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Sears files for Chapter 11 amid plunging sales, massive debt

By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO AP Retail Writer NEW YORK — Sears filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today, with plans to shutter 142 unprofitable stores in the hopes that it can stay in business. The question now is whether a smaller version of the...

 

Kavanaugh is confirmed: Senate Oks Supreme Court nominee

By ALAN FRAM and LISA MASCARO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - The bitterly polarized U.S. Senate narrowly confirmed Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday to join the Supreme Court, delivering an...

 

Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh clears crucial Senate hurdle

By LISA MASCARO and ALAN FRAM Associated Press WASHINGTON — A deeply divided Senate pushed Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination past a key procedural hurdle today, setting up a likely final sh...

 

Daines will be in DC after daughter's wedding for Kavanaugh vote if needed for confirmation

Editor’s note: This version corrects an Associated Press headline that said Daines would leave his daughter’s wedding if needed WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Steve Daines said he will return to Washington D.C. by private jet on his daughter's wedding...

 

Facebook says 50M user accounts affected by security breach

NEW YORK (AP) - Facebook says it recently discovered a security breach affecting nearly 50 million user accounts. The hack is the latest setback for Facebook during a year of tumult for the global...

 

GOP advances Kavanaugh after Flake calls for FBI probe

By LISA MASCARO, ALAN FRAM and MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON - After a flurry of last-minute negotiations, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced Brett Kavanaugh's nomination for...

 

Bill Cosby gets 3 to 10 years in prison for sex assault

By MARYCLAIRE DALE and MICHAEL R. SISAK Associated Press NORRISTOWN, Pa. - His Hollywood career and good-guy image in ruins, an 81-year-old Bill Cosby was sentenced today to three to 10 years behind...

 

12 Russians accused of hacking Democrats in 2016 US election

By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON - Twelve Russian military intelligence officers hacked into the Clinton presidential campaign and Democratic Party, releasing tens of thousands of stolen...

 

Trump replaces high court's swing vote with conservative

By CATHERINE LUCEY, ZEKE MILLER and MARK SHERMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump chose Brett Kavanaugh, a solidly conservative, politically connected judge, for the Supreme Court, setting up a ferocious confirmation battle...

 

Congress widens private care at besieged VA

By HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON — Congress today expanded private care for veterans as an alternative to the troubled Veterans Affairs health system. The Senate cleared the bill on a 92-5 vote on Wednesday, also averting a disastrous...

 

Trump announces US will exit nuclear accord with Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump announced today the U.S. will pull out of the landmark nuclear accord with Iran, declaring he's making the world safer but dealing a profound blow to allies...

 

Bill Cosby convicted of drugging and molesting a woman

By MICHAEL R. SISAK and CLAUDIA LAUER Associated Press NORRISTOWN, Pa - Bill Cosby was convicted today of drugging and molesting a woman in the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era, completing...

 

'Mission Accomplished' in Syria, Trump declares on Twitter

By ROBERT BURNS, JILL COLVIN and ZEKE MILLER Associated Press WASHINGTON - Allied missiles struck at the heart of Syrian chemical weapons arsenal in a show of force and resolve aimed at punishing the...

 

Interior backing away from steep fee hikes at national parks

By MATTHEW DALY Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Interior Department is backing down from a plan to impose steep fee increases at popular national parks in the face of widespread opposition from elected officials and the public. The plan would nea...

 

Speeches, marches mark Martin Luther King anniversary

By ERRIN HAINES WHACK AP National Writer MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Fifty years after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, the civil rights leader’s family and admirers were marking the anniversary of his death with marches, speeches and...

 

Tribes see improvements, hurdles as they charge non-Natives

By FELICIA FONSECA Associated Press FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - American Indian tribes have taken greater control over prosecuting non-tribal members who commit some violent crimes in Indian Country five...

 

Student protesters say they're fed up, ready for gun reform

WASHINGTON (AP) — Student survivors of the Florida school massacre anchored a massive rally against gun violence Saturday in Washington, D.C., while throngs of young people took to the streets in sister marches across the U.S. Some students also...

 

Zinke defends plan to raise park fees amid flap over travel

By MICHAEL BIESECKER MATTHEW DALY Associated Press WASHINGTON - Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke bristled Tuesday under questioning by Democrats about his travel spending as the Trump administration seek...

 

Trump fires Tillerson at State, replacing with CIA's Pompeo

By JOSH LEDERMAN and MATTHEW LEE Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson today and said he would nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him, putting an ardent foe of the Iran nuclear deal...

 

House GOP report says no collusion between Trump and Russia

By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON — Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee have completed a draft report concluding there was no collusion or coordination between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russia, a finding...

 

Blizzard warnings up for 3rd nor'easter hitting Northeast

By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER Associated Press BOSTON — A nor'easter that could bring blizzard conditions and nearly 2 feet of snow to some areas of New England quickly intensified this morning, covering highways with snow and knocking out power to tens...

 

Sanctions, cyberattack among possible UK moves on Russia

By JILL LAWLESS Associated Press LONDON — Britain has given Moscow until midnight Tuesday to explain how a Russian-made nerve agent came to poison a former spy in Britain. If no explanation is given, Prime Minister Theresa May says Russia will be h...

 

Hope Hicks leaving as Trump's communication director

By ZEKE MILLER and JILL COLVIN Associated Press WASHINGTON — White House communications director Hope Hicks, one of President Donald Trump's most trusted and longest-serving aides, abruptly announced her resignation, leaving a void around a preside...

 

Gunshot at Georgia school ignites debate on arming teachers

By JEFF MARTIN and ALINA HARTOUNIAN Associated Press ATLANTA — Police say they don't know why a popular teacher allegedly fired a handgun inside his classroom Wednesday, causing a chaotic lockdown and evacuation of his Georgia high school. But it i...

 

Sessions pushes back on Trump criticism over handling of FBI

By SADIE GURMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON — Harshly criticized yet again by his boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has abandoned his usual stony silence and pushed back against President Donald Trump for saying Sessions' response to Republican...

 

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