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Crews report progress in fight against twin California fires

By MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ and SUDHIN THANAWALA, Associated Press LAKEPORT, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters reported progress Tuesday in their battle against the wildfires that have ravaged some of Northern California's most scenic areas, including twin blazes that were tearing through vineyards and ...

Scientists: 1st sighting of dolphin hybrid is no ‘wholphin’

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — Scientists are touting the first sighting of a hybrid between a melon-headed whale and a rough-toothed dolphin in the ocean off Hawaii. But don't call it a "wholphin," they say. The melon-headed whale is one of the various species ...

US says driving would be riskier if fuel standards tougher

By TOM KRISHER and ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration says people would drive more and be exposed to increased risk if their cars get better gas mileage, an argument intended to justify freezing Obama-era toughening of fuel ...

Bodycam video released in fatal police shooting of black man

By YOUSSEF RDDAD, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities in Minneapolis released body camera video from two police officers in the fatal shooting of a 31-year-old black man, with the footage showing the man shot from behind after a frenetic foot chase and what appeared to be a gun ...

What does Mueller have? Manafort trial offers glimpse

By ERIC TUCKER and CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The trial of President Donald Trump's onetime campaign chairman will open this week with tales of lavish spending, secret shell companies and millions of dollars of Ukrainian money flowing through offshore bank accounts and into ...

Study: ‘Medicare for all’ projected to cost $32.6 trillion

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Bernie Sanders' "Medicare for all" plan would increase government health care spending by $32.6 trillion over 10 years, according to a study by a university-based libertarian policy center. That's trillion with a "T." The ...

Trump threatens border security shutdown, GOP cool to idea

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans anxious about keeping control of Congress think it's a bad idea, but President Donald Trump still says he's willing to close the government over border security issues, including money he wants to build a promised ...

California wildfires claim more lives; crews make progress

By JONATHAN J. COOPER and SUDHIN THANAWALA, Associated Press REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Thousands more fled their homes after wildfires surged near a small lake town in Northern California while a deadly blaze farther north slowed slightly as crews stretched to their limits across the state ...

50 years on, McDonald’s isn’t messing with its Big Mac

By CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's is fighting to hold onto customers as the Big Mac turns 50, but it's not messing with the makings of its most famous burger. The company is celebrating the 1968 national launch of the double-decker sandwich whose ...

Rising backlash as US firms seek Trump’s steel tariff waiver

By RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. companies seeking to be exempted from President Donald Trump's tariff on imported steel are accusing American steel manufacturers of spreading inaccurate and misleading information, and they fear it may torpedo their ...