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Seattle airplane theft prompts review of security measures

SEATTLE (AP) — The spectacular theft of a 76-seat plane from the Seattle airport by a ground crew employee is prompting an industrywide review of how to thwart such insider security threats, though it remains unclear what steps airlines might take. “This is too big a deal. It’s not going ...

Taliban offensive exposes fragile US hopes for Afghan peace

WASHINGTON (AP) — A year after the Trump administration introduced its strategy for Afghanistan, the Taliban are asserting themselves on the battlefield even as U.S. officials talk up hopes for peace. That’s raising questions about the viability of the American game plan for ending a war ...

NASA spacecraft rockets toward sun for closest look yet

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft zoomed toward the sun Sunday on an unprecedented quest to get closer to our star than anything ever sent before. As soon as this fall, the Parker Solar Probe will fly straight through the wispy edges of the sun’s corona, or outer atmosphere, ...

Airplane theft shows potential dangers from airline workers

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The theft of an empty plane by an airline worker who performed dangerous loops before crashing into a remote island in Puget Sound illustrated what aviation experts have long known: One of the biggest potential perils for commercial air travel is airline or airport ...

Massachusetts World War I monument gets national recognition

ADAMS, Mass. (AP) — The World War I memorial atop the highest peak in Massachusetts has earned national recognition. The Berkshire Eagle reports that the Veterans War Memorial Tower on Mount Greylock has been honored by the 100 Cities/100 Memorials program, jointly run by the World War I ...

Against all odds: Democrats pour money into longshot races

HOUSTON (AP) — Thara Narasimhan, who hosts an Hindu radio program in Houston, has already given $1,200 to a Democrat running against Republican U.S. Rep. Pete Olson, who once drove around his solidly conservative Texas district with a “NEVER HILLARY” bumper sticker on his pickup. Her ...

Authorities probe how ‘suicidal’ employee could steal plane

SEATAC, Wash. (AP) — Investigators worked to find out how a “suicidal” airline employee stole an empty Horizon Air turboprop plane, took off from Sea-Tac International Airport and crashed into a small island in the Puget Sound after being chased by military jets that were quickly ...

GOP Rep. Chris Collins stepping down

NEW YORK (AP) — In an about-face, U.S. Rep. Chris Collins is ending his re-election bid days after the Republican was charged with insider trading. Collins released a statement Saturday morning saying his will suspend his campaign and fill out the rest of his term. Collins was indicted ...

Trump’s tariffs boost rebuilding costs for wildfire victims

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — The import tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump are boosting the cost of building a home by thousands of dollars, and that’s adding to the challenges of people trying to rebuild from California’s wildfire and other disasters. The CEO of the California ...

Heavy security as Charlottesville anniversary weekend opens

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Police blocked off streets and mobilized hundreds of officers for the anniversary of white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. The security measures alarmed activists but reassured others who said they have painful memories of last year’s ...

NFL players protest during anthem, drawing rebuke from Trump

NFL players demonstrated during the national anthem at several preseason games Thursday night, protests that again drew a rebuke from President Donald Trump. Writing on Twitter from his New Jersey golf resort, Trump said Friday players “make a fortune doing what they love,” and those who ...

Canadian police: 2 of 4 dead in shooting are officers

FREDERICTON, New Brunswick (AP) — Four people, including two police officers, were shot to death in an apartment complex in the eastern Canadian city of Fredericton on Friday, and a suspect was taken into custody, authorities said. It was a rare instance of gun violence in the Canadian ...

Trump, state officials discuss efforts to help ex-inmates

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump discussed prison reform with governors and state attorneys general at his New Jersey golf club Thursday. The White House said the officials represented states that have implemented changes similar to those backed by Trump. The mostly Republican ...

Pence outlines plan for new Space Force by 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence has announced plans for a new, separate U.S. Space Force as sixth military service by 2020 Pence says it’s needed to ensure America’s dominance in space amid heightened competition and threats from China and Russia. He says that while space was ...

Hazy California deals with smoky smell from distant blaze

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — For two weeks a dull haze and the faint smell of smoke from distant blazes have blanketed many California cities, forcing summer campers to stay inside, obscuring normally bright skylines and leaving cars covered with ash. Smoky air from blowing winds is nothing new ...

Melania Trump’s parents are sworn in as US citizens

NEW YORK (AP) — First lady Melania Trump’s parents have been sworn in as U.S. citizens. A lawyer for Viktor and Amalija Knavs says the Slovenian couple took the citizenship oath on Thursday in New York City. They had been living in the U.S. as permanent residents.

North Dakota Department of Health Warns Residents About Wildfire Smoke

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) urges residents, especially those with respiratory conditions, to consider limiting prolonged outdoor activities while smoky conditions remain across North Dakota. Wildfires along the West Coast and western Montana are sending smoke ...

North Dakota Dems want state to withdraw from ACA lawsuit

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota Democrats want the state to withdraw from a lawsuit that seeks to invalidate former President Barack Obama's health care law. North Dakota in June joined a coalition of 20 GOP-led states that argue that the Affordable Care Act is no longer constitutional after ...

GOP congressman from New York charged with insider trading

NEW YORK (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Christopher Collins of western New York state has been indicted on charges that he used inside information about a biotechnology company to make illicit stock trades. The charges were announced and the indictment unsealed in New York City on ...

Battling 18 blazes, California may face worst fire season

LAKEPORT, Calif. (AP) — The largest wildfire ever recorded in California needed just 11 days to blacken an area nearly the size of Los Angeles — and it’s only one of many enormous blazes that could make this the worst fire season in state history. Some 14,000 firefighters from as far ...