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Sessions, an Alabama icon, faces uncertain path to Senate

By ALAN FRAM and KIM CHANDLER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to return to his old Senate seat from Alabama. But it's already clear he'll have a fight on his hands. Knowledgeable Republicans say Sessions will announce his candidacy for the ...

Trump denies he wanted Barr to publicly clear him

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday denied a report that he wanted Attorney General William Barr to hold a press conference to declare he broke no laws during a July phone call in which Trump pressed his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate Democrats. Trump tweeted just ...

Pence aide appears for impeachment interview after subpoena

By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — An aide to Vice President Mike Pence was speaking to impeachment investigators Thursday as Democrats wrap up the closed-door phase of their inquiry. Jennifer Williams, a career foreign service officer detailed to Pence's office from ...

People of color make gains in mayoral race across the US

By RUSSELL CONTRERAS Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — People of color made history this week by winning municipal races in places their families were once ignored or prevented from voting, including a New Mexico mayor whose father was forced into a Japanese internment camp during ...

Chicago’s top cop retiring after turbulent 3-plus years

By DON BABWIN Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson announced Thursday that he's retiring after more than three years as the city's top cop, a post he took over during one of the most violent chapters in the city's history and amid public outcry over the ...

Democrats push impeachment rules package through House

By ALAN FRAM and MATTHEW DALY Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats pushed a package of ground rules for their impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump through a sharply divided House Thursday, the chamber's first formal vote in a fight that could stretch into the 2020 election ...

2 new California fires burn homes, send residents fleeing

By BRIAN MELLEY and MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ Associated Press SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Strong winds fanned new Southern California wildfires on Thursday, burning homes and forcing residents to flee their homes in a repeat of the frightening scenario already faced by tens of thousands across the ...

Disabled California seniors in complex left behind in outage

By JANIE HAR Associated Press NOVATO, Calif. (AP) — One woman in her 80s tripped over another resident who had fallen on the landing in a steep stairwell. Others got disoriented, even in their own apartments, and cried out for help. At least 20 seniors with wheelchairs and walkers were ...

Border wall, impeachment battle imperil budget progress

By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed a long-overdue, $209 billion bundle of bipartisan spending bills Thursday, but a bitter fight over funding demanded by President Donald Trump for border fencing continues to imperil broader Capitol Hill efforts to advance ...

AP-NORC Poll: Trump approval steady as impeachment rages

By JULIE PACE and HANNAH FINGERHUT Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's approval rating is holding steady as the House presses forward with an impeachment probe that could imperil his presidency, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public ...

California Rep. Katie Hill resigns amid ethics investigation

By LAURIE KELLMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Freshman Rep. Katie Hill, a rising Democratic star in the House, announced her resignation amid an ethics probe, saying explicit private photos of her with a campaign staffer had been "weaponized" by her husband and political ...

California wildfires erupt in LA, burn in wine country

By TERENCE CHEA and DON THOMPSON Associated Press SANTA ROSA, California (AP) — Firefighters battled destructive wildfires in Northern California wine country and on the wealthy west side of Los Angeles on Monday, trying to beat back flames that forced tens of thousands to flee their ...

WH official won’t testify in impeachment probe without order

By MARY CLARE JALONICK and ERIC TUCKER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A former White House national security official defied a House subpoena Monday, prompting the Democrat leading the impeachment probe to declare that President Donald Trump's administration is "building a powerful case" ...

Growing uncertainty looms over Democrats’ 2020 primary

By STEVE PEOPLES, ALEXANDRA JAFFE and HUNTER WOODALL Associated Press MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) — Look no further than Pearl City Station, a plain brick building set along the banks of the Mississippi River, to understand the growing sense of uncertainty seeping into the Democratic Party's 2020 ...

Biden joins Warren, Sanders with Super Tuesday focus

By BILL BARROW Associated Press Joe Biden is expanding his presidential campaign footprint in Super Tuesday states and a general election battleground in the latest sign that Democrats' top White House contenders foresee a potentially lengthy nominating process in 2020. The former vice ...

California braces for possible round 2 of outages

By JOCELYN GECKER and CHRISTOPHER WEBER Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's largest utility said it will go ahead with widespread blackouts affecting nearly half a million people starting Wednesday as dangerous fire weather returns to California. Pacific Gas & Electric ...

Zuckerberg appears in Congress as Facebook faces scrutiny

By MARCY GORDON and BARBARA ORTUTAY AP Business Writers WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg endured hours of prickly questioning from lawmakers Wednesday as he defended the company's new globally ambitious project to create a digital currency while also dealing with widening ...

Biden: Trump has ‘no idea’ about working-class struggles

By BILL BARROW and MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — Joe Biden hammered President Donald Trump's treatment of the middle class as he campaigned Wednesday in his childhood hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania, hours ahead of the president making a separate visit to the ...

Chaotic scene as Republicans disrupt impeachment deposition

By MICHAEL BALSAMO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans disrupted a closed-door deposition Wednesday with a Defense Department official who was scheduled to answer questions as part of the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. Laura Cooper, a senior official who ...

Missouri farmer charged in killing of Wisconsin brothers

By HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri cattle farmer charged Wednesday with two counts of first-degree murder shot two brothers from Wisconsin, burned their bodies and dumped the remains on a manure pile on his property, investigators said. Garland ...