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Prosecutor: 2 dead in house blast, no foul play suspected

NEWFIELD, N.J. (AP) — A house exploded in New Jersey early Saturday, killing a husband and wife and reducing the two-story home to piles of scattered rubble, but no foul play was suspected, authorities said. The blast initially reported as a gas explosion shattered windows in nearby homes, ...

Judge insists timeline be met to reunite children at border

By ELLIOT SPAGAT and JULIE WATSON, Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — A judge insisted on Friday the Trump administration stick to a deadline to reunite children separated from their parents at the border, instead acknowledging that more time may be justified only in specific cases. U.S. ...

Trump administration takes another swipe at ‘Obamacare’

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Saturday it's freezing payments under an "Obamacare" program that protects insurers with sicker patients from financial losses, a move expected to add to premium increases next year. At stake are ...

Surge in illegal California pot shops undercuts legal market

By MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — A slight marijuana smell wafted out as a steady stream of customers walked into a warehouse, its doors and windows covered by bars. Suddenly, police swooped in. "Sheriff's department! Search warrant!" a Los Angeles County deputy ...

US to reunite migrant families as immigration politics boil

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Stung by a public outcry, the Trump administration said Thursday it will meet court-ordered deadlines for reuniting families separated at the border, even as the politics of immigration remained at a boil. Health and Human ...

Statue of Liberty climber charged with trespassing

By TOM HAYS, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A woman was charged on Thursday with misdemeanor trespassing and disorderly conduct for climbing the base of the Statue of Liberty on a busy Fourth of July in what prosecutors called a "dangerous stunt." Court papers also charged Therese Okoumou ...

Growing fires in US West put damper on holiday festivities

By KATHLEEN FOODY, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Large wildfires grew across the American West on Wednesday, keeping thousands of people out of their homes for the July 4 holiday and forcing some strict bans on fireworks to prevent new fires from igniting in the hot, dry region. The ...

Trump gets ‘welcome’ from Montana senator he is opposing

By MATT VOLZ, Associated Press HELENA, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jon Tester gave President Donald Trump a tongue-in-cheek welcome to Montana on Thursday by taking out a full-page ad in more than a dozen newspapers thanking him for signing 16 bills the Democrat sponsored or co-sponsored. Trump ...

Trump closes in on Supreme Court pick; 3 judges top list

By CATHERINE LUCEY, KEN THOMAS and LISA MASCARO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is closing in on his next Supreme Court nominee, with three federal judges leading the competition to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Trump's top contenders for the vacancy ...

Trump hails ‘American heroes’ who helped US win independence

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press STERLING, Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump wished America a happy Fourth of July holiday Wednesday and reserved special praise for the "American heroes" whose sacrifice he said helped the nation win her independence 242 years ago. Trump tweeted a ...