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Texas chemical plant, CEO indicted for ‘reckless’ release

HOUSTON (AP) — The North American subsidiary of a French chemical manufacturer and two senior staff members were indicted Friday in connection with last year's explosion at the Crosby, Texas, plant in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Arkema North America, its CEO Richard Rowe and plant manager ...

Manafort accused of amassing ‘secret income’ as trial opens

By CHAD DAY and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Paul Manafort orchestrated a multimillion-dollar conspiracy to evade U.S. tax and banking laws, leaving behind a trail of lies as he lived a lavish lifestyle, prosecutors said as they laid out their case against the former ...

US war remains begin journey home from South Korea

By KIM YONG-HO, HYUNG-JIN KIM and ROBERT BURNS, Associated Press PYEONGTAEK, South Korea (AP) — Decades after the end of the Korean War in 1953, the remains of dozens of presumed U.S. war dead began their journey home following a repatriation ceremony in South Korea on Wednesday. North ...

Officials are promoting lower-cost, short-term health plans

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is clearing the way for insurers to sell short-term health plans as a bargain alternative to pricey Obama-law policies for people struggling with high premiums. But the policies don't have to cover ...

New fires erupt in Northern California; homes threatened

By JANIE HAR and BRIAN SKOLOFF, Associated Press UPPER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Days after wildfires left a deadly swatch of destruction in Northern California rural counties, new blazes exploded into life and threatened more homes in what has become an endless summer of flame in the Golden ...

Promoting voter ID, Trump says ID needed to buy groceries

By KEN THOMAS and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump wrongly claimed that shoppers need to show photo identification to buy groceries and accused Democrats of obstructing his agenda and his Supreme Court nominee during a raucous rally aimed at bolstering ...

Trump criticized for not leading effort to secure elections

By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — As alarms blare about Russian interference in U.S. elections, the Trump administration is facing criticism that it has no clear national strategy to protect the country during the upcoming midterms and beyond. Both Republicans and ...

Trump to hold Ohio rally ahead of special election

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is set to travel to Ohio to hold a campaign rally in support of Republican state Sen. Troy Balderson, who is running for Congress. Trump's campaign says he will appear in Delaware, Ohio, on Saturday evening, days before the Aug. 7 special election for ...

Facebook finds ‘sophisticated’ efforts to disrupt elections

By BARBARA ORTUTAY and MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook said it has uncovered "sophisticated" efforts, possibly linked to Russia, to influence U.S. politics on its platforms. The company said it removed 32 accounts from Facebook and Instagram because they were ...

Will he or won’t he? Trump sows confusion on shutdown plans

By CATHERINE LUCEY and ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Will he or won't he? President Donald Trump is sowing confusion about whether he's committed to keeping the government open through the fall elections or would willingly shut it down to secure more money for his promised ...

Immigration officials defend handling of family separations

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Top federal immigration officials went before Congress Tuesday to defend their handling of President Donald Trump's now-abandoned policy of separating migrant children from their families, saying they keep records of children in their custody. ...

Crews report progress in fight against twin California fires

By MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ and SUDHIN THANAWALA, Associated Press LAKEPORT, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters reported progress Tuesday in their battle against the wildfires that have ravaged some of Northern California's most scenic areas, including twin blazes that were tearing through vineyards and ...

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 ...