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High-rise apartment fire in Pittsburgh leaves 1 woman dead

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A high-rise apartment fire in downtown Pittsburgh early Monday has left one woman dead, and two residents and two firefighters needing medical treatment, the fire chief said. Arson and homicide investigators were at the scene to determine the cause of the blaze that forced ...

Appalachia’s approach to drugs at odds with AG policy

By DYLAN LOVAN, Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — In Appalachian states hit hardest by the opioid epidemic, the tough-on-crime policy announced Friday by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions runs counter to a recent emphasis on treatment and less prison time for low-level drug ...

Trump to deliver commencement address at Liberty University

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is delivering his first commencement address at Liberty University, the Christian school whose leader was among Trump's earliest and most vocal supporters. Trump's remarks Saturday on the Lynchburg, Virginia, ...

Trump considering numerous candidates for FBI director

By JILL COLVIN and KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is considering nearly a dozen candidates to succeed ousted FBI Director James Comey, choosing from a group that includes several lawmakers, attorneys and law enforcement officials. White House officials ...

Comey’s firing: Trump frustration finally boiled into action

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and NANCY BENAC, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — For weeks, President Donald Trump had been seething. The swirling questions about possible contacts between his presidential campaign team and Russia just wouldn't stop, and he felt it was overshadowing his early ...

GOP concerns on Trump and Comey pose threat to their agenda

By ERICA WERNER, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Several Republican senators are questioning the timing of President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey. But even as the issue emerges as a potential distraction from the GOP's legislative agenda, most are ...

Lawmakers reach agreement on stalled VA accountability bill

By HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans and Democrats have reached agreement on a bill to make it easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs to fire its employees, part of an accountability effort touted by President Donald Trump. The deal being ...

Senate intel panel subpoenas Michael Flynn documents

By CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate intelligence committee subpoenaed former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn for documents related to the panel's investigation into Russia's election meddling. Sen. Richard Burr, the Republican chairman, and Sen. Mark ...

Before the ax, Comey was pushing Trump-Russia probe harder

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Days before he was fired by Donald Trump, FBI Director James Comey requested more resources to pursue his investigation into Russia's election meddling and the possible involvement of Trump associates, U.S. officials say, fueling ...

Serial killer suspect went undiscovered for more than a year

By ASTRID GALVAN, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — For more than a year, Phoenix police were stumped by a string of killings in which a shooter stalked victims after dark and gunned them down as they stood outside their homes or sat in their cars. In all, nine people were killed in the case ...

Obama starts defining his new role in the age of Trump By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama is starting to define his new role in the age of Donald Trump. After dropping out of sight for a pair of glamorous island getaways, Obama is ...

Zinke questions using monument status to save sacred land

By MICHELLE L. PRICE and BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press BLANDING, Utah (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says he values national monuments. But as he tours America's newest and most hotly contested one, he questions whether the designation by the federal government was the right way ...

Back on TV, Kimmel zings critics of his health care plea

By LYNN ELBER, AP Television Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jimmy Kimmel zinged his critics as he returned to late-night TV and resumed arguing that Americans deserve the level of health care given his infant son. Back on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Monday after a week's absence, he said baby ...

Appeals court to weigh challenge to revised Trump travel ban

By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — After a series of stinging legal defeats, President Donald Trump's administration hopes to convince a federal appeals court that his travel ban targeting six-Muslim majority countries is motivated by national security, not ...

Ousted Obama official to speak on Trump aide’s Russia talks

By ERIC TUCKER and EILEEN SULLIVAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — An Obama administration official who warned the Trump White House about contacts between one of its key advisers and Russia is set to speak publicly for the first time about the concerns she raised. Former acting ...

Texas stokes immigration debate with ‘sanctuary cities’ ban

By PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas charged to the forefront of the national debate over immigration as Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed a so-called "sanctuary cities" ban that lets police ask during routine stops whether someone is in the U.S. legally and ...

Kansas man to get life term for killing of 7-year-old son

By JIM SUHR, Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man will be sentenced to life in prison Monday for the killing of his 7-year-old son, who authorities say was subjected to horrific abuse and was "essentially starved to death" before his remains were found in the family's pig ...

Trump tries to pressure Senate Republicans on health care

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press BRANCHBURG, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump urged Senate Republicans on Sunday to "not let the American people down," as the contentious debate over overhauling the U.S. health care systems shifts to Congress' upper chamber, where a vote is ...

Researchers seek better ways to farm popular Pacific fish

By PHUONG LE, Associated Press PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) — The dark gray fish prized for its buttery flavor live deep in the ocean, so researchers keep their lab cold and dark to simulate ideal conditions for sablefish larvae. A biologist shines his dim red headlamp and uses an ultrasound to ...

Grieving dad runs for school board in gang-scarred suburb

By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press BRENTWOOD, N.Y. (AP) — Robert Mickens was just a regular dad who went to his daughter's high school basketball games in their New York town, worried about whether she studied enough and sometimes got on her case for spending too much time gabbing with her ...