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California Rep. Katie Hill resigns amid ethics investigation

By LAURIE KELLMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Freshman Rep. Katie Hill, a rising Democratic star in the House, announced her resignation amid an ethics probe, saying explicit private photos of her with a campaign staffer had been "weaponized" by her husband and political ...

California wildfires erupt in LA, burn in wine country

By TERENCE CHEA and DON THOMPSON Associated Press SANTA ROSA, California (AP) — Firefighters battled destructive wildfires in Northern California wine country and on the wealthy west side of Los Angeles on Monday, trying to beat back flames that forced tens of thousands to flee their ...

WH official won’t testify in impeachment probe without order

By MARY CLARE JALONICK and ERIC TUCKER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A former White House national security official defied a House subpoena Monday, prompting the Democrat leading the impeachment probe to declare that President Donald Trump's administration is "building a powerful case" ...

Growing uncertainty looms over Democrats’ 2020 primary

By STEVE PEOPLES, ALEXANDRA JAFFE and HUNTER WOODALL Associated Press MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) — Look no further than Pearl City Station, a plain brick building set along the banks of the Mississippi River, to understand the growing sense of uncertainty seeping into the Democratic Party's 2020 ...

Biden joins Warren, Sanders with Super Tuesday focus

By BILL BARROW Associated Press Joe Biden is expanding his presidential campaign footprint in Super Tuesday states and a general election battleground in the latest sign that Democrats' top White House contenders foresee a potentially lengthy nominating process in 2020. The former vice ...

California braces for possible round 2 of outages

By JOCELYN GECKER and CHRISTOPHER WEBER Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's largest utility said it will go ahead with widespread blackouts affecting nearly half a million people starting Wednesday as dangerous fire weather returns to California. Pacific Gas & Electric ...

Zuckerberg appears in Congress as Facebook faces scrutiny

By MARCY GORDON and BARBARA ORTUTAY AP Business Writers WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg endured hours of prickly questioning from lawmakers Wednesday as he defended the company's new globally ambitious project to create a digital currency while also dealing with widening ...

Biden: Trump has ‘no idea’ about working-class struggles

By BILL BARROW and MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — Joe Biden hammered President Donald Trump's treatment of the middle class as he campaigned Wednesday in his childhood hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania, hours ahead of the president making a separate visit to the ...

Chaotic scene as Republicans disrupt impeachment deposition

By MICHAEL BALSAMO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans disrupted a closed-door deposition Wednesday with a Defense Department official who was scheduled to answer questions as part of the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. Laura Cooper, a senior official who ...

Missouri farmer charged in killing of Wisconsin brothers

By HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri cattle farmer charged Wednesday with two counts of first-degree murder shot two brothers from Wisconsin, burned their bodies and dumped the remains on a manure pile on his property, investigators said. Garland ...