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Fires put pressure on California utilities despite new law

Fires put pressure on California utilities despite new law

California utilities again are facing severe financial pressures from the possibility that their equipment sparked catastrophic wildfires, including two that are now burning at either end of the state. The pressure comes even though Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation in September giving utilities some relief beginning next year.
Whitaker will consult with ethics officials over recusal

Whitaker will consult with ethics officials over recusal

Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker will consult with Justice Department ethics officials about "matters that may warrant recusal" amid pressure from Democrats to step aside from overseeing the special counsel's Russia investigation.
Democrat Kyrsten Sinema wins Arizona US Senate seat

Democrat Kyrsten Sinema wins Arizona US Senate seat

Democrat Kyrsten Sinema won Arizona's open U.S. Senate seat Monday in a race that was among the most closely watched in the nation, beating Republican Rep. Martha McSally in the battle to replace GOP Sen. Jeff Flake. The three-term congresswoman won after a slow vote count that dragged on for nearly a week after voters went to the polls on Nov. 6. She becomes Arizona's first Democratic U.S.
Utility emailed woman about spark problems 1 day before fire

Utility emailed woman about spark problems 1 day before fire

A woman who owns land near where a deadly wildfire started in Northern California said Monday that Pacific Gas & Electric Co. sought access to her property just before the blaze started because the utility's power lines were causing sparks.
Picking up another seat, Dems ride high on slow roll of wins

Picking up another seat, Dems ride high on slow roll of wins

No, it wasn't a blue wave. But a week after the voting, Democrats are riding higher than they thought on election night. As vote counting presses on in several states, the Democrats have steadily chalked up victories across the country, firming up their grip on the U.S. House of Representatives and statehouses. The slow roll of wins has given the party plenty to celebrate.
Roger Stone associate expects to be charged in Mueller probe

Roger Stone associate expects to be charged in Mueller probe

An associate of longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone said Monday that he expects to face charges in the special counsel's Russia investigation. Conservative conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi said on his YouTube show that negotiations fell apart with special counsel Robert Mueller's team and he expects in the coming days to be charged with making false statements.
Congress returns to new dynamic but old shutdown threat

Congress returns to new dynamic but old shutdown threat

Congress returns to a changed political landscape as newly-elected lawmakers arrive in Washington. The parties are electing new leadership this week and incumbents are squaring off for one final legislative sprint before House Democrats take power. Voters swept away eight years of House Republican control in last week's election.
Congress returns to new dynamic, GOP shutdown threat

Congress returns to new dynamic, GOP shutdown threat

Congress returns to a changed political landscape Tuesday as newly-elected lawmakers arrive in Washington, the parties elect new leadership and incumbents square off for one final legislative sprint before House Democrats take power.
Lawsuit alleges security guard shot while holding suspect

Lawsuit alleges security guard shot while holding suspect

A police officer fatally shot an armed security guard who was wearing a hat with "security" emblazoned across the front and holding a man down following a shooting inside the suburban Chicago bar where the guard worked, an attorney for the guard's family said Monday after filing a federal lawsuit.
Liz Cheney poised for ascent into Republican leadership

Liz Cheney poised for ascent into Republican leadership

Liz Cheney has had a quiet first term as congresswoman, but that's about to change. She's seeking a House Republican leadership post that's key to her party's strategy against next year's Democratic majority.
Fight involving Atlantic City officials under investigation

Fight involving Atlantic City officials under investigation

Authorities are investigating an apparent fight at an Atlantic City casino that involved the mayor, a city councilman and others who were arguing with them. The dispute broke out around 2:20 a.m. Sunday at the Golden Nugget.
Afghan leader tells US audience that Taliban not winning war

Afghan leader tells US audience that Taliban not winning war

The president of Afghanistan told a U.S. audience Monday that his country is not losing the war to the Taliban and is not at risk of collapse amid escalating attacks by the militant group and an expansion of the territory it controls.
Ousted Minnesota Republican faults McCain for losing House

Ousted Minnesota Republican faults McCain for losing House

A recently defeated Republican congressman is blaming the Democratic House takeover on the late Republican Sen. John McCain's vote against repealing the Affordable Care Act. First-term Minnesota Rep. Jason Lewis argued in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece first published Sunday that McCain's vote against repealing the federal health care law last year "killed the reform effort.
Scientists: Wind, drought worsen fires, not bad management

Scientists: Wind, drought worsen fires, not bad management

Both nature and humans share blame for California's devastating wildfires, but forest management did not play a major role, despite President Donald Trump's claims, fire scientists say. Nature provides the dangerous winds that have whipped the fires, and human-caused climate change over the long haul is killing and drying the shrubs and trees that provide the fuel, experts say.
US analysts locate secret North Korean missile sites

US analysts locate secret North Korean missile sites

U.S. analysts said Monday they have located 13 secret North Korean missile development sites, underscoring the challenge that the Trump administration faces in trying to reach its promised broad arms control agreement with Pyongyang. The administration has said it is hopeful about eventually reaching an agreement with North Korea.
The Latest: Gillum angry about emailed votes, Trump tweet

The Latest: Gillum angry about emailed votes, Trump tweet

The Latest on the Florida election recount of 2018 (all times local): 8:30 p.m. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum has expressed outrage that some voters in hurricane-ravaged Bay County had been allowed to vote by email against state rules. Gillum spoke Monday evening at an African-American church in Boynton Beach.
Bishops delay votes on combating church sex abuse crisis

Bishops delay votes on combating church sex abuse crisis

At the Vatican's insistence, U.S. Catholic bishops abruptly postponed plans Monday to vote on proposed new steps to address the clergy sex abuse crisis roiling the church. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, the president of the U.S.
The Latest: New guidelines issued for Georgia mail ballots

The Latest: New guidelines issued for Georgia mail ballots

The Latest on the Georgia governor's race (all times local): 6:20 p.m. Georgia's secretary of state has ordered county election officials to count absentee ballots even if voters have not included their year of birth if there is enough other information to verify their identity. Secretary of State Robyn Crittenden issued the guidance in a bulletin sent to county election officials Monday.
Military vet Ojeda announces 2020 presidential campaign

Military vet Ojeda announces 2020 presidential campaign

A retired Army paratrooper and current West Virginia lawmaker seeking to restore the Democratic Party's blue-collar roots chose Veterans Day to formalize his campaign for the presidency in 2020. Richard Ojeda made the announcement Monday at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Ojeda filed his campaign committee paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Sunday.
New exercise guidelines: Move more, sit less, start younger

New exercise guidelines: Move more, sit less, start younger

Move more, sit less and get kids active as young as age 3, say new federal guidelines that stress that any amount and any type of exercise helps health. The advice is the first update since the government's physical activity guidelines came out a decade ago.
Trump complains about allies' spending after France trip

Trump complains about allies' spending after France trip

Fresh from a trip to France where his brand of "nationalism" drew rebuke from his hosts, President Donald Trump says "much was accomplished" in his meetings. But he's raising a familiar complaint about American allies' spending on defense. Trump says Monday on Twitter that the U.S.
Judge: Sides in Florida recount should 'ramp down' rhetoric

Judge: Sides in Florida recount should 'ramp down' rhetoric

After Republicans, including President Donald Trump, made unsubstantiated accusations of illegal activity, a judge on Monday urged the warring sides in the Florida recount to "ramp down the rhetoric," saying it eroded public confidence in the election for Senate and governor.
Kemp-Abrams feud highlights new landscape in divided Georgia

Kemp-Abrams feud highlights new landscape in divided Georgia

His election still undecided, Republican Brian Kemp is proceeding as a victorious candidate and promising to be a governor for all Georgians. That might not be so easy. Should his narrow lead hold over Democrat Stacey Abrams and send him to the governor's mansion, Kemp would face lingering questions about how and why he oversaw his own election as secretary of state.
Dead in cars and homes: Northern California fire toll at 29

Dead in cars and homes: Northern California fire toll at 29

The dead were found in burned-out cars, in the smoldering ruins of their homes, or next to their vehicles, apparently overcome by smoke and flames before they could jump in behind the wheel and escape. In some cases, there were only charred fragments of bone, so small that coroner's investigators used a wire basket to sift and sort them.
Democrats seek ways to protect Mueller probe from Whitaker

Democrats seek ways to protect Mueller probe from Whitaker

Stepping up Democratic efforts to shield the Russia investigation, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said he would seek to tie a measure protecting special counsel Robert Mueller to must-pass legislation if acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker does not recuse himself from oversight of the probe.
Lynching remark puts spotlight on Mississippi Senate race

Lynching remark puts spotlight on Mississippi Senate race

A video of a white U.S. senator from Mississippi making a flip reference to a "public hanging" is incensing voters in a special election runoff, drawing attention to the state's history of lynching and boosting Democrats' hope of pulling off a stunner in the Deep South. Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith is facing former congressman and former U.S.
Democratic coalition won back House, fell short elsewhere

Democratic coalition won back House, fell short elsewhere

For much of the country, the 2018 midterm season is over. But unresolved races for governor in Georgia and Florida are raising major strategic questions for Democrats as they turn their attention to the upcoming battle for the White House. As in other states, Democrats in Florida and Georgia drew record turnout in last week's election.
Trump largely alone as world leaders take aim at nationalism

Trump largely alone as world leaders take aim at nationalism

For President Donald Trump in Paris, America First meant largely America alone. At a weekend commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, the president who proudly declares himself a "nationalist" stood apart, even on a continent where his brand of populism is on the rise.
The Latest: Trump ruled out cemetery motorcade as disruptive

The Latest: Trump ruled out cemetery motorcade as disruptive

The Latest on President Donald Trump's cancelled visit to a cemetery in northern France (all times local): 2:45 a.m. The White House is offering an additional reason besides bad weather for President Donald Trump not attending a ceremony Saturday to honor American war dead at a cemetery in northern France.
Bar gunman was 'out of control' in high school, coach says

Bar gunman was 'out of control' in high school, coach says

A second high school coach of the gunman who killed 12 people at a Southern California bar recalled him on Sunday as volatile and intimidating, and said that repeated complaints to school administrators about his behavior failed to prompt any discipline. Evie Cluke coached Ian David Long on Newbury Park High School's track team in 2007 and 2008.
Whitaker may have violated group's tax-exempt status

Whitaker may have violated group's tax-exempt status

Matthew G. Whitaker, the nation's new acting attorney general, repeatedly chided presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in public statements during 2016 while he was speaking for a group that is barred by its tax-exempt status from supporting or opposing political candidates during a campaign.
Democrat Abrams files new suit in Georgia governor's race

Democrat Abrams files new suit in Georgia governor's race

Stacey Abrams' Democratic campaign filed a federal lawsuit Sunday asking a judge to delay vote certifications in Georgia unsettled governor's race by one day and to make officials count any votes that were wrongly rejected. If successful, the suit would prevent officials from certifying county vote totals until Wednesday and could restore at least 1,095 votes that weren't counted.
Critics rebuke Mississippi senator's 'public hanging' remark

Critics rebuke Mississippi senator's 'public hanging' remark

A newly published video shows a white Republican U.S. senator in Mississippi praising someone by saying: "If he invited me to a public hanging, I'd be on the front row." Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, who faces a black Democratic challenger in a Nov. 27 runoff, said Sunday that her Nov.
The Latest: Trump pays tribute to Americans who died in WWI

The Latest: Trump pays tribute to Americans who died in WWI

The Latest on President Donald Trump's trip to Paris. (all times local): 11:30 p.m. President Donald Trump paid tribute to U.S. and allied soldiers killed in World War I during what he called "a horrible, horrible war" that marked America's emergence as a world power.
Schumer: Dems set to push bill protecting Mueller probe

Schumer: Dems set to push bill protecting Mueller probe

Stepping up Democratic efforts to shield the Russia investigation, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Sunday he would seek to tie a measure protecting special counsel Robert Mueller to must-pass legislation if acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker does not recuse himself from oversight of the probe.
Florida, Georgia testing strength of new Dem coalition

Florida, Georgia testing strength of new Dem coalition

For much of the country, the 2018 midterm season is over. But unresolved races for governor in Georgia and Florida are raising major strategic questions for Democrats as they turn their attention to the upcoming battle for the White House. As in other states, Democrats in Florida and Georgia drew record turnout in last week's election.
Harrowing escapes, heartbreaking loss in Northern California

Harrowing escapes, heartbreaking loss in Northern California

In the days since a ferocious, wind-whipped wildfire began tearing through this Northern California town, residents who stayed behind to try to save their property or who managed to get back to their neighborhoods despite mandatory evacuation orders found cars incinerated and homes reduced to rubble. They have tales of harrowing escape and struggling to cope with loss.
Democratic state gains may mean tighter gun, looser pot laws

Democratic state gains may mean tighter gun, looser pot laws

From New York to New Mexico, residents in a number of states can expect a leftward push for expanded health care coverage, gun control, education funding and legalized recreational marijuana as Democrats who gained new or stronger powers in the midterm elections seek to put their stamp on public policy.
In Paris, Trump the 'nationalist' stood apart from others

In Paris, Trump the 'nationalist' stood apart from others

For President Donald Trump in Paris, America First meant largely America alone. At a weekend commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, the president who proudly declares himself a "nationalist" stood apart, even on a continent where his brand of populism is on the rise.
Death toll rises in California wildfire, matching deadliest

Death toll rises in California wildfire, matching deadliest

As relatives desperately searched shelters for missing loved ones on Sunday, crews searching the smoking ruins of Paradise and outlying areas found six more bodies, raising the death toll to 29, matching the deadliest wildfire in California history. Wildfires continued to rage on both ends of the state, with gusty winds expected overnight which will challenge firefighters.
Rescues, not firefight, prove emotional for firefighters

Rescues, not firefight, prove emotional for firefighters

Casey Peck had never prayed so hard. His fire engine was trapped with dozens of cars and panicked people as an inferno roared through the Sierra Nevada foothills town of Paradise on Thursday, hot enough to peel the firetruck's paint and melt its hoses, blowing relief valves designed to withstand 900 degrees and immolating nearby vehicles.
In Georgia, black voters see echoes of voter suppression

In Georgia, black voters see echoes of voter suppression

When Barbara Williams arrived at the Pittman Park Recreation Center just before noon on Election Day to cast her vote, she saw a line so long that the end wasn't in sight. "There were so many people, you couldn't count them," Williams recalled. "They were looped around. The line started at the door and it snaked around to the left.
Winds cause flare-ups of big Southern California wildfire

Winds cause flare-ups of big Southern California wildfire

Strong Santa Ana winds returned to Southern California on Sunday, causing flare-ups of a huge wildfire that has scorched a string of communities west of Los Angeles, but no additional structures were believed to have been lost, authorities said. Huge plumes of smoke rose in the fire area, which stretches miles from the northwest corner of Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley to the Malibu coast.
Kemp pushes Abrams to concede in Georgia gubernatorial race

Kemp pushes Abrams to concede in Georgia gubernatorial race

Republican Brian Kemp is pressing Democrat Stacey Abrams to concede Georgia's tight gubernatorial race as civil rights groups urge her to stay and fight. Kemp's campaign issued a statement Saturday that said it was mathematically impossible for Abrams to even force a runoff, much less win outright.
Florida election recount continues amid tensions, litigation

Florida election recount continues amid tensions, litigation

Mishaps, protests and litigation dominated Florida's first day of recounting the vote for pivotal races for governor and Senate, bringing back memories of the 2000 presidential fiasco. Much of the drama on Sunday centered on Broward and Palm Beach counties, home to large concentrations of Democratic voters.
Gunman who killed 12 died from self-inflicted gunshot

Gunman who killed 12 died from self-inflicted gunshot

An autopsy determined that the gunman who killed 12 people at a Southern California bar died from a self-inflicted gunshot, police said Saturday. Ian David Long, a 28-year-old ex-Marine machine-gunner, fatally shot 11 people at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks and a police officer who responded just before midnight Wednesday.
Report: Pilot error cause of deadly military plane crash

Report: Pilot error cause of deadly military plane crash

The cause of a military plane crash that left nine people dead outside Savannah, Georgia, was pilot error, according to a report by the U.S. Air Force Accident Investigation Board. Nine airmen from the Puerto Rico National Guard died May 2 when the plane plunged onto Georgia Highway 21 shortly after takeoff from the Savannah airport.
Longtime California GOP congressman loses seat to executive

Longtime California GOP congressman loses seat to executive

Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a one-time speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan who later became Russia's leading defender on Capitol Hill and an outspoken advocate for legalized marijuana, was defeated Saturday, a victim of California's Democratic tilt and voters' distaste for President Donald Trump.
West Virginia high court scandal: convicted justice resigns

West Virginia high court scandal: convicted justice resigns

A suspended West Virginia Supreme Court justice who was recently convicted of 11 federal charges is stepping down just ahead of a special legislative session to consider his removal, the governor's office disclosed Saturday.
New York City's Rockefeller Center Christmas tree goes up

New York City's Rockefeller Center Christmas tree goes up

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is in place and will soon be strung with 50,000 LED lights as one of New York City's star holiday attractions — the gift of a same-sex married couple. The 72-foot-tall, 12-ton Norway spruce arrived on a flatbed trailer Saturday morning and was hoisted by a crane into a spot overlooking the Rockefeller skating rink. Crowds will gather Nov.
AP News Guide: Fires blaze on 2 ends of California, kill 25

AP News Guide: Fires blaze on 2 ends of California, kill 25

Devastating wildfires on both ends of California pushed into new territory Saturday, as fatigued firefighters worked to evacuate residents in harm's way and contain blazes that already have claimed at least 25 lives, destroyed thousands of homes and other structures and scorched hundreds of square miles.
The Latest: Sheriff: 110 people missing in N. California

The Latest: Sheriff: 110 people missing in N. California

The Latest on California wildfires (all times local): 7:15 p.m. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea says his department has reports of 110 people still missing in a massive Northern California wildfire that has scorched 164 square miles (425 square kilometers). Honea says he's hopeful that more of those missing people will be located.
Big studies give mixed news on fish oil, vitamin D

Big studies give mixed news on fish oil, vitamin D

Taking fish oil or vitamin D? Big studies give long-awaited answers on who does and does not benefit from these popular nutrients. Fish oil taken by healthy people, at a dose found in many supplements, showed no clear ability to lower heart or cancer risks. Same for vitamin D.
Small plane crashes in Iowa, killing all 4 people on board

Small plane crashes in Iowa, killing all 4 people on board

A small plane crashed in central Iowa, killing all four people on board, after the pilot apparently had a heart attack and a student pilot was going to attempt an emergency landing, authorities said Saturday. The plane dropped off radar Friday night about 4 miles (6 kilometers) from Guthrie Center airport, the Guthrie County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.
Trump says 7 to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

Trump says 7 to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

President Donald Trump has announced his first recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and they include the wife of a major Republican Party donor, the longest-serving Republican senator in U.S. history, Elvis Presley and Babe Ruth. Trump will also posthumously recognize the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
Recounts ordered in Florida Senate, governor races

Recounts ordered in Florida Senate, governor races

The Florida secretary of state ordered recounts in the U.S. Senate and governor races on Saturday, an unprecedented review of two major contests in the state that took five weeks to decide the 2000 presidential election. Secretary Ken Detzner issued the order after the unofficial results in both races fell within the margin that by law triggers a recount.
Tight race in Georgia shines light on voting restrictions

Tight race in Georgia shines light on voting restrictions

He aggressively deleted inactive voters from registration rolls, enforced an "exact match" policy that could have prevented thousands of Georgians from registering to vote and launched an investigation that disrupted a major voter registration drive.
Sex abuse crisis tops agenda as US Catholic bishops convene

Sex abuse crisis tops agenda as US Catholic bishops convene

As U.S. Catholic bishops gather for their national assembly next week, the clergy sex abuse crisis dominates their agenda amid calls from critics that church leaders finally bring about meaningful reforms to root out misbehaving priests. The three-day assembly that starts Monday in Baltimore comes after a series of abuse scandals this year that have been stunning in their magnitude and number.
'Magic' campaign lands 17 black women on Houston courts

'Magic' campaign lands 17 black women on Houston courts

The Houston area's courts are going to be a lot more diverse thanks to a group of 17 African-American women and their "magic." The women, who were part of an effort dubbed the "Black Girl Magic" campaign, all won races Tuesday to be judges in various Harris County courts in an election that featured more black women on the county's ballot than any other.
Trove of war posters discovered at New Hampshire library

Trove of war posters discovered at New Hampshire library

One poster in a recently discovered trove vilifies the Nazis with a sword through a Bible and the words "This Is the Enemy." Some encouraged self-sacrifice by promoting recycling, planting gardens and buying potatoes. Still others warned that loose lips can literally sink ships and get American soldiers killed.
The Latest: Trump, Macron try to project unity

The Latest: Trump, Macron try to project unity

The Latest on President Donald Trump in France (all times local): 12:55 a.m. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron are trying to project unity after Trump lashed out at one of America's strongest allies in Europe. Trump had claimed Macron insulted the United States when the French president pushed the idea of the continent having its own defense force.
After testy tweet, Trump calls French president good friend

After testy tweet, Trump calls French president good friend

President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron tried to project unity Saturday after Trump had lashed out at one of America's strongest allies in Europe, claiming Macron insulted the United States when he pushed the idea of the continent having its own defense force.
Official: Gunman apparently stopped shooting to post online

Official: Gunman apparently stopped shooting to post online

Authorities trying to make sense of why a gunman killed 12 people at a Southern California bar are not publicly discussing what they've learned, but at least one Instagram post he made after beginning the massacre has emerged as an early focus. Social media platforms have scrubbed that and any other posts following Wednesday night's massacre.
Teacher: Bus drivers evacuated students amid California fire

Teacher: Bus drivers evacuated students amid California fire

Teachers, aides and bus drivers in Northern California loaded more than 100 school students into cars and school buses as a fast-moving wildfire approached, driving hours through smoke and flames to safely reunite the children with their families, according to one of the teachers who helped get people to safety.
2 dead, homes destroyed in Southern California wildfires

2 dead, homes destroyed in Southern California wildfires

Two people were found dead as a pair of wildfires stretched from inland canyons to the Pacific in Southern California on Saturday, leaving people sifting through the remains of both mansions and modest homes for anything they had left. The two bodies were found severely burned inside a car on a long residential driveway in Malibu, Los Angeles County sheriff's Chief John Benedict said.
Trump's new move to limit asylum challenged in court

Trump's new move to limit asylum challenged in court

President Donald Trump has issued a proclamation to deny asylum to migrants who enter the country illegally, tightening the border as caravans of Central Americans slowly approach the United States. The plan was immediately challenged in court. Trump invoked the same powers he used last year to impose a travel ban that was upheld by the Supreme Court.
Death toll in Northern California wildfire rises to 23

Death toll in Northern California wildfire rises to 23

The few residents of the burned-out Northern California city of Paradise who were able to inspect their property on Saturday saw nothing but disappointment. Nearly the entire city of 27,000 residents lay in ruins and most were still barred from returning to the still hazardous town where small fires continued to flare.
China, US sparring continues over South China Sea

China, US sparring continues over South China Sea

China bluntly told the United States to stop sending ships and military aircraft close to islands claimed by Beijing in the South China Sea, during talks that set the stage for a meeting between President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping later this month. The U.S. pushed back Friday, insisting it will continue to "fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows.
Whitaker may have violated group's tax-exempt status

Whitaker may have violated group's tax-exempt status

Matthew G. Whitaker, the nation's new acting attorney general, repeatedly chided presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in public statements during 2016 while he was speaking for a group that is barred by its tax-exempt status from supporting or opposing political candidates during a campaign.
Officials probe why Las Vegas airport controller went silent

Officials probe why Las Vegas airport controller went silent

Federal and airport authorities said Friday they are investigating why an air traffic controller became incapacitated and went silent while working a night shift alone in the tower at busy McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.
Whitaker led group that may have violated tax-exempt status

Whitaker led group that may have violated tax-exempt status

Matthew G. Whitaker, the nation's new acting attorney general, repeatedly chided presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in public statements during 2016 while he was speaking for a group that is barred by its tax-exempt status from supporting or opposing political candidates during a campaign.
Democrats gain ground in California US House battles

Democrats gain ground in California US House battles

Several Democrats gained ground Friday against Republican incumbents in closely contested U.S. House races in California, where votes continue to be counted. Fifteen-term U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher fell farther behind Democrat Harley Rouda, a real estate executive, in Orange County's coastal 48th District. Rouda extended his lead to 7,300 votes, or nearly 52 percent, returns showed.
Nothing unusual about vote count in Arizona dragging on

Nothing unusual about vote count in Arizona dragging on

Every election, it takes weeks for Arizona to count its ballots. But as the Democrat in the tight U.S. Senate race there jumped into the lead in the latest results some Republicans have raised baseless allegations of fraud. The most prominent is President Donald Trump. On Friday morning he suggested there was something sinister about the Arizona tally.
Utah latest state to legalize medical pot, expand Medicaid

Utah latest state to legalize medical pot, expand Medicaid

Voters in conservative Utah have decided to join the growing number of states legalizing medical marijuana and expanding Medicaid to cover tens of thousands more low-income residents, two issues that had long stalled out with conservative state lawmakers.
Pleas flood social media with loved ones missing after fire

Pleas flood social media with loved ones missing after fire

People have scoured evacuation centers, called evacuation centers and hospitals and posted desperate online pleas for help finding relatives they haven't heard from since a fast-moving wildfire devastated a Northern California town. A day after tens of thousands evacuated the town of Paradise and the nearby community of Magalia, dozens of people, many of them elderly, remained unaccounted for.
Likely El Chapo trial witness pleads guilty in Chicago

Likely El Chapo trial witness pleads guilty in Chicago

A former top lieutenant to Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman and likely witness at the Mexican drug lord's New York trial has pleaded guilty to trafficking conspiracy in Chicago, saying in a plea agreement unsealed Friday that he will cooperate with prosecutors in hopes of a reduced sentence and protection from cartel retribution for his family.
California man pleads not guilty in killing of gay student

California man pleads not guilty in killing of gay student

A Southern California man pleaded not guilty on Friday to the murder of a gay University of Pennsylvania student in a hate crime. Samuel Woodward, a 21-year-old from Newport Beach, California, entered the plea during a hearing in Orange County Superior Court.
The Latest: Trump threatens to withhold federal payments

The Latest: Trump threatens to withhold federal payments

The Latest on California's wildfires (all times local): 1:30 a.m. President Donald Trump is threatening to withhold federal payments to California, claiming its forest management is "so poor." Trump says Saturday via Twiitter that "there is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly fires in California.
McConnell: 'The Mueller investigation is not under threat'

McConnell: 'The Mueller investigation is not under threat'

The Senate's top Republican expressed confidence Friday that the Russia investigation will be allowed to run its course, saying President Donald Trump has never signaled to him that special counsel Robert Mueller could be fired. Speaking to reporters in his home state, Senate Majority Leader Mitch
The Latest: China scolds US over presence in South China Sea

The Latest: China scolds US over presence in South China Sea

The Latest on U.S.-China talks involving top diplomats and defense chiefs (all times local): 1:50 p.m. China is telling the U.S. to stop sending American ships and military aircraft close to islands that Beijing claims in the South China Sea. Top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi (YAHNG jee-uh-CHERR) is making his government's position clear after the latest round of U.S.
The Latest: Trump tweets in Whitaker's defense in turnabout

The Latest: Trump tweets in Whitaker's defense in turnabout

The Latest on acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker (all times local): 11:50 p.m. President Donald Trump still has acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker on his mind, even though he is on a trip to France for events marking the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I. Trump tweeted late Friday that Whitaker is "a highly respected former U.S. Attorney from Iowa.
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