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Top 2020 Democrats missing in Iowa but working backchannel

By THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa State Fair opens this week, complete with its signature deep-fried Oreos and prize hog judging. Country star Reba McEntire will be on the grandstand, but another type of celebrity will be missing: marquee names eyeing the ...

Oregon police chief orders review of use of force at protest

By ANDREW SELSKY, Associated Press SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Portland police were accused Sunday of being heavy-handed against people protesting a rally by extreme-right demonstrators, reportedly injuring some counter-protesters and prompting the city's new police chief to order a review of ...

‘Facts of Life’ star Charlotte Rae dies at 92

By LYNN ELBER, AP Television Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charlotte Rae, who played a wise and patient housemother to a brood of teenage girls on the long-running sitcom "The Facts of Life" during a career that encompassed many other TV roles as well as stage and film appearances, has died. She ...

5 killed when small plane crashes in California parking lot

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Ella Pham said it was a painful thing to see. Pham, 20, and her boyfriend were walking in a parking lot Sunday when they saw a twin-engine Cessna crash, she told the Los Angeles Times. "We looked up to see the plane falling nose first," she told the Times. "It was ...

WWE wrestler known as Kane wins mayor’s race in Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former WWE wrestler known as Kane has won a "no-holds-barred, last-man-standing" round, this time in the political ring. Glenn Jacobs went by Kane in the WWE. Now the 6-foot-8, 300-pound Republican has the title of Knox County Mayor. Jacobs runs an insurance and ...

US businesses cast wider net as jobless rate hits 3.9 pct.

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — With the U.S. unemployment rate near a five-decade low, companies are looking harder for employees, and in some cases finding them right at their own workplaces. Businesses are adding more hours for part-timers and converting ...

Weinstein seeks to get case tossed, citing accuser’s emails

By JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Before telling authorities that Harvey Weinstein had raped her, his accuser had sent warm emails after the alleged attack welcoming plans to get together, seeking advice and telling him no one "understands me quite like you," according to ...

Texas chemical plant, CEO indicted for ‘reckless’ release

HOUSTON (AP) — The North American subsidiary of a French chemical manufacturer and two senior staff members were indicted Friday in connection with last year's explosion at the Crosby, Texas, plant in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Arkema North America, its CEO Richard Rowe and plant manager ...

Manafort accused of amassing ‘secret income’ as trial opens

By CHAD DAY and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Paul Manafort orchestrated a multimillion-dollar conspiracy to evade U.S. tax and banking laws, leaving behind a trail of lies as he lived a lavish lifestyle, prosecutors said as they laid out their case against the former ...

US war remains begin journey home from South Korea

By KIM YONG-HO, HYUNG-JIN KIM and ROBERT BURNS, Associated Press PYEONGTAEK, South Korea (AP) — Decades after the end of the Korean War in 1953, the remains of dozens of presumed U.S. war dead began their journey home following a repatriation ceremony in South Korea on Wednesday. North ...

Officials are promoting lower-cost, short-term health plans

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is clearing the way for insurers to sell short-term health plans as a bargain alternative to pricey Obama-law policies for people struggling with high premiums. But the policies don't have to cover ...

New fires erupt in Northern California; homes threatened

By JANIE HAR and BRIAN SKOLOFF, Associated Press UPPER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Days after wildfires left a deadly swatch of destruction in Northern California rural counties, new blazes exploded into life and threatened more homes in what has become an endless summer of flame in the Golden ...

Promoting voter ID, Trump says ID needed to buy groceries

By KEN THOMAS and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump wrongly claimed that shoppers need to show photo identification to buy groceries and accused Democrats of obstructing his agenda and his Supreme Court nominee during a raucous rally aimed at bolstering ...

Trump criticized for not leading effort to secure elections

By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — As alarms blare about Russian interference in U.S. elections, the Trump administration is facing criticism that it has no clear national strategy to protect the country during the upcoming midterms and beyond. Both Republicans and ...

Trump to hold Ohio rally ahead of special election

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is set to travel to Ohio to hold a campaign rally in support of Republican state Sen. Troy Balderson, who is running for Congress. Trump's campaign says he will appear in Delaware, Ohio, on Saturday evening, days before the Aug. 7 special election for ...

Facebook finds ‘sophisticated’ efforts to disrupt elections

By BARBARA ORTUTAY and MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook said it has uncovered "sophisticated" efforts, possibly linked to Russia, to influence U.S. politics on its platforms. The company said it removed 32 accounts from Facebook and Instagram because they were ...

Will he or won’t he? Trump sows confusion on shutdown plans

By CATHERINE LUCEY and ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Will he or won't he? President Donald Trump is sowing confusion about whether he's committed to keeping the government open through the fall elections or would willingly shut it down to secure more money for his promised ...

Immigration officials defend handling of family separations

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Top federal immigration officials went before Congress Tuesday to defend their handling of President Donald Trump's now-abandoned policy of separating migrant children from their families, saying they keep records of children in their custody. ...

Crews report progress in fight against twin California fires

By MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ and SUDHIN THANAWALA, Associated Press LAKEPORT, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters reported progress Tuesday in their battle against the wildfires that have ravaged some of Northern California's most scenic areas, including twin blazes that were tearing through vineyards and ...

Scientists: 1st sighting of dolphin hybrid is no ‘wholphin’

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — Scientists are touting the first sighting of a hybrid between a melon-headed whale and a rough-toothed dolphin in the ocean off Hawaii. But don't call it a "wholphin," they say. The melon-headed whale is one of the various species ...