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Evoking slain son, Kelly defends Trump on condolence calls
WASHINGTON (AP) -- He started by describing the reverent handling of America's war dead, bodies packed in ice and shipped home in the dark to Dover Air Force Base....

California fires cause $1B in damage, burn 7,000 buildings
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The wildfires that have devastated Northern California this month caused at least $1 billion in damage to insured property, officials said Thursday, as authorities increased the count of homes and other buildings destroyed to nearly 7,000....

Witness: Suspect gathered co-workers, then started shooting
ABERDEEN, Md. (AP) -- A witness to the deadly rampage inside a Maryland granite company said the suspect, Radee Prince, had gathered a small group of his co-workers together by saying "come with me, I want to say something to everybody." Without another word, he opened fire....

Trump's border wall models take shape in San Diego
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The last two of eight prototypes for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall took shape Thursday at a construction site in San Diego....

Alabama inmate defiant before his execution for killing cop
ATMORE, Ala. (AP) -- A convicted cop killer who sued Alabama over its lethal injection method was put to death, but not before he cursed at the state and said: "I hate you."...

New Battle of the Alamo is brewing over Texas shrine revamp
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Remember the Alamo? A new Texas battle is brewing over how best to do so....

Judge won't throw out ruling explaining Arpaio's conviction
PHOENIX (AP) -- The judge in former Sheriff Joe Arpaio's now-pardoned criminal case has refused the retired lawman's request to throw out all rulings in the case, including a blistering decision that explained her reasoning in finding him guilty of a crime....

Senate GOP backs budget, clears way for tax overhaul
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans must now shift their focus to enacting President Donald Trump's sweeping tax plan, a far heavier lift than the $4 trillion budget plan they've muscled through the Senate to lay the groundwork for the first tax overhaul in three decades....

Oroville Dam repair costs will top $500 million
OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) -- The costs to repair the nation's tallest dam after a nearly catastrophic failure of the spillways will top $500 million, nearly double the original estimate of $275 million, a California Department of Water Resources official said Thursday....

Orange is the new white? Unique amber wine creates buzz
BURDETT, N.Y. (AP) -- The sloping vineyards of New York's Finger Lakes region known for producing golden-hued rieslings and chardonnays also are offering a splash of orange wine....

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