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Trump proposes sweeping rollback of environmental oversight

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday proposed rolling back enforcement of a landmark environmental law, reducing federal oversight of many major projects, from pipelines to commercial development, to speed the approval process. He said ...

Booker: Impeachment trial could be ‘big blow’ to my campaign

By JULIE PACE AP Washington Bureau Chief WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Cory Booker said a looming impeachment trial and other pressing issues in Washington could deal a "big, big blow" to his Democratic presidential campaign by keeping him away from Iowa in the final weeks before the Feb. 3 ...

Pelosi says she will ‘soon’ transmit impeachment to Senate

By LISA MASCARO, ALAN FRAM and ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she will "soon'' transmit the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, but warned that Senate Republicans are rushing to acquittal without a fair ...

As wildfires get worse, smoke spreads, stokes health worries

By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — First came the flames, a raging firestorm propelled by 50 mph (80 kph) wind gusts that incinerated Kelsey Norton's house and killed 85 people in her community. Then came the smoke — not just from the forest but also from 14,000 ...

Facebook riles tiny Oregon town with plan for undersea cable

By ANDREW SELSKY Associated Press TIERRA DEL MAR, Ore. (AP) — A battle playing out in Oregon is pitting residents of a tiny coastal town with no stoplights or cellphone service against one of the world's biggest tech companies. Locals in Tierra del Mar are trying to stop Facebook from using ...

Bolton willing to testify in impeachment trial if subpoenaed

By ZEKE MILLER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Trump national security adviser John Bolton said Monday that he is "prepared to testify" if he is subpoenaed by the Senate in its impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. Bolton, who left the White House in September, said that ...

9-year-old girl among victims killed in Pennsylvania crash

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A 9-year-old New York girl was among the five people killed in a crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike that also injured at least 60 people, authorities said Monday. Meanwhile, authorities continue to investigate the cause of the crash that happened early Sunday on a ...

Harvey Weinstein arrives at court ahead of sex assault trial

By TOM HAYS and MICHAEL R. SISAK Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein and several of the women who have accused him of sexual misconduct converged Monday at the New York City courthouse where a judge and his lawyers handled the final preparations for his high-stakes trial on ...

Congress demands answers from Trump about Soleimani killing

By ROBERT BURNS and JONATHAN LEMIRE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump insists that Iranian cultural sites are fair game for the U.S. military, dismissing concerns within his own administration that doing so could constitute a war crime under international law. He also ...

Election year to feature bitter fights, deepening divides

By STEVE PEOPLES AP National Political Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Four years after President Donald Trump drove the rules of politics over a cliff to win the Republican presidential nomination and ultimately the White House, Democrats will go through their own version of the same test. In less ...

3 crashes, 3 deaths raise questions about Tesla’s Autopilot

TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DETROIT (AP) — Three crashes involving Teslas that killed three people have increased scrutiny of the company's Autopilot driving system just months before CEO Elon Musk has planned to put fully self-driving cars on the streets. On Sunday, a Tesla Model S sedan ...

As 2020 dawns, Trump looks to boost evangelical support

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and ELANA SCHOR Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — In his first campaign move of the 2020 election year, President Donald Trump on Friday will visit a mega-church in Miami to highlight his support among evangelicals as he aims to shore up and expand support from ...

Calls to loved ones reveal rough conditions before sinking

By BECKY BOHRER and MARTHA BELLISLE undefined JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Calls to loved ones in the lead-up to the sinking of a crab boat in the cold waters off Alaska revealed the rough conditions the crew faced, including icing that did not seem to rattle the boat's captain. Gary Cobban Jr., ...

Sanders and Trump surge, Biden rebounds in fundraising race

By WILL WEISSERT Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders announced Thursday that his campaign had raised an impressive $34.5 million in the final three months of last year, solidifying him as the quarter's top fundraiser in the crowded Democratic presidential field. Former Vice ...

2020 brings higher labor costs for small businesses

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Small business owners have plenty of changes to deal with as 2020 begins — higher labor costs for many companies, and some owners will discover that they have to comply with new laws that aren't on the books in their own states. As ...

5 crew members feared dead after Alaska fishing boat sinks

By BECKY BOHRER and MARTHA BELLISLE Associated Press JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Five crew members missing after a crab fishing vessel sank in the frigid waters off Alaska were feared dead after authorities called off a search for those working in the one of the most dangerous industries in the ...

US starts sending asylum seekers across Arizona border

By ASTRID GALVAN and CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN undefined PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. government on Thursday began sending asylum-seekers back to Nogales, Mexico, to await court hearings that will be scheduled roughly 350 miles (563 kilometers) away in Juarez, Mexico. Authorities are expanding a ...

Trump’s plan to curb teen vaping exempts some flavors

By MATTHEW PERRONE AP Health Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials will begin cracking down on most flavored e-cigarettes that are popular with underage teenagers, but their plan includes major exceptions that benefit vaping manufacturers, retailers and adults who use the ...

Floats, marching bands hit the streets for 131st Rose Parade

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — After a flyover by a B-2 stealth bomber, marching bands and floral floats took to the streets under mostly sunny California skies as the 131st Rose Parade drew hundreds of thousands of spectators on New Year's Day. Among the fanciful floats was an award-winning entry ...

Family: Man stabbed in Hanukkah attack may have brain damage

By JIM MUSTIAN Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A man wounded in the Hanukkah stabbings north of New York City may have permanent brain damage and be partially paralyzed for the rest of his life, his family said. The Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council released a statement from the ...