FEMA disavows Puerto Rico power contract amid investigations

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Friday it had no involvement in the decision to award a $300 million contract to help restore Puerto Rico's power grid to a tiny Montana company in Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's hometown.

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  • Written by By MICHAEL BIESECKER and MATTHEW DALY , Associated Press

UN official: Syria siege 'an outrage,' demands aid access

BEIRUT (AP) — The top human rights official of the United Nations called the Syrian government's siege of the capital's suburbs "an outrage" on Friday and said food and medical supplies must be allowed to reach civilians inside.

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  • Written by PHILIP ISSA , Associated Press

JFK Files: Thousands released but Trump holds back others

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has blocked the release of hundreds of records on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, bending to CIA and FBI appeals, while the National Archives came out Thursday night with a hefty cache of others.

  • Written by By CALVIN WOODWARD and DEB RIECHMANN , Associated Press

Q&A: Why wiping of Georgia elections server matters

Election reform activists sued Georgia officials on July 3 demanding its highly questioned statewide elections system be immediately retired. Four days later, technicians at Kennesaw State University, which administers the state's elections, destroyed a key piece of evidence — wiping clean an elections management server.

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  • Written by By FRANK BAJAK , Associated Press

AP FACT CHECK: Past anti-drug campaigns show little success

President Donald Trump is promising a "massive advertising campaign" as part of his administration's response to the worst drug crisis in U.S. history, but past marketing efforts have shown few results and experts say other measures could be more effective in curbing the current epidemic.

  • Written by By MATTHEW PERRONE , AP Health Writer