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Hawaii geothermal plant plugs wells as lava flows nearby

By JAE C. HONG and SOPHIA YAN, Associated Press PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Production wells at a geothermal plant under threat by lava flowing from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano have been plugged to prevent toxic gases from seeping out. Lava from a nearby, new volcanic vent entered, then stalled, on ...

Wyoming makes rush for hyped new tech, results still virtual

By MEAD GRUVER, Associated Press CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Block Chain Gang LLC, Crypto Cowboy, Something Something Blockchain LLC: Based on the names of dozens of new companies registering to set up shop in Wyoming, the state's effort to lure the latest tech craze appears to be paying ...

Tens of thousands of Las Vegas casino workers OK strike

By REGINA GARCIA CANO, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas casinos could watch tens of thousands of employees walk off the job for the first time in more than three decades after union members voted to authorize a strike at any time starting June 1, a move that could cripple the ...

Philip Roth, fearless and celebrated author, dies at 85

By HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Philip Roth, the prize-winning novelist and fearless narrator of sex, death, assimilation and fate, from the comic madness of "Portnoy's Complaint" to the elegiac lyricism of "American Pastoral," died Tuesday night at age 85. Roth's ...

Lava from Kilauea volcano enters ocean, creates toxic cloud

By CALEB JONES and AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — White plumes of acid and extremely fine shards of glass billowed into the sky over Hawaii as molten rock from Kilauea volcano poured into the ocean, creating yet another hazard from an eruption that began more than two ...

Trials for violent protest framed as Trump vs the resistance

By ASHRAF KHALIL, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — When police arrested more than 200 anti-Trump protesters on Inauguration Day 2017, it touched off a long-term battle of wits and wills. On one side: a Justice Department that has sought to incarcerate scores of people over a violent ...

Texas mom marched after Parkland, then her town was next

By CLAIRE GALOFARO, AP National Writer SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — She stood at her bedroom door for five minutes Saturday morning trying to work up the courage to turn the knob and re-enter a world she worried would never feel safe or whole again. Then she crept down the hallway, toward the ...

Texas mourners endure grief that ‘none of us can comprehend’

By JUAN A. LOZANO and CLAIRE GALOFARO, Associated Press SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — Congregations in this deeply religious community near Houston gathered Sunday for their first services since a gunman blasted his way into a high school and killed 10 people, with one pastor lamenting the grief ...

Man faces murder charges in restaurant crash that killed kin

BESSEMER CITY, N.C. (AP) — A man intentionally rammed a vehicle into a steak and seafood outlet in North Carolina on Sunday, killing his daughter and daughter-in-law who had been seated inside the restaurant with other family members, police said. The vehicle's driver, Roger Self, was ...

Trump to DOJ: Investigate whether FBI infiltrated campaign

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he will "demand" that the Justice Department investigate whether the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign, an extraordinary order that came hours before his legal team said the ...

Texas school gunman: ‘I’m going to kill you.’ Then he fired

By PAUL J. WEBER and JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — The suspect in the Texas school shooting began his attack by firing a shotgun through an art classroom door, shattering a glass pane and sending panicked students to the entryway to block him from getting inside, ...

Family, friends recall shooting victims’ optimism, humor

By JUAN LOZANO and SARAH ZIMMERMAN, Associated Press SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — Hardworking. Funny. Loving. Grieving family and friends recalled the endearing qualities of some of the victims of Friday's mass shooting at a Texas high school, as authorities on Saturday released the names of the ...

2018 midterms: An early heat for 2020 Democrats?

By BILL BARROW, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Look closely enough at the 2018 midterm campaign and you'll see the stirrings of a Democratic scramble to reclaim the White House from President Donald Trump. The leading players — from established national figures such as former Vice ...

Cougar kills 1 mountain biker, injures 2nd near Seattle

NORTH BEND, Wash. (AP) — Two friends on a morning mountain bike ride 30 miles east of Seattle were attacked by a cougar, killing one of the men and leaving the second hospitalized in what authorities described as a rare occurrence. The cougar was later found up a tree near the dead man's ...

Police search for motive in Texas school shooting

By JEFF HORWITZ, SARAH ZIMMERMAN and JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — The mother of one of the 10 people killed at a Texas high school said her daughter recently rejected the romantic advances of the 17-year-old charged in the shootings, a possible motive for the ...

Rural Hawaii communities face various volcano threats

By CALEB JONES and JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — In the weeks since Hawaii's Kilauea volcano began erupting, dozens of homes have burned from oozing lava, people have fled their homes and plumes of steam from the summit have shot skyward, prompting officials ...

Teen held in Texas attack is said to have used father’s guns

By MICHAEL BIESECKER, JEFF HORWITZ and JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — The Texas student charged in the school shooting at Santa Fe High School posted an image on Facebook of himself wearing a "Born to Kill" shirt and used his father's shotgun and pistol in the attack ...

Gunman opens fire in Texas high school, killing 10 people

By JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — A 17-year-old carrying a shotgun and a revolver opened fire at a Houston-area high school Friday, killing 10 people, most of them students, authorities said. It was the nation's deadliest such attack since the massacre in Florida ...

Investigators probe cause of school bus crash that killed 2

By DAVID PORTER and MICHAEL CATALINI, Associated Press Investigators combed through evidence Friday seeking answers to why a school bus carrying 45 fifth-graders and teachers on a field trip collided with a dump truck on a New Jersey highway, killing a student and teacher and injuring dozens ...

Gunman opens fire in Texas high school, killing up to 10

By JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — At least one gunman opened fire at a Houston-area high school Friday, killing eight to 10 people, most of them students, authorities said. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said he could not be precise about the number of deaths at ...