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UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 8, 2018, 9:14 p.m.

Wildfire destroys most of California town of Paradise

Tens of thousands of people fled a fast-moving wildfire Thursday in Northern California, some clutching babies and pets as they abandoned vehicles and struck out on foot ahead of the …


Missouri tour boat captain indicted after sinking kills 17

The captain of a tourist boat that sank in a southwest Missouri lake and killed 17 people, including nine members of one family, didn’t tell passengers to put on flotation …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 8, 2018, 10:41 a.m.

GOP gov candidate Kemp resigns as Georgia secretary of state

Republican Brian Kemp resigned Thursday as Georgia’s secretary of state, a day after his campaign said he’s captured enough votes to become governor despite his rival’s refusal to concede.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 8, 2018, 11:58 a.m.

Justice Ginsburg in hospital after fracturing 3 ribs in fall

Eighty-five-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fractured three ribs in a fall in her office at the court and is in the hospital, the court said Thursday.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 8, 2018, 4:29 p.m.

12 killed in shooting rampage at California bar

Using a smoke bomb and a handgun, a hooded Marine combat veteran dressed all in black opened fire during college night at a country music bar in Southern California, killing …


Colorado moves left, electing 1st openly gay governor in U.S.

Colorado Democrats have flipped control of the state Senate, giving the party a trifecta of Statehouse control with the historic victory of U.S. Rep. Jared Polis as the nation’s first …


New acting attorney general is a GOP loyalist from Iowa

The man who will serve at least temporarily as the nation’s top law enforcement official is a relatively inexperienced Republican Party loyalist from Iowa who has called for limiting special …


How science fared in the midterm elections

More candidates with degrees in science, medicine and engineering ran for Congress in 2018 than ever before. Of the nearly two dozen new candidates in this crop, six won or …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 7, 2018, 7:01 p.m.

White House suspends CNN’s Acosta after Trump confrontation

The White House on Wednesday suspended the press pass of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta after he and President Donald Trump had a heated confrontation during a news conference.


GOP candidate called ‘Bigfoot erotica’ devotee wins race

Despite being labeled a “devotee of Bigfoot erotica,” a Republican candidate won a closely watched congressional race in Virginia.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 7, 2018, 8:13 p.m.

Jeff Sessions pushed out after a year of attacks from Trump

Attorney General Jeff Sessions was pushed out Wednesday after enduring more than a year of blistering and personal attacks from President Donald Trump, who inserted in his place a Republican …


Florida battle for U.S. Senate still too close to call

A bitter and expensive clash between Florida’s Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson remains too close to call, despite Scott’s declaration of victory.


A Georgia governor’s race, still going

Democrats and Republicans nationwide had their eyes trained on Georgia to see whether the emerging battleground state, would elect the first black woman governor in American history or double down …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 7, 2018, 10:55 a.m.

Tester wins Montana, added Democratic ranks pose threat to Trump governing agenda

Democrats have regained control of the House from President Donald Trump’s Republican Party in the midterm elections, powered by a suburban revolt that has threatened what’s left of the president’s …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 9:11 p.m.

Florida passes initiative to restore felons’ voting rights

Potentially altering the election landscape in a key swing state, Florida voters Tuesday approved a ballot measure that will enable more than 1 million ex-felons to regain their voting rights.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 8:16 p.m.

Cruz fends off O’Rourke in Texas Senate race

Sen. Ted Cruz fended off a spirited underdog challenge from Democrat Beto O’Rourke to win re-election on Tuesday in a Texas race that once seemed like a cakewalk but needed …


Braun defeats Donnelly in Indiana U.S. Senate race

Republican Mike Braun has defeated Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly in Indiana, a blow to Democrats trying to maintain their hold on red states that backed President Donald Trump.


Kentucky clerk who refused to sign marriage licenses for gay couples loses to Democrat

Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who refused to sign marriage licenses for gay couples, lost Tuesday in her re-election bid for the Rowan County clerkship.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 6:29 p.m.

It’s Girl (Scouts) vs. Boy (Scouts) in new twist on gender wars

A year after the Boy Scouts of America announced it would admit girls, the Girl Scouts of the United States of America punched back Tuesday with a federal trademark lawsuit …


Democrat Wexton defeats Rep. Comstock, turning GOP stronghold in Virginia blue

Democrat Jennifer Wexton defeated Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va., ending nearly four decades of Republican control of a key northern Virginia seat.


Bangladeshi immigrant convicted in NYC subway bombing

A Bangladeshi immigrant convicted Tuesday of supporting a terrorist group after setting off a pipe bomb in New York City’s busiest subway station let the jury leave before saying he …


Fox News doesn’t condone Hannity appearance with Trump

Fox News said Tuesday that it has addressed the “unfortunate distraction” of Sean Hannity and Jeanine Pirro speaking at President Trump’s campaign rally in Missouri the night before, and that …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 9:31 p.m.

Dems on track to take House control, but GOP retains Senate

Democrats were on track to gain House control Tuesday night but Republicans held their Senate majority as voters rendered a mixed verdict in the first nationwide election of Donald Trump’s …


Trump views midterms through presidency-defining lens

President Donald Trump spent Election Day calling allies, tweeting endorsements and following news coverage, after concluding a six-day rally blitz in Missouri late Monday. Trump packed his closing argument with …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 9:45 a.m.

In first opinion of new term, justices issue unanimous ruling backing firefighters alleging age discrimination

The Supreme Court has decided unanimously that local governments with small workforces must comply with a federal law against age discrimination.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 5:47 p.m.

WHAT TO WATCH: After turbulent campaign, it’s up to voters

When voting ends where. Turnout. How media organizations will gather data. Which races in states with polls that close earliest may point to which party is doing better. And much …


Utah mayor slain in Afghanistan urged Americans to vote

The body of a Utah mayor and Army National Guard member who urged Americans to vote before he was killed in Afghanistan has been returned to U.S. soil.


Iran officials mock, warn US over renewed sanctions

The “largest-ever” U.S. sanctions list targeting Iran drew mockery from Iranian officials on Tuesday for including mothballed Boeing 747s, a bank that closed years earlier and a sunken oil tanker …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 5:32 p.m.

Long lines, machine breakdowns mar vote on Election Day

Problem signs that arose during weeks of early voting carried into Election Day as some voters across the country faced hours-long lines, malfunctioning voting equipment and unexpectedly closed polling places.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 3:46 p.m.

Amazon mum on reports it will split new headquarters between New York and Virginia

Amazon isn’t commenting on reports that it plans to split its new headquarters between facilities in two cities rather than choosing just one.