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Lava from Kilauea volcano enters ocean, creates toxic cloud

By CALEB JONES and AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — White plumes of acid and extremely fine shards of glass billowed into the sky over Hawaii as molten rock from Kilauea volcano poured into the ocean, creating yet another hazard from an eruption that began more than two ...

Trials for violent protest framed as Trump vs the resistance

By ASHRAF KHALIL, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — When police arrested more than 200 anti-Trump protesters on Inauguration Day 2017, it touched off a long-term battle of wits and wills. On one side: a Justice Department that has sought to incarcerate scores of people over a violent ...

Texas mom marched after Parkland, then her town was next

By CLAIRE GALOFARO, AP National Writer SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — She stood at her bedroom door for five minutes Saturday morning trying to work up the courage to turn the knob and re-enter a world she worried would never feel safe or whole again. Then she crept down the hallway, toward the ...

Texas mourners endure grief that ‘none of us can comprehend’

By JUAN A. LOZANO and CLAIRE GALOFARO, Associated Press SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — Congregations in this deeply religious community near Houston gathered Sunday for their first services since a gunman blasted his way into a high school and killed 10 people, with one pastor lamenting the grief ...

Man faces murder charges in restaurant crash that killed kin

BESSEMER CITY, N.C. (AP) — A man intentionally rammed a vehicle into a steak and seafood outlet in North Carolina on Sunday, killing his daughter and daughter-in-law who had been seated inside the restaurant with other family members, police said. The vehicle's driver, Roger Self, was ...

Trump to DOJ: Investigate whether FBI infiltrated campaign

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he will "demand" that the Justice Department investigate whether the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign, an extraordinary order that came hours before his legal team said the ...

Texas school gunman: ‘I’m going to kill you.’ Then he fired

By PAUL J. WEBER and JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — The suspect in the Texas school shooting began his attack by firing a shotgun through an art classroom door, shattering a glass pane and sending panicked students to the entryway to block him from getting inside, ...

Family, friends recall shooting victims’ optimism, humor

By JUAN LOZANO and SARAH ZIMMERMAN, Associated Press SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — Hardworking. Funny. Loving. Grieving family and friends recalled the endearing qualities of some of the victims of Friday's mass shooting at a Texas high school, as authorities on Saturday released the names of the ...

2018 midterms: An early heat for 2020 Democrats?

By BILL BARROW, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Look closely enough at the 2018 midterm campaign and you'll see the stirrings of a Democratic scramble to reclaim the White House from President Donald Trump. The leading players — from established national figures such as former Vice ...

Cougar kills 1 mountain biker, injures 2nd near Seattle

NORTH BEND, Wash. (AP) — Two friends on a morning mountain bike ride 30 miles east of Seattle were attacked by a cougar, killing one of the men and leaving the second hospitalized in what authorities described as a rare occurrence. The cougar was later found up a tree near the dead man's ...

Police search for motive in Texas school shooting

By JEFF HORWITZ, SARAH ZIMMERMAN and JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — The mother of one of the 10 people killed at a Texas high school said her daughter recently rejected the romantic advances of the 17-year-old charged in the shootings, a possible motive for the ...

Rural Hawaii communities face various volcano threats

By CALEB JONES and JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — In the weeks since Hawaii's Kilauea volcano began erupting, dozens of homes have burned from oozing lava, people have fled their homes and plumes of steam from the summit have shot skyward, prompting officials ...

Teen held in Texas attack is said to have used father’s guns

By MICHAEL BIESECKER, JEFF HORWITZ and JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — The Texas student charged in the school shooting at Santa Fe High School posted an image on Facebook of himself wearing a "Born to Kill" shirt and used his father's shotgun and pistol in the attack ...

Gunman opens fire in Texas high school, killing 10 people

By JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — A 17-year-old carrying a shotgun and a revolver opened fire at a Houston-area high school Friday, killing 10 people, most of them students, authorities said. It was the nation's deadliest such attack since the massacre in Florida ...

Investigators probe cause of school bus crash that killed 2

By DAVID PORTER and MICHAEL CATALINI, Associated Press Investigators combed through evidence Friday seeking answers to why a school bus carrying 45 fifth-graders and teachers on a field trip collided with a dump truck on a New Jersey highway, killing a student and teacher and injuring dozens ...

Gunman opens fire in Texas high school, killing up to 10

By JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — At least one gunman opened fire at a Houston-area high school Friday, killing eight to 10 people, most of them students, authorities said. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said he could not be precise about the number of deaths at ...

Houston-area media reporting fatalities from school shooting

SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — Houston-area media citing unnamed law enforcement officials are reporting that there are fatalities following a shooting at a local high school Friday morning. Television station KHOU and the Houston Chronicle are citing unnamed federal, county and police officials ...

Business acquaintance of California blast victim arrested

By MICHAEL BALSAMO and AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press ALISO VIEJO, Calif. (AP) — A business acquaintance of the woman killed in a Southern California office building explosion has been arrested on suspicion of possessing an unregistered destructive device, the FBI said Thursday. The ...

Election hacking puts focus on paperless voting machines

By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — As the midterm congressional primaries heat up amid fears of Russian hacking, an estimated 1 in 5 Americans will be casting their ballots on machines that do not produce a paper record of their votes. That worries voting and ...

Sea otters ‘stuck’ despite comeback in California

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press MOSS LANDING, Calif. (AP) — While threatened southern sea otters bob and sun in the gentle waves of this central California estuary, wildlife experts up and down the West Coast are struggling to figure out how to restore the crucial coastal predator to ...