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Fires set stage for irreversible forest losses in Australia

By Matthew Brown and Christina Larson The Associated Press Australia's forests are burning at a rate unmatched in modern times and scientists say the landscape is being permanently altered as a warming climate brings profound changes to the island continent. Heat waves and drought have ...

Sanders distances himself from group backing his WH run

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Bernie Sanders said Sunday that outside political groups that can raise and spend unlimited sums backing candidates for public office should be abolished — including those supporting his own bid for the White House. But the Vermont senator stopped short of ...

SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test

By Marcia Dunn AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX completed the last big test of its crew capsule before launching astronauts in the next few months, mimicking an emergency escape shortly after liftoff Sunday. No one was aboard for the wild ride in the skies above ...

Even as Trump claims two victories on trade, doubts remain

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's trade deal with China last week opened up export opportunities for American farmers, manufacturers and energy producers. And his trade pact with Canada and Mexico, approved Thursday by the Senate, could help restore some auto production in the United ...

Senators to be quiet, unplugged for impeachment trial

By Mary Clare Jalonick The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — No cellphones. No talking. No escape. That's the reality during the Senate's impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, which will begin each day with a proclamation: "All persons are commanded to keep silence, on pain of ...

US marks King holiday amid fears of deep racial divisions

By Corey Williams The Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — To commemorate the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Nicholas Thomas and more than 100 other volunteers will board up vacant houses, install school safety signs and make other improvements to a Detroit neighborhood. Their mission is to ...

Ohio State doctor abuse investigation, suits have cost $9.8M

By Kantele Franko The Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The investigation and related lawsuits about alleged sexual abuse decades ago by an Ohio State University team doctor have cost nearly $10 million so far, according to the school. The total was about $9.8 million as of ...

FBI plans to notify states about local election breaches

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI, in a change of policy, is committing to inform state officials if local election systems have been breached, federal officials said Thursday. In the past, the FBI would alert local governments about attacks on their electoral systems without automatically sharing ...

Putin fast-tracks effort to extend his rule in Russia

By Vladimir Isachenkov The Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Thursday fast-tracked work on constitutional changes that could keep him in power well past the end of his term in 2024 while lawmakers quickly sealed his choice for new prime minister. Speaking to a ...

Australia firefighters save world’s only rare dinosaur trees

By Rod McGuirk The Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Specialist firefighters have saved the world's last remaining wild stand of a prehistoric tree from wildfires that razed forests west of Sydney, officials said Thursday. Firefighters winched from helicopters to reach the ...

Target, like other retailers, did not have a Merry Christmas

By Anne D’Innocenzio and Michelle Chapman AP Business Writers Target reported a rare shortfall in holiday sales, raising concerns about the challenges ahead for the traditional retail industry even as the economy remains strong. Target's disappointing growth of 1.4% percent for November ...

US stocks rise ahead of signing of ‘Phase 1’ trade deal

By Damian J. Troise AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose in midday trading on Wall Street Wednesday ahead of the signing of an initial trade deal between the U.S. and China. President Donald Trump and China's chief negotiator, Liu He, are scheduled to sign the "Phase 1" deal ...

Defying police, Iranians protest over plane shootdown

By Joseph Krauss and Jon Gambrell The Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iranian demonstrators defied a heavy police presence Sunday night to protest their country's days of denials that it shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane carrying 176 people, the latest unrest to ...

Australia turns from defense to offense in wildfire battle

By Nick Perry The Associated Press BODALLA, Australia (AP) — Crews battling Australia's wildfires said Sunday that they have been able to turn from defense to offense for the first time in weeks thanks to a break in the weather. Dale McLean, who is helping manage the response to a ...

Not on form, but brawl over citizenship question continues

By Mike Schneider The Associated Press The U.S. Supreme Court decided a citizenship question won't be on this spring's census form, but that doesn't mean the fight over it has ended in courtrooms across the country. In Maryland, civil rights groups are trying to block an order from ...

Storms sweep southern US, Midwest as death toll rises to 11

HOUSTON (AP) — Severe storms sweeping across southern portions of the U.S. and up into the Midwest were blamed Saturday in the deaths of at least 11 people, including two first responders, as high winds, tornadoes and unrelenting rain battered large swaths of the country. Storm-related ...

Florida, California, Colorado cities among most entrepreneurial

From Lattice Publishing While the idea of entrepreneurship might bring to mind famous innovators like Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk, the majority of entrepreneurs simply operate small businesses or are self-employed. Many entrepreneurs build traditional businesses like restaurants and cafes, but ...

Ice sculpture festival to offer “new look” of the works

Sixty-degree weather at the beginning of January is inviting for walking around but not conducive to long life for ice sculptures. Marietta Main Street took a look at the weather forecast for its First Fridays Fire and Ice event, scheduled for Jan. 3, and decided the time was just not right. ...

SpaceX launches 60 more satellites, trying to tone them down

By Marcia Dunn AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launched 60 more mini internet satellites late Monday, this time testing a dark coating to appease stargazers. It's a "first step" compromise between SpaceX and astronomers fearful of having dark skies spoiled by ...

6.4 quake strikes Puerto Rico amid heavy seismic activity

By Danica Coto The Associated Press GUAYANILLA, Puerto Rico (AP) — A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck Puerto Rico before dawn on Tuesday, killing one man, injuring at least eight other people and collapsing buildings in the southern part of the island. The quake was followed by a series ...