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Planet Earth working on 3 Mars landers to follow InSight

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — As Mars' newest resident settles in, Planet Earth is working on three more landers and at least two orbiters to join the scientific Martian brigade. NASA's InSight spacecraft touched down on the sweeping, red equatorial plains ...

Presidents, others praise former President George H.W. Bush

By The Associated Press Praise for former President George H.W. Bush, who died Friday: (He) "was a man of the highest character. The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41's life and love, for the compassion of those who have cared and prayed for Dad." — Former President George W. ...

Mueller is back — and so are questions about Trump, Russia

By CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Robert Mueller is back. After a quiet few months in the run-up to the midterm elections, the special counsel's Russia investigation is heating up again with a string of tantalizing new details emerging this week. None of it answers the ...

Trump aides caught in web of deception over Russia contacts

By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — One lied about his knowledge of Russian-hacked emails, another about a Russian real estate deal, a third about dialogue over sanctions with a Russian ambassador. A pattern of deception by advisers to President Donald Trump, aimed at ...

Divisive race ends with win for Republican Sen. Hyde-Smith

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS, Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith returns to Washington as a solidly loyal supporter of President Donald Trump after he stumped for her in a divisive Mississippi runoff shaped by her video-recorded remark about "public ...

Market to parse Powell words for clues to Fed’s future hikes

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Is the Federal Reserve considering a pullback in its interest rate hikes? Chairman Jerome Powell's recent observations have suggested that while the U.S. economy remains on firm footing it also faces an array of risks, including a ...

Northern California sheriff’s star rises with relief roles

By PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press CHICO, Calif. (AP) — Those who had fled a deadly Northern California wildfire were looking for answers at an evacuation center when Sheriff Kory Honea walked in. They jumped to their feet, clapped and cheered. The Butte County sheriff came to watch a recent ...

Manafort allegations throw new uncertainty into Russia probe

By ERIC TUCKER, CHAD DAY and JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The breakdown of a plea deal with former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and an explosive British news report about alleged contacts he may have had with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange threw a new ...

Trump tests presidential limits by threat to General Motors

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump tested the limits of his presidential authority and political muscle as he threatened to cut off all federal subsidies to General Motors because of its planned massive cutbacks in the U.S. Trump ...

GM to slash up to 14,000 jobs in North America

By TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer DETROIT (AP) — General Motors will cut up to 14,000 workers in North America and put five plants up for possible closure as it abandons many of its car models and restructures to focus more on autonomous and electric vehicles, the automaker announced ...