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Divisive race ends with win for Republican Sen. Hyde-Smith

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith returns to Washington as a solidly loyal supporter of President Donald Trump after he stumped for her in a divisive Mississippi runoff shaped by her video-recorded remark about "public ...

Market to parse Powell words for clues to Fed’s future hikes

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Is the Federal Reserve considering a pullback in its interest rate hikes? Chairman Jerome Powell's recent observations have suggested that while the U.S. economy remains on firm footing it also faces an array of risks, including a ...

Northern California sheriff’s star rises with relief roles

By PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press CHICO, Calif. (AP) — Those who had fled a deadly Northern California wildfire were looking for answers at an evacuation center when Sheriff Kory Honea walked in. They jumped to their feet, clapped and cheered. The Butte County sheriff came to watch a recent ...

Manafort allegations throw new uncertainty into Russia probe

By ERIC TUCKER, CHAD DAY and JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The breakdown of a plea deal with former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and an explosive British news report about alleged contacts he may have had with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange threw a new ...

Trump tests presidential limits by threat to General Motors

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump tested the limits of his presidential authority and political muscle as he threatened to cut off all federal subsidies to General Motors because of its planned massive cutbacks in the U.S. Trump ...

GM to slash up to 14,000 jobs in North America

By TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer DETROIT (AP) — General Motors will cut up to 14,000 workers in North America and put five plants up for possible closure as it abandons many of its car models and restructures to focus more on autonomous and electric vehicles, the automaker announced ...

NASA spacecraft lands on red planet after six-month journey

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft designed to burrow beneath the surface of Mars landed on the red planet Monday after a six-month, 300 million-mile (482 million-kilometer) journey and a perilous, six-minute descent through the rose-hued ...

Supreme Court could allow suit over Apple iPhone apps’ sales

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed ready Monday to allow an antitrust lawsuit to go forward that claims Apple has unfairly monopolized the market for the sale of iPhone apps. Apple faced skeptical questions from justices who seemed concerned about ...

Black man’s death: Questions remain in Alabama mall shooting

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — The father of a black man killed by a police officer during a shooting at an Alabama mall said his son had a permit to carry a gun for self-defense, adding it was hurtful police initially portrayed his son as the shooter. Emantic "EJ" ...

Ex-Trump campaign adviser loses bid to delay prison sentence

By HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Sunday rejected a last-minute bid by former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos to delay his two-week prison term and ordered him to surrender Monday as scheduled. Papadopoulos sought the delay until an ...