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The Latest: Judge rules on requests by Abrams campaign

Nov. 14, 2018 9:43 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the still unresolved election for Georgia governor (all times local): 9:15 p.m. A federal judge has ruled that Georgia's election results must not be certified until the secretary of state has confirmed that certain absentee ballots have been counted. U.S. District Judge Steve...

Guard troops search for more wildfire victims; 56 dead

Nov. 14, 2018 9:38 PM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — With at least 130 people still missing, National Guard troops searched Wednesday through charred debris for more victims of California's deadliest wildfire as top federal and state officials toured the ruins of a community completely destroyed by the flames. Interior Secretary Ryan...

Idris Elba's daughter named Golden Globe Ambassador

Nov. 14, 2018 9:37 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Idris Elba's daughter has been chosen as the Golden Globe Ambassador to assist with the glitzy awards ceremony. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced Wednesday that 16-year-old Isan Elba will assume the ambassador title for the 76th annual Golden Globes Awards in January. Her...

The Latest: Sheriff: Death toll rises to 56 in wildfire

Nov. 14, 2018 9:33 PM EST

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the wildfires in California (all times local): 6:30 p.m. Authorities have reported eight more fatalities from a blaze in Northern California, bringing the total number of fatalities so far to 56 in the deadliest wildfire in state history. The announcement came Wednesday...

Michael Avenatti arrested in LA on domestic violence charge

Nov. 14, 2018 9:31 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Avenatti, who skyrocketed to fame as a critic of President Donald Trump and the lawyer for porn actress Stormy Daniels, was arrested Wednesday and booked on a felony domestic violence charge, Los Angeles police said. The alleged victim in the case had visible injuries, according...

Utah Republican behind in tight race sues to halt vote count

Nov. 14, 2018 9:25 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Mia Love sued Wednesday to halt vote counting in the Utah race where she is trailing her Democratic challenger by a razor-thin margin, saying her campaign must be allowed to issue challenges if they dispute the validity of mail-in ballots. In a contest where...

Uruguay lawmakers Ok entry of US planes, soldiers for summit

Nov. 14, 2018 9:19 PM EST

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguayan lawmakers approved legislation Wednesday allowing eight U.S. aircraft and up to 400 American military personnel and civilians into the South American country to provide security for a Group of 20 summit of world leaders in neighboring Argentina. The law, which was...

PG&E says it contacted resident about shut-off power line

Nov. 14, 2018 9:11 PM EST

CHICO, California (AP) — A utility accused in a lawsuit of igniting California's deadliest and most destructive wildfire said it contacted a customer about a power line on her property but that sparks were not part of the discussion. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. said it had been in touch with Betsy Ann...

Pence says US committed to Indo-Pacific, not seeking control

Nov. 14, 2018 9:09 PM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence says America has a steadfast and enduring commitment to the Indo-Pacific region but wants cooperation, not control. Pence, who is standing in for President Donald Trump, told a summit of Southeast Asian leaders Thursday in Singapore that "empire and...

Mexico president-elect will continue to lean on military

Nov. 14, 2018 9:04 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says he will continue to rely heavily on the military for internal security and appears to be dismissing aspirations of Mexico someday having effective civilian police forces. Lopez Obrador says he will seek a constitutional change...