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Nielsen’s DHS replacement to face same border challenges

By COLLEEN LONG and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen never quite clicked personally as the president chafed at her explanations of complicated immigration issues and her inability to bring about massive ...

AP sources: President Trump mulling a wide-ranging shake-up

By COLLEEN LONG, ZEKE MILLER and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is weighing an administration-wide shake-up as he looks to prepare his White House for divided government, but it is unclear who is going and who is staying. Homeland Security ...

Overheating machines complicate Florida’s recount battle

By TERRY SPENCER and GARY FINEOUT, Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A new problem complicated Florida's ongoing recount battle as lawyers headed back to court on Wednesday: Palm Beach County's tallying machines have overheated, causing mismatched results with the recount of ...

N. California fires death toll now at 48; many still missing

By MARTHA MENDOZA and GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press CHICO, Calif. (AP) — A message board at a shelter for the many people who fled California's deadliest wildfire is filled with photos of the missing, as well as pleas for any information about relatives and friends. "I hope you are ...

Big question for Amazon’s 2 chosen cities: Will it pay off?

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The awarding of Amazon's second headquarters to two affluent localities has fanned intense speculation around a key question: For the winning cities, will the economic payoff prove to be worth the cost? Amazon's decision will ...

Some Southern California fire evacuations lifted

By CHRISTOPHER WEBER, Associated Press MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Some of the thousands of people who fled Southern California's huge wildfire were being allowed to return home, and traffic was flowing Monday on the major highway through the area after a closure of several days. Repopulation of ...

After wave of teacher activism, some fall short in midterms

By ADAM BEAM and CAROLYN THOMPSON, Associated Press FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — After falling short in her race for the state legislature, high school history teacher Jenny Urie returned to her central Kentucky classroom, suddenly doubtful of just how far a grassroots uprising to bolster public ...

Grim search for more fire victims, 31 dead across California

By GILLIAN FLACCUS and DON THOMPSON, Associated Press PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The death toll from the wildfire that incinerated Paradise and surrounding areas climbed to 29 — matching the mark for the deadliest single blaze in California history — as crews continued searching for bodies ...

Bishops will delay votes on steps to combat sex abuse crisis

By DAVID McFADDEN and DAVID CRARY, Associated Press BALTIMORE (AP) — In an abrupt change of plans, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops opened the group's national meeting Monday by announcing it will delay for at least several months any votes on proposed new steps to ...

New way of voting faces test in Maine congressional district

By DAVID SHARP, Associated Press PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The election drew to a close last week in most places but not in fishing villages, potato farms and vast tracts of wilderness that comprise Maine's 2nd Congressional District. The four-way political battle won't conclude until a ...