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Path to power: House races to watch on election night

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The path to power in the House runs through a few dozen districts in Tuesday's election, with Republicans defending their majority and Democrats looking to gain 23 seats they would need to win control. After the first polls close in the ...

Official hopes staffing boost deters Arizona voting problems

By ASTRID GALVAN, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — It's the week before the general election and poll workers for the Arizona county with 2.2 million of the state's 3.7 million registered voters gathered to train for their mission: Making sure Maricopa County's August primary nightmare ...

Rabbis gather up traces of Pittsburgh victims for burial

By ADAM GELLER, AP National Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — As the first funerals for the victims of the Pittsburgh massacre began, two rabbis and five other volunteers approached the sawhorses cordoning off the Tree of Life synagogue, and an FBI agent led them into the crime scene. Inside the ...

Pittsburgh synagogue suspect due in federal court Thursday

By MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — The suspect in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre is expected to make a brief appearance in court Thursday to be arraigned on an indictment that charges him with murder, hate crimes, obstructing in the practice of religion, and other ...

Google employees walk out to protest treatment of women

By MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hundreds of Google engineers and other workers around the world walked off the job Thursday to protest the internet company's lenient treatment of executives accused of sexual misconduct. It is the latest expression of a backlash ...

Trump says border troops could hit 15K, surprising Pentagon

By ZEKE MILLER and ROBERT BURNS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the number of military troops deployed to the U.S.-Mexican border could reach 15,000 — roughly double the number the Pentagon said it currently plans for a mission whose dimensions are shifting ...

Lawsuit alleges Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted girl, 16

By MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein was accused in a civil court filing Wednesday of forcing a 16-year-old Polish model to touch his penis, subjecting her to years of harassment and emotional abuse and blocking her from a successful acting career as payback ...

Violence plagued West Virginia prison before Bulger’s murder

By MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Long before notorious Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger was killed at a federal prison in West Virginia, lawmakers, advocates and even prison guards had been sounding the alarm about dangerous conditions there. But there has been no ...

Trump: End birthright citizenship for some US-born babies

By LAURIE KELLMAN and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is intensifying his hardline immigration rhetoric heading into the midterm elections, declaring that he wants to order the end of the constitutional right to citizenship for babies of ...

Trump to visit a Pittsburgh scarred by violence at synagogue

By ZEKE MILLER and ALLEN G. BREED, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — To Marianne Novy, President Donald Trump isn't wanted "unless he really changes his ways." For David Dvir, politics should take a pause for grief: "It's our president, and we need to welcome him." Trump is once again ...

Synagogue shooter was obsessed with Jewish refugee agency

By MICHAEL HILL, Associated Press Just moments before the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting that left 11 people dead, the suspect is believed to have posted a final social media rant against a Jewish refugee settlement agency most people had never heard of, but which has increasingly become the ...

Trump visit stirs debate; massacre defendant in court

By ALLEN G. BREED, MARK SCOLFORO and MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — The man charged in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre was brought into court in a wheelchair Monday, as some members of the Jewish community and others objected to President Donald Trump's plans to visit, ...

Pentagon sending 5,200 troops to border week before midterms

By ROBERT BURNS, COLLEEN LONG and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon said Monday it is sending 5,200 troops to the Southwest border in an extraordinary military operation ordered up just a week before midterm elections in which President Donald Trump has put a sharp ...

US election integrity depends on security-challenged firms

By FRANK BAJAK, AP Cybersecurity Writer It was the kind of security lapse that gives election officials nightmares. In 2017, a private contractor left data on Chicago's 1.8 million registered voters — including addresses, birth dates and partial Social Security numbers — publicly exposed ...

Official: Pipe-bomb suspect had hit list of targets

By CURT ANDERSON and MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — The man suspected of sending pipe bombs to prominent Democrats and other opponents of President Donald Trump kept a list of elected officials and others who investigators believe were intended targets, an official told The ...

Stocks tumble again on report US plans more tariffs

By MARLEY JAY, AP Markets Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks sank again Monday on fears that the Trump administration will escalate its trade dispute with China by imposing tariffs on all remaining imports from China to the U.S. The declines came during another dizzying day of trading. The Dow ...

AP Explains: Gab, where Pittsburgh shooting suspect ranted

By BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — A social media service believed to be used by the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect to post hateful rants advertises itself as a haven for free speech. No, not Twitter. The site is Gab, which has become a breeding ground for white ...

First Person: A mass murder in Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood

By DAVID MICHAEL SLATER, For The Associated Press Harry Houdini, the Jewish escape artist who thwarted every attempt to cage him, died not long after being punched in the gut by a college student. Houdini's abdominal muscles were legendary, but the student didn't give him enough time to tense ...

6 years after Sandy, stories of the storm have new chapters

By JENNIFER PELTZ and WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A community where residents rallied with surfboards and kayaks to rescue neighbors from flood and fire. A survival story in a suburban garage. A religious statue that stood firm while its surroundings were ...

Shooting victims remembered: ‘The loss is incalculable’

By CLAUDIA LAUER and JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press They were professors and accountants, dentists and beloved doctors serving their local community. A day after the shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that left 11 dead, officials released the names of the victims. The oldest of them was ...