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Trump: Chief of staff to leave at year’s end

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Saturday that chief of staff John Kelly will leave his job by year’s end amid an expected West Wing reshuffling reflecting a focus on the 2020 re-election campaign and the challenge of governing with Democrats reclaiming control of the House. Nick ...

Dog guarded home for weeks after wildfire

SAN FRANCISCO — A dog that survived the catastrophic wildfire in Northern California apparently protected the ruins of his home for almost a month until his owner returned. Madison was there waiting when Andrea Gaylord was allowed back to check on her burned property in Paradise this ...

U.S.: Trump lawyer met Russian who offered campaign ‘political synergy’

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, was in touch as far back as 2015 with a Russian who offered “political synergy” with the Trump election campaign and proposed a meeting between the candidate and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the federal special ...

Warriors hit 19 3-pointers to beat Bucks

MILWAUKEE — Klay Thompson sidestepped two defenders to get an open look, hit a 3 from the wing and then coolly walked toward the baseline to guard the next inbounds pass. The Golden State Warriors taught the Milwaukee Bucks a lesson about hitting 3s and playing D. Thompson and Stephen Curry ...

Crowds hail Bush funeral train on final ride

The Associated Press COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Thousands waved and cheered along the route as funeral train No. 4141 — for the 41st president — carried George H.W. Bush’s remains to their final resting place Thursday, his last journey as a week of national remembrance took on a ...

N.C. Democrat drops race concession amid probe

The Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. — The Democrat trailing in a North Carolina congressional race withdrew his concession Thursday as state election officials investigated allegations of absentee ballot fraud. Dan McCready’s reversal came as a top leader at the state’s Republican ...

Remains of Pearl Harbor sailors return home after 77 years

HONOLULU (AP) — More than 75 years after nearly 2,400 members of the U.S. military were killed in the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor, some who died on Dec. 7, 1941, are finally being laid to rest in cemeteries across the United States. In 2015, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency exhumed ...

Tagovailoa wins Maxwell, Walter Camp awards

The Associated Press Alabama quarterback Tua Tago­vailoa topped Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray in college football player of the year awards on Thursday, winning the Maxwell Award at ESPN’s College Football Awards show in Atlanta shortly after being named the recipient of the Walter Camp ...

Henry’s 99-yard TD run highlights Titans’ win over Jaguars

The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Under center at the 1-yard line, Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota checked out of a quarterback sneak, and Derrick Henry did the rest — as much with his arms as his legs. The 6-foot-3, 247-pound Henry sped and stiff-armed his way to a record-tying ...

Climate reality check: Global carbon pollution up in 2018

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — After several years of little growth, global emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide experienced their largest jump in seven years, discouraging scientists. World carbon dioxide emissions are estimated to have risen 2.7 percent from 2017 to 2018, ...

Nation bids goodbye to Bush with high praise

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The nation bid goodbye to George H.W. Bush with high praise, cannon salutes and gentle humor Wednesday, celebrating the life of the Texan who embraced a lifetime of service in Washington and was the last president to fight for the U.S. in wartime. Three ...

Former carpenters’ union official is Green’s chief of staff

The Associated Press HONOLULU — Hawaii Lt. Gov. Josh Green has appointed a former carpenters’ union official to be his chief of staff months after a super PAC funded by the union spent over $1 million supporting his candidacy in the Democratic Party primary. Brooke Wilson most recently ...

Former NFL lineman’s death ruled accidental from drug use

HONOLULU (AP) — The death of a former Jacksonville Jaguars offensive lineman last month has been ruled an accident, Hawaii authorities said. The Honolulu Medical Examiner’s office has determined that the cause of death for 38-year-old Vince Manuwai was acute ecstasy intoxication. The ...

The cold, hard facts about illegal aliens and crime — there aren’t any

We hear so much these days about the migrant caravan straining to cross into the U.S. Media reports focus on the immigrants’ desire for a better life, the desperation that led hundreds of them to throw rocks and storm the border at Tijuana, and the tear gas that forced them farther back into ...

USA Gymnastics files for bankruptcy after sex-abuse scandal

The Associated Press USA Gymnastics is turning to bankruptcy in an attempt to ensure its survival. The embattled organization filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition on Wednesday in an effort to reach settlements in the dozens of sex-abuse lawsuits it faces and to avoid its potential demise ...

Curry scores 42 as Warriors win Finals rematch

The Associated Press CLEVELAND — Their fierce rivalry is over, reduced to only memories. The Warriors and Cavaliers had something special, four straight NBA Finals that Steph Curry will one day savor. Some day. “It was historical,” Curry said. “I’ll definitely sit back on the ...

Titans look to keep playoff hopes alive against Jaguars

The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Jacksonville Jaguars already have fallen quickly, from being a win away from their first Super Bowl berth in January to last in the AFC South in December. The Tennessee Titans desperately want to avoid joining them as a one-and-done playoff ...

George H.W. Bush’s legacy on racial issues is complicated

The Associated Press George H.W. Bush got elected president after a campaign marked by the infamous Willie Horton ad, about a black murderer who raped a white woman while on a weekend furlough from prison. On the other side of the racial ledger, Bush appointed Gen. Colin Powell as the first ...

U.S. sets deadline for Russia, warns it may quit nuclear pact

The Associated Press BRUSSELS — The United States warned Russia Tuesday it has 60 days to start complying with a landmark missile treaty or Washington could abandon the pact, creating doubts about nuclear security in Europe. At NATO talks in Brussels, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ...