Calif. firefighters say they’ve ‘turned a corner’

By SUDHIN THANAWALA and BRIAN MELLEY Associated Press SANTA ROSA, Calif. — With the winds dying down, fire officials said Sunday they have apparently “turned a corner” against the wildfires that have devastated California wine country and other parts of the state over the past...

Disaster cleanup efforts not always reimbursed

By DAVID A. LIEB and RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press As U.S. communities ravaged by this year’s series of intense hurricanes and wildfires clear debris and begin to rebuild, many are counting on the federal government to help cover their costs. They could be in for a frustrating...

Senator urges president to back health subsidy effort

By HOPE YEN Associated Press WASHINGTON — A key moderate Republican urged President Donald Trump on Sunday to back a bipartisan Senate effort to shield consumers from rising premiums after his abrupt decision to halt federal payments to insurers. Sen. Susan Collins called the...

Tillerson brushes off drama with Trump

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and JOSH LEDERMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday ducked, danced and sidestepped the question of whether he truly called President Donald Trump a “moron,” dismissing the brouhaha as the “petty stuff” of Washington....

Astros beat Yankees, take 2-0 lead in ALCS

By KRISTIE RIEKEN AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — With each stinging line drive, Jose Altuve is putting his stamp on this October. Same with every pitch from Justin Verlander, no matter the inning or score. Houston’s longest tenured player and its durable new ace — an...

Dodgers beat Cubs in NLCS opener

By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Although Clayton Kershaw once again failed to dominate in a postseason start, these Los Angeles Dodgers don’t need one guy to carry them. With a relentless lineup, flawless relief pitching and a collective charisma epitomized by...

Michigan State edges Minnesota

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Michigan State didn’t let the thrill of beating Michigan last week deter the momentum. Coach Mark Dantonio and his staff weren’t even worried about a letdown at Minnesota. Confidence is high, and so is the ambition. L.J. Scott...

Buckeyes husk Nebraska 56-14

By ERIC OLSON AP College Football Writer LINCOLN, Neb. — J.T. Barrett passed for five touchdowns and ran for two others, and ninth-ranked Ohio State scored on its first eight possessions on its way to a 56-14 victory over Nebraska on Saturday night. The Buckeyes (6-1, 4-0 Big...

Former hostages back in Canada

By ROB GILLIES and PATRICK LEJTENYI Associated Press SMITHS FALLS, Ontario (AP) — A couple held hostage for five years by a Taliban-linked extremist network in Afghanistan was safely back in Canada on Saturday after what the husband described as a harrowing firefight during a...

Puerto Rico raises hurricane death toll to 48

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Authorities in Puerto Rico raised the death toll from Hurricane Maria by 3 to 48 on Saturday based on a review of medical records. The medical examiner concluded that the hurricane was the deciding factor in the three newly disclosed deaths, Secretary...