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Big quake and tsunami fears rattle temblor-prone Alaskans

By RACHEL D'ORO and BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — When it comes to earthquakes, Alaskans are major pros. But even they get rattled by the strong ones, as Tuesday's early morning shaker proved. In the popular cruise-ship town of Seward, about 110 miles (177 ...

Top Democrat rescinds offer of $25 billion for Trump’s wall

By ANDREW TAYLOR  and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer has pulled back an offer of $25 billion for President Donald Trump's long-promised southern border wall, as lawmakers scrambled to figure out how to push a deal to protect 700,000 or more ...

As shutdown eases federal workers fear prospect of another

By MATTHEW BARAKAT, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The swift steps ending a messy and expensive government shutdown has enabled hundreds of thousands of federal workers to return to work Tuesday, but some say they fear they could find themselves in limbo again in a few more ...

Cosby jokes in 1st show since 2015 he ‘used to be’ comedian

By MICHAEL SISAK, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby performed in public for the first time since a sex abuse scandal embroiled him in 2015, joking that he "used to be a comedian" and playing with a jazz band in his hometown as a retrial looms in his criminal sexual assault ...

Jury: Ex-Sheriff Clarke did not violate man’s free speech

By IVAN MORENO, Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — Former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke did not violate a man's free speech with taunting Facebook posts after detaining him at an airport last year for shaking his head at Clarke while boarding a flight, a federal jury has ...

Pennsylvania court throws out congressional boundaries

By MARC LEVY, Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down the state's widely criticized congressional map Monday, granting a major victory to Democrats who alleged the 18 districts were unconstitutionally gerrymandered to benefit Republicans and setting ...

Alaska hit by 7.9 earthquake; tsunami warning canceled

By MARK THIESSEN and BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck off Alaska's Kodiak Island early Tuesday, prompting a tsunami warning for a large swath of the state's coast and sending some residents fleeing to higher ground. Officials at the ...

Has #MeToo gone too far? Ansari story sparks debate

By DAVID CRARY and TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press The #MeToo movement has been embraced by legions of women as a vital step toward countering widespread sexual abuse and misconduct. This week, more so than at any point in the movement's brief history, there's visceral discussion about its ...

Trump insists his views on a border wall have not ‘evolved’

By ALAN FRAM and ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump insisted Thursday his views on a border wall with Mexico have not evolved, pushing back against his own chief of staff's comments to lawmakers. Trump said on Twitter: "The Wall is the Wall, it has ...

Federal responsibility in nuclear attack alerts is unclear

By CALEB JONES, Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — A timeline shows Hawaii officials botched efforts to immediately correct a false missile alert over the weekend, taking more than 20 minutes to contact federal authorities for approval they didn't need and then taking another 15 minutes to ...

Trump to Pennsylvania, but don’t call it a campaign trip

By BILL BARROW, Associated Press President Donald Trump is tiptoeing around the first congressional election of the new year as he heads to southwestern Pennsylvania on Thursday to hail the Republican tax cuts he signed last year. Trump will appear with the Republican nominee for a ...

Slow-moving winter storm leaves lingering effect in South

By JONATHAN DREW and TOM FOREMAN Jr., Associated Press DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Several Southern states were dealing Thursday with the lingering effects of a slow-moving winter storm that dumped up to 12 inches (30 centimeters) of snow in central North Carolina, dusted the Deep South and killed ...

MLK day marked by Trump criticism, pledges to fight racism

By JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr., Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Martin Luther King Jr.'s children and the pastor of an Atlanta church where he preached decried disparaging remarks President Donald Trump is said to have made about African countries, while protests between Haitian immigrants and ...

Missile-alert error reveals uncertainty about how to react

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER and BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — When Jonathan Scheuer got an alert on his phone of a ballistic missile headed for Hawaii, he and his family didn't know what to do. They went to their guest bedroom, then decided it would be safer on the ground ...

Crews struggle to clear California highway after mudslides

By CHRISTOPHER WEBER, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Crews working around the clock cleared boulders, trees and crushed cars from all lanes of U.S. 101, but California officials still weren't sure Monday when the key coastal highway might reopen after being inundated during mudslides ...

Trump marks King day out of view, buffeted by race claims

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump marked his first Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday Monday largely out of sight, buffeted by accusations that he used a racially tinged word to describe African countries and scoffed at the ...

Hundreds search for victims of California mudslide

By MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ and ROBERT JABLON, Associated Press MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of searchers continued the grueling work Thursday of hunting for survivors and digging up bodies in the sea of mud and wreckage left by flash flooding in this wealthy coastal enclave. Muck-spattered ...

Major shift as Trump opens way for Medicaid work requirement

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major policy shift that could affect millions of low-income people, the Trump administration said Thursday it is offering a path for states that want to seek work requirements on Medicaid recipients. Seema Verma, head of ...

Missouri Gov. Greitens acknowledges affair, denies blackmail

By SUMMER BALLENTINE, Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Responding to a bombshell news report that overshadowed his annual address to the legislature, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has acknowledged he's been "unfaithful" in his marriage but denied allegations that he blackmailed the ...

Lawmakers renew immigration effort as a shutdown looms

By ANDREW TAYLOR and ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Backed by the White House, Democratic and Republican lawmakers dug into a politically fraught search for compromise on immigration Wednesday, seeking to take advantage of a window of opportunity opened by President Donald ...