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Texas bids Bush farewell with country music, funeral train

By WILL WEISSERT, NOMAAN MERCHANT and CALVIN WOODWARD, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — America's final farewell to George H.W. Bush shifted to Texas on Thursday, with his friend and former Secretary of State James Baker addressing him as "Jefe," Spanish for "boss," and celebrating him as a ...

Remains of Pearl Harbor sailors return home after 77 years

HONOLULU (AP) — More than 75 years after nearly 2,400 members of the U.S. military were killed in the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor, some who died on Dec. 7, 1941, are finally being laid to rest in cemeteries across the United States. In 2015, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency exhumed ...

2 US warplanes crash off Japan; 1 dead, 5 missing

By MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — One of two crew members recovered after two U.S. warplanes collided and crashed off Japan's coast early Thursday is dead and five others remain missing, the U.S. military said. The Marine Corps said the other recovered crew member was in fair ...

US to ease oil drilling controls protecting imperiled bird

By MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration moved forward Thursday with plans to ease restrictions on oil and natural gas drilling and other activities across millions of acres in the American West that were put in place to protect an imperiled bird ...

Michigan marking 1st day for legal, recreational pot

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan is officially the first state in the Midwest to allow marijuana for more than medical purposes. Thursday marks the first day for the legal recreational partaking of pot in Michigan following voters' strong endorsement in the Nov. 6 election. Michigan is now among ...

Memories of Bush humor brought smiles to sorrowful farewell

By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Memories of George H.W. Bush's underappreciated sense of humor drew laughter and brought smiles to the sorrowful mourning of the death of America's 41st president. Presidential historian Jon Meacham recounted how comedian Dana Carvey once ...

Prosecutors recommend no jail time for cooperative Flynn

By CHAD DAY and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former national security adviser provided so much information to the special counsel's Russia investigation that prosecutors say he shouldn't do any prison time, according to a court filing that ...

Supreme Court takes up closely watched double jeopardy case

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Constitution says you can't be tried twice for the same offense. And yet Terance Gamble is sitting in prison today because he was prosecuted separately by Alabama and the federal government for having a gun after an earlier robbery ...

Wisconsin GOP votes to weaken Democrat who defeated Walker

By SCOTT BAUER and TODD RICHMOND, Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans pushed through protests, internal disagreement and Democratic opposition Wednesday to pass far-reaching legislation that would shift power to the GOP-controlled Legislature and weaken the Democrat ...

Report: Moonves obstructed sexual misconduct investigation

By MAE ANDERSON, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — An internal investigation of former CBS chief Les Moonves has turned up more evidence of sexual misconduct as well as lying and destruction of evidence, throwing into jeopardy his $120 million severance package, The New York Times reported ...

Good boy: Sully the service dog visits Bush’s casket

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It's often said that if you want a friend in Washington, get a dog. For the last six months, Sully the service dog was President George H.W. Bush's. The yellow Labrador Retriever visited the president's casket in the Capitol Rotunda ...

Visitors honor Bush for military victory, disabled rights

By CALVIN WOODWARD, LAURIE KELLMAN and ASHRAF KHALIL, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Soldiers, people in wheelchairs and long lines of other Americans filed through the hushed Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday to view George H.W. Bush's casket and remember a president whose legacy included ...

2 attorneys general to subpoena Trump Organization, IRS

By TAMI ABDOLLAH, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The attorneys general of the District of Columbia and Maryland plan to file subpoenas Tuesday seeking records from the Trump Organization, the Internal Revenue Service and dozens of other entities as part of a lawsuit accusing Donald Trump ...

Ballot fraud investigation muddies North Carolina election

By GARY D. ROBERTSON and EMERY P. DALESIO, Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Allegations of flagrant absentee ballot fraud in a North Carolina district have thrown the Election Day results of one of the nation's last unresolved midterm congressional races into question. Unofficial ...

Wisconsin Republicans to vote on weakening governor’s power

By SCOTT BAUER and TODD RICHMOND, Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Just weeks away from losing control of both the governor and attorney general's offices, Wisconsin Republicans planned dramatic lame-duck votes Tuesday on a sweeping attempt to limit the powers of incoming Democrats, a ...

Fate of New Hampshire official raises question about primary

By HOLLY RAMER, Associated Press CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire might celebrate 100 years of holding the nation's earliest presidential primary in 2020 without the man long credited with protecting the state's coveted position. If Bill Gardner is ousted this week after 42 years on the ...

George HW Bush flies back to capital to lie in state

By JUAN LOZANO, NOMAAN MERCHANT and DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Sent off with a 21-gun salute, George H.W. Bush left his beloved Texas for the final time Monday, headed to Washington as the nation paid tribute to the 41st president for a lifetime of public service ...

1 child dead, 45 people hurt in Arkansas charter bus crash

By JILL BLEED, Associated Press LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — One child was killed and at least 45 other people were injured when a charter bus carrying a youth football team from Tennessee rolled off an interstate off-ramp and overturned before sunrise Monday in central Arkansas, authorities ...

Washington mental hospital sees rise in attacks

By MARTHA BELLISLE, Associated Press BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — The tall, lanky patient walked out of his room at Washington state's largest psychiatric hospital and spit on two patients before ducking back inside. A few minutes later, he came back out and punched two patients, so Larry ...

NASA spacecraft arrives at ancient asteroid, its 1st visitor

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — After a two-year chase, a NASA spacecraft arrived Monday at the ancient asteroid Bennu, its first visitor in billions of years. The robotic explorer Osiris-Rex, right on cue, pulled within 12 miles (19 kilometers) of the ...