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I met Rudy Castro the day Arizona\u2019s 71-game McKale Center winning streak was broken by UCLA, 1992. I\u2019d heard many things about Rudy \u2014 a Marine, a politician, a baseball coach and a math teacher \u2014 and what I didn\u2019t know he filled in.

He said he had been part of a longer winning streak, and a few other things.

\u201cI played at Bear Down Gym the day Arizona won its 80th straight game in 1951,\u201d he said. \u201cI played basketball for and against Arizona, and made the winning shot to beat them one night. Do you know anybody else who did that?\u201d

I did not.

I knew that Castro was one of the leading shortstops in Tucson history, captain of Tucson High\u2019s 1948 state championship team, and the starting shortstop for the first Arizona team to reach the College World Series, 1954. I knew that he was the 1974 All-City baseball coach at Cholla High School, and that any time I went to a baseball game at Hi Corbett Field, Rudy would be holding court in the grandstands.

But basketball? Rudy was maybe 5 feet 6 inches tall.

\u201cLook it up,\u201d he said.

I did not look it up until Tuesday, when Rudy\u2019s friend, Pac-12 basketball referee Bob Scofield, called to say Rudy, 87, died overnight. By the end of the day, at least 10 more people delivered the same message.

\u201cRudy\u2019s gone,\u201d they\u2019d say.

\u201cRudy was a happy person,\u201d said Walt Roberson, the manager of Arizona\u2019s early-\u201950s baseball teams and longtime UA administrator. \u201cHe always had a smile and a friendly hello.\u201d

But basketball?

The UA basketball media guide does not list Rudy Castro on any Wildcat team, ever. He is not among the hundreds of players whose career statistics are recorded, and his photograph is not in the team displays at McKale. I suspected his basketball days ended when he was voted to the 1949 All-City team, part of the Badgers\u2019 23-0 championship team.

And then I found this in the archives:

\u201cDiminutive Rudy Castro, the smallest man on the court, spurred Arizona\u2019s rally with his ball-hawking. He stole passes all during the third and fourth periods and at times had the Gents perplexed with his tactics.\u201d

Rudy scored five points that night, Dec. 13, 1952, as Centenary (the Gentlemen) beat Arizona 53-52 at Bear Down Gym.

And as for those other teams he played for at Bear Down Gym? He was right about those, too. On the night Arizona won its 80th straight game, beating the San Diego Marines on Nov. 27, 1951, Rudy Castro, a proud member of the U.S. Marine Corps, played against the UA freshmen as Camp Pendleton\u2019s starting point guard.

A year earlier, he played for Palo Verde Junior College against the UA freshman team at Bear Down Gym. The winning shot he mentioned? That\u2019s true, too. Castro swished a shot at the buzzer as his California JC team beat Arizona 49-47.

On Tuesday, I found all of that and much more.

I found he married his high school sweetheart, Mina, and that she tragically died during childbirth in 1961, as did their infant son, Eddie, leaving Rudy a widower with two young children.

And I found that after his basketball and baseball days he became a teacher at Roskruge Junior High School, where his influence went beyond the ballpark.

\u201cHe was truly an original. There weren\u2019t very many places in Tucson that you could go where he was not known,\u201d said Delano Price, a star on Tucson High\u2019s 1969 state basketball championship team and a TUSD educator and administrator for 30 years. \u201cWe are fellow Badgers and fellow state basketball champions. He was also my junior high teacher and football coach. He was a Marine who taught us hard work and discipline.\u201d

After he retired from his political life, Rudy bought seasons tickets at Hillenbrand Stadium, sitting behind home plate, admiring the skill and execution of Mike Candrea\u2019s softball players. But at heart, he remained a shortstop, the man whose squeeze bunt beat Texas in the 1953 NCAA playoffs.

Before he died, Rudy asked his four children to bury him in an Arizona baseball jersey. Scofield, who lives nearby in the Reid Park neighborhood, said he\u2019d take care of it.

He contacted UA baseball coach Jay Johnson. Was it possible to get a jersey for Rudy?

\u201cWhat number?\u201d Johnson asked.

\u201cFourteen.\u201d

A day later, Scofield went to Hi Corbett Field. Johnson handed him a pinstriped UA baseball jersey, No. 14.

That\u2019s better than a squeeze bunt to beat Texas any day.

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) \u2014 The Latest on assault allegations against Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte (all times local):

7:25 p.m.

Democrats say the Republican candidate for Montana's sole congressional seat must quit after being accused of attacking a reporter on the day before the special election.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman Tyler Law says the Republican Party should publicly denounce Greg Gianforte and apologize for the millions of dollars they spent on his behalf.

Authorities say they're investigating allegations of assault.

The Gianforte campaign says Guardian newspaper reporter Ben Jacobs entered a private office without permission and \"aggressively shoved a recorder in Greg's face.\" Campaign spokesman Shane Scanlon says Gianforte tried to grab Jacobs' phone, then Jacobs grabbed the candidate's wrist and they both fell.

In an audio recording posted by the newspaper, Gianforte can be heard saying that he was \"sick and tired of you guys\" and to \"get the hell out of here.\"

___

7 p.m.

The campaign for the Republican candidate for Montana's sole congressional seat accused of attacking a reporter says he was trying to grab the reporter's phone and later both lost their balance.

Greg Gianforte campaign spokesman Shane Scanlon said the candidate was in a private office Wednesday giving an interview when Guardian newspaper reporter Ben Jacobs entered the office without permission.

He says Gianforte tried to grab the phone being used as an audio recorder. He says Jacobs then grabbed Gianforte's wrist and both apparently fell to the ground.

A special election to fill the U.S House seat is Thursday.

___

6:40 p.m.

A reporter for the Guardian newspaper is alleging that the Republican candidate for Montana's sole congressional seat \"body-slammed\" him on the day before the special election.

The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office says it's investigating allegations of an assault involving Greg Gianforte, a wealthy Bozeman businessman.

Gianforte campaign spokesman Shane Scanlon said the candidate was in a private office giving an interview when reporter Ben Jacobs entered the office without permission.

He says in a statement that Jacobs was asked to leave after trying to ask questions.

The newspaper posted an audio recording that captured the tension. In the recording, Gianforte can be heard saying that he was \"sick and tired of you guys.\"

___

2:10 p.m.

Montana voters are heading to the polls Thursday to decide a nationally watched congressional election amid uncertainty in Washington over President Donald Trump's agenda and his handling of the country's affairs.

The flow of big money in the race portended an epic battle at the ballot box \u2014 as Republican groups poured cash into the state to help Greg Gianforte retain the state's only U.S House seat for his party and as Democrat Rob Quist rallied progressives attempting to push back against last fall's GOP tide.

The wild card is Libertarian Mark Wicks who could upend the political ambitions of his competitors.

In a last-minute turn, local authorities were investigating robocalls reportedly made by Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on behalf of Gianforte. The pre-recorded calls are illegal in Montana.

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WASHINGTON (AP) \u2014 A senior Education Department official in charge of managing federal student aid has resigned ahead of a House hearing, the government said Wednesday.

James Runcie submitted his resignation late Tuesday, the Education Department said in a statement.

Runcie was chief operating officer for federal student aid and an Obama administration holdover. He had been scheduled to testify at a congressional hearing Thursday. The hearing was going to focus on payment irregularities within the financial aid program.

Runcie said in a statement that he was resigning because he was not seeing eye to eye with his new bosses.

\"Successfully leading and managing a large, complex organization in the public sector requires alignment on governance and mission between operational leaders and political ones,\" Runcie said. \"Simply put, I submitted my resignation late yesterday because that alignment no longer exists.\"

Education Department Press Secretary Liz Hill said the office overseen by Runcie had \"a litany of unsolved problems going back years.\"

\"The fact of the matter is that Congress requested Mr. Runcie to testify and Mr. Runcie refused to appear,\" Hill said.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, says it was disappointing that \"Runcie would rather resign than testify.\" He says under Runcie's leadership at the department, \"federal student aid systems are less secure, performance has suffered and improper payments have increased.

Runcie's resignation comes as the Trump administration is proposing reductions in federal financial aid programs in its 2018 budget.

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WASHINGTON (AP) \u2014 The architect of House legislation that would repeal much of the Dodd-Frank law enacted after the financial crisis agreed Wednesday to make a key change to the bill, clearing the way for the full House to take up the measure in coming weeks.

Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas, the Republican chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, said he has agreed to cut from the bill a provision that would have removed a cap on the fee that stores pay large banks when costumers use a debit card. Retailers strongly opposed removing the cap, and that opposition has raised concerns for lawmakers hearing from merchants back in their home districts.

Congress capped the fees as a way to lower the costs for businesses that accept debit cards. The cap was established through what is often referred to as the Durbin amendment, named for Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill.

Hensarling said he believes that a repeal of the swipe fee cap belongs in the legislation, but he recognizes and respects that many members of Congress feel differently.

\"We won't let this one provision hinder passage of an important priority bill that will end bank bailouts and help renew healthy economic growth for all Americans,\" Hensarling said.

The bill passed Hensarling's committee in early May in a party-line vote. Democratic lawmakers are overwhelmingly opposed to the bill and GOP disagreement over the cap's possible repeal was preventing party leaders from bringing the bill up on the House floor. While passage of the Financial Choice Act has been widely anticipated in the House, the Senate is expected to take a much different approach when it revisits changes to the Dodd-Frank law over the coming months.

Trade groups representing retailers applauded Hensarling's decision.

\"Preservation of swipe fee reform is an important victory for retailers and consumers who would have faced higher fees from the country's largest banks with every swipe of a debit card,\" said Austen Jensen, a vice president at the Retail Industry Leaders Association.

The American Bankers Association had told lawmakers that Hensarling's legislation contained many provisions that its member banks have long supported. At the top of the list was repeal of the Durbin amendment, calling the promise that savings would be passed on to consumers \"hollow.\"

The banking group said \"this price control amendment has only harmed consumers by reducing access to low-cost banking accounts for those that need them most.\" The group has urged lawmakers to keep the repeal of the Durbin amendment in the bill.

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WASHINGTON (AP) \u2014 Attorney General Jeff Sessions did not disclose contacts with foreign dignitaries, including the Russian ambassador, on a security clearance form he submitted as a United States senator last year, the Justice Department acknowledged Wednesday.

The department said Sessions' staff relied on the guidance of the FBI investigator handling the background check, who advised that meetings with foreign dignitaries \"connected with Senate activities\" did not have to be reported on the form.

The news comes just two months after Sessions recused himself from a Justice Department investigation into potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign after it was revealed that he had two previously undisclosed encounters, last summer and fall, with the Russian ambassador. Sessions said at his Senate confirmation hearing that he had not any communication \"with the Russians.\"

In a statement, Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior said Sessions met with hundreds, if not thousands, of foreign dignitaries while in the Senate. Prior said Sessions' staff consulted with the FBI and others familiar with the disclosure process, and was told not to list those meetings connected to his Senate job. CNN first reported the omissions.

Also Wednesday, the FBI told a House committee that it would not be complying with a Wednesday deadline to turn over memos written by former FBI Director James Comey detailing his discussions with President Donald Trump. One memo reportedly recounts Trump pressuring Comey to shut down an investigation into the foreign ties of foreign national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Lawmakers conducting their own probe continued to pressure Flynn to cooperate by raising the prospect of additional subpoenas, while Carter Page, a Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, told The Associated Press he would testify next month before the House intelligence committee.

Meanwhile, The New York Times reported that U.S. intelligence services obtained information during the 2016 presidential election that showed senior Russian officials discussing how to influence Trump through his campaign advisers.

Citing three current and former American officials, the Times said U.S. intelligence officials collected information last summer showing Russians zeroed in on Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn, a former head of U.S. military intelligence who was a key Trump campaign adviser. The Russian officials thought Manafort and Flynn could be used to influence Trump's views on Russia.

The Times said some of the officials bragged about ties to Flynn. Others thought they could use Manafort's association with former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, who led a pro-Russian political party, to their advantage, the Times reported.

A day earlier, former CIA Director John Brennan told a House committee that he had seen intelligence that \"revealed contacts and interactions\" between Russian officials and Americans \"involved\" in the Trump campaign \u2014 a cause for concern in case the Russians could get the Americans to cooperate.

During a breakfast Wednesday, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the House intelligence committee's top Democrat, told reporters that Flynn declined to turn over records to the committee, and he said it will be \"following up with subpoenas.\" He did not elaborate on what materials the committee was seeking.

The attempts to compel Flynn to produce documents were just another sign of the intense focus on Trump's former national security adviser, who was fired in February after the White House said he misled administration officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, about his contacts with Russian officials.

In addition to the congressional scrutiny, Flynn is currently a target of an FBI counterintelligence investigation, a federal probe in Virginia and a Defense Department inspector general's inquiry into the propriety of foreign payments he accepted.

In a letter to the Senate committee on Monday, Flynn invoked his Fifth Amendment protection from self-incrimination in deflecting the panel's subpoena for a wide array of documents and information related to his contacts with Russians.

Flynn's attorneys argued that the Senate's request was too broad, and if Flynn were to comply, he could be confirming the existence of some documents and, in effect, providing testimony that could be used against him. They also said an \"escalating public frenzy\" against Flynn and the appointment of a special counsel had created a legally perilous environment for Flynn to provide the information.

In response, the Senate intelligence committee on Tuesday sent a letter narrowing its request for documents. It also issued subpoenas seeking documents from two of Flynn's businesses\u2014 Flynn Intel Group Inc., a consulting firm owned by Flynn and his business partners, and Flynn Intel Group LLC, a company he used for other projects, such as his paid speeches.

Flynn could choose to contest the congressional subpoenas seeking his business records, but legal experts said he would not prevail.

Solomon L. Wisenberg, a Washington defense lawyer who worked as a prosecutor during the Starr investigation of President Bill Clinton, said both of Flynn's corporate structures would likely have to turn over all business records sought by the committee. \"The Fifth Amendment privilege does not apply to business entities, period,\" he said, adding that both Supreme Court and District of Columbia Circuit Court rulings would weigh on the committee's side.

While Flynn decides what, if anything, he'll provide to Congress, the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform said the FBI will not be turning over memos and other materials that detail discussions between Comey and Trump.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said in an interview on CNN that the FBI sent his committee a two-sentence email saying that it would not be turning over the materials now that the Justice Department has appointed a special counsel. Former FBI Director Robert Mueller, who was appointed as special counsel, is overseeing an investigation into Russia's meddling in the election and whether there was any collusion with Trump associates.

Chaffetz said he is considering issuing a subpoena for the documents, and he wants a better explanation from the FBI about why it's not turning them over.

The FBI declined comment.

Meanwhile, Page said Wednesday that details are still being worked out about his testimony before the House intelligence committee next month. Page said he expects to testify sometime during the week of June 6 and wants at least part of his testimony to be public. ABC News first reported Page's planned testimony.

Page is one of several people associated with Trump's campaign who are under investigation over their ties to Russia. Page has denied any involvement in Russian attempts to influence the election.

___

Associated Press writers Stephen Braun and Eric Tucker contributed to this report.

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WASHINGTON (AP) \u2014 To cover up or not to cover up?

Melania Trump wore a veil to the Vatican on Wednesday to meet the pope, but no head covering a few days earlier to meet the king of Saudi Arabia, a religiously conservative country where most women cover themselves up from head to toe.

Why the difference? The answer is a complicated mix of personal preference, diplomatic protocol and religious dictates.

Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for the first lady, said Mrs. Trump's decision to wear a black lace veil known as a mantilla followed Vatican protocol that women who have an audience with the pope must wear long sleeves, formal black clothing and a veil to cover their head. In Saudi Arabia, however, the government did not request that Mrs. Trump wear a head covering known as a hijab, or a headscarf, Grisham said.

The Vatican's rules of attire are not strictly enforced. Many women, including high-ranking dignitaries, have visited the pontiff with their heads uncovered, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel in 2015 and Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's top civilian leader, this month.

Many women wear veils out of respect. Mrs. Trump is Catholic, which likely made accompanying President Donald Trump for a meeting with the leader of the world's more than 1 billion Roman Catholics all the more meaningful to her.

When a Vatican official handed her a rosary, the first lady immediately gave it to the pope to bless. She spent time in front of a statue of the Madonna at the Vatican's children's hospital and laid flowers at its feet. She also prayed in the hospital chapel.

Every woman in the U.S. delegation wore a veil, including Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter who converted to Judaism before marriage.

In Saudi Arabia, the first lady dressed conservatively for her arrival Saturday in the capital of Riyadh. She wore a long-sleeved, high-necked, black pantsuit that mimicked the loose, black robes, or abayas, that Saudi women and female residents wear. Her attire during the two-day visit hewed to the protocol for high-level female visitors: modest dress, longer sleeves, higher necklines, pants and long dresses.

Ivanka Trump also dressed modestly, and left her head uncovered.

Most Western VIP women who visit Saudi Arabia don't cover their heads, including British Prime Minister Theresa May and Merkel. Laura Bush and Michelle Obama also left their heads bare when they visited as first ladies. Then-citizen Donald Trump criticized Mrs. Obama for doing so in 2015.

In Riyadh, Mrs. Trump didn't visit any Muslim holy sites or mosques where head coverings and other steps such as removing one's shoes would have been required.

In Israel, the Trumps visited the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray. Donald Trump, who became the first U.S. president to visit the wall while in office, donned a yarmulke \u2014 a skullcap \u2014 which is customary; the site keeps stacks of them for visitors to wear.

The president also wore a yarmulke at Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust memorial, where it is not required. Trump likely wore one out of respect.

In keeping with Orthodox Jewish tradition, men and women pray separately at the wall. Ivanka Trump wore a black head covering to the wall, while Melania Trump wore no head covering. Many Orthodox Jewish women cover their hair as a sign of modesty.

At the Vatican, while Mrs. Trump strictly followed tradition and protocol by wearing black and a mantilla, other high-profile visitors have taken liberties with their attire.

In 2006, Cherie Blair, a practicing Catholic and wife of then-British Prime Minister Tony Blair, violated protocol outright when she wore white for a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI. Only royals are allowed the \"privilege du blanc\" \u2014 the so-called white privilege that dictates white outfits and white head coverings for queens and other royals when meeting the pontiff.

In 1989, during the landmark audience between Mikhail Gorbachev and Pope John Paul II following the fall of the Berlin Wall, it was the Soviet leader's wife, Raisa Gorbachev, who stole headlines: She wore a bright red dress.

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Associated Press writers Nicole Winfield in Rome, Josef Federman in Jerusalem and Aya Batrawy in Dubai, United Arab Emirates contributed to this report.

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Follow Darlene Superville on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/dsupervilleap

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The European premiere of 'Wonder Woman' has been cancelled following out of respect for the victims of a terrorist attack which took place in the UK on Monday (05.22.17).

Stars of the DC Extended Universe film including Gal Gadot, Chris Pine and Robin Wright, as well as director Patty Jenkins, had been due to walk the red carpet in London on May 31, but BANG Showbiz has been informed the event has now been called off in the wake of the tragic deaths of 22 people who were killed when a bomb was detonated at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena earlier this week.

A statement from a Warner Bros. Pictures spokesperson said: \"Our thoughts are with those affected by the recent tragedy in the UK. In light of the current situation, we will not be proceeding with our plans for the 'Wonder Woman' premiere and junket activities in London.\"

Concertgoers were leaving the Manchester Arena after the show when a suspected nail bomb was detonated, causing chaos in the crowd with over 50 people taken to hospital and families and friends separated.

Following the attack, the UK has stepped up the threat level to critical.

Ariana later said she had been left \"broken\" by the tragic events.

She tweeted on Monday night: \"Broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words. (sic)\"

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Intel's Thunderbolt interface was mostly a Mac-only curiosity until the company decided to bring it to USB-C ports, and now it is poised to become ubiquitous thanks to Intel's decision to allow any device manufacturer to use it without paying royalties.

The end of royalty payments will take effect next year, and Intel announced on Wednesday that it also plans to integrate Thunderbolt directly into its future CPUs. The two changes should make the Thunderbolt interface, which currently supports transfer speeds of up to 40 Gbps, the de facto standard for data ports on everything from desktop PCs to virtual reality headsets. And it is emerging technologies like VR where Intel see's Thunderbolt's biggest promise. A Thunderbolt 3 cable can deliver enough throughput to allow 4K games on a virtual reality headset, according to Intel Vice President Chris Walker.

Other benefits include the ability for laptop and desktop manufacturers to greatly simplify the variety of ports that they offer. Thunderbolt, which started life built into the MiniDisplay ports of Mac laptops and desktops, can function as a monitor cable or a power cord in addition to connecting external drives and other peripherals.

\"With Thunderbolt 3 integrated into the CPU, computer makers can build thinner and lighter systems with only Thunderbolt 3 ports,\" Walker explained in a blog post. \"For the first time, all the ports on a computer can be the same \u2013 any port can charge the system and connect to Thunderbolt devices, every display and billions of USB devices.\"

Making Thunderbolt royalty-free should also make its peripherals and cables cheaper and easier to find. When it comes to external hard drives, for instance, Thunderbolt is still mostly limited to high-end models geared toward media professionals, like the $399 6TB Lacie d2.

This article originally appeared on PCMag.com.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) \u2014 A fight between two California prisoners quickly raged out of control Wednesday and forced correctional officers to open fire to stop a melee that sent eight guards and seven inmates to hospitals, corrections officials said.

Guards in three gun towers fired 19 bullets from semi-automatic rifles and three hard foam rounds to stop large groups of prisoners from attacking guards who were using pepper spray and batons to break up a fistfight at high-security Pelican Bay State Prison near the Oregon border.

Five of the seven injured inmates suffered gunshot wounds. One was airlifted to a different hospital for a higher level of care, said Terry Thornton, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Three inmates who were shot were admitted to hospitals and two were discharged back to prison, she said.

All of the injured guards were treated and released. One of those officers will eventually need surgery for an injured shoulder, Thornton said.

\"They all had like facial injuries, bumps, bruises, contusions,\" she said. \"It's a frightening incident. It's frightening to have inmates just swarm you ... to overwhelm you and attack you.\"

Several hundred of the prison's roughly 2,000 high-security inmates were in an exercise yard when two inmates began fighting, she said. They would not stop, and other prisoners ran toward the fight.

\"They just ran toward the incident from several areas of the yard and just rushed the officers,\" Thornton said. \"They overwhelmed them. Overwhelmed is the word I heard again and again.\"

Two inmate-made weapons were found. They appeared to be makeshift weapons that inmates grabbed during the fight, Thornton said, and officials did not yet know if they were used on the officers.

\"One of them may have suffered a puncture wound, but we don't have confirmation on that yet,\" she said.

Ninety-seven inmates were isolated in a disciplinary housing unit after the assault.

\"As the investigation progresses, we'll have a better idea how many inmates were actually involved. But the fact that the 97 inmates were rehoused indicates they had some level of involvement,\" Thornton said.

Investigators don't yet know whether it was a planned attack on correctional officers or if it was gang-related, she said.

Counselors were sent to the prison to help employees recover.

\"We're encouraged that the officers weren't injured more than they were,\" Thornton said.

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) \u2014 The family of Alton Sterling is demanding the immediate firing of the two officers involved in the man's death.

In a letter Wednesday to Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie Jr., attorneys contend the officers violated the police department's policy regarding de-escalation.

It specifically cites information provided by the U.S. Department of Justice during a meeting in early May that Officer Blane Salamoni put his gun to Sterling's head and, using an expletive, threatened to shoot him.

\"Not only is this a direct violation of BRPD's policy regarding de-escalation, but also a violation of multiple police procedures and policies recognized nationwide. More importantly, Officer Salamoni's actions directly escalated the entire interaction with Mr. Sterling, having placed in Mr. Sterling's mind that he was going to be killed no matter what he did, even if he complied,\" attorneys representing Sterling's children said.

Sterling, 37, struggled with the officers before Salamoni shot him six times outside a convenience store last July. He was selling homemade CDs outside the Triple S Food Mart when police were called to the store to investigate a report of a man with a gun.

The letter suggests that the department has known about Salamoni's alleged behavior since the night of the incident \"and did not take any action to terminate his employment for putting a gun to Mr. Sterling's head, simply because his hands were not flat on the hood and he was asking why he was being confronted.\"

Broome, in a statement late Wednesday, said she has consistently sought \"an expedited resolution to the investigation into Mr. Sterling's death\" and called \"for disciplinary actions against\" the officers.

\"I have advised (Dabadie) of my concerns regarding the employment status of these officers. I believe they should be removed from paid administrative leave and disciplined consistent with the severity of their actions. In Officer Salamoni's case, this warrants termination,\" the mayor said.

Dabadie did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.

Federal prosecutors declined to bring charges against the officers involved in the deadly encounter. Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has begun his own investigation into the shooting.

Landry's investigation \"is not related to whether or not Officer Salamoni keeps his job and is fit to be a member of the BRPD, that decision was made by Officer Salamoni himself when he put a loaded department firearm to Mr. Sterling's head without justification and with reckless disregard,\" the attorneys said.

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BOSTON (AP) \u2014 Tony Award-winning actor and musician Leslie Odom Jr., who starred in the Broadway phenomenon \"Hamilton,\" will be among the guest artists at Boston's iconic July Fourth concert and fireworks celebration.

The Boston Pops announced Wednesday that Odom, singer-songwriter Andy Grammer and Grammy Award-winning musician Melissa Etheridge will headline the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular this year under the direction of Pops conductor Keith Lockhart.

Organizers say a new work from composer Alan Menken, known for his scores in multiple Disney movies, and Tony Award-winning lyricist Jack Feldman will be premiered at the celebration.

The event typically draws about a half million people to the Charles River Esplanade. It will be broadcast on Bloomberg Television, which recently signed on as a media partner.

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LEAVENWORTH, Wash. (AP) \u2014 The Latest on a wildfire that started at an old log-storage site near Leavenworth, Washington (all times local):

5:15 p.m.

Officials say a wildfire near a popular Washington state hiking and skiing destination is now about 50 percent contained.

The blaze just north of Leavenworth started Tuesday and intensified, but Northwest Incident Management Team spokesman Brendan Cowan said Wednesday that hundreds of firefighters and other responders have been able to make progress on the initial fire and two related spot fires.

Officials say the fire hasn't grown in size since Tuesday night and was still burning on about 40 acres (161,900 square meters).

Cowan says winds are still blowing and active fire suppression efforts continue.

No structures or homes have been damaged by the fire, and no injuries have been reported.

Cowan says less wind is in the Thursday forecast, which could make the fire easier to contain.

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4:05 p.m.

Officials have made changes to wildfire evacuation orders near a Washington state hiking and skiing destination, reducing the number of people in homes and cabins needing to leave immediately.

Officials with Chelan County Fire District 3 said Wednesday afternoon that only those living in the Spromberg Canyon Road area remained under orders to evacuate.

People in Sunitsch Canyon over to Eagle Creek Road have had their orders lessened from 'leave immediately' to 'be ready to leave.'

It wasn't immediately clear how many homes and cabins are now directly threatened by the fire that began Tuesday afternoon just north of Leavenworth in an old mill.

Fire officials say much of the fuel in the log stacks had been consumed by the fire Wednesday but that windy conditions remained a concern.

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9:52 a.m.

Officials say a wildfire has prompted evacuation orders for 168 homes and cabins at a popular Washington state hiking and skiing destination.

The fire was burning on about 40 acres (161,900 square meters) Wednesday morning.

It started about 3 miles north (4.8 kilometers) north of the tourist town of Leavenworth Tuesday in an old mill and spread to a timber storage area for cedar logs.

Deputy State Fire Marshal Melissa Gannie says the fire is threatening homes, timber and electrical infrastructure away from the downtown area, modeled in Bavarian village style.

Leavenworth is a gateway to Wenatchee National Forest where many people have getaway homes.

Northwest Incident Management Team spokesman Brendan Cowan said Wednesday that there were no reports of injuries.

The Red Cross opened a shelter in Leavenworth.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) \u2014 The family of baseball Hall of Famer Willie Stargell said it is hurt and angry that his widow is auctioning his memorabilia, including his World Series ring and his National League MVP award.

The auction, being conducted by SCP Auctions Inc., began Wednesday, the Post-Gazette reported ((http://bit.ly/2rQ4NqV). The items were selected by his second wife, Margaret Weller-Stargell.

Dolores Stargell, who was married to the late Pittsburgh late Pirates first baseman from 1962 to 1983, said she, her children and grandchildren weren't told about the auction. She said they were \"completely blindsided\" by the auction and that her anger was \"released\" upon hearing of it.

Her daughter is handicapped and her son, a Gulf War veteran, suffers from post-traumatic, said Stargell. The family is living in poverty, she added.

In a letter on Facebook she helped them write, the children said, \"Dad would want the accomplishments of his lifetime achievements to be on display and enjoyed by all, as opposed to sitting in someone's basement collecting dust.\"

Weller-Stargell said the auction is legal.

\"Willie made the decision years before his death that he wanted these items left to me because I know that he trusted me to do what was in the best interests of both a game that he loved, the Pirates organization and its fans that he honored and respected,\" she said in a statement.

Weller-Stargell plans to donate some of the proceeds to charity. The recipients are to include a dialysis unit at a Wilmington, North Carolina, hospital and the kidney disease foundation that was started in her late husband's name. She will receive the rest of the money from the auction.

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FRESNO, Calif. (AP) \u2014 A renowned strawberry researcher in California broke patent law and violated a loyalty pledge to his former university by taking his work with him to profit from it in a private company, a jury in San Francisco decided Wednesday.

Professor Douglas Shaw formed his own research firm with others after retiring from the University of California, Davis, where for years he had overseen the school's strawberry breeding program.

Jurors in the federal court decided that he used seeds developed at UC Davis without gaining the university's permission.

The rift struck fear in some farmers in California, the No. 1 strawberry-growing state, that it would stymie research and cause them to lose their competitive edge. California last year produced 1.6 million tons of strawberries valued at roughly $2 billion, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The university's strawberry breeding program is now under new leadership, providing farmers and consumers with new generations of the fruit, school officials said.

\"This federal jury decision is good news for public strawberry breeders at UC Davis and all strawberry farmers throughout California and the world,\" said Helene Dillard, dean of the UC Davis College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.

Shaw had first sued UC Davis after he retired, saying that the university unfairly destroyed some of his work and keeps some of his other research locked in a freezer, depriving the world of a better strawberry. He had sought $45 million for lost research. The university countersued.

Shaw, 63, is a giant in the strawberry world, heading the university's lucrative breeding program for more than two decades alongside plant biologist Kirk Larson. Most of California's strawberry farmers grow plants developed by Shaw and Larson.

The two men developed 24 new varieties, allowing growers to double the amount of strawberries produced while retaining the fruit's succulence. They created strawberries that were more pest- and disease-resistant, more durable during long-distance travel and capable of growing during the shorter days of spring and fall.

The partners say their work netted the university $100 million in royalties. How much they themselves made at UC Davis is unclear, but they say they contributed more than $9 million of their own royalties toward the university's breeding program.

They retired from the university in 2014 because, they said, the school was winding down the program. Working in partnership with growers and nurseries, they launched a business called California Berry Cultivars, based in Watsonville, to develop new strawberry varieties.

After reading the verdicts, Judge Vince Chhabria, who oversaw the trial, scolded both sides, expressing doubt about the sincerity they claimed to have for the strawberry industry.

\"If you really care about strawberries, and if you really cared about California's Strawberry Breeding Program, you would figure out a way... to avoid subjecting them to this custody battle,\" he said.

Shaw's attorney, Rick McKnight, did not immediately respond to a request by The Associated Press for comment. Damages owed in the case will be decided later, the judge said.

A.G. Kawamura, a strawberry farmer, former California agriculture secretary and part owner of the California Berry Cultivars, said the judge's comments signal a need for much more work to settle the dispute, even after the trial.

\"We still believe there's good reason to hope for a collaborative progress for all parties to move our strawberry industry forward without litigation,\" Kawamura said. \"We are still committed to being an important part of the California strawberry industry.

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) \u2014 The San Antonio Police Department is reviewing police body camera footage after a bystander posted video online that appears to show an officer punching an eighth-grade girl three or four times outside a birthday party last weekend.

Mayor Ivy Taylor issued a statement saying the video \"is hard to watch and listen to\" and that the department is reviewing the police body camera footage to determine exactly what happened.

The grainy footage was shot late Saturday outside an event center where authorities say officers were called about two men fighting at a quinceanera, a Hispanic tradition of celebrating a girl's 15th birthday.

The 14-year-old girl was arrested on a charge of assaulting a public servant, a San Antonio police spokeswoman said.

Artessia House, a lawyer for the girl, denies that the teen struck the officer. She told the San Antonio Express-News that the girl is an honor roll student with no history of violence.

\"An assault on a child is not called a 'scuffle,'\" House said in a statement to The Associated Press. She said the incident \"is best described as an 'act of abuse' against the child.\"

The girl was taken to a juvenile detention center Saturday and was released Monday after appearing in juvenile court.

Police Chief William McManus said in a statement that the teen's arrest is being reviewed \"to ensure compliance with department policies.\"

Police officials have declined to release the officer's name.

An incident report described a volatile scene outside the event center, with multiple people fighting and onlookers angered by the police response. The report said many were \"on the verge of interfering.\"

The girl was in the crowd with her mother and brother.

The video appears to show the girl step toward the officer before he strikes her for the first time. He lunges forward and delivers another blow, causing her to twist backward and fall into people standing nearby. He appears to hit her again before he and other officers grab her and arrest her.

The teen's mother can be heard screaming as other officers restrain her daughter.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) \u2014 Florida State has received a significant addition to its recruiting class for the upcoming season.

The Seminoles announced on Wednesday that M.J. Walker has signed to attend school and play for coach Leonard Hamilton.

Walker, a 6-foot-5 guard from Jonesboro, Georgia, is a McDonald's All-American and averaged 27.8 points and 6.5 rebounds last season. He is ranked as the nation's 22nd-best player by 247Sports.

Walker also has international experience. He won a gold medal as a member of Team USA at the FIBA Americas U-18 Championship during the summer of 2016.

In a statement Hamilton said Walker is a complete player who can excel at both ends of the court.

Walker chose Florida State over Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Ohio State and UCLA.

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HONOLULU (AP) \u2014 A National Park Service employee at the USS Arizona Memorial accepted gifts from tour operators in violation of ethics regulations, U.S. Department of Interior investigators said Wednesday.

The gifts included a $50 jacket and golf course green fees valued at about $85, the department's inspector general said in a three-paragraph summary of their report on the case.

Investigators didn't release their full report for privacy reasons and because it contained law enforcement information.

The report says the U.S. Attorney's Office in Hawaii declined to prosecute.

Investigators launched their probe after hearing a Park Service employee may have had improper relationships with tour operators to whom he distributed memorial tickets. The report didn't identify the employee or say when he received the gifts.

The memorial straddles the USS Arizona, which sank in Pearl Harbor during the 1941 Japanese bombing. It is a gravesite for more than 900 sailors and Marines killed on the battleship.

Boats carry visitors to the memorial from a visitor's center on shore. Demand often exceeds the 4,350 boat tickets available each day. About 1.8 million people visit Pearl Harbor every year.

The inspector general's findings came nearly four years after an internal National Park Service report said tour companies sold tickets with the knowledge of park officials even though tickets are supposed to be free.

Andrew Munoz, a spokesman for the National Park Service's Pacific West region, said the agency now makes sure a team, and not just one person, controls ticketing for the memorial. The agency also requires its employees at the site to undergo annual ethics training. Tour companies must also follow stricter rules governing the use of tickets.

He said the Park Service is reviewing the inspector general office's findings to determine if further actions are warranted.

The September 2013 internal Park Service report said employees gave walk-in tickets intended for independent visitors to commercial tour companies who then sold them.

Tickets were also given to Pacific Historic Parks, a nonprofit that runs a gift shop and raises money for the memorial. The organization gave some to people spending $7 to rent an audio tour from the nonprofit, and gave others to companies that would lead clients to the audio tours.

There were rarely enough tickets for independent visitors while this was going on.

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WASHINGTON (AP) \u2014 The health care bill Republicans recently pushed through the House would leave 23 million more Americans without insurance and confront others who have costly medical conditions with coverage that could prove unaffordable, Congress' official budget analysts said Wednesday.

Premiums on average would fall compared with President Barack Obama's health care overhaul \u2014 a chief goal of many Republicans \u2014 but that would be partly because policies would typically provide fewer benefits, said the report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

In some regions, people with pre-existing medical conditions and others who were seriously ill \"would ultimately be unable to purchase\" robust coverage at premiums comparable to today's prices, \"if they could purchase at all,\" the report said. That was a knock on 11th-hour changes Republicans made in the bill to gain conservatives' votes by letting states get waivers to boost premiums on the ill and reduce coverage requirements.

The report said older people with lower income would disproportionately lose coverage. Over half of those becoming uninsured, 14 million people, would come from the bill's $834 billion in cuts to Medicaid, which provides health coverage to poor and disabled people, over 10 years.

Democrats cited the analysis as further evidence that the GOP effort to repeal Obama's 2010 law, a staple of Donald Trump's presidential campaign and those of numerous Republican congressional candidates for years, would be destructive. It comes three weeks after the House narrowly passed the legislation with only Republican votes, and serves as a starting point for Senate Republicans trying to craft their own version, which they say will be different.

\"The report makes clear that Trumpcare would be a cancer on the American health care system,\" said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., using the nickname Democrats have tried pinning on the bill. Schumer said the legislation would end up \"causing costs to skyrocket, making coverage unaffordable for those with pre-existing conditions and many seniors, and kicking millions off of their health insurance.\"

Trump's Health and Human Services secretary, Tom Price, assailed the CBO for being inaccurate, with the White House issuing a similar critique.

\"The CBO was wrong when they analyzed Obamacare's effect on cost and coverage,\" Price said of the agency's report on Obama's law, \"and they are wrong again.\"

Many congressional Republicans took a sharply different tack, emphasizing some of the report's more positive findings.

\"This CBO report again confirms that the American Health Care Act achieves our mission: lowering premiums and lowering the deficit. It is another positive step toward keeping our promise to repeal and replace Obamacare,\" said House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

The analysis said the House bill, the American Health Care Act, would reduce federal deficits by $119 billion over the next decade. The previous version of the bill reduced shortfalls by $150 billion.

Trump and Republicans celebrated the House's narrow May 4 passage of the bill in a Rose Garden ceremony after several embarrassing setbacks, even as GOP senators signaled it had little chance of becoming law without significant changes.

In a late compromise, House GOP conservatives and moderates struck a deal that would let states get federal waivers to permit insurers to charge higher premiums to some people in poor health, and to ignore the standard set of benefits required by Obama's statute.

CBO said states adopting those waivers could destabilize coverage for people with medical problems. The agency estimated that about one-sixth of the population \u2014 more than 50 million people \u2014 live in states that would make substantial changes under the waivers.

The budget office projected that premiums in those states would be lower for healthy people than under current law because their coverage would be narrower, but did not estimate an amount.

For ill people in those states, \"it would become more difficult\" for seriously ill people to buy insurance \"because their premiums would continue to increase rapidly,\" the report said.

Benefits likely to be excluded from required coverage in some states would include maternity, mental health and substance abuse services, the report said. It said consumers' out-of-pocket costs for those services \"could increase by thousands of dollars in a given year for the (patients) who use those services.\"

In states not getting waivers, where it estimated half the country lives, average premiums would be about 4 percent lower in 2026 than under Obama's law, the report said. For the one-third of the nation where states would modestly reduce coverage requirements, average premiums would be about 20 percent lower, the analysts estimated.

The budget office said average premiums in those states would go down because younger and healthier people would buy coverage and the policies would cover less.

The report said that under Obama's law, the nation's health insurance market is expected to remain \"stable in most areas\" because federal subsidies to millions of consumers largely rise with premiums. Citing markets where insurers have left or sought huge premium increases, Republicans have repeatedly said the statute must be dismantled because it is in a death spiral.

Without naming the Trump administration, the report said factors encouraging insurers to flee some markets include lack of profits and \"substantial uncertainty\" about federal actions.

Trump has suggested the IRS won't enforce penalties against people who don't buy coverage, as Obama's individual mandate requires. He has also left uncertain whether the government will continue payments to insurers that let them lower out-of-pocket costs like copayments and deductibles \u2014 reductions they are legally required to make.

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) \u2014 The Latest on efforts by New Mexico lawmakers to resolve a state budget crisis (all times local):

6:10 p.m.

A bill aimed at increasing New Mexico state tax income from online sales and nonprofit hospitals has been approved by the House of Representatives.

The House voted 37-29 Wednesday on the budget-balancing measures. The bill also would create a new state rainy day fund from future oil and natural gas proceeds for use during future fiscal emergencies.

Without revenue increases, New Mexico won't have enough money to restore higher education funding that was vetoed by Gov. Susana Martinez last month. General fund dollars for the Legislature as well as state colleges, universities and specialty schools are scheduled to run out July 1.

Lawmakers began a special session Wednesday. They are grappling with a downturn in tax revenue linked to energy prices and a weak economy.

The Senate on Wednesday approved tax and fee increases on gasoline, vehicle sales and trucking permits that are likely to be vetoed by the governor.

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5:30 p.m.

Legislation that reinstates funding for New Mexico's universities and colleges as well as the Legislature itself has been approved by the House of Representatives.

The Democratic-led House voted 46-20 Wednesday to restore some $765 million in general fund spending that was previously vetoed by New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez.

Restoration of the funding for the upcoming fiscal year is likely to depend on support for companion revenue increases from internet sales, taxes on nonprofit hospitals and suspended infrastructure projects. Martinez vetoed $350 million in tax and fee increases in April.

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3:30 p.m.

Legislation that reinstates funding for New Mexico's universities and colleges as well as the Legislature itself has cleared its first hurdle.

Members of the House Appropriations Committee voted mostly along party lines in favor of restoring some $765 million in funding that was vetoed by Gov. Susana Martinez as part of a budget dispute following the regular legislative session earlier this year.

Restoration of the funding for the upcoming fiscal year is partly dependent on approval of a separate measure that aims to raise revenues by closing tax loopholes and instating new taxes for online purchases.

Another House committee endorsed that bill on Wednesday as lawmakers kicked off a special session focused on resolving a state budget crisis.

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3:20 p.m.

A New Mexico House legislative committee has approved a measure aimed at closing tax loopholes and introducing new taxes on online sales and nonprofit hospitals.

The Democratic-controlled House Taxation and Revenue Committee voted 9-7 on Wednesday along party lines to approve a proposal aimed at raising more revenue.

Without the revenue increases, state lawmakers don't have resources to restore higher education funding that Republican Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed earlier this year.

General fund dollars for the Legislature as well as state colleges, universities and specialty schools are scheduled to run out July 1.

Lawmakers began a special session Wednesday and are grappling over how to end a budget crisis thanks to a downtown in oil prices.

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3:10 p.m.

Several tax and fee increases have been approved by a New Mexico Senate panel despite opposition to tax hikes by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

The Senate Finance Committee endorsed on Wednesday a gasoline and diesel tax increase of 5 cents per gallon and a $55 registration fee on interstate freight trucks.

The bill also would implement taxes on online sales by out-of-state retailers and delay reductions to corporate income tax rates that are being phased in gradually by the state. Proceeds would help rebuild general fund reserves and pay for road maintenance and construction.

Martinez vetoed similar tax proposals in April and has vowed to do it again. She has denouncing gasoline taxes in particular as a burden on working families. All Republicans on the Senate committee voted against the tax increases.

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1:30 p.m.

Democratic state lawmakers in New Mexico are proposing to increase per-student funding to public schools by $15 in the fall.

Sen. Mimi Stewart of Albuquerque announced the plan Wednesday to increase spending on public schools across the state by $10 million. She said the spending will be offset by a variety of state revenue increases without offering more specifics.

National teachers union officials joined a rally and news conference Wednesday at the New Mexico state Capitol in a show of force as lawmakers convened to resolve a state budget crisis.

A $6.1 billion spending bill approved by the Legislature in March would slightly increase state funding to public schools in the coming fiscal year after a series of spending cuts and withdrawals from district cash reserves. Spending on education could be revised as lawmakers rewrite taxation and spending bills in an effort to balance the state budget.

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1:10 p.m.

The New Mexico Legislature has failed to override a veto by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez of funding for all state colleges and universities.

The House voted 39-29 Wednesday, falling short of a two-thirds majority need to restore funding to institutions of higher education that include public hospitals and research facilities. A Senate override vote also fell short of a two-thirds majority.

Most Republicans opposed the override on the first day of a special session. GOP Sen. Craig Brandt said lawmakers cannot restore spending until they approve new sources of revenue.

The failed vote could pave the way for the Supreme Court to intervene in state financial decisions if the Legislature fails to craft a balanced budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

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12:45 p.m.

The New Mexico Democratic-controlled Senate has failed to override Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's veto of funding for all colleges and universities.

The Senate voted 26-15 Wednesday on the first day of a special session to overturn the governor's veto of funding colleges and universities as well as hospitals and other programs under their umbrella. But the vote fail short of the votes needed.

Sen. John Arthur Smith, a Deming Democrat, says the governor's veto of higher education funding has had a devastating effect on the state.

But some Republican senators said overriding the veto still didn't solve the state's revenue problem thanks to a drop in oil prices. Democrats are pushing for tax increases while the GOP wants overall tax reforms.

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12:40 p.m.

Democrats in the New Mexico Legislature are calling for a vote to override vetoes by Gov. Susana Martinez that defund the Legislature and all state colleges and universities in the coming fiscal year.

Sen. John Arthur Smith and Rep. Daymon Ely on Wednesday introduced a motion to override vetoes by the Republican governor.

A two-thirds majority is required to override a veto.

Martinez last month rejected a variety of tax increases, while vetoing $765 million in state spending. The state Supreme Court has declined requests from lawmakers to rescind those spending cuts.

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12:20 p.m.

The New Mexico Legislature has convened in a special session to resolve a state budget crisis linked to faltering tax revenues and a weak state economy.

The state Senate and House of Representatives gathered Wednesday at the state Capitol to consider legislation designed to restore vetoed spending cuts and shore up depleted state reserves.

The state's Republican governor and Democratic-led Legislature have outlined competing proposals to restore vetoed funding for the Legislature and all state universities for the fiscal year starting July 1.

Martinez last month rejected a variety of tax increases, while vetoing $765 million in state spending. The state Supreme Court has declined requests from lawmakers to rescind those vetoes.

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11:00 a.m.

A public employees union in New Mexico is pushing back against a Republican plan to shore up state finances by withdrawing pension money earmarked for lawmakers.

Carter Bundy of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees said Wednesday that the proposed withdrawals would affect retirement savings of most state workers and not just legislators.

He also warned that the plan to claw back $12.5 million in retirement contributions would threaten the tax-exempt status of the New Mexico Public Employees Retirement Association.

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and GOP lawmakers say that a legislative retirement plan is overfunded, too generous and should be used to plug a budget deficit for the coming fiscal year. State pension managers say that would be illegal.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees represents about 10,000 state workers in New Mexico.

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3:00 a.m.

New Mexico lawmakers are converging on the state Capitol for a special session in hopes of resolving a budget crisis.

The session begins at noon Wednesday with a focus on restoring vetoed funding to all state colleges and universities.

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and the Democratic-led Legislature have been feuding for months over how to fill a shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year.

Martinez in April vetoed tax and fee increases that most lawmakers say are needed to bolster funding for public schools, courts and critical government services after repeated rounds of cuts to state agencies.

The governor favors further government belt tightening, along with legislation to wipe away tax breaks.

Lawmakers are contemplating quick ways to boost finances by taxing more online sales, imposing taxes on nonprofit hospitals and suspending infrastructure projects.

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) \u2014 Guardian reporter alleges Republican candidate for Montana's sole US House seat body-slammed him day before election.

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WASHINGTON (AP) \u2014 Housing Secretary Ben Carson says poverty is a \"state of mind.\"

In a radio interview Wednesday, the former neurosurgeon said parents need to instill in their children the \"mindset of a winner.\"

\"If you take somebody with the wrong mindset,\" Carson says, \"you can give them everything in the world and they'll work their way back down to the bottom.\"

He made the remarks in an interview with Armstrong Williams on SiriusXM.

Carson, who grew up poor in inner-city Detroit with a single mother who had a third-grade education, says if people don't have a defeatist attitude, then there's hope. \"I think the majority of people don't have that defeatist attitude, but they sometimes just don't see the way, and that's where government can come in and be very helpful.\"

The soft-spoken Carson, the only black major-party candidate in the 2016 presidential race, was the first African-American named as head of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore. After being tapped by former GOP rival Donald Trump, Carson took the helm at the Department of Housing and Urban Development in March.

The department's name, he said in the interview, is something he'd like to see changed.

Carson says he has a plan for eventually changing the name to \"Housing and Community Development\" to reflect the agency's broad mission, which extends beyond cities and urban areas and deep into small towns and rural areas. A name change for the agency would require congressional approval.

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MANCHESTER, England (AP) \u2014 Security forces rounded up more suspects Wednesday in the deadly Manchester concert blast and soldiers fanned out across the country to national landmarks as an on-edge Britain tried to thwart the possibility of additional attacks.

Officials scoured the background of the British-born ethnic Libyan identified as the bomber, saying he was likely part of a wider terrorist network. Additional arrests were made both in Britain and in Libya in the bombing that killed 22 people and wounded scores more.

Among those taken into custody in Libya were the suspected bomber's father and his younger brother, the latter of whom confessed to knowing \"all the details\" of the attack plot, Libyan anti-terror authorities said.

\"I think it's very clear this is a network we are investigating,\" Chief Constable Ian Hopkins of the Manchester Police said as authorities raided British properties thought to be connected to Salman Abedi, the 22-year-old suspected bomber who grew up in Manchester and died in the attack.

British Home Secretary Amber Rudd said Abedi \"likely\" did not act alone in the strike at the close of an Ariana Grande concert Monday night and that he had been known to security forces \"up to a point.\" Meanwhile, officials probed possible travel by the alleged bomber, looking for clues to new threats.

Government officials said nearly 1,000 soldiers were deployed to Buckingham Palace, Parliament and other high-profile sites across the country. Britain's terror threat level was raised to \"critical\" \u2014 the highest level \u2014 on Tuesday over concern another attack could be imminent.

French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said Abedi was believed to have traveled to Syria and had \"proven\" links to the Islamic State group, which claimed responsibility for the attack. British officials, however, have not commented on whether Abedi had links to IS or other extremist groups.

British authorities were probing whether Abedi had ties to other cells across Europe and North Africa, according to two officials familiar with the case who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about the ongoing investigation.

They said one thread of the inquiry involved pursuing whether Abedi was part of a larger terror cell that included Mohamed Abrini, otherwise known as \"the man in the hat,\" with connections to the Brussels and Paris attacks. Abrini visited Manchester in 2015.

\"It looks like we're not dealing with a lone wolf situation. There's a network \u2014 a cell of ISIS-inspired terrorists,\" said U.S. Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. He said the bomb's construction suggested a \"level of sophistication\" that might indicate foreign training.

Six additional arrests were made in Britain on Wednesday as the sprawling investigation extended to Libya, where Abedi's father and 18-year-old brother were detained in Tripoli. The father, Ramadan Abedi, denied his son had links to militants in an interview with The Associated Press before he was taken into custody, saying, \"We don't believe in killing innocents.\"

The elder Abedi was allegedly a member of the al-Qaida-backed Libyan Islamic Fighting group in the 1990s, according to a former Libyan security official, Abdel-Basit Haroun.

The Libyan anti-terror force that arrested the men said in a statement that the brother, Hashim Abedi, 18, confessed that he and his brother were linked to the Islamic State group and that he was aware of the arena bombing plan. The anti-terror force said the father had not been charged, but was taken in for questioning.

A second brother, Ismail Abedi, 23, was taken into custody in Manchester a day earlier.

The suspected bomber grew up in Manchester's southern suburbs and once attended Salford University there. Neighbors recalled him as tall, thin and quiet, and said he often wore traditional Islamic dress. Among investigators' areas of interest is how often Abedi traveled to Libya, which has seen an eruption of armed Islamist groups since dictator Moammar Gadhafi was overthrown and killed in 2011.

Before his arrest, Abedi's father said he had last spoken to his son five days ago and he sounded \"normal.\" He said his son was getting ready to visit Saudi Arabia for a short Umrah pilgrimage then planned to head to Libya to spend the Islamic holy month of Ramadan with his family. He said his son last visited Libya about six weeks ago and had never gone to Syria. He denied ties to any militant groups or suggestions of extremism.

\"We aren't the ones who blow up ourselves among innocents,\" he said. \"We go to mosques. We recite Quran, but not that.\"

At Manchester's Didsbury Mosque, where the Abedi family worshipped, the bombing was condemned and reports that the suspected bomber had worked there were denied. Azhar Mahmoud, who prays at the mosque in southern Manchester, said it was \"horrible\" that Abedi was associated with it.

\"Wherever he got that, he didn't get it from this mosque,\" he said, adding that the imam regularly preached against radicalization.

British Prime Minister Theresa May chaired a meeting Wednesday of her emergency security cabinet group to talk about intelligence reports on Abedi and concerns that he might have had outside support. Police raided homes believed to be connected with the investigation.

At one apartment building in Manchester, heavily armed police swarmed in and a controlled explosion was heard. At another property, a house a 10-minute walk from where Abedi lived, neighbors said they were awakened by a loud noise and saw a man hauled away in handcuffs.

\"There was a policeman, armed policeman, shouting,\" neighbor Omar Alfa Khuri said. \"And I realized there is something wrong here.\"

Across London, troops fanned out and authorities reconsidered security plans. The changing of the guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace was canceled so police officers could be re-deployed. The Palace of Westminster, which houses Parliament, was shuttered to those without passes, and tours and events were canceled until further notice. Armed police patrolled outside St. Paul's Cathedral in London, another popular tourist spot.

For a second night, a throng of people filled a Manchester square for a vigil for the victims. Muslim, Christian and Jewish leaders echoed a message that extremists wouldn't drive a wedge among the city's religious groups. People lifted their hands in the air during a moment of silence.

\"There are no divisions here tonight,\" Irfan Chishti, the imam of Manchester's biggest mosque, told the crowd.

Officials said all of the bombing victims have been identified, but names were being withheld until autopsies were completed.

Still, their stories began to emerge: Michelle Kiss, a mother of three whose \"family was her life;\" Nell Jones, an \"always smiling\" teenager; Martyn Hett, who packed life \"to the brim with his passions;\" Jane Tweddle, a \"bubbly, kind, welcoming\" receptionist. The youngest known of those killed was just 8. Besides the dead, the number of people who sought medical help after the attack was raised to 119. Officials said 64 people remained hospitalized, including 20 who were critically injured.

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Michael reported from Cairo and Katz reported from London. Associated Press writers Sylvia Hui and Paisley Dodds in London, Rob Harris in Manchester, Angela Charlton in Paris; Deb Riechmann in Washington; and Matt Sedensky in New York contributed to this report.

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LONDON (AP) \u2014 British investigators are hunting for potential conspirators linked to the bombing that killed 22 people in a search that is exploring the possibility that the same cell linked to the Paris and Brussels terror attacks was also to blame for the Manchester Arena attack, two officials familiar with the investigation said Wednesday.

Investigators were also assessing whether Salman Abedi, the suspected bomber in the attack Monday on a pop concert in Manchester, may have been connected to known militants in the northern English city. Abedi, a 22-year-old British citizen born to Libyan parents, died in the attack.

Abedi's father, Ramadan Abedi, was allegedly a member of the al-Qaida-backed Libyan Islamic Fighting group in the 1990s, according to a former Libyan security official, Abdel-Basit Haroun. The elder Abedi denied that he was part of the militant group and told The Associated Press that his son was not involved in the concert bombing and had no connection to militants.

\"We don't believe in killing innocents. This is not us,\" the 51-year-old Abedi said in a telephone interview from Tripoli.

He said he spoke to his son five days ago and he was getting ready for a religious pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia. He said his son visited Libya a month and a half ago and was planning to return to Libya to spend the holy month of Ramadan with the family. He also denied his son had spent time in Syria or fought with the Islamic State group, which claimed responsibility for the concert bombing.

\"Last time I spoke to him, he sounded normal. There was nothing worrying at all until ... I heard the news that they are suspecting he was the bomber,\" the elder Abedi said.

He confirmed that another son, Ismail, 23, was arrested Tuesday in Manchester. A third son, 18-year-old Hashim, was arrested in Tripoli late last night, according to a Libyan government spokesman, Ahmed bin Salem. The elder Abedi was arrested shortly after speaking to the AP, Salem said.

The anti-terror force that took Hashim Abedi into custody said that the teenager had confessed that both he and his brother were members of the Islamic State group and that he \"knew all the details\" of the Manchester attack plot.

Ramadan Abedi fled Tripoli in 1993 after Moammar Gadhafi's security authorities issued an arrest warrant. He spent 25 years in Britain before returning to Libya in 2011 after Gadhafi was ousted and killed in the country's civil war. He is now a manager of the Central Security force in Tripoli.

The Abedi family has close ties to the family of al-Qaida veteran Abu Anas al-Libi, who was snatched by U.S. special forces off a Tripoli street in 2013 for alleged involvement in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa, and died in U.S. custody in 2015. Al-Libi's wife told the AP that she went to college in Tripoli with the elder Abedi's wife and that the two women also lived together in the U.K. before they returned t Libya.

British police said Wednesday they had not yet found the bomb maker in the Manchester Arena attack, indicating Salman Abedi was part of a larger cell.

\"It's very clear this is a network we are investigating,\" Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said.

In Washington, the chairman of the U.S. House's Homeland Security Committee said the bomb used in the attack suggested a \"level of sophistication\" that might indicate its maker had foreign training. Rep. Mike McCaul told The Associated Press that the bomb used the explosive TATP, the same one used in the deadly November 2015 attacks in Paris and the March 2016 attack in Brussels carried out by Islamic State extremists.

McCaul also said the evidence so far suggested that \"we're not dealing with a lone wolf situation.\"

British authorities were exploring whether the bomber, who grew up in Manchester, had links with other cells across Europe and North Africa, according to two officials familiar with the case who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about the ongoing investigation.

They said one thread of the investigation involves pursuing whether Abedi could have been part of a larger terror cell that included Mohamed Abrini, otherwise known as \"the man in the hat,\" with connections to the Brussels and Paris attacks. Abrini visited Manchester in 2015.

Investigators were also looking into possible links between Abedi and Abdalraouf Abdallah, a Libyan refugee from Manchester who was shot in Libya and later jailed in the U.K. for terror offenses, including helping Stephen Gray, a British Iraqi war veteran and Muslim covert, to join fighters in Syria.

Other Manchester connections under investigation, the officials said, include a 50-year-old former Guantanamo Bay detainee, Ronald Fiddler, also known as Jamal al-Harith. The Briton blew himself up at a military base in Iraq in February. He was one of 16 men awarded a total of 10 million pounds ($12.4 million) in compensation in 2010, when the British government settled a lawsuit alleging its intelligence agencies were complicit in the torture of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.

Another possible link under investigation is whether Abedi had ties to Raphael Hostey, a jihadist recruiter who was killed in Syria, the officials said.

The sweeping investigation has caused friction between U.S. and British security and intelligence officials.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd, who said Abedi had been known to British security officials, complained Wednesday about U.S. officials leaking sensitive information about Abedi to the media, saying that could hinder Britain's security services and police.

\"I have been very clear with our friends that that should not happen again,\" she said. It was unclear whether Abedi was under surveillance as recently as the attack.

U.S. Homeland Security Department spokesman David Lapan declined to say Wednesday if Abedi had been placed on the U.S. no-fly list. Under normal circumstances, he said, Abedi may have been able to travel to the United States because he was from Britain, a visa-waiver country, but he would have been subjected to a background check via the U.S. government's Electronic System for Travel Authorization, or ESTA.

Lapan said the Homeland Security Department has shared some information about Abedi's travel with the British government, but declined to offer specifics. Customs and Border Protection has access to a broad array of air travel information through the U.S. government's National Targeting Center.

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Associated Press writer Paisley Dodds reported his story in London and AP writer Maggie Michael reported from Cairo. AP writers Rami Musa in Benghazi, Libya, and Alicia Caldwell and Deb Riechmann in Washington contributed to this report.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) \u2014 The jury that will hear the sex assault case against Bill Cosby will include two blacks among its 12 members in a case Cosby believes could be racially motivated.

Prosecutors and the defense team on Wednesday also chose six alternate jurors, two of them black.

\"It's a terrific jury made up of people of all demographics,\" Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said. \"We're past this nonsense about the optics and things.\"

Cosby's lawyers had complained this week that prosecutors were trying to keep blacks off the jury with their seven strikes. The judge, though, found prosecutors had other valid reasons to strike two black women earlier this week. The jury makeup of 17 percent is higher than the 13 percent black population in Allegheny County.

Cosby thanked local officials and fans as he left the Pittsburgh courthouse Wednesday evening, including \"all of the people who have come to see my shows.\"

The 79-year-old black actor-comedian once known as America's Dad for his beloved portrayal of Dr. Cliff Huxtable on \"The Cosby Show,\" is charged with drugging and molesting a Temple University women's basketball team manager at his home near Philadelphia in 2004. He has called the encounter consensual.

Dozens of other women have made similar accusations against Cosby, 79, but Judge Steven T. O'Neill is allowing only one of them to testify. The jury from Pittsburgh will be sequestered nearly 300 miles from home.

Half of the jury pool being questioned Wednesday said they'd formed an opinion on his guilt or innocence, while one knew Cosby or his family. One-third said they were more likely to believe police testimony, nearly one-fourth had been convicted of a crime and nearly one-fifth said someone close to them had been sexually assaulted.

The judge meanwhile removed a while male juror chosen Monday for undisclosed personal reasons. Lawyers then picked a white woman to replace him.

The defense had raised concerns about the racial makeup of the jury Tuesday when only one black was seated among the first 11 jurors. The initial jury pool had 16 blacks among 100 people.

However, six were dismissed based on their initial questionnaires. Others were sent home after being questioned individually about various problems or conflicts. And several had relatives who were crime victims, one had an ill spouse and one man said he had no one to watch his dog.

Cosby, in an interview last week, said race could be a motivating factor in the accusations against him.

The 48-question juror survey asked if the potential jurors have an opinion about Cosby's guilt but not if they were fans of his comedy routines, top-ranked TV shows or family values speeches.

The jurors selected over three days included a black woman who said she knew only \"basic information\" about the case, a white man who initially expressed a tendency to believe police and two people who said they don't read or watch the news.

The trial will take place in Montgomery County, where Cosby had invited Andrea Constand to his home in 2004. Constand said she went seeking career advice. She said Cosby gave her wine and pills that put her in a stupor before molesting her on his couch.

Constand was 30 and dating a woman at the time, while Cosby was 66 and long married to wife Camille. Cosby in sworn testimony has said he put his hand down Constand's pants, but said she did not protest.

Cosby has said he does not expect to testify.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are the victims of sexual assault unless they come forward, as Constand has done.

Cosby was arrested Dec. 30, 2015, days before the 12-year statute of limitations expired. He has pleaded not guilty and remains free on $1 million bail.

___

Dale contributed from Philadelphia.

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BRUSSELS (AP) \u2014 The Latest on President Donald Trump's first trip abroad (all times local):

7:30 p.m.

Donald Trump will be returning to the campaign trail just a few days after he wraps up his first trip abroad as president.

Trump's campaign team says he will be holding a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on June 1.

It's the latest campaign-style rally Trump has mounted since his inauguration. At the end of April he marked his first 100 days in office with a rally In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Trump is set to attend the NATO summit in Brussels Thursday before continuing on to Sicily for meetings with leaders of the seven major industrialized nations. He is scheduled to fly back to Washington Saturday.

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6:28 p.m.

President Donald Trump has retired for the evening to the U.S. ambassador's residence in Brussels.

He's in Belgium as part of a five-stop journey through Middle Eastern and European countries \u2014 his first foreign trip.

Trump is set to attend the NATO summit Thursday before continuing on to Sicily for meetings with leaders of the seven major industrialized nations.

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6 p.m.

Melania Trump turned to one of her favorite fashion houses, Dolce & Gabbana, for her audience with the pope and her arrival in Italy.

Stefano Gabbana celebrated on Instagram with an all caps THANK YOU addressed to @flotus and #melaniatrump. The designer also spiritedly chided the anti-Trump camp with a hashtag boycottdolceandgabbanaplease followed by laughing emojis \u2014 a swipe at designers who said they wouldn't dress the first lady.

Mrs. Trump has a penchant for the Milan fashion house, especially its trademark black dresses. She raised some eyebrows by choosing a black tuxedo jacket by the Italians for her official portrait.

She wore a demure black lace dress with a mantilla to meet with Pope Francis and stepped off Air Force One in a dark coat with military-style trim.

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5:35 p.m.

President Donald Trump is meeting with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel in Brussels.

Trump says they will work together on \"various problems. Number one is terrorism.\"

Trump says that when you see something like the bombing this week in Manchester, England, you remember how important it is to win the fight.

He says \"we will win. 100 percent.\"

Trump is meeting with the prime minister before talks this week with NATO and European Union officials.

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5.30 p.m.

Thousands of protesters are gathering for a major anti-Trump demonstration in Brussels, a few hours after President Donald Trump arrived in the Belgian capital for talks with NATO, European Union and Belgian officials.

The march was set to start in the early evening, just as Trump was ending talks with Belgian government officials. The demonstrators centered their protests on Trump's environmental and immigration policies.

The early arrivals at the Brussels North Station were shouting \"We don't want Trump! We don't want Trump!\"

The road of the marchers was set to stay away from the U.S. Embassy and Royal Palace where Trump was holding meetings upon his arrival from Rome.

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4:12 p.m.

President Donald Trump arrived in Brussels Wednesday afternoon ahead of meetings with NATO leaders.

Trump was harshly critical of NATO as a candidate, declaring the military alliance \"obsolete.\" He's also criticized member countries for not following NATO guidelines to spend at least 2 percent of their gross domestic product on defense.

The president has been similarly critical of Brussels, the Belgian capital that is home to both the NATO and European Union headquarters. After the city's recent struggles with terrorism, Trump called Brussels a \"hellhole.\"

Brussels is Trump's fourth stop on his maiden overseas tour. His fifth and final stop will be Sicily, where he'll meet with the leaders of the Group of 7 wealthy nations.

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3:16 p.m.

Thanks to the Pope and the U.S. first lady, a traditional Slovenian dish is hitting the headlines.

As Melania Trump approached and shook hands with Pope Francis on Wednesday, Pope asked in Spanish through his interpreter pointing toward Trump: \"What do you give him to eat? Potica?\"

She looked puzzled at first. \"Potica, ah yes,\" the Slovenian-born first lady smiled before stepping aside.

Potica (pronounced paw-tee'-tzah) is a typical highly nutritious Slovenian festive strudel with nut, poppy seed, cottage cheese, hazelnut, chocolate, tarragon, leek or honey fillings.

It also sounds a lot like \"pizza,\" which is what reporters originally thought the pope had said.

The dish has been prepared for more than 200 years in earthenware baking-dishes or directly in ovens. Potica remains the pride of each Slovenian housewife.

Born Melanija Knavs, Melania Trump left Slovenia in her 20s to pursue an international modeling career.

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2:23 p.m.

President Donald Trump says meeting with Pope Francis was the \"honor of a lifetime.\"

Trump tweeted Wednesday that a private meeting with the pontiff at the Vatican leaves him \"more determined than ever to pursue PEACE in our world.\"

Trump met with Francis Wednesday for a half hour. The president and pope have a contentious history, but appeared on good terms after their conversation.

Trump will soon be leaving Rome, en route to Brussels for meetings with NATO leaders.

The president has spent the week traveling to holy Muslim, Jewish and Christian sites during his first official trip abroad.

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1.45 p.m.

The European Union is hoping that Thursday's talks with U.S. President Donald Trump will stress continuity in their relations after the early months of his administration increased fears that the trans-Atlantic friendship was on the wane.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says that even if Trump's policies diverge greatly from his predecessors on many points, continued close contact must avoid fundamental disagreements on climate change and other global issues. She says, \"What I am expecting tomorrow is a message of continuity.\"

Mogherini adds that, \"We do realize there are points of difference where we have different points of view and where we will need to discuss things further, but it is vital to work on climate change\" and the role of international organizations like the United Nations.

Mogherini will join EU Council President Donald Tusk and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker for a short meeting with Trump at EU headquarters early Thursday.

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1 p.m.

First lady Melania Trump has visited the Vatican's children's hospital, meeting with patients, painting pictures with them and taking selfies.

Mrs. Trump went to the Bambino Gesu (Baby Jesus) pediatric hospital after she and President Donald Trump met with Pope Francis earlier at the Vatican.

She toured the cardiac intensive unit as well as the recreation room, where she painted with the children from nine different countries and took selfies with them. She ended the visit by praying in the hospital chapel.

Before leaving, Mrs. Trump wrote in the guest book that she was praying for the children: \"Great visiting you. Stay strong and positive. Much love, Melania Trump.\" With a red pen, she drew a small flower and heart.

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12:39 p.m.

President Donald Trump says he had \"a fantastic meeting\" with Pope Francis earlier Wednesday.

The president offered brief remarks as he sat down with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni in Rome.

Trump tells reporters, \"It was an honor to be with the pope.\" He adds of the pope: \"He is something.\"

Trump ignored a question about whether they discussed climate change.

The president arrived at the Villa Taverna shortly after noon, following a meeting with the country's president at Quirinale Palace.

He'll be departing Rome for Brussels later today.

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12:05 p.m.

The Vatican says after a visit by President Donald Trump that it is hoping for \"serene collaboration\" with the United States to help immigrants and provide health care and education in the U.S.

Trump met for about 30 minutes Wednesday morning with Pope Francis and afterward with the Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

In a statement, the Vatican said the two sides agreed on their \"joint commitment in favor of life and freedom of worship and conscience.\"

The statement continued: \"It is hoped that there may be serene collaboration between the state and the Catholic Church in the United States, engaged in service to the people in the fields of healthcare, education and assistance to immigrants.\"

It said talks also covered promoting peace through dialogue with people of other faiths.

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11:58 a.m.

Ivanka Trump says she came to a Catholic charity in Rome to meet with several women who have been freed from human traffickers so she can hear about \"their struggles and how they will build their lives.\"

Still dressed in black after her earlier visit at the Vatican to meet Pope Francis, President Donald Trump's daughter spoke briefly to reporters as she stood under a grape arbor in the courtyard of the Rome headquarters of the Sant'Egidio Community.

She said the liberated African women she was going inside to meet were testament to \"strength, faith, perseverance in the face of unspeakable adversity.\"

Community officials said she would be chatting with several women from Nigeria who had been trafficked into prostitution before becoming free in Rome. At least one Eritrean woman was also invited to the closed-door conversation sitting around a square table.

Ivanka Trump has had meetings about the subject at the White House.

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11:26 a.m.

President Donald Trump is meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella.

Trump was greeted by Mattarella at the Quirinale Palace in Rome on Wednesday morning. The meeting follows a private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican.

Trump is expected to next meet with Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni.

Trump is in the middle of his first international trip \u2014 a nine-day journey through the middle east and Europe. He will leave for Belgium later on Wednesday.

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11:01 a.m.

President Donald Trump has arrived at Quirinale Palace for his meeting with the Italian president.

Trump and first lady Melania Trump had been scheduled to have private tour of the Sistine Chapel before the meeting.

The intimate chapel features Michelangelo's masterpiece, \"The Last Judgment,\" behind the altar as well as the iconic \"Creation of Adam\" on the ceiling. Works of other Renaissance greats, including Botticelli and Perugino, line the walls.

The Sistine Chapel is the highlight of tours of the Vatican Museums as well as a functioning part of the Vatican.

Trump also met with the Vatican secretary of state Wednesday following his meeting with the pope.

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10:40 a.m.

Ivanka Trump plans to meet with human trafficking victims in Rome.

Trump will meet Wednesday with African women who have been freed in Italy from human traffickers. The encounter was arranged by the Rome-based Catholic charity Sant'Egidio Community, which has ties with the Vatican and which has helped Syrian refugees arrive safely in Italy via \"humanitarian corridors.\"

The president's daughter and adviser has held meetings at the White House on human trafficking.

Community officials said several women will chat with Trump. She was expected to make a brief statement to the media after the closed-door meeting at the charity's headquarters.

Ivanka Trump was part of the delegation that met Pope Francis with President Donald Trump Wednesday.

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10:30 a.m.

Pope Francis shared a light moment with First Lady Melania Trump.

After Francis met with President Donald Trump he was introduced to members of Trump's delegation, including Mrs. Trump. Smiling for the staff, Francis asked via translator, \"What do you give him to eat, Potica?\"

He was referring to a local pastry, pronounced paw-tee'-tzah \u2014 though some thought he'd said \"pizza.\"

When it comes to food, the president is known for his traditional American palette. When he traveled in Saudi Arabia, caterers ensured that his favorite meal - steak with a side of ketchup - would be offered alongside the traditional local cuisine.

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9:50 a.m.

President Donald Trump has gifted Pope Francis a first-edition set of writings from Martin Luther King Jr.

Trump presented Francis with the books after a private meeting at the Vatican Wednesday. The White House notes that Francis spoke about King and his civil rights legacy during his address to Congress in 2015.

The White House said the set includes the five books King wrote in his lifetime. Each one is custom bound and the books are in a custom display case. A piece of granite from the Martin Luther King. Jr. Memorial in Washington is also included.

The White House says the gift \"honors Dr. King's hope, vision, and inspiration for generations to come.\"

Trump also gave Francis a bronze sculpture. Named \"Rising Above,\" the White House says it \"represents hope for a peaceful tomorrow.\"

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9:45 p.m.

President Donald Trump appeared moved by his private meeting with Pope Francis, telling the pope that he \"won't forget what you said.\"

The president and pope have a contentious history and disagree on a host of issues, including environmental protection.

The White House did not immediately provide details about what was discussed during their 30-minute private conversation. But the two men appeared on good terms Wednesday, including during a traditional gift exchange.

The pope's gifts to Trump included a medal by a Roman artist depicting an olive branch, which is a symbol of peace.

The president responded, \"We can use peace.\"

The pope also gave the president a signed message of peace along with copies of his three main teaching documents.

The president told the pope he'd be reading them.

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9:28 a.m.

Rome police say Greenpeace activists briefly projected the message \"Planet Earth First\" on the dome of St. Peter's Basilica on the eve of the pope's meeting with President Trump.

Police said in a statement Wednesday that the officers allowed the action to proceed for \"a few moments\" given the peaceable nature of the protest. They then identified all of the activists participating, eight total.

Trump met early Wednesday with the pope, and the environment is one key area of difference. Pope Francis has made protection of the environment a keystone of his papacy, issuing a major encyclical on climate change. Trump's administration, meanwhile, is reviewing policies related to climate change and the reduction of green gasses.

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9:09 a.m.

President Donald Trump and Pope Francis are exchanging gifts after a private meeting.

Trump and Francis met privately for about 30 minutes Wednesday morning at the Vatican.

Pope Francis gave the president copies of his three main teaching documents as parting gifts, as he typically does for visiting heads of state. The red leather-bound booklets to some degree define his papacy and priorities. Some of the main themes contained in them contrast sharply with President Donald Trump's policies and campaign promises, particularly concerning approaches to the environment and income inequality.

Trump's gift for Francis was wrapped in a big blue box. The president said he was delivering \"books from Martin Luther King. I think you'll enjoy them. I hope you do.\"

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9:03 a.m.

Pope Francis is meeting first lady Melania Trump, Trump's oldest daughter Ivanka, and other members of the U.S. delegation.

Mrs. Trump smiled and chatted with Francis after the two warmly shook hands.

Francis also shook hands with other members of the president's team, including former bodyguard Keith Schiller and social media director Dan Scavino.

The greetings happened after Trump and Pope Francis held a nearly 30 minute private meeting.

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8:31 a.m.

President Donald Trump is meeting Pope Francis for the first time.

Trump greeted Francis in Sala del Tronetto, the room of the little throne, on the second floor of Apostolic Palace Wednesday morning.

The men shook hands and Trump could be heard saying it was a \"very great honor\" to be there.

They then posed for photographs and took a seat at the pope's desk to continue their conversation. They will now meet in private

Prior to the handshake, Trump walked toward the Saint Ambrose room, led by Gentlemen of his Holiness, which is a sort of honor guard of nobility. He was joined by his wife Melania Trump, who had a veil on her head, in adherence to Vatican tradition.

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8:20 a.m.

President Donald Trump has arrived at the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis.

Trump arrived Wednesday morning at the Apostolic Palace for an audience with the pontiff. The meeting comes midway through his 9-day international trip.

The president and pope have not always seen eye to eye. The two men's often opposite worldviews collided head-on early last year, when Francis was sharply critical of Trump's campaign pledge to build an impenetrable wall on the Mexican border and his declaration that the United States should turn away Muslim immigrants and refugees.

Papal audiences usually last for about 20-30 minutes of private talks, followed by introductions of delegations, a photo and exchange of gifts.

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6:10 a.m.

President Donald Trump is poised to call on Pope Francis, the famously humble pontiff with whom he has publicly clashed.

Trump is midway through his grueling nine-day maiden international journey. He will meet the pontiff at the Vatican early Wednesday where the two will have a private audience laden with religious symbolism and ancient protocol.

The meeting will last scarcely more than an hour. But it could provide powerful imagery to Catholic voters back in the United States as well as the possibility for conflict between a president and a pope who have not often seen eye-to-eye.

The two men's often opposite worldviews collided head-on early last year, when Francis was sharply critical of Trump's campaign pledge to build an impenetrable border wall.

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This story corrects the food the pope referred to in his conversation with U.S. first lady Melania Trump.

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) \u2014 The world's most famous sled dog race has lost a major backer, and Alaska race officials are blaming animal rights organizations for pressuring corporate sponsors outside the state like Wells Fargo with \"manipulative information\" about the treatment of the dogs.

Wells Fargo spokesman David Kennedy said Wednesday the banking institution's investment in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has declined since 2010. He said he could not discuss specific reasons for the San Francisco-based bank dropping the sponsorship altogether.

\"Wells Fargo regularly reviews where we allocate our marketing resources to build and enhance relationships with customers and the broader community,\" he said in a statement. \"As part of this process, we have decided not to sponsor the Iditarod in 2018.\"

PETA, or People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, lauded the decision. The organization has been a longtime critic of the race and said it alerted the bank that five dogs connected to this year's race died. Those deaths bring the total dog deaths to more than 150 in the Iditarod's history, the group said.

\"The Iditarod can count on losing more sponsors, and PETA is now urging Coca-Cola to do right by dogs and be the next one to flee,\" PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman said in a statement.

Iditarod CEO Stan Hooley said there's no doubt the decision is related to activists like PETA wrongly implying the Iditarod condones cruel treatment of the dogs.

\"These misguided activists are implying that the Iditarod condones and engages in cruelty to sled dogs that participate in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race,\" he said in a statement. \"Nothing could be further from the truth. We honor the sled dogs who participate in the Iditarod. We take every step to ensure our canine athletes are provided the very best care possible on the trail, and always treated with respect.\"

Three of the deaths in this year's Iditarod occurred during the race. Two other dogs died when they finished racing. One was hit by a car after it was flown to Anchorage and another died as it was flown to Anchorage.

Race spokesman Chas St. George could not provide a count of the number of dogs who died in the 1,000-mile race since it began in 1973, but disputed PETA's total of 150 dog deaths.

\"There are no records of dog deaths during the early years of the race, so we can't provide you with an accurate number,\" he said in an email. \"I don't know how PETA can factually make that claim.\"

Both Iditarod and Wells Fargo declined to disclose the dollar amount of the bank's sponsorships, but it was significant enough for Wells Fargo to earn a spot on the sponsor banner that hangs under the start and finish lines.

However, Kennedy said Wells Fargo dropped its top-level sponsorship beginning with the 2011 race, when it chose to sponsor the race at the second-tier level.

Kennedy declined to reveal the ranges for those levels, and St. George said the Iditarod does not disclose that information.

The race has four top-level sponsors, called Principal Partners, including Exxon Mobil, the Alaska mine Donlin Gold, Alaska cable company GCI and an Anchorage car dealer.

Wells Fargo used to be in the next level, called Lead Dog Partners. Other sponsors at that level include Alaska Airlines.

St. George said earlier Wednesday the Iditarod is looking for new potential sponsors.

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Associated Press researcher Jennifer Farrar in New York contributed to this report.

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Craig Cunningham\u2019s comeback story took another step Wednesday, when the former Tucson Roadrunners captain was hired as a pro scout with the Arizona Coyotes organization.

Cunningham, who suffered a cardiac rhythm disturbance before a Roadrunners game in November that led to an early retirement, signed a two-year contract with the organization. His duties will include scouting and player development within the Coyotes franchise.

Cunningham, speaking at a press conference at Tucson Arena, said that he considered the club\u2019s offer for a few months. He met with the team last week, where the two sides discussed players and ways to grow the organization.

\u201cI think it\u2019s going to be a bit of a learning process for me to start,\u201d Cunningham said. \u201cEveryone has their own philosophy of doing things, and you have to figure it out for yourself as you go.\u201d

Cunningham\u2019s responsibilities fall under scouting the western region as well as working with younger players on the Roadrunners roster.

Cunningham said he will start by listening to veteran scouts within the organization. The Coyotes are sending Cunningham to next month\u2019s NHL Entry Draft in Chicago, where he\u2019ll be able to interact with the team\u2019s entire staff.

Cunningham lost part of his left leg last December due to complications with his recovery. The 26-year-old Cunningham could use his youth to his advantage.

\u201cI know most of the guys in the league,\u201d Cunningham said. \u201cThat goes a long way when you\u2019re trying to scout guys and find the right mix of players.\u201d

Cunningham said he will stay in Tucson for the time being before eventually making his way back to his native Canada. In many ways, Wednesday\u2019s news was a dream come true. Cunningham had long thought about becoming a scout when his playing days were over.

\u201cI always wondered what I would do,\u201d Cunningham said. \u201cAs us major junior (hockey) guys who didn\u2019t go to college, you don\u2019t have a degree to fall back on, so it\u2019s a great way to stay employed and stay in the organization and the game.\u201d

Cunningham took the ice wearing a prosthesis before a Coyotes game in Phoenix last month.

\u201cIt felt great,\u201d Cunningham said. \u201cNow with prosthetics, the technology is so good these days that it really gives you life without limitations.\u201d

Cunningham said that his rehab has gone well except for a setback in the last few weeks.

The cause?

\u201cI was pushing things a little bit too hard,\u201d Cunningham said.

\u201cIt\u2019s obviously been a long time of not being able to get around. I\u2019m pretty excited about moving around and getting back to normal. But I\u2019m going to kind of ease back into things a little bit now.\u201d

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College basketball's version of decision day could go a long way toward shaping how the next season will play out.

Teams that have players remain in the NBA draft will have huge holes to fill, while teams with players who withdrew from the draft can breathe a sigh of relief.

The deadline to make those decisions was Wednesday, so here's a rundown of the key players who decided to remain in school and how they will impact their teams:

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ACC

Defending national champion North Carolina lost two big pieces with Justin Jackson and Tony Bradley deciding to leave early. The Tar Heels gained two additions by non-subtraction when Joel Berry II and Theo Pinson opted to stay, keeping alive their back-to-back title hopes.

Louisville got good news when Deng Adel decided to withdraw from the draft. Donovan Mitchell and Jaylen Johnson decided to stay in the draft, though, knocking the Cardinals down from what could have been a No. 1 preseason ranking.

North Carolina State lost point guard Dennis Smith when he left early and signed with an agent, but got some encouraging news on Wednesday when center Omer Yurtseven said he is staying in Raleigh.

Maryland forward Justin Jackson also announced on Wednesday that he's staying.

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BIG 12

West Virginia has a few pieces to replace in its Press Virginia defense, but Jevon Carter won't be one of them. The guard who took a star turn in the NCAA Tournament announced earlier this week that he's coming back.

Texas coach Shaka Smart will bring in one of the nation's best recruiting classes and also will have the services of guard Andrew Jones after he said this week that he's not going to the NBA just yet.

Texas Tech forward Zach Smith decided this week to return and Kansas State will get guard Kamau Stokes back.

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BIG TEN

Michigan got a mixed bag on decision day: Moe Wagner will stay in Ann Arbor, but fellow big man D.J. Wilson will remain in the draft.

So did Purdue, but with a bigger hole to fill: forward Vincent Edwards is staying, double-double machine Caleb Swanigan is leaving. Center Isaac Hass said last week he was withdrawing from the draft.

Indiana lost three players to the draft, but the return of guard Robert Johnson will soften the blow in coach Archie Miller's first season in Bloomington.

Kam Williams' decision to return prevents Ohio State from filling yet another hole.

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SEC

Alabama was on the receiving end of a key decision when Braxton Key, who led the Crimson Tide in scoring as a freshman, opted to return for his sophomore season.

Center John Egbunu's decision to withdraw from the draft could help Florida earn another deep NCAA run, while Georgia got great news with Yante Maten's decision to return.

Arkansas received word earlier this month that Jaylen Barford and Daryl Macon were pulling out of the draft, boosting the Crimson Tide's hopes for a NCAA Tournament run.

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PAC-12

Arizona was already going to considered be a national-title contender and the return of Rawle Alkins \u2014 with Allonzo Trier's earlier decision \u2014 could make the Wildcats the front-runner.

UCLA had two key losses with Lonzo Ball and T.J. Leaf leaving for the NBA. The decisions by Thomas Welsh and Aaron Holiday to withdraw from the draft will keep the Bruins from falling too far.

USC got a big boost with Bennie Boatwright's decision to return, while Oregon State's Drew Eubanks and Stephen Thompson Jr. will be back, too.

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NOTABLES

Xavier should be near the top of the Big East against with the return of Trevon Bluiett, a likely All-American candidate next season.

Angel Delgado, the national leader in rebounding last season, will be back at Seton Hall next season after pulling out of the draft.

Central Florida will retain the services of the tallest player in the country with 7-foot-6 Tacko Fall announcing on Wednesday that he will stay in school.

Gonzaga has some key pieces to replace, but versatile swingman Johnathan Williams won't be one of them after deciding to play another season for the Zags.

Forward Markis McDuffie's return could have Wichita State eyeing another deep March run.

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SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) \u2014 A court in El Salvador has sentenced seven gang members to 390 years each for the March 2016 killings of 11 people.

Wednesday's sentences of 35 years per victim are largely symbolic since El Salvador's maximum sentence is 35 years.

The killings of eight electrical company workers and three farmers shocked the nation, and weeks later spurred the government's crackdown on street gangs.

The killers belong to the Barrio 18 gang and were looking to kill members of the rival Mara Salvatrucha gang. But they came across three farm workers and eight electrical workers, who were apparently slain in a case of mistaken identity or to eliminate any witnesses.

In October, two under-aged gang members were sentenced to five and 15 years in a youth correctional facility for the killings.

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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 Sean Hannity says a media watchdog is guilty of \"liberal fascism\" for targeting advertisers on his Fox News Channel show, as one company announced Wednesday that it would no longer hawk its wares there.

The Chicago-based Cars.com said that it had been \"watching closely\" and recently decided to suspend its backing of Hannity.

Hannity, the sole survivor from Fox's once stable and powerful prime-time lineup, has been a strong backer of President Donald Trump and believes the president is under attack from media and opponents who want to destroy him. On Wednesday, Hannity said he would no longer talk about a discredited story involving a murdered Democratic National Committee chairman after speaking to the man's family, and after Fox had earlier retracted an online story it had written about the case.

Uncertainty over whether Hannity would defy his network's bosses over the story led to big ratings on Wednesday. The show reached 2.5 million viewers, or 50 percent more than it had for the same night a year earlier, the Nielsen company said.

On Wednesday, Hannity sent a steady stream of tweets that targeted Media Matters for America, the liberal lobbyists who a day earlier had posted a list of his show's advertisers on its web site. Targeting a show's advertisers is a potent line of attack in television; the swift abandonment of Bill O'Reilly's advertisers last month after the revelation of settlements paid to women to quiet harassment charges was widely considered a factor in his firing by Fox.

Media Matters is \"targeting my advertisers to silence my voice,\" Hannity tweeted. \"They hope to get me fired. Rush (Limbaugh), O'Reilly, (Glenn) Beck, (Don) Imus and now me.\" He posted a series of links to articles about Media Matters' funding, and ties to figures reviled by many conservatives, like George Soros and Bill Clinton.

Media Matters denied that it was mounting a pressure campaign focusing on Hannity's advertisers. The organization's president Angelo Carusone said he hadn't spoken to any sponsors. He said he wanted advertisers to be aware of Hannity's \"volatility\" as part of a general Media Matters campaign to get them to think about advertising on Fox; Media Matters hasn't posted a list of sponsors for any other specific show.

Saying there's no boycott campaign may be a distinction without a difference, however. Media Matters listed on its website more than 150 companies that had run commercials on \"Hannity\" in May, ranging from Lexus to Reddi-wip to Comedy Central. Hannity tweeted Wednesday that he'd spoken to several of his advertisers and they said they'd been \"inundated\" with emails urging them to stop running commercials on his show.

Cars.com said in a statement that its decision to advertise on a show doesn't mean it agrees or disagrees with its content.

\"We don't have the ability to influence content at the time we make our advertising purchase,\" the company said. \"In this case, we've been watching closely and have recently made the decision to pull our advertising from Hannity.\"

The company did not make clear when it made that decision or what about Hannity's content influenced its executives. A company representative did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

By alerting his supporters about the list of advertisers, Hannity has played into his critics' hands, Carusone said.

\"He has demonstrated that he's totally volatile and out of control,\" he said. \"Hannity has done more to create pressure for his advertisers than I have.\"

Carusone suggested that Hannity is \"acting out of fear and anxiety over the future of Fox News by preying on the fears and anxieties of his audience.\"

\"We're not running a campaign to get him fired right now,\" he said.

Hannity was active on Twitter before his show Tuesday, saying that he would discuss the case of murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich and his own future on Fox. It clearly paid off by drawing interest; his viewership was just under the 2.6 million reached by the current queen of prime-time cable television, Rachel Maddow, on MSNBC.

Hannity declined comment through a spokesperson Wednesday night. His show has an average viewership this year of 2.67 million.

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) \u2014 A drug company has agreed to pay $1.6 million for substance abuse treatment to settle a lawsuit from two California counties alleging misleading marketing practices, officials announced Wednesday.

The settlement also requires Israel-based Teva Pharmaceutical Inc. to refrain from promoting opioid painkillers for so-called off-label use.

The payment settles a lawsuit filed by Santa Clara and Orange counties in 2014 alleging that painkiller makers downplayed the risks of their drugs and exaggerated their benefits. A judge in Orange County needs to approve the settlement, which also requires the company to disclose the risk of addiction anytime it touts the benefits of its painkillers.

Teva also agreed to refrain from false adverting and to disclose sponsorship of supplements discussing opioids placed in medical journals.

\"Our residents have borne the costs of the deceptive marketing scheme conducted by opioid drug companies,\" said Danny Chou, an assistant Santa Clara County counsel. \"These costs include not only the horrors of addiction for entire families and communities, but also increased crime due to addiction outstripping treatment options. We appreciate Teva's willingness to work with us to fight this growing epidemic.\"

Four other major pharmaceutical companies remain as defendants.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) \u2014 The Missouri House on Wednesday advanced a bill that would allow manufacturing companies to negotiate lower electricity rates than currently allowed, a measure supporters say could bring hundreds of jobs to the southeastern corner of the state but critics argue would raise rates for utilities customers.

The bill is meant to entice a steel company to come to New Madrid where the closure of a Noranda aluminum smelter last year caused more than 900 people to lose their jobs. A Switzerland-based company has since purchased the plant and expressed interest in reopening part of it.

The two new companies could create up to 500 jobs combined. But they won't operate in Missouri unless they have the ability to negotiate a special rate, said Rep. Don Rone, who sponsored the bill.

The original legislation would've only allowed aluminum smelters and steel-works facilities to negotiate the lower rate for a longer contract. But lawmakers expanded the measure during a floor debate Wednesday to include all facilities that use more than 50 megawatts of electricity a month \u2014 that's nearly five times the amount that the average U.S. residential customer used all year in 2015, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Rone said in a committee hearing that a proposed steel mill would use 50 to 60 megawatts of electricity a month, and the aluminum smelter would use 180-190 megawatts.

The electricity for the steel mill and aluminum smelter would likely be delivered by the state's largest electricity provider, Ameren Missouri. But Critics of the proposal said that the lower electricity rates for large manufacturers could cause increased monthly costs for households and smaller businesses across the state.

\"We're going to raise monthly utilities rates for Ameren customers to pay for something that benefits one part of the state,\" said Rep. Tracy McCreery, a Democrat from Olivette.

Republican lawmakers stood and applauded for Rone after the bill passed the House with a 120-17 vote. Rone, a Republican from New Madrid, told reporters that the bill's passage would give hope to a region that has suffered economically since the smelter closed last year.

\"(This is) a relief to the people I serve,\" he said. \" ... We've got a chance to go back to what we had when Noranda was there.\"

The proposal now moves to the Senate, where similar language stalled before the May 12 regular session deadline. Some lawmakers were concerned about a provision that critics said would allow investor-owned utility companies to more easily increase rates and receive compensation for projects like electrical grid improvements.

That amendment was removed during a Tuesday committee hearing to ease opposition, but House Speaker Todd Richardson said that a discussion about ratemaking mechanisms would likely resurface in the future.

\"I think the state of Missouri needs to have a longer-term conversation about energy policy and what that needs to look like,\" Richardson said. \"The status quo for energy policy right now isn't working particularly well.\"

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) \u2014 President Donald Trump wants $108 million to deepen harbors for two U.S. seaports, while other ports scrambling to make room for larger cargo ships will benefit from a boost of more than $56 million already approved by Congress.

Ports from New England to Texas are seeking more than $4.6 billion in federal and state funding to deepen their harbors. They're playing catch-up after the Panama Canal finished a major expansion last summer that is sending supersized ships to U.S. ports on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts.

Most of those ports have waterways that are too shallow for such big ships to navigate unless they carry lighter loads or travel at high tides.

While Congress has authorized 15 total port projects to pursue deeper and wider shipping channels, Trump's proposed budget released Tuesday requests money for only two of them in the 2018 fiscal year that starts Oct. 1. Deepening projects for Boston and Savannah, Georgia, would essentially split $108 million.

But not every port left out of Trump's budget request came away empty-handed. The Army Corps of Engineers, which oversees maintenance and construction on U.S. waterways, on Wednesday evening released its spending plan for discretionary funds recently approved by Congress.

That plan includes more than $56 million for five harbor-deepening projects, including $17.5 million for deepening to begin at the Port of Charleston, South Carolina, and the Port of Jacksonville, Florida. For projects still in the study and permitting phase, $2.8 million will go to Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and $557,000 for the Sabine-Neches waterway that serves three Texas ports.

The discretionary funds should give a guaranteed boost to the Army Corps' chosen harbor projects. Trump's proposed $4.1 trillion budget for fiscal 2018, meanwhile, faces a long and uncertain road in Congress.

\"Now you've got the congressional money and you're going to see what's coming to you right now,\" said Jim Walker, navigation policy director for the American Association of Port Authorities. \"You may be a year away from seeing the (fiscal) 2018 money.\"

The Port of Boston, where officials hope to start deepening the harbor later this year, may turn out to be the biggest winner. In additional to Trump's $58 million request for the project, the Army Corps added $18.2 million in discretionary funding.

And while Trump's request of $50 million for Savannah, the fourth-busiest U.S. container port, is 17 percent more than President Barack Obama secured in his last budget, it's still only half of what Georgia officials said was needed to keep the $973 million project on schedule.

Sen. Johnny Isakson, a Georgia Republican, said in a statement he was \"disappointed by the failure of the Army Corps of Engineers\" to route some of the discretionary funds to Savannah. He made no mention of Trump's budget request.

\"Rest assured that I will continue fighting in Congress to secure sufficient funding for this worthy project to be completed without further delays,\" Isakson said.

Federal funding for deeper harbors proved tough to get under Obama as well. And while Congress gets the final say over the federal budget, the president's recommendation on specific port projects still carries weight. That's because a ban on so-called earmark spending adopted years ago prohibits lawmakers from inserting line items for their own pet projects.

Georgia ensured dredging of the Savannah River got started in 2015 by spending state taxpayers' $266 million share upfront. South Carolina was prepared to do the same, with $300 million in state funding set aside to begin deepening the Charleston harbor this fall. The federal money from the Corps was welcomed.

\"The significance of this funding for the timeline of our deepening project cannot be overstated \u2014 it is tremendous news for Charleston,\" Jim Newsome, CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority, said in a statement.

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WASHINGTON (AP) \u2014 The Latest on investigations into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. election (all times local):

7:30 p.m.

The Justice Department says Attorney General Jeff Sessions did not disclose on a security clearance form meetings he had as a senator last year with foreign dignitaries, including the Russian ambassador.

But spokesman Ian Prior says an FBI employee assigned to help with the form, known as an SF-86, said those encounters didn't have to be included as routine contacts as part of Sessions' Senate job. Prior says the form was filled out in late November.

Sessions recused himself in March from an investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election following the revelation of two previously undisclosed encounters with the ambassador, Sergey Kislyak.

CNN first reported the omission.

The Justice Department has said Sessions had more than 25 conversations with foreign ambassadors last year.

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6:30 p.m.

The chairman of a House oversight committee says the FBI will not be turning over memos and other materials that detail discussions between former FBI Director James Comey and President Donald Trump.

One of those memos reportedly details Trump pressuring Comey to shut down the bureau's investigation into former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, says in an interview on CNN that the FBI sent his committee's staff a two-sentence email saying it would not be turning over the materials now that the Justice Department has appointed a special counsel.

The special counsel, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, is overseeing an investigation into Russia's meddling in the election and whether there was any collusion with Trump associates.

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6 p.m.

A new report says U.S. intelligence services obtained information during the 2016 presidential election that showed senior Russian officials discussing how to influence Donald Trump through his campaign advisers.

That's according to The New York Times, which cites three current and former American officials. The report Wednesday says the Russians zeroed in on Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn, a former head of U.S. military intelligence who was a key Trump campaign adviser.

The report says the Russian officials thought Manafort and Flynn could be used to influence Trump's views on Russia. The Times says some of the officials bragged about ties to Flynn. Others thought they could use Manafort's association with former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, who led a pro-Russian political party, to their advantage.

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4:35 p.m.

Former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page says he will testify next month before the House intelligence committee as part of its probe into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Page says details are still being worked out with the committee, but he expects to testify sometime during the week of June 6. He says he wants at least part of his testimony to be public.

Page is one of several people associated with President Donald Trump's campaign who are being investigated by congressional committees and the FBI over their ties to Russia. Page has denied any involvement in Russian attempts to influence the election.

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11:30 a.m.

The top Democrat on the House intelligence committee says if it's true that the president asked top intelligence officials to publicly deny that there had been any \"collusion\" between the Russians and the Trump campaign, it would suggest obstruction or politicization of the intelligence community.

Rep. Adam Schiff of California commented on a report in The Washington Post that Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers both refused Trump's request.

Schiff said Wednesday the committee wants any memos or other materials Coats and Rogers might have detailing conversations with Trump on the issue.

Trump fired FBI Director James Comey earlier this month, prompting reports that Trump tried to get Comey to back away from investigating former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

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10:43 a.m.

The ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee says the panel will be issuing subpoenas to get former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to cooperate with its investigation into Russian activities during the 2016 election.

Rep. Adam Schiff of California told reporters at a breakfast Wednesday that Flynn has declined to provide materials to the committee. He says the committee will be \"following up with subpoenas\" to maximize the chances of getting information from Flynn.

President Donald Trump fired Flynn for making misleading statements to Vice President Michael Pence about his contacts with Russian officials.

Flynn has become a target of probes being conducted in the House, Senate and the FBI.

The Senate intelligence committee also has issued subpoenas to Flynn to get him to cooperate.

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) \u2014 The Latest on assault allegations against Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte (all times local):

7:25 p.m.

Democrats say the Republican candidate for Montana's sole congressional seat must quit after being accused of attacking a reporter on the day before the special election.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman Tyler Law says the Republican Party should publicly denounce Greg Gianforte and apologize for the millions of dollars they spent on his behalf.

Authorities say they're investigating allegations of assault.

The Gianforte campaign says Guardian newspaper reporter Ben Jacobs entered a private office without permission and \"aggressively shoved a recorder in Greg's face.\" Campaign spokesman Shane Scanlon says Gianforte tried to grab Jacobs' phone, then Jacobs grabbed the candidate's wrist and they both fell.

In an audio recording posted by the newspaper, Gianforte can be heard saying that he was \"sick and tired of you guys\" and to \"get the hell out of here.\"

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7 p.m.

The campaign for the Republican candidate for Montana's sole congressional seat accused of attacking a reporter says he was trying to grab the reporter's phone and later both lost their balance.

Greg Gianforte campaign spokesman Shane Scanlon said the candidate was in a private office Wednesday giving an interview when Guardian newspaper reporter Ben Jacobs entered the office without permission.

He says Gianforte tried to grab the phone being used as an audio recorder. He says Jacobs then grabbed Gianforte's wrist and both apparently fell to the ground.

A special election to fill the U.S House seat is Thursday.

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6:40 p.m.

A reporter for the Guardian newspaper is alleging that the Republican candidate for Montana's sole congressional seat \"body-slammed\" him on the day before the special election.

The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office says it's investigating allegations of an assault involving Greg Gianforte, a wealthy Bozeman businessman.

Gianforte campaign spokesman Shane Scanlon said the candidate was in a private office giving an interview when reporter Ben Jacobs entered the office without permission.

He says in a statement that Jacobs was asked to leave after trying to ask questions.

The newspaper posted an audio recording that captured the tension. In the recording, Gianforte can be heard saying that he was \"sick and tired of you guys.\"

___

2:10 p.m.

Montana voters are heading to the polls Thursday to decide a nationally watched congressional election amid uncertainty in Washington over President Donald Trump's agenda and his handling of the country's affairs.

The flow of big money in the race portended an epic battle at the ballot box \u2014 as Republican groups poured cash into the state to help Greg Gianforte retain the state's only U.S House seat for his party and as Democrat Rob Quist rallied progressives attempting to push back against last fall's GOP tide.

The wild card is Libertarian Mark Wicks who could upend the political ambitions of his competitors.

In a last-minute turn, local authorities were investigating robocalls reportedly made by Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on behalf of Gianforte. The pre-recorded calls are illegal in Montana.

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:

1. WHO'S WEIGHING IN ON 'TRUMPCARE'

The Congressional Budget Office says the health care bill Republicans pushed through the House would leave 23 million additional people uninsured in 2026 compared with Obama's health care law.

2. AUTHORITIES EXPLORE BOMBER'S TIES TO LARGER NETWORK

British investigators are studying the possibility that the Manchester attack was overseen by the same cell linked to the Paris and Brussels terror plots.

3. 11TH-HOUR CLAIM ROILS POLITICAL RACE

A newspaper reporter alleges that the Republican candidate for Montana's sole congressional seat \"body-slammed\" him on the day before the special election.

4. HOW TRUMP IS BEHAVING ABROAD

The president has traded his free-wheeling speaking style for tightly scripted remarks as he travels through the Middle East and Europe.

5. EXTREMISTS ADVANCE IN THE PHILIPPINES

Islamic State group-linked militants sweep through a southern Philippine city, beheading a police chief, burning buildings and raising the black IS flag.

6. JURORS PICKED FOR COSBY TRIAL

The jury that will hear the sex assault case against Bill Cosby will include two blacks among its 12 members.

7. FRESH EVIDENCE OF POT'S POSSIBLE HEALTH BENEFITS

A medicine made from marijuana cuts seizures in kids with a severe form of epilepsy, a study shows.

8. DISTRUST OF MEDIA RUNS ONLY SO DEEP

While Americans distrust the news media as a concept, a poll suggests they have a higher opinion of the individual sources they rely on to follow the world.

9. 'BROKEN' SINGER SUSPENDS TOUR

Ariana Grande cancels several European shows on her Dangerous Woman world tour in the wake of the deadly bombing at her concert in Manchester.

10. WHAT'S RAY OF LIGHT FOR GRIEVING CITY

Manchester United gives its heartbroken home city a moment to cheer by winning the Europa League by beating Ajax 2-0 in the final.

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) \u2014 Less than two weeks before Election Day, federal agents descended on a hotel lobby to meet a Louisiana private investigator they believed had illegally tried to obtain Donald Trump's tax returns.

At the time, the agents didn't know if Jordan Hamlett had been successful \u2014 and they feared a public release of Trump's tax returns could influence the U.S. presidential election, according to a transcript of testimony obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press.

The agents worried Hamlett could be armed and orchestrated an elaborate operation at the hotel on Oct. 27, with plainclothes officers blending in with guests at the Embassy Suites in Baton Rouge. Other officers took up positions outside.

Authorities now say Hamlett was not able to get Trump's tax returns. He has been charged with misrepresenting his Social Security number, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison. He has pleaded not guilty.

Authorities have not said what Hamlett's motive for getting the federal tax returns was, and they wondered in the documents whether he was working with anyone or planned to sell them or release them.

Every president since Jimmy Carter has released their tax returns in what has become an American tradition during presidential elections, but Trump so far has refused to release his.

According to testimony, authorities used an undercover agent posing as a potential client to lure Hamlett to the hotel. Instead of meeting the client, he encountered the agents \u2014 one from the FBI and the other from the Treasury Department.

Hamlett agreed to an interview in the hotel's atrium and the agents questioned him for hours in hushed tones inside the crowded lobby, authorities said.

Hamlett immediately took credit for his \"genius idea\" to seek Trump's tax returns from a U.S. Education Department financial aid website before he was accused of anything, Treasury Department Special Agent Samuel Johnson testified.

\"He sounded somewhat, I would describe it as proud,\" Johnson said. \"We spoke in lower voices because there was a number of people passing by and the information that we're discussing at this time relates directly to ... presidential candidate Trump and his tax returns.\"

Hamlett apparently tried to use Trump's Social Security number on a program that allows people seeking financial aid to locate their tax records, and transfer the information to the education website. The U.S. Education Department has not returned messages for comment.

It's not clear how he got the Social Security number, but agents did question him about the internet hacking group known as Anonymous, which had released some of Trump's personal information, Johnson said.

Neither Hamlett nor his lawyer, Michael Fiser, has returned phone and email messages from The Associated Press.

The complaint against him was initially filed under seal, but it has since been unsealed and new details about the case are coming to light.

In court records, Fiser characterized the interview in the hotel as an \"interrogation,\" and Hamlett said he was terrified. His lawyer has sought to have his statements thrown out as evidence.

\"I was under the impression as soon as we were done talking, I was going to jail,\" Hamlett testified, according to the transcript.

Johnson said the interview at the hotel was \"almost like friends talking in a sense.\" He said Hamlett was free to leave at any time.

Hamlett was asked what he thought would have happened if he had left the hotel and got into his car.

\"That I would be in a high-speed chase on the news,\" he said.

___

Martin reported from Atlanta.

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) \u2014 The family of Alton Sterling is demanding the immediate firing of the two officers involved in the man's death.

In a letter Wednesday to Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie Jr., attorneys contend the officers violated the police department's policy regarding de-escalation.

It specifically cites information provided by the U.S. Department of Justice during a meeting in early May that Officer Blane Salamoni put his gun to Sterling's head and, using an expletive, threatened to shoot him.

\"Not only is this a direct violation of BRPD's policy regarding de-escalation, but also a violation of multiple police procedures and policies recognized nationwide. More importantly, Officer Salamoni's actions directly escalated the entire interaction with Mr. Sterling, having placed in Mr. Sterling's mind that he was going to be killed no matter what he did, even if he complied,\" attorneys representing Sterling's children said.

Sterling, 37, struggled with the officers before Salamoni shot him six times outside a convenience store last July. He was selling homemade CDs outside the Triple S Food Mart when police were called to the store to investigate a report of a man with a gun.

The letter suggests that the department has known about Salamoni's alleged behavior since the night of the incident \"and did not take any action to terminate his employment for putting a gun to Mr. Sterling's head, simply because his hands were not flat on the hood and he was asking why he was being confronted.\"

Broome, in a statement late Wednesday, said she has consistently sought \"an expedited resolution to the investigation into Mr. Sterling's death\" and called \"for disciplinary actions against\" the officers.

\"I have advised (Dabadie) of my concerns regarding the employment status of these officers. I believe they should be removed from paid administrative leave and disciplined consistent with the severity of their actions. In Officer Salamoni's case, this warrants termination,\" the mayor said.

Dabadie did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.

Federal prosecutors declined to bring charges against the officers involved in the deadly encounter. Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has begun his own investigation into the shooting.

Landry's investigation \"is not related to whether or not Officer Salamoni keeps his job and is fit to be a member of the BRPD, that decision was made by Officer Salamoni himself when he put a loaded department firearm to Mr. Sterling's head without justification and with reckless disregard,\" the attorneys said.

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) \u2014 A reporter said the Republican candidate for Montana's sole congressional seat \"body-slammed\" him Wednesday, the day before the special election.

Greg Gianforte, a Republican, was in a private office giving an interview when Guardian newspaper reporter Ben Jacobs went into the office without permission, Gianforte campaign spokesman Shane Scanlon said.

Jacobs \"aggressively shoved a recorder in Greg's face, and began asking badgering questions\" before being asked to leave, Scanlon said in a statement.

Gianforte asked Jacobs to lower a phone that being used as an audio recorder, then tried to grab it, the campaign said. Scanlon said Jacobs then grabbed Gianforte's wrist and both apparently fell to the ground.

Jacobs tweeted that Gianforte broke his glasses and is heard telling the candidate in an audio recording that the newspaper posted. In the recording, Gianforte can be heard saying that he was \"sick and tired of you guys\" and to \"get the hell out of here.\"

The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office said it is investigating allegations of an assault involving the wealthy Bozeman businessman.

Jacobs, who was taken to a Bozeman hospital, could not be reached for comment by The Associated Press, and authorities did not provide any other details about the altercation.

The allegations come as Gianforte and Democrat Rob Quist made their final appeal to voters ahead of Thursday's special election to fill the state's seat in the U.S. House. Ryan Zinke resigned to join Trump's Cabinet as secretary of the Interior Department.

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LAREDO, Texas (AP) \u2014 A welfare check by police to a house overgrown with weeds and other plants revealed the decomposing body of an elderly man \u2014 and a makeshift coffin containing remains officials believe to be those of his mother.

The Laredo Morning Times reports the gruesome find was made late Monday at a house in the South Texas border city of Laredo. First responders say the man appeared to be in his 70s. Neighbors say they hadn't seen him for a week.

A search turned up the makeshift wooden coffin. Laredo police spokesman Joe Baeza says investigators can't confirm the remains are those of the man's mother yet, but that's the suspicion. There were no signs of foul play.

Neighbors say the mother had last been seen about seven years ago.

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Information from: Laredo Morning Times, http://www.lmtonline.com

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LEAVENWORTH, Wash. (AP) \u2014 A wildfire that started at an old log-storage site and prompted evacuation orders for 168 homes and cabins at a popular Washington state hiking and skiing destination was 50 percent contained Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

The fire was burning on about 40 acres (161,900 square meters) Wednesday but hadn't spread by afternoon. It started Tuesday about 3 miles north (4.8 kilometers) of the tourist town of Leavenworth in an old timber storage area containing enormous cedar logs. Leavenworth is a gateway to Wenatchee National Forest where many people have getaway homes.

Deputy State Fire Marshal Melissa Gannie said the fire was threatening homes, timber and electrical infrastructure away from the downtown area, modeled in Bavarian village style.

Swirling wind conditions on Wednesday kept the firefighters working hard to contain sparks that could set other trees outside the fire zone ablaze, officials said.

\"I'm not seeing any dramatic fire change or growth, but the wind is strong,\" Northwest Incident Management Team spokesman Brendan Cowan said. \"It's still a challenging fire environment. It's far from being a fully contained fire.\"

Ross Frank, owner of Red-Tail Canyon Farm, said the fire was burning about a quarter mile (.40 kilometers) from his farm with draft horses and forest where weddings, barbeques and sleigh rides are held.

\"It's our whole livelihood,\" Frank said. \"Everything we do is right here on the ranch.\"

He was told to evacuate but stayed home because he is also a firefighter and spent 19 hours helping at the blaze site.

He said he plans to stay and prepare his animals to leave if the winds shift the fire's path toward his property or if sparks start fires closer to his ranch.

\"The wind has been gusting and swirling so much it's hard to tell where it's coming from, especially in canyon-country,\" he said. \"I'm optimistic, but the wind will be the deciding factor.\"

Cowan said Wednesday that hundreds of firefighters and other responders were able to make progress on the initial fire and two related spot fires, allowing for the reduction of the number of people in homes and cabins needing to evacuate immediately.

Officials with Chelan County Fire District 3 said Wednesday afternoon that only those living in the Spromberg Canyon Road area remained under orders to evacuate.

It wasn't immediately clear how many homes and cabins are now directly threatened.

Less wind is in the Thursday forecast, which could make the fire easier to contain, Cowan said.

No injuries have been reported and no structures have been damaged.

The Red Cross opened a shelter in Leavenworth where two people stayed Tuesday night, said Red Cross spokeswoman Christina Jones.

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WASHINGTON (AP) \u2014 To cover up or not to cover up?

Melania Trump wore a veil to the Vatican on Wednesday to meet the pope, but no head covering a few days earlier to meet the king of Saudi Arabia, a religiously conservative country where most women cover themselves up from head to toe.

Why the difference? The answer is a complicated mix of personal preference, diplomatic protocol and religious dictates.

Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for the first lady, said Mrs. Trump's decision to wear a black lace veil known as a mantilla followed Vatican protocol that women who have an audience with the pope must wear long sleeves, formal black clothing and a veil to cover their head. In Saudi Arabia, however, the government did not request that Mrs. Trump wear a head covering known as a hijab, or a headscarf, Grisham said.

The Vatican's rules of attire are not strictly enforced. Many women, including high-ranking dignitaries, have visited the pontiff with their heads uncovered, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel in 2015 and Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's top civilian leader, this month.

Many women wear veils out of respect. Mrs. Trump is Catholic, which likely made accompanying President Donald Trump for a meeting with the leader of the world's more than 1 billion Roman Catholics all the more meaningful to her.

When a Vatican official handed her a rosary, the first lady immediately gave it to the pope to bless. She spent time in front of a statue of the Madonna at the Vatican's children's hospital and laid flowers at its feet. She also prayed in the hospital chapel.

Every woman in the U.S. delegation wore a veil, including Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter who converted to Judaism before marriage.

In Saudi Arabia, the first lady dressed conservatively for her arrival Saturday in the capital of Riyadh. She wore a long-sleeved, high-necked, black pantsuit that mimicked the loose, black robes, or abayas, that Saudi women and female residents wear. Her attire during the two-day visit hewed to the protocol for high-level female visitors: modest dress, longer sleeves, higher necklines, pants and long dresses.

Ivanka Trump also dressed modestly, and left her head uncovered.

Most Western VIP women who visit Saudi Arabia don't cover their heads, including British Prime Minister Theresa May and Merkel. Laura Bush and Michelle Obama also left their heads bare when they visited as first ladies. Then-citizen Donald Trump criticized Mrs. Obama for doing so in 2015.

In Riyadh, Mrs. Trump didn't visit any Muslim holy sites or mosques where head coverings and other steps such as removing one's shoes would have been required.

In Israel, the Trumps visited the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray. Donald Trump, who became the first U.S. president to visit the wall while in office, donned a yarmulke \u2014 a skullcap \u2014 which is customary; the site keeps stacks of them for visitors to wear.

The president also wore a yarmulke at Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust memorial, where it is not required. Trump likely wore one out of respect.

In keeping with Orthodox Jewish tradition, men and women pray separately at the wall. Ivanka Trump wore a black head covering to the wall, while Melania Trump wore no head covering. Many Orthodox Jewish women cover their hair as a sign of modesty.

At the Vatican, while Mrs. Trump strictly followed tradition and protocol by wearing black and a mantilla, other high-profile visitors have taken liberties with their attire.

In 2006, Cherie Blair, a practicing Catholic and wife of then-British Prime Minister Tony Blair, violated protocol outright when she wore white for a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI. Only royals are allowed the \"privilege du blanc\" \u2014 the so-called white privilege that dictates white outfits and white head coverings for queens and other royals when meeting the pontiff.

In 1989, during the landmark audience between Mikhail Gorbachev and Pope John Paul II following the fall of the Berlin Wall, it was the Soviet leader's wife, Raisa Gorbachev, who stole headlines: She wore a bright red dress.

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Associated Press writers Nicole Winfield in Rome, Josef Federman in Jerusalem and Aya Batrawy in Dubai, United Arab Emirates contributed to this report.

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Follow Darlene Superville on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/dsupervilleap

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) \u2014 A fight between two California prisoners quickly raged out of control Wednesday and forced correctional officers to open fire to stop a melee that sent eight guards and seven inmates to hospitals, corrections officials said.

Guards in three gun towers fired 19 bullets from semi-automatic rifles and three hard foam rounds to stop large groups of prisoners from attacking guards who were using pepper spray and batons to break up a fistfight at high-security Pelican Bay State Prison near the Oregon border.

Five of the seven injured inmates suffered gunshot wounds. One was airlifted to a different hospital for a higher level of care, said Terry Thornton, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Three inmates who were shot were admitted to hospitals and two were discharged back to prison, she said.

All of the injured guards were treated and released. One of those officers will eventually need surgery for an injured shoulder, Thornton said.

\"They all had like facial injuries, bumps, bruises, contusions,\" she said. \"It's a frightening incident. It's frightening to have inmates just swarm you ... to overwhelm you and attack you.\"

Several hundred of the prison's roughly 2,000 high-security inmates were in an exercise yard when two inmates began fighting, she said. They would not stop, and other prisoners ran toward the fight.

\"They just ran toward the incident from several areas of the yard and just rushed the officers,\" Thornton said. \"They overwhelmed them. Overwhelmed is the word I heard again and again.\"

Two inmate-made weapons were found. They appeared to be makeshift weapons that inmates grabbed during the fight, Thornton said, and officials did not yet know if they were used on the officers.

\"One of them may have suffered a puncture wound, but we don't have confirmation on that yet,\" she said.

Ninety-seven inmates were isolated in a disciplinary housing unit after the assault.

\"As the investigation progresses, we'll have a better idea how many inmates were actually involved. But the fact that the 97 inmates were rehoused indicates they had some level of involvement,\" Thornton said.

Investigators don't yet know whether it was a planned attack on correctional officers or if it was gang-related, she said.

Counselors were sent to the prison to help employees recover.

\"We're encouraged that the officers weren't injured more than they were,\" Thornton said.

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WASHINGTON (AP) \u2014 Attorney General Jeff Sessions did not disclose contacts with foreign dignitaries, including the Russian ambassador, on a security clearance form he submitted as a United States senator last year, the Justice Department acknowledged Wednesday.

The department said Sessions' staff relied on the guidance of the FBI investigator handling the background check, who advised that meetings with foreign dignitaries \"connected with Senate activities\" did not have to be reported on the form.

The news comes just two months after Sessions recused himself from a Justice Department investigation into potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign after it was revealed that he had two previously undisclosed encounters, last summer and fall, with the Russian ambassador. Sessions said at his Senate confirmation hearing that he had not any communication \"with the Russians.\"

In a statement, Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior said Sessions met with hundreds, if not thousands, of foreign dignitaries while in the Senate. Prior said Sessions' staff consulted with the FBI and others familiar with the disclosure process, and was told not to list those meetings connected to his Senate job. CNN first reported the omissions.

Also Wednesday, the FBI told a House committee that it would not be complying with a Wednesday deadline to turn over memos written by former FBI Director James Comey detailing his discussions with President Donald Trump. One memo reportedly recounts Trump pressuring Comey to shut down an investigation into the foreign ties of foreign national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Lawmakers conducting their own probe continued to pressure Flynn to cooperate by raising the prospect of additional subpoenas, while Carter Page, a Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, told The Associated Press he would testify next month before the House intelligence committee.

Meanwhile, The New York Times reported that U.S. intelligence services obtained information during the 2016 presidential election that showed senior Russian officials discussing how to influence Trump through his campaign advisers.

Citing three current and former American officials, the Times said U.S. intelligence officials collected information last summer showing Russians zeroed in on Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn, a former head of U.S. military intelligence who was a key Trump campaign adviser. The Russian officials thought Manafort and Flynn could be used to influence Trump's views on Russia.

The Times said some of the officials bragged about ties to Flynn. Others thought they could use Manafort's association with former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, who led a pro-Russian political party, to their advantage, the Times reported.

A day earlier, former CIA Director John Brennan told a House committee that he had seen intelligence that \"revealed contacts and interactions\" between Russian officials and Americans \"involved\" in the Trump campaign \u2014 a cause for concern in case the Russians could get the Americans to cooperate.

During a breakfast Wednesday, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the House intelligence committee's top Democrat, told reporters that Flynn declined to turn over records to the committee, and he said it will be \"following up with subpoenas.\" He did not elaborate on what materials the committee was seeking.

The attempts to compel Flynn to produce documents were just another sign of the intense focus on Trump's former national security adviser, who was fired in February after the White House said he misled administration officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, about his contacts with Russian officials.

In addition to the congressional scrutiny, Flynn is currently a target of an FBI counterintelligence investigation, a federal probe in Virginia and a Defense Department inspector general's inquiry into the propriety of foreign payments he accepted.

In a letter to the Senate committee on Monday, Flynn invoked his Fifth Amendment protection from self-incrimination in deflecting the panel's subpoena for a wide array of documents and information related to his contacts with Russians.

Flynn's attorneys argued that the Senate's request was too broad, and if Flynn were to comply, he could be confirming the existence of some documents and, in effect, providing testimony that could be used against him. They also said an \"escalating public frenzy\" against Flynn and the appointment of a special counsel had created a legally perilous environment for Flynn to provide the information.

In response, the Senate intelligence committee on Tuesday sent a letter narrowing its request for documents. It also issued subpoenas seeking documents from two of Flynn's businesses\u2014 Flynn Intel Group Inc., a consulting firm owned by Flynn and his business partners, and Flynn Intel Group LLC, a company he used for other projects, such as his paid speeches.

Flynn could choose to contest the congressional subpoenas seeking his business records, but legal experts said he would not prevail.

Solomon L. Wisenberg, a Washington defense lawyer who worked as a prosecutor during the Starr investigation of President Bill Clinton, said both of Flynn's corporate structures would likely have to turn over all business records sought by the committee. \"The Fifth Amendment privilege does not apply to business entities, period,\" he said, adding that both Supreme Court and District of Columbia Circuit Court rulings would weigh on the committee's side.

While Flynn decides what, if anything, he'll provide to Congress, the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform said the FBI will not be turning over memos and other materials that detail discussions between Comey and Trump.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said in an interview on CNN that the FBI sent his committee a two-sentence email saying that it would not be turning over the materials now that the Justice Department has appointed a special counsel. Former FBI Director Robert Mueller, who was appointed as special counsel, is overseeing an investigation into Russia's meddling in the election and whether there was any collusion with Trump associates.

Chaffetz said he is considering issuing a subpoena for the documents, and he wants a better explanation from the FBI about why it's not turning them over.

The FBI declined comment.

Meanwhile, Page said Wednesday that details are still being worked out about his testimony before the House intelligence committee next month. Page said he expects to testify sometime during the week of June 6 and wants at least part of his testimony to be public. ABC News first reported Page's planned testimony.

Page is one of several people associated with Trump's campaign who are under investigation over their ties to Russia. Page has denied any involvement in Russian attempts to influence the election.

___

Associated Press writers Stephen Braun and Eric Tucker contributed to this report.

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WASHINGTON (AP) \u2014 A senior Education Department official in charge of managing federal student aid has resigned ahead of a House hearing, the government said Wednesday.

James Runcie submitted his resignation late Tuesday, the Education Department said in a statement.

Runcie was chief operating officer for federal student aid and an Obama administration holdover. He had been scheduled to testify at a congressional hearing Thursday. The hearing was going to focus on payment irregularities within the financial aid program.

Runcie said in a statement that he was resigning because he was not seeing eye to eye with his new bosses.

\"Successfully leading and managing a large, complex organization in the public sector requires alignment on governance and mission between operational leaders and political ones,\" Runcie said. \"Simply put, I submitted my resignation late yesterday because that alignment no longer exists.\"

Education Department Press Secretary Liz Hill said the office overseen by Runcie had \"a litany of unsolved problems going back years.\"

\"The fact of the matter is that Congress requested Mr. Runcie to testify and Mr. Runcie refused to appear,\" Hill said.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, says it was disappointing that \"Runcie would rather resign than testify.\" He says under Runcie's leadership at the department, \"federal student aid systems are less secure, performance has suffered and improper payments have increased.

Runcie's resignation comes as the Trump administration is proposing reductions in federal financial aid programs in its 2018 budget.

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WASHINGTON (AP) \u2014 The architect of House legislation that would repeal much of the Dodd-Frank law enacted after the financial crisis agreed Wednesday to make a key change to the bill, clearing the way for the full House to take up the measure in coming weeks.

Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas, the Republican chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, said he has agreed to cut from the bill a provision that would have removed a cap on the fee that stores pay large banks when costumers use a debit card. Retailers strongly opposed removing the cap, and that opposition has raised concerns for lawmakers hearing from merchants back in their home districts.

Congress capped the fees as a way to lower the costs for businesses that accept debit cards. The cap was established through what is often referred to as the Durbin amendment, named for Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill.

Hensarling said he believes that a repeal of the swipe fee cap belongs in the legislation, but he recognizes and respects that many members of Congress feel differently.

\"We won't let this one provision hinder passage of an important priority bill that will end bank bailouts and help renew healthy economic growth for all Americans,\" Hensarling said.

The bill passed Hensarling's committee in early May in a party-line vote. Democratic lawmakers are overwhelmingly opposed to the bill and GOP disagreement over the cap's possible repeal was preventing party leaders from bringing the bill up on the House floor. While passage of the Financial Choice Act has been widely anticipated in the House, the Senate is expected to take a much different approach when it revisits changes to the Dodd-Frank law over the coming months.

Trade groups representing retailers applauded Hensarling's decision.

\"Preservation of swipe fee reform is an important victory for retailers and consumers who would have faced higher fees from the country's largest banks with every swipe of a debit card,\" said Austen Jensen, a vice president at the Retail Industry Leaders Association.

The American Bankers Association had told lawmakers that Hensarling's legislation contained many provisions that its member banks have long supported. At the top of the list was repeal of the Durbin amendment, calling the promise that savings would be passed on to consumers \"hollow.\"

The banking group said \"this price control amendment has only harmed consumers by reducing access to low-cost banking accounts for those that need them most.\" The group has urged lawmakers to keep the repeal of the Durbin amendment in the bill.

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BOSTON (AP) \u2014 Tony Award-winning actor and musician Leslie Odom Jr., who starred in the Broadway phenomenon \"Hamilton,\" will be among the guest artists at Boston's iconic July Fourth concert and fireworks celebration.

The Boston Pops announced Wednesday that Odom, singer-songwriter Andy Grammer and Grammy Award-winning musician Melissa Etheridge will headline the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular this year under the direction of Pops conductor Keith Lockhart.

Organizers say a new work from composer Alan Menken, known for his scores in multiple Disney movies, and Tony Award-winning lyricist Jack Feldman will be premiered at the celebration.

The event typically draws about a half million people to the Charles River Esplanade. It will be broadcast on Bloomberg Television, which recently signed on as a media partner.

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) \u2014 The Latest on efforts by New Mexico lawmakers to resolve a state budget crisis (all times local):

6:10 p.m.

A bill aimed at increasing New Mexico state tax income from online sales and nonprofit hospitals has been approved by the House of Representatives.

The House voted 37-29 Wednesday on the budget-balancing measures. The bill also would create a new state rainy day fund from future oil and natural gas proceeds for use during future fiscal emergencies.

Without revenue increases, New Mexico won't have enough money to restore higher education funding that was vetoed by Gov. Susana Martinez last month. General fund dollars for the Legislature as well as state colleges, universities and specialty schools are scheduled to run out July 1.

Lawmakers began a special session Wednesday. They are grappling with a downturn in tax revenue linked to energy prices and a weak economy.

The Senate on Wednesday approved tax and fee increases on gasoline, vehicle sales and trucking permits that are likely to be vetoed by the governor.

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5:30 p.m.

Legislation that reinstates funding for New Mexico's universities and colleges as well as the Legislature itself has been approved by the House of Representatives.

The Democratic-led House voted 46-20 Wednesday to restore some $765 million in general fund spending that was previously vetoed by New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez.

Restoration of the funding for the upcoming fiscal year is likely to depend on support for companion revenue increases from internet sales, taxes on nonprofit hospitals and suspended infrastructure projects. Martinez vetoed $350 million in tax and fee increases in April.

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3:30 p.m.

Legislation that reinstates funding for New Mexico's universities and colleges as well as the Legislature itself has cleared its first hurdle.

Members of the House Appropriations Committee voted mostly along party lines in favor of restoring some $765 million in funding that was vetoed by Gov. Susana Martinez as part of a budget dispute following the regular legislative session earlier this year.

Restoration of the funding for the upcoming fiscal year is partly dependent on approval of a separate measure that aims to raise revenues by closing tax loopholes and instating new taxes for online purchases.

Another House committee endorsed that bill on Wednesday as lawmakers kicked off a special session focused on resolving a state budget crisis.

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3:20 p.m.

A New Mexico House legislative committee has approved a measure aimed at closing tax loopholes and introducing new taxes on online sales and nonprofit hospitals.

The Democratic-controlled House Taxation and Revenue Committee voted 9-7 on Wednesday along party lines to approve a proposal aimed at raising more revenue.

Without the revenue increases, state lawmakers don't have resources to restore higher education funding that Republican Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed earlier this year.

General fund dollars for the Legislature as well as state colleges, universities and specialty schools are scheduled to run out July 1.

Lawmakers began a special session Wednesday and are grappling over how to end a budget crisis thanks to a downtown in oil prices.

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3:10 p.m.

Several tax and fee increases have been approved by a New Mexico Senate panel despite opposition to tax hikes by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

The Senate Finance Committee endorsed on Wednesday a gasoline and diesel tax increase of 5 cents per gallon and a $55 registration fee on interstate freight trucks.

The bill also would implement taxes on online sales by out-of-state retailers and delay reductions to corporate income tax rates that are being phased in gradually by the state. Proceeds would help rebuild general fund reserves and pay for road maintenance and construction.

Martinez vetoed similar tax proposals in April and has vowed to do it again. She has denouncing gasoline taxes in particular as a burden on working families. All Republicans on the Senate committee voted against the tax increases.

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1:30 p.m.

Democratic state lawmakers in New Mexico are proposing to increase per-student funding to public schools by $15 in the fall.

Sen. Mimi Stewart of Albuquerque announced the plan Wednesday to increase spending on public schools across the state by $10 million. She said the spending will be offset by a variety of state revenue increases without offering more specifics.

National teachers union officials joined a rally and news conference Wednesday at the New Mexico state Capitol in a show of force as lawmakers convened to resolve a state budget crisis.

A $6.1 billion spending bill approved by the Legislature in March would slightly increase state funding to public schools in the coming fiscal year after a series of spending cuts and withdrawals from district cash reserves. Spending on education could be revised as lawmakers rewrite taxation and spending bills in an effort to balance the state budget.

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1:10 p.m.

The New Mexico Legislature has failed to override a veto by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez of funding for all state colleges and universities.

The House voted 39-29 Wednesday, falling short of a two-thirds majority need to restore funding to institutions of higher education that include public hospitals and research facilities. A Senate override vote also fell short of a two-thirds majority.

Most Republicans opposed the override on the first day of a special session. GOP Sen. Craig Brandt said lawmakers cannot restore spending until they approve new sources of revenue.

The failed vote could pave the way for the Supreme Court to intervene in state financial decisions if the Legislature fails to craft a balanced budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

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12:45 p.m.

The New Mexico Democratic-controlled Senate has failed to override Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's veto of funding for all colleges and universities.

The Senate voted 26-15 Wednesday on the first day of a special session to overturn the governor's veto of funding colleges and universities as well as hospitals and other programs under their umbrella. But the vote fail short of the votes needed.

Sen. John Arthur Smith, a Deming Democrat, says the governor's veto of higher education funding has had a devastating effect on the state.

But some Republican senators said overriding the veto still didn't solve the state's revenue problem thanks to a drop in oil prices. Democrats are pushing for tax increases while the GOP wants overall tax reforms.

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12:40 p.m.

Democrats in the New Mexico Legislature are calling for a vote to override vetoes by Gov. Susana Martinez that defund the Legislature and all state colleges and universities in the coming fiscal year.

Sen. John Arthur Smith and Rep. Daymon Ely on Wednesday introduced a motion to override vetoes by the Republican governor.

A two-thirds majority is required to override a veto.

Martinez last month rejected a variety of tax increases, while vetoing $765 million in state spending. The state Supreme Court has declined requests from lawmakers to rescind those spending cuts.

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12:20 p.m.

The New Mexico Legislature has convened in a special session to resolve a state budget crisis linked to faltering tax revenues and a weak state economy.

The state Senate and House of Representatives gathered Wednesday at the state Capitol to consider legislation designed to restore vetoed spending cuts and shore up depleted state reserves.

The state's Republican governor and Democratic-led Legislature have outlined competing proposals to restore vetoed funding for the Legislature and all state universities for the fiscal year starting July 1.

Martinez last month rejected a variety of tax increases, while vetoing $765 million in state spending. The state Supreme Court has declined requests from lawmakers to rescind those vetoes.

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11:00 a.m.

A public employees union in New Mexico is pushing back against a Republican plan to shore up state finances by withdrawing pension money earmarked for lawmakers.

Carter Bundy of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees said Wednesday that the proposed withdrawals would affect retirement savings of most state workers and not just legislators.

He also warned that the plan to claw back $12.5 million in retirement contributions would threaten the tax-exempt status of the New Mexico Public Employees Retirement Association.

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and GOP lawmakers say that a legislative retirement plan is overfunded, too generous and should be used to plug a budget deficit for the coming fiscal year. State pension managers say that would be illegal.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees represents about 10,000 state workers in New Mexico.

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3:00 a.m.

New Mexico lawmakers are converging on the state Capitol for a special session in hopes of resolving a budget crisis.

The session begins at noon Wednesday with a focus on restoring vetoed funding to all state colleges and universities.

Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and the Democratic-led Legislature have been feuding for months over how to fill a shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year.

Martinez in April vetoed tax and fee increases that most lawmakers say are needed to bolster funding for public schools, courts and critical government services after repeated rounds of cuts to state agencies.

The governor favors further government belt tightening, along with legislation to wipe away tax breaks.

Lawmakers are contemplating quick ways to boost finances by taxing more online sales, imposing taxes on nonprofit hospitals and suspending infrastructure projects.

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) \u2014 Guardian reporter alleges Republican candidate for Montana's sole US House seat body-slammed him day before election.

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A former Tucson resident is facing multiple tax-related felonies after he failed to file tax returns and evaded IRS payment for more than a decade, officials said.

Van Raymond Brollini, 63, appeared in U.S. District Court in Tucson on April 27, having been indicted in 2013 on charges of tax evasion, corrupt interference with tax administration, failure to file tax return and use of a false Social Security number, according to federal court records.

At the time of his indictment he was living abroad. He was arrested in Texas last month, court records show.

Brollini pleaded not guilty to all counts and U.S. Magistrate Judge Irma Carrillo Ramirez ordered he be detained by federal officials to guarantee that he appear in court.

The indictment says that between 2003 and 2013, Brollini failed to file an individual tax return with the exception of two years, in which he reported a false income. In 2003 and 2004, Brollini claimed to have made no income when he actually had six-figure incomes in both years, according to the indictment.

As a result of his failure to file in 2002 and the false filings, the IRS sent Brollini several notices that he owed at least $186,000 in back taxes, the indictment said.

\u201cBrollini ignored these notices and set out a concerted endeavor to evade payment of taxes and to attempt to intimidate the IRS employees assigned to collect the taxes owed,\u201d the indictment said.

From 2003 to 2012, Brollini used a \u201cwarehouse bank\u201d to pool his client\u2019s funds and pay their bills \u201cin a manner that conceals the client\u2019s ownership of the funds\u201d to avoid reporting the information to the IRS.

He also cashed about $500,000 of checks at a Tucson check cashing company using a false Social Security number, the indictment said.

Brollini also filed documents in Yavapai County purporting to renounce his U.S. citizenship, filed a lawsuit in 2009 against the IRS agent assigned to collect his delinquent taxes and made a $7 million \u201cpayment\u201d to the IRS, using three fake checks, the indictment said.

Brollini\u2019s trial is scheduled for June 27 before Judge Cindy K. Jorgenson.

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HONOLULU (AP) \u2014 A National Park Service employee at the USS Arizona Memorial accepted gifts from tour operators in violation of ethics regulations, U.S. Department of Interior investigators said Wednesday.

The gifts included a $50 jacket and golf course green fees valued at about $85, the department's inspector general said in a three-paragraph summary of their report on the case.

Investigators didn't release their full report for privacy reasons and because it contained law enforcement information.

The report says the U.S. Attorney's Office in Hawaii declined to prosecute.

Investigators launched their probe after hearing a Park Service employee may have had improper relationships with tour operators to whom he distributed memorial tickets. The report didn't identify the employee or say when he received the gifts.

The memorial straddles the USS Arizona, which sank in Pearl Harbor during the 1941 Japanese bombing. It is a gravesite for more than 900 sailors and Marines killed on the battleship.

Boats carry visitors to the memorial from a visitor's center on shore. Demand often exceeds the 4,350 boat tickets available each day. About 1.8 million people visit Pearl Harbor every year.

The inspector general's findings came nearly four years after an internal National Park Service report said tour companies sold tickets with the knowledge of park officials even though tickets are supposed to be free.

Andrew Munoz, a spokesman for the National Park Service's Pacific West region, said the agency now makes sure a team, and not just one person, controls ticketing for the memorial. The agency also requires its employees at the site to undergo annual ethics training. Tour companies must also follow stricter rules governing the use of tickets.

He said the Park Service is reviewing the inspector general office's findings to determine if further actions are warranted.

The September 2013 internal Park Service report said employees gave walk-in tickets intended for independent visitors to commercial tour companies who then sold them.

Tickets were also given to Pacific Historic Parks, a nonprofit that runs a gift shop and raises money for the memorial. The organization gave some to people spending $7 to rent an audio tour from the nonprofit, and gave others to companies that would lead clients to the audio tours.

There were rarely enough tickets for independent visitors while this was going on.

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FRESNO, Calif. (AP) \u2014 A renowned strawberry researcher in California broke patent law and violated a loyalty pledge to his former university by taking his work with him to profit from it in a private company, a jury in San Francisco decided Wednesday.

Professor Douglas Shaw formed his own research firm with others after retiring from the University of California, Davis, where for years he had overseen the school's strawberry breeding program.

Jurors in the federal court decided that he used seeds developed at UC Davis without gaining the university's permission.

The rift struck fear in some farmers in California, the No. 1 strawberry-growing state, that it would stymie research and cause them to lose their competitive edge. California last year produced 1.6 million tons of strawberries valued at roughly $2 billion, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The university's strawberry breeding program is now under new leadership, providing farmers and consumers with new generations of the fruit, school officials said.

\"This federal jury decision is good news for public strawberry breeders at UC Davis and all strawberry farmers throughout California and the world,\" said Helene Dillard, dean of the UC Davis College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.

Shaw had first sued UC Davis after he retired, saying that the university unfairly destroyed some of his work and keeps some of his other research locked in a freezer, depriving the world of a better strawberry. He had sought $45 million for lost research. The university countersued.

Shaw, 63, is a giant in the strawberry world, heading the university's lucrative breeding program for more than two decades alongside plant biologist Kirk Larson. Most of California's strawberry farmers grow plants developed by Shaw and Larson.

The two men developed 24 new varieties, allowing growers to double the amount of strawberries produced while retaining the fruit's succulence. They created strawberries that were more pest- and disease-resistant, more durable during long-distance travel and capable of growing during the shorter days of spring and fall.

The partners say their work netted the university $100 million in royalties. How much they themselves made at UC Davis is unclear, but they say they contributed more than $9 million of their own royalties toward the university's breeding program.

They retired from the university in 2014 because, they said, the school was winding down the program. Working in partnership with growers and nurseries, they launched a business called California Berry Cultivars, based in Watsonville, to develop new strawberry varieties.

After reading the verdicts, Judge Vince Chhabria, who oversaw the trial, scolded both sides, expressing doubt about the sincerity they claimed to have for the strawberry industry.

\"If you really care about strawberries, and if you really cared about California's Strawberry Breeding Program, you would figure out a way... to avoid subjecting them to this custody battle,\" he said.

Shaw's attorney, Rick McKnight, did not immediately respond to a request by The Associated Press for comment. Damages owed in the case will be decided later, the judge said.

A.G. Kawamura, a strawberry farmer, former California agriculture secretary and part owner of the California Berry Cultivars, said the judge's comments signal a need for much more work to settle the dispute, even after the trial.

\"We still believe there's good reason to hope for a collaborative progress for all parties to move our strawberry industry forward without litigation,\" Kawamura said. \"We are still committed to being an important part of the California strawberry industry.

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) \u2014 The San Antonio Police Department is reviewing police body camera footage after a bystander posted video online that appears to show an officer punching an eighth-grade girl three or four times outside a birthday party last weekend.

Mayor Ivy Taylor issued a statement saying the video \"is hard to watch and listen to\" and that the department is reviewing the police body camera footage to determine exactly what happened.

The grainy footage was shot late Saturday outside an event center where authorities say officers were called about two men fighting at a quinceanera, a Hispanic tradition of celebrating a girl's 15th birthday.

The 14-year-old girl was arrested on a charge of assaulting a public servant, a San Antonio police spokeswoman said.

Artessia House, a lawyer for the girl, denies that the teen struck the officer. She told the San Antonio Express-News that the girl is an honor roll student with no history of violence.

\"An assault on a child is not called a 'scuffle,'\" House said in a statement to The Associated Press. She said the incident \"is best described as an 'act of abuse' against the child.\"

The girl was taken to a juvenile detention center Saturday and was released Monday after appearing in juvenile court.

Police Chief William McManus said in a statement that the teen's arrest is being reviewed \"to ensure compliance with department policies.\"

Police officials have declined to release the officer's name.

An incident report described a volatile scene outside the event center, with multiple people fighting and onlookers angered by the police response. The report said many were \"on the verge of interfering.\"

The girl was in the crowd with her mother and brother.

The video appears to show the girl step toward the officer before he strikes her for the first time. He lunges forward and delivers another blow, causing her to twist backward and fall into people standing nearby. He appears to hit her again before he and other officers grab her and arrest her.

The teen's mother can be heard screaming as other officers restrain her daughter.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) \u2014 Florida State has received a significant addition to its recruiting class for the upcoming season.

The Seminoles announced on Wednesday that M.J. Walker has signed to attend school and play for coach Leonard Hamilton.

Walker, a 6-foot-5 guard from Jonesboro, Georgia, is a McDonald's All-American and averaged 27.8 points and 6.5 rebounds last season. He is ranked as the nation's 22nd-best player by 247Sports.

Walker also has international experience. He won a gold medal as a member of Team USA at the FIBA Americas U-18 Championship during the summer of 2016.

In a statement Hamilton said Walker is a complete player who can excel at both ends of the court.

Walker chose Florida State over Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Ohio State and UCLA.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) \u2014 The family of baseball Hall of Famer Willie Stargell said it is hurt and angry that his widow is auctioning his memorabilia, including his World Series ring and his National League MVP award.

The auction, being conducted by SCP Auctions Inc., began Wednesday, the Post-Gazette reported ((http://bit.ly/2rQ4NqV). The items were selected by his second wife, Margaret Weller-Stargell.

Dolores Stargell, who was married to the late Pittsburgh late Pirates first baseman from 1962 to 1983, said she, her children and grandchildren weren't told about the auction. She said they were \"completely blindsided\" by the auction and that her anger was \"released\" upon hearing of it.

Her daughter is handicapped and her son, a Gulf War veteran, suffers from post-traumatic, said Stargell. The family is living in poverty, she added.

In a letter on Facebook she helped them write, the children said, \"Dad would want the accomplishments of his lifetime achievements to be on display and enjoyed by all, as opposed to sitting in someone's basement collecting dust.\"

Weller-Stargell said the auction is legal.

\"Willie made the decision years before his death that he wanted these items left to me because I know that he trusted me to do what was in the best interests of both a game that he loved, the Pirates organization and its fans that he honored and respected,\" she said in a statement.

Weller-Stargell plans to donate some of the proceeds to charity. The recipients are to include a dialysis unit at a Wilmington, North Carolina, hospital and the kidney disease foundation that was started in her late husband's name. She will receive the rest of the money from the auction.

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LEAVENWORTH, Wash. (AP) \u2014 The Latest on a wildfire that started at an old log-storage site near Leavenworth, Washington (all times local):

5:15 p.m.

Officials say a wildfire near a popular Washington state hiking and skiing destination is now about 50 percent contained.

The blaze just north of Leavenworth started Tuesday and intensified, but Northwest Incident Management Team spokesman Brendan Cowan said Wednesday that hundreds of firefighters and other responders have been able to make progress on the initial fire and two related spot fires.

Officials say the fire hasn't grown in size since Tuesday night and was still burning on about 40 acres (161,900 square meters).

Cowan says winds are still blowing and active fire suppression efforts continue.

No structures or homes have been damaged by the fire, and no injuries have been reported.

Cowan says less wind is in the Thursday forecast, which could make the fire easier to contain.

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4:05 p.m.

Officials have made changes to wildfire evacuation orders near a Washington state hiking and skiing destination, reducing the number of people in homes and cabins needing to leave immediately.

Officials with Chelan County Fire District 3 said Wednesday afternoon that only those living in the Spromberg Canyon Road area remained under orders to evacuate.

People in Sunitsch Canyon over to Eagle Creek Road have had their orders lessened from 'leave immediately' to 'be ready to leave.'

It wasn't immediately clear how many homes and cabins are now directly threatened by the fire that began Tuesday afternoon just north of Leavenworth in an old mill.

Fire officials say much of the fuel in the log stacks had been consumed by the fire Wednesday but that windy conditions remained a concern.

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9:52 a.m.

Officials say a wildfire has prompted evacuation orders for 168 homes and cabins at a popular Washington state hiking and skiing destination.

The fire was burning on about 40 acres (161,900 square meters) Wednesday morning.

It started about 3 miles north (4.8 kilometers) north of the tourist town of Leavenworth Tuesday in an old mill and spread to a timber storage area for cedar logs.

Deputy State Fire Marshal Melissa Gannie says the fire is threatening homes, timber and electrical infrastructure away from the downtown area, modeled in Bavarian village style.

Leavenworth is a gateway to Wenatchee National Forest where many people have getaway homes.

Northwest Incident Management Team spokesman Brendan Cowan said Wednesday that there were no reports of injuries.

The Red Cross opened a shelter in Leavenworth.

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A new Walmart Neighborhood Market has opened its doors in Amphi Plaza on Tucson\u2019s north side.

The store \u2014 at 831 E. Fort Lowell Road, near North First Avenue \u2014 is the first retailer at the revitalized Amphi Plaza, creating 95 jobs.

Walmart Neighborhood Markets are smaller Walmart stores that focus on groceries and pharmacy items.

The 46,000-square-foot store features made-to-order pizza and Walmart\u2019s free online grocery pickup service.

Hours of operation are 6 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week.

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WASHINGTON (AP) \u2014 Housing Secretary Ben Carson says poverty is a \"state of mind.\"

In a radio interview Wednesday, the former neurosurgeon said parents need to instill in their children the \"mindset of a winner.\"

\"If you take somebody with the wrong mindset,\" Carson says, \"you can give them everything in the world and they'll work their way back down to the bottom.\"

He made the remarks in an interview with Armstrong Williams on SiriusXM.

Carson, who grew up poor in inner-city Detroit with a single mother who had a third-grade education, says if people don't have a defeatist attitude, then there's hope. \"I think the majority of people don't have that defeatist attitude, but they sometimes just don't see the way, and that's where government can come in and be very helpful.\"

The soft-spoken Carson, the only black major-party candidate in the 2016 presidential race, was the first African-American named as head of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore. After being tapped by former GOP rival Donald Trump, Carson took the helm at the Department of Housing and Urban Development in March.

The department's name, he said in the interview, is something he'd like to see changed.

Carson says he has a plan for eventually changing the name to \"Housing and Community Development\" to reflect the agency's broad mission, which extends beyond cities and urban areas and deep into small towns and rural areas. A name change for the agency would require congressional approval.

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) \u2014 The world's most famous sled dog race has lost a major backer, and Alaska race officials are blaming animal rights organizations for pressuring corporate sponsors outside the state like Wells Fargo with \"manipulative information\" about the treatment of the dogs.

Wells Fargo spokesman David Kennedy said Wednesday the banking institution's investment in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has declined since 2010. He said he could not discuss specific reasons for the San Francisco-based bank dropping the sponsorship altogether.

\"Wells Fargo regularly reviews where we allocate our marketing resources to build and enhance relationships with customers and the broader community,\" he said in a statement. \"As part of this process, we have decided not to sponsor the Iditarod in 2018.\"

PETA, or People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, lauded the decision. The organization has been a longtime critic of the race and said it alerted the bank that five dogs connected to this year's race died. Those deaths bring the total dog deaths to more than 150 in the Iditarod's history, the group said.

\"The Iditarod can count on losing more sponsors, and PETA is now urging Coca-Cola to do right by dogs and be the next one to flee,\" PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman said in a statement.

Iditarod CEO Stan Hooley said there's no doubt the decision is related to activists like PETA wrongly implying the Iditarod condones cruel treatment of the dogs.

\"These misguided activists are implying that the Iditarod condones and engages in cruelty to sled dogs that participate in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race,\" he said in a statement. \"Nothing could be further from the truth. We honor the sled dogs who participate in the Iditarod. We take every step to ensure our canine athletes are provided the very best care possible on the trail, and always treated with respect.\"

Three of the deaths in this year's Iditarod occurred during the race. Two other dogs died when they finished racing. One was hit by a car after it was flown to Anchorage and another died as it was flown to Anchorage.

Race spokesman Chas St. George could not provide a count of the number of dogs who died in the 1,000-mile race since it began in 1973, but disputed PETA's total of 150 dog deaths.

\"There are no records of dog deaths during the early years of the race, so we can't provide you with an accurate number,\" he said in an email. \"I don't know how PETA can factually make that claim.\"

Both Iditarod and Wells Fargo declined to disclose the dollar amount of the bank's sponsorships, but it was significant enough for Wells Fargo to earn a spot on the sponsor banner that hangs under the start and finish lines.

However, Kennedy said Wells Fargo dropped its top-level sponsorship beginning with the 2011 race, when it chose to sponsor the race at the second-tier level.

Kennedy declined to reveal the ranges for those levels, and St. George said the Iditarod does not disclose that information.

The race has four top-level sponsors, called Principal Partners, including Exxon Mobil, the Alaska mine Donlin Gold, Alaska cable company GCI and an Anchorage car dealer.

Wells Fargo used to be in the next level, called Lead Dog Partners. Other sponsors at that level include Alaska Airlines.

St. George said earlier Wednesday the Iditarod is looking for new potential sponsors.

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Associated Press researcher Jennifer Farrar in New York contributed to this report.

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BRUSSELS (AP) \u2014 The Latest on President Donald Trump's first trip abroad (all times local):

7:30 p.m.

Donald Trump will be returning to the campaign trail just a few days after he wraps up his first trip abroad as president.

Trump's campaign team says he will be holding a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on June 1.

It's the latest campaign-style rally Trump has mounted since his inauguration. At the end of April he marked his first 100 days in office with a rally In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Trump is set to attend the NATO summit in Brussels Thursday before continuing on to Sicily for meetings with leaders of the seven major industrialized nations. He is scheduled to fly back to Washington Saturday.

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6:28 p.m.

President Donald Trump has retired for the evening to the U.S. ambassador's residence in Brussels.

He's in Belgium as part of a five-stop journey through Middle Eastern and European countries \u2014 his first foreign trip.

Trump is set to attend the NATO summit Thursday before continuing on to Sicily for meetings with leaders of the seven major industrialized nations.

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6 p.m.

Melania Trump turned to one of her favorite fashion houses, Dolce & Gabbana, for her audience with the pope and her arrival in Italy.

Stefano Gabbana celebrated on Instagram with an all caps THANK YOU addressed to @flotus and #melaniatrump. The designer also spiritedly chided the anti-Trump camp with a hashtag boycottdolceandgabbanaplease followed by laughing emojis \u2014 a swipe at designers who said they wouldn't dress the first lady.

Mrs. Trump has a penchant for the Milan fashion house, especially its trademark black dresses. She raised some eyebrows by choosing a black tuxedo jacket by the Italians for her official portrait.

She wore a demure black lace dress with a mantilla to meet with Pope Francis and stepped off Air Force One in a dark coat with military-style trim.

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5:35 p.m.

President Donald Trump is meeting with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel in Brussels.

Trump says they will work together on \"various problems. Number one is terrorism.\"

Trump says that when you see something like the bombing this week in Manchester, England, you remember how important it is to win the fight.

He says \"we will win. 100 percent.\"

Trump is meeting with the prime minister before talks this week with NATO and European Union officials.

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5.30 p.m.

Thousands of protesters are gathering for a major anti-Trump demonstration in Brussels, a few hours after President Donald Trump arrived in the Belgian capital for talks with NATO, European Union and Belgian officials.

The march was set to start in the early evening, just as Trump was ending talks with Belgian government officials. The demonstrators centered their protests on Trump's environmental and immigration policies.

The early arrivals at the Brussels North Station were shouting \"We don't want Trump! We don't want Trump!\"

The road of the marchers was set to stay away from the U.S. Embassy and Royal Palace where Trump was holding meetings upon his arrival from Rome.

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4:12 p.m.

President Donald Trump arrived in Brussels Wednesday afternoon ahead of meetings with NATO leaders.

Trump was harshly critical of NATO as a candidate, declaring the military alliance \"obsolete.\" He's also criticized member countries for not following NATO guidelines to spend at least 2 percent of their gross domestic product on defense.

The president has been similarly critical of Brussels, the Belgian capital that is home to both the NATO and European Union headquarters. After the city's recent struggles with terrorism, Trump called Brussels a \"hellhole.\"

Brussels is Trump's fourth stop on his maiden overseas tour. His fifth and final stop will be Sicily, where he'll meet with the leaders of the Group of 7 wealthy nations.

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3:16 p.m.

Thanks to the Pope and the U.S. first lady, a traditional Slovenian dish is hitting the headlines.

As Melania Trump approached and shook hands with Pope Francis on Wednesday, Pope asked in Spanish through his interpreter pointing toward Trump: \"What do you give him to eat? Potica?\"

She looked puzzled at first. \"Potica, ah yes,\" the Slovenian-born first lady smiled before stepping aside.

Potica (pronounced paw-tee'-tzah) is a typical highly nutritious Slovenian festive strudel with nut, poppy seed, cottage cheese, hazelnut, chocolate, tarragon, leek or honey fillings.

It also sounds a lot like \"pizza,\" which is what reporters originally thought the pope had said.

The dish has been prepared for more than 200 years in earthenware baking-dishes or directly in ovens. Potica remains the pride of each Slovenian housewife.

Born Melanija Knavs, Melania Trump left Slovenia in her 20s to pursue an international modeling career.

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2:23 p.m.

President Donald Trump says meeting with Pope Francis was the \"honor of a lifetime.\"

Trump tweeted Wednesday that a private meeting with the pontiff at the Vatican leaves him \"more determined than ever to pursue PEACE in our world.\"

Trump met with Francis Wednesday for a half hour. The president and pope have a contentious history, but appeared on good terms after their conversation.

Trump will soon be leaving Rome, en route to Brussels for meetings with NATO leaders.

The president has spent the week traveling to holy Muslim, Jewish and Christian sites during his first official trip abroad.

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1.45 p.m.

The European Union is hoping that Thursday's talks with U.S. President Donald Trump will stress continuity in their relations after the early months of his administration increased fears that the trans-Atlantic friendship was on the wane.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says that even if Trump's policies diverge greatly from his predecessors on many points, continued close contact must avoid fundamental disagreements on climate change and other global issues. She says, \"What I am expecting tomorrow is a message of continuity.\"

Mogherini adds that, \"We do realize there are points of difference where we have different points of view and where we will need to discuss things further, but it is vital to work on climate change\" and the role of international organizations like the United Nations.

Mogherini will join EU Council President Donald Tusk and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker for a short meeting with Trump at EU headquarters early Thursday.

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1 p.m.

First lady Melania Trump has visited the Vatican's children's hospital, meeting with patients, painting pictures with them and taking selfies.

Mrs. Trump went to the Bambino Gesu (Baby Jesus) pediatric hospital after she and President Donald Trump met with Pope Francis earlier at the Vatican.

She toured the cardiac intensive unit as well as the recreation room, where she painted with the children from nine different countries and took selfies with them. She ended the visit by praying in the hospital chapel.

Before leaving, Mrs. Trump wrote in the guest book that she was praying for the children: \"Great visiting you. Stay strong and positive. Much love, Melania Trump.\" With a red pen, she drew a small flower and heart.

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12:39 p.m.

President Donald Trump says he had \"a fantastic meeting\" with Pope Francis earlier Wednesday.

The president offered brief remarks as he sat down with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni in Rome.

Trump tells reporters, \"It was an honor to be with the pope.\" He adds of the pope: \"He is something.\"

Trump ignored a question about whether they discussed climate change.

The president arrived at the Villa Taverna shortly after noon, following a meeting with the country's president at Quirinale Palace.

He'll be departing Rome for Brussels later today.

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12:05 p.m.

The Vatican says after a visit by President Donald Trump that it is hoping for \"serene collaboration\" with the United States to help immigrants and provide health care and education in the U.S.

Trump met for about 30 minutes Wednesday morning with Pope Francis and afterward with the Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

In a statement, the Vatican said the two sides agreed on their \"joint commitment in favor of life and freedom of worship and conscience.\"

The statement continued: \"It is hoped that there may be serene collaboration between the state and the Catholic Church in the United States, engaged in service to the people in the fields of healthcare, education and assistance to immigrants.\"

It said talks also covered promoting peace through dialogue with people of other faiths.

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11:58 a.m.

Ivanka Trump says she came to a Catholic charity in Rome to meet with several women who have been freed from human traffickers so she can hear about \"their struggles and how they will build their lives.\"

Still dressed in black after her earlier visit at the Vatican to meet Pope Francis, President Donald Trump's daughter spoke briefly to reporters as she stood under a grape arbor in the courtyard of the Rome headquarters of the Sant'Egidio Community.

She said the liberated African women she was going inside to meet were testament to \"strength, faith, perseverance in the face of unspeakable adversity.\"

Community officials said she would be chatting with several women from Nigeria who had been trafficked into prostitution before becoming free in Rome. At least one Eritrean woman was also invited to the closed-door conversation sitting around a square table.

Ivanka Trump has had meetings about the subject at the White House.

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11:26 a.m.

President Donald Trump is meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella.

Trump was greeted by Mattarella at the Quirinale Palace in Rome on Wednesday morning. The meeting follows a private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican.

Trump is expected to next meet with Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni.

Trump is in the middle of his first international trip \u2014 a nine-day journey through the middle east and Europe. He will leave for Belgium later on Wednesday.

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11:01 a.m.

President Donald Trump has arrived at Quirinale Palace for his meeting with the Italian president.

Trump and first lady Melania Trump had been scheduled to have private tour of the Sistine Chapel before the meeting.

The intimate chapel features Michelangelo's masterpiece, \"The Last Judgment,\" behind the altar as well as the iconic \"Creation of Adam\" on the ceiling. Works of other Renaissance greats, including Botticelli and Perugino, line the walls.

The Sistine Chapel is the highlight of tours of the Vatican Museums as well as a functioning part of the Vatican.

Trump also met with the Vatican secretary of state Wednesday following his meeting with the pope.

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10:40 a.m.

Ivanka Trump plans to meet with human trafficking victims in Rome.

Trump will meet Wednesday with African women who have been freed in Italy from human traffickers. The encounter was arranged by the Rome-based Catholic charity Sant'Egidio Community, which has ties with the Vatican and which has helped Syrian refugees arrive safely in Italy via \"humanitarian corridors.\"

The president's daughter and adviser has held meetings at the White House on human trafficking.

Community officials said several women will chat with Trump. She was expected to make a brief statement to the media after the closed-door meeting at the charity's headquarters.

Ivanka Trump was part of the delegation that met Pope Francis with President Donald Trump Wednesday.

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10:30 a.m.

Pope Francis shared a light moment with First Lady Melania Trump.

After Francis met with President Donald Trump he was introduced to members of Trump's delegation, including Mrs. Trump. Smiling for the staff, Francis asked via translator, \"What do you give him to eat, Potica?\"

He was referring to a local pastry, pronounced paw-tee'-tzah \u2014 though some thought he'd said \"pizza.\"

When it comes to food, the president is known for his traditional American palette. When he traveled in Saudi Arabia, caterers ensured that his favorite meal - steak with a side of ketchup - would be offered alongside the traditional local cuisine.

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9:50 a.m.

President Donald Trump has gifted Pope Francis a first-edition set of writings from Martin Luther King Jr.

Trump presented Francis with the books after a private meeting at the Vatican Wednesday. The White House notes that Francis spoke about King and his civil rights legacy during his address to Congress in 2015.

The White House said the set includes the five books King wrote in his lifetime. Each one is custom bound and the books are in a custom display case. A piece of granite from the Martin Luther King. Jr. Memorial in Washington is also included.

The White House says the gift \"honors Dr. King's hope, vision, and inspiration for generations to come.\"

Trump also gave Francis a bronze sculpture. Named \"Rising Above,\" the White House says it \"represents hope for a peaceful tomorrow.\"

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9:45 p.m.

President Donald Trump appeared moved by his private meeting with Pope Francis, telling the pope that he \"won't forget what you said.\"

The president and pope have a contentious history and disagree on a host of issues, including environmental protection.

The White House did not immediately provide details about what was discussed during their 30-minute private conversation. But the two men appeared on good terms Wednesday, including during a traditional gift exchange.

The pope's gifts to Trump included a medal by a Roman artist depicting an olive branch, which is a symbol of peace.

The president responded, \"We can use peace.\"

The pope also gave the president a signed message of peace along with copies of his three main teaching documents.

The president told the pope he'd be reading them.

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9:28 a.m.

Rome police say Greenpeace activists briefly projected the message \"Planet Earth First\" on the dome of St. Peter's Basilica on the eve of the pope's meeting with President Trump.

Police said in a statement Wednesday that the officers allowed the action to proceed for \"a few moments\" given the peaceable nature of the protest. They then identified all of the activists participating, eight total.

Trump met early Wednesday with the pope, and the environment is one key area of difference. Pope Francis has made protection of the environment a keystone of his papacy, issuing a major encyclical on climate change. Trump's administration, meanwhile, is reviewing policies related to climate change and the reduction of green gasses.

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9:09 a.m.

President Donald Trump and Pope Francis are exchanging gifts after a private meeting.

Trump and Francis met privately for about 30 minutes Wednesday morning at the Vatican.

Pope Francis gave the president copies of his three main teaching documents as parting gifts, as he typically does for visiting heads of state. The red leather-bound booklets to some degree define his papacy and priorities. Some of the main themes contained in them contrast sharply with President Donald Trump's policies and campaign promises, particularly concerning approaches to the environment and income inequality.

Trump's gift for Francis was wrapped in a big blue box. The president said he was delivering \"books from Martin Luther King. I think you'll enjoy them. I hope you do.\"

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9:03 a.m.

Pope Francis is meeting first lady Melania Trump, Trump's oldest daughter Ivanka, and other members of the U.S. delegation.

Mrs. Trump smiled and chatted with Francis after the two warmly shook hands.

Francis also shook hands with other members of the president's team, including former bodyguard Keith Schiller and social media director Dan Scavino.

The greetings happened after Trump and Pope Francis held a nearly 30 minute private meeting.

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8:31 a.m.

President Donald Trump is meeting Pope Francis for the first time.

Trump greeted Francis in Sala del Tronetto, the room of the little throne, on the second floor of Apostolic Palace Wednesday morning.

The men shook hands and Trump could be heard saying it was a \"very great honor\" to be there.

They then posed for photographs and took a seat at the pope's desk to continue their conversation. They will now meet in private

Prior to the handshake, Trump walked toward the Saint Ambrose room, led by Gentlemen of his Holiness, which is a sort of honor guard of nobility. He was joined by his wife Melania Trump, who had a veil on her head, in adherence to Vatican tradition.

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8:20 a.m.

President Donald Trump has arrived at the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis.

Trump arrived Wednesday morning at the Apostolic Palace for an audience with the pontiff. The meeting comes midway through his 9-day international trip.

The president and pope have not always seen eye to eye. The two men's often opposite worldviews collided head-on early last year, when Francis was sharply critical of Trump's campaign pledge to build an impenetrable wall on the Mexican border and his declaration that the United States should turn away Muslim immigrants and refugees.

Papal audiences usually last for about 20-30 minutes of private talks, followed by introductions of delegations, a photo and exchange of gifts.

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6:10 a.m.

President Donald Trump is poised to call on Pope Francis, the famously humble pontiff with whom he has publicly clashed.

Trump is midway through his grueling nine-day maiden international journey. He will meet the pontiff at the Vatican early Wednesday where the two will have a private audience laden with religious symbolism and ancient protocol.

The meeting will last scarcely more than an hour. But it could provide powerful imagery to Catholic voters back in the United States as well as the possibility for conflict between a president and a pope who have not often seen eye-to-eye.

The two men's often opposite worldviews collided head-on early last year, when Francis was sharply critical of Trump's campaign pledge to build an impenetrable border wall.

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This story corrects the food the pope referred to in his conversation with U.S. first lady Melania Trump.

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WASHINGTON (AP) \u2014 The Latest on investigations into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. election (all times local):

7:30 p.m.

The Justice Department says Attorney General Jeff Sessions did not disclose on a security clearance form meetings he had as a senator last year with foreign dignitaries, including the Russian ambassador.

But spokesman Ian Prior says an FBI employee assigned to help with the form, known as an SF-86, said those encounters didn't have to be included as routine contacts as part of Sessions' Senate job. Prior says the form was filled out in late November.

Sessions recused himself in March from an investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election following the revelation of two previously undisclosed encounters with the ambassador, Sergey Kislyak.

CNN first reported the omission.

The Justice Department has said Sessions had more than 25 conversations with foreign ambassadors last year.

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6:30 p.m.

The chairman of a House oversight committee says the FBI will not be turning over memos and other materials that detail discussions between former FBI Director James Comey and President Donald Trump.

One of those memos reportedly details Trump pressuring Comey to shut down the bureau's investigation into former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, says in an interview on CNN that the FBI sent his committee's staff a two-sentence email saying it would not be turning over the materials now that the Justice Department has appointed a special counsel.

The special counsel, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, is overseeing an investigation into Russia's meddling in the election and whether there was any collusion with Trump associates.

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6 p.m.

A new report says U.S. intelligence services obtained information during the 2016 presidential election that showed senior Russian officials discussing how to influence Donald Trump through his campaign advisers.

That's according to The New York Times, which cites three current and former American officials. The report Wednesday says the Russians zeroed in on Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn, a former head of U.S. military intelligence who was a key Trump campaign adviser.

The report says the Russian officials thought Manafort and Flynn could be used to influence Trump's views on Russia. The Times says some of the officials bragged about ties to Flynn. Others thought they could use Manafort's association with former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, who led a pro-Russian political party, to their advantage.

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4:35 p.m.

Former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page says he will testify next month before the House intelligence committee as part of its probe into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Page says details are still being worked out with the committee, but he expects to testify sometime during the week of June 6. He says he wants at least part of his testimony to be public.

Page is one of several people associated with President Donald Trump's campaign who are being investigated by congressional committees and the FBI over their ties to Russia. Page has denied any involvement in Russian attempts to influence the election.

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11:30 a.m.

The top Democrat on the House intelligence committee says if it's true that the president asked top intelligence officials to publicly deny that there had been any \"collusion\" between the Russians and the Trump campaign, it would suggest obstruction or politicization of the intelligence community.

Rep. Adam Schiff of California commented on a report in The Washington Post that Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers both refused Trump's request.

Schiff said Wednesday the committee wants any memos or other materials Coats and Rogers might have detailing conversations with Trump on the issue.

Trump fired FBI Director James Comey earlier this month, prompting reports that Trump tried to get Comey to back away from investigating former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

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10:43 a.m.

The ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee says the panel will be issuing subpoenas to get former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn to cooperate with its investigation into Russian activities during the 2016 election.

Rep. Adam Schiff of California told reporters at a breakfast Wednesday that Flynn has declined to provide materials to the committee. He says the committee will be \"following up with subpoenas\" to maximize the chances of getting information from Flynn.

President Donald Trump fired Flynn for making misleading statements to Vice President Michael Pence about his contacts with Russian officials.

Flynn has become a target of probes being conducted in the House, Senate and the FBI.

The Senate intelligence committee also has issued subpoenas to Flynn to get him to cooperate.

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He's eloquent, passionate and powerful. And he's only 6 years old.

Jeffrey Laney of St. Louis apparently has had it up to here with the violence that he's seen in the city.

So he's talking about it -- his frustrations and his fears -- in a four-minute video that his mom posted to Facebook Live last week. Since then it's been viewed more than 130,000 times.

\"People need to stop killing each other around here because this is just making me feel bad,\" Jeffrey says in the video, while standing in what appears to be a kitchen.

\"I'm really serious. I'm really scared to die, and I'm really scared for my family to die. I'm scared.\"

Jeffrey's mother, Leanndra Cheatham, tells CNN the conversation that sparked his video speech was an upcoming event by James Clark, a local activist who does community outreach in St. Louis.

The violence has hit close to home for Cheatham's family, too. She says her 16-year-old cousin was shot to death outside of his school last month.

Cheatham never imagined this video of her son would go viral.

\"I post plenty of videos of him,\" she said. \"I never thought this could've happened.\"

'Gotta value life'

Cheatham thinks \"it's a little disturbing\" that her son is so aware of what's going on in St. Louis. She wants him to be able to just be a child.

\"I'm a kid, and I don't supposed to be knowing all of this stuff,\" Jeffrey says in the video. \"I don't supposed to be knowing about all of these guns.\"

But Cheatham says that Jeffrey sees the news and has been part of local events where gun violence is a topic.

If the video \"changes the mind of a few or even if it's just one person,\" she considers that \"a job well done.\"

\"We gotta value life,\" she said.

Cheatham also says Jeffrey is excited about the video being so widely seen.

\"He said, 'Mommy, we're going to get people to stop killing each other.'\"

To this, Cheatham replied: \"I believe you, son.\"

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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 Sean Hannity says a media watchdog is guilty of \"liberal fascism\" for targeting advertisers on his Fox News Channel show, as one company announced Wednesday that it would no longer hawk its wares there.

The Chicago-based Cars.com said that it had been \"watching closely\" and recently decided to suspend its backing of Hannity.

Hannity, the sole survivor from Fox's once stable and powerful prime-time lineup, has been a strong backer of President Donald Trump and believes the president is under attack from media and opponents who want to destroy him. On Wednesday, Hannity said he would no longer talk about a discredited story involving a murdered Democratic National Committee chairman after speaking to the man's family, and after Fox had earlier retracted an online story it had written about the case.

Uncertainty over whether Hannity would defy his network's bosses over the story led to big ratings on Wednesday. The show reached 2.5 million viewers, or 50 percent more than it had for the same night a year earlier, the Nielsen company said.

On Wednesday, Hannity sent a steady stream of tweets that targeted Media Matters for America, the liberal lobbyists who a day earlier had posted a list of his show's advertisers on its web site. Targeting a show's advertisers is a potent line of attack in television; the swift abandonment of Bill O'Reilly's advertisers last month after the revelation of settlements paid to women to quiet harassment charges was widely considered a factor in his firing by Fox.

Media Matters is \"targeting my advertisers to silence my voice,\" Hannity tweeted. \"They hope to get me fired. Rush (Limbaugh), O'Reilly, (Glenn) Beck, (Don) Imus and now me.\" He posted a series of links to articles about Media Matters' funding, and ties to figures reviled by many conservatives, like George Soros and Bill Clinton.

Media Matters denied that it was mounting a pressure campaign focusing on Hannity's advertisers. The organization's president Angelo Carusone said he hadn't spoken to any sponsors. He said he wanted advertisers to be aware of Hannity's \"volatility\" as part of a general Media Matters campaign to get them to think about advertising on Fox; Media Matters hasn't posted a list of sponsors for any other specific show.

Saying there's no boycott campaign may be a distinction without a difference, however. Media Matters listed on its website more than 150 companies that had run commercials on \"Hannity\" in May, ranging from Lexus to Reddi-wip to Comedy Central. Hannity tweeted Wednesday that he'd spoken to several of his advertisers and they said they'd been \"inundated\" with emails urging them to stop running commercials on his show.

Cars.com said in a statement that its decision to advertise on a show doesn't mean it agrees or disagrees with its content.

\"We don't have the ability to influence content at the time we make our advertising purchase,\" the company said. \"In this case, we've been watching closely and have recently made the decision to pull our advertising from Hannity.\"

The company did not make clear when it made that decision or what about Hannity's content influenced its executives. A company representative did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

By alerting his supporters about the list of advertisers, Hannity has played into his critics' hands, Carusone said.

\"He has demonstrated that he's totally volatile and out of control,\" he said. \"Hannity has done more to create pressure for his advertisers than I have.\"

Carusone suggested that Hannity is \"acting out of fear and anxiety over the future of Fox News by preying on the fears and anxieties of his audience.\"

\"We're not running a campaign to get him fired right now,\" he said.

Hannity was active on Twitter before his show Tuesday, saying that he would discuss the case of murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich and his own future on Fox. It clearly paid off by drawing interest; his viewership was just under the 2.6 million reached by the current queen of prime-time cable television, Rachel Maddow, on MSNBC.

Hannity declined comment through a spokesperson Wednesday night. His show has an average viewership this year of 2.67 million.

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) \u2014 A drug company has agreed to pay $1.6 million for substance abuse treatment to settle a lawsuit from two California counties alleging misleading marketing practices, officials announced Wednesday.

The settlement also requires Israel-based Teva Pharmaceutical Inc. to refrain from promoting opioid painkillers for so-called off-label use.

The payment settles a lawsuit filed by Santa Clara and Orange counties in 2014 alleging that painkiller makers downplayed the risks of their drugs and exaggerated their benefits. A judge in Orange County needs to approve the settlement, which also requires the company to disclose the risk of addiction anytime it touts the benefits of its painkillers.

Teva also agreed to refrain from false adverting and to disclose sponsorship of supplements discussing opioids placed in medical journals.

\"Our residents have borne the costs of the deceptive marketing scheme conducted by opioid drug companies,\" said Danny Chou, an assistant Santa Clara County counsel. \"These costs include not only the horrors of addiction for entire families and communities, but also increased crime due to addiction outstripping treatment options. We appreciate Teva's willingness to work with us to fight this growing epidemic.\"

Four other major pharmaceutical companies remain as defendants.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) \u2014 The Missouri House on Wednesday advanced a bill that would allow manufacturing companies to negotiate lower electricity rates than currently allowed, a measure supporters say could bring hundreds of jobs to the southeastern corner of the state but critics argue would raise rates for utilities customers.

The bill is meant to entice a steel company to come to New Madrid where the closure of a Noranda aluminum smelter last year caused more than 900 people to lose their jobs. A Switzerland-based company has since purchased the plant and expressed interest in reopening part of it.

The two new companies could create up to 500 jobs combined. But they won't operate in Missouri unless they have the ability to negotiate a special rate, said Rep. Don Rone, who sponsored the bill.

The original legislation would've only allowed aluminum smelters and steel-works facilities to negotiate the lower rate for a longer contract. But lawmakers expanded the measure during a floor debate Wednesday to include all facilities that use more than 50 megawatts of electricity a month \u2014 that's nearly five times the amount that the average U.S. residential customer used all year in 2015, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Rone said in a committee hearing that a proposed steel mill would use 50 to 60 megawatts of electricity a month, and the aluminum smelter would use 180-190 megawatts.

The electricity for the steel mill and aluminum smelter would likely be delivered by the state's largest electricity provider, Ameren Missouri. But Critics of the proposal said that the lower electricity rates for large manufacturers could cause increased monthly costs for households and smaller businesses across the state.

\"We're going to raise monthly utilities rates for Ameren customers to pay for something that benefits one part of the state,\" said Rep. Tracy McCreery, a Democrat from Olivette.

Republican lawmakers stood and applauded for Rone after the bill passed the House with a 120-17 vote. Rone, a Republican from New Madrid, told reporters that the bill's passage would give hope to a region that has suffered economically since the smelter closed last year.

\"(This is) a relief to the people I serve,\" he said. \" ... We've got a chance to go back to what we had when Noranda was there.\"

The proposal now moves to the Senate, where similar language stalled before the May 12 regular session deadline. Some lawmakers were concerned about a provision that critics said would allow investor-owned utility companies to more easily increase rates and receive compensation for projects like electrical grid improvements.

That amendment was removed during a Tuesday committee hearing to ease opposition, but House Speaker Todd Richardson said that a discussion about ratemaking mechanisms would likely resurface in the future.

\"I think the state of Missouri needs to have a longer-term conversation about energy policy and what that needs to look like,\" Richardson said. \"The status quo for energy policy right now isn't working particularly well.\"

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College basketball's version of decision day could go a long way toward shaping how the next season will play out.

Teams that have players remain in the NBA draft will have huge holes to fill, while teams with players who withdrew from the draft can breathe a sigh of relief.

The deadline to make those decisions was Wednesday, so here's a rundown of the key players who decided to remain in school and how they will impact their teams:

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ACC

Defending national champion North Carolina lost two big pieces with Justin Jackson and Tony Bradley deciding to leave early. The Tar Heels gained two additions by non-subtraction when Joel Berry II and Theo Pinson opted to stay, keeping alive their back-to-back title hopes.

Louisville got good news when Deng Adel decided to withdraw from the draft. Donovan Mitchell and Jaylen Johnson decided to stay in the draft, though, knocking the Cardinals down from what could have been a No. 1 preseason ranking.

North Carolina State lost point guard Dennis Smith when he left early and signed with an agent, but got some encouraging news on Wednesday when center Omer Yurtseven said he is staying in Raleigh.

Maryland forward Justin Jackson also announced on Wednesday that he's staying.

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BIG 12

West Virginia has a few pieces to replace in its Press Virginia defense, but Jevon Carter won't be one of them. The guard who took a star turn in the NCAA Tournament announced earlier this week that he's coming back.

Texas coach Shaka Smart will bring in one of the nation's best recruiting classes and also will have the services of guard Andrew Jones after he said this week that he's not going to the NBA just yet.

Texas Tech forward Zach Smith decided this week to return and Kansas State will get guard Kamau Stokes back.

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BIG TEN

Michigan got a mixed bag on decision day: Moe Wagner will stay in Ann Arbor, but fellow big man D.J. Wilson will remain in the draft.

So did Purdue, but with a bigger hole to fill: forward Vincent Edwards is staying, double-double machine Caleb Swanigan is leaving. Center Isaac Hass said last week he was withdrawing from the draft.

Indiana lost three players to the draft, but the return of guard Robert Johnson will soften the blow in coach Archie Miller's first season in Bloomington.

Kam Williams' decision to return prevents Ohio State from filling yet another hole.

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SEC

Alabama was on the receiving end of a key decision when Braxton Key, who led the Crimson Tide in scoring as a freshman, opted to return for his sophomore season.

Center John Egbunu's decision to withdraw from the draft could help Florida earn another deep NCAA run, while Georgia got great news with Yante Maten's decision to return.

Arkansas received word earlier this month that Jaylen Barford and Daryl Macon were pulling out of the draft, boosting the Crimson Tide's hopes for a NCAA Tournament run.

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PAC-12

Arizona was already going to considered be a national-title contender and the return of Rawle Alkins \u2014 with Allonzo Trier's earlier decision \u2014 could make the Wildcats the front-runner.

UCLA had two key losses with Lonzo Ball and T.J. Leaf leaving for the NBA. The decisions by Thomas Welsh and Aaron Holiday to withdraw from the draft will keep the Bruins from falling too far.

USC got a big boost with Bennie Boatwright's decision to return, while Oregon State's Drew Eubanks and Stephen Thompson Jr. will be back, too.

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NOTABLES

Xavier should be near the top of the Big East against with the return of Trevon Bluiett, a likely All-American candidate next season.

Angel Delgado, the national leader in rebounding last season, will be back at Seton Hall next season after pulling out of the draft.

Central Florida will retain the services of the tallest player in the country with 7-foot-6 Tacko Fall announcing on Wednesday that he will stay in school.

Gonzaga has some key pieces to replace, but versatile swingman Johnathan Williams won't be one of them after deciding to play another season for the Zags.

Forward Markis McDuffie's return could have Wichita State eyeing another deep March run.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) \u2014 The jury that will hear the sex assault case against Bill Cosby will include two blacks among its 12 members in a case Cosby believes could be racially motivated.

Prosecutors and the defense team on Wednesday also chose six alternate jurors, two of them black.

\"It's a terrific jury made up of people of all demographics,\" Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said. \"We're past this nonsense about the optics and things.\"

Cosby's lawyers had complained this week that prosecutors were trying to keep blacks off the jury with their seven strikes. The judge, though, found prosecutors had other valid reasons to strike two black women earlier this week. The jury makeup of 17 percent is higher than the 13 percent black population in Allegheny County.

Cosby thanked local officials and fans as he left the Pittsburgh courthouse Wednesday evening, including \"all of the people who have come to see my shows.\"

The 79-year-old black actor-comedian once known as America's Dad for his beloved portrayal of Dr. Cliff Huxtable on \"The Cosby Show,\" is charged with drugging and molesting a Temple University women's basketball team manager at his home near Philadelphia in 2004. He has called the encounter consensual.

Dozens of other women have made similar accusations against Cosby, 79, but Judge Steven T. O'Neill is allowing only one of them to testify. The jury from Pittsburgh will be sequestered nearly 300 miles from home.

Half of the jury pool being questioned Wednesday said they'd formed an opinion on his guilt or innocence, while one knew Cosby or his family. One-third said they were more likely to believe police testimony, nearly one-fourth had been convicted of a crime and nearly one-fifth said someone close to them had been sexually assaulted.

The judge meanwhile removed a while male juror chosen Monday for undisclosed personal reasons. Lawyers then picked a white woman to replace him.

The defense had raised concerns about the racial makeup of the jury Tuesday when only one black was seated among the first 11 jurors. The initial jury pool had 16 blacks among 100 people.

However, six were dismissed based on their initial questionnaires. Others were sent home after being questioned individually about various problems or conflicts. And several had relatives who were crime victims, one had an ill spouse and one man said he had no one to watch his dog.

Cosby, in an interview last week, said race could be a motivating factor in the accusations against him.

The 48-question juror survey asked if the potential jurors have an opinion about Cosby's guilt but not if they were fans of his comedy routines, top-ranked TV shows or family values speeches.

The jurors selected over three days included a black woman who said she knew only \"basic information\" about the case, a white man who initially expressed a tendency to believe police and two people who said they don't read or watch the news.

The trial will take place in Montgomery County, where Cosby had invited Andrea Constand to his home in 2004. Constand said she went seeking career advice. She said Cosby gave her wine and pills that put her in a stupor before molesting her on his couch.

Constand was 30 and dating a woman at the time, while Cosby was 66 and long married to wife Camille. Cosby in sworn testimony has said he put his hand down Constand's pants, but said she did not protest.

Cosby has said he does not expect to testify.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are the victims of sexual assault unless they come forward, as Constand has done.

Cosby was arrested Dec. 30, 2015, days before the 12-year statute of limitations expired. He has pleaded not guilty and remains free on $1 million bail.

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Dale contributed from Philadelphia.

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Cinema changed in 1967.

In the early to mid-1960s, movies were light and easy: think \u201cMary Poppins,\u201d (1964), \u201cThe Man Who Shot Liberty Valance\u201d (1962) and those James Bond flicks. (Sure, there were a few exceptions; there was nothing light or easy about \u201cPsycho\u201d (1960), or \u201cDr. Strangelove\u201d (1964)).

But 50 years ago, there seemed to be a shift.

\u201cThis was a year that Hollywood was rediscovered,\u201d wrote film critic Roger Ebert. Movies had something to say, and they said them with violence, laughter and, sometimes, unresolved endings. They were talked about.

And many are still talked about.

Here are seven of our favorite 1967 movies and our favorite quote with the movie.

\u201cWhat we have here is a failure to communicate\u201d

\u2014 Strother Martin in \u201cCool Hand Luke.\u201d

\u201cWe rob banks.\u201d

\u2014 Warren Beatty, as Clyde Barrow, in \u201cBonnie and Clyde.\u201d

\u201cMrs. Robinson, you\u2019re trying to seduce me... aren\u2019t you?\u201d

\u2014 Dustin Hoffman in \u201cThe Graduate.\u201d

\u201cThey call me Mister Tibbs.\u201d

\u2014 Sidney Poitier, in \u201cIn The Heat Of The Night.\u201d

\u201cPlastics.\u201d

\u2014 Walter Brooke, in \u201cThe Graduate.\u201d

\u201cYou are a pontificating old poop.\u201d

\u2014 Matt (Spencer Tracy) in \u201cGuess Who\u2019s Coming to Dinner.\u201d

\u201cKeep a good head and always carry a lightbulb.\u201d

\u2014 Bob Dylan in \u201cDon\u2019t Look Back.\u201d

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) \u2014 President Donald Trump wants $108 million to deepen harbors for two U.S. seaports, while other ports scrambling to make room for larger cargo ships will benefit from a boost of more than $56 million already approved by Congress.

Ports from New England to Texas are seeking more than $4.6 billion in federal and state funding to deepen their harbors. They're playing catch-up after the Panama Canal finished a major expansion last summer that is sending supersized ships to U.S. ports on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts.

Most of those ports have waterways that are too shallow for such big ships to navigate unless they carry lighter loads or travel at high tides.

While Congress has authorized 15 total port projects to pursue deeper and wider shipping channels, Trump's proposed budget released Tuesday requests money for only two of them in the 2018 fiscal year that starts Oct. 1. Deepening projects for Boston and Savannah, Georgia, would essentially split $108 million.

But not every port left out of Trump's budget request came away empty-handed. The Army Corps of Engineers, which oversees maintenance and construction on U.S. waterways, on Wednesday evening released its spending plan for discretionary funds recently approved by Congress.

That plan includes more than $56 million for five harbor-deepening projects, including $17.5 million for deepening to begin at the Port of Charleston, South Carolina, and the Port of Jacksonville, Florida. For projects still in the study and permitting phase, $2.8 million will go to Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and $557,000 for the Sabine-Neches waterway that serves three Texas ports.

The discretionary funds should give a guaranteed boost to the Army Corps' chosen harbor projects. Trump's proposed $4.1 trillion budget for fiscal 2018, meanwhile, faces a long and uncertain road in Congress.

\"Now you've got the congressional money and you're going to see what's coming to you right now,\" said Jim Walker, navigation policy director for the American Association of Port Authorities. \"You may be a year away from seeing the (fiscal) 2018 money.\"

The Port of Boston, where officials hope to start deepening the harbor later this year, may turn out to be the biggest winner. In additional to Trump's $58 million request for the project, the Army Corps added $18.2 million in discretionary funding.

And while Trump's request of $50 million for Savannah, the fourth-busiest U.S. container port, is 17 percent more than President Barack Obama secured in his last budget, it's still only half of what Georgia officials said was needed to keep the $973 million project on schedule.

Sen. Johnny Isakson, a Georgia Republican, said in a statement he was \"disappointed by the failure of the Army Corps of Engineers\" to route some of the discretionary funds to Savannah. He made no mention of Trump's budget request.

\"Rest assured that I will continue fighting in Congress to secure sufficient funding for this worthy project to be completed without further delays,\" Isakson said.

Federal funding for deeper harbors proved tough to get under Obama as well. And while Congress gets the final say over the federal budget, the president's recommendation on specific port projects still carries weight. That's because a ban on so-called earmark spending adopted years ago prohibits lawmakers from inserting line items for their own pet projects.

Georgia ensured dredging of the Savannah River got started in 2015 by spending state taxpayers' $266 million share upfront. South Carolina was prepared to do the same, with $300 million in state funding set aside to begin deepening the Charleston harbor this fall. The federal money from the Corps was welcomed.

\"The significance of this funding for the timeline of our deepening project cannot be overstated \u2014 it is tremendous news for Charleston,\" Jim Newsome, CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority, said in a statement.

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SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) \u2014 A court in El Salvador has sentenced seven gang members to 390 years each for the March 2016 killings of 11 people.

Wednesday's sentences of 35 years per victim are largely symbolic since El Salvador's maximum sentence is 35 years.

The killings of eight electrical company workers and three farmers shocked the nation, and weeks later spurred the government's crackdown on street gangs.

The killers belong to the Barrio 18 gang and were looking to kill members of the rival Mara Salvatrucha gang. But they came across three farm workers and eight electrical workers, who were apparently slain in a case of mistaken identity or to eliminate any witnesses.

In October, two under-aged gang members were sentenced to five and 15 years in a youth correctional facility for the killings.

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WASHINGTON (AP) \u2014 The health care bill Republicans recently pushed through the House would leave 23 million more Americans without insurance and confront others who have costly medical conditions with coverage that could prove unaffordable, Congress' official budget analysts said Wednesday.

Premiums on average would fall compared with President Barack Obama's health care overhaul \u2014 a chief goal of many Republicans \u2014 but that would be partly because policies would typically provide fewer benefits, said the report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

In some regions, people with pre-existing medical conditions and others who were seriously ill \"would ultimately be unable to purchase\" robust coverage at premiums comparable to today's prices, \"if they could purchase at all,\" the report said. That was a knock on 11th-hour changes Republicans made in the bill to gain conservatives' votes by letting states get waivers to boost premiums on the ill and reduce coverage requirements.

The report said older people with lower income would disproportionately lose coverage. Over half of those becoming uninsured, 14 million people, would come from the bill's $834 billion in cuts to Medicaid, which provides health coverage to poor and disabled people, over 10 years.

Democrats cited the analysis as further evidence that the GOP effort to repeal Obama's 2010 law, a staple of Donald Trump's presidential campaign and those of numerous Republican congressional candidates for years, would be destructive. It comes three weeks after the House narrowly passed the legislation with only Republican votes, and serves as a starting point for Senate Republicans trying to craft their own version, which they say will be different.

\"The report makes clear that Trumpcare would be a cancer on the American health care system,\" said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., using the nickname Democrats have tried pinning on the bill. Schumer said the legislation would end up \"causing costs to skyrocket, making coverage unaffordable for those with pre-existing conditions and many seniors, and kicking millions off of their health insurance.\"

Trump's Health and Human Services secretary, Tom Price, assailed the CBO for being inaccurate, with the White House issuing a similar critique.

\"The CBO was wrong when they analyzed Obamacare's effect on cost and coverage,\" Price said of the agency's report on Obama's law, \"and they are wrong again.\"

Many congressional Republicans took a sharply different tack, emphasizing some of the report's more positive findings.

\"This CBO report again confirms that the American Health Care Act achieves our mission: lowering premiums and lowering the deficit. It is another positive step toward keeping our promise to repeal and replace Obamacare,\" said House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

The analysis said the House bill, the American Health Care Act, would reduce federal deficits by $119 billion over the next decade. The previous version of the bill reduced shortfalls by $150 billion.

Trump and Republicans celebrated the House's narrow May 4 passage of the bill in a Rose Garden ceremony after several embarrassing setbacks, even as GOP senators signaled it had little chance of becoming law without significant changes.

In a late compromise, House GOP conservatives and moderates struck a deal that would let states get federal waivers to permit insurers to charge higher premiums to some people in poor health, and to ignore the standard set of benefits required by Obama's statute.

CBO said states adopting those waivers could destabilize coverage for people with medical problems. The agency estimated that about one-sixth of the population \u2014 more than 50 million people \u2014 live in states that would make substantial changes under the waivers.

The budget office projected that premiums in those states would be lower for healthy people than under current law because their coverage would be narrower, but did not estimate an amount.

For ill people in those states, \"it would become more difficult\" for seriously ill people to buy insurance \"because their premiums would continue to increase rapidly,\" the report said.

Benefits likely to be excluded from required coverage in some states would include maternity, mental health and substance abuse services, the report said. It said consumers' out-of-pocket costs for those services \"could increase by thousands of dollars in a given year for the (patients) who use those services.\"

In states not getting waivers, where it estimated half the country lives, average premiums would be about 4 percent lower in 2026 than under Obama's law, the report said. For the one-third of the nation where states would modestly reduce coverage requirements, average premiums would be about 20 percent lower, the analysts estimated.

The budget office said average premiums in those states would go down because younger and healthier people would buy coverage and the policies would cover less.

The report said that under Obama's law, the nation's health insurance market is expected to remain \"stable in most areas\" because federal subsidies to millions of consumers largely rise with premiums. Citing markets where insurers have left or sought huge premium increases, Republicans have repeatedly said the statute must be dismantled because it is in a death spiral.

Without naming the Trump administration, the report said factors encouraging insurers to flee some markets include lack of profits and \"substantial uncertainty\" about federal actions.

Trump has suggested the IRS won't enforce penalties against people who don't buy coverage, as Obama's individual mandate requires. He has also left uncertain whether the government will continue payments to insurers that let them lower out-of-pocket costs like copayments and deductibles \u2014 reductions they are legally required to make.

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