KABUL, Afghanistan  | Taliban deny involvement in Kabul bombing that killed 50

KABUL, Afghanistan  — The Taliban have denied involvement in a suicide bombing in the Afghan capital that killed at least 50 people. Tuesday’s attack, which targeted a gathering of hundreds of clerics at a wedding hall in Kabul, bore the hallmarks of a local Islamic State affiliate, which has carried out mass bombings targeting minority … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan  | Taliban deny involvement in Kabul bombing that killed 50

SACRAMENTO, Calif | Rains could help firefight but complicate search for remains

SACRAMENTO, Calif.  — Rain in the forecast starting Wednesday could aid crews fighting California’s deadly wildfires while raising the risk of flash floods and complicating efforts to recover remains of those killed. Residents in communities charred by the Los Angeles-area fire stacked sandbags as they prepared for possible downpours that threatened to unleash runoff from … Continue reading SACRAMENTO, Calif | Rains could help firefight but complicate search for remains

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M | AP News Break: Indian Country criminal prosecutions plateau

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— The number of Indian Country crimes that the U.S. Justice Department decided to prosecute has not shown significant change in recent years, despite programs and attempts to boost both public safety and prosecutions of sexual assaults and other crimes on reservations, according to federal figures Wednesday. In an annual report obtained by The … Continue reading ALBUQUERQUE, N.M | AP News Break: Indian Country criminal prosecutions plateau

SALT LAKE CITY | Once rising GOP star, Utah’s Mia Love loses seat to Democrat

SALT LAKE CITY— Utah’s Mia Love was tabbed as a rising star in the GOP when she became the first black Republican woman in Congress with her 2014 victory. But on Tuesday she became the latest Republican incumbent to fall in the midterm election’s Democratic wave that has seen more than three dozen Republican-held seats … Continue reading SALT LAKE CITY | Once rising GOP star, Utah’s Mia Love loses seat to Democrat

HONG KONG | US carrier in Hong Kong after bombers fly over S. China Sea

HONG KONG — A U.S. aircraft carrier docked in Hong Kong on Wednesday, days after a pair of American B-52 bombers flew over the disputed South China Sea. The arrival of the USS Ronald Reagan and its battle group in the Asian financial hub comes after China rejected a similar request by another U.S. Navy … Continue reading HONG KONG | US carrier in Hong Kong after bombers fly over S. China Sea

JACKSON, Miss | US senator says no ill will, intent behind ‘hanging’ remark

JACKSON, Miss. — A white Republican U.S. senator from Mississippi said during a debate with her African-American Democratic opponent Tuesday night that she apologizes to people who were offended when she complimented a supporter by saying she would attend a “public hanging” if the supporter invited her. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith’s remark was caught on video … Continue reading JACKSON, Miss | US senator says no ill will, intent behind ‘hanging’ remark

WASHINGTON  | AP FACT CHECK: Trump inflates value of Saudi arms deal

WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump vastly inflated the value of planned Saudi investments in the U.S., as he explained why he’s “standing with Saudi Arabia” despite the conclusion of his intelligence officials that the kingdom’s de facto leader ordered the slaying of a U.S.-based journalist. Trump on Tuesday cited a $110 billion arms package that … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | AP FACT CHECK: Trump inflates value of Saudi arms deal

WASHINGTON | Trump defies calls to punish crown prince for writer’s death

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump has declared he will not further punish Saudi Arabia for the murder of U.S.-based columnist Jamal Khashoggi — making clear in an exclamation-filled statement that the benefits of good relations with the kingdom outweigh the possibility its crown prince ordered the killing. The president condemned the brutal slaying of Khashoggi inside … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump defies calls to punish crown prince for writer’s death