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Redwoods survive wildfire at California’s oldest state park

BOULDER CREEK, Calif. (AP) — When a massive wildfire swept through California's oldest state park last week it was feared many trees in a grove of old-growth redwoods, some of them 2,000 years old and among the tallest living things on Earth, may finally have succumbed. But an Associated ...

Shipbuilders approve 3-year pact, ending monthslong strike

BATH, Maine (AP) — A 63-day strike at Bath Iron Works — against the backdrop of a pandemic in an election year — came to an end Sunday with shipbuilders voting to return to their jobs producing warships for the United States Navy. With the approval of a three-year contract, the 4,300 ...

AP-NORC poll: Trump faces pessimism as GOP convention opens

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is promising to outline an optimistic vision for America at this week's Republican convention. But he'll be speaking to a public deeply pessimistic about the direction of the country and overwhelmingly dissatisfied with his and the federal government's ...

Wife of ex-California congressman sentenced for corruption

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The wife of former California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter was sentenced Monday in U.S. court to eight months of home confinement after pleading guilty to misusing more than $150,000 in campaign funds in a corruption case that ended her husband's career. Government ...

NY AG probes if Trump pumped up value of estate, assets

NEW YORK (AP) — New York's attorney general asked a court Monday to compel some of President Donald Trump's business associates, including his son, Eric, to testify and turn over documents as part of her investigation into whether the president's company lied about the value of its assets in ...

2 lawsuits challenge Trump’s drilling plan in Alaska refuge

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Environmental groups wasted no time challenging the Trump administration's attempt to allow oil and gas drilling in an Alaska refuge where polar bears and caribou roam. Two lawsuits filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Anchorage sought to block the Interior ...

WWII surrender ceremony in Hawaii limited to local veterans

HONOLULU (AP) — A Pearl Harbor ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II — possibly the last opportunity for many elderly U.S. veterans to commemorate the day — will be limited to survivors of the war living in Hawaii because of coronavirus concerns. The plan ...

Biden seeks Democratic, national unity in convention finale

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden is accepting the Democratic presidential nomination Thursday night, achieving the pinnacle — so far — of his nearly five-decade political career on the final night of the most unorthodox national convention in modern history. The former vice president is ...

Utah sets pandemic safeguards for people with disabilities

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah became the fifth state Thursday to overhaul crisis guidelines that could have deprived people with disabilities of doctors' care if hospitals become overwhelmed during the coronavirus pandemic. The changes approved by federal officials settle a complaint from ...

A growing list: Trump associates ensnared in legal troubles

WASHINGTON (AP) — The arrest Thursday of President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon adds to a growing list of the president's associates ensnared in legal trouble. Bannon pleaded not guilty to charges that he ripped off donors to an online fundraising scheme to build a ...

Alabama restarts prep football in test of virus precautions

THORSBY, Ala. (AP) — It's mostly quiet in the Alabama farming community of Thorsby aside from trucks and trains that rumble through bound for someplace larger. Remembering directions to the town's football stadium isn't hard; there aren't that many roads to take or turns to miss along the ...

To keep pets in homes, animal welfare groups help owners

Early in May, Nydia Bonefont was concerned when her dog wouldn't eat and seemed lethargic. She realized that Papi, a 9-year-old Beagle/Cavalier mix, must have hurt himself — he cried when he was touched. But she was without income to pay for vet care. "I lost my job a while ago, and then the ...

No immediate ruling on motion to dismiss Lee statue lawsuit

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A judge heard arguments Tuesday but did not immediately rule on whether to dismiss a lawsuit challenging Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's plans to remove an enormous statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee along Richmond's famed Monument Avenue. An injunction issued in the ...

Cities sue Census Bureau over ending 2020 head count early

More than a half-dozen cities, counties and civil right groups sued the Trump administration on Tuesday, saying there was no justification for its decision to cut the 2020 census short by a month, and it will lead to the undercounting of minority communities and an inaccurate head count of ...

Fear and empathy at LA funeral home serving Black families

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When people began dying from the coronavirus in the United States, for a few weeks funeral home owner Candy Boyd declined to receive the remains of such patients. There were too many unknowns, and Boyd didn't feel like her employees had the training or equipment to safely ...

Census Bureau adds emails, phone calls to door-knocking

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — If you haven't filled out the 2020 census form yet, you may be getting an email, call or questionnaire in the mail asking you to answer the questions. The U.S. Census Bureau said Friday it was sending out emails to homes in neighborhoods where the response rate was less ...

Trump gets endorsement of NYC police union

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — Seeking to amplify his law-and-order message, President Donald Trump on Friday told hundreds of New York Police Department officers that "no one will be safe in Biden's America" if the former Democratic vice president defeats him in November . "This guy has been ...

Alcatraz to reopen after monthslong closure due to pandemic

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Alcatraz, the infamous former island prison off San Francisco, will reopen its outdoor areas to the public next week after being closed for five months because of the pandemic. The island, which once housed Al Capone and George "Machine Gun Kelly," will reopen Monday. ...

Cohen’s book foreword: Trump ‘wouldn’t mind if I was dead’

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Cohen's memoir about President Donald Trump will be released Sept. 8 by Skyhorse Publishing, which confirmed the news Thursday to The Associated Press. The book is called "Disloyal: The True Story of the Former Personal Attorney to President Donald J. ...

US West faces reckoning over water but avoids cuts for now

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The white rings that wrap around two massive lakes in the U.S. West are a stark reminder of how water levels are dropping and a warning that the 40 million people who rely on the Colorado River face a much drier future. Amid prolonged drought and climate change in a ...