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Pentagon: An al-Qaida leader killed in Afghanistan airstrike

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A U.S. counterterrorism airstrike earlier this month in Afghanistan killed an al-Qaida leader responsible for a deadly hotel attack in Islamabad in 2008 and the 2009 attack on a bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team, the Pentagon said Saturday. In confirming the death of Qari Yasin, U.S.

The Latest: Big wins for West Coast in regional finals

The Latest on the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern): 11:15 p.m. Two teams from the West Coast will be in the Final Four. The Southeastern Conference hopes to fill the other two spots. Gonzaga trounced Xavier and Oregon upset Kansas in Saturday's regional finals. Sunday's schedule includes a Kentucky-North Carolina matchup in the South Region and an all-SEC showdown between Florida and South Carolina in the East Region.

The Latest: Pedestrians return to Strip after standoff ends

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The Latest on a shooting along the Las Vegas Strip (all times local): 5 p.m. People are returning to the heart of the Las Vegas Strip after a gunman shot people on a public bus and then barricaded himself inside, shutting down the busy tourism corridor for hours. The standoff began about 11 a.m. Saturday with a shooting that killed one person and injured another.

Verdict turns page in Penn State child molestation scandal

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Penn State is trying to turn the corner on the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal, but the former FBI director who authored a scathing report on it more than four years ago says more changes are needed, even after the conviction of the university's former president.

'SNL' star doesn't back away from Boston racism comment

BOSTON (AP) -- "Saturday Night Live" star Michael Che (CHAY) is not backing away from comments he made about Boston, when he called it the "most racist city" he has ever visited. The Boston Globe (http://bit.ly/2n34WDF) reports that the co-anchor of "Weekend Update" told a Boston University crowd Thursday about how he received angry messages on social media after he made the comment on "SNL" the night before the Super Bowl.

Ex-CIA chief: Flynn's firm discussed removing cleric from US

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former CIA Director James Woolsey has accused the Trump administration's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, of participating in a discussion with Turkish officials about possibly subverting the U.S. extradition process to remove a Turkish cleric from the United States. The Wall Street Journal first reported Woolsey's comments and posted a video interview with him late Friday .

Now what? Options for consumers as health law drama fades

As the political drama over health care legislation in Washington fades, the rest of the country faces a more immediate concern: Getting insurance for next year. The Republican health plan designed to replace the Obama-era health law known as the Affordable Care Act would not have taken full effect for a few years anyway -- and now it's dead.

AP FACT CHECK: The week when Trump's wiretap accusation died

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's accusation that his predecessor ordered snooping of his communications has fallen apart, slapped down by the FBI chief and again by the Republican leading the House intelligence committee, a Trump ally. The president gave up on arguing that Barack Obama tapped his phones, and he doesn't give up on anything easily.

Gorsuch hearings show him as careful, folksy, testy at times

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nominees appearing before the Senate all have one goal in mind: Win confirmation. And when one party controls the Senate and the White House, the strategy of saying as little as possible doesn't vary much. But because Supreme Court nominees spend several long days in televised hearings, they still manage to reveal a few things about themselves, professionally and personally.

Analysis: The outsider dealmaker faltering in White House

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump campaigned as an outsider -- celebrating his lack of political experience by selling himself as a dealmaker willing to buck Republican orthodoxy and his own party's leadership. He alone would reshape Washington. He's tried governing the same way. His actions are a blitz. He rarely consults old Washington hands. And he hangs the threat of retribution over anyone who challenges him.

Failure on health bill also hurts prospects for tax overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans' failure to repeal Barack Obama's health care law deals a serious blow to another big part of President Donald Trump's agenda: tax reform. Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., say they will soon turn their attention to the first major re-write of the tax code in more than 30 years. But they will have to do it without the momentum of victory on health care.

Security, parking, garbage irk Ivanka Trump's DC neighbors

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Residents of a posh Washington neighborhood say Ivanka Trump and her family don't make for very good neighbors, taking up much of the parking on an already crowded street and leaving trash bags at the curb for days. A big part of the complaint: a huge security presence, with even a trip to the playground requiring three vans.

Latest Rikers brutality case fuels debate over jail's future

NEW YORK (AP) -- The latest in a string of brutality cases against Rikers Island guards has added fuel to a growing debate on whether New York City's notoriously violent jail complex has become so dysfunctional it should be shut down. At least 35 staff members at Rikers have faced criminal charges in the past three years, including 13 for assault or attempted assault.

Many governors welcome demise of GOP health care bill

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) -- Governors of both parties had warned Congress for weeks that the Republican health care bill threatened to saddle their states with big costs and potentially leave millions of people without coverage, especially because of the cutbacks planned to Medicaid. The bill's withdrawal on Friday left in place the status quo under the Affordable Care Act.

The Latest: Rome police confiscate weapons ahead of march

ROME (AP) -- The Latest on the European Union summit (all times local): 8:10 p.m. Rome police say officers seized sharpened iron bars, clubs and knives in a crackdown aimed at preventing violence during anti-EU marches. Hours before the marches' started Saturday, police checked the occupants of cars, trucks and chartered buses heading to Rome, which also hosted an EU summit Saturday.

Latest North Carolina, South Carolina sports

NCAA-BUTLER-NORTH CAROLINA Berry scores 26 points and Carolina defeats Butler 92-80 MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Joel Berry II scored 26 points and Justin Jackson added 24 as top-seeded North Carolina moved to the Elite Eight with a 92-80 victory over Butler in the NCAA South Region on Friday night. Luke Maye recorded his first career double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, helping fuel a quick start for Carolina (30-7).

In health care push, Trump couldn't master art of consensus

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump thought he had a deal. He'd been greeted with a standing ovation -- one of his favorite measures of success -- when he entered the Roosevelt Room on Thursday to meet with members of the hard-line House Freedom Caucus. After seven years of promises, the president said Republicans had reached a crucial moment to repeal and replace the "Obamacare" health care law.

Self-inflicted collapse chokes GOP effort to undo Obamacare

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans passed roughly 60 bills over the past six years dismembering President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Other than minor tweaks, they knew the measures would go nowhere because the Democrat still lived in the White House. With a bill that counted Friday, they choked. It was an epic, damaging, self-inflicted collapse that smothered the GOP effort.