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

Immigrants plan May Day rallies buoyed by Trump opposition

CHICAGO (AP) — Immigrant groups and their allies have joined forces to carry out marches, rallies and protests in cities nationwide next week to mark May Day, saying there's renewed momentum to fight back against Trump administration policies.

  • Written by SOPHIA TAREEN and AMY TAXIN , Associated Press

Senate confirms Alex Acosta as labor secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Acosta has been confirmed as the nation's new labor secretary, filling out President Donald Trump's Cabinet as he approaches his 100th day in office.

  • Written by LAURIE KELLMAN , Associated Press