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Compound suspects built in tiny off-the-grid community

By MORGAN LEE and MARY HUDETZ, Associated Press TAOS, N.M. (AP) — They arrived at the start of winter to set up makeshift living quarters on the high-desert plains of northern New Mexico, amid a tiny community of off-the-grid homes on 10-acre lots. For a time, the newcomers appeared to ...

Video shows massacre suspect punching self, speaking softly

By TERRY SPENCER, Associated Press SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors on Wednesday released hours of video interrogation of Florida's school shooting suspect, footage showing the young man slouching in a chair, being repeatedly urged by a detective to speak louder and punching himself in the ...

14,000 fight California fires, some from prisons or overseas

By JONATHAN J. COOPER and PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press UKIAH, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters said for the first time Wednesday that they have made good progress battling the state's largest-ever wildfire but didn't expect to have it fully under control until September. The blaze north of San ...

History shared but unreconciled in city’s Confederate statue

By JAY REEVES, Associated Press TUSKEGEE, Ala. (AP) — In 1906, when aging, white Confederate veterans of the Civil War and black ex-slaves still lived on the old plantations of the Deep South, two very different celebrations were afoot in this city known even then as a beacon of black ...

GOP senators rave about Kavanaugh; Dems prepare to grill him

By LISA MASCARO, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Now that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has met privately with almost every Republican senator, it's becoming increasingly clear President Donald Trump's pick for the bench is running into little GOP resistance to ...

Manafort’s ‘right-hand man’ testifies in fraud trial

By CHAD DAY and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The most critical moment in the financial fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort will likely arrive this week with the testimony of his "right-hand man" — the person defense attorneys blame for any ...

Top 2020 Democrats missing in Iowa but working backchannel

By THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa State Fair opens this week, complete with its signature deep-fried Oreos and prize hog judging. Country star Reba McEntire will be on the grandstand, but another type of celebrity will be missing: marquee names eyeing the ...

Oregon police chief orders review of use of force at protest

By ANDREW SELSKY, Associated Press SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Portland police were accused Sunday of being heavy-handed against people protesting a rally by extreme-right demonstrators, reportedly injuring some counter-protesters and prompting the city's new police chief to order a review of ...

‘Facts of Life’ star Charlotte Rae dies at 92

By LYNN ELBER, AP Television Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charlotte Rae, who played a wise and patient housemother to a brood of teenage girls on the long-running sitcom "The Facts of Life" during a career that encompassed many other TV roles as well as stage and film appearances, has died. She ...

5 killed when small plane crashes in California parking lot

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Ella Pham said it was a painful thing to see. Pham, 20, and her boyfriend were walking in a parking lot Sunday when they saw a twin-engine Cessna crash, she told the Los Angeles Times. "We looked up to see the plane falling nose first," she told the Times. "It was ...