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Trump comments concern judge, loom over Bergdahl sentencing
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) -- President Donald Trump's criticism of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has become a factor in the soldier's sentencing as a military judge weighs the president's impact on public perception of military justice....

GAO: Climate change already costing US billions in losses
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A non-partisan federal watchdog says climate change is already costing U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars each year, with those costs expected to rise as devastating storms, floods, wildfires and droughts become more frequent in the coming decades....

Senate advances $36.5 billion disaster relief package
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate on Monday gave a preliminary OK to a $36.5 billion hurricane relief package that would provide Puerto Rico with a much-needed infusion of cash and keep the federal flood insurance program from running out of money to pay claims....

McCain critiques Trump without labeling him 'draft dodger'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican Sen. John McCain left no doubt Monday that he was thinking of President Donald Trump as he criticized the draft system during Vietnam for forcing low-income Americans to serve while the wealthy could avoid war with a doctor's note....

Ivanka Trump says tax plan addresses needs of US families
RICHBORO, Pa. (AP) -- President Donald Trump's eldest daughter on Monday channeled her roles as a working mother, entrepreneur and senior adviser to the president to help sell the administration's tax plan, which she said is overdue to address the needs of the modern American family in an increasingly competitive global market....

Judge skeptical of need to reinstate Trump health care cuts
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- An attorney for California was grilled by a federal judge skeptical of a push by 18 states to immediately reinstate Affordable Health Care Act subsidies cut off by the Trump administration....

Murder trial starts for man who stoked US immigration debate
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- With his lower lip quivering with emotion and a packed courtroom hanging on every word, a father recounted the final moments of a daughter's life as they walked on a summer evening stroll on a San Francisco pier more than two years ago....

Southern California facing dangerous heat for second day
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- In some parts of America, it's parkas and pumpkins. In Southern California, it's scorching sidewalks, tinder-dry hillsides and possibly the hottest start to the World Series ever recorded....

4-time Iditarod winner speaks about dog doping case
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Four-time Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey denied Monday that he administered banned drugs to his dogs in this year's race and said he has withdrawn from the 2018 race in protest of the allegation....

Somali diaspora: Blast won't stop effort to rebuild homeland
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Like many Somalis displaced by decades of civil war, Mohamoud Elmi felt he had a duty to use what he learned in America to help rebuild his homeland. After getting a business administration degree in Ohio, he fulfilled that calling and returned to Somalia in 2008 to work in government....

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