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.

Experts: Long road ahead for Trump offshore drilling order

President Donald Trump's executive order seeking to find new ocean expanses in the Atlantic and the Arctic for offshore drilling isn't likely to reach its goals anytime soon, but instead will kick off a yearslong review and legal battle. Trump signed the order Friday aimed at dismantling a key part of former President Barack Obama's environmental legacy. "This executive order starts the process of opening offshore areas to job-creating energy exploration," he said.

Personal tragedy shaped congressman's effort on health care

WASHINGTON (AP) -- New Jersey Rep. Tom MacArthur has experienced personal tragedy and understands the need for health insurance. "I lost my mother at 4 years old. My father had no insurance and I watched him until I was in college pay off medical bills," says the two-term Republican lawmaker. Years later, MacArthur suffered the anguish over the death of his 11-year-old daughter, Gracie. "We had over $1 million of medical bills.

Some want charges for parents in genital cutting cases

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Lawmakers in Minnesota and Texas are pushing to crack down on parents involved with genital cutting after an indictment against a Detroit-area doctor accused of performing the procedure on two young Minnesota girls highlighted the little-known practice. Dr. Jumana Nagarwala is charged with female genital mutilation, conspiracy and other crimes.

Manafort-linked lobbying firm registers as foreign agent

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Washington lobbying firm that worked under the direction of Paul Manafort's firm registered Friday with the Justice Department as a foreign agent -- the same day a spokesman for Manafort backed off his previous statement that Manafort had decided to register. Jason Maloni, a spokesman for Manafort, said he was wrong when he told The Associated Press earlier this month that Manafort would register with the Justice Department.

Claims, cost for vehicle damage on state roadways rising

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Taxpayers are spending more to settle claims for vehicles damaged and wrecked on South Carolina's crumbling roads. The State newspaper reports Friday ( ) that South Carolina has spent nearly $50 million since 2010 to settle lawsuits and claims for vehicle damage and injuries. About $7 million of that was spent in just the last 10 months. That's nearly $1 million more than was paid during the prior fiscal year.

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.

Fears of losing pre-existing conditions protection under GOP

WASHINGTON (AP) -- From cancer to addiction, doctors and patient groups are warning that the latest Republican health care bill would gut hard-won protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions. Some GOP moderates who may seal the legislation's fate are echoing those concerns. In a strongly worded statement this week, the American Medical Association said the Republican protections "may be illusory.

The Latest: Judges block new North Carolina elections law

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The Latest on North Carolina governor's court challenge to law cutting his elections oversight authority (all times local): 5:50 p.m. A panel of North Carolina judges is temporarily blocking enforcement of a new law approved by Republicans that would reduce the Democratic governor's authority over state and local elections.

A look at Macedonia's deepening political turmoil

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) -- Macedonia has fallen back into political crisis, a chapter frighteningly illustrated by images of protesters rushed into parliament and leaving several lawmakers bloodied. The country of just over 2 million people that occupies only a little more territory than Wales hasn't had a government for five months.

Albanian parliamentary speaker picked as new president

TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- Albania's parliament elected its leader as the country's new president Friday, abandoning efforts to build consensus with boycotting opposition lawmakers after two weeks of delays. Speaker Ilir Meta was chosen after lawmakers in the 140-seat body who were present for the closed-door election voted 87-2 in favor of him. Meta's nomination was formally supported by the main left-wing governing Socialist Party of Prime Minister Edi Rama.

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.

The Latest: Montenegro's parliament ratifies NATO treaty

CETINJE, Montenegro (AP) -- The Latest on Montenegro and NATO membership (all times local): 4:05 p.m. Lawmakers in Montenegro have ratified the membership treaty with NATO, taking a historic turn toward the West despite protests from Russia and the pro-Russian opposition. All 46 lawmakers present at the session voted in favor of Montenegro becoming a NATO member. The parliament has 81 seats but pro-Russia opposition lawmakers boycotted the session in the historic capital of Cetinje.

UK police shoot 1, arrest 6 others in counterterror raids

LONDON (AP) -- British police said Friday they had disrupted an active terror plot with raids in London and southeastern England. One woman was shot and seriously wounded as heavily armed counterterrorism officers stormed a house in a residential London street. Six suspects were arrested on terrorism-related charges, police said. The injured woman, who is in her 20s, was in serious but stable condition in a hospital.

Trump tells NRA: 'You have a true friend' in White House

ATLANTA (AP) -- President Donald Trump reaffirmed his support for gun rights Friday, telling attendees of a National Rifle Association convention that "the eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end." Trump, the first sitting president to address the group's annual convention in more than 30 years, assured the audience that he would defend their right to bear arms in a campaign-like speech reminiscent of his election rallies.

The Latest: NATO warns Macedonia over violence in parliament

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) -- The Latest on the political crisis in Macedonia (all times local): 3:25 p.m. The NATO alliance has warned Macedonia, a candidate country, not to let similar violence happen again after protesters stormed parliament and assaulted opposition lawmakers. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says that authorities have a "solemn responsibility to uphold the rule of law, and ensure the security of Parliament and its members at all times.

Montenegro lawmakers back NATO membership in historic move

CETINJE, Montenegro (AP) -- Montenegro's parliament on Friday supported the Balkan country's membership in NATO in a historic turn toward the West amid protests by Russia and the pro-Russia opposition. Lawmakers voted 46-0 in the capital of Cetinje to ratify the accession treaty with the Western military alliance. They then stood up p and applauded the decision. The parliament has 81 members but pro-Russia opposition lawmakers boycotted the session.