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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 2:11 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 with checkered past in eye of vote storm

Nov. 13, 2018 2:30 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...

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...

No accounting for these tastes: Artificial flavors a mystery

Nov. 13, 2018 11:31 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Six artificial flavors are being ordered out of the food supply in a dispute over their safety, but good luck to anyone who wants to know which cookies, candies or drinks they're in. The dispute highlights the complex rules that govern what goes in our food, how much the public knows about...

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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...

Inmate charged in fatal riot denies committing violence

Nov. 13, 2018 3:38 PM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A Delaware inmate charged in a deadly prison riot testified Tuesday that he did not assault or kill anyone, and that he was expecting inmates to stage a peaceful protest about prison conditions. Jarreau Ayers, who is acting as his own attorney, took the stand to give a narrative...

Nigerian ISP's configuration error disrupted Google services

Nov. 13, 2018 3:35 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A Nigerian internet service provider said Tuesday that a configuration error it made during a network upgrade caused a disruption of key Google services, routing traffic to China and Russia. Prior to MainOne's explanation Tuesday, there was speculation that Monday's 74-minute data hijacking...

Congressman shot at baseball practice talks about new book

Nov. 13, 2018 3:35 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — After crisscrossing the country to bolster fellow Republicans, a Louisiana congressman who was shot at a congressional baseball practice last year squeezed in a publicity tour for his new book about his survival and recovery before returning to work in Congress. U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise...

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...

The Latest: Family mourns loss of musician in wildfire

Nov. 13, 2018 3:29 PM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in California (all times local): 12:20 p.m. The daughter of one of three named victims from the Northern California wildfire says that Ernie Foss Jr. was a musician and former San Francisco resident who shared his love of music with others. Angela Loo told...

Minnesota man to pay $140K for snooping, insider trading

Nov. 13, 2018 3:28 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man snooped in his wife's work papers and used information about UnitedHealth Group's upcoming acquisitions to profit from insider trading, according to regulators. The Securities and Exchange Commission sued James Hengen for allegedly stealing information about two pending...

Authorities announce arrests in slaying of 8 family members

Nov. 13, 2018 3:28 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...

10 Indonesian fishermen accused of shark fin smuggling

Nov. 13, 2018 3:28 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Ten Indonesian fishermen arrested in Hawaii are accused of trying to smuggle nearly 1,000 fins of protected whitetip sharks from the U.S. to Indonesia. They had been working on a Japanese boat and were headed home via Honolulu when airport security workers found shark fins in their luggage...

Congressman in tight race sues over ranked-voting system

Nov. 13, 2018 3:23 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Fighting for political survival, Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin joined a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to overturn Maine's new voting system, used for the first time last week in U.S. House and Senate elections. The lawsuit asks a federal judge to stop the vote tabulations and to...