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Scope of Michael’s fury becomes clearer in Florida Panhandle

By JAY REEVES, Associated Press PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Michael killed at least 16 people in Florida, most of them in the coastal county that took a direct hit from the storm, state emergency authorities said Tuesday. That's in addition to at least 10 deaths elsewhere across the ...

Trailing in polls, O’Rourke lays into Cruz in Texas debate

By WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Democrat Beto O'Rourke abandoned his usual message of unity and optimism and laid into Ted Cruz, hoping to reverse polls that show him fading against the Republican incumbent during the second debate of a Texas Senate race that's become ...

Trump tells AP he won’t accept blame if GOP loses House

By CATHERINE LUCEY, JONATHAN LEMIRE and ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing the prospect of bruising electoral defeat in congressional elections, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he won't accept the blame if his party loses control of the House in November, arguing ...

Trump rallies delight supporters

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump gazes out over his rally crowd and lets loose a stream of insults with a theatrical flourish and playful grin. He jabs at Cory Booker the "disaster" mayor, Elizabeth Warren the "Pocahontas" pretender and "sleepy" Joe ...

Sears files for Chapter 11 amid plunging sales, massive debt

By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Sears filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday, buckling under its massive debt load and staggering losses. The question now is whether a smaller version of the company that once dominated the American retail landscape can ...

Warren DNA analysis points to Native American heritage

BOSTON (AP) — Responding to years of derision by President Donald Trump and other critics, Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday released a report on a DNA analysis that provides strong evidence she does, in fact, have Native American heritage. The analysis on the Massachusetts Democrat was done ...

Florida officials fear Michael’s death toll will rise

By RUSS BYNUM and BRENDAN FARRINGTON, Associated Press MEXICO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Search and rescue personnel are continuing to comb through the ruins of a small Florida Panhandle community destroyed by Hurricane Michael, which has left hundreds thousands without power and without easy access ...

#MeToo inspires wave of old misconduct reports to colleges

By COLLIN BINKLEY, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — For 35 years, Ruth D'Eredita tried to dismiss her former professor's behavior — the way he touched her, groped her and kissed her. But last year, as dozens of women came forward to share similar encounters with powerful men, she started to ...

Mourners pack funeral for 8 of 20 killed in NY limo crash

By MICHAEL HILL, Associated Press AMSTERDAM, N.Y. (AP) — Mourners at a funeral for four sisters and their family members killed in a New York limousine crash were assured Saturday that their loved ones can still see their tears and feel their heartache. On a damp, chilly day, hundreds of ...

Category 4 Hurricane Michael roars nearer to Florida coast

By JAY REEVES, Associated Press PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Michael's leading edge careened onto northwest Florida's white-sand beaches as a still-growing Category 4 hurricane Wednesday, lashing the coast with tropical storm-force winds and rain and pushing a storm surge that could cause ...

Trump says he may pick new UN ambassador this month

By ZEKE MILLER, DEB RIECHMANN and JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In the latest shake-up for President Donald Trump's turbulent administration, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley abruptly announced she is resigning at the end of the year, raising questions about who will fill ...

More than 70 years later, an unknown soldier comes home

By ASHRAF KHALIL, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Gerard Murphy never met his uncle Richard. But the Potomac, Maryland, native grew up hearing stories of the former journalist who enlisted in the Marines during World War II and disappeared during the Jan. 15, 1944, amphibious assault on ...

‘Tremendous victory’: Trump celebrates Kavanaugh win

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — President Donald Trump at a Kansas rally celebrated the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, condemning Democrats for what he called a "shameless campaign of political and personal destruction" against his nominee. To ...

Analysis: Kavanaugh fight sharpens the stakes for midterms

By JULIE PACE, AP Washington Bureau Chief WASHINGTON (AP) — The bitter battle over Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court has exacerbated the nation's political divide and left many Americans emotionally raw. It's also given new definition to the high stakes of November's ...

Kavanaugh sworn in as protesters chant outside Supreme Court

By ALAN FRAM, LISA MASCARO and MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as the 114th justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, after a wrenching debate over sexual misconduct and judicial temperament that shattered the Senate, captivated the nation and ushered ...

Kavanaugh is confirmed: Senate Oks Supreme Court nominee

By ALAN FRAM and LISA MASCARO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The bitterly polarized U.S. Senate narrowly confirmed Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday to join the Supreme Court, delivering an election-season triumph to President Donald Trump that could swing the court rightward for a generation ...

GOP looking more confident on Kavanaugh after FBI report

By ALAN FRAM and LISA MASCARO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A high-stakes partisan row broke out Thursday over a confidential FBI report about allegations that Brett Kavanaugh sexually abused women three decades ago, with Republicans claiming investigators found "no hint of misconduct" ...

Eyes on The Five: A look at the deciding votes on Kavanaugh

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The eyes of the polarized nation are riveted on three Republican and one Democratic senator who aren't saying, so far, whether they are ayes or nays on the politically fateful question of whether Brett Kavanaugh should sit on the Supreme ...

South Carolina shooting: 2 officers released from hospital

By JEFFREY COLLINS and MEG KINNARD, Associated Press FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — A Vietnam veteran who bragged online about maintaining his target-shooting skills was being held Thursday on charges that he shot seven law enforcement officers, killing one, when deputies tried to serve a search ...

APNewsBreak: Another rare fish pulled back from extinction

By DAN ELLIOTT, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Another rare Colorado River fish has been pulled back from the brink of extinction, wildlife officials said Thursday, the second comeback this year for a species unique to the Southwestern U.S. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recommended ...