Trump's FBI pick to face questions about independence


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick to lead the FBI faces a confirmation hearing Wednesday that will undoubtedly focus on the political tumult surrounding his nomination, with both Democrats and Republicans seeking assurances of his independence from the White House.

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  • Written by By SADIE GURMAN and ERIC TUCKER , Associated Press

GOP ready to try pushing new health bill through Senate


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. Another top Republican says the measure will likely keep a pair of tax hikes on wealthier Americans that Obama's statute imposed to help finance its expanded coverage.

  • Written by By ALAN FRAM , Associated Press

Officials comb fields for clues after military plane crash



ITTA BENA, Miss. (AP) — With debris scattered for miles across the flat countryside of the Mississippi Delta, federal and local officials combed soybean fields for clues in a military plane crash that killed 15 Marines and a Navy sailor.


  • Written by By ROGELIO V. SOLIS and EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS , Associated Press

Governors from US states gather amid multiple challenges


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The nation's governors gather this week amid great uncertainties for their states — on health care, solutions to the opioid overdose epidemic, even how to address the effects of climate change without help from the federal government.

  • Written by By JENNIFER McDERMOTT and GEOFF MULVIHILL , Associated Press

Evacuees return, damage measured as western wildfires wane


OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Relief was arriving after a rough stretch of wildfires all around the U.S. West, with firefighters slowly surrounding once-fierce blazes and evacuees starting to stream back home.