Soot swept up: Business unharmed by wildfires set to reopen

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) —€” Chirping and beeping filled the air as Marion Paul fired up her Gatlinburg video arcade Monday, the first time she's seen her business since deadly wildfires set much of the city ablaze a week ago. Sooty floors needed dusting. Spoiled food had to be tossed. Otherwise, she was set to reopen.

  • Written by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press

Recovery of fire victims winds down; investigation looms

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Some people managed to text loved ones goodbye and "I love you" before they died in an Oakland warehouse fire that claimed three dozen lives, officials said, as heart-rending reports of victims' last moments emerged from the most lethal building fire in the U.S. in more than a decade.

  • Written by PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press; JANIE HAR, Associated Press

No experience needed: Trump taps Carson for HUD secretary

NEW YORK (AP) —€” Donald Trump chose retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson on Monday to be secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, raising fresh concerns about the lack of experience some of Trump's Cabinet picks have with agencies they're now being chosen to lead.

  • Written by JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press

Mistrial declared in black motorist's shooting by officer

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina judge declared a mistrial Monday after a jury deadlocked in the murder trial of a white former police officer charged in the shooting death of an unarmed black motorist.

  • Written by BRUCE SMITH, Associated Press; SEANNA ADCOX, Associated Press

Fake news rings alarm bells from restaurant to White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — The bizarre rumors began with a leaked email referencing Hillary Clinton and sinister interpretations of references to pizza parties. It morphed into fake online news stories about a child sex trafficking ring run by prominent Democrats operating out of a Washington, D.C., pizza joint.

  • Written by MATTHEW BARAKAT, Associated Press; JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press