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Overdose total hits 76 in Connecticut park near Yale

The number of overdose victims linked to a suspected bad batch of synthetic marijuana has risen to 76 in New Haven, Connecticut, as officials try to determine exactly what sickened people. People on and around the historic New Haven Green near Yale University began falling ill shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday, and the overdoses continued into Thursday morning. No deaths were reported, and most people...


California considers limiting broad 'felony murder' law

California considers limiting broad 'felony murder' law

Brandon Hein was 18 when he and three other teenagers were charged in the 1995 stabbing death of the 16-year-old son of a Los Angeles police detective. One of Hein's friends pulled a knife during a fistfight over marijuana. James Farris III died; Jason Holland testified that he committed the stabbings in a backyard clubhouse, but Hein was also sentenced to life in prison under California's "felony...
'Weaponization of faith': Examples from clergy abuse report

'Weaponization of faith': Examples from clergy abuse report

A landmark grand jury report on clergy abuse in six Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania detailed how priests often used religious rituals, symbols of the faith and the threat of eternity in hell to groom, molest and rape children. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro called it the "weaponization of faith." Some of the examples cited in the report, released Tuesday, of how over...
Brennan: Trump worked with Russians and now he's desperate

Brennan: Trump worked with Russians and now he's desperate

Former CIA Director John Brennan said Thursday that President Donald Trump yanked his security clearance because his campaign colluded with the Russians to sway the 2016 election and is now desperate to end the special counsel's investigation. In an opinion piece in The New York Times, Brennan cites press reports and Trump's own goading of Russia during the campaign to find Democrat Hillary Clinton's...
Inside a super PAC that spends on everything but winning

Inside a super PAC that spends on everything but winning

A Mississippi super PAC has raised nearly $1.4 million for Republican Chris McDaniel's insurgent bid for the Senate. Yet only a fraction of that money has been spent reaching voters who could boost his uphill battle to win a November special election. An analysis of federal records shows that at least 18 campaign consultants received the bulk of the money, highlighting how super PAC funds aren't always...
Jury deliberations under way in fraud trial of Paul Manafort

Jury deliberations under way in fraud trial of Paul Manafort

Jurors began their deliberations Thursday in the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who prosecutors say earned $60 million advising Russia-backed politicians in Ukraine, hid much of it from the IRS and then lied to banks to get loans when the money dried up. Manafort's defense countered that he wasn't culpable because he left the particulars of his finances to others. The financial...
Unhealthy smoky air blankets Northwest

Unhealthy smoky air blankets Northwest

Unhealthy air filled with smoke from wildfires blanketed the Northwest again on Wednesday. Washington state had the worst air quality in the country, according to the National Weather Service. In the central Washington cities of Chelan and Wenatchee the air quality Wednesday reached the hazardous level, prompting Chelan County officials to distribute masks. The smoke reached levels that were unhealthy...
Dave Dave, whose father set him on fire in 1983, dies at 42

Dave Dave, whose father set him on fire in 1983, dies at 42

Dave Dave, a respected Las Vegas artist who was badly scarred as a boy when his father tried to burn him to death in Southern California, has died. He was 42. Dave, who was born David Rothenberg, died on July 15 at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas, Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg said Wednesday. The cause of his death awaited results of toxicology and other tests and a police investigation, the coroner...
The Latest: Trump connects Russia probe, action on Brennan

The Latest: Trump connects Russia probe, action on Brennan

The Latest on the revocation of former CIA director John Brennan's security clearance (all times local): 11:30 p.m. President Donald Trump is drawing a direct connection between the Russia investigation and his decision to revoke former CIA director John Brennan's security clearance. Trump told The Wall Street Journal in an interview Wednesday that his decision — and threat to revoke other clearances...
Vital US reservoir OK for now, but shortages are looming

Vital US reservoir OK for now, but shortages are looming

A vital reservoir on the Colorado River will be able to meet the demands of Mexico and the U.S. Southwest for the next 13 months, but a looming shortage could trigger cutbacks as soon as the end of 2019, officials said Wednesday. A forecast from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation echoes previous warnings that a nearly 20-year trend toward a drier regional climate coupled with rising demand could drain...
Pot taxes pick up in California but still far off target

Pot taxes pick up in California but still far off target

When it comes to the taxman, California's legal pot market is off to a sluggish start. Marijuana cultivation and excise tax collections hit $48 million between April and June, state officials announced Wednesday. That's a jump from the prior three months but well below the windfall envisioned by the state. Finance officials had estimated California would bank $185 million from excise and cultivation...
GOP's McCarthy slams California Democrats, faces heckling

GOP's McCarthy slams California Democrats, faces heckling

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy blasted his home state of California as out of touch Wednesday, criticizing leaders for increasing the gas tax and failing to get a handle on long lines at the Department of Motor Vehicles. At the same time, the Republican defended the Trump administration's policies on taxes and tariffs. A protest from dozens of young immigrant activists seated throughout the...
US officials: Iraqi refugee was part of terror group

US officials: Iraqi refugee was part of terror group

A refugee from Iraq was arrested Wednesday in Northern California on a warrant alleging that he killed an Iraqi policeman while fighting for the Islamic State organization. Omar Abdulsattar Ameen, 45, and other members of ISIS killed the officer after the town of Rawah, Iraq, fell to the Islamic State in June 2014, according to court documents. He was arrested by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force...
Federal agency issues proposals for downsized Utah monuments

Federal agency issues proposals for downsized Utah monuments

The U.S. government on Wednesday issued proposals for managing two national monuments in Utah that were significantly downsized by President Donald Trump last year, saying its preference for one of the sites would be the "least restrictive to energy and mining development." The Bureau of Land Management listed four options for the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, saying the energy...
US newspapers to Trump: We're not enemies of the people

US newspapers to Trump: We're not enemies of the people

Newspapers from Maine to Hawaii pushed back against President Donald Trump's attacks on "fake news" Thursday with a coordinated series of editorials speaking up for a free and vigorous press. The Boston Globe, which set the campaign in motion by urging the unified voice, had estimated that some 350 newspapers would participate. They did across the breadth of the country. The Portland (Maine)...
Church sex scandal: Abuse victims want a full reckoning

Church sex scandal: Abuse victims want a full reckoning

Six Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania joined the list this week of those around the U.S. that have been forced to face the ugly truth about child-molesting priests in their ranks. But in dozens of other dioceses, there has been no reckoning, leading victims to wonder if the church will ever truly take responsibility or be held accountable. "It happens everywhere, so it's not really so much...
Swimmer suffers puncture wounds in shark attack on Cape Cod

Swimmer suffers puncture wounds in shark attack on Cape Cod

A man swimming off Cape Cod was attacked by a shark on Wednesday and was airlifted to a hospital. It was the first shark attack on a human at the popular summer tourist destination since 2012. The victim was a 61-year-old man, who suffered puncture wounds to his torso and legs, said Gary Sharpless, assistant harbormaster in Truro. The attack happened around 4 p.m. at Long Nook Beach in Truro, on the...
Moderates are key to defeating Kobach in Kansas

Moderates are key to defeating Kobach in Kansas

With Kris Kobach as the Republican nominee for governor, Kansas Democrats may have the candidate they want. Kobach, who serves as secretary of state, has earned a national reputation for his tough views on illegal immigration, his push for voting laws such as photo ID and proof of citizenship requirements and a full-throated endorsement from President Donald Trump. But Democrat Laura Kelly, a longtime...
Baby elephant joins herd at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Baby elephant joins herd at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

The newest elephant at San Diego Zoo Safari Park has joined the rest of the herd. Video posted by the zoo this week shows Umzula-zuli taking his first tentative steps in the elephant enclosure — under the watchful eye of his mother, Ndula. Zookeeper Mindy Albright says the other 12 elephants sniffed the new baby and trumpeted their welcome. The healthy male African elephant calf was born Sunday...
Study: Smokers better off quitting, even with weight gain

Study: Smokers better off quitting, even with weight gain

If you quit smoking and gain weight, it may seem like you're trading one set of health problems for another. But a new U.S. study finds you're still better off in the long run. Compared with smokers, even the quitters who gained the most weight had at least a 50 percent lower risk of dying prematurely from heart disease and other causes, the Harvard-led study found. The study is impressive in its...
Senate study faults government care of migrant children

Senate study faults government care of migrant children

The government has made only incremental improvements to its troubled efforts to care for thousands of migrant children detained entering the U.S. without their parents, perpetuating a problem the Trump administration has aggravated with its "zero tolerance" immigration crackdown, a bipartisan Senate report said Wednesday. The 52-page study said no federal agency takes responsibility for...
Notes of support pour in for 2 who started California blaze

Notes of support pour in for 2 who started California blaze

A couple whose flattened trailer tire accidentally started a massive fire in Northern California has received more than 100 cards and letters with supportive messages telling them not to feel guilty. The outpouring of support for an 81-year-old man and his wife started after Rachel Pilli made a Facebook post offering to forward compassionate messages to the couple, the Record Searchlight in Redding...
Relative: Family of 7 on vacation died in Oregon collision

Relative: Family of 7 on vacation died in Oregon collision

A family of seven, including five young children, died on a remote Oregon road in a head-on collision on their way to an end-of-summer vacation in Las Vegas, a family member said Wednesday. Erika Carter Boquet, 29, was driving her 2016 Toyota 4 Runner eastbound on Oregon Highway 78 when an oncoming vehicle veered into her lane, authorities said. Boquet, of Tacoma, Washington, and her children Isabella...
Georgia woman facing 'longest sentence' for leaking to media

Georgia woman facing 'longest sentence' for leaking to media

A Georgia woman who mailed a secret U.S. report to a news organization faces the "longest sentence" ever behind bars for a federal crime involving leaks to the news media, prosecutors said in a court filing. Former National Security Agency contractor Reality Winner, 26, is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 23 by U.S. District Court Judge J. Randal Hall in Augusta. She pleaded guilty in June...
Colorado baker: No cake for gender transition celebration

Colorado baker: No cake for gender transition celebration

A Colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple on religious grounds — a stance partially upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court — has sued the state over its opposition to his refusal to bake a cake celebrating a gender transition, his attorneys said Wednesday. Jack Phillips, owner of the Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver, claimed that Colorado officials are on a...
Trump yanks ex-CIA chief's clearance, hitting vocal critic

Trump yanks ex-CIA chief's clearance, hitting vocal critic

President Donald Trump abruptly revoked the security clearance of ex-CIA Director John Brennan on Wednesday, an unprecedented act of retribution against a vocally critical former top U.S. official. Later, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Trump drew a direct connection between the Russia investigation and his decision, citing Brennan as among those he held responsible for the investigation...
Republicans blast Pearl Jam poster of burning White House

Republicans blast Pearl Jam poster of burning White House

Republicans on Wednesday condemned a poster by Pearl Jam that shows the White House in flames and a bald eagle pecking at a skeleton they say is meant to depict President Donald Trump. The National Republican Senate Committee compared it to the now-infamous photo of comedian Kathy Griffin holding a fake decapitated Trump head. The rock group's Twitter account says the official poster from Monday's...
Democrats avoid abuse allegations against party leader

Democrats avoid abuse allegations against party leader

The head of the Democratic Party insisted Wednesday that allegations of domestic abuse against his second-in-command would not hurt his party ahead of this fall's midterm elections. Yet four days after the first public accusation of physical and emotional abuse emerged against Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, other would-be allies across the nation were far less certain. And President Donald Trump's...
Conditions of release not yet met for compound suspects

Conditions of release not yet met for compound suspects

Three people accused of child abuse at a ramshackle desert compound remained jailed Wednesday as New Mexico authorities sought to satisfy the conditions of their release set by a judge. Among other things, authorities must find safe living arrangements for the defendants before they can leave jail. They also must wear ankle monitors and have regular contact with their attorneys. "The conditions...
Not just land heat waves: Oceans are in hot water, too

Not just land heat waves: Oceans are in hot water, too

Even the oceans are breaking temperature records in this summer of heat waves. Off the San Diego coast, scientists earlier this month recorded all-time high seawater temperatures since daily measurements began in 1916. "Just like we have heat waves on land, we also have heat waves in the ocean," said Art Miller of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Between 1982 and 2016, the number...
Shipwreck from only WWII battle in America found off Alaska

Shipwreck from only WWII battle in America found off Alaska

Daryl Weathers remembers trying to pull men from the sea off Alaska's Aleutian Islands after a U.S. Navy destroyer hit a mine left by the Japanese following the only World War II battle fought on North American soil. The explosion, which ripped the stern off the USS Abner Read, also covered many of the men in oil, which prevented some from being rescued. "They were so slippery, you couldn't get...
After firefighting rips up the land, crews move in to fix it

After firefighting rips up the land, crews move in to fix it

Jack Hattendorf steers his road grader back and forth across a dirt path cutting through blackened earth. With each pass, he smooths and tamps down the soil to remake a dirt road that fire crews tore apart days earlier to stop flames that would become part of the largest wildfire on record in California. Even as flames chew through forestland nearby, Hattendorf and others are working to repair the...
Nuke talks uncertain, US hits shippers with NKorea sanctions

Nuke talks uncertain, US hits shippers with NKorea sanctions

With little apparent progress in denuclearization talks with North Korea, the Trump administration on Wednesday stepped up pressure on the isolated nation by punishing three foreign companies accused of helping the North evade international sanctions. The Treasury Department imposed sanctions on the companies, which are based in China, Russia and Singapore, as well as the head of the Russian firm...
Mattis says US will work more closely with Argentina

Mattis says US will work more closely with Argentina

The U.S. and Argentinian militaries will pursue closer cooperation on numerous fronts, including military education and training, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday after meeting with his counterpart during the first visit to Argentina by an American defense chief in 13 years. "We focused on what we can do working together as they go through very difficult economic times,"...
The Latest: Manafort jury deliberations to begin Thursday

The Latest: Manafort jury deliberations to begin Thursday

The Latest on the trial of onetime Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort (all times local): 6:35 p.m. Jurors in the financial fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort are set to begin their deliberations. After closing arguments wrapped up Wednesday afternoon, U.S. District Judge T. S. Ellis lll spent an hour and a half giving his instructions to the jury and then told them they...
Parkland students start school year with tightened security

Parkland students start school year with tightened security

Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School returned to a more secure campus on Wednesday as they began their first new school year since a gunman killed 17 people in the freshman building. But some say they still won't feel protected despite $6.5 million in security enhancements, including 18 safety monitors, new classroom locks and upgraded video surveillance. All the students wore lanyards...
Black Americans aren't buying Omarosa's turn against Trump

Black Americans aren't buying Omarosa's turn against Trump

For years, Omarosa Manigault Newman stood at Donald Trump's side, making her deeply unpopular with African-Americans who see her as a sellout for aligning herself with a president who has hurled one insult after another at black people. Her falling out with Trump and her decision to call him a racist as she sells her new book — and in turn, his calling her a "dog" — have not...
White House admits error for false claim on black employment

White House admits error for false claim on black employment

The White House has acknowledged error in its false claim that President Donald Trump created three times as many jobs for African-Americans than President Barack Obama. It was a rare admission of fault for an administration that frequently skews data and overstates economic gains. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Twitter late Tuesday that she had been wrong earlier that...
Italian bridge collapse: At least 39 killed when raised highway gives way in Genoa

Italian bridge collapse: At least 39 killed when raised highway gives way in Genoa

At least 39 people were killed Tuesday when part of the a highway bridge collapsed in northwestern Italy, officials said. Update 8:40 a.m. EDT Aug. 15: Italian officials raised the death toll in Tuesday’s Morandi Bridge collapse from 37 to 39 at a news conference Wednesday, according to The Associated Press. Angelo Borrelli, the head of the civil protection department,  said some 1...
Who is Christine Hallquist? Transgender woman wins Democratic nomination for Vermont governor

Who is Christine Hallquist? Transgender woman wins Democratic nomination for Vermont governor

A Vermont Democrat has become the first transgender gubernatorial nominee for a major political party in the United States. According to The Associated Press and state election returns, Christine Hallquist, 62, of Hyde Park, won the nomination with 48.3 percent of votes and will face Republican Gov. Phil Scott in November. Here's what we know about Hallquist: 1. She is a former utility executive....
Democratic House candidate airs TV ad saying she won’t back Pelosi for speaker

Democratic House candidate airs TV ad saying she won’t back Pelosi for speaker

Kathy Manning, the Democratic nominee in North Carolina's 13th Congressional District, is airing a new TV ad in which she declares that she will not back Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for speaker, becoming the latest candidate to buck her party's House leader.  Manning, who is running against Rep. Ted Budd, R, in the Republican-leaning district, had previously announced that she would not support...
Twitter suspends Infowars founder’s account over a Tweet

Twitter suspends Infowars founder’s account over a Tweet

Twitter on Tuesday suspended the account of far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for a week after he tweeted a link to a video calling for supporters to get their “battle rifles” ready against media and others, in a violation of the company’s rules against inciting violence.  The action effectively prevents Jones from tweeting or retweeting from his personal account for...
The New York Times joins effort to combat Trump’s anti-press rhetoric

The New York Times joins effort to combat Trump’s anti-press rhetoric

 The call to arms came in the form of a memo.  Marjorie Pritchard, the deputy managing editor of The Boston Globe, reached out to editorial boards at other newspapers last week.  “We propose to publish an editorial on August 16 on the dangers of the administration’s assault on the press and ask others to commit to publishing their own editorials on the same date,”...
‘He created Omarosa’: How Trump’s protegee turned his tactics against him

‘He created Omarosa’: How Trump’s protegee turned his tactics against him

Omarosa Manigault Newman's new book comes with an explosive title. ("Unhinged.") It has a healthy frisson of tension followed by a climactic reveal. (She taped her colleagues! In the White House Situation Room!) And it has just enough cliffhangers to keep viewers coming back for more. (She may or may not have heard a recording of President Donald Trump using the n-word.)  To Trump,...
White House press secretary can’t guarantee public won’t hear Trump use N-word on audio recording

White House press secretary can’t guarantee public won’t hear Trump use N-word on audio recording

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday that she couldn't guarantee that the American people will never hear President Donald Trump uttering the n-word on an audio recording, as a former senior White House adviser continued a publicity tour to promote her new book depicting the president as a racist.  The briefing by Sanders came after Trump referred to the former adviser...
Parliament car crash: Salih Khater named as suspect in possible terror attack, reports say

Parliament car crash: Salih Khater named as suspect in possible terror attack, reports say

A man arrested on suspicion of terrorist offenses in connection with a Tuesday morning car crash outside the Houses of Parliament in London has been identified as Salih Khater, British media outlets are reporting. Update 5:45 a.m. EDT Aug. 15: More details are emerging about the man accused of driving a car through security barriers and injuring pedestrians outside the Houses of Parliament in London...
Trailblazing victories for Democrats on a big primary night for women

Trailblazing victories for Democrats on a big primary night for women

Democrats delivered groundbreaking victories in Tuesday’s primaries for a transgender female candidate in Vermont, a Muslim woman in Minnesota and an African-American woman in Connecticut, while party members in Wisconsin nominated a top state education official to challenge Gov. Scott Walker, one of the most vulnerable high-profile Republicans of the midterms cycle.  Tony Evers, the Wisconsin...
Omarosa claims DeVos wants to ‘replace public education with for-profit schools’ — and that Trump calls her ‘Ditzy DeVos’

Omarosa claims DeVos wants to ‘replace public education with for-profit schools’ — and that Trump calls her ‘Ditzy DeVos’

A controversial new book about President Donald Trump by one of his former senior advisers, Omarosa Manigault Newman, claims that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos wants "to replace public education with for-profit schools" and that President Trump has called her by the nickname "Ditzy DeVos."  The book, "Unhinged," describes Trump during the years that Manigault Newman...
Dems pick 'firsts,' GOP goes for Trump fave in primaries

Dems pick 'firsts,' GOP goes for Trump fave in primaries

In a night of firsts, Democrats in Vermont's primary chose the nation's first transgender gubernatorial nominee. In Minnesota, they picked a woman who would be the first Somali-American member of Congress. Connecticut Democrats nominated a candidate who could become the first black woman from the state to serve in Congress. Democrats embraced diversity in Tuesday primaries, while Republicans in Minnesota...
WWII POWs buried as unknowns in Hawaii get memorial marker

WWII POWs buried as unknowns in Hawaii get memorial marker

Nancy Kragh grew up without her father, who was among 400 prisoners of war killed when a ship taking them from the Philippines to Japan was bombed. On Wednesday, she and other family members of prisoners on that ship dedicated a memorial stone to their loved ones. The marker lies within a national cemetery in Honolulu where the men are buried in 20 separate graves as "unknowns." Kragh only...
Pawlenty loss shows Minnesota GOP's reluctance to coronate

Pawlenty loss shows Minnesota GOP's reluctance to coronate

As the last Republican to win statewide in traditionally blue Minnesota, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty hoped to be the party's savior by running for his old job. Voters instead chose a lesser-known local official who didn't carry the stigma of the GOP establishment or of calling President Donald Trump "unhinged." The defeat had echoes of Pawlenty's short-lived 2012 presidential campaign, when...
Victory offers Muslim candidate new platform to oppose Trump

Victory offers Muslim candidate new platform to oppose Trump

President Donald Trump, meet Ilhan Omar. Just two years ago, the Minnesota Democrat became the first Somali-American elected to a state legislature. Now she's likely to become one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress. And she says one of her top priorities will be resisting the Trump administration, which would forbid her from entering the U.S. if she were attempting to immigrate today...
Primaries marked by Democratic diversity, Trump's picks

Primaries marked by Democratic diversity, Trump's picks

Democrats embraced diversity Tuesday in a primary night of firsts, while Republicans in Minnesota rejected a familiar face of the GOP old guard in favor of a rising newcomer aligned with President Donald Trump. In Vermont, Democrats rallied behind the nation's first transgender nominee for governor. Minnesota Democrats backed a woman who would be the first Somali-American member of Congress. And in...
Educator upsets longtime Wisconsin state lawmaker

Educator upsets longtime Wisconsin state lawmaker

An educator who pulled off a major upset when she defeated a longtime incumbent lawmaker in the Democratic primaries will become one of only two black women in Wisconsin's state Assembly — a feat she attributes to long days knocking on voters' doors. LaKeshia Myers, 34, beat state Rep. Fred Kessler by 23 percentage points in the 12th Assembly District, and since she'll be unopposed in November...
Wisconsin Senate, governor's races feature Trump backers

Wisconsin Senate, governor's races feature Trump backers

Republican Gov. Scott Walker will have to defeat Wisconsin's top education official to win a third term, while U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin faces a longtime state legislator as she tries to keep the seat under Democratic control. Both Republicans are closely tied to President Donald Trump, who tweeted enthusiastic support for Walker and Senate nominee Leah Vukmir, in a state that Trump barely won in 2016...
Kansas governor concedes, says he will endorse GOP nominee

Kansas governor concedes, says he will endorse GOP nominee

Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer says he will endorse Republican nominee for governor Kris Kobach after conceding in the state's GOP primary in a surprise announcement a week after their neck-and-neck finish threatened to send the race to a recount. Colyer accepted defeat Tuesday evening after a review of some provisional ballots from most Kansas counties failed to find enough votes for him to overcome a deficit...
US, Mexico announce new strategies on cartels

US, Mexico announce new strategies on cartels

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officials unveiled some additional strategies in combating Mexican drug cartels Wednesday in Chicago alongside members of the Mexican government, military and federal police, who said one priority was to capture the leader of the increasingly powerful Jalisco New Generation Cartel. A joint news conference with the officials side by side was a display of bilateral...
Primary night takeaways: Diverse Democrats and Trump wins

Primary night takeaways: Diverse Democrats and Trump wins

It was a night of firsts: The first openly transgender gubernatorial nominee. The first Somali-American major party nominee. The potential of the first black woman representing Connecticut in Congress. It was also a night of victories for President Donald Trump. A week after a vote approaching a dead heat, a close ally ousted a sitting GOP governor in Kansas. In Tuesday's Wisconsin and Minnesota primaries...
'Manafort and his lies' at heart of case, prosecution argues

'Manafort and his lies' at heart of case, prosecution argues

Paul Manafort lied to keep himself flush with cash for his luxurious lifestyle and lied some more to procure millions in bank loans when his income dropped off, prosecutors told jurors Wednesday in closing arguments at the former Trump campaign chairman's financial fraud trial. Jurors will begin deliberations Thursday. In his defense, Manafort's attorneys told jurors to question the entirety of the...
Defiant as Trump rages, Omarosa says she won't be silenced

Defiant as Trump rages, Omarosa says she won't be silenced

Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman declared that she "will not be silenced" by President Donald Trump, remaining defiant as her public feud with her former boss appeared to shift to a possible legal battle. In an interview Tuesday with The Associated Press, Manigault Newman, who is promoting her new book about her time in Trump's orbit, said she believes the president's campaign...
Vermont nominates 1st US transgender candidate for governor

Vermont nominates 1st US transgender candidate for governor

A former Vermont utility executive on Tuesday became the first transgender candidate from a major political party to be nominated for governor, and she'll face the Republican incumbent, who survived a bitter backlash from his base over gun restrictions he supported. GOP Gov. Phil Scott defeated a challenge from Springfield businessman Keith Stern in his quest to win a second term. He will face Christine...
Trump-Omarosa feud rooted in her allegations of racism

Trump-Omarosa feud rooted in her allegations of racism

President Donald Trump unloaded on former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, calling her a "crazed, crying lowlife" and "that dog," as a clash rooted in the reality star's accusations of racism focused new attention on his frequent disparagement of prominent African-Americans. The public conflict showed no signs of slowing, as Manigault Newman did another round of interviews to promote...
Bishops accused of brushing off sexual abuse complaints

Bishops accused of brushing off sexual abuse complaints

A priest raped a 7-year-old girl while visiting her in the hospital after she had her tonsils removed. Another priest forced a 9-year-old boy into having oral sex, then rinsed out the youngster's mouth with holy water. One boy was forced to say confession to the priest who sexually abused him. An estimated 300 Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania molested more than 1,000 children — and possibly...
Turkey increases tariffs on some US goods, escalating feud

Turkey increases tariffs on some US goods, escalating feud

Turkey said Wednesday it is increasing tariffs on some U.S. products like cars, alcohol, and coal — a move that is unlikely to have much economic impact but highlights the deteriorating relations with the U.S. in a feud that has already helped trigger a currency crisis . The Turkish government said tariffs on American cars will be doubled to 120 percent while those on alcoholic drinks will be...
Pawlenty's Minnesota loss caps political career with a thud

Pawlenty's Minnesota loss caps political career with a thud

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's bid to win his old job back fizzled Tuesday as the two-time governor who had harshly criticized Donald Trump late in the 2016 presidential campaign failed to connect with an electorate that has shifted in the years since he last held office. Pawlenty, who once called Trump "unhinged and unfit for the presidency," lost to Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff...
Steil, 'Iron Stache' to face off for Ryan seat in November

Steil, 'Iron Stache' to face off for Ryan seat in November

Randy Bryce, a union ironworker known by the nickname "Iron Stache," won Tuesday's Democratic primary in the race to replace Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan in Wisconsin for a seat he's held 20 years. Republicans, for their part, pinned their hopes on a former Ryan aide, picking Bryan Steil, an attorney who is from a prominent family in the same hometown of Ryan, in a five-way primary...
Actor Liev Schreiber denies hitting photographer

Actor Liev Schreiber denies hitting photographer

Actor Liev Schreiber on Tuesday denied allegations that he attacked a local photographer while he was in suburban New York filming the popular Showtime series "Ray Donovan." The 50-year-old was hit with a harassment violation after photographer Sherwood Martinelli claimed Schreiber damaged his camera when he tried to photograph him on June 7. Schreiber appeared in a Nyack courthouse on Tuesday...
Kansas governor concedes GOP primary to secretary of state

Kansas governor concedes GOP primary to secretary of state

Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer conceded Tuesday evening in the state's Republican gubernatorial primary, saying he will endorse Secretary of State Kris Kobach a week after their neck-and-neck finish threatened to send the race to a recount. Colyer accepted defeat in a surprise announcement after a review of some provisional ballots from most Kansas counties failed to find enough votes for him to overcome...
Evers wins Democratic primary, will face Walker

Evers wins Democratic primary, will face Walker

Wisconsin state schools chief Tony Evers, a cancer survivor known for his even-keeled demeanor, won the Democratic primary for governor on Tuesday and will face Republican Gov. Scott Walker in November as he seeks a third term. Evers emerged from a field of eight Democratic candidates to win the primary, which comes as Walker has warned supporters that a blue wave could be coming if they aren't vigilant...
Police: Shooting followed dispute in Walmart checkout lines

Police: Shooting followed dispute in Walmart checkout lines

A man pulled a gun during a dispute with another customer in Walmart checkout lines near Philadelphia and opened fire, wounding several people before fleeing but was later arrested after crashing into a police vehicle, police said Tuesday night. All victims sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the gunfire reported just after 6 p.m. Tuesday in the crowded store at the Cedarbrook Plaza Shopping...
Wisconsin state Sen. Vukmir to take on US Sen. Tammy Baldwin

Wisconsin state Sen. Vukmir to take on US Sen. Tammy Baldwin

Leah Vukmir, a Wisconsin state senator and close ally to Gov. Scott Walker, defeated a former Marine who cast himself as a political outsider to win the Republican primary for U.S. Senate on Tuesday. Vukmir, who beat political newcomer Kevin Nicholson despite being outspent by as much as $8 million, advances to face Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin. Republicans nationally have targeted Baldwin and outside...
Experts: Hail damage is worse, but climate role uncertain

Experts: Hail damage is worse, but climate role uncertain

Hailstorms inflict billions of dollars in damage yearly in North America alone, and the cost will rise as the growing population builds more homes, offices and factories, climate and weather experts said Tuesday. The role of climate change in hailstorms is harder to assess, the experts said at a conference at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. Climate change will likely...
Judge sets deadline for Army specialist's citizenship ruling

Judge sets deadline for Army specialist's citizenship ruling

Immigration officials have three weeks to decide whether to approve the citizenship application of a South Korean-born U.S. Army specialist who is suing after the military discharged her, a judge ruled Tuesday. Yea Ji Sea filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security last month after the military moved to discharge her. The woman came to the country as a child on a visitor visa and held...
9 injured in apparent natural gas explosion in Denver

9 injured in apparent natural gas explosion in Denver

Nine people were injured, one critically, by an apparent natural gas explosion in Denver on Tuesday, firefighters said. Capt. Greg Pixley, a spokesman for the Denver Fire Department, said seven bystanders were treated for minor injuries and released after a portion of a brick rowhouse was leveled in the blast just south of downtown. A man was critically injured, and a woman who was pulled from the...
Ex-Virginia Tech student pleads guilty to hiding teen's body

Ex-Virginia Tech student pleads guilty to hiding teen's body

A former Virginia Tech student pleaded guilty Tuesday to concealing the body of a slain 13-year-old girl, but still faces trial on a more serious charge of being an accessory to the teen's killing. Natalie Keepers is scheduled to go on trial in September, accused of being an accessory before the fact in the killing of Nicole Lovell, a Blacksburg middle school student. Keepers, of Laurel, Maryland...
Pentagon spokeswoman under inspector general investigation

Pentagon spokeswoman under inspector general investigation

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' public affairs chief is being investigated by the department's inspector general after allegations that she misused her authority and used her staff for personal business, U.S. officials said Tuesday. The Pentagon issued a statement acknowledging there is an "ongoing review" of Dana W. White, but had no other comment. The officials, who requested anonymity to...
Judge jails congressional candidate through election for DUI

Judge jails congressional candidate through election for DUI

A Georgia congressional candidate convicted of drunken driving was ordered by a judge Tuesday to spend the next six months in jail — a sentence that would keep the candidate locked up long past Election Day. It was unclear what would become of Democrat Steven Foster's campaign after he was sentenced by a Superior Court judge in Whitfield County. He was the only Democrat to run in the May 22...
The Latest: Radinovich wins Minnesota Democrat House primary

The Latest: Radinovich wins Minnesota Democrat House primary

The Latest on primaries in Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont and Wisconsin (all times local): 11:20 p.m. Former state Rep. Joe Radinovich has won a crowded Democratic primary to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan in a northeastern Minnesota swing district. Radinovich defeated Rep. Jason Metsa, longtime former news anchor Michelle Lee and others on Tuesday. Radinovich served one term in the state...
Unaffiliated voters key to outcome of Kansas' GOP primary

Unaffiliated voters key to outcome of Kansas' GOP primary

Nearly 31 percent of registered voters in Kansas have no party preference but they are allowed to vote in the Democratic and Republican primaries if they declare allegiance to one of the parties before casting their ballot. But these unaffiliated voters and what constitutes "declaring allegiance" are at the center of an increasingly contentious battle as 298 votes separate Secretary of State...
AP NewsBreak: Pilot who crashed his own home had hangar code

AP NewsBreak: Pilot who crashed his own home had hangar code

A man who died when he flew a plane into his own house after he had been arrested for assaulting his wife had full access to his employer's plane because he had earned the firm's trust, the president of the Utah company said Tuesday. Duane Youd, 47, was a "rock-solid" employee and a good person during 13 months as company pilot, Leon Van Sickle told The Associated Press. He is the president...
Ex-White House aide says Trump trying to silence her

Ex-White House aide says Trump trying to silence her

Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman declared Tuesday that she "will not be silenced" by President Donald Trump, remaining defiant as her public feud with her former boss appeared to shift to a possible legal battle. In an interview with The Associated Press, Manigault Newman, who is promoting her new book about her time in Trump's orbit, said she believes the president's campaign...
No leaks: Cushy job offers for discarded Trump staffers

No leaks: Cushy job offers for discarded Trump staffers

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. And, perhaps, your potential leakers closer yet. President Donald Trump's political operation has made a regular practice of providing soft landing-pads for discarded staffers, offering nebulous jobs at big salaries to aides who have been pushed out of his West Wing. The revelation this week that former White House assistant Omarosa Manigault Newman...
Lavish court spending in poor West Virginia triggers scandal

Lavish court spending in poor West Virginia triggers scandal

A $42,000 antique desk. A $32,000 blue suede sectional sofa. A $7,500 inlaid wooden floor map of West Virginia's 55 counties. A scandal involving lavish office renovations and other financial abuses by the highest court in one of the poorest states in America has triggered an extraordinary move by one branch of government to essentially fire another. The West Virginia House of Delegates on Monday...
EPA challenged safety of administration mileage freeze

EPA challenged safety of administration mileage freeze

The Environmental Protection Agency privately challenged the Trump administration's rationale for freezing Obama-era mileage standards, saying the proposal would actually increase U.S. highway deaths. In announcing the mileage proposal earlier this month, officials with the EPA and Department of Transportation contended the mileage freeze would save about 1,000 lives a year. But in a June email, senior...
Mattis says Taliban's tactics endanger Afghan civilians

Mattis says Taliban's tactics endanger Afghan civilians

The Taliban's use of civilian homes in the city of Ghazni as fighting positions is forcing Afghan government forces to move slowly in expelling the insurgents in order to limit civilian casualties, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday. Mattis told reporters during a visit to Brazil and Argentina that the fighting in Ghazni was continuing, five days after the Taliban overwhelmed defenses...
Jordanian immigrant gets death for Houston 'honor killings'

Jordanian immigrant gets death for Houston 'honor killings'

A Jordanian immigrant was sentenced to death on Tuesday after being convicted in what Texas prosecutors described as the honor killings of his daughter's American husband and her friend who was an Iranian women's rights activist. Ali Mahwood-Awad Irsan was found guilty of capital murder last month in the 2012 fatal shootings of his son-in-law, Coty Beavers, and his daughter's friend, Gelareh Bagherzadeh...
New Jersey takes in $40.6 million in sports bets in July

New Jersey takes in $40.6 million in sports bets in July

Sports betting is off and running in New Jersey, with three casinos and two racetracks taking in $40.6 million in wagers in July, the first full month it was legal. Those figures were part of a report that showed that Hard Rock debuted as Atlantic City's No. 3 casino in terms of gambling revenue out of the nine casinos in town. Ocean Resort came in last in its first full month of operation. New Jersey...
Stormy Daniels' lawyer appears in Houston immigration court

Stormy Daniels' lawyer appears in Houston immigration court

The attorney taking on President Donald Trump over his alleged affair with an adult film actress went to immigration court Tuesday to try to secure the release of a 9-year-old boy from Guatemala. A judge denied Michael Avenatti's request to dismiss the removal case against the boy, whose mother was deported in June. Avenatti and another attorney had offered to take the boy from court to the airport...
APNewsBreak: Johnson to make Libertarian bid for Senate seat

APNewsBreak: Johnson to make Libertarian bid for Senate seat

Former Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson began his campaign Tuesday to unseat New Mexico's junior Democratic senator, seeking political opportunity in the space between Democrats and voters loyal to President Donald Trump. Johnson, a former two-term governor of New Mexico, was added to the state's list of Senate candidates as final paperwork was being filed with election officials. His...
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