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Trump ponders Kelly’s status, 3-5 changes in his Cabinet

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump isn’t committing to a previous pledge to keep chief of staff John Kelly for the remainder of his term, part of widespread speculation about staffing changes that could soon sweep through his administration. Trump, in a wide-ranging interview that ...

Searchers in California wildfire step up efforts

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — Volunteers in white coveralls, hard hats and masks poked through ash and debris Sunday, searching for the remains of victims of the devastating Northern California wildfire before rains forecast this week complicate their efforts. While the predicted downpours could ...

Bloomberg donates ‘unprecedented’ $1.8B to Johns Hopkins

BALTIMORE (AP) — Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Sunday he’s donating $1.8 billion to his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University, to boost financial aid for low- and middle-income students. The Baltimore university said the contribution — the largest ever to any ...

Enrollment drops at W.Va. four-year public colleges

CHARLESTON (AP) — Higher education officials say the number of students attending public four-year colleges in West Virginia has dropped 3 percent from a year ago, including a 9 percent dip in the number of first-time freshmen. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the state Higher Education ...

We have an identity problem

According to a recent report in The New York Times, Health and Human Services Department officials have been circulating a proposal to define sex. Their memo says, “Sex means a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth.” They ...

Politics impacting friendship

DEAR ABBY: I have a friend who constantly talks about all the negative politics going on today. I’m sick of hearing it. It’s not because I don’t care or disagree, but it has become the topic of every conversation. She’s extremely depressed, has major anxiety issues and, despite seeing a ...

‘Fantastic Beasts’ casts spell on box office

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” crawled, slithered and flew its way to the top of the weekend box office with a $62.2 million opening in the U.S. and Canada, according to studio estimates Sunday. The latest offering from the Harry Potter multiverse fell ...

Diddy mourns Kim Porter, says ‘more than soul mates’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sean “Diddy” Combs is making his first public statements since the loss of Kim Porter, his longtime former girlfriend and mother of three of his children, saying they were “more than best friends” and “more than soul mates.” Porter, a former model and actress, ...

Disney details attractions for ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’

ORLANDO, Florida (AP) — “Star Wars” fans will soon be able to pilot the Millennium Falcon and face off against Kylo Ren in battle. Disney on Saturday announced some details of the new “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” lands, opening in 2019. It also announced that composer John Williams, ...

Tijuana protesters chant ‘Out!’ at migrants in city

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Hundreds of Tijuana residents congregated around a monument in an affluent section of the city south of California on Sunday to protest the thousands of Central American migrants who have arrived via caravan in hopes of a new life in the U.S. Tensions have built as ...

Trump visits beleaguered California

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Saturday acknowledged Californians suffering from twin tragedies, walking through the ashes of a mobile home and RV park in a small northern town all but destroyed by deadly wildfires and privately consoling people grieving after a mass ...

As Florida recount wraps up, Dem Gillum concedes

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Democrat Andrew Gillum ended his hard-fought campaign for Florida governor on Saturday, just hours before counties must turn in their official results following days of recounting ballots. Gillum, in a video that he posted on Facebook, congratulated Republican Ron ...

13 hurt in fire at apartments for seniors

LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — A fire in a suburban Denver apartment complex for seniors created smoke so thick it trapped some people in their homes early Saturday, injuring more than a dozen people, including three seriously, authorities said. Police officers and firefighters guided residents ...

Trump jumps in to offer aid to Democrat Pelosi’s speaker bid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats won the majority. Now they just need a speaker of the House. The standoff over Nancy Pelosi’s bid to regain the gavel intensified as Democrats left Washington for the Thanksgiving break in what has turned out to be an unsettling finish to an otherwise ...

Columbus Zoo announces death of newborn giraffe

COLUMBUS (AP) — The Columbus Zoo says a baby giraffe has died just weeks after its birth. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium said the female calf born Oct. 30 died Saturday morning. The zoo says the calf’s behavior and appearance began to change Friday. She was examined and treated, appeared ...

Man sentenced to 25 years in robbery heart attack death

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A man whose armed robbery of a Madison Culver’s restaurant led to a bystander’s fatal heart attack has been sentenced to 25 years in prison. Nicholas Ivy and Xavier Fleming pleaded guilty in August to causing the death of 56-year-old Chris Kneubuehl, of Twin Lakes, ...

Empower voters, not lawyers

If Americans are losing confidence in elections, don’t blame Russian hackers. The damage is self-inflicted. A week after polls closed, Americans still don’t know who won major races: gubernatorial races in Florida and Georgia, a Florida Senate race and many House contests. Candidates who ...

Truth and its enemies: Making Acosta a federal case

Question: What does CNN’s Jim Acosta crave more than anything? If you said “attention,” go to the head of the class. It’s a mystery why the White House has given Acosta way more than that. Acosta had his “hard pass” yanked after last week’s press conference. (Don’t ask who was ...

‘Making a Murderer 2,’ a post-conviction master class

Undoing wrongful convictions takes a killer instinct. Chicago-based exoneration specialist Kathleen Zellner’s got it. Her record speaks for itself. Over the past two decades, she has righted more wrongful convictions than any private attorney in America. What’s her secret? The Herculean ...

Florida sues Walgreens, CVS over opioid sales

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida is suing the nation’s two largest drugstore chains, Walgreens and CVS, alleging they added to the state and national opioid crisis by overselling painkillers and not taking precautions to stop illegal sales. Attorney General Pam Bondi announced late ...