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7 killed, 8 injured in crash, explosion on Florida highway

By KELLI KENNEDY, Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Two big rigs and two passenger vehicles collided and spilled diesel fuel across a Florida highway Thursday, sparking a massive fire that killed seven people and injured at least eight others, authorities said. The wreck ...

California’s first Latino attorney general targets Trump

By DON THOMPSON, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Xavier Becerra became perhaps the nation's most influential attorney general when he was named California's top lawyer two years ago, and he has since used his post atop what some call the "Resistance State" to pummel President ...

Embattled Zinke defends legacy after leaving Trump Cabinet

By MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — As former U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke exits Washington amid a cloud of unresolved investigations and criticism of his actions favoring industry, he told The Associated Press that he has lived up to the conservation ideals of ...

Police: 3 young children found dead in Texas apartment

TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) — Authorities in Texas have taken into custody a 27-year-old man after three young children were found dead Thursday in an apartment. Police in Texas City, 48 miles (77 kilometers) southeast of Houston on the Gulf Coast, went to Pointe Ann Apartments on Thursday ...

Changes may be ahead for criticized Georgia election system

By KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's outdated election system has drawn criticism from cybersecurity experts and voting integrity advocates, and now a commission tasked with examining potential replacements is preparing to make recommendations to lawmakers. The ...

Congress leaders invited to White House for border briefing

By ZEKE MILLER and LISA MASCARO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump invited congressional leaders from each chamber to a White House briefing on border security Wednesday as the partial government shutdown wore on over funding for a border wall, with Trump tweeting: ...

Garbage, feces take toll on national parks amid shutdown

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER and JOCELYN GECKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Human feces, overflowing garbage, illegal off-roading and other damaging behavior in fragile areas were beginning to overwhelm some of the West's iconic national parks, as a partial government shutdown left the areas ...

Police: Man in US illegally kills California cop from Fiji

By OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ronil Singh came to the U.S. from his native Fiji to fulfill a lifelong dream of becoming an officer, joining a small-town police force in California and working to improve his English. The day after Christmas, he stopped another ...

Storm whips up blizzards, dumps snow in Dakotas, Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Post-holiday travelers were finding driving difficult as a winter storm dumped heavy snow and whipped up gusty winds across parts of the Dakotas and Minnesota on Thursday. Up to 11 inches (28 centimeters) of snow had fallen in the Moorhead-Alexandria area of western ...

Federal workers face grim prospect of lengthy shutdown

By JULIET LINDERMAN and LISA MASCARO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Three days, maybe four. That's how long Ethan James, 21, says he can realistically miss work before he's struggling. So as the partial government shutdown stretched into its sixth day with no end in sight, James, a ...