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Military’s shift away from oil clashes with Trump’s promises

By JULIE WATSON and GREGORY BULL, Associated Press TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (AP) — At a sprawling desert base, a Marine recharged his radio's batteries simply by walking, while nearby fellow troops examined a rocket artillery system and a drone — both powered by the sun. Navy and Marine ...

Drone schools look to woo younger pilots for commercial jobs

By DAVE KOLPACK, Associated Press GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Leaders in the unmanned aircraft industry are trying to persuade young people who think drones are cool to consider flying them for a living. Commercial pilots must obtain a Federal Aviation Administration drone license, and some ...

Ex-FBI agent recalls helping find 2 missing boys decade ago

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former FBI agent who played a key role in cracking the disappearance of two Missouri boys, one of whom had been missing for nearly five years, is rejoicing in the 10-year anniversary of their rescue. Lynn Willett tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2jAGF6F ) ...

Republican-led Senate takes first step to repeal ‘Obamacare’

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has passed a measure to take the first step forward on dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law, responding to pressure to move quickly even as Republicans and President-elect Trump grapple with what to replace it ...

Newly leaked dossier on Trump circulated in DC for months

By JACK GILLUM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a bombshell story, emerging on the eve of Donald Trump's first news conference as president-elect: U.S. intelligence officials had presented Trump with unsubstantiated claims that Russia had amassed compromising personal and financial ...

Church members join relatives in grief, anger at gunman

By JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Family members of the nine people Dylann Roof killed in a Charleston, South Carolina, church weren't the only ones who suffered. Their church family grieved, too. Along with the 32 family members of victims, three people connected ...

Trump’s pick to be top diplomat breaks with him in key ways

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Rex Tillerson's foreign policy doesn't sound a lot like Donald Trump's. At his confirmation hearing Wednesday, the former Exxon Mobil CEO selected by Trump for secretary of state called Russia a "danger" and vowed to protect America's ...

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson gets hearing for HUD chief

By JENNIFER C. KERR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Ben Carson's celebrated career as a neurosurgeon leaves no doubt about his medical credentials, but his lack of experience in government and public policy will be questioned at his confirmation hearings to be housing secretary in the ...

Trump’s CIA choice to be questioned amid Russia hacking fury

By EILEEN SULLIVAN and DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's pick to run the CIA faces a Senate confirmation hearing amid a testy standoff between the president-elect and the spy community. Rep. Mike Pompeo, a four-term conservative Kansas Republican, is a member ...

Trump blasts intel agencies over report on Russia ties

By JULIE PACE and LAURIE KELLMAN, AP White House Correspondent NEW YORK (AP) — Hours before his first news conference as president-elect, Donald Trump on Wednesday blasted U.S. intelligence agencies, blaming them for leaking unsubstantiated reports on his relationship with Russia and ...

VW emissions-cheating deal could put employees in hot seat

By TOM KRISHER and DAVID MCHUGH, AP Business Writers DETROIT (AP) — The imminent criminal plea deal between Volkswagen and U.S. prosecutors in an emissions-cheating scandal could be bad news for one group of people: VW employees who had a role in the deceit or subsequent cover-up. VW on ...

Families: Forgiving church shooter doesn’t mean sparing life

By MEG KINNARD and JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Families of the nine people killed in a racist massacre at a South Carolina church have expressed a broad range of feelings when it comes to how the convicted killer should be punished. Some think there is no ...

Black lawmakers to speak out against Sessions in hearing

By ERIC TUCKER and MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's pick for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions, used strong words in the first day of his Senate confirmation hearings to deny any hints of a racist past. On day two, a group of black lawmakers will ...

Florida man, 83, fatally shoots woman searching for her dog

PARRISH, Fla. (AP) — Sheriff's officials say an 83-year-old Florida man fatally shot a woman after her daughter and brother-in-law knocked on his front door while searching for a missing dog. Manatee County Sheriff's officials tell local news outlets Eugene Matthews opened the door about 7 ...

Convicted killer of 2 in Fort Worth set to die Wednesday

By MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Lawyers for a Texas death row inmate who killed two men after one of them mocked him for falling for a fake drug deal are looking to the U.S. Supreme Court to keep him from becoming the first prisoner executed in the nation this ...

Ryan: GOP will work on repealing, replacing health law

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans will work on unraveling and replacing the health care law at the same time, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday as GOP leaders struggled to align their zeal to rapidly erase one of President Barack Obama's proudest achievements ...

Sessions says he’d be fair as AG, defy Trump if necessary

By ERIC TUCKER and MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Jeff Sessions cast himself as a strong protector of law and order at his confirmation hearing Tuesday, promising that as attorney general he would crack down on illegal immigration, gun violence and the "scourge ...

Prosecutor: Dylann Roof’s ‘hateful heart’ deserves death

By MEG KINNARD, Associated Press CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Dylann Roof went to a historic black church in Charleston with a gun and a "hateful heart" and should be put to death for opening fire on people who had gathered for Bible study, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay ...

Rusty patched bumblebee declared endangered

By JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The rusty patched bumblebee has become the first bee species in the continental U.S. to be declared endangered after suffering a dramatic population decline over the past 20 years, federal officials said Tuesday. The U.S. ...

Woman enters no contest plea in Oklahoma homecoming crash

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — A woman charged with killing four people by driving her car into spectators at Oklahoma State University's 2015 homecoming parade has entered a no contest plea. If a judge agrees to the deal with prosecutors, Adacia Chambers would be sentenced to life in prison on ...