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NASA spacecraft lands on red planet after six-month journey

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft designed to burrow beneath the surface of Mars landed on the red planet Monday after a six-month, 300 million-mile (482 million-kilometer) journey and a perilous, six-minute descent through the rose-hued ...

Supreme Court could allow suit over Apple iPhone apps’ sales

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed ready Monday to allow an antitrust lawsuit to go forward that claims Apple has unfairly monopolized the market for the sale of iPhone apps. Apple faced skeptical questions from justices who seemed concerned about ...

Black man’s death: Questions remain in Alabama mall shooting

By KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — The father of a black man killed by a police officer during a shooting at an Alabama mall said his son had a permit to carry a gun for self-defense, adding it was hurtful police initially portrayed his son as the shooter. Emantic "EJ" ...

Ex-Trump campaign adviser loses bid to delay prison sentence

By HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Sunday rejected a last-minute bid by former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos to delay his two-week prison term and ordered him to surrender Monday as scheduled. Papadopoulos sought the delay until an ...

Catastrophic Northern California fire is finally contained

By CHRISTOPHER WEBER, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — A massive wildfire that killed dozens of people and destroyed thousands of homes in Northern California has been fully contained after burning for more than two weeks, authorities said Sunday. The California Department of Forestry ...

“Thank you President T”: Trump tweets as holiday break ends

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump is ending his Thanksgiving break in Florida the same way he began it — tweeting and spending time at one of his local golf courses. Trump congratulated himself on Twitter Sunday for falling oil prices, ...

Dem contrasts ‘diversity’ with GOP senator in Mississippi

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Democrat running for U.S. Senate in Mississippi says he would bring experience of "diversity" and "inclusion" to the job, and he thinks the Republican he's trying to unseat has a background lacking in those ...

Government climate report warns of worsening US disasters

By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — As California's catastrophic wildfires recede and people rebuild after two hurricanes, a massive new federal report warns that these types of extreme weather disasters are worsening in the United States. The White House report quietly ...

Impeach the president? House Democrats saying not so fast

By LISA MASCARO and MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Whatever happened to trying to impeach President Donald Trump? As House Democrats begin laying out the vision for their new majority, that item is noticeably missing from the to-do list and firmly on the ...

1 person dead, 2 others hurt after Alabama mall shooting

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Police responding to a fight inside an Alabama shopping mall shot and killed a man who had brandished a weapon, authorities said Friday. Two other people were injured, including a 12-year-old girl. The Hoover Police Department said in a statement that two men were engaged ...

Fire evacuees do their best on a sad Thanksgiving

By KATHLEEN RONAYNE, Associated Press CHICO, Calif. (AP) — Patty Rough lost her Paradise home and most of her belongings in the Camp Fire, and she had no place to cook a family meal on Thanksgiving. But she and her husband are safe, and she was still able to spend the holiday with her ...

Trump says time for action on ‘the Wall’

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump was back at his West Palm Beach golf course on another sunny Florida day. Trump began his Friday on Twitter, saying Democrats and Republicans "MUST come together, finally, with a major Border Security package, which will include funding for ...

As Facebook faces fire, heat turns up on No. 2 Sandberg

By BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — For the past decade, Sheryl Sandberg has been the poised, reliable second-in-command to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, helping steer Facebook's rapid growth around the world, while also cultivating her brand in ways that hint at ...

Gunman in Chicago hospital shooting had prior complaint

By AMANDA SEITZ and DON BABWIN, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — A man who fatally shot his ex-fiancee outside a Chicago hospital before killing two people inside the building was the subject of a protection order request filed four years ago by another woman, yet he had legally purchased ...

Trump criticizes war hero for not killing bin Laden sooner

By ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has ignited a firestorm of criticism and charges that he is politicizing the military by faulting a war hero for not killing al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden sooner. Trump took verbal shots at retired Adm. ...

Scientists work to save wild Puerto Rican parrot after Maria

By DANICA COTO, Associated Press EL YUNQUE, Puerto Rico (AP) — Biologists are trying to save the last of the endangered Puerto Rican parrots after more than half the population of the bright green birds with turquoise-tipped wings disappeared when Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico and ...

Darkening clouds start to overhang global economic expansion

By JOSH BOAK and JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writers WASHINGTON (AP) — After galloping along for the past two years, the global economy is showing signs of weakening, with the United States, China and Europe all facing the rising threat of a slowdown. Few economists foresee an outright global ...

Will Kelly stay or won’t he? Trump praises, criticizes aide

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump isn't committing to a previous pledge to keep chief of staff John Kelly for the remainder of his term, part of widespread speculation about staffing changes that could soon sweep through his administration. Trump, ...

In smoldering wildfire ruins, life goes on for a hardy few

By JOHN LOCHER and BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Brad Weldon lost his home to fire when he was a kid, so when a deadly wildland blaze came roaring toward his ranch house in the pines where he lives with his 89-year-old blind mother, he wasn't going to let disaster ...

In year of Democratic hopes, GOP comes out on top in Florida

By GARY FINEOUT, Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — This was the year Florida's Democrats spoke ambitiously of ending their 20-year journey in political exile in this battleground state. Instead, election results after a tense and bruising recount showed Republicans coming out on top ...