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How hot is too hot aboard an airliner? The law doesn’t say

By THOMAS PEIPERT, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Every day, tens of thousands of U.S. airline passengers settle into their seats, lower the window shades and reach up to twist the air vents without the benefit of something that might do even more to keep them cool: a rule setting ...

Court: Commissioners’ prayer practice violated Constitution

By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Elected officials in North Carolina violated the Constitution by opening meetings with Christian prayers and inviting audience members to join, a federal appeals court ruled Friday in a closely watched case that could end up in ...

General: Jet was at cruising altitude before problems, crash

By JEFF AMY, Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The military transport plane that slammed into soybean fields Monday in the Mississippi Delta, killing 15 Marines and a Navy sailor, appears to have developed problems while high in the air, a Marine general said Wednesday. "Indications ...

Former Christie ally, ‘Bridgegate’ mastermind avoids prison

By DAVID PORTER, Associated Press NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former ally to Gov. Chris Christie who was the mastermind of the 2013 George Washington Bridge lane-closing scheme will avoid prison after pleading guilty and giving testimony that helped convict two former aides to him. Federal Judge ...

House conservatives wary of emerging Senate health care bill

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he's ready to unwrap his latest bill repealing much of President Barack Obama's health care law, with wary conservatives warning Wednesday that they're watching to make sure it doesn't stray from ...

DA: Evidence but no remains found in farm search for 4 men

By MARYCLAIRE DALE and ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE, Associated Press Police have recovered "important" evidence but no human remains as they methodically search a large Pennsylvania farm this week for clues to the disappearance of four young men believed to be victims of foul play. A county prosecutor ...

Yellen tells Congress to expect more rate hikes

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen told Congress on Wednesday that the central bank expects to keep raising a key interest rate at a gradual pace and also plans to start trimming its massive bond holdings this year. In her ...

Thousands flee wildfires burning in the US and Canada

By The Associated Press OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Wildfires barreled across the baking landscape of the western U.S. and Canada, destroying a smattering of homes, forcing thousands to flee and temporarily trapping children and counselors at a California campground. Here's a look at the ...

Trump: US must work with Russia, move past election issues

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Sunday that "it is time to move forward in working constructively with Russia" after his lengthy meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Germany. But he is still avoiding the question of whether he ...

Tillerson gets oil industry award, says he misses colleagues

By MATTHEW LEE and ZEYNEP BILGINSOY, Associated Press ISTANBUL (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson took a brief break from his diplomatic duties on Sunday, returning to his Exxon Mobil comfort zone to bask in the glow of approval from his former colleagues in the oil ...

Report: Trump Jr. was promised damaging info about Clinton

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's eldest son said Sunday he met with a Kremlin-linked lawyer shortly after his father clinched the Republican nomination, hoping to get information helpful to the campaign. A New York Times report Sunday citing advisers to the White House briefed on the ...

Teen bit in head by bear wakes up to “crunching sound”

WARD, Colo. (AP) — A teen staffer at a Colorado camp fought off a bear after waking up Sunday to find the animal biting his head and trying to drag him away. The 19-year-old woke up at around 4 a.m. to a "crunching sound" with his head inside the mouth of the bear, which was trying to pull ...

US marks Independence Day with pomp, dazzle, hot dog contest

By REBECCA GIBIAN, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Americans are celebrating their country's 241st birthday with big-time fireworks, small-town parades and the quirky spectacle of competitive hot dog eating. Tuesday's festivities stretch from a baseball home run derby in London to a picnic ...

Illinois Senate OKs tax increase; Gov. Rauner has vowed veto

By JOHN O'CONNOR, AP Political Writer SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Senate approved an income tax increase Tuesday to raise $5 billion a year aimed at ending the nation's longest state budget crisis since at least the Great Depression. The Democratic-controlled Senate voted 36-18 to ...

In Connecticut prison, it’s the inmates leading counseling

By MICHAEL MELIA, Associated Press SOMERS, Conn. (AP) — Imprisoned for killing a man, Edward White initially feared retaliation when he learned a fellow inmate was his victim's nephew. For a time, the inmate stopped speaking with White. But he ultimately offered forgiveness, an act that ...

Yale displays printed copy of Declaration of Independence

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — One of the first printed copies of the Declaration of Independence has been put on display at Yale University. The broadside was made by the official printer of the Continental Congress, John Dunlap, in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776 to publicize its approval. It is ...

Oklahoma woman accused of plotting to kill Israeli husband

PONCA CITY, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma woman is accused of trying to hire someone via Craigslist to travel to Israel and kill her ex-husband using ricin. Federal prosecutors charged 37-year-old Danielle Dana Layman on Saturday with using interstate commerce facilities in the commission of ...

Progress elusive in neighborhood rocked by police shooting

By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A year ago, Abdullah Muflahi rushed outside his convenience store, whipped out his cellphone and began taping moments before a white police officer shot and killed a black man in the parking lot. Muflahi's video fueled nightly ...

Chicago police, feds team up on new effort to curb violence

By DON BABWIN, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police, federal agents and prosecutors launched an initiative Friday aimed at stemming the flow of illegal firearms in the city as part of efforts to curb rampant gun violence that President Donald Trump says is at "epidemic ...

GOP bill would let churches endorse political candidates

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Churches should have the right to endorse political candidates and still keep their tax-free status, say House Republicans targeting a law that prohibits such outright politicking from the pulpit. Republicans repeatedly have failed ...