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

WASHINGTON — 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 a wide-ranging interview that aired on “Fox News Sunday,” praised Kelly’s work ethic and much … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Will Kelly stay or won’t he? Trump praises, criticizes aide

WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s misdirection on Calif fires, climate

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump is going too far in assigning most of the blame for California’s devastating wildfires on the state’s forest management. In comments over the weekend, he called forest management a “big problem” and suggested that California officials needed to do a much better job. But most of California’s 33 million acres of … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s misdirection on Calif fires, climate

PARADISE, Calif | Rain could hinder search for victims of California wildfire

PARADISE, Calif. — The search for remains of victims of the devastating Northern California wildfire has taken on new urgency as rain in the forecast could complicate those efforts while also bringing relief to firefighters on the front lines. Up to 400 people fanned out Sunday to search the ash and rubble where homes once … Continue reading PARADISE, Calif | Rain could hinder search for victims of California wildfire

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

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — 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 for governor and even picking up a U.S. Senate seat. After the recount stretched on for nearly … Continue reading TALLAHASSEE, Fla | In year of Democratic hopes, GOP comes out on top in Florida

TOKYO | Japan exports up in October, but not enough to erase deficit

TOKYO — Japan’s trade deficit grew to its largest since July 2015 in October as a gain in exports was outpaced by a nearly 20 percent jump in imports. The Ministry of Finance said Monday that exports grew at an 8.2 percent annual pace. In September, exports had fallen 1.2 percent from the previous year … Continue reading TOKYO | Japan exports up in October, but not enough to erase deficit

CHICAGO | Bears beat Vikings 25-20, tighten grip on NFC North

CHICAGO — Khalil Mack had a sack and fumble recovery, Eddie Jackson returned an interception for a touchdown and the Chicago Bears tightened their grip on the NFC North with a 25-20 victory over the second-place Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night. Mack and Jackson led a dominant effort by the defense. And Chicago (7-3) took … Continue reading CHICAGO | Bears beat Vikings 25-20, tighten grip on NFC North

CHICO, Calif | Latest: Sheriff: List of missing after fire drops to 1,000

CHICO, Calif.  — The Latest on California’s wildfires (all times local): 8 p.m. A Northern California sheriff says the list of names of those unaccounted for after a deadly wildfire has dropped to around 1,000. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea says that’s about 300 less than what was posted at the start of Sunday. Authorities … Continue reading CHICO, Calif | Latest: Sheriff: List of missing after fire drops to 1,000