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Seeking a 2020 comeback, House GOP elects McCarthy as leader

Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy easily won an internal party election to take over the shrunken House GOP caucus, handing the seven-term Californian a familiar role of building the party back …


Electronic driving systems don’t always work, tests show

Testing by AAA shows that electronic driver assist systems on the road today may not keep vehicles in their lanes or spot stationary objects in time to avoid a crash.


A White House aide picked a fight with Melania Trump; the first lady won

A transoceanic personnel crisis that engulfed the National Security Council this week is partly rooted in a bureaucratic dispute over the seating arrangements aboard first lady Melania Trump’s plane to …


Fatal California fires spur search for solutions

Creating fire buffers between housing and dry brush, burying spark-prone power lines and lighting more controlled burns to keep vegetation in check could give people a better chance of surviving …


2 dead, 44 hurt in bus crash on icy highway near Memphis

A tour bus overturned Wednesday on an icy highway near Memphis, leaving two people dead and 44 others aboard with injuries as a pre-winter storm blasted parts of the South, …


Zombie TV shows are among root causes of mass shootings, Republican governor says

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has been forthright about what he believes are the root causes of mass shootings. A few months ago, the Republican blamed gun violence on children’s access …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 14, 2018, 4:30 p.m.

Official: Michael Avenatti in Los Angeles police custody

Michael Avenatti, who skyrocketed to fame as a chief critic of President Donald Trump and the lawyer for porn actress Stormy Daniels, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of domestic violence, …


Raccoons drunk on crab apples cause false rabies scare in West Virginia

Considering the damaging – and in some cases, even fatal – effects of rabies, it was not surprising that when people in the city of Milton, W.Va., saw raccoons behaving …


Betsy DeVos set to rewrite guidance on college sexual assault cases

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is set to release a sweeping overhaul of how colleges and universities must handle allegations of sexual assault and harassment, giving new rights to the accused, …


Bishops angered by scandal involving ex-Cardinal McCarrick

At a national assembly focused on the sex-abuse crisis, numerous U.S. Roman Catholic bishops called Wednesday for a formal repudiation of Theodore McCarrick, the ex-cardinal facing allegations of sexual misconduct …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 14, 2018, 8:10 p.m.

White House claims right to exclude ‘grandstanding’ Acosta

President Donald Trump’s administration contends it has “broad discretion” to regulate press access to the White House as it fends off a legal challenge from CNN and other outlets over …


Republicans face renewed pressure on Mueller protection bill

Senate Republicans are facing renewed pressure to pass legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller, with a handful of GOP senators urging their leadership to hold a vote now that …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 14, 2018, 6:44 p.m.

Guard troops search for more wildfire victims; 56 dead

With at least 130 people still missing, National Guard troops searched Wednesday through charred debris for more victims of California’s deadliest wildfire as top federal and state officials toured the …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 14, 2018, 11:23 a.m.

Trump ally Kevin McCarthy selected to lead House GOP

Republican Kevin McCarthy easily won an internal party election Wednesday to take over the shrunken House GOP caucus, a familiar role for the underestimated scrapper whose top priority will be …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 14, 2018, 9:27 a.m.

Justice legal opinion backs Whitaker’s naming as acting AG

The Justice Department on Wednesday released an internal legal opinion supporting the legality of Matthew Whitaker’s appointment as acting attorney general.


Democrat Harder ousts California GOP U.S. Rep. Denham

First-time candidate Josh Harder defeated four-term Republican U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham on Tuesday in California’s farm belt, giving Democrats their fourth pickup of a GOP House seat in California.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 13, 2018, 5:36 p.m.

FDA signals crackdown on flavored cigars to reduce youth use of tobacco

Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, signaled Tuesday the agency plans action against flavored cigars – products that are especially popular among African American teens – as …


Congressman in tight race sues over ranked-voting system

Fighting for political survival, Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin joined a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to overturn Maine’s new voting system, used for the first time last week in U.S. House …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 13, 2018, 5:30 p.m.

More leeway for states to expand inpatient mental health

The Trump administration Tuesday allowed states to provide more inpatient treatment for people with serious mental illness by tapping Medicaid, a potentially far-reaching move to address issues from homelessness to …


Bolton says tape doesn’t link Saudi prince to critic’s death

President Donald Trump’s national security adviser said Tuesday that people who have listened to an audio recording of the killing of a Saudi journalist do not think it implicates Saudi …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 13, 2018, 8:23 p.m.

Authorities: Custody dispute played role in Ohio family’s 2016 slaying

Authorities arrested a family of four Tuesday in the gruesome 2016 slayings of eight people from another family in rural Ohio, a crime that prosecutors suggested stemmed from a custody …


FBI report shows 17 percent spike in hate crimes in 2017

Hate crimes across the United States spiked 17 percent in 2017 – marking a rise for the third straight year – with a 37 percent increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes, …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 13, 2018, 9:58 p.m.

Sheriff: California wildfire’s death toll rises to 48

Ernest Foss was a musician who gave lessons out of his home when he lived in San Francisco, where an amplifier that ran the length of a wall served as …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 13, 2018, 10:57 a.m.

Southern California wildfire roars to life in wilderness

Southern California’s huge wildfire roared to life again Tuesday in a mountain wilderness area even as many neighborhoods were reopened to thousands of residents who fled its advance last week.


Homeland Security secretary expected to leave

President Donald Trump has soured on Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and she is expected to leave her job, perhaps as soon as this week, according to two people with …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 13, 2018, 2:19 p.m.

More U.S. kids get paralyzing illness, cause is still unknown

More children have been diagnosed with a mysterious paralyzing illness in recent weeks, and U.S. health officials said Tuesday that they still aren’t sure what’s causing it.


Court challenge to be filed over appointment of acting AG

Maryland is challenging the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as the new U.S. acting attorney general, arguing that President Donald Trump sidestepped the Constitution and the Justice Department’s own succession plan …


CNN sues White House to regain access for reporter Jim Acosta

CNN sued the Trump administration on behalf of reporter Jim Acosta on Tuesday, asking a court to restore Acosta’s White House press pass after President Donald Trump suspended it last …


Holding out slim hope as crews search for more fire dead

PARADISE, Calif. – More than a dozen coroner search and recovery teams looked for human remains from a Northern California wildfire that killed at least 42 – making it the …


Roger Stone associate expects to be charged in Mueller probe

Conservative conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi, an associate of longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone, said Monday that he expects to face charges in the Russia investigation.