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Firefighter killed in wildfire near Yosemite National Park

By MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — A second-generation California firefighter who was using a bulldozer to prevent a wildfire from spreading was killed Saturday near Yosemite National Park, state fire officials said. Heavy Fire Equipment Operator Braden Varney, 36, died ...

Livid FBI agent clashes with GOP at hearing on Russia probe

By ERIC TUCKER and MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — An embattled FBI agent whose anti-Trump text messages exposed the Justice Department to claims of institutional bias launched a vigorous defense Thursday at an extraordinary congressional hearing that devolved into ...

Supreme Court could return abortion debate to the states

By DAVID A. LIEB and STEVE LeBLANC, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Anticipating renewed fights over abortion, some governors and state lawmakers already are searching for ways to enhance or dismantle the right in their constitutions and laws. President Donald Trump's nomination of Judge ...

US: Nearly half of youngest children not rejoining families

By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Thursday all eligible small children separated from their families as a result of its zero-tolerance immigration policy have been reunited with their parents. But nearly half of the children under 5 remain ...

Trump DOJ appealing judge’s OK of AT&T-Time Warner merger

By MARCY GORDON, AP Business Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Stung by a federal judge's dismissal of its objections to AT&T's megamerger with Time Warner, the Trump Justice Department is challenging the decision with a legal appeal. The Justice Department said in a one-sentence document ...

Streaming rules Emmys as Netflix snaps 17-year HBO streak

By LYNN ELBER, AP Television Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Netflix snapped HBO's 17-year streak as Emmy nominations leader, more than bragging rights switched hands. It represented the breathtaking change in how audiences get and watch TV and the threat to traditional TV networks from ...

Detaining immigrant kids is now a billion-dollar industry

By MARTHA MENDOZA AND LARRY FENN, Associated Press SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Detaining immigrant children has morphed into a surging industry in the U.S. that now reaps $1 billion annually — a tenfold increase over the past decade, an Associated Press analysis finds. Health and Human Services ...

Border Protection says NYC mayor crossed border illegally

By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his security detail violated both Mexican and U.S. immigration laws by crossing the border on foot during a visit near El Paso, Texas, U.S. Customs and Border Protection alleges in a letter obtained by ...

Execution blocked after company objects to use of its drug

By KEN RITTER and MICHELLE L. PRICE, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada judge effectively put the execution of a two-time killer on hold Wednesday after a pharmaceutical company objected to the use of one of its drugs to put someone to death. Clark County District Judge Elizabeth ...

Firefighter killed in gas explosion, fire near Madison

By TODD RICHMOND, Associated Press SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (AP) — A massive natural gas explosion killed a firefighter and leveled portions of a city block in a southern Wisconsin community, including a bar the firefighter owned, authorities said Wednesday. The blast in Sun Prairie on Tuesday ...

World’s ugliest dog dies weeks after winning title

ANOKA, Minn. (AP) — A 9-year-old English bulldog has died just weeks after winning the 2018 World's Ugliest Dog contest. Owner Megan Brainard of Anoka, Minnesota, told NBC's "Today " that Zsa Zsa died in her sleep Tuesday. Brainard says the dog was staying with her father and he found she ...

Government falls short of deadline to reunite kids, parents

By ELLIOT SPAGAT and MIKE HOUSEHOLDER, Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — Some immigrant toddlers are back in the arms of their parents, but others remained in government custody away from relatives as federal officials fell short of meeting a court-ordered deadline to reunite dozens of ...

Hugs and sobs: Families separated in US return to Guatemala

By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Donelda Pulex stepped off the airplane into the sun, clutching her 5-year-old daughter's hand and burst into heaving sobs. Fourteen-year-old Hermelindo Juarez hid his face as his father comforted him. Efildo Daniel Vasquez walked ...

Court nominee Kavanaugh begins making his case to senators

By LISA MASCARO and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, mapped out strategy with Republican leaders Tuesday, launching a fierce confirmation battle that could remake the court for decades and roil the midterm ...

Trump pardon of Oregon ranchers sparks concern, jubilation

By ANDREW SELSKY and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Two imprisoned ranchers who were convicted of intentionally setting fires in 2012 on public land in Oregon will be freed after President Donald Trump pardoned them on Tuesday. The move by Trump raised concerns that others ...

Man says he left baby after car crash because he was heavy

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A man told investigators he left a 5-month-old baby boy in the woods after a weekend car crash because the baby was very heavy, court records said. Officers found the baby — cold and hungry — under a pile of debris and sticks early Sunday, several hours after the ...

Judge rejects request to detain migrant families long-term

By BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California federal judge on Monday rejected the Trump administration's efforts to detain immigrant families for long terms, calling it a "cynical attempt" to undo a longstanding court settlement. U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee said the ...

Trump’s attacks on NATO raise questions about its future

By ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's repeated tongue lashings of NATO allies and his friendly overtures to Russian President Vladimir Putin are stirring questions at home and abroad about Trump's commitment to an Atlantic alliance that has ...

Trump has decided his court nominee; big reveal tonight

By CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has decided on his Supreme Court nominee, a person with knowledge of the situation revealed Monday, hours before a prime-time TV announcement that will ignite a fierce confirmation battle. As others speculated ...

Baby survives 9 hours buried in western Montana woods

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A 5-month-old infant who miraculously survived more than nine hours being buried under a pile of sticks and debris in the woods of western Montana suffered only minor injuries despite wearing wet and soiled clothes in cold weather, authorities said Monday. The baby boy ...