Thousands salute Bush funeral train 4141 on final Texas ride
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Thousands waved and cheered along the route as funeral train No. 4141 — for the 41st president — carried George H.W. Bush's remains to their final resting place on Thursday, his last journey as a week of national remembrance took on a decidedly personal feel in an emotional home state farewell.
Art Mazmanian, star on USC’s CWS title team, dies at 91
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Art Mazmanian, an All-American second baseman on Southern California's first College World Series championship team in 1948 who later coached future major leaguers, has died. He...
Bush’s presidential funeral train first in nearly 50 years
SPRING, Texas (AP) — The locomotive was painted to resemble Air Force One, but George H.W. Bush joked that if it had been around during his presidency, he may have preferred to ride the rails rather than take to the skies.
"I might have left Air Force One behind," Bush quipped during the 2005 unveiling of 4141, a blue and gray locomotive commissioned in honor of the 41st president and unveiled at Texas A&M University.
Flag-waving crowds in Texas watch Bush’s funeral train
Flag waving-crowds lined the tracks as a special funeral train carried the flag-draped body of former President George H.W. Bush to College Station, Texas, where he'll be buried on the grounds of his presidential library.
As the train passed through the towns a group of elementary students could be seen holding a banner that read "THANK YOU," firefighters saluted atop their truck on an overpass and a woman in a red hat held a sign that said "Rest in Peace George" with hearts.
Thousands line Bush casket train route
Bush was political patriarch to enduring American dynasty
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Kennedys had their New England coastal hideaway in Hyannis Port, a Camelot-like mystique and a political godfather in Joseph P. Kennedy.
For the country's other political dynasty — the Bushes — it was a summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine, and the West Texas oil patch that created a mix of Yale blue-blood and backcountry cowboy, and their own patriarch in George H.W. Bush.
Reba McEntire, Oak Ridge Boys sing at Bush’s Texas funeral
HOUSTON (AP) — Reba McEntire has sung "The Lord's Prayer" at the Houston funeral service of former President George H.W. Bush.
The Grammy winner on Thursday followed the Oak Ridge Boys, who were one of the president's favorite musical acts and who sang "Amazing Grace" during the service at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston.
George and Barbara Bush, a ‘storybook’ 73-year marriage
HOUSTON (AP) — They met at a Christmas dance. She was 16. He was 17.
Three years later they were married. The couple stayed together for 73 years, becoming the longest-married couple in presidential history.
"George Bush knows how I feel," Barbara Bush had said. "He is the hero ... He is my hero."
Bush and Trump presidencies show how GOP itself has changed
WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing the nation for the first time as its president, George H.W. Bush vowed to lead with humility, moral principle and a spirit of unity.
Deep successes "are made not of gold and silk but of better hearts and finer souls," Bush said in 1989, adding: "America is never wholly herself unless she is engaged in high moral principle. We as a people have such a purpose today. It is to make kinder the face of the nation and gentler the face of the world."
George H.W. Bush’s life embodiment of Texas spirit
HOUSTON (AP) — Although he was born and grew up on the East Coast, former President George H.W. Bush was the quintessential Texan.
He found early success in the state's oil fields, helped change the landscape of Texas politics and loved Tex-Mex food.
And in his adopted hometown of Houston, Bush, who died on Friday, and his wife Barbara endeared themselves to the city and its residents through their kindness, accessibility and support of charitable causes and local sports teams.
News guide: George HW Bush’s final farewell, burial in Texas
HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush will be buried in Texas after a funeral service at the church he attended for many years and a special memorial train that will carry his casket.
Not just a fashion statement: Bush’s socks spoke volumes
HOUSTON (AP) — President George H.W. Bush said a lot with socks.
A visit from friend and fellow former president, Bill Clinton, inspired him to wear a pair emblazoned with Clinton's face. He wore Houston Texans' socks when meeting with the head coach. At the funeral for his wife, Barbara Bush, he wore socks featuring books as a tribute to her work promoting literacy.
Jimmy Carter’s new milestone: Longest-lived US president
ATLANTA (AP) — Nearly four decades after voters unceremoniously rejected then-President Jimmy Carter's bid for a second term, the 39th president has reached a milestone that electoral math cannot...
ATLANTA (AP) — Jimmy Carter cemented a new milestone Friday, becoming the longest-lived of the 44 men who have ascended to the American presidency.
George W. Bush to speak Monday at Vanderbilt University
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former President George W. Bush is slated to speak at Vanderbilt University as part of a lecture series.
The university says the 43rd president will be joined on...
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MACON, Ga. (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas will give the keynote address this month during a dedication ceremony at Mercer Law School.
Sully the service dog has new role helping wounded vets
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Sully, the service dog who symbolized devotion lying by former President George H.W. Bush's flag-draped casket, has a new mission.
Bill would authorize coins honoring George and Barbara Bush
A bill introduced in the U.S. Senate would authorize the U.S. Treasury to mint $1 coins honoring former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, for the year.
The Bushes, who lived in Texas and Maine, both died in 2018.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said the coin will pay tribute to the Bush legacy of "courage, duty, honor, and compassion" and serve as a reminder of their contributions to the country.
William Barr sworn in for 2nd stint as US attorney general
WASHINGTON (AP) — William Barr was sworn in Thursday for his second stint as the nation's attorney general, taking the helm of the Justice Department as special counsel Robert Mueller investigates Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Daughters of George W. Bush to co-host author breakfast
NEW YORK (AP) — Presidential daughters-granddaughters Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush will be hosting a breakfast during this spring's BookExpo convention.
Guests at the Children's Book & Author Breakfast, announced Tuesday by convention organizers ReedPop, will include Oscar winner and author Lupita Nyong'o. Others appearing will be fantasy novelist Tomi Adeyemi, "Artemis Fowl" author Eion Colfer and best seller Da Chen.
Trump campaign takes steps to prevent a challenge within GOP
WASHINGTON (AP) — Worried about a potential Republican primary challenge, President Donald Trump's campaign has launched a state-by-state effort to prevent an intraparty fight that could spill over into the general-election campaign.
The nascent initiative has been an intense focus in recent weeks and includes taking steps to change state party rules, crowd out potential rivals and quell any early signs of opposition that could embarrass the president.
Arkansas governor reports $11K in trips accepted in 2018
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' governor is reporting he and his wife accepted more than $11,000 in trips from groups last year, the bulk of which came from Republican-affiliated organizations.
Tom Raum, versatile Washington reporter for AP, is dead
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tom Raum, a versatile writer who covered three presidents, Congress and national politics and translated knotty economic issues for readers during 44 years with The Associated Press, died Friday. He was 74.
The cause of death was a brain injury from a fall last week at home, said his wife, Nora Raum.
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The Latest: Graham says Barr will ‘do well’ in Senate vote
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's attorney general nominee, William Barr (all times local):
The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee believes the president's pick for attorney general will "do well" in a confirmation vote before the Senate.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said Tuesday that he hopes his colleagues will vote to confirm William Barr based on his qualifications.
Barr served as attorney general in the early 1990s under President George H.W. Bush.
Graham says Barr expressed confidence in special counsel
WASHINGTON (AP) — The new chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said attorney general nominee William Barr has confidence in special counsel Robert Mueller and will let him complete his Russia investigation.
Judiciary panel sets hearing date for Trump’s AG pick
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee has set a confirmation hearing for later this month for President Donald Trump's pick for attorney general, William Barr.
The committee announced Wednesday that it would hold a hearing on January 15 and 16.
Trump last month announced Barr as his selection to lead the Justice Department. He previously served as attorney general from 1991 to 1993 under President George H.W. Bush.
Trump’s pick for AG once questioned value of border wall
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick for attorney general, William Barr, once questioned the value of a wall along the Mexican border similar to the one the president has advocated, describing the idea as "overkill."
A president and a first lady among Mainers who died in 2018
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A president and first lady who spent summers in Maine, an enigmatic and reclusive artist, a man who popularized Down East humor, a poet who chronicled the final resting places of bards, and an ice cream company founder are among notable Mainers who died in 2018.
Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, were the patriarch and matriarch of a famous political family.
Final goodbye: Roll call of some who died in 2018
In a year filled with heightened political vitriol, two deaths brought the nation together to remember men who represented a seemingly bygone era of U.S. politics.
Presidential libraries in Texas being impacted by shutdown
HOUSTON (AP) — The presidential libraries in Texas of George H.W. Bush and his son George W. Bush are being impacted during the U.S. government's partial shutdown.
Officials with the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Center at Texas A&M University said Saturday its National Archives facilities are closed during the shutdown.
The library, located in College Station, also says all activities are canceled until further notice.
LePage calls George and Barbara Bush ‘the best role models’
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage is urging all Mainers and "especially public figures" to follow the example set by former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara.
LePage used his weekly address to praise the nation's 41st president as a New England native "who truly dedicated his life to his family and to his country."
He noted that Bush's heart stayed in Kennebunkport. And he said Bush and the former first lady put the town on the map by welcoming world leaders.
NY flags to be lowered to honor Marines killed in crash
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Flags on all New York state government buildings will be lowered to half-staff in honor of a Hudson Valley Marine and five other Marines killed when two U.S. military planes collided off the coast of Japan last week.
Flags are currently at half-staff in honor of the late President George H.W. Bush. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that the flags will be lowered again on Dec. 31 to honor the six Marines killed in last Thursday's accident during a refueling mission.
Kasich would prefer competing for presidency as a Republican
BEXLEY, Ohio (AP) — Outgoing Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Thursday that he'd prefer to run for president as a Republican, but only if he's entering a primary he could win.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Kasich acknowledged he probably couldn't defeat President Donald Trump if the election were held today.
He says he's seriously considering his options and letting his advisers monitor the daily troubles Trump is facing, including talk of impeachment.
Melania Trump makes first lady history with ride in Osprey
HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — Melania Trump made history Wednesday by flying in a V-22 Osprey aircraft and onto the deck of an aircraft carrier.
The White House says it's the first time a first lady has flown in an Osprey. The tiltrotor aircraft takes off and lands vertically. Mrs. Trump flew from Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington to Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Virginia, and onto the deck of the USS George H.W. Bush and back.
The Latest: Private, graveside service ends; Bush buried
HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on events honoring former President George H.W. Bush (all times local):
Texas A&M says the private, graveside service for George H.W. Bush's family members has ended and the former president has been buried.
Thursday evening's ceremony concludes days of funeral activities honoring the 41st president.
After lying in state at the U.S. Capitol and a funeral at Washington's National Cathedral, Bush had a funeral at the Houston church where his family worshipped.
Trump odd man out as presidents assemble for Bush funeral
WASHINGTON (AP) — There was no mistaking the odd man out.
The Washington funeral service for former President George H.W. Bush served as a rare reunion of the remaining members of the presidents club, but the front-row banter among Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and their spouses came to an end when President Donald Trump and wife Melania arrived.
Nation bids goodbye to Bush with high praise, cannons, humor
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation bid goodbye to George H.W. Bush with high praise, cannon salutes and gentle humor Wednesday, celebrating the life of the Texan who embraced a lifetime of service in Washington and was the last president to fight for the U.S. in wartime. Three former presidents looked on at Washington National Cathedral as a fourth — George W. Bush — eulogized his dad as "the brightest of a thousand points of light."
The Latest: Bush’s body to lie in repose all night at church
HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on events honoring late former President George H.W. Bush (all times local):
The body of former President George H.W. Bush is set to lie in repose all night at the Houston church where his family worshipped.
People lined up Wednesday night at St. Martin's Episcopal Church to pay their respects to the nation's 41st president, who died last week. It's the same church where services for Bush's wife, Barbara, were held in April.
Last salute: A guide to George HW Bush’s funeral
WASHINGTON (AP) — President George H.W. Bush is getting a national farewell at Washington National Cathedral before family, friends, presidents and foreign dignitaries.
The nation's 41st president died Friday in Houston at age 94. His wife of 73 years, Barbara, passed away in April.
George H.W. Bush’s legacy on racial issues is complicated
George H.W. Bush got elected president after a campaign marked by the infamous Willie Horton ad, about a black murderer who raped a white woman while on a weekend furlough from prison.
On the other side of the racial ledger, Bush appointed Gen. Colin Powell as the first black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Crowds honor Bush for long service, from war to White House
WASHINGTON (AP) — Soldiers, citizens in wheelchairs and long lines of others on foot wound through the hushed Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday to view George H.W. Bush's casket and remember a president whose legacy included World War military service and a landmark law affirming the rights of the disabled. Bob Dole, a compatriot in war, peace and political struggle, steadied himself out of his wheelchair and saluted his old friend and one-time rival.
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Wolf to attend former President Bush’s funeral service
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf will attend the invitation-only national funeral service for former President George H.W. Bush in Washington, D.C.
Wednesday's funeral service is at the Washington National Cathedral.
Bush died on Friday at age 94 and is lying in state in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday.
Arizona governor to attend services for ex-President Bush
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey plans to attend funeral services for former President George H.W. Bush in Washington D.C.
The Republican governor's office announced that he will attend Wednesday's state funeral service for the 41st president at the Washington National Cathedral.
Laura Bush: Tour of White House Christmas decor was ‘sweet’
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former first lady Laura Bush said her tour of the White House Christmas decorations Tuesday made for a "sweet visit" during a somber week.
Mrs. Bush also visited with friends who take care of the White House residence, where she and President George W. Bush lived during his two terms in office from 2001 to 2009.