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Texas school gunman: ‘I’m going to kill you.’ Then he fired

By PAUL J. WEBER and JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — The suspect in the Texas school shooting began his attack by firing a shotgun through an art classroom door, shattering a glass pane and sending panicked students to the entryway to block him from getting inside, ...

Family, friends recall shooting victims’ optimism, humor

By JUAN LOZANO and SARAH ZIMMERMAN, Associated Press SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — Hardworking. Funny. Loving. Grieving family and friends recalled the endearing qualities of some of the victims of Friday's mass shooting at a Texas high school, as authorities on Saturday released the names of the ...

2018 midterms: An early heat for 2020 Democrats?

By BILL BARROW, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Look closely enough at the 2018 midterm campaign and you'll see the stirrings of a Democratic scramble to reclaim the White House from President Donald Trump. The leading players — from established national figures such as former Vice ...

Cougar kills 1 mountain biker, injures 2nd near Seattle

NORTH BEND, Wash. (AP) — Two friends on a morning mountain bike ride 30 miles east of Seattle were attacked by a cougar, killing one of the men and leaving the second hospitalized in what authorities described as a rare occurrence. The cougar was later found up a tree near the dead man's ...

Police search for motive in Texas school shooting

By JEFF HORWITZ, SARAH ZIMMERMAN and JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — The mother of one of the 10 people killed at a Texas high school said her daughter recently rejected the romantic advances of the 17-year-old charged in the shootings, a possible motive for the ...

Rural Hawaii communities face various volcano threats

By CALEB JONES and JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — In the weeks since Hawaii's Kilauea volcano began erupting, dozens of homes have burned from oozing lava, people have fled their homes and plumes of steam from the summit have shot skyward, prompting officials ...

Teen held in Texas attack is said to have used father’s guns

By MICHAEL BIESECKER, JEFF HORWITZ and JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — The Texas student charged in the school shooting at Santa Fe High School posted an image on Facebook of himself wearing a "Born to Kill" shirt and used his father's shotgun and pistol in the attack ...

Gunman opens fire in Texas high school, killing 10 people

By JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — A 17-year-old carrying a shotgun and a revolver opened fire at a Houston-area high school Friday, killing 10 people, most of them students, authorities said. It was the nation's deadliest such attack since the massacre in Florida ...

Investigators probe cause of school bus crash that killed 2

By DAVID PORTER and MICHAEL CATALINI, Associated Press Investigators combed through evidence Friday seeking answers to why a school bus carrying 45 fifth-graders and teachers on a field trip collided with a dump truck on a New Jersey highway, killing a student and teacher and injuring dozens ...

Gunman opens fire in Texas high school, killing up to 10

By JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — At least one gunman opened fire at a Houston-area high school Friday, killing eight to 10 people, most of them students, authorities said. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said he could not be precise about the number of deaths at ...

Houston-area media reporting fatalities from school shooting

SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — Houston-area media citing unnamed law enforcement officials are reporting that there are fatalities following a shooting at a local high school Friday morning. Television station KHOU and the Houston Chronicle are citing unnamed federal, county and police officials ...

Business acquaintance of California blast victim arrested

By MICHAEL BALSAMO and AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press ALISO VIEJO, Calif. (AP) — A business acquaintance of the woman killed in a Southern California office building explosion has been arrested on suspicion of possessing an unregistered destructive device, the FBI said Thursday. The ...

Election hacking puts focus on paperless voting machines

By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — As the midterm congressional primaries heat up amid fears of Russian hacking, an estimated 1 in 5 Americans will be casting their ballots on machines that do not produce a paper record of their votes. That worries voting and ...

Sea otters ‘stuck’ despite comeback in California

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press MOSS LANDING, Calif. (AP) — While threatened southern sea otters bob and sun in the gentle waves of this central California estuary, wildlife experts up and down the West Coast are struggling to figure out how to restore the crucial coastal predator to ...

Confirmation vote for CIA chief brings out Democratic rift

v By LISA MASCARO, AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — The political schism in the Democratic Party is playing out in the confirmation vote for Gina Haspel as CIA director, as support from red-state senators facing re-election bumps up against a more liberal flank eyeing ...

On eve of anniversary, Giuliani says time for probe to end

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani says the president still wants to testify in the Russia probe, but says he is "pretty comfortable" that special counsel Robert Mueller's team could not subpoena him in the investigation. Speaking on "Fox and Friends" Thursday ...

Teachers who led strikes now turning focus to elections

By MELISSA DANIELS, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — As they packed up their protest signs and returned to the classroom to finish out the school year, thousands of teachers in North Carolina turned their attention to a different fight: the midterm elections. Their counterparts in Arizona, ...

Voters cast ballots in 4 states; in Pa., redrawn map in play

By THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press Tuesday's primary elections will begin to settle swing state Pennsylvania's chaotic congressional landscape after a court fight ended with redrawn districts just three months ago. Pennsylvania primary voters will also decide the fate of President Donald ...

Trump says first lady to leave hospital in ‘2 or 3 days’

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that his wife, Melania, will come home from the hospital in a few days, after receiving medical treatment this week for a kidney condition the White House said is noncancerous. "Our great First ...

Worried Hawaii homeowners ask: Am I covered for volcanos?

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — Patricia Deter moved from Oregon to Hawaii to be closer to her two daughters, but the Kilauea volcano burned down her home only a month after she bought it. Now Deter and her family, along others who have recently lost homes to ...