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California wildfires claim more lives; crews make progress

By JONATHAN J. COOPER and SUDHIN THANAWALA, Associated Press REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Thousands more fled their homes after wildfires surged near a small lake town in Northern California while a deadly blaze farther north slowed slightly as crews stretched to their limits across the state ...

50 years on, McDonald’s isn’t messing with its Big Mac

By CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's is fighting to hold onto customers as the Big Mac turns 50, but it's not messing with the makings of its most famous burger. The company is celebrating the 1968 national launch of the double-decker sandwich whose ...

Rising backlash as US firms seek Trump’s steel tariff waiver

By RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. companies seeking to be exempted from President Donald Trump's tariff on imported steel are accusing American steel manufacturers of spreading inaccurate and misleading information, and they fear it may torpedo their ...

Northern California wildfire raging into its fourth day

By JONATHAN J. COOPER and BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Thousands of dazed evacuees struggled to keep their emotions in check while trying to take care of themselves and their pets as a deadly wildfire in Northern California raged into its fourth day. Anna Noland, ...

No mystery to Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh’s gun views

By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN and LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh says he recognizes that gun, drug and gang violence "has plagued all of us." Still, he believes the Constitution limits how far government can go to restrict gun use to ...

Black man accuses Sean Spicer of hurling racial slur at him

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (AP) — A black man yelled at former White House press secretary Sean Spicer in a bookstore and accused Spicer of calling him a racial slur when they were students at a prep school decades ago. Spicer was "taken aback" by the man's "outrageous claim" and had no recollection ...

2 children, great-grandmother perish in California wildfire

By JONATHAN J. COOPER and BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press REDDING, Calif. (AP) — The death count from a Northern California wildfire rose to five Saturday after two young children and their great-grandmother who had been unaccounted for were confirmed dead. "My babies are dead," Sherry ...

Police say 3 killed, 7 injured in New Orleans shooting

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Three people have been killed and seven others injured following a shooting in New Orleans. City police spokesman Aaron Looney says in a statement the shooting happened Saturday night on the 3400 block of Claiborne Avenue, about 3 miles (4.83 kilometers) from the French ...

Trump finds it ‘inconceivable’ lawyer would tape a client

By ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — Donald Trump said Saturday he finds it "inconceivable" that a lawyer would tape a client, as the president weighed in after the disclosure that in the weeks before the 2016 election, his then-personal attorney secretly recorded their ...

Democratic socialism surging in the age of Trump

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A week ago, Maine Democrat Zak Ringelstein wasn't quite ready to consider himself a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, even if he appreciated the organization's values and endorsement in his bid to become a U.S. ...

High court nominee gets started answering questions

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's choice for the Supreme Court has given members of Congress lots of material to help them judge the judge. Judge Brett Kavanaugh has responded to a Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire that probes his career as an attorney and jurist, his ...

National GOP reluctant to weigh in on Trump’s Russia swirl

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — There was no sign of shock or outrage in the hotel hallways and conference rooms where Republican officials gathered to discuss party business even as politicians on both sides and foreign policy experts fretted about President Donald ...

Indiana family, Missouri couple among duck boat victims

By MARGARET STAFFORD, Associated Press BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — More than half of the 17 people killed when a tourist boat sank on a Branson lake were members of the same Indiana family, and they likely would not have been on the ill-fated trip but for a ticket mix-up. Tracy Beck, of Kansas ...

Mnuchin: Overall US economy not harmed by trade battles

By VICTOR CAIVANO, Associated Press BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Saturday that the overall U.S. economy has not been harmed by the trade battles set off by President Donald Trump's get-tough policies although some individual sectors have been ...

Sheriff: 11 people dead after Missouri tourist boat accident

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — At least 11 people, including children, died after a boat carrying tourists on a Missouri lake capsized and sank Thursday night, the local sheriff said. Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said five people remain missing and seven others were hospitalized after a Ride the ...

Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez to rally Democrats in Kansas

By THOMAS BEAUMONT and JOHN HANNA, Associated Press TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) — Two luminaries in the democratic socialist movement — one its national leader, the other its new star — are descending on solidly Republican Kansas on Friday, taking their emboldened liberal message to an unlikely ...

Tornadoes sweep through Iowa; major damage and some injuries

By SCOTT MCFETRIDGE and DAVID PITT, Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A flurry of tornadoes that formed unexpectedly swept through central Iowa Thursday, injuring at least 17 people, flattening buildings in three cities and forcing the evacuation of a hospital. The tornadoes hit ...

Zuckerberg’s Holocaust comment puts Facebook on the spot

By BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Denying the Holocaust happened is probably OK on Facebook. Calling for a mob to kill Jews is not. Mark Zuckerberg's awkward and eyebrow-raising attempt this week to explain where Facebook draws the line illustrates the complexities ...

Trump slams rate increases by independent Federal Reserve

By ZEKE MILLER, JOSH BOAK and KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday cast aside concerns about the Federal Reserve's independence, saying he was "not happy" with the Fed's recent interest rate increases. Trump told CNBC in an interview: "I don't ...

Democrats wrestle with election-year message on health care

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Cheered on by a handful of activists, liberal House Democrats announced outside the Capitol that they were forming a caucus to push for "Medicare for All" — shorthand for government-financed health care. At the same time Thursday, ...