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Bergdahl guilty pleas leave room for drama at sentencing

By JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's guilty plea to charges of endangering comrades in Afghanistan has set up a dramatic sentencing hearing that could land him in prison for life. Bergdahl, who was captured and held by the Taliban for five ...

Californians brace for emotional toll from wildfires

By SUDHIN THANAWALA and TERRY CHEA, Associated Press SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — A week after fleeing wildfires, tens of thousands of Californians are drifting back into their neighborhoods. Some will face the prospect of destroyed homes. All will face the possibility of lasting emotional ...

Look who’s talking: It’s President Donald Trump – again

By CATHERINE LUCEY and KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Reporters were seated in the White House briefing room awaiting an appearance by press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday when a call went out over a loudspeaker to head to the Rose Garden. There was no time to ...

Rape allegation makes Muslim teen’s death a capital case

By MATTHEW BARAKAT, Associated Press FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — An already disturbing case about a 17-year-old Muslim girl killed as she walked to her mosque took another unsettling turn after an indictment alleged the victim was raped as well. The indictment Monday includes capital murder and ...

Sheriff: 2 deputies ousted over drug court sex scandal

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida sheriff says two of his deputies were forced to leave their jobs after an investigation found they were preying on women in drug court programs. Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said Monday that 50-year-old Bryan Scott Barnett and 47-year-old Jay ...

Penn State fraternity faces underage drinking charges

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — A fraternity at Penn State University is facing charges of furnishing liquor to minors after two underage women were hospitalized for alcohol poisoning. Court records show Alpha Chi Rho is facing charges after allegedly serving the alcohol at a Sept. 28 fraternity ...

Trump raises possibility of withdrawing drug czar nominee

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday raised the possibility of withdrawing his nomination of Republican Rep. Tom Marino to be the nation's drug czar following reports that the lawmaker played a key role in passing a bill weakening federal ...

Trump and McConnell set for frosty White House lunch

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are set for an interesting meeting at the White House on Monday. Trump blames the Kentucky Republican for the health overhaul failure. Trump hints at tantalizing deals with Democrats and watches his former ...

White House: $4,000 more for families with business tax cuts

By JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — By slashing corporate tax rates, the Trump administration said Monday, the average U.S. household will get an estimated $4,000 more a year. This stunning 5 percent increase is likely to be met with skepticism from tax experts and ...

Tillerson ‘not playing’ when pressed on ‘moron’ remark

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson insisted that persistent tensions with President Donald Trump were not hindering his mission as the nation's top diplomat, all while ducking, dancing and sidestepping the question of ...

Women ID as assault, harassment victims with ‘me too’ tweets

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thousands of women are responding to actress Alyssa Milano's call to tweet "me too" to raise awareness of sexual harassment and assault following the recent revelation of decades of allegations of sexual misconduct by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Milano suggested women ...

University investigates racial slurs in student dorm

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — Officials at a Massachusetts university are investigating after racial slurs were found written in a student dorm. Eunice Bwambok, a junior at Framingham State University, says she found racial slurs written in marker on her dorm room door Sunday. The finding comes ...

1 missing after oil rig explodes on Louisiana lake

KENNER, La. (AP) — An oil rig explosion on a lake north of New Orleans, apparently caused when cleaning chemicals ignited, injured seven people and left authorities searching for another who was missing. There were "a lot of injuries," many of them serious, with at least seven confirmed and ...

Wildfires now up to 100 miles wide as death toll reaches 40

By SUDHIN THANAWALA and ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — They fled in fear nearly a week ago. Now they're ready to go back. While wildfires are still burning powerfully in parts of Northern California, some of the tens of thousands of evacuees are getting antsy to ...

More than just wine country is burning in California

By PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press REDWOOD VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Mendocino County is 70 miles north of California's fabled wine country of Napa and Sonoma counties, now under siege from wildfires. But it's a world away in mood, attitude and, especially, prominence. That helps explain why some ...

Trump’s speech sparks a new war of words between US, Iran

By NASSER KARIMI and JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — President Donald Trump's refusal to certify the Iran nuclear deal has sparked a new war of words between the Islamic Republic and America, fueling growing mistrust and a sense of nationalism among Iranians. The speech ...

Family dog emerges alive and happy from wildfire aftermath

By JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Jack Weaver and his brother-in-law Patrick Widen walked around police barricades, through a creek and up treacherous hilly roads to save Weaver's mother from the grim task of recovering the body of the family's beloved dog ...

Motion Picture Academy expels movie mogul Harvey Weinstein

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a move virtually unprecedented, disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein's membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was revoked Saturday by its board. The decision was reached in an emergency session by the academy, the world's top movie organization ...

Pro-Trump states most affected by his health care decision

By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY and MEGHAN HOYER, Associated Press President Donald Trump's decision to end a provision of the Affordable Care Act that was benefiting roughly 6 million Americans helps fulfill a campaign promise, but it also risks harming some of the very people who helped him win the ...

Californians under siege try to fight fires, find loved ones

By ANDREW DALTON and JOHN L. MONE, Associated Press SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — They are trying to find lost loved ones, to sift through the remains of lost homes, to count, identify and mourn the dozens of dead — all while the fires rage on. The communities of Northern California were ...