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Divisive race ends with win for Republican Sen. Hyde-Smith

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith returns to Washington as a solidly loyal supporter of President Donald Trump after he stumped for her in a divisive Mississippi runoff shaped by her video-recorded remark about "public ...

Market to parse Powell words for clues to Fed’s future hikes

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Is the Federal Reserve considering a pullback in its interest rate hikes? Chairman Jerome Powell's recent observations have suggested that while the U.S. economy remains on firm footing it also faces an array of risks, including a ...

Northern California sheriff’s star rises with relief roles

By PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press CHICO, Calif. (AP) — Those who had fled a deadly Northern California wildfire were looking for answers at an evacuation center when Sheriff Kory Honea walked in. They jumped to their feet, clapped and cheered. The Butte County sheriff came to watch a recent ...

Manafort allegations throw new uncertainty into Russia probe

By ERIC TUCKER, CHAD DAY and JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The breakdown of a plea deal with former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and an explosive British news report about alleged contacts he may have had with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange threw a new ...

Trump tests presidential limits by threat to General Motors

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump tested the limits of his presidential authority and political muscle as he threatened to cut off all federal subsidies to General Motors because of its planned massive cutbacks in the U.S. Trump ...

GM to slash up to 14,000 jobs in North America

By TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer DETROIT (AP) — General Motors will cut up to 14,000 workers in North America and put five plants up for possible closure as it abandons many of its car models and restructures to focus more on autonomous and electric vehicles, the automaker announced ...

NASA spacecraft lands on red planet after six-month journey

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft designed to burrow beneath the surface of Mars landed on the red planet Monday after a six-month, 300 million-mile (482 million-kilometer) journey and a perilous, six-minute descent through the rose-hued ...

Supreme Court could allow suit over Apple iPhone apps’ sales

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed ready Monday to allow an antitrust lawsuit to go forward that claims Apple has unfairly monopolized the market for the sale of iPhone apps. Apple faced skeptical questions from justices who seemed concerned about ...

Black man’s death: Questions remain in Alabama mall shooting

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — The father of a black man killed by a police officer during a shooting at an Alabama mall said his son had a permit to carry a gun for self-defense, adding it was hurtful police initially portrayed his son as the shooter. Emantic "EJ" ...

Ex-Trump campaign adviser loses bid to delay prison sentence

By HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Sunday rejected a last-minute bid by former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos to delay his two-week prison term and ordered him to surrender Monday as scheduled. Papadopoulos sought the delay until an ...

Catastrophic Northern California fire is finally contained

By CHRISTOPHER WEBER, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — A massive wildfire that killed dozens of people and destroyed thousands of homes in Northern California has been fully contained after burning for more than two weeks, authorities said Sunday. The California Department of Forestry ...

“Thank you President T”: Trump tweets as holiday break ends

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump is ending his Thanksgiving break in Florida the same way he began it — tweeting and spending time at one of his local golf courses. Trump congratulated himself on Twitter Sunday for falling oil prices, ...

Dem contrasts ‘diversity’ with GOP senator in Mississippi

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Democrat running for U.S. Senate in Mississippi says he would bring experience of "diversity" and "inclusion" to the job, and he thinks the Republican he's trying to unseat has a background lacking in those ...

Government climate report warns of worsening US disasters

By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — As California's catastrophic wildfires recede and people rebuild after two hurricanes, a massive new federal report warns that these types of extreme weather disasters are worsening in the United States. The White House report quietly ...

Impeach the president? House Democrats saying not so fast

By LISA MASCARO and MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Whatever happened to trying to impeach President Donald Trump? As House Democrats begin laying out the vision for their new majority, that item is noticeably missing from the to-do list and firmly on the ...

1 person dead, 2 others hurt after Alabama mall shooting

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Police responding to a fight inside an Alabama shopping mall shot and killed a man who had brandished a weapon, authorities said Friday. Two other people were injured, including a 12-year-old girl. The Hoover Police Department said in a statement that two men were engaged ...

Fire evacuees do their best on a sad Thanksgiving

By KATHLEEN RONAYNE, Associated Press CHICO, Calif. (AP) — Patty Rough lost her Paradise home and most of her belongings in the Camp Fire, and she had no place to cook a family meal on Thanksgiving. But she and her husband are safe, and she was still able to spend the holiday with her ...

Trump says time for action on ‘the Wall’

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump was back at his West Palm Beach golf course on another sunny Florida day. Trump began his Friday on Twitter, saying Democrats and Republicans "MUST come together, finally, with a major Border Security package, which will include funding for ...

As Facebook faces fire, heat turns up on No. 2 Sandberg

By BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — For the past decade, Sheryl Sandberg has been the poised, reliable second-in-command to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, helping steer Facebook's rapid growth around the world, while also cultivating her brand in ways that hint at ...

Gunman in Chicago hospital shooting had prior complaint

By AMANDA SEITZ and DON BABWIN, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — A man who fatally shot his ex-fiancee outside a Chicago hospital before killing two people inside the building was the subject of a protection order request filed four years ago by another woman, yet he had legally purchased ...