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President Donald Trump reviews border wall prototypes, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in San Diego. During the visit Trump said, "It will save thousands and thousands of lives, save taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars by reducing crime, drug flow, welfare fraud and burdens on schools and hospitals. The wall will save hundreds of billions of dollars — many, many times what it is going to cost. ... We have a lousy wall over here now but at least it stops 90, 95 percent. When we put up the real wall, we're going to stop 99 percent, maybe more than that." However, Congress' main watchdog found that the government does not have a way to show how barriers prevent illegal crossings from Mexico. A Government Accountability Office report last year said U.S. Customs and Border Protection "cannot measure the contribution of fencing to border security operations along the southwest border because it has not developed metrics for this assessment."(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
March 17, 2018 - 10:50 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The suspense hung over the public square for hours. Were Japanese regulatory authorities really dropping bowling balls on American cars as part of a dark plot to keep the autos out of the Japanese market? No, the White House acknowledged. That story was just President Donald Trump...
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March 17, 2018 - 7:12 am
BERLIN (AP) — Swiss authorities say they've recovered the body of one skier and are still searching for three others after they were hit by an avalanche in the Alps. Police from the Valais canton, or state, said Saturday that a group of skiers were hit by the avalanche Friday in the Vallon d'Arbi...
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In this March 13, 2018 photo, 93-year-old World War II veteran Antonio Morales rests in a single-story concrete home with no running water, in Corozal, Puerto Rico. Morales is one of thousands still waiting for water and power as the six-month anniversary of Hurricane Maria approaches. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)
March 16, 2018 - 12:07 am
COROZAL, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hurricane Maria shredded the electric poles in this plantain farming town high in the mountains of central Puerto Rico, leaving tens of thousands of people without power or running water. Desperate, residents of the town's Barrio Mana neighborhood asked federal officials...
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FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2017 file photo, a fire engine passes flames as a wildfire burns along Santa Ana Road near Ventura, Calif. Ranchers who lost cattle and property during California's largest-ever wildfire sued a utility on Thursday, March 15, 2018, for allegedly failing to maintain aging equipment and manage vegetation in areas where the blaze was sparked. The lawsuits filed in Ventura County claim Southern California Edison didn't mitigate the significant risk of wildfires stemming from its outdated equipment. (AP Photo/Noah Berge, Filer)
March 15, 2018 - 11:44 pm
VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — Ranchers who lost cattle and property during California's largest-ever wildfire sued a utility on Thursday for allegedly failing to maintain aging equipment and manage vegetation in areas where the blaze was sparked. The lawsuits filed in Ventura County claim Southern...
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File- This Dec. 19, 2009, file photo shows New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson walking on the field before the NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in New Orleans. Benson, a successful auto dealer who brought the New Orleans Saints their only winning seasons and the "Benson Boogie," has died. Benson, who has also owned the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans since 2012, was 90. The NFL and NBA teams announced Benson’s death on Thursday, March 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)
March 15, 2018 - 9:10 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tom Benson, a successful auto dealer and longtime owner of the New Orleans Saints who brought the franchise its only winning seasons and the "Benson Boogie," has died. Benson also owned the NBA's New Orleans Pelicans since 2012, but the 90-year-old made his mark in pro sports...
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March 15, 2018 - 1:57 pm
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont National Guard says three soldiers injured in an avalanche during a winter training exercise remain hospitalized. Guard Spokesman Lt. Mike Arcovitch said Thursday that two of the soldiers are in good condition while the third is in fair condition. Six soldiers...
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In this still image from video provided by WCAX-TV Channel 3, a U.S. Army soldier is evacuated on a stretcher, right, following an avalanche Wednesday, March 14, 2018, after participating in U.S. Army mountain-wartime training near Easy Gully in Smugglers Notch, a narrow pass at the edge of Mount Mansfield, in Cambridge, Vt. Six U.S. soldiers were injured in the avalanche. Five soldiers have been taken to the University of Vermont Medical Center, in Burlington, Vt. The sixth soldier returned to duty. (WCAX-TV Channel 3 via AP)
March 14, 2018 - 7:19 pm
CAMBRIDGE, Vt. (AP) — An avalanche hit six Army soldiers undergoing mountain-warfare training near Vermont's highest peak Wednesday, sending five to the hospital. Rescuers worked to evacuate the six soldiers training at Smugglers Notch, a narrow pass at the northern edge of Mount Mansfield. The...
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Hannah Grinbank, 13, left, cries as she and Morley Prager, right, listen to students speak at Pine Trails Park, as part of a nationwide protest against gun violence, Wednesday, March 14, 2018, in Parkland, Fla. Tens of thousands of young people in U.S. communities big and small walked out of school to demand action on gun violence Wednesday in the biggest demonstration yet of the student activism that has emerged since last month's massacre of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
March 14, 2018 - 6:09 pm
Here are the AP's latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EDT. ------------------------ NEW/DEVELOPING ------------------------ NAVY JET CRASH — Navy officials say a fighter jet has crashed off the coast of Key West, Florida, and rescue efforts are underway. SENT: 70...
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March 13, 2018 - 6:02 pm
ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada (AP) — A Caribbean seismic research center says an underwater volcano just north of Grenada may be about to erupt but does not pose a tsunami threat to the region. The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Center says the main threat posed by the Kick 'em Jenny...
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March 12, 2018 - 2:58 pm
MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the death toll from Hurricane Irma's catastrophic rampage across the Caribbean and the southeastern U.S. has risen to 44 fatalities directly caused by its strong winds and heavy rains. An additional 85 fatalities were indirectly linked to the...
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