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Tourists descend as temperatures climb in Death Valley

By SALLY HO and CHRISTOPHER WEBER., Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Desert dwellers in the western U.S. see temperatures topping 120 degrees as a reason to hunker down indoors and turn up the air conditioning. But some tourists welcome it as a bucket-list opportunity to experience Death ...

In Georgia, a cacophony of arguments could tilt House race

By BILL BARROW, Associated Press DORAVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Dr. Nadine Becker wasn't politically involved until she saw Donald Trump elected president, but the suburban Atlanta gynecologist didn't know how to engage, given her traditionally Republican surroundings. "I was yelling at the TV and ...

Trump’s top lawyer to face questions on Russia, Comey

By ERIC TUCKER and DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is preparing for sharp questions from his former Senate colleagues about his role in the firing of James Comey, his Russian contacts during the campaign and his decision to recuse himself from ...

Trump to tout apprenticeships as way to fill jobs gap

By LAURIE KELLMAN and JOSH BOAK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says apprenticeships could match workers with millions of open jobs, but he's reluctant to devote more taxpayer money to the effort. Instead, Trump and Labor Secretary Alex Acosta say the ...

Deliberations resume in police officer’s manslaughter trial

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota police officer who fatally shot a black motorist seconds after the man informed him he was carrying a gun "did what he had to do" in a thoroughly justified use of force, a defense attorney argued during closing ...

Trump says travel ban ruling comes at ‘dangerous time’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the latest federal court ruling against his proposed travel ban comes at a "dangerous time," maintaining that prohibitions on travelers from six Muslim-majority nations will keep the country safe. The president tweeted, "Well, as ...

Puerto Rico upholds statehood demand in contentious vote

By DANICA COTO, Associated Press SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor is vowing to make the U.S. territory the 51st state after statehood won in a non-binding referendum hit by a boycott and low turnout that raised questions about the vote's legitimacy. Gov. Ricardo Rossello ...

Half-staff flags, bells mark 1 year since Pulse massacre

By MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Church bells throughout Orlando will ring 49 times at noon Monday, a year after the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Gov. Rick Scott ordered U.S. flags around Florida to be flown at half-staff, a giant rainbow flag will be ...

Under Trump, US militias not ready to lay down arms

By LISA MARIE PANE, Associated Press JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — In the woods south of Atlanta, John and Yvette DeMaria are with about a dozen camouflage-wearing, heavily armed Americans huffing and puffing as they scramble to navigate the sprawling piece of property where they train, one weekend a ...

Sessions to testify as Republicans prod Trump on tapes

By HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is preparing to face former Senate colleagues over his role in the controversy around ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, part of an escalating investigation into possible Russian meddling in the 2016 ...

California winner of $447M Powerball can claim prize Monday

By AMY TAXIN, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — The holder of the sole winning Powerball ticket worth $447.8 million can claim the prize as early as Monday morning, lottery officials said. The ticket matching all six numbers was sold in Southern California, and whoever owns it will claim ...

Trump tweets on Comey, declares ‘total vindication’

By ERIC TUCKER and ERICA WERNER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday broke his silence on Twitter following explosive testimony by fired FBI Director James Comey, declaring "total and complete vindication." Trump, who had not posted on his Twitter account ...

Jury to hear Bill Cosby’s testimony about quaaludes and sex

By MARYCLAIRE DALE and MICHAEL R. SISAK NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Jurors at Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial have heard excerpts from the comedian's lurid, decade-old deposition, but explosive sections about him obtaining quaaludes and giving them to women before sex are yet to ...

House votes to roll back post-2008 financial rules

By KEVIN FREKING and MARCY GORDON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led House has moved closer to fulfilling President Donald Trump's goal of doing "a big number" on Dodd-Frank, the landmark banking law created after the 2008 economic crisis that was designed to prevent ...

Fired FBI director Comey’s testimony puts spotlight on Trump

By JULIE PACE and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In a hugely anticipated hearing, fired FBI director James Comey will recount a series of conversations with President Donald Trump that he says made him deeply uneasy and concerned about the blurring of boundaries between the ...

Jury may soon hear from Cosby, even if he doesn’t take stand

By MARYCLAIRE DALE and MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A jury that heard seven hours of testimony from a woman who says Bill Cosby drugged and assaulted her may soon hear from Cosby himself — even if he doesn't take the stand. Prosecutors are expected to show ...

Congressional hearings have a high-stakes history

By NANCY BENAC, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — This city knows how to do big hearings — even Titanic ones. Dramatic congressional hearings are something of a Washington art form, a rite of democracy carefully crafted for the cameras. Suspense is building as fired FBI Director James ...

Some states review election systems for signs of intrusion

By EMERY P. DALESIO and GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Officials in some states are trying to figure out whether local election offices were targeted in an apparent effort by Russian military intelligence to hack into election software last fall. The efforts were ...

Trump to nominate ex-Justice Department official to lead FBI

By SADIE GURMAN and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced his pick for FBI director — a former Justice Department official who served as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's lawyer during the George Washington Bridge lane-closing ...

Lab supervisor: Castile gun was loaded, no round in chamber

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota police officer who fatally shot a black motorist told a supervisor on the scene that he didn't know where the motorist's gun was, but added that he told the motorist to get his hand off the firearm, according to audio recorded after the shooting. The audio ...