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Roy Moore weighs AL Senate re-run despite GOP opposition

By ALAN FRAM and KIM CHANDLER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative lightning rod Roy Moore of Alabama, narrow loser of a turbulent special election for Senate in 2017, is considering a fresh run next year. National Republican leaders are signaling they'll again try preventing ...

US: Flynn described efforts to interfere with cooperation

By ERIC TUCKER and MICHAEL BALSAMO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn told the special counsel's office that people connected to the Trump administration and Congress sought to influence his cooperation with the Russia investigation, ...

Channeling maybe-yes, maybe-no Mueller: Speak, Bob, Speak!

By NANCY BENAC Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — See Bob investigate. Read Bob's report. Wait, Bob, what? For nearly two years, the nation watched and waited as special counsel Robert Mueller investigated President Donald Trump and his campaign for potential collusion with Russia and ...

White House hopefuls swarm rival’s home turf of California

By BRIAN SLODYSKO Associated Press BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The Democrats who want to be president are swarming California, competing for campaign cash and media attention while courting longtime allies of home-state Sen. Kamala Harris on their rival's own turf. Former Vice President ...

California reporter vows to protect source after police raid

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A freelance journalist is vowing to protect his source after San Francisco police raided his home and office while keeping him handcuffed for several hours as part of a criminal investigation, according to a newspaper report. Bryan Carmody told the Los Angeles Times that ...

Washington to offer first ‘public option’ insurance in US

By TOM JAMES The Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — Washington is set to become the first state to enter the private health insurance market with a universally available public option. A set of tiered public plans will cover standard services and are expected to be up to 10% cheaper than ...

Prosecutor: Dogs detected decomposition in missing girl case

By JUAN A. LOZANO Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Trained dogs detected the scent of human decomposition in the vehicle of a man arrested in connection with the disappearance of a 4-year-old Texas girl, according to a prosecutor. Derion Vence, 26, remained jailed Sunday on a $1 million bond ...

Hearing in Colorado school shooting put off until next week

By P. SOLOMON BANDA and KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Prosecutors investigating the case against two students suspected of shooting nine classmates, one fatally, in a suburban Denver charter school have until next week to decide what charges to pursue, a judge ruled ...

Farrakhan delivers insult while denying he’s anti-Semitic

By HERBERT G. McCANN Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan referenced "Satanic Jews" in a speech denying allegations of anti-Semitism, misogyny and homophobia after Facebook banned him from the social media platform. During the speech Thursday at a ...

Utah event celebrates Transcontinental Railroad anniversary

By BRADY McCOMBS Associated Press PROMONTORY, Utah (AP) — Music, bells and cannon fire rang out Friday at a remote spot in the Utah desert where the final spikes of the Transcontinental Railroad were hammered 150 years ago, uniting a nation long separated by vast expanses of desert, ...

Space-tourism enters ‘home stretch’ toward commercial flight

By MORGAN LEE Associated Press SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Billionaire Richard Branson is moving Virgin Galactic's winged passenger rocket and more than 100 employees from California to a remote commercial launch and landing facility in southern New Mexico, bringing his space-tourism dream a step ...

Federal judge strikes down Kentucky abortion law

By BRUCE SCHREINER Associated Press FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday struck down a Kentucky abortion law that would halt a common second-trimester procedure to end pregnancies. The state's anti-abortion governor immediately vowed to appeal. U.S. District Judge Joseph H. ...

Students kill classmate, injure 8 others

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (AP) — Two high school students shot and killed a classmate and injured eight others at a charter school in a Colorado community that marked the 20th anniversary of one of the nation’s worst school shootings just weeks ago. Douglas County sheriff’s officials said ...

Michigan Senate approves plan to cut car insurance rates

LANSING (AP) — Michigan’s Senate passed legislation Tuesday aimed at cutting the country’s highest average auto insurance premiums by eliminating a requirement that drivers buy unlimited medical benefits to cover crash injuries. No other U.S. state has such a mandate. Motorists could ...

‘Riley Howell is a hero’: Student who attacked gunman lauded

By TOM FOREMAN Jr. and JEFFREY COLLINS Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — David Belnap stood on his North Carolina college campus aching from the latest U.S. school shooting as he held a candle and wore a homemade T-shirt with "Riley Howell is a hero" written on the back. Howell died ...

Key takeaways from Barr’s testimony and Mueller’s letter

By CHAD DAY Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It was Attorney General William Barr's testimony, but Robert Mueller's words stole the show. In his appearance Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee , Barr was on the defensive after a letter from Mueller surfaced criticizing how the ...

Lawmakers to see empty chair, not AG Barr, at House hearing

By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr plans to skip a House Judiciary hearing Thursday on special counsel Robert Mueller's report , escalating an already acrimonious battle between Democrats and the Justice Department. Barr's decision — he ...

Poll finds hunger for change to US system of government

By NICHOLAS RICCARDI and EMILY SWANSON Associated Press After more than two years of the Donald Trump presidency, Andrea Petrusky is ready for some fundamental changes in the way the United States government works. "Right now we're being shown all of the loopholes, the president being able to ...

Colorado Sen. Bennet launches Democratic presidential bid

By NICHOLAS RICCARDI Associated Press DENVER (AP) — U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado jumped into the packed Democratic presidential primary on Thursday, announcing a 2020 campaign that had been stalled while he was treated for prostate cancer. Bennet, a former head of Denver Public ...

Suspect in synagogue attack stuns family with radical turn

By ELLIOT SPAGAT and JULIE WATSON Associated Press POWAY, Calif. (AP) — The lone suspect in a fatal attack on a Southern California synagogue was a star scholar, athlete and musician whose embrace of white supremacy and anti-Semitism has dumbfounded his family and others who thought they ...