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Dogs and DNA: Search for California fire victims intensifies

Nov. 13, 2018 2:45 PM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities moved to set up a rapid DNA-analysis system and bring in cadaver dogs, mobile morgues and more search teams in an intensified effort to find and identify victims of the deadliest wildfire in California history, an inferno that killed at least 42 people. Five days after...

CIA considered potential truth serum for terror suspects

Nov. 13, 2018 3:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Shortly after 9/11, the CIA considered using a drug it thought might work like a truth serum and force terror suspects to give up information about potential attacks. After months of research, the agency decided that a drug called Versed, a sedative often prescribed to reduce anxiety, was...

Homeland Security secretary expected to leave

Nov. 13, 2018 2:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has soured on Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and she is expected to leave her job, perhaps as soon as this week, according to two people with knowledge of the issue. Trump has blamed Nielsen for not doing more to address what he has called a crisis at...

Remember the caravan? After vote, focus on migrants fades

Nov. 13, 2018 2:51 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Did someone say caravan? One week after Election Day, President Donald Trump's daily drumbeat of warnings about a caravan of "bad thugs" and potential terrorists intent on invading the U.S. from Mexico has largely fallen silent. The migrant caravans are still trudging along, the largest...

Florida official known for missteps in recount cross hairs

Nov. 13, 2018 3:53 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — At the center of Florida's vote recount storm is an elections supervisor with a checkered past whose Democratic-dominated county has been the target of protests and accusations, including by President Donald Trump, that something fraudulent is afoot. Lawyers for Republican Gov....

UK Cabinet to meet after Britain, EU reach draft Brexit deal

Nov. 13, 2018 3:19 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — After months of stalled talks, false starts and setbacks, negotiators from Britain and the European Union struck a proposed divorce deal Tuesday to provide for the U.K.'s smooth exit from the bloc. But the agreement faces major political hurdles starting Wednesday, when British Prime Minister...

Cease-fire takes hold between Israel and Hamas

Nov. 13, 2018 3:33 PM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas and other militant groups said Tuesday they had accepted an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire to end two days of intense fighting with Israel that had pushed the sworn enemies to the brink of a new war. The sudden announcement brought relief to a region that had been paralyzed...

Democrat Sinema wins Arizona Senate seat running as centrist

Nov. 13, 2018 3:43 PM EST

In a year of liberal challenges to President Donald Trump, an avowed centrist scored the Democratic Party's biggest coup -- flipping a red state's U.S. Senate seat. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema won the Arizona Senate seat being vacated by Republican Jeff Flake to become the first woman to win a U.S. Senate seat in the...

Underlying issues keep Israel, Hamas locked in violent loop

Nov. 13, 2018 3:07 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — A slew of grievances and major underlying issues have Israel and Hamas locked in a spiral of violence that has caused three wars in the last decade and repeated rounds of deadly fighting. With an Israeli-Egyptian blockade, a riven Palestinian leadership and a militant Hamas, Gaza's...

Amazon's growing pains in Seattle offer lessons to new hosts

Nov. 13, 2018 2:27 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — As Amazon turns its attention to setting up new homes in Long Island City, New York and Arlington, Virginia, experts and historians in Seattle say both places can expect a delicate relationship with the world's hottest online retailer. The communities will be subject to outsized influence...

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Prominent 'Gold Coast' developer denies fraud charges

Nov. 13, 2018 3:59 PM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A prominent "Gold Coast" developer accused of using a bank he founded to fraudulently obtain millions of dollars in loans pleaded not guilty Tuesday. Prosecutors in an indictment accuse Fred Daibes and an associate of lying on loan applications and misapplying funds from Mariner's Bank...

Parts of northern New England hit with heavy, wet snow

Nov. 13, 2018 3:58 PM EST

SHARON, Vt. (AP) — More than 6 inches (15 centimeters) of heavy, wet snow fell in parts of northern New England on Tuesday in one of the first significant snowfalls of the season. Caledonia and Essex counties in northeastern Vermont reported 4 inches to 7.5 inches, while Maine's highest accumulation of 7...

Gov: Amazon 'largest jobs commitment' in Tennessee history

Nov. 13, 2018 3:57 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam said Tuesday that an Amazon operations hub expected to create 5,000 jobs in Tennessee will be "the single largest jobs commitment made by a company in Tennessee's history." Amazon will invest $230 million-plus to locate its Operations Center of Excellence in...

Health firm's ex-CEO pleads guilty in Arkansas bribery case

Nov. 13, 2018 3:56 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A top executive at a Missouri mental health company has pleaded guilty to helping bribe Arkansas lawmakers to influence state legislation and boost company profits. Marilyn Nolan, former CEO of Preferred Family Healthcare Inc., pleaded guilty last week to conspiracy in federal...

Authorities announce arrests in slaying of 8 family members

Nov. 13, 2018 3:56 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A family of four was arrested Tuesday in the gruesome slayings of eight people from another family in rural southern Ohio two years ago, the first break in a case that left a community reeling and surviving family members wondering if answers would ever come. Arrested were four...

Madigan supports Pritzker efforts on marijuana, income tax

Nov. 13, 2018 3:55 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says he supports Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker's plans to legalize recreational marijuana and create a graduated income tax. The Chicago Democrat said Tuesday he's had several "very friendly and very productive" conversations with Pritzker since...

Advocacy group: Ban dogs used to control inmates

Nov. 13, 2018 3:55 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Disability Rights Oregon wants the state to prohibit law enforcement officers from using police dogs in jails to intimidate, control or punish inmates. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Columbia County's jail in St. Helens is the only one in the state that continues to allow the use of...

Police: Man accused of assaulting woman attacks her again

Nov. 13, 2018 3:54 PM EST

LEXINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in North Carolina have filed new charges against a man already accused of attacking his ex-girlfriend after the same woman was assaulted a second time. News outlets report the Davidson County Sheriff's Office filed charges against 41-year-old Kent Douglas West, including...

Claims process open for victims of Philadelphia clergy abuse

Nov. 13, 2018 3:53 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Officials from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia have agreed to pay uncapped compensation offers for victims of child sexual abuse by clergy as part of a claims process that started Tuesday. Details of the Philadelphia program were discussed at a news conference held by...

Outlook for Kentucky teachers' pension system improving

Nov. 13, 2018 3:53 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A consulting firm says the pension system for Kentucky's teachers has more money and less unfunded debt after the legislature decided to fully pay its annual funding request. The system is about $14.3 billion short of the money it needs to pay retirement benefits over the next three...