NEW YORK | Neighbors wage shadow campaigns in New Hampshire for 2020

NEW YORK — Even before they announce their White House intentions, New Hampshire’s ambitious neighbors are in the midst of a shadow campaign to shape the nation’s first presidential primary election of the 2020 season. Democrats on the ground expect a rush of presidential announcements soon after New Year’s. That could include as many as … Continue reading NEW YORK | Neighbors wage shadow campaigns in New Hampshire for 2020

WASHINGTON | Trump says ‘no reason’ for him to hear Khashoggi death tape

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump said there is no reason for him to listen to a recording of the “very violent, very vicious” killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which has put him in a diplomatic bind: how to admonish Riyadh for the slaying yet maintain strong ties with a close ally. Trump, in an interview … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump says ‘no reason’ for him to hear Khashoggi death tape

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

PARADISE, Calif. — 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 strike twice. Weldon and his mother’s caregiver, armed only with a … Continue reading PARADISE, Calif | In smoldering wildfire ruins, life goes on for a hardy few

BANGKOK  | Death of young Thai kickboxer brings focus on dangers

BANGKOK  — The sight of two preteen boys pummeling each other with fists, elbows, knees and feet as a boisterous crowd shouts wagers at each other is considered good, clean sport in Thailand. However, the death earlier this month of a 13-year-old Muay Thai contender may push forward changes to protect other youngsters in Thai … Continue reading BANGKOK  | Death of young Thai kickboxer brings focus on dangers

ATLANTA | In defeat, Abrams emerges as leading voting-rights advocate

ATLANTA — Stacey Abrams broke the rules of politics until the very end. The Georgia Democrat who came about 60,000 votes shy of becoming America’s first black female governor refused to follow the traditional script for defeated politicians who offer gracious congratulations to their victorious competitor and gently exit the stage. Instead, Abrams took an … Continue reading ATLANTA | In defeat, Abrams emerges as leading voting-rights advocate

LAS VEGAS | Harry Reid’s political machine keeps humming in Nevada

LAS VEGAS — Harry Reid may no longer lead Senate Democrats in Washington, but the political machine he built in Nevada has Republicans on the run. Democrats romped up and down the state in the Nov. 6 midterm elections, ousting Republican Sen. Dean Heller, winning races for governor and lieutenant governor, and expanding their state … Continue reading LAS VEGAS | Harry Reid’s political machine keeps humming in Nevada

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