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6 years after Sandy, stories of the storm have new chapters

By JENNIFER PELTZ and WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A community where residents rallied with surfboards and kayaks to rescue neighbors from flood and fire. A survival story in a suburban garage. A religious statue that stood firm while its surroundings were leveled. Superstorm ...

White House chief of staff John Kelly to leave at year’s end

By ZEKE MILLER and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Saturday that chief of staff John Kelly will leave his job by year's end amid an expected West Wing reshuffling reflecting a focus on the 2020 re-election campaign and the challenge of governing ...

Comey: FBI probe of Russia initially looked at 4 Americans

By ERIC TUCKER, CHAD DAY and MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI's counterintelligence investigation into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia initially focused on four Americans and whether they were connected to Russian efforts to interfere in ...

FBI: Man charged in kidnapping, death of North Carolina teen

Associated Press LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — Police have arrested and charged a man with killing a 13-year-old girl who was kidnapped last month from a North Carolina mobile home park. The FBI said early Saturday that Michael Ray McLellan has been charged in connection with the kidnapping and ...

Dog that survived California wildfire guarded home for weeks

By DAISY NGUYEN, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A dog that survived the catastrophic wildfire in Northern California apparently protected the ruins of his home for almost a month until his owner returned. Madison was there waiting when Andrea Gaylord was allowed back to check on her ...

Swath of South faces wintry mess: Snow, sleet, freezing rain

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) — A storm spreading snow, sleet and freezing rain across a wide swath of the South has millions of people in its path, raising the threat of immobilizing snowfalls, icy roads and possible power outages. Governors and local officials in several states declared ...

Kansas faces new fight over taxes after years of turmoil

By JOHN HANNA, AP Political Writer TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' new Democratic governor promised not to raise taxes to meet her goals of boosting spending on public schools and social services. Republicans who control the Legislature argue that a tax increase is coming even if state ...

GM fights to retain key tax credit amid plant closing plans

By RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — General Motors is fighting to retain a valuable tax credit for electric vehicles as the nation's largest automaker tries to deal with the political fallout triggered by its plans to shutter several U.S. factories and shed thousands of ...

Texas bids Bush farewell with country music, funeral train

By WILL WEISSERT, NOMAAN MERCHANT and CALVIN WOODWARD, Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — America's final farewell to George H.W. Bush shifted to Texas on Thursday, with his friend and former Secretary of State James Baker addressing him as "Jefe," Spanish for "boss," and celebrating him as a ...

Remains of Pearl Harbor sailors return home after 77 years

HONOLULU (AP) — More than 75 years after nearly 2,400 members of the U.S. military were killed in the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor, some who died on Dec. 7, 1941, are finally being laid to rest in cemeteries across the United States. In 2015, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency exhumed ...