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AP Essay: Aretha Franklin, John McCain and the 1960s

By TED ANTHONY, AP National Writer "Hope I die before I get old," the Who sang at Woodstock as the 1960s hurtled to their end. Indeed, the decade and its echoes made premature legends of so many — Kennedy to King, Hendrix to Joplin to Morrison. They became emblems of an era, and the ...

White House faces brain drain at perilous moment

By ZEKE MILLER, JILL COLVIN and JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Increasingly convinced that the West Wing is wholly unprepared to handle the expected assault from Democrats if they win the House in November, President Donald Trump's aides and allies are privately raising ...

Kavanaugh’s civil rights views studied ahead of confirmation

By JESSE J. HOLLAND and TAMMY WEBBER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Brett Kavanaugh emailed his White House colleagues in June 2003 with an alert: The U.S. Supreme Court was about to release opinions on the University of Michigan's use of race as a factor to admit students. It was an ...

At least 7 die as Greyhound bus, semitrailer collide head-on

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN and ALINA HARTOUNIAN ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A blown tire on a semitrailer may be to blame for a deadly head-on crash with a commercial passenger bus along Interstate 40 in New Mexico near the Arizona border, according to authorities. At least seven people were ...

New York attorney general: No backing down on Trump lawsuit

By TOM McELROY, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for President Donald Trump asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit brought against his charitable foundation by New York's attorney general, arguing that it was politically motivated. In the motion Thursday, Trump attorney Alan S. Futerfas ...

A life of courage, politics came down to 1 vote for McCain

By NANCY BENAC, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — For John McCain, a lifetime of courage, contradictions and contrarianism came down to one vote, in the middle of the night, in the twilight of his career. The fate of President Donald Trump's long effort to repeal Barack Obama's health care ...

Gentle humor was the lifeblood of playwright Neil Simon

By MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK (AP) — When master playwright Neil Simon accepted the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2006, he was visibly nervous. But his gentle humor was evident. "It took me six years to write my first play," he said, recalling that he found the ...

Shooting at esports event raises calls for more security

By TAMARA LUSH and RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A champion gamer's decision to open fire Sunday afternoon during a video competition — killing two people and wounding nine others before killing himself — has prompted calls from gamers for more security at ...

Lane brought record rain to Hawaii, but lost its wallop

By MARK THIESSEN, Associated Press Hurricane Lane secured its place in the history books before it quickly dissipated into a tropical storm and moved off from Hawaii. The storm caused damage, mostly on the Big Island, where rivers raged near Hilo and nearly 40 people had to be rescued from ...

Services for McCain set for Phoenix, Washington, Annapolis

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain's service to his country began more than six decades ago at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis and will end there in a cemetery overlooking Maryland's Severn River. A private burial service next Sunday will conclude ...

Filling McCain’s seat a political balancing act for governor

By MELISSA DANIELS and NICHOLAS RICCARDI, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Sen. John McCain's death in office has handed Arizona's governor an empty Senate seat to give out — and a difficult political puzzle to solve before he does. Arizona law requires only that Gov. Doug Ducey name a ...

Autopsy finds Iowa student killed by ‘sharp force injuries’

By RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press BROOKLYN, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa college student who was allegedly abducted by a stranger while running last month was killed by "multiple sharp force injuries," investigators announced Thursday. Preliminary autopsy results from the state medical examiner's ...

Congressman, wife plead not guilty to illegal spending

By JULIE WATSON, Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter was swarmed by demonstrators yelling "shame on you!" as he left a federal courthouse Thursday in San Diego after pleading not guilty to charges of illegally using his campaign account for personal expenses. The ...

Hurricane Lane soaks Hawaii’s Big Island with foot of rain

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — Hurricane Lane soaked Hawaii's Big Island on Thursday, dumping 12 inches of rain in as many hours as residents stocked up on supplies and tried to protect their homes ahead of the state's first hurricane since 1992. The National ...

Reports: Immunity for tabloid CEO in Trump hush money probe

By JEFF HORWITZ, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors have granted immunity to the executive in charge of the National Enquirer amid an investigation into hush money payments made on behalf of Donald Trump, his longtime friend, media outlets reported on Thursday. Vanity Fair ...

Former Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Ed King dies at age 68

By KRISTIN M. HALL, Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ed King, a former guitarist for Lynyrd Skynyrd who helped write several of the group's hits including "Sweet Home Alabama," has died in Nashville, Tennessee, according to a family friend. He was 68. Scott Coopwood said King died ...

Manafort juror says 1 holdout prevented 18-count conviction

By ERIC TUCKER and CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A juror in Paul Manafort's financial fraud trial says a lone holdout prevented the jury from convicting the onetime Trump campaign chairman on all 18 counts. Jurors repeatedly tried to persuade the holdout to "look at the paper ...

Jury in Manafort trial: What if we can’t agree on 1 count?

By MATTHEW BARAKAT, CHAD DAY and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The jury in the financial fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort asked the judge Tuesday what it should do if it cannot reach a consensus for a single count in the case. Jurors posed ...

Top UNC leaders condemn Confederate statue toppling

By MARTHA WAGGONER and JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Top leaders of the University of North Carolina system condemned the actions of protesters, who toppled a memorial known as "Silent Sam" that was dedicated more than 100 years ago with praise for the Confederate ...

Sen. Collins, potential swing vote, meets with Kavanaugh

By DUSTIN WEAVER and LISA MASCARO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh met Tuesday with Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, a centrist who's seen as a potential swing vote on his confirmation, while Democrats push him to release more documents from ...