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Services for McCain set for Phoenix, Washington, Annapolis

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain's service to his country began more than six decades ago at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis and will end there in a cemetery overlooking Maryland's Severn River. A private burial service next Sunday will conclude ...

Filling McCain’s seat a political balancing act for governor

By MELISSA DANIELS and NICHOLAS RICCARDI, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Sen. John McCain's death in office has handed Arizona's governor an empty Senate seat to give out — and a difficult political puzzle to solve before he does. Arizona law requires only that Gov. Doug Ducey name a ...

Autopsy finds Iowa student killed by ‘sharp force injuries’

By RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press BROOKLYN, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa college student who was allegedly abducted by a stranger while running last month was killed by "multiple sharp force injuries," investigators announced Thursday. Preliminary autopsy results from the state medical examiner's ...

Congressman, wife plead not guilty to illegal spending

By JULIE WATSON, Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter was swarmed by demonstrators yelling "shame on you!" as he left a federal courthouse Thursday in San Diego after pleading not guilty to charges of illegally using his campaign account for personal expenses. The ...

Hurricane Lane soaks Hawaii’s Big Island with foot of rain

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — Hurricane Lane soaked Hawaii's Big Island on Thursday, dumping 12 inches of rain in as many hours as residents stocked up on supplies and tried to protect their homes ahead of the state's first hurricane since 1992. The National ...

Reports: Immunity for tabloid CEO in Trump hush money probe

By JEFF HORWITZ, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors have granted immunity to the executive in charge of the National Enquirer amid an investigation into hush money payments made on behalf of Donald Trump, his longtime friend, media outlets reported on Thursday. Vanity Fair ...

Former Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Ed King dies at age 68

By KRISTIN M. HALL, Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ed King, a former guitarist for Lynyrd Skynyrd who helped write several of the group's hits including "Sweet Home Alabama," has died in Nashville, Tennessee, according to a family friend. He was 68. Scott Coopwood said King died ...

Manafort juror says 1 holdout prevented 18-count conviction

By ERIC TUCKER and CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A juror in Paul Manafort's financial fraud trial says a lone holdout prevented the jury from convicting the onetime Trump campaign chairman on all 18 counts. Jurors repeatedly tried to persuade the holdout to "look at the paper ...

Jury in Manafort trial: What if we can’t agree on 1 count?

By MATTHEW BARAKAT, CHAD DAY and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The jury in the financial fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort asked the judge Tuesday what it should do if it cannot reach a consensus for a single count in the case. Jurors posed ...

Top UNC leaders condemn Confederate statue toppling

By MARTHA WAGGONER and JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Top leaders of the University of North Carolina system condemned the actions of protesters, who toppled a memorial known as "Silent Sam" that was dedicated more than 100 years ago with praise for the Confederate ...