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Trump vs. Obama in the final weekend of the midterms

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The final weekend of campaigning in the midterms might come down to this: Donald Trump versus Barack Obama. The Republican president and his Democratic predecessor are both lending their considerable political clout to key Senate and ...

Path to power: House races to watch on election night

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The path to power in the House runs through a few dozen districts in Tuesday's election, with Republicans defending their majority and Democrats looking to gain 23 seats they would need to win control. After the first polls close in the ...

Official hopes staffing boost deters Arizona voting problems

By ASTRID GALVAN, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — It's the week before the general election and poll workers for the Arizona county with 2.2 million of the state's 3.7 million registered voters gathered to train for their mission: Making sure Maricopa County's August primary nightmare ...

Rabbis gather up traces of Pittsburgh victims for burial

By ADAM GELLER, AP National Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — As the first funerals for the victims of the Pittsburgh massacre began, two rabbis and five other volunteers approached the sawhorses cordoning off the Tree of Life synagogue, and an FBI agent led them into the crime scene. Inside the ...

Pittsburgh synagogue suspect due in federal court Thursday

By MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — The suspect in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre is expected to make a brief appearance in court Thursday to be arraigned on an indictment that charges him with murder, hate crimes, obstructing in the practice of religion, and other ...

Google employees walk out to protest treatment of women

By MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hundreds of Google engineers and other workers around the world walked off the job Thursday to protest the internet company's lenient treatment of executives accused of sexual misconduct. It is the latest expression of a backlash ...

Trump says border troops could hit 15K, surprising Pentagon

By ZEKE MILLER and ROBERT BURNS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the number of military troops deployed to the U.S.-Mexican border could reach 15,000 — roughly double the number the Pentagon said it currently plans for a mission whose dimensions are shifting ...

Lawsuit alleges Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted girl, 16

By MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein was accused in a civil court filing Wednesday of forcing a 16-year-old Polish model to touch his penis, subjecting her to years of harassment and emotional abuse and blocking her from a successful acting career as payback ...

Violence plagued West Virginia prison before Bulger’s murder

By MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Long before notorious Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger was killed at a federal prison in West Virginia, lawmakers, advocates and even prison guards had been sounding the alarm about dangerous conditions there. But there has been no ...

Trump: End birthright citizenship for some US-born babies

By LAURIE KELLMAN and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is intensifying his hardline immigration rhetoric heading into the midterm elections, declaring that he wants to order the end of the constitutional right to citizenship for babies of ...