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President Donald Trump, and first lady Melania Trump, step off Air Force One upon arrival, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Trump is returning from India. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump faces credibility test as he plays down virus threat

Feb. 26, 2020 6:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump faces a critical challenge in grappling with the new coronavirus outbreak: Asking Americans to believe him after he and top advisers have contradicted federal scientists in playing down the threat. The stakes could be enormous from a public health and economic...

NTSB: Pilot reported icing on plane before crash

Feb. 26, 2020 6:20 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The pilot of a small plane that crashed in Louisiana in early February reported ice forming on the plane shortly before the crash, according to a preliminary report on the accident by the National Transportation Safety Board. The plane crashed in Jackson Parish, Louisiana, on Feb. 6....

People wear sanitary masks as they ride an empty tram in downtown Milan, Italy, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. Italy has been struggling to contain the rapidly spreading outbreak that has given the country more coronavirus cases outside Asia than anywhere else. (Claudio Furlan/LaPresse via AP)

Italy seeks to calm fears in Europe as cases, deaths rise

Feb. 26, 2020 6:03 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Italy sought to rally international support for its virus containment efforts Wednesday even as its caseload reached 447, people linked to Italy fell ill across Europe and as far away as Brazil, and the U.N.'s health agency urged a scaled-up response. Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte's government...

A fire burns after an explosion at the Marathon Refinery in Carson on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. (Scott Varley/The Orange County Register via AP)

Cause of Los Angeles-area refinery fire under investigation

Feb. 26, 2020 6:03 PM EST

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — The cause of an explosion and fire at the largest oil refinery on the West Coast was under investigation Wednesday as air quality authorities conducted laboratory testing to determine whether toxic gases were released. No one was injured and there were no immediate indications that...

Woman dies in traffic crash on icy roads in Missouri

Feb. 26, 2020 5:49 PM EST

ROCHEPORT, Mo. (AP) — A 35-year-old Boonville woman died Wednesday when she lost control of her car on an icy bridge on Interstate 70 near Rocheport, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said. The patrol said Chantel Winfield's vehicle went off the highway, hit a barrier and returned to the road. Winfield...

In this July 2016 photo made available by Laurie Giordano, her son Zachary and her daughter Vanessa sit together an an undisclosed location. Zach, a rising junior at a high school in Florida, collapsed while at a football practice in the summer of 2017. He died 11 days later. On Wednesday, April 26, 2020, a Florida legislative committee honored the teenager by renaming a proposed law after him that would put safety measures in place to protect student athletes from deadly heat strokes. (Laurie Giordano via AP)

Florida lawmakers honor fallen high school football player

Feb. 26, 2020 5:16 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — On the football field, Zach Martin was a protector — a 300-pound, 6-foot-4 offensive lineman who kept his quarterback safe from a rush of incoming blows. Now in death, the teenager will be forever known as a protector after Florida lawmakers acted Wednesday to honor him by...

Joevanny Vargas, Lorena Vargas and Madison Vargas grieve as witness impact statements are read regarding the death of Miranda Vargas during the sentencing of Hudy Muldrow, Wednesday, Feb., 26, 2020,  at state Superior Court in Morristown, N.J. Muldrow, 79, the driver of a school bus who veered across Interstate 80 in New Jersey after missing an exit and crashed into a dump truck, killing a teacher and a student and injuring dozens of others, was sentenced to 10 years in state prison. (Ed Murray/NJ Advance Media via AP, Pool)

Driver in fatal I-80 school bus crash sentenced to 10 years

Feb. 26, 2020 5:06 PM EST

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) — The driver of a school bus who veered across Interstate 80 in New Jersey after missing an exit and crashed into a dump truck, killing a teacher and a student and injuring dozens of others, was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison. Hudy Muldrow, 79, had pleaded guilty in...

In this Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, photo, Jason Meek, whose Northern California wine country home was destroyed in 2017, walks through the remains of his home in Santa Rosa, Calif. A $13.5 billion settlement between victims, including Meek, of California's catastrophic wildfires and Pacific Gas & Electric was supposed to bring some peace and hope to people still reeling from the devastation. Instead, it has sparked confusion, resentment, suspicion and despair as the victims, government agencies, and lawyers grapple for their piece of the settlement fund. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

California wildfire victims fear coming last in PG&E payout

Feb. 26, 2020 4:47 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A $13.5 billion settlement between victims of California's catastrophic wildfires and the utility blamed for causing them was supposed to bring some peace and hope to people still reeling from the devastation. Instead, the deal has sparked confusion, resentment, suspicion and despair...

Democratic presidential candidates, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, right, and former Vice President Joe Biden, left, greet supporters at the end of the Democratic presidential primary debate at the Gaillard Center, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in Charleston, S.C., co-hosted by CBS News and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

AP FACT CHECK: Democrats distort coronavirus readiness

Feb. 26, 2020 4:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential contenders are describing the federal infectious-disease bureaucracy as rudderless and ill-prepared for the coronavirus threat because of budget cuts and ham-handed leadership by President Donald Trump. That’s a distorted picture. For starters, Trump...

Man pleads guilty in hit-and-run that killed teenage boy

Feb. 26, 2020 4:31 PM EST

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A man who was driving with a suspended license has admitted leaving the scene of a hit-and-run crash last year that killed a teenager and injured the boy's father. Alexander Politan, 31, of Toms River, was driving an SUV that struck Jesus Lopez-Grande, 15, and Jesus Lopez-Ramirez,...