US economy expanded at weakest pace in 3 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy turned in the weakest performance in three years in the January-March quarter as consumers sharply slowed their spending. The result fell far short of President Donald Trump's ambitious growth targets and underscores the challenges of accelerating economic expansion.

  • Written by MARTIN CRUTSINGER , AP Economics Writer

Trump won't get House OK of health bill before his 100th day

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump seems destined to serve his 100th day in office without House passage of a major Republican health care bill or enactment of a budget financing the government for the rest of this year. But at least the government probably won't be shut down — for at least another week.

  • Written by ALAN FRAM , Associated Press

Boosted by $30 Million During Campaign, Trump Will Thank NRA By Speaking at Convention

The NRA, which is hosting its annual convention this week in Atlanta, spent big to get Trump and other Republicans elected. The group dropped almost $53 million on outside spending during the 2016 cycle -- $37 million opposing Democrats and $16 million favoring Republicans, according to OpenSecrets data. The group also contributed more than $1 million directly to GOP candidates, parties, and leadership PACs.

  • Written by Ashleigh McEvoy

US envoy accuses Russia of allowing Syria to deny needed aid

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley accused Russia on Thursday of providing cover for the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons and denial of desperately needed aid to hundreds of thousands of besieged people — and she urged international pressure on Moscow "to stop this."

  • Written by EDITH M. LEDERER , Associated Press

Arkansas inmate convulses during deadline-beating execution

VARNER, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas wrapped up an accelerated executions schedule with a lethal injection that left the condemned inmate lurching and convulsing before he died, prompting calls for investigations and renewed scrutiny of the state's efforts to put multiple inmates to death on a compressed timeline.

  • Written by KELLY P. KISSEL and ANDREW DeMILLO , Associated Press