AP FACT CHECK: Misfires in Trump's AP interview

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In an Associated Press interview, President Donald Trump claimed more progress than he's achieved on his 100-day plan and showed he was not completely familiar with what he had promised in that "contract" with voters. A look at some of his assertions in the interview conducted Friday and other statements he made over the past week: TRUMP, on his 100-day plan: "I'm mostly there on most items.

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was in the Asia-Pacific region, making stops in South Korea, Japan, Indonesia and Australia. Pence visited the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea and addressed U.S. servicemen on the USS Ronald Reagan in Japan, where he warned North Korea not to test the resolve of the U.S. military, promising it would have an "overwhelming and effective" response to any use of conventional or nuclear weapons.

Amid North Korea crisis, Pence becomes Trump emissary abroad

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) -- As tensions rose on the Korean peninsula, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who has President Donald Trump's trust but little diplomatic experience to go with it, became the top American official headed to the region after North Korea again failed to successfully launch a ballistic missile.

AP FACT CHECK: When Trump takes credit and assigns blame

WASHINGTON (AP) -- One of the most consistent features of President Donald Trump's public statements is his drive to take credit and assign blame. It's a tendency that consistently lands him in trouble with history, either recent or long ago, and has been on display as he approaches his 100th day in office. Over the past week, the president claimed unprecedented achievement as he tried to shape perceptions of his 100-day legacy.

In wake of tense Trump call, Pence aims to soothe Australia

SYDNEY (AP) -- More than two months after President Donald Trump got into a spat with the leader of Australia, Vice President Mike Pence will be working to smooth over any lingering hard feelings. Pence will meet with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Saturday as part of his 10-day, four-country trip to Asia. His agenda includes reassuring Turnbull about the state of the unusually strained U.S.

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.

Trump congratulates Patriots, doesn't mention Hernandez

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump welcomed the New England Patriots to the White House Wednesday, noting the parallels between his own upset victory and their stunning Super Bowl win -- but avoiding discussion of the apparent prison suicide of their former teammate Aaron Hernandez earlier in the day.

US VP Pence warns North Korea: 'The sword stands ready'

YOKOSUKA, Japan (AP) -- From the wind-swept deck of a massive aircraft carrier, Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday warned North Korea not to test the resolve of the U.S. military, promising it would make an "overwhelming and effective" response to any use of conventional or nuclear weapons.

The Latest: Pence to visit mosque in Indonesian capital

TOKYO (AP) -- The Latest on U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's trip to Asia (all times local): 5:55 p.m. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will be visiting the Istiqlal mosque in Jakarta on Thursday as part of his visit to Indonesia. The vice president's office says he will be touring the largest mosque in Indonesia and participating in a dialogue with interfaith religious leaders.

US VP Pence says to North Korea: 'The sword stands ready'

YOKOSUKA, Japan (AP) -- From the wind-swept deck of a massive aircraft carrier, Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday warned North Korea not to test the resolve of the U.S. military, promising it would make an "overwhelming and effective" response to any use of conventional or nuclear weapons.

For Tribeca film fest, a new political moment to reconcile

NEW YORK (AP) -- Political currents have always flowed through the Tribeca Film Festival, founded in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks. But this year, the festival has a slightly pugnacious edge to counter the policies of its midtown neighbor, President Donald Trump. Tribeca co-founder Robert De Niro, after all, has repeatedly said he'd like to punch Trump in the face.

Former President George H.W. Bush hospitalized in Houston

HOUSTON (AP) -- Former President George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized in Houston for four days with a recurrence of a case of pneumonia he had earlier in the year, a family spokesman said Tuesday. The 92-year-old former president and father of former president George W. Bush has been in Methodist Hospital in Houston since Friday for observation because of a persistent cough, Bush spokesman Jim McGrath said in a brief statement.

A look at British prime ministers from Thatcher to May

LONDON (AP) -- British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday called for an early general election to be held on June 8. Here are brief profiles of May and her five most recent predecessors: ___ THERESA MAY Conservative: 2016- May took power after the vote to leave the European Union in June of last year after the resignation of former leader David Cameron, who had campaigned to stay in.

The Latest: Pence, on US carrier, pledges to defend Asia

TOKYO (AP) -- The Latest on U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's trip to Asia (all times local): ___ 11:05 a.m. Wednesday U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has once again pledged the Trump administration's commitment to defending its allies in Asia from North Korea and any other threats. Speaking to U.S.

Arkansas governor says execution plan just part of the job

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson comes across as a reluctant figure just carrying out the duties of his office when he discusses his extraordinary plan to execute eight inmates in 11 days. Although the plan faces multiple legal hurdles, no other state has executed that many people so quickly since the U.S.

California governor grants 72 pardons, commutes sentences

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown announced Saturday that he has pardoned 72 ex-convicts, continuing his tradition of timing his decisions around major Christian holidays including Easter. Brown, a former Jesuit seminarian, limited most of his pardons to people who were convicted of drug offenses and other lower-level crimes and who have already completed their sentences. He also issued seven commutations. Those pardoned included three men who served in the U.S.

Newest justice joins high court amid competing caricatures

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Somewhere between the Republican caricature of the next justice of the Supreme Court as a folksy family guy and the Democrats' demonization of him as a cold-hearted automaton, stands Neil Gorsuch. Largely unknown six months ago, Gorsuch has seen his life story, personality and professional career explored in excruciating detail since he was nominated by President Donald Trump 10 weeks ago.

A Trump national security adviser tapped as Singapore envoy

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- A top national security adviser to President Donald Trump is the latest official heading out in an ongoing shuffle within the National Security Council. K.T. McFarland, who is in line to be U.S. ambassador to Singapore, came into the White House as a deputy to Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

GOP powerbroker gets scrutiny amid South Carolina probe

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A Republican powerbroker who boasts that his client roster is a "who's who of politics" that included Strom Thurmond and Ronald Reagan has come within the crosshairs of a growing probe of possible Statehouse corruption in South Carolina. Richard Quinn hasn't been charged with any crime.

Joining high court, the real Neil Gorsuch set to stand up

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Somewhere between the Republican caricature of the next justice of the Supreme Court as a folksy family guy and the Democrats' demonization of him as a cold-hearted automaton, stands Neil Gorsuch. Largely unknown six months ago, Gorsuch has seen his life story, personality and professional career explored in excruciating detail since he was nominated by President Donald Trump 10 weeks ago.