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Former US security leaders blast Trump for yanking clearance

By JILL COLVIN and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Former U.S. security officials issued scathing rebukes to President Donald Trump on Thursday, admonishing him for yanking a top former spy chief's security clearance in what they cast as an act of political vengeance. ...

Men charged in warehouse fire deaths to appear in court

By PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The grieving families of 36 people killed in a Northern California 2016 warehouse fire who helped scuttle a plea bargain may now see their demand for a jury trial granted. After hearing two days of emotional testimony last week, Judge ...

Los Angeles mayor: Trump sows division, does ‘racist things’

By MICHAEL R. BLOOD, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, considering a 2020 presidential run, said Thursday that President Donald Trump has done "plenty of racist things" to divide the nation while failing to deliver on health care reform and other ...

Tesla’s Musk says stress, overwork taking heavy toll

By The Associated Press Electric car maker Tesla's CEO Elon Musk admitted to The New York Times that stress is taking a heavy toll on him personally in what he calls an "excruciating" year. The newspaper said Musk alternated between laughter and tears during the interview in which he said he ...

Midwest Democrats look to Tuesday’s races to upend GOP gains

By STEVE PEOPLES and SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democrats are fighting to beat back Republican gains across the Midwest as the 2018 primary season roars through Wisconsin and Minnesota, two states where President Donald Trump's appeal among working-class voters ...

Judge sets bail for adults arrested at New Mexico compound

By MORGAN LEE, Associated Press TAOS, N.M. (AP) — A state judge on Monday cleared the way for five defendants who were arrested on child abuse charges at a remote New Mexico compound to be released pending trial despite authorities' suspicions that the group was training children to use ...

Business owners, visitors rejoice as Yosemite reopens

By AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yosemite National Park's reopening can't come soon enough for Douglas Shaw. The 20-day closure during peak tourist season at one of the busiest parks in the U.S. cost Shaw $200,000 in lost revenue at his 120-person hotel just outside ...

Glacier latest US park to be scorched by Western wildfires

By MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press A wildfire destroyed structures and forced evacuations Monday from the busiest area of Montana's Glacier National Park, as officials in California prepared to reopen Yosemite National Park following a two-week closure at the height of the summer ...

Court date set for man charged in videotaped fatal shooting

By TAMARA LUSH and TERRY SPENCER, Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Markeis McGlockton's father knows the manslaughter case against the man accused of killing his unarmed son outside a Florida convenience store will take months, possibly years. He's talked to others who have been ...

Deadline looms for release of Catholic church abuse report

By MARK SCOLFORO and MARC LEVY, Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Time is ticking down to a court-ordered deadline Tuesday afternoon to decide what information to black out in a forthcoming grand jury report investigating child sexual abuse in six of Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic ...

Last-minute technical problem delays NASA’s flight to sun

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A last-minute technical problem Saturday delayed NASA's unprecedented flight to the sun. The early morning launch countdown was halted with just one-minute, 55 seconds remaining, keeping the Delta IV rocket on its pad with the ...

Omarosa in new book: I saw Trump’s racism ‘with my own eyes’

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — Former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman claims in a new book that there are tapes of President Donald Trump using racial slurs and that she saw him behaving "like a dog off the leash" at numerous events he attended without ...

Plane stolen by ‘suicidal’ employee crashes near Seattle

By ELAINE THOMPSON and MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press SEATAC, Wash. (AP) — A "suicidal" airline employee stole an empty Horizon Air turboprop plane, took off from Sea-Tac International Airport and was chased by military jets before crashing into a small island in the Puget Sound on Friday ...

Crews battle growing wildfire near homes in California

By MARCIO SANCHEZ and AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters worked furiously Friday to keep a Southern California wildfire from burning more homes while crews in the north finally gained ground on deadly and destructive blazes that have burned for two ...

Memo shows Kavanaugh resisted indicting a sitting president

By LISA MASCARO and MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly released documents from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's time on the Kenneth Starr team investigating Bill Clinton reveal his resistance to issuing an indictment of a sitting president. The memo, tucked toward ...

Jury awards $289M to man who blames Roundup for cancer

By PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A jury's $289 million award to a former school groundskeeper who said Monsanto's Roundup left him dying of cancer will bolster thousands of pending cases and open the door for countless people who blame their suffering on the weed killer, ...

For now, Army suspends discharges of immigrant recruits

By MARTHA MENDOZA and GARANCE BURKE, Associated Press The U.S. Army has stopped discharging immigrant recruits who enlisted seeking a path to citizenship — at least temporarily. A memo shared with The Associated Press on Wednesday and dated July 20 spells out orders to high-ranking Army ...

Organic dairy farmers vow to compete in changing industry

By DAVID PITT, Associated Press FAIRFIELD, Iowa (AP) — Small family operated dairy farms with cows freely grazing on verdant pastures are going out business as large confined animal operations with thousands of animals lined up in assembly-line fashion are expanding into the organic ...

Compound suspects built in tiny off-the-grid community

By MORGAN LEE and MARY HUDETZ, Associated Press TAOS, N.M. (AP) — They arrived at the start of winter to set up makeshift living quarters on the high-desert plains of northern New Mexico, amid a tiny community of off-the-grid homes on 10-acre lots. For a time, the newcomers appeared to ...

Video shows massacre suspect punching self, speaking softly

By TERRY SPENCER, Associated Press SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors on Wednesday released hours of video interrogation of Florida's school shooting suspect, footage showing the young man slouching in a chair, being repeatedly urged by a detective to speak louder and punching himself in the ...