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Conway: Flynn resigned because he’d become ‘a lightning rod’

By JULIE PACE, ERIC TUCKER and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — National security adviser Michael Flynn resigned following reports he misled Vice President Mike Pence about contacts with a Russian diplomat, up-ending President Donald Trump's White House team less than a month ...

Damaged dam system threatens Northern California towns

By JONATHAN J. COOPER and DON THOMPSON, Associated Press OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A huge Northern California reservoir, held in place by a massive dam, has always been central to the life of the towns around it. Now the lake that has brought them holiday fireworks and salmon festivals could ...

Aetna, Humana call off $34 billion deal

By TOM MURPHY, AP Health Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Aetna and Humana called off a $34 billion proposal to combine the two major health insurers after a federal judge, citing antitrust concerns, shot down the deal. The announcement Tuesday comes several days after another federal judge ...

Congress to grill Yellen amid uncertainty over Trump’s plans

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen faces two tasks when she delivers her semiannual testimony to Congress starting Tuesday: As always, she'll sketch a picture of how she expects the economy to fare in coming months and how the ...

Former wrestling executive Linda McMahon on track to SBA

By KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Former wrestling entertainment executive Linda McMahon is on track to secure Senate confirmation to be the next leader of the Small Business Administration. The Senate has been split mostly along party lines on most of President Donald ...

Nearly 200,000 remain under evacuation near California dam

By OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ and DON THOMPSON, Associated Press OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Nearly 200,000 people remained under evacuation orders Monday as California authorities try to fix erosion of the emergency spillway at the nation's tallest dam that could unleash uncontrolled flood waters if it ...

Work beginning to repair sinkhole-damaged Corvette

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky museum says a prized Corvette still covered in dirt and debris from its 2014 fall into a sinkhole has been moved from display to undergo repairs. The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green says restoration work on the 1962 Corvette will be done at the ...

Senate nears confirmation of Trump’s pick to head Treasury

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is poised to confirm President Donald Trump's pick for Treasury secretary despite complaints by Democrats that Steven Mnuchin failed to protect thousands of homeowners from unnecessary foreclosures when he headed OneWest ...

Embattled national security adviser’s fate uncertain

By JILL COLVIN and JULIE PACE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Embattled national security adviser Michael Flynn's fate as one of President Donald Trump's senior aides is uncertain following reports that he discussed U.S. sanctions with a Russian envoy before Trump's inauguration. A top ...

Adele wins top Grammys, but pays tribute to Beyonce

By DAVID BAUDER, Associated Press In an extraordinary moment between the music industry's top female artists, Adele beat Beyonce for three of the top Grammy Awards — then said her competitor deserved at least one of them. The Grammys featured memorable performances by the likes of Bruno ...

GOP must decide what to do with health law taxes

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans love cutting taxes, especially if they were authored by a president named Barack Obama. But as they push their wobbly effort to erase his health care overhaul, they're divided over whether to repeal the levies the law imposed to ...

Voters await economic revival in a part of pro-Trump America

By CLAIRE GALOFARO, Associated Press PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. (AP) — She tugged 13 envelopes from a cabinet above the stove, each one labeled with a different debt: the house payment, the student loans, the vacuum cleaner she bought on credit. Lydia Holt and her husband tuck money into these ...

Apple’s Tim Cook: Fake news is ‘killing people’s minds’

LONDON (AP) — Apple chief executive Tim Cook says fake news is "killing minds," and governments and tech firms must act to stop it. Cook told the Daily Telegraph newspaper that falsehoods are being spread by people who want "to get the most clicks, not tell the most truth. It's killing ...

Trump attacks on judiciary raise safety concerns for judges

By MARTHA BELLISLE, Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — When a judge who helped derail President Donald Trump's travel ban was hit with online threats, the abuse raised safety concerns among jurists across the country, and experts are worried that the president's own attacks on the judiciary ...

22 train cars plunge into river in California derailment

ELK GROVE, Calif. (AP) — A California fire department says a freight train that derailed in suburban Sacramento has sent 22 rail cars into the mucky and swollen Cosumnes River. KCRA reports (http://bit.ly/2kYcnPI ) the Cosumnes Fire Department says the Union Pacific train carrying food ...

Church shootings leave holes in the fabric of Charleston

By JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The bullet holes in the fellowship hall at Emanuel AME church have been patched, but the holes in the fabric of life in Charleston remain. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton is absent from Goose Creek High School, her exhortations still ...

Ford bets $1B on startup founded by Waymo, Uber vets

By MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ford Motor is spending $1 billion to take over a budding robotics startup to acquire more expertise needed to reach its ambitious goal of having a fully driverless vehicle on the road by 2021. The big bet announced Friday comes ...

Trump’s pick for health and human secretary takes office

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's new health secretary took office Friday after becoming the latest Cabinet nominee to eke out a confirmation victory in the bitterly divided Senate. Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath of office to Tom ...

Trump backs aide who promoted his daughter’s fashion on TV

By JULIE PACE and JULIE BYKOWICZ, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Kellyanne Conway, the high-profile White House counselor, has come under fire from Democratic and Republican lawmakers, fact checkers and the media. But she's so far maintained the support of her boss, President Donald ...

Suspects in videotaped beating plead not guilty in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Four black people charged with a hate crime in an attack on a white mentally disabled man that was shown live on Facebook have pleaded not guilty. The Chicago Sun-Times reports (http://bit.ly/2lz7Hxb) that assistant public defenders for each of the four entered the pleas on ...