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Weather delays South Dakota plane crash investigation

CHAMBERLAIN, S.D. (AP) — Harsh wintry weather on Sunday prevented federal investigators from reaching the site in South Dakota where a single-engine plane crashed a day earlier, killing nine people and injuring three others. Peter Knudson with the National Transportation Safety Board said ...

Schiff: Impeachment report to come soon after Thanksgiving

By LISA MASCARO and MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff says his committee is preparing an impeachment report to submit to the House Judiciary Committee "soon after Congress returns from the Thanksgiving recess." In a ...

Inspiring tale of a Chicago neighborhood that would not die

By MARTHA IRVINE AP National Writer CHICAGO (AP) — With the echo of African drums, Fairfield Avenue comes alive. Men, women and children, drawn to their front porches by the pulsing beat, witness an impromptu parade led by 60-year-old Hasan Smith. A long line of well-wishers follows him to ...

Esper says Trump ordered him to stop SEAL review board

By ROBERT BURNS AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper declared on Monday that President Donald Trump ordered him to stop a disciplinary review of a Navy SEAL accused of battlefield misconduct, an intervention that raised questions about America's ...

Conan the dog gets hero’s welcome at White House after raid

By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. military dog that played a starring role in the raid that killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi seemed oblivious to the praise that President Donald Trump heaped on it Monday at the White House. Conan, a Belgian Malinois, ...

Rabbis urge teaching of empathy to counteract religious hate

By GARY FIELDS Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — At a time when anti-Semitic incidents are on the rise worldwide, schools should take steps to teach empathy as an antidote to racism and religious hatred, several rabbis attending an international conference said. The religious leaders praised ...

FBI lawyer suspected of altering Russia probe document

By ERIC TUCKER and DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — An FBI lawyer is suspected of altering a document related to surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, a person familiar with the situation said Friday. President Donald Trump, who has long attacked as a ...

Trump denigrates US diplomats, pushes conspiracy theories

By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Offering his own take on five long days of public hearings, President Donald Trump brushed off the impeachment inquiry as "total nonsense" on Friday and bad-mouthed a number of the U.S. diplomats who testified to Congress about his Ukraine ...

Feds fight back as Epstein death conspiracy theories swirl

By MICHAEL R. SISAK Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — At another time in history, the indictment of two jail guards responsible for monitoring Jeffrey Epstein the night he killed himself might have served as an emphatic rebuttal to suspicions that the wealthy sex offender was actually ...

‘A serious-minded kid:’ Pete Buttigieg aimed high early

By MICHELLE R. SMITH Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — It was a running joke in his AP U.S. history class at Saint Joseph High School: Would Peter Buttigieg — the smartest kid in class, language whiz and devotee of John F. Kennedy — use his unusual last name in his eventual run ...

5 states resisting creation of panels to promote the census

By MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — With billions in federal aid and seats in Congress at stake, some states are dragging their feet in carrying out one of the Census Bureau's chief recommendations for making sure everyone is counted during the 2020 census. Five states ...

Warren pushes back on critics of her health care plan

By ALEXANDRA JAFFE Associated Press WAVERLY, Iowa (AP) — Elizabeth Warren pushed back against critics of her newly released plan to phase in implementation of a single-payer health care system, insisting Saturday that she is “fully committed” to Medicare for All and that she plans to ...

Alleged gunman, victim among 6 charged after game shooting

By BRUCE SHIPKOWSKI undefined Six men have been charged after a shooting at a New Jersey high school football game that critically wounded a 10-year-old boy and sent players and the packed crowd fleeing in panic. Ibn Abdullah, 27, was the target of the Friday night shooting and was charged ...

Democrat Edwards wins reelection in conservative Louisiana

By MELINDA DESLATTE Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Deep in the heart of the conservative South, Louisiana’s voters reelected Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards to a second term, shocking Republicans who had hoped to reclaim the seat on the strength of President Donald Trump’s ...

Aide recounts actions tying Trump to delay in Ukraine funds

By LISA MASCARO, MARY CLARE JALONICK and MICHAEL BALSAMO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Gordon Sondland, President Donald Trump’s emissary to the European Union, had a message when he met with a top Ukrainian official. Sondland said vital U.S. military assistance to Ukraine might be ...

White House urgently ramps up push for drug cost legislation

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is ramping up its push to get a bill through Congress that curbs prescription drug costs, feeling a new urgency as the impeachment investigation advances amid the 2020 election campaign. The effort has progressed ...

2 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self

By STEFANIE DAZIO and JOHN ANTCZAK Associated Press SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — A student pulled a gun from his backpack and opened fire at a Southern California high school Thursday, killing two students and wounding three others before shooting himself in the head on his 16th birthday, ...

California school shooting suspect described as quiet, smart

By JUSTIN PRITCHARD and KRYSTA FAURIA Associated Press SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — People who knew the 16-year-old boy suspected of killing two students in a burst of gunfire at a high school outside Los Angeles described him as a quiet, smart kid who they’d never expect to turn ...

Amazon appeals $10B Pentagon contract won by Microsoft

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Amazon is protesting the Pentagon’s decision to award a $10 billion cloud-computing contract to Microsoft, citing “unmistakable bias” in the process. Amazon’s competitive bid for the “war cloud” project drew criticism from President Donald Trump and its ...

Ex-Gov. Deval Patrick launches ‘Hail Mary’ bid for president

By HUNTER WOODALL, JULIE PACE and STEVE PEOPLES Associated Press CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Deval Patrick launched what he acknowledged to be a “Hail Mary” bid on Thursday for the Democratic presidential nomination, testing whether voters sifting through an already crowded field are open to ...