All in the Family: Trump mixes family, governing, business

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Not since John F. Kennedy appointed his brother Bobby to be attorney general and his brother-in-law as director of the Peace Corps has a president leaned so heavily on his family. Even Donald Trump's 5-year-old granddaughter Arabella has pitched in. As the administration nears its 100-day mark, Trump has established a White House operation with such an unusual commingling of blood, business and government that it has surprised even his own family.

Senate panel approves Trump's choice to lead trade office

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Senate panel on Tuesday unanimously approved President Donald Trump's pick to represent the U.S. in trade negotiations, a position that will place Robert Lighthizer in the center of the administration's efforts to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement and other pacts Trump has criticized as detrimental to the nation's economy. The 26-0 vote by the Senate Finance Committee now moves Lighthizer's nomination to the full Senate.

NC governor's judicial pick marks small win in war with GOP

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina's Democratic governor needed just 15 minutes Monday to replace a resigning Republican judge with an openly gay replacement on the state's second-highest court, the latest twist in his feud with the GOP-controlled General Assembly. Exploiting an opening before Republican lawmakers were expected to begin shrinking the Court of Appeals, Gov.

Senate confirms Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate on Monday confirmed former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to be agriculture secretary in President Donald Trump's administration as the farming industry looks to Washington for help amid a downturn in the market. Perdue won confirmation on a strong bipartisan vote of 87-11, as several Democrats backed a Trump nominee after razor-thin outcomes for his choices earlier this year. Perdue's cousin, Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga.

Nearing 100 days, Trump says his presidency is 'different'

WASHINGTON (AP) -- For nearly 100 days, President Donald Trump has rattled Washington and been chastened by its institutions. He's startled world leaders with his unpredictability and tough talk, but won their praise for a surprise strike on Syria. He's endured the steady drip of investigations and a seemingly endless churn of public personnel drama.

Republicans in position to reshape federal bench

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans have put President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee on the bench, and they're now in a position to fill dozens more federal judgeships -- and reshape some of the nation's highest courts. Democrats have few ways to stop them.

Trump at 100 days: 'It's a different kind of presidency'

WASHINGTON (AP) -- For nearly 100 days, President Donald Trump has rattled Washington and been chastened by its institutions. He's startled world leaders with his unpredictability and tough talk, but won their praise for a surprise strike on Syria. He's endured the steady drip of investigations and a seemingly endless churn of public personnel drama.

Trump Health Dept. dismisses Obama appointed surgeon general

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration has relieved Dr. Vivek Murthy of his duties as U.S. Surgeon General. A spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services says Murthy was asked to resign after "assisting in a smooth transition" under President Donald Trump. Murthy was a holdover from the Obama administration. Murthy's deputy, Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams, is serving as acting surgeon general and leader the U.S.

A look at Iran's presidential candidates

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran has announced the final list of candidates for next month's presidential race, which will largely serve as a referendum on the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. President Hassan Rouhani is widely seen as the front-runner, but could face tough competition from hard-line cleric Ebrahim Raisi, who is close to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and popular among hard-liners. Former hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sought to run but was disqualified.

EPA chief delays methane rule at behest of oil and gas firms

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Environmental Protection Agency is again moving to derail Obama-era regulations aimed at reducing pollution from the fossil fuel industry. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced Wednesday he's issued a 90-day delay for oil and gas companies to follow a new rule requiring them to monitor and reduce methane leaks from their facilities. Pruitt said the agency will now reconsider the 2016 measure, which the companies were required to comply with by June.

Judge who wrote key physician-assisted suicide ruling dies

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A federal appeals court judge who wrote a key ruling on doctor-assisted suicide has died. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Senior Judge John T. Noonan died on Monday at the age of 90. Noonan -- an appointee of President Ronald Reagan -- joined the San Francisco-based court in 1985 and authored nearly 1,100 opinions over a 31-year career.

Alabama Supreme Court upholds Chief Roy Moore's suspension

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore lost his effort to regain his job on Wednesday as the Alabama Supreme Court upheld his suspension for urging defiance of federal rulings allowing gays and lesbians to marry. The fiery jurist lashed out at Wednesday's decision, saying he considers his lengthy suspension to be both illegal and a "clear disregard of the will of the people who elected me chief justice.

Trump pick for Commerce's No. 2 withdraws, blames conflicts

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's pick for deputy commerce secretary has withdrawn from consideration. Todd Ricketts, a co-owner of the Chicago Cubs and son of TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts, was unable to resolve conflict-of-interest issues in taking the No. 2 job at the department. Ricketts says in a statement that he is "deeply honored" that Trump nominated him for the post, a selection he made at the end of November.

Judge denies bid to disband polygamous towns' police agency

PHOENIX (AP) -- A judge has rejected a bid to disband a shared police department in a polygamous community on the Arizona-Utah border as a punishment for discriminating against people who aren't members of the dominant religious sect in the sister cities. Instead, U.S. District Judge H.

Turkey referendum: What are the main issues and process?

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey is holding a national referendum Sunday to approve or reject a package of constitutional reforms that would replace the country's parliamentary system with a presidential one. The referendum is seen by many as the ultimate test of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's popularity.

Trump picks critic to lead Ex-Im Bank he once opposed

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- President Donald Trump plans to nominate a vocal critic of the U.S. Export-Import Bank to serve as its president. The White House announced late Friday that Trump plans to nominate Scott Garrett, a former Republican congressman from New Jersey, to serve as president of the credit agency, which helps overseas buyers get financing to purchase U.S. exports. Trump will also nominate Spencer T.

US prosecutors are geared to target border crossers

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Through Republican and Democratic presidential administrations, the top federal prosecutor on California's border with Mexico has resisted going after people caught entering the U.S. illegally on their first try and instead targeted smugglers and serial offenders. That approach may face a day of reckoning under President Donald Trump.

Stability or autocracy? Turkey divided over key referendum

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey is heading toward a historic referendum on a new political system that could change the course of its history -- and it has the country divided right down the middle. For supporters, change will bring much-needed stability. Others fear it could lead Turkey down the path of an autocratic, one-man rule by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.