State elections see infusion of first-time women candidates

Christine Lui Chen, a 36-year-old health care executive in New Jersey and mother of two small children, had never considered entering politics, focusing instead on her family, her career and her community.

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  • Written by JOCELYN NOVECK , AP National Writer

UN chief warns oceans are 'under threat as never before'

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres opened the first U.N. conference on oceans Monday with a warning that the seas are "under threat as never before," noting one recent study warns that discarded plastic garbage could outweigh fish by 2050 if nothing is done.

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  • Written by EDITH M. LEDERER , Associated Press

White House tries to regroup, but Trump isn't helping

WASHINGTON (AP) — In its effort to regain control of its message, the White House has curtailed press briefings, redirected questions on the Russia investigation to an outside lawyer and planned a major infrastructure policy rollout for this week.

  • Written by JULIE PACE and CATHERINE LUCEY , Associated Press

Cities push back as Trump aims to cut anti-terrorism funding

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Cities are pushing back on the possibility of losing millions of dollars in U.S. anti-terrorism grants under President Donald Trump's spending plan — the third straight White House that has moved to cut the funding.

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  • Written by REGINA GARCIA CANO , Associated Press