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Texas Democrat attends House orientation amid contested race


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones has been in Washington attending orientation for new members of Congress despite Republican incumbent Rep. Will Hurd continuing to hold a lead of 1,000-plus votes in their contested race to…

Cargo ship launch clears crewed mission to space station


MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian Soyuz rocket has put a cargo ship en route to the International Space Station, clearing the way for the next crewed mission.

CNN's Acosta back at White House after judge's ruling

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge ordered the Trump administration on Friday to immediately return the White House press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta, though a lawsuit over the credentials' revocation is continuing.

Florida starts hand recount in acrimonious US Senate race


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A hand recount began Friday in Florida's acrimonious U.S. Senate contest after an initial review by ballot-counting machines showed Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson separated by fewer than…

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The Latest: Hundreds from fire zone line up for federal aid


CHICO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California's wildfires (all times local):; 10:30 a.m. Hundreds of people displaced by the Northern California wildfire have lined up outside a mall in the city of Chico where the Federal Emergency…

Trump says he answered written questions in Mueller probe


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday that he has answered written questions from special counsel Robert Mueller but hasn't yet submitted them.


Pelosi has 'candid' talk with potential rival for speaker


WASHINGTON (AP) — Nancy Pelosi met privately Friday with her top potential rival for House speaker, Rep. Marcia Fudge, as the Democratic leader works to gather support and fend off a challenge from a small but persistent group determined…


Missing-persons list tops 600 in fire-stricken California


CHICO, Calif. (AP) — The potential magnitude of the wildfire disaster in Northern California escalated as officials raised the death toll to 63 and released a missing-persons list with 631 names on it more than a week after the flames…


House passes bill to drop legal protections for gray wolves


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House passed a bill Friday to drop legal protections for gray wolves across the lower 48 states, reopening a lengthy battle over the predator species.


World markets subdued on trade, Brexit tensions


SINGAPORE (AP) — World markets were subdued on Friday as trade tensions and political risks surrounding Britain's exit from the European Union kept investor cautious.

AP source: Mueller probe to go on, Whitaker tells Graham


WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has told Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham in a meeting that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation will proceed, according to a person familiar with the meeting.


After midterms success, Democrats develop 2020 strategies


WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaking before a gathering of black leaders on Capitol Hill this week, Sen. Kamala Harris offered guidance on when Democrats should fight President Donald Trump and Republicans.

Last Khmer Rouge leaders guilty of genocide, get life terms


PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The last surviving leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime that ruled Cambodia in the 1970s, when their reign of terror was responsible for the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million people, were convicted Friday by an…


North Korea running low on TB meds, experts fear epidemic


SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The withdrawal of a major international aid organization threatens to leave tens of thousands of tuberculosis patients in North Korea without the medication they need and could spiral into a severe crisis if it is…


The Latest: Firefighter on California blaze struck by car

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MAGALIA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in California (all times local):; 10:20 p.m. An out-of-state firefighter battling a massive Southern California blaze has been struck by a truck. But authorities say his injuries aren't life…


Senator spoke of 'difficult' voting for liberals in video


JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Republican U.S. senator from Mississippi is shown in a new video talking about "liberal folks" and making it "just a little more difficult" for them to vote.


California fire has claimed 63 as missing list grows to 631


MAGALIA, Calif. (AP) — At least 63 are now dead from a Northern California wildfire, and officials say they have a missing persons list with 631 names on it in an ever-evolving accounting of the missing after the nation's deadliest…


Snowstorm slows evening commute in New York City


NEW YORK (AP) — The first snowstorm of the season to hit the New York City area brought several inches of snow, slowing Thursday's evening commute to a crawl, after contributing to at least seven deaths as it swept across the country.


Bitter battle for Florida Senate seat goes to hand recount


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's acrimonious battle for the U.S. Senate headed Thursday to a legally required hand recount after an initial review by ballot-counting machines showed Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic Sen. Bill…

The Latest: At least 55,000 ballots in Senate hand recount


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Florida's election recount (all times local):; 7 p.m. Election offices across Florida will have to hand count at a bare minimum almost 54,000 ballots in the U.S. Senate race.

Thursday, Nov 15

Stocks mostly rise but Europe weighed down by Brexit discord

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BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets mostly rose Thursday, though European indexes and the pound sagged as discord within the British government threatened a newly agreed Brexit deal.

A second transbay tube for BART? It could happen

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Bay Area Rapid Transit officials will present their latest plans Thursday to build a second Transbay Tube connecting San Francisco to the East Bay — and perhaps start 24-hour service.

Mexican citizen executed in Texas for killings of wife, kids


HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Mexican citizen on death row in Texas was executed Wednesday night for the sledgehammer killings of his wife and two children more than 26 years ago.

The Latest: Outbreak of norovirus at wildfire shelter


CHICO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the wildfires in California (all times local):; 7 p.m. Officials say there has been an outbreak of norovirus at a shelter housing people who evacuated their homes to escape the massive wildfire in…

Wednesday, Nov 14

May wins Cabinet backing for Brexit deal but pitfalls remain

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LONDON (AP) — In a hard-won victory, British Prime Minister Theresa May persuaded her fractious Cabinet to back a draft divorce agreement with the European Union on Thursday, a decision that triggers the final steps on the long and rocky…

Georgia's Kemp claims 'insurmountable lead;' Dems cast doubt


ATLANTA (AP) — As Democrats ratcheted up their attacks on Georgia Republican Brian Kemp, he claimed Wednesday that results certified by county election officials confirm he has an "insurmountable lead" in the governor's race.

Big rig fire on Highway 101 shuts down lanes near Cotati

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A UPS tractor trailer-overturned and caught fire early Wednesday morning on northbound Highway 101 in Cotati, choking rush hour traffic, authorities said.

Sheriff: California wildfire's death toll rises to 48


PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Ernest Foss was a musician who gave lessons out of his home when he lived in San Francisco, where an amplifier that ran the length of a wall served as the family's living room couch. Carl Wiley refurbished tires for…

Tuesday, Nov 13

House newcomers get first taste of Washington's power games


WASHINGTON (AP) — The bright-eyed class of incoming members of Congress descended on Washington Tuesday for schooling on the nuts and bolts underpinning a job like none other. But even as they chose curtain colors and sorted party…

Democrat Sinema wins Arizona Senate seat running as centrist

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In a year of liberal challenges to President Donald Trump, an avowed centrist scored the Democratic Party's biggest coup -- flipping a red state's U.S. Senate seat.

Utility emailed woman about problems 1 day before fire

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PULGA, Calif. (AP) — A day before a deadly blaze destroyed a California town, the giant utility Pacific Gas & Electric Co. got in touch with Betsy Ann Cowley, saying the company needed access to her property because its power lines were…

More races go to Democrats, including Senate seat in Ariz.


NEW YORK (AP) — No, it wasn't a blue wave. But a week after the voting, Democrats are riding higher than they thought on election night.

Monday, Nov 12

Winds cause flare-ups of big Southern California wildfire

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MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Strong Santa Ana winds returned to Southern California on Sunday, causing flare-ups of a huge wildfire that has scorched a string of communities west of Los Angeles, but no additional structures were believed to have…

The Latest: Sheriff: 6 more bodies found; total of 29


PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the California wildfires (all times local):; 6:20 p.m. Authorities have reported 6 additional deaths in a Northern California, raising the death toll to 29 and matching the deadliest wildfire on record…

Florida election recount continues amid tensions, litigation


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Mishaps, protests and litigation dominated Florida's first day of recounting the vote for pivotal races for governor and Senate, bringing back memories of the 2000 presidential fiasco.

SF Veterans Day Parade marches 100 years after end of WWI

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Red paper poppies dotted the sidewalks at Sunday’s Veterans Day Parade at Fisherman’s Wharf, tucked into the ponytails of young girls and handed to anybody who wanted one.

Sunday, Nov 11

The Latest: Leaders discuss Ukraine elections at Paris meet


PARIS (AP) — The Latest on commemorations a century after the end of World War I (all times local):; 7:30 p.m. The spokesman for Petro Poroshenko says the Ukrainian president has met with the leaders of Germany and France in Paris amid the…

Saudi sisters' tragic end in NY shows perils for runaways


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The deaths of two young Saudi sisters, whose bodies washed up along the New York City waterfront last month, have shined a light on the often secretive and risky journeys Saudi women take to flee their…

The Latest: Sheriff: 110 people missing in N. California


PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local):; 7:15 p.m. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea says his department has reports of 110 people still missing in a massive Northern California wildfire that has…

The Latest: Florida counties begin recounting ballots


TALLALHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the recounts in Florida's U.S. Senate and governor elections (all times local):; 7:50 p.m. Miami-Dade County elections officials say they've started recounting ballots from Tuesday's election.