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Election hacking puts focus on paperless voting machines

By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — As the midterm congressional primaries heat up amid fears of Russian hacking, an estimated 1 in 5 Americans will be casting their ballots on machines that do not produce a paper record of their votes. That worries voting and ...

Sea otters ‘stuck’ despite comeback in California

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press MOSS LANDING, Calif. (AP) — While threatened southern sea otters bob and sun in the gentle waves of this central California estuary, wildlife experts up and down the West Coast are struggling to figure out how to restore the crucial coastal predator to ...

Confirmation vote for CIA chief brings out Democratic rift

v By LISA MASCARO, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — The political schism in the Democratic Party is playing out in the confirmation vote for Gina Haspel as CIA director, as support from red-state senators facing re-election bumps up against a more liberal flank eyeing ...

On eve of anniversary, Giuliani says time for probe to end

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani says the president still wants to testify in the Russia probe, but says he is "pretty comfortable" that special counsel Robert Mueller's team could not subpoena him in the investigation. Speaking on "Fox and Friends" Thursday ...

Teachers who led strikes now turning focus to elections

By MELISSA DANIELS, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — As they packed up their protest signs and returned to the classroom to finish out the school year, thousands of teachers in North Carolina turned their attention to a different fight: the midterm elections. Their counterparts in Arizona, ...

Voters cast ballots in 4 states; in Pa., redrawn map in play

By THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press Tuesday's primary elections will begin to settle swing state Pennsylvania's chaotic congressional landscape after a court fight ended with redrawn districts just three months ago. Pennsylvania primary voters will also decide the fate of President Donald ...

Trump says first lady to leave hospital in ‘2 or 3 days’

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that his wife, Melania, will come home from the hospital in a few days, after receiving medical treatment this week for a kidney condition the White House said is noncancerous. "Our great First ...

Worried Hawaii homeowners ask: Am I covered for volcanos?

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — Patricia Deter moved from Oregon to Hawaii to be closer to her two daughters, but the Kilauea volcano burned down her home only a month after she bought it. Now Deter and her family, along others who have recently lost homes to ...

Seattle OKs tax on companies like Amazon to help homeless

By PHUONG LE, Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle's largest businesses such as Amazon and Starbucks will have to pay a new tax to help fund homeless services and affordable housing under a measure approved by city leaders. The City Council unanimously passed a compromise plan Monday ...

1st appeals court to weigh Trump’s decision to end DACA

By SUDHIN THANAWALA, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Trump administration will try to convince a U.S. appeals court Tuesday that it was justified in ending an Obama-era immigration policy that shielded hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation. The 9th U.S. ...