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Trump said to disparage but not bolt from Iranian nuke deal

By MATTTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will say Friday the Iran nuclear deal is no longer in U.S. national security interests, but he won't withdraw from the landmark 2015 accord or immediately re-impose sanctions against Tehran, according to U.S. ...

Calling it a beginning, Trump signs health care order

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Frustrated by health care failures in Congress, President Donald Trump directed his administration Thursday to rewrite some federal insurance rules as a beginning of renewed efforts to undermine "Obamacare," the program he's ...

Ryan blames high-tax states as GOP lawmakers balk on plan

By KEN THOMAS and MARCY GORDON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday lambasted high-tax states like California, New York and New Jersey, arguing the rest of the country is "propping up profligate, big-government states" even as they pay billions more in ...

NYC, London police taking fresh look at Weinstein claims

By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Police detectives in New York City and London are taking a fresh look into sexual assault allegations against Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein. New York Police Department spokesman Peter Donald said Thursday that investigators are ...

Family held captive by Taliban-linked group released

By JILL COLVIN, LOLITA C. BALDOR and MUNIR AHMED, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — An American woman, her Canadian husband and their three young children have been released after years held captive by a group that has ties to the Taliban and is considered a terrorist organization by the ...

3 adults shot dead, 1 stabbed; missing-child alert canceled

By KANTELE FRANKO, Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities investigating three fatal shootings and a stabbing at a pair of southern Ohio residences canceled a missing-child alert for an 8-year-old boy from one of the homes but continued searching Thursday for a man they called a ...

FBI director: Motive in Las Vegas shooting still unclear

By KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — The FBI director says investigators haven't yet determined a motive behind a mass shooting at a Las Vegas country music festival, but they're still digging. Speaking to reporters Thursday following a ribbon-cutting for the FBI's new Atlanta ...

California wildfires reduce years-long dreams to embers

By JONATHAN J. COOPER and ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Jose Garnica worked for more than two decades to build up his dream home that was reduced to ashes in a matter of minutes by the deadly firestorm striking Northern California. Garnica, who moved to the ...

A cigarette, a car backfire: Small sparks can make big fires

By PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A carelessly discarded cigarette, a downed power line, a car's backfire or a chainsaw's pull. Just about anything could have started any one of the wildfires now tearing through Northern California, authorities said. "Every spark is going ...

How Trump tax plan would alter mortgage interest deduction

By JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Each year, taxpayers subsidize America's homeowners by roughly $70 billion, with the benefits flowing disproportionately to coastal areas with high incomes and pricey homes, from New York and Washington to Los Angeles and San ...