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Senate slipping away as Dems fight to preserve blue wave

Oct. 23, 2018 10:19 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In the closing stretch of the 2018 campaign, the question is no longer the size of the Democratic wave. It's whether there will be a wave at all. Top operatives in both political parties concede that Democrats' narrow path to the Senate majority has essentially disappeared, a casualty of...

Will 'all Trump, all the time' help the GOP in the midterms?

Oct. 23, 2018 9:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is betting that his ubiquitous role in the midterm elections — all Trump, all the time — will pay off for Republicans trying to hang onto their perilous majorities in Congress. Trump's campaign said Tuesday it will spend more than $20 million on the...

Trump signs water projects bill; 1 aimed at Fla. toxic algae

Oct. 23, 2018 5:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed a wide-ranging bill to improve the nation's water infrastructure, including a Florida project intended to reduce toxic algae blooms that have devastated coastal marine life and emptied beaches. The new law will help create a reservoir south of Lake...

Florida's culture clash pits Gillum against Trump voters

Oct. 22, 2018 1:22 AM EDT

THE VILLAGES, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump's loyalists here at Florida's premier retirement community fear Andrew Gillum. It has nothing to do with his race, they insist, when asked about the 39-year-old Democrat who could become the state's first African-American governor. Instead, The Villages'...

Florida to bend voting rules in counties hit by hurricane

Oct. 18, 2018 4:41 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — With tens of thousands throughout the region still without power, Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday relaxed or waived voting rules for eight counties hammered by Hurricane Michael last week. Scott's order represents a delicate balancing act for the Republican governor since most...

Lawmakers ask Kia and Hyundai to testify on reports of fires

Oct. 17, 2018 5:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate committee is asking executives of auto makers Kia and Hyundai to testify next month about fire risk in their vehicles. The request comes as a safety group demands the recall of 2.9 million Kia and Hyundai cars and SUVs in the U.S. because of consumer complaints that they can...

Florida Supreme Court: Next governor will pick new justices

Oct. 16, 2018 11:46 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's next governor and not incumbent Gov. Rick Scott will get to pick three new justices to the state Supreme Court, the court ruled Monday in a decision with major implications in this year's gubernatorial campaign. In a major rebuke to Scott, the Supreme Court concluded that...

Families search for the missing in the hurricane's aftermath

Oct. 15, 2018 9:34 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Joanne Garone Behnke has replayed every possible scenario in her mind a hundred times. Maybe her 79-year-old aunt sought shelter at the sturdy condo nearby that withstood Hurricane Michael's devastating winds. Maybe she was rescued and is lying in a hospital bed somewhere. The pile...

Trump marvels at hurricane damage, hears stories of struggle

Oct. 15, 2018 7:37 PM EDT

LYNN HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — Michael Rollins shook President Donald Trump's hand Monday at the front door of his hurricane-ravaged home in the Florida Panhandle, saying he decided to ride out the storm because he didn't have anywhere else to go. "I knew I had made my commitment to stay with my animals," Rollins...

The Latest: FEMA Chief: Florida damage among worst he's seen

Oct. 14, 2018 11:09 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on communities struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael (all times local): 7:00 p.m. Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Brock Long is calling the damage left by Hurricane Michael some of the worst he's ever seen. Long toured several towns in Florida's...