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Nobel laureate Toni Morrison dead at 88

By HILLEL ITALIE AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, a pioneer and reigning giant of modern literature whose imaginative power in "Beloved," ''Song of Solomon" and other works transformed American letters by dramatizing the pursuit of freedom within the ...

NYPD judge recommends firing officer in Eric Garner death

By MICHAEL R. SISAK Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — In a reckoning five years in the making, an administrative judge on Friday recommended firing a New York City police officer over the 2014 chokehold death of an unarmed black man whose dying cries of "I can't breathe" fueled a national ...

Trump pick for national intelligence director is withdrawing

By MARY CLARE JALONICK and JONATHAN LEMIRE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick for national intelligence director, Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe, withdrew from consideration Friday after just five days as he faced growing questions about his experience and ...

Suicide, not police, killed California festival gunman

By STEFANIE DAZIO Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — The gunman who opened fire on a California food festival killed himself after officers shot him multiple times, officials said, correcting previous police accounts that the officers fired the fatal bullet. Police gave the update Friday, ...

Democratic White House hopefuls target labor at Nevada forum

By MICHELLE L. PRICE and KATHLEEN RONAYNE Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nineteen Democrats hoping to be the next president are in Nevada Saturday to win support from labor unions that hold sway in the state that will cast the first votes in the West in next year's primary. Candidates ...

Collapsing California cliff claims 3 lives along beach

ENCINITAS, Calif. (AP) — A popular surfing beach was closed Saturday after a cliff collapsed, sending tons of sandstone onto beachgoers and killing three people. A 30-foot-long slab of the cliff plunged onto the sand near Grandview Beach north of San Diego. A KNSD-TV helicopter captured ...

Trump signs Sept. 11 victims’ compensation fund extension

By JILL COLVIN and JONATHAN LEMIRE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday signed a bill ensuring that a victims' compensation fund helping those impacted by the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks never runs out of money, ending years of legislative gridlock as the number of ...

Unmarked buildings, quiet legal help for accused priests

By MARTHA MENDOZA, JULIET LINDERMAN and GARANCE BURKE Associated Press DRYDEN, Mich. (AP) — The visiting priests arrived discreetly, day and night. Stripped of their collars and cassocks, they went unnoticed in this tiny Midwestern town as they were escorted into a dingy warehouse across ...

Accused of racism, Trump blasts black congressman as racist

By ZEKE MILLER and HOPE YEN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing growing accusations of racism for his incendiary tweets, President Donald Trump lashed out at his critics Monday and sought to deflect the criticism by labeling a leading black congressman as himself racist. In the latest ...

Official names shooter who killed 3 at California festival

By KATHLEEN RONAYNE and MARTHA MENDOZA Associated Press GILROY, Calif. (AP) — A shooter cut through a fence and opened fire on a crowd eating and listening to music at a popular food festival in California, killing three people, including a 6-year-old boy, and injuring about 15 others before ...

Harris health plan stops short of overhaul Sanders envisions

By JUANA SUMMERS Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Kamala Harris insists she still backs "Medicare for All," but the health care proposal she released on Monday stops short of the full scale health care system overhaul that's being advocated by her more liberal 2020 Democratic presidential ...

Democrats questioning Robert Mueller to focus on obstruction

By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee who will question former special counsel Robert Mueller next week plan to focus on a narrow set of episodes laid out in his report, an effort to direct Americans' attention to what they see ...

Trump disavows ‘Send her back!’ chant as Omar stands defiant

By ALAN FRAM and DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has chided his supporters who chanted "send her back" when he questioned the loyalty of a Somali-born congresswoman, joining widespread criticism of the campaign crowd's cry after Republicans warned ...

Fast-growing web of doorbell cams raises privacy fears

By AMY FORLITI and MATT O'BRIEN Associated Press The woodsy community of Wolcott, Connecticut, doesn't see a lot of crime. But when the police chief heard about an opportunity to distribute doorbell cameras to some homes, he didn't hesitate. The police who keep watch over the town of 16,000 ...

2020 debates: Biden-Harris rematch and progressive faceoff

By BILL BARROW Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — The second set of summer Democratic presidential debates will feature a rematch with a twist, plus the first showdown of leading progressives as the party wrestles with its philosophical identity and looks ahead to a 2020 fight against President ...

New standards aim to improve surgery for the oldest patients

By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The 92-year-old had a painful tumor on his tongue, and major surgery was his best chance. Doctors called a timeout when he said he lived alone, in a rural farmhouse, and wanted to keep doing so. "It was ultimately not clear we could ...

Trump calls on GOP to oppose House condemnation of tweets

By ZEKE MILLER, JILL COLVIN, and JONATHAN LEMIRE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump called on fellow Republicans Tuesday to stick with him, "not show weakness" and oppose a House resolution condemning his tweets that urged four Democratic congresswomen of color to ...

Police officer in ‘I can’t breathe’ death won’t be charged

By MICHAEL BALSAMO, MICHAEL R. SISAK, COLLEEN LONG and TOM HAYS Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that they won't bring criminal charges against a white New York City police officer in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, a black man whose dying words — ...

Pentagon nominee regrets Turkey’s ‘drift’ from West

By ROBERT BURNS AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Army Secretary Mark Esper, President Donald Trump's nominee to become secretary of defense, told his Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday he is troubled by Turkey's decision to defy the United States by acquiring Russian-made air ...

Facebook’s currency plan gets hostile reception in Congress

By MARCY GORDON AP Business Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Under sharp criticism from senators, a Facebook executive on Tuesday defended the social network's ambitious plan to create a digital currency and pledged to work with regulators to achieve a system that protects the privacy of users' ...