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Will Kelly stay or won’t he? Trump praises, criticizes aide

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump isn't committing to a previous pledge to keep chief of staff John Kelly for the remainder of his term, part of widespread speculation about staffing changes that could soon sweep through his administration. Trump, ...

In smoldering wildfire ruins, life goes on for a hardy few

By JOHN LOCHER and BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Brad Weldon lost his home to fire when he was a kid, so when a deadly wildland blaze came roaring toward his ranch house in the pines where he lives with his 89-year-old blind mother, he wasn't going to let disaster ...

In year of Democratic hopes, GOP comes out on top in Florida

By GARY FINEOUT, Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — This was the year Florida's Democrats spoke ambitiously of ending their 20-year journey in political exile in this battleground state. Instead, election results after a tense and bruising recount showed Republicans coming out on top ...

Neighbors wage shadow campaigns in New Hampshire for 2020

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Even before they announce their White House intentions, New Hampshire's ambitious neighbors are in the midst of a shadow campaign to shape the nation's first presidential primary election of the 2020 season. Democrats on the ground expect a ...

Turbulent stock market spooks some older workers, retirees

By ANDREW SOERGEL, For The Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — The recent turbulence in the U.S. stock markets is spooking some older workers and retirees, a group that was hit particularly hard during the most recent financial crisis. There's no indication, though, that the recent volatility ...

Rain could hinder search for victims of California wildfire

By SUDHIN THANAWALA, Associated Press PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The search for remains of victims of the devastating Northern California wildfire has taken on new urgency as rain in the forecast could complicate those efforts while also bringing relief to firefighters on the front lines. Up ...

Trump says he answered written questions in Mueller probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he has answered written questions from special counsel Robert Mueller but hasn't yet submitted them. Trump told reporters in the Oval Office on Friday that he answered the questions "very easily" this week but added that "you have to always be ...

Judge: White House must return CNN’s Jim Acosta’s credential

By JESSICA GRESKO and MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge ordered the Trump administration on Friday to immediately return the White House press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta, though a lawsuit over the credentials' revocation is continuing. U.S. ...

Missing-persons list tops 600 in fire-stricken California

By KATHLEEN RONAYNE and BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press CHICO, Calif. (AP) — The potential magnitude of the wildfire disaster in Northern California escalated as officials raised the death toll to 63 and released a missing-persons list with 631 names on it more than a week after the flames ...

Florida: Hand recount begins for tight US Senate race

By GARY FINEOUT and BRENDAN FARRINGTON, Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A hand recount began Friday in Florida's acrimonious U.S. Senate contest after an initial review by ballot-counting machines showed Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson separated by fewer ...