Priebus a central figure in Trump's White House drama

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In the behind-the-scenes drama of who's up and who's down in Donald Trump's White House, chief of staff Reince Priebus is playing a starring role. Priebus, a genial Midwesterner with deep ties to the Republican establishment that Trump toppled, has faced questions about his future since the day he set foot in the West Wing.

Israeli lawmakers reach out to US Jews on anti-Semitism

BOSTON (AP) -- A group of lawmakers representing a cross-section of Israel's political spectrum is reaching out to American Jews at a time when anxiety over anti-Semitic activity is running high in both countries, and amid uncertainty over the direction of U.S. policy toward the Jewish state under President Donald Trump.

In Trump's White House drama, Priebus is favorite target

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In the behind-the-scenes drama of who's up and who's down in Donald Trump's White House, chief of staff Reince Priebus is playing a starring role. Priebus, a genial Midwesterner with deep ties to the Republican establishment that Trump toppled, has faced questions about his future since the day he set foot in the White House.

McConnell criticizes Iran nuke deal as 'windfall' for Tehran

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Aiming to prove their commitment to Israel, senior U.S. lawmakers are backing bipartisan legislation that would slap Iran with new sanctions while maintaining rigorous enforcement of the landmark nuclear deal. The measures, unveiled ahead of the opening of the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference, seek to build consensus among Republicans and Democrats who are so often bitterly at odds on domestic issues.

White House looks to bounce back after health care loss

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Regrouping after a rocky few weeks, the White House declared Monday that President Donald Trump doesn't consider the health care battle to be over, suggesting he may turn to Democrats to help him overhaul the system after his own party rejected his proposal. The sudden interest in bipartisanship is a shift for a president who has spent months mocking Democratic leaders as inept.

Will Cabinet follow Tillerson's lead in media access?

NEW YORK (AP) -- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has famously declared himself "not a big media press access person," isn't alone in President Donald Trump's Cabinet. But it's too early to call him a trendsetter, either. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, both with extensive private sector backgrounds, have similarly been press-averse at the beginning of their tenures. Others seem to be following the leads of predecessors.

At annual US-Israel event, a new warmth but old differences

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Israeli leaders hoping President Donald Trump would be a rubber stamp for the Jewish state are hearing plenty of reassuring rhetoric at this week's annual gathering for the "unbreakable" alliance. Missing from the agenda: Concrete steps advancing the Israeli government's top priorities. The Iran nuclear deal, so despised by Israel, is solidly in place. The U.S.

Carrier deal touted by Trump unusual for Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The deal brokered by President Donald Trump to stem job losses at a Carrier Corp. factory in Indianapolis is unusual for the state of Indiana as it offers $7 million of incentives to a company still planning to cut about a third of its some 1,600 jobs.

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AL-QAIDA LEADER Pentagon: An al-Qaida leader killed in Afghanistan airstrike WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon says 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. In a statement Saturday night, U.S. defense officials confirmed the death of Qari Yasin.

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 .

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.

Berry scores 26 points and Carolina defeats Butler 92-80

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- North Carolina expects strong offensive performances from junior leaders Justin Jackson and Joel Berry II, but Luke Maye provided an unexpected bonus. Berry scored 26 points, Jackson had 24, but it was the first career double-double from Maye - 16 points and 12 rebounds - that helped set the tone early and send the top-seeded Tar Heels to a 92-80 victory over Butler in the NCAA Tournament on Friday night.

US Jews wrestle with arrest of Jew in bomb threats case

NEW YORK (AP) -- Jewish groups had pointed to scores of bomb threats against their communities as the most dramatic example of what they considered a surge in anti-Semitism. Some blamed a far-right emboldened by President Donald Trump. Now, that picture has been complicated by the arrest of an Israeli Jewish hacker who authorities say is responsible for the harassment. Israeli police said the motive behind the threats was unclear.

The Latest: Trump says he'd bargain with Dems on health care

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 4:40 p.m. President Donald Trump says he would be willing to reopen negotiations for a health care bill with Democrats if the Affordable Care Act fails. Trump told reporters Friday that he would be "open to it" if Democrats wanted to work on a bipartisan measure. He predicted the current law would soon collapse.

Crème de la crème: Hoop royalty meet in Memphis for Sweet 16

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Three of college basketball's blue bloods, along with a blue bulldog from Indiana that has had lots of success of its own, have gathered in Memphis for a marquee showdown in the Sweet 16. North Carolina, Kentucky and UCLA are joined by upstart Butler in the South Regional -- the only region where the top four seeds all advanced after the opening weekend.

Intel chairman hates spotlight_ but the spotlight found him

WASHINGTON (AP) -- For a man who doesn't like the spotlight, the chairman of the House intelligence committee has secured himself a place in it. Devin Nunes, a Republican congressman from the farmlands of central California, on Wednesday held back-to-back news conferences to discuss typically secret information about U.S. spy agencies intercepting communications of people on President Donald Trump's team.

Border Patrol union takes center stage under Trump

SOLANA BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Once a week, union leaders representing U.S. Border Patrol agents host a radio show from a sleepy office park near San Diego, where studio walls are covered with an 8-by-12-foot American flag and portraits of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.