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Wildfires rage through California amid heat rage

By JOHN ANTCZAK, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Firefighters toiled in stifling heat Saturday on the lines of destructive wildfires across the U.S. West, making progress against some blazes while struggling to tame others that have forced evacuations of hundreds of homes. In ...

Kids as young as 1 in US court, awaiting reunion with family

By ASTRID GALVAN, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — The 1-year-old boy in a green button-up shirt drank milk from a bottle, played with a small purple ball that lit up when it hit the ground and occasionally asked for "agua." Then it was the child's turn for his court appearance before a ...

Trump lawyers call Comey ‘Machiavellian’ in note to Mueller

By ERIC TUCKER and CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for President Donald Trump unleashed a blistering attack on former FBI Director James Comey in a confidential memo last year to the special counsel, casting him as "Machiavellian," dishonest and "unbounded by law and ...

Prosecutor: 2 dead in house blast, no foul play suspected

NEWFIELD, N.J. (AP) — A house exploded in New Jersey early Saturday, killing a husband and wife and reducing the two-story home to piles of scattered rubble, but no foul play was suspected, authorities said. The blast initially reported as a gas explosion shattered windows in nearby homes, ...

Judge insists timeline be met to reunite children at border

By ELLIOT SPAGAT and JULIE WATSON, Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — A judge insisted on Friday the Trump administration stick to a deadline to reunite children separated from their parents at the border, instead acknowledging that more time may be justified only in specific cases. U.S. ...

Trump administration takes another swipe at ‘Obamacare’

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Saturday it's freezing payments under an "Obamacare" program that protects insurers with sicker patients from financial losses, a move expected to add to premium increases next year. At stake are ...

Surge in illegal California pot shops undercuts legal market

By MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — A slight marijuana smell wafted out as a steady stream of customers walked into a warehouse, its doors and windows covered by bars. Suddenly, police swooped in. "Sheriff's department! Search warrant!" a Los Angeles County deputy ...

US to reunite migrant families as immigration politics boil

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Stung by a public outcry, the Trump administration said Thursday it will meet court-ordered deadlines for reuniting families separated at the border, even as the politics of immigration remained at a boil. Health and Human ...

Statue of Liberty climber charged with trespassing

By TOM HAYS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A woman was charged on Thursday with misdemeanor trespassing and disorderly conduct for climbing the base of the Statue of Liberty on a busy Fourth of July in what prosecutors called a "dangerous stunt." Court papers also charged Therese Okoumou ...

Growing fires in US West put damper on holiday festivities

By KATHLEEN FOODY, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Large wildfires grew across the American West on Wednesday, keeping thousands of people out of their homes for the July 4 holiday and forcing some strict bans on fireworks to prevent new fires from igniting in the hot, dry region. The ...

Trump gets ‘welcome’ from Montana senator he is opposing

By MATT VOLZ, Associated Press HELENA, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jon Tester gave President Donald Trump a tongue-in-cheek welcome to Montana on Thursday by taking out a full-page ad in more than a dozen newspapers thanking him for signing 16 bills the Democrat sponsored or co-sponsored. Trump ...

Trump closes in on Supreme Court pick; 3 judges top list

By CATHERINE LUCEY, KEN THOMAS and LISA MASCARO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is closing in on his next Supreme Court nominee, with three federal judges leading the competition to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Trump's top contenders for the vacancy ...

Trump hails ‘American heroes’ who helped US win independence

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press STERLING, Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump wished America a happy Fourth of July holiday Wednesday and reserved special praise for the "American heroes" whose sacrifice he said helped the nation win her independence 242 years ago. Trump tweeted a ...

Restless Democratic newcomers bringing change to House

By LISA MASCARO, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Ready or not, change is coming to the House Democrats. Across the country, a new generation is making its way to Washington. It's not just that some of the Democrats, like 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, are young and ...

Protesters flood US cities to fight Trump immigration policy

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — They wore white. They shook their fists in the air. They carried signs reading: "No more children in cages," and "What's next? Concentration Camps?" In major cities and tiny towns, hundreds of thousands of marchers gathered Saturday ...

Trump asserts he didn’t push House GOP on immigration

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump claimed Saturday that he never pushed House Republicans to vote for immigration bills that failed last week, offering his latest display of whiplash on the legislation. Trump tweeted from his New Jersey ...

Melania Trump seeing lots, saying little at migrant centers

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump lit up when a 3-year-old boy darted out of "Family Unit 8" at a migrant center in Tucson, Arizona. "Hello!" said the first lady, brightening amid the semicircle of eight cells in a short-term holding center for migrants. ...

Barbs for Bezos but Bill Gates largely admired in Seattle

By SALLY HO, Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle region is home to America's two richest men, but their local legacies to date represent two very different eras for the city. While Amazon's Jeff Bezos is blamed by some for rising rents and clogged city streets, Bill Gates is largely ...

Small capital city draped in grief by newspaper shooting

By BRIAN WITTE, Associated Press ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The historic state capital of Annapolis is draped in grief from a shooting attack on the local newspaper, which killed journalists who chronicled soccer games, art exhibits and the fabric of small-city life. A sign outside The Annapolis ...

Trump to tout economic policies at Foxconn ground-breaking

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — President Donald Trump was highlighting his economic policies Thursday by taking part in the ceremonial groundbreaking for a $10 billion Foxconn factory complex that may bring thousands of jobs to a state he barely carried in the 2016 ...