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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...

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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The Latest: Progress reported in preventing fire's spread

Nov. 13, 2018 3:49 PM EST

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in California (all times local): 12:45 p.m. A fire official says crews have made "a lot of progress" in preventing a deadly Northern California from reaching Oroville, a town of 19,000 people. California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection operations...

Man convicted of killing drug ring witness, wounding mother

Nov. 13, 2018 3:49 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A federal jury in western Pennsylvania has convicted a man of killing a woman more than four years ago to keep her from talking to them about his New Jersey-supplied heroin ring. Jurors deliberated for about five hours before convicting Price Montgomery on Tuesday in the August 2014...

Advocacy group: Ban dogs used to control inmates

Nov. 13, 2018 3:49 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...

The Latest: Attorney: suspect family will be vindicated

Nov. 13, 2018 3:48 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on arrests in the 2016 killing of eight family members in Ohio (all times local): 3:45 p.m. A lawyer representing a family arrested for the killings of eight people in Ohio says the family will be vindicated. Attorney John Clark represents the Wagner family who were...

Trump administration sides with tribes in drilling dispute

Nov. 13, 2018 3:48 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration plans to appeal a federal court ruling that would allow oil and gas drilling on land considered sacred to Native American tribes in Montana and Canada, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Tuesday. Zinke said it would be inappropriate to allow drilling in...

The Latest: Schumer says Trump is bullying Florida officials

Nov. 13, 2018 3:47 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the Florida recount of its Senate and governor elections (all times local): 3:40 p.m. U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says President Donald Trump and Gov. Rick Scott are attempting to bully Florida election officials out of doing their jobs. Schumer and...

Energy companies lead US stocks lower after oil price sinks

Nov. 13, 2018 3:47 PM EST

Energy companies led a late-afternoon sell-off on Wall Street Tuesday after U.S. crude oil prices had their biggest drop in more than three years. Investors are worried about the possibility of rising oil production out of the U.S. and OPEC. The slide wiped out early gains for the market, placing it on course to...

Minnesota car track owner dies in Florida swim accident

Nov. 13, 2018 3:47 PM EST

BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) — The owner of Brainerd International Raceway in Minnesota has died in a swimming accident off the Florida coast. Jed Copham was 46. The raceway said Copham had been swimming from his parents' boat on Sunday near Fort Myers when he went missing. According to the Lee County Sheriff's...

Death of black security guard brings call for investigation

Nov. 13, 2018 3:45 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago alderman called Tuesday for Cook County prosecutors to investigate the fatal shooting of a black security guard by a white police officer outside the bar where the guard worked. Authorities have said little about the scene that ended early Sunday with the death of...

New Oklahoma governor names 9 members of transition team

Nov. 13, 2018 3:45 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's newly elected governor is naming several prominent GOP-connected business people and other professionals to lead his transition team as he prepares to take office in January. Republican mortgage company owner Kevin Stitt announced on Tuesday the names of nine members of his...