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Sanders aims for strong showing in delegate-rich California

By MICHAEL R. BLOOD Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — By the time California's presidential primary election arrived in 2016, Bernie Sanders was a beaten man. This time around, everything has changed. The senator from Vermont was an insurgent outsider three years ago in a head-to-head ...

Floods show national security threat posed by climate change

By MARGERY A. BECK, ELLEN KNICKMEYER and ROBERT BURNS Associated Press OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. (AP) — The Missouri River floodwater surging on to the air base housing the U.S. military's Strategic Command overwhelmed round-the-clock sandbagging by airmen and others. They had to scramble ...

Joe Biden faces a challenge winning over progressives

By ELANA SCHOR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden says he has "the most progressive record" of any Democrat running, or mulling a run, in 2020. But many progressive activists disagree. As the former vice president inches closer to a third White House run, several moments in his ...

Iditarod musher discounts critics after dogs refused to run

By MARK THIESSEN Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Iditarod musher who was hours ahead in the Alaska wilderness race when his dogs refused to keep running dismissed critics who say he ran them too hard and chalked it up to a bad memory that spooked them. The team stopped last ...

US forces say 2 American soldiers killed in Afghanistan

By AMIR SHAH Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two American service members were killed during an operation in Afghanistan on Friday, the U.S. and NATO forces said, providing no other details on the combat deaths. The fatalities, which bring to four the number of U.S. soldiers ...

Forecasters: ‘Potentially historic’ flooding threatens South

By JEFF MARTIN Associated Press Scientists are warning that historic flooding could soon deluge parts of several Southern states along the lower Mississippi River, where floodwaters could persist for several weeks. The flood threat in the South will be discussed Thursday, when the National ...

Trump says public should see ‘ridiculous’ Mueller report

By JILL COLVIN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he believes special counsel Robert Mueller's report should be released to the public, even as he disparaged its very existence as "ridiculous." "Let it come out, let people see it," Trump told reporters Wednesday. ...

‘Full House’ to big house in college scheme? Experts differ

By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Could Aunt Becky be headed to prison? It could go either way, experts say. Some of the wealthy parents accused of paying bribes to get their kids into top universities may get short stints behind bars, if convicted, to send a message ...

After the fall: How to take advantage of lower rates

By STAN CHOE AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — So much for those worries about rising interest rates. Just a few months ago, rising rates were bearing down on everyone from home buyers to stock investors after the Federal Reserve put through seven quarter-point increases in 2017 and 2018. ...

Trump to order colleges to back free speech or lose funding

By COLLIN BINKLEY AP Education Writer President Donald Trump is expected to order U.S. colleges to protect free speech on their campuses or risk losing federal funding. White House officials say Trump on Thursday will sign an executive order requiring colleges to certify that their policies ...

Hopes shifting as Republicans, Democrats wait for Mueller

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has been calling the Russia probe a witch hunt for two years. But now, Trump and his allies are starting to see it as something potentially very different: a political opportunity. Though ...

In end of 20th Century Fox, a new era dawns for Hollywood

By JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The Fox Studio backlot, first built in 1926 on a Century City ranch in Los Angeles, was enormous. Before much of it was sold off in the 1960s, it was four times the size of its current, and still huge, 53 acres. Shirley Temple's bungalow still ...

NCAA can’t keep tournament games away from legal gambling

By BEN NUCKOLS AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — As the NCAA prepares for its first basketball championships since the Supreme Court allowed legal sports betting to expand, the body governing college sports remains opposed to gambling on its events. But it's not denying reality, ...

Heat records falling twice as often as cold ones, AP finds

By SETH BORENSTEIN and NICKY FORSTER Associated Press Over the past 20 years, Americans have been twice as likely to sweat through record-breaking heat rather than shiver through record-setting cold, a new Associated Press data analysis shows. The AP looked at 424 weather stations throughout ...

Arts and crafts see special counsel Robert Mueller as icon

By CLAIRE GALOFARO AP National Writer Her family wanted a puppy, so Alicia Barnett dreamed they would find one that was smart, steady and a bit mysterious. She hoped their new addition could share a personality — and a name — with the man who has become her rather unlikely idol. At ...

More evacuations in Midwest as floodwaters head downstream

By JIM SALTER Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — Residents in parts of southwestern Iowa were forced out of their homes Sunday as a torrent of Missouri River water flowed over and through levees, putting them in a situation similar to hundreds of people in neighboring Nebraska who have been ...

Beto O’Rourke says he raised $6.1M online in 1st 24 hours

By DINO HAZELL Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke raised more than $6 million online during the first 24 hours after he announced his White House bid, the highest first-day number reported by any candidate, his campaign said Monday. The ...

Warren embraces underdog role as she faces 2020 challenges

By STEVE PEOPLES, ELANA SCHOR and HUNTER WOODALL Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren has spent much of the last decade as a leader of the Democratic Party's liberal wing. But three and a half months into her presidential campaign, the Massachusetts senator is facing tough ...

Be Kind, Please Rewind: Oregon Blockbuster is last on Earth

By GILLIAN FLACCUS Associated Press BEND, Ore. (AP) — There are challenges that come with running the last Blockbuster Video on the planet. The computer system must be rebooted using floppy disks that only the general manager — a solid member of Gen X — knows how to use. The dot-matrix ...

R. Kelly case spotlights abuse of girls in the era of #MeToo

BY MARYCLAIRE DALE and JOCELYN NOVECK Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The girls, a dozen of them 15 to 18 years old, file into a conference room in a downtown Brooklyn office building, taking seats in chairs carefully arranged in a circle. On the floor in front of them is a makeshift altar ...