislation rolling back Obama-era regulations

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is signing a handful of measures aimed at rolling back Obama-era regulations. Two roll back...

The Latest: Senate intel panel confirms Kushner’s offer

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on contacts between President Donald Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and Russian officials (all times local): ...

GOP House intel chairman met source on White House grounds

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican chairman of the House intelligence committee met on the White House grounds with the source of the claim that communications involving President Donald Trump's associates were caught up in...

Attorney General Jeff Sessions: Sanctuary cities must end

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is continuing its tough talk against "sanctuary cities," which shelter people living in the country illegally by refusing to help the federal government enforce immigration laws. ...

Manufacturer: Drones should transmit identifier for security

WASHINGTON (AP) — The world's largest manufacturer of civilian drones is proposing that the craft continually transmit identification information to help government security agencies and law enforcement figure out which might belong to rogue...

Dems force 1-week delay on panel vote on Supreme Court pick

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats on Monday forced a one-week delay in a committee vote on President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, who remains on track for confirmation with solid Republican backing. ...

Plum unanimous choice as AP women’s basketball All-American

NEW YORK (AP) — Kelsey Plum left quite the mark at Washington. Now the senior guard, who became the NCAA's all-time...

Trump convenes panel on empowering women in business

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says that empowering and promoting women in business are priorities in his administration. In a...

Kushner agrees to speak to Senate panel about Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's son-in-law has volunteered to answer questions before the Senate Intelligence Committee about arranging meetings with the Russian ambassador and other officials, the White House confirmed Monday. ...