President Trump embraces young boy who asked ‘Can I have a hug?’

U.S. 09/21/18, 03:52

President Donald Trump visited North and South Carolina on Wednesday to meet with families displaced by Hurricane Florence, which killed at least 37 people, some of them children. While handing out food to families in need, a young boy named Tucker approached him for a hug. President Trump stretched out his arms ...

US Sen. Maria Cantwell faces former head of Wash. state GOP

U.S. 09/21/18, 02:40

Democrat Maria Cantwell has easily won re-election to the U.S. Senate from Washington state in previous years, but as she seeks her fourth-term this November she is facing her most recognizable opponent. Republican Susan Hutchison, who spent two decades as a Seattle TV news anchor before leading the state Republican party ...

Reckoning with loss of homes, livelihoods after Florence

U.S. 09/21/18, 00:14

With Florence's floodwaters receding in some places and still menacing others, tired and waterlogged North Carolinians are finally getting a chance to take stock of the destruction from the wind and floodwaters.When rivers spilled from their banks this week, many were forced to flee their homes in multiple inland cities. ...

4 dead, including suspect, after Maryland warehouse shooting

U.S. 09/21/18, 00:14

Workers say they endured terrifying moments of wild gunfire as a woman working a temporary job at a drugstore warehouse in Maryland fired on colleagues with a handgun, killing three people before fatally shooting herself.Map locates Aberdeen, Maryland, where a mass shooting has been reported; 2c x 3 1/2 inches; ...

Florence evacuees return as others brace for more flooding

U.S. 09/21/18, 00:10

The trillions of gallons of water dumped by Hurricane Florence continue to slowly meander their way to the sea, leaving billions of dollars of damage in their wake.The crisis is slowly moving to South Carolina, where there was enough warning and certainty about where the water was going that hundreds ...

Trump stumping for Sen. Dean Heller in Las Vegas

U.S. 09/20/18, 23:11

President Donald Trump is in Las Vegas stumping for Republican Sen. Dean Heller, who is in the fight of his career to keep his seat.Trump is praising Heller as "a champion" of workers, veterans and families and says he has "no better friend."Heller, who once said he "vehemently" opposed Trump, ...

Grand jury indicts Alaska man tied to girl’s death

U.S. 09/20/18, 22:55

An Alaska man physically took the cellphone away from a 10-year-old girl who was later found dead, and he lied to authorities when he said he found her phone on the ground, according to a federal grand jury indictment filed Thursday.The indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Anchorage charges ...

Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen providing info in Mueller probe

U.S. 09/20/18, 20:45

President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer claims to be providing "critical information" in the special counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty to campaign-finance violations and other charges last month, tweeted Thursday that he provided information to prosecutors without a cooperation agreement.The tweet was ...

California makes people ask for straws, sodas with kid meals

California 09/20/18, 19:28

If you want a straw with your drink or a soda with your child's meal at a California restaurant, you'll need to ask for them starting next year.A law signed Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown makes California the first state to bar full-service restaurants from automatically giving out single-use plastic ...

Low-key senator steps into spotlight, tells men to “step up”

U.S. 09/20/18, 18:22

The often low-key Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono has been thrust into the spotlight as she has unexpectedly become one of the most outspoken senators in defense of a woman who says she was assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.Kavanaugh denies that account, which Christine Blasey Ford says happened when ...

Arizona licenses for nonprofit housing migrant kids at risk

California 09/20/18, 18:05

Arizona officials have moved to revoke the licenses for a nonprofit that houses immigrant children after it missed a deadline to show that all its employees passed background checks.Texas-based Southwest Key demonstrated an "astonishingly flippant attitude" toward the state's concerns about delayed background checks for workers at its eight Arizona ...