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White House urgently ramps up push for drug cost legislation

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is ramping up its push to get a bill through Congress that curbs prescription drug costs, feeling a new urgency as the impeachment investigation advances amid the 2020 election campaign. The effort has progressed ...

2 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self

By STEFANIE DAZIO and JOHN ANTCZAK Associated Press SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — A student pulled a gun from his backpack and opened fire at a Southern California high school Thursday, killing two students and wounding three others before shooting himself in the head on his 16th birthday, ...

California school shooting suspect described as quiet, smart

By JUSTIN PRITCHARD and KRYSTA FAURIA Associated Press SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — People who knew the 16-year-old boy suspected of killing two students in a burst of gunfire at a high school outside Los Angeles described him as a quiet, smart kid who they’d never expect to turn ...

Amazon appeals $10B Pentagon contract won by Microsoft

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Amazon is protesting the Pentagon’s decision to award a $10 billion cloud-computing contract to Microsoft, citing “unmistakable bias” in the process. Amazon’s competitive bid for the “war cloud” project drew criticism from President Donald Trump and its ...

Ex-Gov. Deval Patrick launches ‘Hail Mary’ bid for president

By HUNTER WOODALL, JULIE PACE and STEVE PEOPLES Associated Press CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Deval Patrick launched what he acknowledged to be a “Hail Mary” bid on Thursday for the Democratic presidential nomination, testing whether voters sifting through an already crowded field are open to ...

Pelosi says Trump’s Ukraine actions amount to ‘bribery’

By LISA MASCARO and MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are refining part of their impeachment case against the president to a simple allegation: Bribery. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday brushed aside the Latin phrase “quid pro quo” that ...

‘Sad day’ or ‘scam’? What to watch at impeachment hearing

By LAURIE KELLMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A "solemn day" or a "showtrial"? Americans and the world can decide for themselves as House Democrats let the public in to the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. With the bang of a gavel, House Intelligence Committee ...

Trump to face limits of his power in impeachment hearings

By JONATHAN LEMIRE Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — For three years, Donald Trump has unapologetically defied the conventions of the American presidency. On Wednesday, he comes face to face with the limits of his power, confronting an impeachment process enshrined in the Constitution that ...

Split Supreme Court appears ready to allow Trump to end DACA

By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Sharply at odds with liberal justices, the Supreme Court's conservative majority seemed ready Tuesday to allow the Trump administration to abolish protections that permit 660,000 immigrants to work in the U.S., free from the threat of ...

Court rules against warrantless searches of phones, laptops

By STEVE LeBLANC undefined BOSTON (AP) — A federal court in Boston has ruled that warrantless U.S. government searches of the phones and laptops of international travelers at airports and other U.S. ports of entry violate the Fourth Amendment. Tuesday's ruling in U.S. District Court came in ...

Judge bans border activist from mentioning Trump in trial

By ANITA SNOW and ASTRID GALVAN Associated Press TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A judge banned an Arizona border activist charged with harboring immigrants from mentioning President Donald Trump during his retrial, which began Tuesday. U.S. District Court Judge Raner Collins granted a motion by ...

Sessions, an Alabama icon, faces uncertain path to Senate

By ALAN FRAM and KIM CHANDLER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to return to his old Senate seat from Alabama. But it's already clear he'll have a fight on his hands. Knowledgeable Republicans say Sessions will announce his candidacy for the ...

Trump denies he wanted Barr to publicly clear him

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday denied a report that he wanted Attorney General William Barr to hold a press conference to declare he broke no laws during a July phone call in which Trump pressed his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate Democrats. Trump tweeted just ...

Pence aide appears for impeachment interview after subpoena

By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — An aide to Vice President Mike Pence was speaking to impeachment investigators Thursday as Democrats wrap up the closed-door phase of their inquiry. Jennifer Williams, a career foreign service officer detailed to Pence's office from ...

People of color make gains in mayoral race across the US

By RUSSELL CONTRERAS Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — People of color made history this week by winning municipal races in places their families were once ignored or prevented from voting, including a New Mexico mayor whose father was forced into a Japanese internment camp during ...

Chicago’s top cop retiring after turbulent 3-plus years

By DON BABWIN Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson announced Thursday that he's retiring after more than three years as the city's top cop, a post he took over during one of the most violent chapters in the city's history and amid public outcry over the ...

Democrats push impeachment rules package through House

By ALAN FRAM and MATTHEW DALY Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats pushed a package of ground rules for their impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump through a sharply divided House Thursday, the chamber's first formal vote in a fight that could stretch into the 2020 election ...

2 new California fires burn homes, send residents fleeing

By BRIAN MELLEY and MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ Associated Press SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Strong winds fanned new Southern California wildfires on Thursday, burning homes and forcing residents to flee their homes in a repeat of the frightening scenario already faced by tens of thousands across the ...

Disabled California seniors in complex left behind in outage

By JANIE HAR Associated Press NOVATO, Calif. (AP) — One woman in her 80s tripped over another resident who had fallen on the landing in a steep stairwell. Others got disoriented, even in their own apartments, and cried out for help. At least 20 seniors with wheelchairs and walkers were ...

Border wall, impeachment battle imperil budget progress

By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed a long-overdue, $209 billion bundle of bipartisan spending bills Thursday, but a bitter fight over funding demanded by President Donald Trump for border fencing continues to imperil broader Capitol Hill efforts to advance ...