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  • Cost climbs by $2.8 billion for California bullet train

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The estimated cost for the first phase of California’s bullet train climbed by 35 percent on Tuesday to $10.6 billion, the latest increase for the ambitious project to run a high-speed rail line from San Francisco to Los Angeles. The $2.8 billion price hike for a 119-mile (191-kilometer) segment in the […]
  • With charges dropped, man imprisoned for 23 years files suit

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Almost a year after charges against him were formally dropped in a 1992 crime spree, a man who spent more than 20 years behind bars is seeking damages from the New Orleans district attorney’s office. Attorneys for Robert Jones filed the lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court. Jones had pleaded guilty […]
  • The Latest: FEMA: Hawaii didn’t need alert cancel approval

    HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on the faulty missile warning alert sent over the weekend by Hawaii’s emergency management agency (all times local): ___ 1:30 p.m. The Federal Emergency Management Agency says the state of Hawaii didn’t need federal approval to retract a cellphone alert mistakenly sent over the weekend warning of a ballistic missile […]
  • Hornets coach Clifford back to work after sleep deprivation

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Hornets coach Steve Clifford has battled headaches for the past two years. But when the pain became so intense before a Charlotte home game last December it frightened him, and he couldn’t ignore the problem any longer. The 56-year-old Clifford walked away from the Hornets that day to undergo medical testing […]
  • House panel subpoenas Bannon in Russia probe showdown

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Intelligence Committee subpoenaed former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon on Tuesday in a showdown over whether he could be forced to testify in the panel’s Russia investigation. Bannon walked into a closed-door meeting with House members Tuesday morning and was still being grilled Tuesday evening. Lawmakers wanted answers from […]
  • The Latest: Trump doctor says he did well on cognitive exam

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s health (all times local): 4:15 p.m. President Donald Trump performed “exceedingly well” on cognitive screening during his recent physical examination. That’s according to his White House physician, navy doctor Ronny Jackson. The doctor says he had “absolutely no concerns” about the 71-year-old president’s cognitive abilities, but […]
  • Officials: Small earthquake felt in Missouri, Tennessee

    CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says a 3.6 magnitude earthquake has been recorded in southeastern Missouri. The survey says the earthquake struck Tuesday more than 2 miles (4 kilometers) southwest of Caruthersville, Missouri. No damage has been reported, but the survey reports the quake also was felt in parts of West Tennessee, […]
  • US agency to work with states to ensure proper safety alerts

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Homeland Security will be working with states to ensure they follow proper protocols when issuing safety alerts and can quickly retract incorrect alerts, like Hawaii’s warning of a ballistic missile over the weekend, Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Tuesday. Sen Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, said it’s clear that human error initiated […]
  • Man who fled Hawaii psychiatric hospital pleads not guilty

    HONOLULU (AP) — A man who escaped from a Hawaii psychiatric hospital and flew to California will stay behind bars instead of going back to the facility he was sent after being acquitted by reason of insanity for a woman’s 1979 killing, his attorney said Tuesday. Attorney Michael Green said Randall Saito’s family does not […]
  • Watchdog says democratic freedoms waning in US under Trump

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Basic rights and political freedoms in the United States are deteriorating at a faster pace under President Donald Trump, exacerbated by attacks on key institutions like the press and the courts, according to a new report released Tuesday by Freedom House. In its annual global assessment, the think tank slammed the Trump […]
  • Concept cars from Japan automakers offer glimpse into future

    DETROIT (AP) — Japanese vehicle brands are exploring new design ideas — and figuring out what sets them apart from their U.S. and European rivals — with new prototype vehicles. Nissan, Infiniti and Lexus are all unveiling new concept cars at the Detroit auto show, which opens to the public Saturday. Concepts are used to […]
  • The Latest: Greitens focused on moving forward after affair

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens’ admission that he had an extramarital affair (all times local): 5:40 p.m. Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens says he won’t let a “personal mistake” of an extramarital affair deter him from his work as governor. The Republican governor posted a statement Tuesday on his […]
  • Lawyers: 4 sue city, UC Berkeley over injuries at riot

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Four San Francisco Bay Area residents who say they were injured by protesters during a riot ahead of a speech by a right-wing provocateur at the University of California, Berkeley filed a lawsuit against the university and the city, their attorneys said Tuesday. The plaintiffs say in the suit filed Thursday […]
  • Mother-daughter duo fight off carjackers with hot cocoa, bag

    WOODBRIDGE, Va. (AP) — Police in Washington’s Virginia suburbs say two would-be carjackers fled from their intended victims when a splash of hot cocoa and a dash of resourcefulness entered the mix. Prince William County police say in a statement that a 50-year-old woman exited a 7-Eleven convenience store Saturday night with some purchased items […]
  • Watchdog: Foreign groups among spenders at Trump properties

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 60 groups, including foreign governments, political campaigns and business organizations, spent money at Trump-branded properties across the U.S. last year, according to a report Tuesday by a watchdog group that has long been critical of how such spending could be used to influence the president. Public Citizen, which compiled media […]