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1 child dead, 45 people hurt in Arkansas charter bus crash

By JILL BLEED, Associated Press LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — One child was killed and at least 45 other people were injured when a charter bus carrying a youth football team from Tennessee rolled off an interstate off-ramp and overturned before sunrise Monday in central Arkansas, authorities ...

Washington mental hospital sees rise in attacks

By MARTHA BELLISLE, Associated Press BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — The tall, lanky patient walked out of his room at Washington state's largest psychiatric hospital and spit on two patients before ducking back inside. A few minutes later, he came back out and punched two patients, so Larry ...

NASA spacecraft arrives at ancient asteroid, its 1st visitor

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — After a two-year chase, a NASA spacecraft arrived Monday at the ancient asteroid Bennu, its first visitor in billions of years. The robotic explorer Osiris-Rex, right on cue, pulled within 12 miles (19 kilometers) of the ...

Bush gets tributes at Kennedy Center Honors program

By ASHRAF KHALIL, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Last year's Kennedy Center Honors ceremony was almost overshadowed by controversy surrounding the sitting president. This year's event took place in the shadow of the death of a former commander in chief. Sunday night's ceremony honoring ...

George H.W. Bush dies at 94; made greatest mark in Gulf War

By MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — He was the man who sought a "kinder, and gentler nation," and the one who sternly invited Americans to read his lips — he would not raise taxes. He was the popular leader of a mighty coalition that dislodged Iraq from Kuwait, and was ...

Planet Earth working on 3 Mars landers to follow InSight

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — As Mars' newest resident settles in, Planet Earth is working on three more landers and at least two orbiters to join the scientific Martian brigade. NASA's InSight spacecraft touched down on the sweeping, red equatorial plains ...

Presidents, others praise former President George H.W. Bush

By The Associated Press Praise for former President George H.W. Bush, who died Friday: (He) "was a man of the highest character. The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41's life and love, for the compassion of those who have cared and prayed for Dad." — Former President George W. ...

Mueller is back — and so are questions about Trump, Russia

By CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Robert Mueller is back. After a quiet few months in the run-up to the midterm elections, the special counsel's Russia investigation is heating up again with a string of tantalizing new details emerging this week. None of it answers the ...

Trump aides caught in web of deception over Russia contacts

By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — One lied about his knowledge of Russian-hacked emails, another about a Russian real estate deal, a third about dialogue over sanctions with a Russian ambassador. A pattern of deception by advisers to President Donald Trump, aimed at ...

Divisive race ends with win for Republican Sen. Hyde-Smith

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith returns to Washington as a solidly loyal supporter of President Donald Trump after he stumped for her in a divisive Mississippi runoff shaped by her video-recorded remark about "public ...

Market to parse Powell words for clues to Fed’s future hikes

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Is the Federal Reserve considering a pullback in its interest rate hikes? Chairman Jerome Powell's recent observations have suggested that while the U.S. economy remains on firm footing it also faces an array of risks, including a ...

Northern California sheriff’s star rises with relief roles

By PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press CHICO, Calif. (AP) — Those who had fled a deadly Northern California wildfire were looking for answers at an evacuation center when Sheriff Kory Honea walked in. They jumped to their feet, clapped and cheered. The Butte County sheriff came to watch a recent ...

Manafort allegations throw new uncertainty into Russia probe

By ERIC TUCKER, CHAD DAY and JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The breakdown of a plea deal with former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and an explosive British news report about alleged contacts he may have had with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange threw a new ...

Trump tests presidential limits by threat to General Motors

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump tested the limits of his presidential authority and political muscle as he threatened to cut off all federal subsidies to General Motors because of its planned massive cutbacks in the U.S. Trump ...

GM to slash up to 14,000 jobs in North America

By TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer DETROIT (AP) — General Motors will cut up to 14,000 workers in North America and put five plants up for possible closure as it abandons many of its car models and restructures to focus more on autonomous and electric vehicles, the automaker announced ...

NASA spacecraft lands on red planet after six-month journey

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft designed to burrow beneath the surface of Mars landed on the red planet Monday after a six-month, 300 million-mile (482 million-kilometer) journey and a perilous, six-minute descent through the rose-hued ...

Supreme Court could allow suit over Apple iPhone apps’ sales

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed ready Monday to allow an antitrust lawsuit to go forward that claims Apple has unfairly monopolized the market for the sale of iPhone apps. Apple faced skeptical questions from justices who seemed concerned about ...

Black man’s death: Questions remain in Alabama mall shooting

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — The father of a black man killed by a police officer during a shooting at an Alabama mall said his son had a permit to carry a gun for self-defense, adding it was hurtful police initially portrayed his son as the shooter. Emantic "EJ" ...

Ex-Trump campaign adviser loses bid to delay prison sentence

By HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Sunday rejected a last-minute bid by former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos to delay his two-week prison term and ordered him to surrender Monday as scheduled. Papadopoulos sought the delay until an ...

Catastrophic Northern California fire is finally contained

By CHRISTOPHER WEBER, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — A massive wildfire that killed dozens of people and destroyed thousands of homes in Northern California has been fully contained after burning for more than two weeks, authorities said Sunday. The California Department of Forestry ...