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Trump hails civil rights heroes; protesters pan his record

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — President Donald Trump paid tribute Saturday to the leaders and foot soldiers of the civil rights movement whose sacrifices help make the United States a fairer and more just country, though protests surrounding his visit to...

 

Firefighters forced to step aside as winds powered infernos

FALLBROOK, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters in Southern California were on high alert for dangerous fire potential even before the first blazes broke out. But once flames met ferocious winds, fire crews were mostly powerless to stop infernos that...

 

Trump trying to help push Moore across Alabama finish line

PENSACOLA, Florida (AP) — President Donald Trump is trying to push embattled GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore across the finish line in Tuesday's election in Alabama by contending the Democratic nominee would oppose "what we must do" for the nation....

 

National monument eyed in Montana as others reduced by Trump

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Even as it clashes with American Indians over reductions to national monuments in the Southwest, the Trump administration is engaging with a Montana tribe over the creation of a new monument on the border of its reservation....

 

Forest Service using new tech for post-fire work in Montana

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The work is only beginning for the U.S. Forest Service when the last wisp of smoke disappears from any large wildfire. After more than 700,000 acres of national forest lands burned in Montana this summer, the agency decided...

 

Outreach fuels calls for mental health services on campuses

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mary Ciochetty stood in the middle of John C. Hodges Library at the University of Tennessee and wrote a note, "You are loved!!!" She posted it on a billboard filled with other words of encouragement. You can do it. Only one...

 

A soldier's 1950s love story brings comfort, answers

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — In the summers of 1958 and 1959, U.S. Army private Albert A. "Bob" Robertson, 19, sent Lynne Marie Culver almost 50 photos and postcards. He was serving in Europe, far from his home in Eugene, and he wrote to the Junction City...

 

Sandy Hook's legacy: More security in elementary schools

NEW CANAAN, Conn. (AP) — The setting could not be more different, but David Wannagot says he applies some of the same skills from his 30-year police career to his new role as a school sentry. As he greeted children getting off the bus at West...

 

Deaths from window blinds show need for cord ban, study says

CHICAGO (AP) — Children's injuries and deaths from window blinds have not stalled despite decades of safety concerns, according to a new U.S. study that recommends a complete ban on blinds with cords. Nearly 17,000 young children were hurt by windo...

 

Australian prime minister rushes gay marriage into law

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister rushed gay marriage into law on Friday by gaining a final signature on a bill hours after it was overwhelming endorsed by Parliament and as the nation started planning weddings that can take...

 

FBI director defends his agency against Trump's attacks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Countering strident attacks on his agency from the president who appointed him, FBI Director Christopher Wray on Thursday defended the tens of thousands of people who work with him and declared, "There is no finer institution."...

 

White ex-cop gets 20 years for Walter Scott slaying

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — One by one, relatives of the late Walter Scott urged a judge to mete out a significant punishment for Michael Slager, the white former police officer who fatally shot Scott, an unarmed black man, in the back after a 2015...

 

On Jerusalem, Trump delivers for supporters at home

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's move to recognize the divided city of Jerusalem as Israel's capital may have triggered a worldwide chorus of critics but the president had his ears closely tuned to his supporters at home. For Trump, the...

 

Mueller produced wealth of documents in Manafort, Gates case

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller has produced hundreds of thousands of documents, copied 36 electronic devices and 2,000 "hot" documents in the government's case against Paul Manafort and Rick Gates. Mueller's investigators made...

 

Like Trump, Moore breaking the rules of modern-day politics

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — He has ignored all the rules of modern-day politics. He speaks unscripted. He skimps on fundraising. He undervalues get-out-the-vote efforts. And he attacks the leaders of his own political party without mercy. A year ago,...

 

25 race horses killed by Southern California wildfire

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Approximately 25 race horses were killed when a wildfire engulfed about eight barns at a training center in northeast San Diego County, the California Horse Racing Board said. Other horses that were in surrounding pastures remained...

 

Chief priest, 2 others dead in Tokyo shrine stabbings

TOKYO (AP) — The head priest of a prominent shrine in Tokyo was ambushed and killed with a samurai sword, apparently by her brother, who then took his own life, police said Friday. A female accomplice also died in the attack, and the priest's...

 

2 Australians jailed in brutal slaying of Aboriginal woman

SYDNEY (AP) — A judge on Friday sentenced a man to at least 14 years in prison for the slaying of an Aboriginal woman who bled to death from a violent sexual assault on a remote beach, closing a six-year battle for justice by the woman's family in...

 

Franken's support fades as Democrats call for resignation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Al Franken, his political career in shambles amid sexual misconduct allegations, lost the support of his Democratic colleagues Wednesday and faced new pressures to resign over what a fellow senator said was a "clear pattern"...

 

House votes to kill Democrat's resolution to impeach Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House overwhelmingly voted Wednesday to kill a resolution from a liberal Democratic lawmaker to impeach President Donald Trump as most Democrats joined Republicans in opposing the move. Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, said Trump had a...

 

New blaze erupts in tony Bel Air area of Los Angeles

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A dangerous new wildfire erupted in the tony Bel Air area of Los Angeles early Wednesday as firefighters battled three other destructive blazes across Southern California. Flames exploded before dawn on the steep slopes of...

 

6 women file lawsuit alleging 'Weinstein Sexual Enterprise'

NEW YORK (AP) — Six women sued Harvey Weinstein on Wednesday, targeting companies he worked at by likening the "Weinstein Sexual Enterprise" to an organized crime group that relied on film agents, producers and others to lure young women seeking a...

 

Trump's attacks put new FBI director in tough spot

WASHINGTON (AP) — Christopher Wray faces a tough test four months into his leadership of the FBI: He must defend America's top law enforcement agency against blistering attacks from President Donald Trump without putting his own job at risk. The...

 

Nigerian migrants return from Libya with tales of horror

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Some knelt and placed their foreheads to the ground in prayer. Several carried small children. After being stranded in Libya on a failed attempt to reach Europe, more than 400 Nigerian migrants were brought home and began shar...

 

Putin announces 2018 re-election bid, ends long speculation

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday he would seek re-election next year in a race he is poised to win easily, putting him on track to become the nation's longest-serving ruler since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. Putin's...

 

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