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Plane stolen by ‘suicidal’ employee crashes near Seattle

By ELAINE THOMPSON and MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press SEATAC, Wash. (AP) — A "suicidal" airline employee stole an empty Horizon Air turboprop plane, took off from Sea-Tac International Airport and was chased by military jets before crashing into a small island in the Puget Sound on Friday ...

Crews battle growing wildfire near homes in California

By MARCIO SANCHEZ and AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters worked furiously Friday to keep a Southern California wildfire from burning more homes while crews in the north finally gained ground on deadly and destructive blazes that have burned for two ...

Memo shows Kavanaugh resisted indicting a sitting president

By LISA MASCARO and MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly released documents from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's time on the Kenneth Starr team investigating Bill Clinton reveal his resistance to issuing an indictment of a sitting president. The memo, tucked toward ...

Jury awards $289M to man who blames Roundup for cancer

By PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A jury's $289 million award to a former school groundskeeper who said Monsanto's Roundup left him dying of cancer will bolster thousands of pending cases and open the door for countless people who blame their suffering on the weed killer, ...

For now, Army suspends discharges of immigrant recruits

By MARTHA MENDOZA and GARANCE BURKE, Associated Press The U.S. Army has stopped discharging immigrant recruits who enlisted seeking a path to citizenship — at least temporarily. A memo shared with The Associated Press on Wednesday and dated July 20 spells out orders to high-ranking Army ...

Organic dairy farmers vow to compete in changing industry

By DAVID PITT, Associated Press FAIRFIELD, Iowa (AP) — Small family operated dairy farms with cows freely grazing on verdant pastures are going out business as large confined animal operations with thousands of animals lined up in assembly-line fashion are expanding into the organic ...

Compound suspects built in tiny off-the-grid community

By MORGAN LEE and MARY HUDETZ, Associated Press TAOS, N.M. (AP) — They arrived at the start of winter to set up makeshift living quarters on the high-desert plains of northern New Mexico, amid a tiny community of off-the-grid homes on 10-acre lots. For a time, the newcomers appeared to ...

Video shows massacre suspect punching self, speaking softly

By TERRY SPENCER, Associated Press SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors on Wednesday released hours of video interrogation of Florida's school shooting suspect, footage showing the young man slouching in a chair, being repeatedly urged by a detective to speak louder and punching himself in the ...

14,000 fight California fires, some from prisons or overseas

By JONATHAN J. COOPER and PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press UKIAH, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters said for the first time Wednesday that they have made good progress battling the state's largest-ever wildfire but didn't expect to have it fully under control until September. The blaze north of San ...

History shared but unreconciled in city’s Confederate statue

By JAY REEVES, Associated Press TUSKEGEE, Ala. (AP) — In 1906, when aging, white Confederate veterans of the Civil War and black ex-slaves still lived on the old plantations of the Deep South, two very different celebrations were afoot in this city known even then as a beacon of black ...

GOP senators rave about Kavanaugh; Dems prepare to grill him

By LISA MASCARO, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Now that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has met privately with almost every Republican senator, it's becoming increasingly clear President Donald Trump's pick for the bench is running into little GOP resistance to ...

Manafort’s ‘right-hand man’ testifies in fraud trial

By CHAD DAY and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The most critical moment in the financial fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort will likely arrive this week with the testimony of his "right-hand man" — the person defense attorneys blame for any ...

Top 2020 Democrats missing in Iowa but working backchannel

By THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa State Fair opens this week, complete with its signature deep-fried Oreos and prize hog judging. Country star Reba McEntire will be on the grandstand, but another type of celebrity will be missing: marquee names eyeing the ...

Oregon police chief orders review of use of force at protest

By ANDREW SELSKY, Associated Press SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Portland police were accused Sunday of being heavy-handed against people protesting a rally by extreme-right demonstrators, reportedly injuring some counter-protesters and prompting the city's new police chief to order a review of ...

‘Facts of Life’ star Charlotte Rae dies at 92

By LYNN ELBER, AP Television Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charlotte Rae, who played a wise and patient housemother to a brood of teenage girls on the long-running sitcom "The Facts of Life" during a career that encompassed many other TV roles as well as stage and film appearances, has died. She ...

5 killed when small plane crashes in California parking lot

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Ella Pham said it was a painful thing to see. Pham, 20, and her boyfriend were walking in a parking lot Sunday when they saw a twin-engine Cessna crash, she told the Los Angeles Times. "We looked up to see the plane falling nose first," she told the Times. "It was ...

WWE wrestler known as Kane wins mayor’s race in Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former WWE wrestler known as Kane has won a "no-holds-barred, last-man-standing" round, this time in the political ring. Glenn Jacobs went by Kane in the WWE. Now the 6-foot-8, 300-pound Republican has the title of Knox County Mayor. Jacobs runs an insurance and ...

US businesses cast wider net as jobless rate hits 3.9 pct.

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — With the U.S. unemployment rate near a five-decade low, companies are looking harder for employees, and in some cases finding them right at their own workplaces. Businesses are adding more hours for part-timers and converting ...

Weinstein seeks to get case tossed, citing accuser’s emails

By JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Before telling authorities that Harvey Weinstein had raped her, his accuser had sent warm emails after the alleged attack welcoming plans to get together, seeking advice and telling him no one "understands me quite like you," according to ...

Texas chemical plant, CEO indicted for ‘reckless’ release

HOUSTON (AP) — The North American subsidiary of a French chemical manufacturer and two senior staff members were indicted Friday in connection with last year's explosion at the Crosby, Texas, plant in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Arkema North America, its CEO Richard Rowe and plant manager ...