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Officials are promoting lower-cost, short-term health plans

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is clearing the way for insurers to sell short-term health plans as a bargain alternative to pricey Obama-law policies for people struggling with high premiums. But the policies don't have to cover ...

New fires erupt in Northern California; homes threatened

By JANIE HAR and BRIAN SKOLOFF, Associated Press UPPER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Days after wildfires left a deadly swatch of destruction in Northern California rural counties, new blazes exploded into life and threatened more homes in what has become an endless summer of flame in the Golden ...

Promoting voter ID, Trump says ID needed to buy groceries

By KEN THOMAS and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump wrongly claimed that shoppers need to show photo identification to buy groceries and accused Democrats of obstructing his agenda and his Supreme Court nominee during a raucous rally aimed at bolstering ...

Trump criticized for not leading effort to secure elections

By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — As alarms blare about Russian interference in U.S. elections, the Trump administration is facing criticism that it has no clear national strategy to protect the country during the upcoming midterms and beyond. Both Republicans and ...

Trump to hold Ohio rally ahead of special election

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is set to travel to Ohio to hold a campaign rally in support of Republican state Sen. Troy Balderson, who is running for Congress. Trump's campaign says he will appear in Delaware, Ohio, on Saturday evening, days before the Aug. 7 special election for ...

Facebook finds ‘sophisticated’ efforts to disrupt elections

By BARBARA ORTUTAY and MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook said it has uncovered "sophisticated" efforts, possibly linked to Russia, to influence U.S. politics on its platforms. The company said it removed 32 accounts from Facebook and Instagram because they were ...

Will he or won’t he? Trump sows confusion on shutdown plans

By CATHERINE LUCEY and ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Will he or won't he? President Donald Trump is sowing confusion about whether he's committed to keeping the government open through the fall elections or would willingly shut it down to secure more money for his promised ...

Immigration officials defend handling of family separations

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Top federal immigration officials went before Congress Tuesday to defend their handling of President Donald Trump's now-abandoned policy of separating migrant children from their families, saying they keep records of children in their custody. ...

Crews report progress in fight against twin California fires

By MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ and SUDHIN THANAWALA, Associated Press LAKEPORT, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters reported progress Tuesday in their battle against the wildfires that have ravaged some of Northern California's most scenic areas, including twin blazes that were tearing through vineyards and ...

Scientists: 1st sighting of dolphin hybrid is no ‘wholphin’

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — Scientists are touting the first sighting of a hybrid between a melon-headed whale and a rough-toothed dolphin in the ocean off Hawaii. But don't call it a "wholphin," they say. The melon-headed whale is one of the various species ...