National News

Confirmation vote for CIA chief brings out Democratic rift

v By LISA MASCARO, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — The political schism in the Democratic Party is playing out in the confirmation vote for Gina Haspel as CIA director, as support from red-state senators facing re-election bumps up against a more liberal flank eyeing ...

On eve of anniversary, Giuliani says time for probe to end

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani says the president still wants to testify in the Russia probe, but says he is "pretty comfortable" that special counsel Robert Mueller's team could not subpoena him in the investigation. Speaking on "Fox and Friends" Thursday ...

Teachers who led strikes now turning focus to elections

By MELISSA DANIELS, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — As they packed up their protest signs and returned to the classroom to finish out the school year, thousands of teachers in North Carolina turned their attention to a different fight: the midterm elections. Their counterparts in Arizona, ...

Voters cast ballots in 4 states; in Pa., redrawn map in play

By THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press Tuesday's primary elections will begin to settle swing state Pennsylvania's chaotic congressional landscape after a court fight ended with redrawn districts just three months ago. Pennsylvania primary voters will also decide the fate of President Donald ...

Trump says first lady to leave hospital in ‘2 or 3 days’

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that his wife, Melania, will come home from the hospital in a few days, after receiving medical treatment this week for a kidney condition the White House said is noncancerous. "Our great First ...

Worried Hawaii homeowners ask: Am I covered for volcanos?

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — Patricia Deter moved from Oregon to Hawaii to be closer to her two daughters, but the Kilauea volcano burned down her home only a month after she bought it. Now Deter and her family, along others who have recently lost homes to ...

Seattle OKs tax on companies like Amazon to help homeless

By PHUONG LE, Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle's largest businesses such as Amazon and Starbucks will have to pay a new tax to help fund homeless services and affordable housing under a measure approved by city leaders. The City Council unanimously passed a compromise plan Monday ...

1st appeals court to weigh Trump’s decision to end DACA

By SUDHIN THANAWALA, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Trump administration will try to convince a U.S. appeals court Tuesday that it was justified in ending an Obama-era immigration policy that shielded hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation. The 9th U.S. ...

AP-NORC Poll: Young adults feel stress of long-term care

By EMILY SWANSON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Most young adults haven't given much thought to their own needs as they get older, but a significant number are already providing long-term care for older loved ones, according to a new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public ...

Mutual admiration as Parkland students celebrate milestones

MIAMI (AP) — Samantha Fuentes, one of the Parkland school shooting survivors who gave emotional speeches at the March for Our Lives in Washington, has something to celebrate: Three months after the attack, she says "My face is finally shrapnel free!" Fuentes tweeted a photo of her face on ...

A surprising bullying battleground: Senior centers

By MATT SEDENSKY, AP National Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The unwanted were turned away from cafeteria tables. Fistfights broke out at karaoke. Dances became breeding grounds for gossip and cruelty. It became clear this place had a bullying problem on its hands. What many found surprising ...

Hawaii volcano raises concerns of eruptions along West Coast

By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The eruption of a Hawaii volcano in the Pacific "Ring of Fire" has experts warily eyeing volcanic peaks on America's West Coast that are also part of the geologically active region. The West Coast is home to an 800-mile ...

Decorated graduation caps reflect joy, angst of students

By REGINA GARCIA CANO, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — The black letters contrast sharply with the graduation cap's red fabric. They spell: "Vuela tan alto como puedas sin olvidar de donde vienes." "Fly as high as you can without forgetting where you come from." That's the message that ...

Sanders: Aide’s McCain comment shouldn’t have been leaked

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told staffers Friday that an aide's recent comment about Sen. John McCain was inappropriate but shouldn't have been leaked to the media. Sanders told communications' staffers in a private ...

Hawaii volcano spawns new fissure near geothermal plant

By AUDREY McAVOY and JAE C. HONG, Associated Press VOLCANO, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii's Kilauea volcano spawned a new lava fissure Saturday, emitting minor lava spatter less than a mile from a geothermal energy plant. The U.S. Geological Survey said 16 fissures have now opened up on the Big ...

Hawaii volcano could blow its top soon, hurl rocks and ash

By SOPHIA YAN and SETH BORENSTEIN, Associated Press PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii volcano is threatening to blow its top in coming days or weeks after sputtering lava for a week, forcing about 2,000 people to evacuate, destroying two dozen homes and threatening a geothermal plant. Experts ...

Boyhood home of Lynyrd Skynyrd brothers is now historic site

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The house where rockers Ronnie, Donnie and Johnny Van Zant grew up is officially one of Florida's historic sites. A marker noting the home as a Florida heritage site will be unveiled during a ceremony in Jacksonville on Saturday. The plaque notes Ronnie Van Zant's ...

Chatter grows about Trump’s Nobel Peace Prize prospects

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Barack Obama won it. So did Jimmy Carter, Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson. Now, President Donald Trump's supporters are pushing for him to be the next U.S. leader to win the Nobel Peace Prize — a move that's being met by smirks and ...

AP sources: WH aide dismisses McCain view, says ‘he’s dying’

By ZEKE MILLER and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House official dismissed Sen. John McCain's opposition to President Donald Trump's CIA nominee, saying "it doesn't matter" because "he's dying anyway," two people in the room told The Associated Press. Kelly Sadler ...

Liam, Emma lead top baby names in US for 2017

By TERRY TANG, Associated Press Emma and Liam were the most frequently chosen baby names for 2017. For the fourth year in a row, Emma was the top girl's name according to the annual list of the most popular baby names released by the Social Security Administration on Friday. Liam pushed last ...