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Senators to press Tillerson and Mattis on new war authority

By RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's national security brain trust faces Congress on the need for a new war authorization as the deadly ambush in Niger is igniting a push among many lawmakers to update the legal parameters for combat operations ...

Health law sign-ups start, and some see a ‘hostile takeover’

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It's sign-up season for the Affordable Care Act, but the Trump administration isn't making it easy — cutting the enrollment period in half, slashing advertising and dialing back on counselors who help consumers get through the ...

Wounded soldier’s wife expected to testify against Bergdahl

By JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Emotional testimony is expected Monday when the wife of a seriously wounded soldier takes the stand during the sentencing hearing for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Prosecutors told a judge that they intend to call Shannon Allen to the ...

Full recovery from California wildfires may take years

By KATHLEEN RONAYNE, Associated Press SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — It will take at least months and likely years to fully recover from devastating wildfires that ripped through Northern California earlier this month, destroying at least 8,900 structures and killing 42 people, Sonoma County ...

Puerto Rico utility moves to scrap $300M Whitefish contract

By DANICA COTO, Associated Press SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The head of Puerto Rico's power company said Sunday the agency is cancelling its $300 million contract with Whitefish Energy Holdings amid scrutiny of the tiny Montana company's role in restoring the island's power system. The ...

Severe weather sweeps through Northeast, 300K without power

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Severe weather pounded the Northeast region with powerful winds and drenching rains early Monday, leaving nearly 300,000 without power. Southern New England appeared to suffer the brunt of the storm damage overnight. Eversource reported more than 155,000 Connecticut ...

Women lost months at sea credit dogs for keeping spirits up

By CALEB JONES, Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — A planned voyage from Hawaii to Tahiti aboard a small sailboat didn't start off well for two Honolulu women. One of their cellphones washed overboard and sank into the deep blue water on their first day at sea. From there, things got worse. ...

Caregiver of Indian girl found dead in Texas wants answers

By MUNEEZA NAQVI, Associated Press NEW DELHI (AP) — A toddler whose body was recently found in a drain in suburban Dallas was cheerful, healthy and eating well a year ago when she met her new parents, according to the manager of the Indian orphanage from where Sherin Mathews was ...

JFK Files: Thousands released but Trump holds back others

By CALVIN WOODWARD and DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has blocked the release of hundreds of records on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, bending to CIA and FBI appeals, while the National Archives came out Thursday night with a hefty ...

Recovery efforts continue 5 years after Superstorm Sandy

By The Associated Press On Oct. 29, 2012, Superstorm Sandy devastated coastal areas of New Jersey and New York, causing billions of dollars in damage, and killed dozens of people in the U.S. and Caribbean. Here's a look at where things stand with the region's recovery five years ...