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California braces for possible round 2 of outages

By JOCELYN GECKER and CHRISTOPHER WEBER Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's largest utility said it will go ahead with widespread blackouts affecting nearly half a million people starting Wednesday as dangerous fire weather returns to California. Pacific Gas & Electric ...

Zuckerberg appears in Congress as Facebook faces scrutiny

By MARCY GORDON and BARBARA ORTUTAY AP Business Writers WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg endured hours of prickly questioning from lawmakers Wednesday as he defended the company's new globally ambitious project to create a digital currency while also dealing with widening ...

Biden: Trump has ‘no idea’ about working-class struggles

By BILL BARROW and MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — Joe Biden hammered President Donald Trump's treatment of the middle class as he campaigned Wednesday in his childhood hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania, hours ahead of the president making a separate visit to the ...

Chaotic scene as Republicans disrupt impeachment deposition

By MICHAEL BALSAMO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans disrupted a closed-door deposition Wednesday with a Defense Department official who was scheduled to answer questions as part of the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. Laura Cooper, a senior official who ...

Missouri farmer charged in killing of Wisconsin brothers

By HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri cattle farmer charged Wednesday with two counts of first-degree murder shot two brothers from Wisconsin, burned their bodies and dumped the remains on a manure pile on his property, investigators said. Garland ...

Diplomat provides House with detailed account on Ukraine

By LISA MASCARO, MARY CLARE JALONICK and LYNN BERRY Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Former U.S. Ambassador William Taylor, a diplomat who has sharply questioned President Donald Trump's policy on Ukraine, has provided lawmakers with a detailed account of his recollection of events at the ...

Trump likens House impeachment inquiry to ‘a lynching’

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump enraged Democrats on Tuesday by comparing their impeachment inquiry to a lynching, assigning the horrors of a deadly and racist chapter in U.S. history to a process laid out in the Constitution. "That is one ...

‘Just too much’: Meet the uber-rich who want a wealth tax

By JOSH BOAK AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — When the grand vacation homes of Newport Beach were empty on a beautiful Memorial Day weekend, Molly Munger decided it was time for the U.S. to consider taxing wealth. As her family's boat moved through the harbor a few years ago, Munger, ...

Chicago teachers’ strike highlights support staff shortages

By KANTELE FRANKO Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Demands by striking Chicago teachers for more nurses, librarians and social workers are highlighting concerns that resonate in high-poverty school districts nationwide, where shortages of support staff leave educators feeling ...

More choices and stable premiums for ‘Obamacare’ next year

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers will have more health insurance choices next year under the much-debated Obama health care law and premiums will dip slightly for many, the Trump administration announced Tuesday. President Donald Trump was elected on a ...