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California Rep. Katie Hill resigns amid ethics investigation

By LAURIE KELLMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Freshman Rep. Katie Hill, a rising Democratic star in the House, announced her resignation amid an ethics probe, saying explicit private photos of her with a campaign staffer had been "weaponized" by her husband and political ...

California wildfires erupt in LA, burn in wine country

By TERENCE CHEA and DON THOMPSON Associated Press SANTA ROSA, California (AP) — Firefighters battled destructive wildfires in Northern California wine country and on the wealthy west side of Los Angeles on Monday, trying to beat back flames that forced tens of thousands to flee their ...

WH official won’t testify in impeachment probe without order

By MARY CLARE JALONICK and ERIC TUCKER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A former White House national security official defied a House subpoena Monday, prompting the Democrat leading the impeachment probe to declare that President Donald Trump's administration is "building a powerful case" ...

Growing uncertainty looms over Democrats’ 2020 primary

By STEVE PEOPLES, ALEXANDRA JAFFE and HUNTER WOODALL Associated Press MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) — Look no further than Pearl City Station, a plain brick building set along the banks of the Mississippi River, to understand the growing sense of uncertainty seeping into the Democratic Party's 2020 ...

Biden joins Warren, Sanders with Super Tuesday focus

By BILL BARROW Associated Press Joe Biden is expanding his presidential campaign footprint in Super Tuesday states and a general election battleground in the latest sign that Democrats' top White House contenders foresee a potentially lengthy nominating process in 2020. The former vice ...

California braces for possible round 2 of outages

By JOCELYN GECKER and CHRISTOPHER WEBER Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's largest utility said it will go ahead with widespread blackouts affecting nearly half a million people starting Wednesday as dangerous fire weather returns to California. Pacific Gas & Electric ...

Zuckerberg appears in Congress as Facebook faces scrutiny

By MARCY GORDON and BARBARA ORTUTAY AP Business Writers WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg endured hours of prickly questioning from lawmakers Wednesday as he defended the company's new globally ambitious project to create a digital currency while also dealing with widening ...

Biden: Trump has ‘no idea’ about working-class struggles

By BILL BARROW and MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — Joe Biden hammered President Donald Trump's treatment of the middle class as he campaigned Wednesday in his childhood hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania, hours ahead of the president making a separate visit to the ...

Chaotic scene as Republicans disrupt impeachment deposition

By MICHAEL BALSAMO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans disrupted a closed-door deposition Wednesday with a Defense Department official who was scheduled to answer questions as part of the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. Laura Cooper, a senior official who ...

Missouri farmer charged in killing of Wisconsin brothers

By HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri cattle farmer charged Wednesday with two counts of first-degree murder shot two brothers from Wisconsin, burned their bodies and dumped the remains on a manure pile on his property, investigators said. Garland ...

Diplomat provides House with detailed account on Ukraine

By LISA MASCARO, MARY CLARE JALONICK and LYNN BERRY Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Former U.S. Ambassador William Taylor, a diplomat who has sharply questioned President Donald Trump's policy on Ukraine, has provided lawmakers with a detailed account of his recollection of events at the ...

Trump likens House impeachment inquiry to ‘a lynching’

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump enraged Democrats on Tuesday by comparing their impeachment inquiry to a lynching, assigning the horrors of a deadly and racist chapter in U.S. history to a process laid out in the Constitution. "That is one ...

‘Just too much’: Meet the uber-rich who want a wealth tax

By JOSH BOAK AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — When the grand vacation homes of Newport Beach were empty on a beautiful Memorial Day weekend, Molly Munger decided it was time for the U.S. to consider taxing wealth. As her family's boat moved through the harbor a few years ago, Munger, ...

Chicago teachers’ strike highlights support staff shortages

By KANTELE FRANKO Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Demands by striking Chicago teachers for more nurses, librarians and social workers are highlighting concerns that resonate in high-poverty school districts nationwide, where shortages of support staff leave educators feeling ...

More choices and stable premiums for ‘Obamacare’ next year

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers will have more health insurance choices next year under the much-debated Obama health care law and premiums will dip slightly for many, the Trump administration announced Tuesday. President Donald Trump was elected on a ...

$260 million deal averts 1st federal trial on opioid crisis

By JULIE CARR SMYTH and GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — The nation's three biggest drug distributors and a major drugmaker agreed to an 11th-hour, $260 million settlement Monday over the terrible toll taken by opioids in two Ohio counties, averting the first federal trial ...

Ambassador expected to testify key assurance came from Trump

By ERIC TUCKER, MARY CLARE JALONICK and LISA MASCARO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. ambassador is expected to tell Congress that his text message reassuring another envoy that there was no quid pro quo in their interactions with Ukraine was based solely on what President Donald ...

Family seeks answers after police kill Texas woman at home

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A white police officer who killed a black woman inside her Texas home while responding to a neighbor's call about an open front door "didn't have time to perceive a threat" before he opened fire, an attorney for the woman's family said. "You didn't hear the officer ...

Sanders details plan to ‘end corporate greed’

By WILL WEISSERT Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders has released a major proposal to "end corporate greed and corruption" by requiring large companies to give ownership stakes to their workers. The proposal also would ensure that many of the nation's most profitable firms pay ...

Joe Biden’s son Hunter stepping down from Chinese board

By STEVE PEOPLES AP National Political Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Facing intense scrutiny from President Donald Trump and his Republican allies, Hunter Biden says he will step down from the board of directors of a Chinese-backed private equity firm at the end of the month as part of a pledge not ...