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Tornado warning? In East, storm season brings bewilderment

By DAVID PORTER Associated Press NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — As a tornado bore down on the western edge of New Jersey, some residents prepared for the worst, while others were caught off guard, despite bulletins from meteorologists and extensive coverage by television and radio stations. Marie ...

Oregon, awash in marijuana, takes steps to curb production

By ANDREW SELSKY Associated Press SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is awash in pot, glutted with so much legal weed that if growing were to stop today, it could take more than six years by one estimate to smoke or eat it all. Now, the state is looking to curb production. Five years after they ...

R. Kelly charged with 11 new sex-related counts in Chicago

By MICHAEL TARM and HERB McCANN Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors charged R&B singer R. Kelly on Thursday with 11 new sex-related counts involving one of the women who accused him of sexually abusing her when she was underage, including counts that carry a maximum sentence of ...

Mueller: Special counsel probe did not exonerate Trump

By ERIC TUCKER, MICHAEL BALSAMO and CHAD DAY Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller said Wednesday he was barred from charging President Donald Trump with a crime but pointedly emphasized that his Russia report did not exonerate the president. If he could have ...

Tracking microbes people carry may predict future health

By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — We share our bodies with trillions of microbes that are critical to staying healthy, but now scientists are getting a much-needed close look at how those bugs can get out of whack and spur disease. One lesson: A single test to see what ...

Trump urges Roy Moore not to run for US Senate in Alabama

By KIM CHANDLER Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday discouraged Alabama Republican Roy Moore from running for U.S. Senate again in 2020, saying the GOP must regain the once reliably red state and Moore "cannot win." Moore, who contends establishment ...

After several quiet years, tornadoes erupt in United States

By RICK CALLAHAN and GRANT SCHULTE Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — After several quiet years, tornadoes have erupted in the United States over the last two weeks as a volatile mix of warm, moist air from the Southeast and persistent cold from the Rockies clashed and stalled over the ...

Navy SEAL seeks to toss slaying case over withheld evidence

By JULIE WATSON and BRIAN MELLEY Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — Lawyers for a Navy SEAL accused of killing an Islamic State prisoner in Iraq in 2017 want the case thrown out because of alleged prosecutorial misconduct that include withholding evidence and conducting surveillance on the ...

Democrats up requirements for 2nd round of primary debates

By BILL BARROW Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — The Democratic National Committee is upping the ante for its second round of presidential primary debates, doubling the polling and grassroots fundraising requirements from its initial summer debates. The parameters, announced Wednesday, are ...

2020 preview? Feud between Trump and Biden flares up

By STEVE PEOPLES and ZEKE MILLER Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Democrats won't pick their nominee for another year, but President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are acting like the 2020 presidential contest is already a two-man race. Almost completely ignoring his 23 ...

O’Rourke’s immigration plan calls for pathway to citizenship

By WILL WEISSERT Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on Wednesday unveiled a sweeping immigration plan to seek a pathway to U.S. citizenship for 11 million people in the country illegally, deploy thousands of immigration lawyers to the southern ...

In emotional interviews, ex-Scouts open up about abuse

By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Sharing their stories doesn't come easily for these middle-aged men. At times, their eyes well up or their voices crack as they describe being sexually abused in the Boy Scouts and suffering from emotional damage long afterward. Looking ...

Colorado climber dies after reaching top of Mount Everest

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado climber died shortly after getting to the top of Mount Everest and achieving his dream of scaling the highest peaks on each of the seven continents, his brother said Monday. Christopher Kulish, a 62-year-old Boulder attorney, died Monday at a camp below the summit ...

Sanders 2020 looks like Sanders 2016, challenges and all

By STEVE PEOPLES, JUANA SUMMERS and HUNTER WOODALL Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It was supposed to be different this time. But three months into his second presidential campaign, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is struggling with some of the same challenges that sank his last bid: doubts ...

Trump wishes ‘happy Memorial Day’ to US, Japanese troops

By JILL COLVIN and DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press ABOARD THE USS WASP (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday wished "Happy Memorial Day" to U.S. service members aboard an American assault ship docked in Japan. They shouted "U.S.A. U.S.A." Trump called them a "tough bunch of people" ...

Supreme Court upholds Indiana abortion law on fetal remains

By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is upholding an Indiana law that requires abortion providers to dispose of aborted fetuses in the same way as human remains. But the justices are staying out of the debate over a broader, blocked provision that would ...

Trump plan would shift immigration focus to ‘merit’

By ZEKE MILLER, LISA MASCARO and JILL COLVIN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Unveiling a new immigration plan, President Donald Trump said he wanted to provide a sharp contrast with Democrats, and he did — aiming to upend decades of family-based immigration policy with a new approach ...

Missouri House expected to pass abortion ban at 8 weeks

By SUMMER BALLENTINE Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Republican-led House is expected to pass a sweeping bill to ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy on lawmakers' final day in session Friday, joining Alabama and several other states that have moved recently to ...

Courts weigh Trump’s plan to tap Pentagon for border wall

By DAISY NYUGEN and ELLIOT SPAGAT Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — President Donald Trump is moving fast to spend billions of dollars to build a wall on the Mexican border with money secured under his declaration of a national emergency, but he first must get past the courts. On ...

Roy Moore weighs AL Senate re-run despite GOP opposition

By ALAN FRAM and KIM CHANDLER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative lightning rod Roy Moore of Alabama, narrow loser of a turbulent special election for Senate in 2017, is considering a fresh run next year. National Republican leaders are signaling they'll again try preventing ...