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Midwest Democrats look to Tuesday’s races to upend GOP gains

By STEVE PEOPLES and SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democrats are fighting to beat back Republican gains across the Midwest as the 2018 primary season roars through Wisconsin and Minnesota, two states where President Donald Trump's appeal among working-class voters ...

Judge sets bail for adults arrested at New Mexico compound

By MORGAN LEE, Associated Press TAOS, N.M. (AP) — A state judge on Monday cleared the way for five defendants who were arrested on child abuse charges at a remote New Mexico compound to be released pending trial despite authorities' suspicions that the group was training children to use ...

Business owners, visitors rejoice as Yosemite reopens

By AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yosemite National Park's reopening can't come soon enough for Douglas Shaw. The 20-day closure during peak tourist season at one of the busiest parks in the U.S. cost Shaw $200,000 in lost revenue at his 120-person hotel just outside ...

Glacier latest US park to be scorched by Western wildfires

By MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press A wildfire destroyed structures and forced evacuations Monday from the busiest area of Montana's Glacier National Park, as officials in California prepared to reopen Yosemite National Park following a two-week closure at the height of the summer ...

Court date set for man charged in videotaped fatal shooting

By TAMARA LUSH and TERRY SPENCER, Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Markeis McGlockton's father knows the manslaughter case against the man accused of killing his unarmed son outside a Florida convenience store will take months, possibly years. He's talked to others who have been ...

Deadline looms for release of Catholic church abuse report

By MARK SCOLFORO and MARC LEVY, Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Time is ticking down to a court-ordered deadline Tuesday afternoon to decide what information to black out in a forthcoming grand jury report investigating child sexual abuse in six of Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic ...

Last-minute technical problem delays NASA’s flight to sun

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A last-minute technical problem Saturday delayed NASA's unprecedented flight to the sun. The early morning launch countdown was halted with just one-minute, 55 seconds remaining, keeping the Delta IV rocket on its pad with the ...

Omarosa in new book: I saw Trump’s racism ‘with my own eyes’

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — Former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman claims in a new book that there are tapes of President Donald Trump using racial slurs and that she saw him behaving "like a dog off the leash" at numerous events he attended without ...

Plane stolen by ‘suicidal’ employee crashes near Seattle

By ELAINE THOMPSON and MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press SEATAC, Wash. (AP) — A "suicidal" airline employee stole an empty Horizon Air turboprop plane, took off from Sea-Tac International Airport and was chased by military jets before crashing into a small island in the Puget Sound on Friday ...

Crews battle growing wildfire near homes in California

By MARCIO SANCHEZ and AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters worked furiously Friday to keep a Southern California wildfire from burning more homes while crews in the north finally gained ground on deadly and destructive blazes that have burned for two ...