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Some Southern California fire evacuations lifted

By CHRISTOPHER WEBER, Associated Press MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Some of the thousands of people who fled Southern California's huge wildfire were being allowed to return home, and traffic was flowing Monday on the major highway through the area after a closure of several days. Repopulation of ...

After wave of teacher activism, some fall short in midterms

By ADAM BEAM and CAROLYN THOMPSON, Associated Press FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — After falling short in her race for the state legislature, high school history teacher Jenny Urie returned to her central Kentucky classroom, suddenly doubtful of just how far a grassroots uprising to bolster public ...

Grim search for more fire victims, 31 dead across California

By GILLIAN FLACCUS and DON THOMPSON, Associated Press PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The death toll from the wildfire that incinerated Paradise and surrounding areas climbed to 29 — matching the mark for the deadliest single blaze in California history — as crews continued searching for bodies ...

Bishops will delay votes on steps to combat sex abuse crisis

By DAVID McFADDEN and DAVID CRARY, Associated Press BALTIMORE (AP) — In an abrupt change of plans, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops opened the group's national meeting Monday by announcing it will delay for at least several months any votes on proposed new steps to ...

New way of voting faces test in Maine congressional district

By DAVID SHARP, Associated Press PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The election drew to a close last week in most places but not in fishing villages, potato farms and vast tracts of wilderness that comprise Maine's 2nd Congressional District. The four-way political battle won't conclude until a ...

New exercise guidelines: Move more, sit less, start younger

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Move more, sit less and get kids active as young as age 3, say new federal guidelines that stress that any amount and any type of exercise helps health. The advice is the first update since the government's physical activity ...

Marine combat veteran kills 12 in California bar shooting

By KRYSTA FAURIA, Associated Press THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Using a smoke bomb and a handgun, a hooded Marine combat veteran dressed all in black opened fire during college night at a country music bar in Southern California, killing 12 people and sending hundreds fleeing in terror ...

Justice Ginsburg in hospital after fracturing 3 ribs in fall

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Eighty-five-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fractured three ribs in a fall in her office at the court and is in the hospital, the court said Thursday. The court's oldest justice fell Wednesday evening, the court said. ...

White House bans CNN reporter after confrontation with Trump

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Media Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The White House has suspended the press pass of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta after he and President Donald Trump had a heated confrontation during a news conference. They began sparring Wednesday after Acosta asked Trump about the caravan of ...

Tens of thousands flee fast-moving Northern California fire

By DON THOMPSON, Associated Press OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Tens of thousands of people were ordered to evacuate a fast-moving wildfire that exploded in size Thursday, threatening several Northern California communities and forcing panicked residents to race to help neighbors who had to drive ...

Missouri diocese abuse inquiry names 33 priests, brothers

By SUMMER BALLENTINE, Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Thirty-three priests or religious brothers in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City, Missouri, have been "credibly accused" and/or removed from the ministry over sexual abuse of minors, the bishop of the central ...

Trump says he’s focused on Senate with 2 days until midterms

By ZEKE MILLER and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press MACON, Ga. (AP) — President Donald Trump appeared to distance himself from the fate of House Republican candidates Sunday as he devotes his final two days before Tuesday's midterm elections to helping Senate and gubernatorial ...

Wisconsin town mourns 3 Girl Scouts, 1 adult killed in crash

LAKE HALLIE, Wis. (AP) — A western Wisconsin community on Sunday was grieving the deaths of three Girl Scouts and a parent who were collecting trash along a rural highway when police say a pickup truck veered off the road and hit them before speeding away. Authorities have not released the ...

Obama, Trump offer dueling final pitches to midterm voters

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — No longer reluctant to speak out, former President Barack Obama delivered a closing argument for Democrats that seeks a firm check on President Donald Trump's policies in Tuesday's midterm elections. Obama and Trump offered competing visions ...

Wages surge as US adds a robust 250,000 jobs in October

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses ramped up hiring in October, and wages rose by the largest year-over-year amount in nearly a decade, a combination that is pulling a rising share of Americans into the job market. In the final major economic ...

Trump vs. Obama in the final weekend of the midterms

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The final weekend of campaigning in the midterms might come down to this: Donald Trump versus Barack Obama. The Republican president and his Democratic predecessor are both lending their considerable political clout to key Senate and ...

Path to power: House races to watch on election night

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The path to power in the House runs through a few dozen districts in Tuesday's election, with Republicans defending their majority and Democrats looking to gain 23 seats they would need to win control. After the first polls close in the ...

Official hopes staffing boost deters Arizona voting problems

By ASTRID GALVAN, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — It's the week before the general election and poll workers for the Arizona county with 2.2 million of the state's 3.7 million registered voters gathered to train for their mission: Making sure Maricopa County's August primary nightmare ...

Rabbis gather up traces of Pittsburgh victims for burial

By ADAM GELLER, AP National Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — As the first funerals for the victims of the Pittsburgh massacre began, two rabbis and five other volunteers approached the sawhorses cordoning off the Tree of Life synagogue, and an FBI agent led them into the crime scene. Inside the ...

Pittsburgh synagogue suspect due in federal court Thursday

By MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — The suspect in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre is expected to make a brief appearance in court Thursday to be arraigned on an indictment that charges him with murder, hate crimes, obstructing in the practice of religion, and other ...