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Will Kelly stay or won’t he? Trump praises, criticizes aide

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump isn't committing to a previous pledge to keep chief of staff John Kelly for the remainder of his term, part of widespread speculation about staffing changes that could soon sweep through his administration. Trump, ...

In smoldering wildfire ruins, life goes on for a hardy few

By JOHN LOCHER and BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Brad Weldon lost his home to fire when he was a kid, so when a deadly wildland blaze came roaring toward his ranch house in the pines where he lives with his 89-year-old blind mother, he wasn't going to let disaster ...

In year of Democratic hopes, GOP comes out on top in Florida

By GARY FINEOUT, Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — This was the year Florida's Democrats spoke ambitiously of ending their 20-year journey in political exile in this battleground state. Instead, election results after a tense and bruising recount showed Republicans coming out on top ...

Neighbors wage shadow campaigns in New Hampshire for 2020

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Even before they announce their White House intentions, New Hampshire's ambitious neighbors are in the midst of a shadow campaign to shape the nation's first presidential primary election of the 2020 season. Democrats on the ground expect a ...

Turbulent stock market spooks some older workers, retirees

By ANDREW SOERGEL, For The Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — The recent turbulence in the U.S. stock markets is spooking some older workers and retirees, a group that was hit particularly hard during the most recent financial crisis. There's no indication, though, that the recent volatility ...

Rain could hinder search for victims of California wildfire

By SUDHIN THANAWALA, Associated Press PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The search for remains of victims of the devastating Northern California wildfire has taken on new urgency as rain in the forecast could complicate those efforts while also bringing relief to firefighters on the front lines. Up ...

Trump says he answered written questions in Mueller probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he has answered written questions from special counsel Robert Mueller but hasn't yet submitted them. Trump told reporters in the Oval Office on Friday that he answered the questions "very easily" this week but added that "you have to always be ...

Judge: White House must return CNN’s Jim Acosta’s credential

By JESSICA GRESKO and MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge ordered the Trump administration on Friday to immediately return the White House press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta, though a lawsuit over the credentials' revocation is continuing. U.S. ...

Missing-persons list tops 600 in fire-stricken California

By KATHLEEN RONAYNE and BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press CHICO, Calif. (AP) — The potential magnitude of the wildfire disaster in Northern California escalated as officials raised the death toll to 63 and released a missing-persons list with 631 names on it more than a week after the flames ...

Florida: Hand recount begins for tight US Senate race

By GARY FINEOUT and BRENDAN FARRINGTON, Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A hand recount began Friday in Florida's acrimonious U.S. Senate contest after an initial review by ballot-counting machines showed Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson separated by fewer ...

DeVos proposes overhaul to campus sexual misconduct rules

By COLLIN BINKLEY, Associated Press Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Friday proposed a major overhaul to the way colleges and universities handle sexual misconduct complaints, adding protections for students accused of assault and harassment and narrowing which cases schools would be ...

Transit riders, drivers brace for influx of Amazon employees

By CATHY BUSSEWITZ, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Commuters beware: New York and Washington's clogged streets and creaky subway systems are about to feel more pain as 50,000 more people descend on the two metro areas where Amazon will open new headquarters. An expansion of that scope ...

After arrest, Michael Avenatti denies LA domestic violence

By MICHAEL BALSAMO and ANDREW DALTON, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for Stormy Daniels, has denied allegations of domestic violence after his arrest near his ritzy Los Angeles skyscraper apartment. "I have never struck a woman, I never will strike a ...

Northern California fire death toll at 56; 130 missing

By KATHLEEN RONAYNE, Associated Press MAGALIA, Calif. (AP) — As the scope of a deadly Northern California wildfire set in, the sheriff said more than 450 people had now been assigned to comb through the charred remains in search for more bodies. The blaze has killed at least 56 people and ...

Trump administration defends its case against CNN’s Acosta

By ASHRAF KHALIL, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration is trying to fend off a legal challenge from CNN and other outlets over the revocation of journalist Jim Acosta's White House "hard pass." U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly heard arguments ...

Farm animals may soon get new features through gene editing

By CANDICE CHOI, AP Food & Health Writer OAKFIELD, N.Y. (AP) — Cows that can withstand hotter temperatures. Cows born without pesky horns. Pigs that never reach puberty. A company wants to alter farm animals by adding and subtracting genetic traits in a lab. It sounds like science ...

Nielsen’s DHS replacement to face same border challenges

By COLLEEN LONG and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen never quite clicked personally as the president chafed at her explanations of complicated immigration issues and her inability to bring about massive ...

AP sources: President Trump mulling a wide-ranging shake-up

By COLLEEN LONG, ZEKE MILLER and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is weighing an administration-wide shake-up as he looks to prepare his White House for divided government, but it is unclear who is going and who is staying. Homeland Security ...

Overheating machines complicate Florida’s recount battle

By TERRY SPENCER and GARY FINEOUT, Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A new problem complicated Florida's ongoing recount battle as lawyers headed back to court on Wednesday: Palm Beach County's tallying machines have overheated, causing mismatched results with the recount of ...

N. California fires death toll now at 48; many still missing

By MARTHA MENDOZA and GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press CHICO, Calif. (AP) — A message board at a shelter for the many people who fled California's deadliest wildfire is filled with photos of the missing, as well as pleas for any information about relatives and friends. "I hope you are ...

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