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California suburbs again under siege from wind-driven fires

By KRYSTA FAURIA and BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — For second time in two months, wind-driven fires tore through California communities in the middle of the night, leaving rows of homes and a psychiatric hospital in ruins Tuesday and sending tens of thousands of ...

Conyers resigns from Congress amid harassment allegations

By COREY WILLIAMS and RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Democratic Rep. John Conyers resigned from Congress on Tuesday after a nearly 53-year career, becoming the first Capitol Hill politician to lose his job in the torrent of sexual misconduct allegations sweeping through the ...

Freedom Caucus deals brush-back pitch to House GOP leaders

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Freedom Caucus has been on its best behavior these past few months. The group of about three dozen hard-right Republicans has a penchant for fighting with GOP leaders over tactics and strategy, and helped topple Speaker John ...

Steve Bannon to rally Alabama voters in support of Roy Moore

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Having declared war on the Republican establishment, populist firebrand Steve Bannon will rally Alabama voters Tuesday night alongside GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore even as new evidence of sexual misconduct surfaces against the ...

Trump offers full support for embattled Republican Roy Moore

By NANCY BENAC, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump endorsed embattled Republican Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race on Monday, looking past sexual misconduct allegations against the GOP candidate to argue that his vote is needed in Congress. Trump tweeted early ...

Trump takes to Twitter to criticize FBI, special prosecutor

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid a rush of weekend tweets taking aim at targets old and new, President Donald Trump criticized the FBI and raised questions about the special prosecutor's investigation into Russian election meddling and possible ties to his ...

Met opera suspends conductor after sex abuse accusations

By TOM McELROY, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — New York's Metropolitan Opera on Sunday said it was suspending its relationship with longtime conductor James Levine pending an investigation into multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against him. "Mr. Levine will not be involved in any ...

‘Take all their excuses away’: Hard cases in heroin fight

By CARLA K. JOHNSON, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — The van was coming for Richard Rivera, but it was taking a long time. He waited inside the entrance of Saint Anthony Hospital where he had spent the past three days getting off heroin. His next stop: a sober-living facility. As his ...

Trump to scale back 2 national monuments in trip to Utah

By CATHERINE LUCEY and KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is announcing plans to scale back two sprawling national monuments in Utah, responding to what he has condemned as a "massive federal land grab" by the government. Trump is traveling to Salt Lake ...

Beyond Rx? CVS Health-Aetna deal may mean more services

By TOM MURPHY, AP Health Writer CVS Health wants to do much more than fill your prescription or jab your arm with an annual flu shot. The second-largest U.S. drugstore chain is buying Aetna, the third-largest health insurer, in order to push much deeper into customer care. The evolution won't ...

Lauer says repairing damage is full-time job

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Media Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Former "Today" show host Matt Lauer, fired for sexual misconduct, said Thursday that repairing the damage that he has caused is now his full-time job. Lauer's first public response to his firing was read by his former co-host, Savannah ...

AP source: Kushner questioned by Mueller’s team about Flynn

By ERIC TUCKER and CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner has been questioned by special counsel Robert Mueller's team of investigators about former national security adviser Michael Flynn, a person familiar with the investigation ...

Attorney: Conyers to fight sexual misconduct allegations

By COREY WILLIAMS and MIKE HOUSEHOLDER, Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — U.S. Rep. John Conyers will fight allegations of sexual misconduct involving several former female staff, his lawyer said in an interview, even though some fellow Democrats are pushing him to resign. Detroit-area ...

NBC News fires Matt Lauer over inappropriate sexual behavior

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC News has fired longtime "Today" show host Matt Lauer for "inappropriate sexual behavior," making him the second morning television show personality to lose his job because of sexual misconduct charges in a week. Lauer's co-host Savannah Guthrie made the announcement at ...

Skeptical Democrats to quiz Trump health pick on drug prices

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Skeptical Democratic senators are getting a chance to question President Donald Trump's pick for health secretary about what he'll do about rising drug prices and the future of "Obamacare." Alex Azar's first ...

Facing tax vote in Senate, Trump seizes on cultural fights

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump sized up his coming week on Sunday and tweeted that it was a "big week for Tax Cuts and many other things of great importance to our Country." But over the next 48 hours he dished out tweets and quips that instead put ...

Trump retweets videos critical of Muslims

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is retweeting a series of anti-Muslim videos posted by a far-right British politician. Trump sent the Twitter messages Wednesday morning. The videos were first posted by Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of the far-right group Britain First. The ...

24-year-old man arrested in Tampa serial killings

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Police have arrested a man and said they will charge him with murder in a string of killings that terrorized a Tampa neighborhood. Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan announced at a news conference that Howell Emanuel Donaldson, 24, would be charged with four counts of ...

Families of Navajo Code Talkers decry Trump’s political jab

By FELICIA FONSECA and LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Families of Navajo war veterans who were honored Monday at the White House say they were dumbfounded that President Donald Trump used the event to take a political jab at a Massachusetts senator, demeaning their ...

Alabama Senate race gives GOP voters an uncomfortable choice

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press HOMEWOOD, Ala. (AP) — With two weeks to go until the Alabama election for U.S. Senate, Kathie Luckie of Hoover said she is "teetering" with her choice. A Republican, she usually supports the GOP candidate. But she said Roy Moore has always been "a little ...