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Scientists: Explosive eruption risk rises for Hawaii volcano

By SOPHIA YAN and AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii's Kilauea volcano could soon send boulders and ash shooting out of its summit crater in the kind of explosive eruption last displayed nearly a century ago. Scientists said Wednesday the risks of an explosive ...

Insight or influence? Trump attorney’s business scrutinized

By JEFF HORWITZ, CATHERINE LUCEY AND JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Already under investigation for a payment to a porn star, President Donald Trump's longtime personal attorney is facing intensifying legal and ethical scrutiny for selling his Trump World experience and ...

Maryland gubernatorial candidate, county exec dies at 60

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Kevin Kamenetz, a Democratic candidate for governor of Maryland and longtime leader in local politics, died early Thursday at age 60. Kamenetz, Baltimore County's two-term executive, died following a cardiac arrest, according to a news release from Baltimore County ...

Texas suit could speed DACA’s path to Supreme Court

By JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Three judges have ordered the Trump administration to continue a program that has shielded hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation. Now, a lawsuit filed last week in Texas seeks to shut down the Deferred Action for ...

Oklahoma teen convicted in 5 killings set for sentencing

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma teenager convicted in the fatal stabbings of five family members is set for sentencing Thursday, when jurors will consider whether he should spend the rest of his life behind bars. Michael Bever was 16 when he and his then-18-year-old brother, Robert Bever, ...

Trump defends CIA nominee, says she is ‘tough on terror’

By ZEKE MILLER and DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday defended Gina Haspel, his nominee to head the Central Intelligence Agency, dismissing debate over her involvement in a harsh interrogation program and arguing Democrats want her out because ...

Giuliani’s media blitz defending Trump is off to rough start

By ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's new attorney, Rudy Giuliani, is off to a rough start in his media blitz defending Trump's stance toward the special counsel's Russian investigation and a $130,000 porn star hush payment. Giuliani's confounding and ...

Military seeks to limit Congress on fixing child sex assault

By JUSTIN PRITCHARD and REESE DUNKLIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. military officials have sought to ward off congressional efforts to address child-on-child sexual assaults on bases, even as they disclose that the problem is larger than previously acknowledged. Members of ...

Monday hearing could have big implications in Greitens’ case

By JIM SALTER, Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — A judge on Monday will consider whether the pivotal witness in Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' criminal trial — a woman involved in an affair with him — should be prohibited from testifying. Circuit Judge Rex Burlison will preside over the ...

Hawaii volcano destroys dozens of homes, forces evacuations

By CALEB JONES, JENNIFER PELTZ and SOPHIA YAN, Associated Press PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii's Kilauea volcano destroyed 26 homes and spewed lava hundreds of feet into the air, leaving evacuated residents unsure how long they might be displaced. In revised figures Sunday, Hawaii County ...

US abortion clinics face surge of trespassing and blockades

By DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — America's abortion clinics experienced a major upsurge in trespassing, obstruction and blockades by anti-abortion activists in 2017, according to an annual survey by an industry group. The National Abortion Federation report chronicled a ...

NASA launches InSight spacecraft to Mars to dig down deep

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A robotic geologist armed with a hammer and quake monitor rocketed toward Mars on Saturday, aiming to land on the red planet and explore its mysterious insides. In a twist, NASA launched the Mars InSight lander from California ...

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano jolts with lava, quakes and gas

By CALEB JONES and MARCO GARCIA, Associated Press PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Sputtering lava, strong earthquakes and toxic gas jolted the southern part of the Big Island of Hawaii as magma shifted underneath a restless Kilauea volcano. The trifecta of natural threats forced stressed out residents ...

McCain gets visits from friends, family after surgery

By LAURIE KELLMAN, ALAN FRAM and BOB CHRISTIE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A frail Sen. John McCain has been receiving a stream of visitors and good wishes at his Arizona ranch as he confronts the aftermath of brain cancer treatment and surgery. Former Vice President Joe Biden sat ...

Trump chides Giuliani to ‘get his facts straight’ on Stormy

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is suggesting Rudy Giuliani, the aggressive new face of his legal team, needed to "get his facts straight" about the hush money paid to porn actress Stormy Daniels just before the 2016 election. ...

Indiana officer, homicide suspect killed after shootout

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana officer was killed Friday evening in an exchange of gunfire between police and a homicide suspect, who barricaded himself inside an apartment complex and later died from injuries sustained during the shootout, authorities said. Terre Haute police spokesman ...

Georgia executes killer of off-duty prison guard

By RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press JACKSON, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia inmate executed for a 1996 shotgun slaying twitched briefly as the lethal injection flowed into his body and groaned, "It burns, man." Robert Earl Butts Jr., 40, was declared dead by a prison warden at 9:58 p.m. Friday after the ...

Trump heads to Cleveland ahead of Ohio’s primary Tuesday

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump is headed to Ohio to talk about Republican tax cuts and highlight their positive impacts on Ohio families and businesses. The president is expected to arrive at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland on Saturday ...

Early GOP primaries shaping up as rightward march with Trump

By BILL BARROW, Associated Press As primary season kicks into high gear, Republicans are engaged in nomination fights that are pulling the party to the right, leaving some leaders worried their candidates will be out of a step with the broader electorate in November. Primaries in four states ...

Arizona classrooms packed again as 6-day teacher strike ends

By MELISSA DANIELS and TERRY TANG, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Arizona schoolchildren returned to classes Friday, a day after state lawmakers approved a plan to hike teacher salaries to end a historic six-day walkout by educators that shuttered most schools ...