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A cigarette, a car backfire: Small sparks can make big fires

By PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A carelessly discarded cigarette, a downed power line, a car's backfire or a chainsaw's pull. Just about anything could have started any one of the wildfires now tearing through Northern California, authorities said. "Every spark is going ...

How Trump tax plan would alter mortgage interest deduction

By JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Each year, taxpayers subsidize America's homeowners by roughly $70 billion, with the benefits flowing disproportionately to coastal areas with high incomes and pricey homes, from New York and Washington to Los Angeles and San ...

‘Fixer Upper’ stars Joanna and Chip Gaines talk show’s end

NEW YORK (AP) — The couple behind HGTV's "Fixer Upper" is opening up about the reasons for ending the show after its fifth season, which premieres next month. In an interview with People magazine, Chip and Joanna Gaines cite a grueling 11-month production schedule as a reason for the show's ...

Hotel questions revised timeline of Las Vegas massacre

By MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press A day after authorities revised the timeline of events on the night of the Las Vegas mass shooting, the hotel where the gunman was staying is casting doubt on the changes. Police said earlier this week that they believe Stephen Paddock shot a hotel ...

National legal network formed to combat sex discrimination

By DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — A prominent women's rights advocacy group has recruited more than 70 attorneys from 15 states to form a national legal network intended to assist women and girls who are victims of sex discrimination. Fatima Goss Graves, president of the ...

Weinstein accused of raping 3 women in New Yorker story

NEW YORK (AP) — The New Yorker reported Tuesday that Harvey Weinstein has previously raped three women, significantly intensifying the scandal surrounding the disgraced movie mogul. A representative for the mogul vehemently denied the allegations in a statement to the magazine. The expose, ...

Fires destroy at least 2 California wineries, damage others

By HAVEN DALEY and JANIE HAR, Associated Press NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Workers in Northern California's renowned wine country picked through charred debris and weighed what to do with pricey grapes after wildfires swept through lush vineyards and destroyed at least two wineries and damaged many ...

Bob Dole returns home after 3-week hospital stay

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Former Republican presidential candidate and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole has returned home after being hospitalized for three weeks with low blood pressure. Dole spokeswoman Marion Watkins said in an email Tuesday that the 94-year-old former Kansas senator was ...

Texas student charged with murder in campus officer’s death

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — A 19-year-old university student in West Texas was charged early Tuesday with capital murder of a peace officer in the fatal shooting of a police officer at the campus police station, where he was being questioned in a drug-related case, authorities said. According to a ...

Trump suggests he’s smarter than Rex Tillerson

By CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump suggested he's smarter than Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, saying in an interview published Tuesday that if Tillerson did call him a moron, as reported, the two should "compare IQ tests." "And I can tell you ...

Trump lashes ‘Liddle Bob Corker’ as senators call for calm

By ERICA WERNER, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump lashed out at Sen. Bob Corker as "Liddle' Bob Corker" on Tuesday, continuing a feud with the Tennessee Republican who's dubbed the White House an "adult day care center" and charged that Trump could be ...

EPA chief says administration to roll back climate plan

By ADAM BEAM, Associated Press HAZARD, Ky. (AP) — The Trump administration will abandon the Obama-era clean power plan aimed at reducing global warming, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said Monday. Speaking in Kentucky, Pruitt said he will sign a proposed rule on Tuesday "to withdraw the ...

Decades in the making, Weinstein’s fall comes swiftly

By JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The allegations against Harvey Weinstein spanned three decades. His downfall came in three days. That was all it took to topple one of Hollywood's most high-profile and sharp-elbowed moguls — a combative power player who, like few ever have, ...

Wine country wildfires torch California homes

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Wildfires whipped by powerful winds swept through Northern California early Monday, sending residents on a headlong flight to safety through smoke and flames as homes burned. Mandatory evacuations were ordered in the wine country ...

Nate marches across US East Coast, dumping heavy rains

By JEFF AMY, Associated Press BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Nate slogged its way across the U.S. East Coast on Monday, dumping heavy rains and bringing gusty winds to inland states as a tropical depression, a day after Hurricane Nate brought a burst of flooding and power outages to the U.S. Gulf ...

In shooting chaos, Las Vegas airport became a safe haven

By SALLY HO, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — As bullets began flying into a crowd of country music fans, a pack of 300-plus people ran about a mile to the Las Vegas airport, where they kicked down chain-link fences, hobbled over razor wire and were briefly mistaken by security officials ...

California woman killed at concert remembered for huge heart

By AMY TAXIN, Associated Press PLACENTIA, Calif. (AP) — The pictures on display behind the row of candles show a glowing, smiling woman. In one, she is jumping in the air wearing cowboy boots, her hair flying behind her. That is how friends and family recalled 38-year-old Nicol Kimura at a ...

VP Pence leaves NFL game after players protest during anthem

VP Pence leaves NFL game after players protest during anthem By MICHAEL MAROT, AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence has left the 49ers-Colts game after about a dozen San Francisco players took a knee during the national anthem. The former Indiana governor flew in ...

Indigenous Peoples Day? Italians say stick with Columbus

By DEEPTI HAJELA and DAKE KANG, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Is it time to say "arrivederci" to Christopher Columbus? A movement to abolish Columbus Day and replace it with Indigenous Peoples Day has gained momentum in some parts of the U.S., with Los Angeles in August becoming the ...

A weakening Nate brings burst of flooding, power outages

By JEFF AMY, Associated Press BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Hurricane Nate brought a burst of flooding and power outages to the U.S. Gulf Coast before weakening rapidly Sunday, sparing the region the kind of catastrophic damage wreaked by series of hurricanes that hit the southern U.S. and Caribbean ...