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Scientists: 1st sighting of dolphin hybrid is no ‘wholphin’

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — Scientists are touting the first sighting of a hybrid between a melon-headed whale and a rough-toothed dolphin in the ocean off Hawaii. But don't call it a "wholphin," they say. The melon-headed whale is one of the various species ...

US says driving would be riskier if fuel standards tougher

By TOM KRISHER and ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration says people would drive more and be exposed to increased risk if their cars get better gas mileage, an argument intended to justify freezing Obama-era toughening of fuel ...

Bodycam video released in fatal police shooting of black man

By YOUSSEF RDDAD, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities in Minneapolis released body camera video from two police officers in the fatal shooting of a 31-year-old black man, with the footage showing the man shot from behind after a frenetic foot chase and what appeared to be a gun ...

What does Mueller have? Manafort trial offers glimpse

By ERIC TUCKER and CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The trial of President Donald Trump's onetime campaign chairman will open this week with tales of lavish spending, secret shell companies and millions of dollars of Ukrainian money flowing through offshore bank accounts and into ...

Study: ‘Medicare for all’ projected to cost $32.6 trillion

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Bernie Sanders' "Medicare for all" plan would increase government health care spending by $32.6 trillion over 10 years, according to a study by a university-based libertarian policy center. That's trillion with a "T." The ...

Trump threatens border security shutdown, GOP cool to idea

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans anxious about keeping control of Congress think it's a bad idea, but President Donald Trump still says he's willing to close the government over border security issues, including money he wants to build a promised ...

California wildfires claim more lives; crews make progress

By JONATHAN J. COOPER and SUDHIN THANAWALA, Associated Press REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Thousands more fled their homes after wildfires surged near a small lake town in Northern California while a deadly blaze farther north slowed slightly as crews stretched to their limits across the state ...

50 years on, McDonald’s isn’t messing with its Big Mac

By CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's is fighting to hold onto customers as the Big Mac turns 50, but it's not messing with the makings of its most famous burger. The company is celebrating the 1968 national launch of the double-decker sandwich whose ...

Rising backlash as US firms seek Trump’s steel tariff waiver

By RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. companies seeking to be exempted from President Donald Trump's tariff on imported steel are accusing American steel manufacturers of spreading inaccurate and misleading information, and they fear it may torpedo their ...

Northern California wildfire raging into its fourth day

By JONATHAN J. COOPER and BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press REDDING, Calif. (AP) — Thousands of dazed evacuees struggled to keep their emotions in check while trying to take care of themselves and their pets as a deadly wildfire in Northern California raged into its fourth day. Anna Noland, ...

No mystery to Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh’s gun views

By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN and LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh says he recognizes that gun, drug and gang violence "has plagued all of us." Still, he believes the Constitution limits how far government can go to restrict gun use to ...

Black man accuses Sean Spicer of hurling racial slur at him

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (AP) — A black man yelled at former White House press secretary Sean Spicer in a bookstore and accused Spicer of calling him a racial slur when they were students at a prep school decades ago. Spicer was "taken aback" by the man's "outrageous claim" and had no recollection ...

2 children, great-grandmother perish in California wildfire

By JONATHAN J. COOPER and BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press REDDING, Calif. (AP) — The death count from a Northern California wildfire rose to five Saturday after two young children and their great-grandmother who had been unaccounted for were confirmed dead. "My babies are dead," Sherry ...

Police say 3 killed, 7 injured in New Orleans shooting

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Three people have been killed and seven others injured following a shooting in New Orleans. City police spokesman Aaron Looney says in a statement the shooting happened Saturday night on the 3400 block of Claiborne Avenue, about 3 miles (4.83 kilometers) from the French ...

Trump finds it ‘inconceivable’ lawyer would tape a client

By ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — Donald Trump said Saturday he finds it "inconceivable" that a lawyer would tape a client, as the president weighed in after the disclosure that in the weeks before the 2016 election, his then-personal attorney secretly recorded their ...

Democratic socialism surging in the age of Trump

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A week ago, Maine Democrat Zak Ringelstein wasn't quite ready to consider himself a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, even if he appreciated the organization's values and endorsement in his bid to become a U.S. ...

High court nominee gets started answering questions

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's choice for the Supreme Court has given members of Congress lots of material to help them judge the judge. Judge Brett Kavanaugh has responded to a Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire that probes his career as an attorney and jurist, his ...

National GOP reluctant to weigh in on Trump’s Russia swirl

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — There was no sign of shock or outrage in the hotel hallways and conference rooms where Republican officials gathered to discuss party business even as politicians on both sides and foreign policy experts fretted about President Donald ...

Indiana family, Missouri couple among duck boat victims

By MARGARET STAFFORD, Associated Press BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — More than half of the 17 people killed when a tourist boat sank on a Branson lake were members of the same Indiana family, and they likely would not have been on the ill-fated trip but for a ticket mix-up. Tracy Beck, of Kansas ...

Mnuchin: Overall US economy not harmed by trade battles

By VICTOR CAIVANO, Associated Press BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Saturday that the overall U.S. economy has not been harmed by the trade battles set off by President Donald Trump's get-tough policies although some individual sectors have been ...