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Trump goes out of his way to take a bow, again

By KEVIN FREKING Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It was wonderful news: Researchers reported this past week the largest-ever one-year decline in the U.S. cancer death rate during 2017. And President Donald Trump didn't miss the chance to take a bow. Trump tweeted: "U.S. Cancer Death ...

House approves measure to restrain Trump’s actions on Iran

By MATTHEW DALY Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Reigniting a debate over who has the power to declare war, the Democratic-controlled House on Thursday approved a resolution asserting that President Donald Trump must seek approval from Congress before engaging in further military action ...

CES Gadget Show: Pizza from robots, underwater scooters

By RACHEL LERMAN and JOSEPH PISANI Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Robots were front and center at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas. One even made pizza. The annual CES technology conference in Las Vegas runs through Friday and offers a forum for companies to unveil their products and ...

Independents could decide California’s Democratic primary

By KATHLEEN RONAYNE Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination, no prize is bigger than California, which offers more delegates than any other state. And as candidates plot their strategies here, there's an overlooked group of voters ...

US adds 145,000 jobs; unemployment holds at 3.5%

By JOSH BOAK AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added 145,000 jobs in December and the unemployment rate held steady at 3.5%, signaling that the job market remains strong at the start of 2020 even if hiring and wage gains have slowed somewhat more than a decade into an ...

Boeing papers show employees slid 737 Max problems past FAA

By DAVID KOENIG and TOM KRISHER AP Airlines Writer Boeing employees raised doubts among themselves about the safety of the 737 Max, apparently tried to hide problems from federal regulators and ridiculed those responsible for designing and overseeing the jetliner, according to a batch of ...

Trump proposes sweeping rollback of environmental oversight

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday proposed rolling back enforcement of a landmark environmental law, reducing federal oversight of many major projects, from pipelines to commercial development, to speed the approval process. He said ...

Booker: Impeachment trial could be ‘big blow’ to my campaign

By JULIE PACE AP Washington Bureau Chief WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Cory Booker said a looming impeachment trial and other pressing issues in Washington could deal a "big, big blow" to his Democratic presidential campaign by keeping him away from Iowa in the final weeks before the Feb. 3 ...

Pelosi says she will ‘soon’ transmit impeachment to Senate

By LISA MASCARO, ALAN FRAM and ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she will "soon'' transmit the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, but warned that Senate Republicans are rushing to acquittal without a fair ...

As wildfires get worse, smoke spreads, stokes health worries

By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — First came the flames, a raging firestorm propelled by 50 mph (80 kph) wind gusts that incinerated Kelsey Norton's house and killed 85 people in her community. Then came the smoke — not just from the forest but also from 14,000 ...

Facebook riles tiny Oregon town with plan for undersea cable

By ANDREW SELSKY Associated Press TIERRA DEL MAR, Ore. (AP) — A battle playing out in Oregon is pitting residents of a tiny coastal town with no stoplights or cellphone service against one of the world's biggest tech companies. Locals in Tierra del Mar are trying to stop Facebook from using ...

Bolton willing to testify in impeachment trial if subpoenaed

By ZEKE MILLER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Trump national security adviser John Bolton said Monday that he is "prepared to testify" if he is subpoenaed by the Senate in its impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. Bolton, who left the White House in September, said that ...

9-year-old girl among victims killed in Pennsylvania crash

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A 9-year-old New York girl was among the five people killed in a crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike that also injured at least 60 people, authorities said Monday. Meanwhile, authorities continue to investigate the cause of the crash that happened early Sunday on a ...

Harvey Weinstein arrives at court ahead of sex assault trial

By TOM HAYS and MICHAEL R. SISAK Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein and several of the women who have accused him of sexual misconduct converged Monday at the New York City courthouse where a judge and his lawyers handled the final preparations for his high-stakes trial on ...

Congress demands answers from Trump about Soleimani killing

By ROBERT BURNS and JONATHAN LEMIRE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump insists that Iranian cultural sites are fair game for the U.S. military, dismissing concerns within his own administration that doing so could constitute a war crime under international law. He also ...

Election year to feature bitter fights, deepening divides

By STEVE PEOPLES AP National Political Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Four years after President Donald Trump drove the rules of politics over a cliff to win the Republican presidential nomination and ultimately the White House, Democrats will go through their own version of the same test. In less ...

3 crashes, 3 deaths raise questions about Tesla’s Autopilot

TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DETROIT (AP) — Three crashes involving Teslas that killed three people have increased scrutiny of the company's Autopilot driving system just months before CEO Elon Musk has planned to put fully self-driving cars on the streets. On Sunday, a Tesla Model S sedan ...

As 2020 dawns, Trump looks to boost evangelical support

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and ELANA SCHOR Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — In his first campaign move of the 2020 election year, President Donald Trump on Friday will visit a mega-church in Miami to highlight his support among evangelicals as he aims to shore up and expand support from ...

Calls to loved ones reveal rough conditions before sinking

By BECKY BOHRER and MARTHA BELLISLE undefined JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Calls to loved ones in the lead-up to the sinking of a crab boat in the cold waters off Alaska revealed the rough conditions the crew faced, including icing that did not seem to rattle the boat's captain. Gary Cobban Jr., ...

Sanders and Trump surge, Biden rebounds in fundraising race

By WILL WEISSERT Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders announced Thursday that his campaign had raised an impressive $34.5 million in the final three months of last year, solidifying him as the quarter's top fundraiser in the crowded Democratic presidential field. Former Vice ...