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Trump, GOP look to ‘Obamacare’ report as comeback lifeline
DORAL, Florida — Suddenly armed with fresh political ammunition, Donald Trump and anxious Republicans across the nation seized on spiking health care costs Tuesday in a final-days effort to spark election momentum. The Republican presidential nominee, trekking across must-win Florida, insisted ...
By Steve Peoples and Jonathan Lemire The Associated Press FULL STORY
A Washington ritual: Reading John Podesta’s stolen emails
WASHINGTON — Poring through thousands of private, stolen emails from Hillary Clinton’s confidants has become a daily ritual in Washington. The hacked emails — some mundane, others laced with intrigue about election strategy, snarky barbs, whining about salaries or perceived slights — provid...
By Michael Biesecker The Associated Press FULL STORY
As Trump falters, more Republicans say they’ll block Clinton
WASHINGTON — A new fundraising email from House Speaker Paul Ryan’s political operation, over former Speaker Newt Gingrich’s signature, seeks money for Republican congressional candidates by calling the appeal “our very last chance to stop Pelosi and Hillary.” Indiana Republican Trey Holl...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Audit critical of California developmental services agency
SACRAMENTO — California companies that provide in-home services for people with disabilities are getting higher payments from taxpayers to contend with a higher minimum wage and new labor laws, but they aren’t passing all of it on to their workers, California’s state auditor said Tuesday. Re...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
California DMV says computer crash affects offices statewide
SACRAMENTO — The California Department of Motor Vehicles says a major computer problem is affecting offices around the state. The DMV said Tuesday that crews worked all night to rebuild the system after the outage began Monday due to a hardware failure. Officials said the computers were not hac...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Paul Ryan urges Pentagon to suspend collection of National Guard bonuses
WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday called for the Pentagon to immediately suspend efforts to recover enlistment bonuses paid to thousands of soldiers in California, even as the Pentagon said late Tuesday the number of soldiers affected was smaller than first believed. “When those C...
By Matthew Daly The Associated Press FULL STORY
U.S. official: Non-state actor likely to blame for cyberattack
WASHINGTON — National Intelligence Director James Clapper says it appears that a “non-state actor” was behind a massive cyberattack last week that briefly blocked access to websites including Twitter and Netflix. Clapper says investigators are gathering a lot of data and preliminary indicatio...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Voter group says dead people likely registered
INDIANAPOLIS — A data analysis firm hired by a voter registration group said on Tuesday that its analysis of Indiana’s voter database found thousands of people over the age of 110 who would likely be deceased and are still registered to vote. TargetSmart conducted a review of the state voter fi...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Police: Refugee kills former co-worker, self; injures three
ROANOKE, Va. — A refugee from Kenya killed one former co-worker, wounded three others and then killed himself Tuesday in a workplace shooting that authorities are still trying to unravel in Virginia, police said. Getachew Fekede, 53, had entered the U.S. through a refugee immigration program an...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Iraq battles Islamic State in western town, far from Mosul
BAGHDAD — Iraqi forces battled Islamic State fighters for a third day in a remote western town far from Mosul on Tuesday, but the U.S.-led coalition insisted the latest in a series of “spoiler attacks” had not forced it to divert resources from the fight to retake Iraq’s second-largest city....
By Joseph Krauss and Qassim Abdul-Zahra The Associated Press FULL STORY
Russia: Halt of airstrikes on Aleppo to continue
BEIRUT — The Russian military said Tuesday the halt of Russian and Syrian air strikes, now in its seventh day, on besieged eastern parts of the city of Aleppo will continue and humanitarian corridors will remain open even as the Syrian army has unleashed a new offensive on the rebel-held neighborh...
By Philip Issa The Associated Press FULL STORY
Pakistani cadets ran, jumped from windows to flee militants
QUETTA, Pakistan — Survivors of an overnight attack that killed 61 people at a Pakistani police academy described chaotic scenes of gunfire and explosions, with militants shooting anyone they saw and cadets running for their lives and jumping from windows and rooftops. A Taliban splinter group an...
By Abdul Sattar and Munir Ahmed The Associated Press FULL STORY
Expert calls U.N. response to cholera in Haiti ‘a disgrace’
UNITED NATIONS — A U.N. human rights expert strongly criticized the United Nations on Tuesday for denying legal responsibility for the 2010 cholera outbreak in Haiti caused by U.N. peacekeepers, calling it “a disgrace” and urging the world body to issue an apology and accept responsibility. P...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Police say two were lucky to survive accident at Aussie park
SYDNEY — Two young children are fortunate to be alive, police said Wednesday, after they were thrown clear and survived an accident that killed four people on a river rapids ride at a popular theme park in Australia. Two men and two women died in the accident on Tuesday at Dreamworld, a park on Q...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Gangmembers convicted of killing man over shoe, shirt color
LOS ANGELES — Two gangmembers have been convicted of killing a man in south Los Angeles because he was wearing red sneakers and a red shirt. Kevin Johnson and Kanasho Johns were convicted of murder Monday with gang and gun allegations. Each faces 50 years to life in prison. A third man, Dwight S...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Bottled message sent out to sea is found five decades later
HAMPTON, N.H. — A bottled message sent out to sea by a New Hampshire man more than five decades ago has been returned to his daughter. WMUR-TV reports the message was discovered by Clint Buffington of Utah while he was vacationing in the Turks and Caicos. Buffington says he found a Coke bottle ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Los Angeles settles with hospital over patient dumping
LOS ANGELES — A hospital will pay $450,000 to settle a lawsuit contending it dumped a homeless woman with schizophrenia on Skid Row in Los Angeles. City Attorney Mike Feuer announced the settlement Tuesday, more than a year after his office sued Gardens Regional Hospital and Medical Center. The ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Beer run! Self-driving truck goes 120-plus miles on delivery
DENVER — Anheuser-Busch says it has completed the world’s first commercial shipment by self-driving truck, sending a beer-filled tractor-trailer on a journey of more than 120 miles through Colorado. The company says it teamed with self-driving truck maker Otto and the state of Colorado for the ...
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