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Democrats push impeachment rules package through House

By ALAN FRAM and MATTHEW DALY Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats pushed a package of ground rules for their impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump through a sharply divided House Thursday, the chamber's first formal vote in a fight that could stretch into the 2020 election ...

2 new California fires burn homes, send residents fleeing

By BRIAN MELLEY and MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ Associated Press SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Strong winds fanned new Southern California wildfires on Thursday, burning homes and forcing residents to flee their homes in a repeat of the frightening scenario already faced by tens of thousands across the ...

Disabled California seniors in complex left behind in outage

By JANIE HAR Associated Press NOVATO, Calif. (AP) — One woman in her 80s tripped over another resident who had fallen on the landing in a steep stairwell. Others got disoriented, even in their own apartments, and cried out for help. At least 20 seniors with wheelchairs and walkers were ...

Border wall, impeachment battle imperil budget progress

By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed a long-overdue, $209 billion bundle of bipartisan spending bills Thursday, but a bitter fight over funding demanded by President Donald Trump for border fencing continues to imperil broader Capitol Hill efforts to advance ...

AP-NORC Poll: Trump approval steady as impeachment rages

By JULIE PACE and HANNAH FINGERHUT Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's approval rating is holding steady as the House presses forward with an impeachment probe that could imperil his presidency, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public ...

California Rep. Katie Hill resigns amid ethics investigation

By LAURIE KELLMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Freshman Rep. Katie Hill, a rising Democratic star in the House, announced her resignation amid an ethics probe, saying explicit private photos of her with a campaign staffer had been "weaponized" by her husband and political ...

California wildfires erupt in LA, burn in wine country

By TERENCE CHEA and DON THOMPSON Associated Press SANTA ROSA, California (AP) — Firefighters battled destructive wildfires in Northern California wine country and on the wealthy west side of Los Angeles on Monday, trying to beat back flames that forced tens of thousands to flee their ...

WH official won’t testify in impeachment probe without order

By MARY CLARE JALONICK and ERIC TUCKER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A former White House national security official defied a House subpoena Monday, prompting the Democrat leading the impeachment probe to declare that President Donald Trump's administration is "building a powerful case" ...

Growing uncertainty looms over Democrats’ 2020 primary

By STEVE PEOPLES, ALEXANDRA JAFFE and HUNTER WOODALL Associated Press MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) — Look no further than Pearl City Station, a plain brick building set along the banks of the Mississippi River, to understand the growing sense of uncertainty seeping into the Democratic Party's 2020 ...

Biden joins Warren, Sanders with Super Tuesday focus

By BILL BARROW Associated Press Joe Biden is expanding his presidential campaign footprint in Super Tuesday states and a general election battleground in the latest sign that Democrats' top White House contenders foresee a potentially lengthy nominating process in 2020. The former vice ...