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In this Feb. 14, 2018, photo, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., speaks to Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Summit, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C. (Alex Brandon / Associated Press)

Babies of senators now welcome in Senate chamber

Who doesn’t like babies? No one in the Senate, apparently – at least not enough to block a historic rules change that passed Wednesday allowing the newborns of members into the chamber.
This artist's drawing released by attorney Michael Avenatti, purports to show the man that the adult film actress Stormy Daniels says threatened her in a Las Vegas parking lot in 2011 to remain quiet about her affair with President Donald Trump. (Michael Avenatti via AP) ORG XMIT: WX101 (AP)

Trump calls sketch released by Daniels ‘a total con job’

UPDATED: Wed., April 18, 2018, 6:27 p.m.

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that a porn actress is pulling “a total con job” by promoting an artist’s sketch of a man she says threatened her to keep silent about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump years ago.

Ben Miller looks at the sand bags around the house he owns as water runs over South Main Street in Harlem, Mont., Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The sand bags, all 235 of them, go around the house he rents to Jeff Werk who was also helping lay the bags. The water was overflowing from Thirtymile Creek which runs north of Harlem and connects to the Milk River a couple miles south. (Ryan Welch / Havre Daily News)

Snowmelt floods roads, fields in much of northern Montana

Runoff from a winter that approached or exceeded record snowfall across much of Montana is washing out roads, flooding fields and spilling rivers and streams over their banks much of the northern part of the state.
In this Tuesday, April 17, 2018, heavy smoke billows from burning trees after a wildfire broke out in a farm field along U.S. Highway 183 about 10 miles south of Seiling, Okla. (JIM BECKEL / Associated Press)

Winds ease but deadly wildfires endure in Southwest U.S.

UPDATED: Wed., April 18, 2018, 1:52 p.m.

Frazzled residents in a part of rural northwestern Oklahoma paralyzed by days of wind-whipped wildfires expressed fear a blaze could overrun their home Wednesday, as firefighters battling the deadly fires there and in Colorado, Kansas and New Mexico found some relief at the promise of easing of dangerous weather conditions.
National Transportation Safety Board investigators examine damage to the engine of the Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (Associated Press)

Pilot of Southwest flight with blown engine was Navy fighter

UPDATED: Wed., April 18, 2018, 7:45 p.m.

The Southwest Airlines pilot being lauded as a hero in a harrowing emergency landing after a passenger was partially blown out of the jet’s damaged fuselage is also being hailed for her pioneering role in a career where she has been one of the few women at the controls.
Juan Castro fills a power plant with gasoline to energize the cabinet building workshop where he works, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, April 18, 2018. (Carlos Giusti / Associated Press)

Excavator blamed for island-wide blackout in Puerto Rico

UPDATED: Wed., April 18, 2018, 9:40 p.m.

An island-wide blackout hit Puerto Rico on Wednesday as the U.S. territory struggles to repair an increasingly unstable power grid nearly seven months after Hurricane Maria. Officials said an excavator accidentally downed a transmission line.
A South Korean army soldier passes by a TV screen showing file footage of CIA Director Mike Pompeo, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, April 18, 2018. (Ahn Young-joon / Associated Press)

Trump leaves open possibility of bailing on meeting with Kim

UPDATED: Wed., April 18, 2018, 10:32 p.m.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday confirmed that his CIA chief secretly met with Kim Jong Un in North Korea and said “a good relationship was formed” heading into the adversaries’ anticipated summit.
“Infowars” host Alex Jones, right, arrives at the Travis County Courthouse April 17, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Tamir Kalifa / Austin American-Statesman)

Sandy Hook families file suit against InfoWars’ Alex Jones

The families of two children slain in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre have filed lawsuits against right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for claiming the shooting in Connecticut did not happen.
Teachers at Tuscano Elementary School stage a “walk-in” for higher pay and school funding April 11, 2018, in Phoenix. Arizona teachers began to vote Tuesday, April 17 on whether to walk off the job in their push for more funding for education. (Ross D. Franklin / Associated Press)

Possibility of Arizona teacher strike creates some confusion

Arizona teachers on Tuesday began weighing whether to walk out of their classrooms to demand more school funding after weeks of growing protests – a vote that’s raising questions about how an unprecedented strike could play out across the state’s education system.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined from left by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, speaks to reporters following a closed-door strategy session on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)

As GOP balks, McConnell shuts down bill to protect Mueller

UPDATED: Tue., April 17, 2018, 5:16 p.m.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday thwarted a bipartisan effort to protect special counsel Robert Mueller’s job, saying he will not hold a floor vote on the legislation even if it is approved next week in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Protesters rally outside a courthouse April 14, 2017, where a federal judge heard arguments in the first lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump's executive order to withhold funding from communities that limit cooperation with immigration authorities in San Francisco. (Haven Daley / Associated Press)

Another California county backs Trump’s ‘sanctuary’ lawsuit

Leaders of California’s second-largest county voted Tuesday to officially support the Trump administration’s lawsuit against the state’s so-called sanctuary law that limits police cooperation with federal immigration agents.
Former first lady Barbara Bush listens to a patient's question during a visit to the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital on Aug. 22, 2013, at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. (Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press)

Former first lady Barbara Bush dies at age 92

UPDATED: Tue., April 17, 2018, 10:28 p.m.

Barbara Bush, the snowy-haired first lady whose plainspoken manner and utter lack of pretense made her more popular at times than her husband, President George H.W. Bush, died Tuesday, a family spokesman said. She was 92.