Trump touts executive orders he once lambasted

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will mark the end of his first 100 days in office with a flurry of executive orders, looking to fulfill campaign promises and rack up victories ahead of that milestone by turning to a presidential tool he once derided.

Taliban kill 8 policemen in northern Afghan province

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban overran three security checkpoints in Afghanistan's northern Takhar province, killing eight policemen and cutting off a key road and two of the region's districts, an Afghan official said Tuesday.

Arkansas holds 1st double execution since 2000

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Arkansas denies man gulped for air during 1 of 2 executions

VARNER, Ark. (AP) — After going nearly 12 years without executing an inmate, Arkansas now has executed three in a few days — including two in one night.

Four arrested in N.Y. gun licensing probe

NEW YORK (AP) — A former New York City police lieutenant, two former police officers and a lawyer who once worked as a prosecutor were arrested in a federal gun licensing probe Tuesday as authorities described a scam in which police employees traded speedy handling of gun permits for paid vacations, jewelry, catered parties, cash and visits to strip clubs.

The latest: Lawmakers say Flynn sidestepped disclosure rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest on the congressional probe of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election (all times local):

11:20 a.m.

The latest: U.S. Navy conducting exercises with Japan, S. Korea

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — The latest on tensions on the Korean Peninsula (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

The U.S. 7th Fleet says two of its destroyers are conducting simultaneous maritime exercises with naval ships from Japan and South Korea.

Last male northern white rhino getting help from dating app

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The world's last male northern white rhino has joined the Tinder dating app as wildlife experts make a last-chance breeding effort to keep his species alive.

"I don't mean to be too forward, but the fate of the species literally depends on me," the rhino's profile says. "I perform well under pressure."

Government shutdown, health bill at stake in Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bipartisan bargainers are making progress toward a budget deal to prevent a partial federal shutdown this weekend, a major hurdle overcome when President Donald Trump signaled he would put off his demand that the measure include money to build his border wall with Mexico.

PODCAST:Senator Dick Durbin 04-25-17

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600-year-old white oak tree takes final bow

BERNARDS, N.J. (AP) — A white oak tree that has watched over a New Jersey community and a church for hundreds of years began its final bow Monday as crews began its removal and residents fondly remembered the go-to spot for formal photos, landmark for driving directions and the remarkable piece of natural history.