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Melania Trump has ‘successful’ procedure on kidney condition
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Melania Trump has ‘successful’ procedure on kidney condition

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Melania Trump underwent a “successful” procedure Monday to treat a benign kidney condition and was expected to remain hospitalized for the rest of the week, her staff said. President Donald Trump took a helicopter to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to visit her and tweeted...

Melania Trump in hospital for treatment of kidney condition
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Melania Trump in hospital for treatment of kidney condition

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump underwent a procedure Monday morning to treat a benign kidney condition and will likely be hospitalized for the rest of the week, the White House said. President Donald Trump was expected to visit his wife at Walter Reed Medical Center just outside Washington later Monday, according...

Trump, aides celebrate Jerusalem embassy, as border burns
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Trump, aides celebrate Jerusalem embassy, as border burns

By ANNE FLAHERTY and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid deadly clashes along the Israeli-Palestinian border, President Donald Trump declared Monday a “great day” for Israel as his top aides celebrated the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem as a campaign promised fulfilled. Trump’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, along with...

Justin Thomas reaches No. 1 in the world
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Justin Thomas reaches No. 1 in the world

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Justin Thomas has come a long way in 18 months. All the way to No. 1 in the world. He had one PGA Tour victory and was No. 35 in the world in October 2016 when he began a steady rise through a deep...

Battle: ‘We can do things better’
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Battle: ‘We can do things better’

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MILLBROOK, Ala. (AP) — Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said the seeds of a planned Toyota-Mazda plant in Huntsville- projected to eventually employ 4,000 people- were first planted a decade ago. Battle said the city optioned the land and, after losing a competition for a Volkswagen plant, worked to get the site...

Maddox seeks lottery to fund education, Medicaid expansion
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Maddox seeks lottery to fund education, Medicaid expansion

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox said Alabama has serious problems, but he sees only rhetoric coming out of Montgomery. “We have a state where we are about to leave the next generation worse off than the one we inherited. You look at where we are in every quality...

Birmingham’s Steel City Jazz Festival postponed to 2019
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Birmingham’s Steel City Jazz Festival postponed to 2019

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Birmingham’s Steel City Jazz Festival has been canceled this year, but organizers say the event will be back in 2019. The festival, set for June 1-2, had planned to change its location in 2018, moving from Linn Park to Legion Field. According to a press release from founder Cedric Allen, the...

Trump says US will help penalized Chinese company
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Trump says US will help penalized Chinese company

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a surprising overture to China, President Donald Trump said Sunday he would help a Chinese telecommunications company get “back into business,” saying too many jobs in China are at stake after the U.S. government cut off access to its American suppliers. At issue is the Commerce Department’s move last month to...

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Israel kicks off US Embassy celebration, boosts border force

By JOSEF FEDERMAN, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Sunday kicked off festivities to celebrate the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, even as it bolstered its forces along the Gaza border and in the West Bank in anticipation of mass Palestinian protests of the move. A day before the embassy’s formal opening,...

Cobb aide arrested for sex offender registration violation
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Cobb aide arrested for sex offender registration violation

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A campaign worker for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sue Bell Cobb was arrested on charges that he failed to comply with registration requirements and restrictions as a registered sex offender. Local media report that Paul Littlejohn was arrested Thursday. Littlejohn is director of Cobb’s Jefferson County field office. He is also a...