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AP Interview: SEAL wants Bergdahl dishonorably discharged

By JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Former Navy SEAL James Hatch, whose career as a commando ended when he was shot while searching for Bowe Bergdahl, said his feelings toward the Army sergeant have gone from "I would like to kill him" to thanking the soldier's lead ...

New JFK files not expected to answer if Oswald acted alone

By LAURIE KELLMAN and DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is playing it coy on what people will see from long-secret JFK assassination-era files. He's been caught between students of the killing who want every scrap of information out on that crucible of ...

Georgia election server wiped after suit filed

By FRANK BAJAK, Associated Press A computer server crucial to a lawsuit against Georgia election officials was quietly wiped clean by its custodians just after the suit was filed, The Associated Press has learned. The server's data was destroyed July 7 by technicians at the Center for ...

Baby ‘ghost cat’ makes its Bronx debut

NEW YORK (AP) — A baby "ghost cat" is making the Bronx its new haunt. The Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo announced Thursday that the female snow leopard cub has made its public debut just in time for Halloween . Snow leopards are sometimes called "ghost cats" because their pale ...

House passes $4T budget in step forward for Trump tax plan

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Thursday gave a significant boost to President Donald Trump's promise to cut taxes, narrowly passing a GOP budget that shelves longstanding concerns over federal deficits in favor of a rewrite of the tax code that Republicans ...

Ashley Judd says a ‘deal’ helped her flee from Weinstein

By FRAZIER MOORE, AP Television Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Actress Ashley Judd says she escaped Harvey Weinstein's sexual advances by making a deal. She was a rising young actress two decades ago who had arrived at the hotel suite of this powerful film mogul for what she thought would be a ...

Officials say Trump’s opioid emergency won’t mean new money

By JILL COLVIN and CARLA K. JOHNSON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's plan to declare the opioid crisis a nationwide public health emergency won't bring new dollars to fight a scourge that kills an estimated 142 Americans each day, but will expand access to medical ...

Trump awards Medal of Honor to Vietnam-era Army medic

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday turned a Medal of Honor ceremony for a Vietnam-era Army medic who risked his life to help wounded comrades into a mini homework tutorial for the boy and girl who came to watch their grandfather be ...

GAO: Climate change already costing US billions in losses

By MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A non-partisan federal watchdog says climate change is already costing U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars each year, with those costs expected to rise as devastating storms, floods, wildfires and droughts become more frequent in the ...

Senate advances $36.5 billion disaster relief package

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Monday gave a preliminary OK to a $36.5 billion hurricane relief package that would provide Puerto Rico with a much-needed infusion of cash and keep the federal flood insurance program from running out of money to pay ...

New York attorney general launches probe of Weinstein Co.

By DAVID KLEPPER, Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a civil rights investigation on Monday into The Weinstein Co. following sexual harassment and assault allegations against its co-founder, Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. As part of ...

Wrongful conviction no surprise to Kansas black community

By ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Rose McIntyre says she wonders whether her refusal to grant regular sexual favors to a white detective prompted him to retaliate against her black son, who spent 23 years in a Kansas prison for a double murder he didn't commit. "I do ...

Study: NYC could see bad flooding every 5 years

By FRANK ELTMAN, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Within the next three decades, floods that used to strike the New York City area only once every 500 years could occur every five years, according to a new scientific study released just days before the fifth anniversary of Superstorm ...

5 living ex-presidents attend Texas hurricane relief concert

By WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — All five living former U.S. presidents will be attending a concert Saturday night in a Texas college town, raising money for relief efforts from Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria's devastation in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. ...

Trump has no plan to block scheduled release of JFK records

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he doesn't plan to block the scheduled release of thousands of never publicly seen government documents related to President John F. Kennedy's assassination. Trump says in a tweet that "Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be ...

Funeral set for soldier at center of Trump fight

By TERRY SPENCER, Associated Press COOPER CITY, Fla. (AP) — Mourners are expected to pack a church Saturday to honor a U.S. soldier whose combat death in Africa led to a political fight between President Donald Trump and a Florida congresswoman. Family, friends and neighbors of Sgt. La ...

Judge tosses $417M award against Johnson & Johnson

By ROBERT JABLON, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge on Friday tossed out a $417 million jury award to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer by using Johnson & Johnson talc-based baby powder for feminine hygiene. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Maren Nelson ...

Court, for now, blocks immigrant teen’s access to abortion

By JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — An appeals court is blocking, for now, an abortion sought by a pregnant 17-year-old immigrant being held in a Texas facility, ruling that the government should have time to try to release her so she can obtain the abortion outside of ...

Trump jabs back at ‘wacky’ congresswoman as spat rolls on

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Unwilling to put the tussling behind, President Donald Trump on Saturday jabbed back at the Democratic lawmaker who has slammed him for his words of condolence to a military widow, calling Rep. Frederica Wilson "wacky" ...

Woman found on fire is in critical condition

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Duluth police are investigating after a woman was found on fire near the Lake Superior College Fire Training Center. Authorities say the woman suffered severe, life-threatening burns and was taken to a Duluth hospital where she's in critical condition. Lake Superior ...