The Latest: Climate protesters in Chicago target Trump Tower

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Latest on climate marches around the U.S. Saturday (all times local): 4:10 p.m. Thousands of people have marched through downtown Chicago and outside Trump Tower to demand action to prevent climate change and protect the environment. Saturday's rain-soaked march coincided with hundreds of similar events across the U.S. as President Donald Trump marks his 100th day in office.

With closet cleaned at General Assembly, issues still remain

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- If bills were clothing, then North Carolina lawmakers just finished setting out the few items they can see themselves wearing and sending the rest the attic. The Republican-controlled General Assembly just pushed past its biennial "crossover" deadline, as more than 200 bills cleared either the House or the Senate during the week. With exceptions, policy measures without specific taxes or spending that didn't pass one chamber are probably dead through 2018.

Crowded primary field seeks to fill Mulvaney's seat

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Tuesday's primary to pick a replacement for Mick Mulvaney doesn't have the drama of the special congressional elections in Kansas and Georgia, where money poured in for candidates vying to replace lawmakers leaving Congress to serve in the Trump administration.

Trump's first 100 days: A president's very public education

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Health care is complicated. China can be a useful ally. NATO isn't obsolete. Being president is hard. Over the course of his 100 days in office, President Donald Trump has been startlingly candid about his public education in the ways of Washington and the world.

The Latest: EU says UK blocking progress on budget review

BRUSSELS (AP) -- The latest on the European Union summit dealing with the Brexit negotiations (all times local) ___ 5:05 p.m. Even before the European Union and Britain kick off their divorce negotiations, there is already a fight between the two that could affect the talks. EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says Britain currently blocks the decision-making on a review of the EU's long-term budget, and he sees a link with the upcoming talks.

EU leaders unite ahead of Brexit divorce talks with UK

BRUSSELS (AP) -- European Union leaders vowed Saturday to stand shoulder-to-shoulder behind their negotiating team during the divorce proceedings with Britain and warned that demands from British Prime Minister Theresa May will be dealt with "firmly." The 27 EU leaders in Brussels finalized the cornerstones of their negotiating stance within four minutes of starting a short smooth summit, a month after the British leader triggered two years of exit talks on March 29.

Trump, Congress and 100 days: Lofty goals hit reality

WASHINGTON (AP) -- For Donald Trump, self-proclaimed master negotiator, making deals with Congress was supposed to be easy. "This Congress is going to be the busiest Congress we've had in decades, maybe ever," Trump predicted shortly after taking office. Not so far.

The Latest: Trump signs spending bill that prevents shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on efforts in Congress to repeal the health care law and agree on a spending bill to keep the government open (all times local): 8:20 p.m. President Donald Trump has signed a short-term, stopgap spending bill keeping the government functioning and avoiding a shutdown on his 100th day in office. Trump signed the bill in private Friday night after he returned to the White House from a daytrip to Atlanta.

Tillerson eyes cutting 2,300 jobs at State Department

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is proposing to eliminate 2,300 jobs as part of a plan to cut more than a quarter of the State Department's budget for the next fiscal year, officials said Friday. The plan will almost certainly meet resistance from lawmakers opposing President Donald Trump's proposal to shrink the size of the federal government.

GM is motoring, profit spikes 34 pct on US truck, SUV sales

DETROIT (AP) -- Rising sales of high-profit trucks and SUVs in the U.S. helped push General Motors to a first-quarter profit record as the company put up $2.6 billion in net income. The company's sales in its most lucrative market were up even though the overall industry was down from January through March. That drove a 34 percent profit increase to $1.70 per share, which shattered Wall Street estimates. Analysts polled by FactSet expected $1.

AP FACT CHECK: Claims about Trump's tax plan don't hold up

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Getting to the bottom of President Donald Trump's tax plan is difficult because it exists so far as bullet points on a single page, with no detail. Still, there are reasons to be wary about some of the claims coming out of the White House about it. CLAIM: TAX CUT IS BIGGEST EVER Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, in remarks Wednesday, channeled Trump's penchant for exaggeration.

Congress settles for stopgap to avoid government shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress took the easy way out to keep the government open on the eve of Donald Trump's 100th day in office, passing a weeklong stopgap spending bill Friday that amounted to more of a defeat for the president than a victory. Lawmakers cleared the measure easily and Trump signed it with just hours to spare before the shutdown deadline at midnight.

White House wants to push tax overhaul without Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A senior administration official said Thursday the White House plans to push its tax overhaul without any support from congressional Democrats. It's a sign of the intense partisanship over President Donald Trump's outlines for cutting tax rates in hopes of stimulating faster economic growth, increasing business activity and helping the middle class. The proposal unveiled Wednesday would also repeal several taxes that target the wealthy but eliminate many deductions they use.

Trump tax plan stands to benefit the man in the White House

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Among the likely winners in President Donald Trump's tax-cut plan would be a real estate developer turned reality TV star who now happens to occupy the White House. The one-page proposal released Wednesday seems sure to benefit the president's businesses.

Retailers and insurers get taxed more, tech less

NEW YORK (AP) -- To understand taxes, you have to think about geography. Don't worry, this will make sense eventually. The U.S. has high corporate taxes compared with other developed countries. That means companies that make most of their money inside the U.S. pay more in taxes than companies that do a lot of business overseas.

500 people get duplicate tax refund checks, can keep only 1

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Five hundred Rhode Island residents have received duplicate tax refund checks totaling $364,000. A state official says human error is to blame. The checks were sent in a group of refunds mailed Friday. The checks people received are identical, but only one of the two checks can be cashed. The Rhode Island Department of Administration and the Department of Revenue say they expect no financial impact.

Trump tax plan: Relief for his voters but lots of unknowns

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's plan to overhaul the nation's tax code could provide significant tax cuts for the working-class voters who elected him, but the unknowns could end up hurting many of these core supporters of the president. A look at how Trump's tax plan could affect families at different income levels: ___ THE WORKING CLASS These are the people who have been left behind by an increasingly globalized economy.