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Man charged with killing 2 Arizona girls who went missing

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A registered sex offender jailed since last year has been charged in the kidnapping and killing of two Arizona girls who went missing in 2012 and 2014, authorities announced Saturday. Christopher Matthew Clements, 36, was indicted on Friday by a grand jury on 21 criminal ...

Obama tells voters to step up or ‘things can get worse’

By ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Former President Barack Obama says the November midterm elections will give Americans "a chance to restore some sanity in our politics," taking another swipe at his successor as he raises his profile campaigning for fellow Democrats ...

Florence expected to become hurricane, head to southeast US

By PAMELA SAMPSON, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — The U.S. East Coast could be hit with a powerful hurricane next week as Tropical Storm Florence continues to strengthen as it moves toward the mainland, forecasters said Saturday. Florence is expected to become a major hurricane by Monday, ...

For Sessions, Trump’s constant attacks may define his legacy

By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions has vigorously pushed President Donald Trump's agenda at the Justice Department, and before that, spent 20 years championing conservative causes in the Senate. Yet as Sessions enters what may be the final ...

Dallas officer who killed black man also shot a man in 2017

By RYAN TARINELLI, Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas police officer who says she mistakenly went to the wrong apartment after work earlier this week and fatally shot a black man also fired her weapon and wounded a man during an on-duty confrontation in 2017, according to court ...

Can controversy fill swimsuit void at Miss America pageant?

By WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The swimsuits are gone, but there has been plenty of controversy surrounding this year's Miss America competition that could keep viewers tuning in. The next Miss America will be crowned around 11 p.m. Sunday on a nationally ...

Lawyer: Trump doesn’t think Stormy Daniels’ deal is valid

By MICHAEL BALSAMO and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump does not believe porn actress Stormy Daniels' hush-money deal, which his former personal lawyer said was done to influence the 2016 presidential election, is valid and will not carry out threats ...

Challenge for Congress: Consider Kavanaugh, keep lights on

By KEVIN FREKING and MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Keep the government running and confirm Brett Kavanaugh as the next Supreme Court justice. Those are the big-ticket items that Republican leaders in Congress hope to accomplish as lawmakers look to wrap up their work and ...

Study shows health, reaction-time declines in firefighters

By KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Randy Brooks' son had a request three years ago: What could his dad do to make wildland firefighting safer? To Brooks, a professor at the University of Idaho's College of Natural Resources who deals with wildland firefighting, it was ...

McCain ends 81-year journey with burial at Naval Academy

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — John McCain is being laid to rest at the U.S. Naval Academy after a five-day procession that served as a final call to arms for a nation he warned could lose its civility and sense of shared purpose. The private ceremony in Annapolis, ...

McCain Notebook: Tributes, memories, tears, civility lessons

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Memories mixed with humor, grief and lessons on civility marked Sen. John McCain's memorial service Saturday at Washington National Cathedral, the last event in Washington of the five-day farewell tour. A few scenes: THE RESPECT OF ...

13 hurt and 2 missing after boats collide on Colorado River

MOABI REGIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Two recreational boats collided head-on Saturday in a stretch of the Colorado River marking the California border with Arizona that was crowded with people enjoying the Labor Day weekend, sinking one boat and leaving 13 people injured, authorities said. ...

Aretha’s lack of a will could make things rocky for heirs

By ANDREW DALTON, AP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Aretha Franklin was so hard-nosed in her business dealings that she demanded to be paid in cash before performing. Her heirs won't have it so simple. Though she lived to 76 and was terminally ill with pancreatic cancer, the Queen ...

His way: Washington says goodbye to John McCain

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It's Washington's turn to say goodbye to John McCain. His way. The six-term Republican senator, who lived and worked in the nation's capital over four decades, is lying in state under the U.S. Capitol rotunda for a ceremony and public ...

AP Essay: Aretha Franklin, John McCain and the 1960s

By TED ANTHONY, AP National Writer "Hope I die before I get old," the Who sang at Woodstock as the 1960s hurtled to their end. Indeed, the decade and its echoes made premature legends of so many — Kennedy to King, Hendrix to Joplin to Morrison. They became emblems of an era, and the ...

White House faces brain drain at perilous moment

By ZEKE MILLER, JILL COLVIN and JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Increasingly convinced that the West Wing is wholly unprepared to handle the expected assault from Democrats if they win the House in November, President Donald Trump's aides and allies are privately raising ...

Kavanaugh’s civil rights views studied ahead of confirmation

By JESSE J. HOLLAND and TAMMY WEBBER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Brett Kavanaugh emailed his White House colleagues in June 2003 with an alert: The U.S. Supreme Court was about to release opinions on the University of Michigan's use of race as a factor to admit students. It was an ...

At least 7 die as Greyhound bus, semitrailer collide head-on

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN and ALINA HARTOUNIAN ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A blown tire on a semitrailer may be to blame for a deadly head-on crash with a commercial passenger bus along Interstate 40 in New Mexico near the Arizona border, according to authorities. At least seven people were ...

New York attorney general: No backing down on Trump lawsuit

By TOM McELROY, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for President Donald Trump asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit brought against his charitable foundation by New York's attorney general, arguing that it was politically motivated. In the motion Thursday, Trump attorney Alan S. Futerfas ...

A life of courage, politics came down to 1 vote for McCain

By NANCY BENAC, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — For John McCain, a lifetime of courage, contradictions and contrarianism came down to one vote, in the middle of the night, in the twilight of his career. The fate of President Donald Trump's long effort to repeal Barack Obama's health care ...