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Whitaker will consult with ethics officials over recusal

Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Updated Nov 12th - 6:14pm

Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker will consult with Justice Department ethics officials about "matters that may warrant recusal" amid pressure from Democrats to step aside from overseeing the special counsel's Russia investigation.

New blazes fan fresh fears in California as some return home

Christopher Weber and Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Updated Nov 12th - 6:06pm

The sky was black and flames on the next ridge were fast approaching when Paul Rasmussen, his pregnant wife and 6-year-old daughter fled their mountainside Malibu home Friday for what they thought might be the last time.

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Dead in cars and homes: Northern California fire toll at 29

Gillian Flaccus and Don Thompson, Associated Press  |  Updated Nov 12th - 6:04pm

The dead were found in burned-out cars, in the smoldering ruins of their homes, or next to their vehicles, apparently overcome by smoke and flames before they could jump in behind the wheel and escape. In some cases, there were only charred fragments of bone, so small that coroner's investigators used a wire basket to sift and sort them.

Feds: Priest lied about cancer in scam to raise money

The Associated Press  |  Updated Nov 12th - 6:01pm

Federal investigators said they have probable cause to believe a Mississippi priest fraudulently received donations by falsely telling people he had cancer and that his diocese knew that and concealed it.

Zinke '100 percent confident' he'll be cleared in probes

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 12th - 5:56pm

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says he's "100 percent confident" no wrongdoing will be found in pending ethics investigations that stirred speculation he could get ousted from President Donald Trump's Cabinet.

California-bound fire crews face hiccups en route to scorched coast

Annie Knox, KSL  |  Posted Nov 12th - 5:14pm

More than 100 Utah firefighters will help California crews battle a pair of California wildfires that have left three dozen people dead and charred about 200,000 acres.

Kemp-Abrams feud highlights new landscape in divided Georgia

Bill Barrow, Associated Press  |  Updated Nov 12th - 5:00pm

His election still undecided, Republican Brian Kemp is proceeding as a victorious candidate and promising to be a governor for all Georgians. That might not be so easy.

US analysts locate secret North Korean missile sites

Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Updated Nov 12th - 4:58pm

U.S. analysts said Monday they have located 13 secret North Korean missile development sites, underscoring the challenge that the Trump administration faces in trying to reach its promised broad arms control agreement with Pyongyang.

The Latest: California fire survivor says he saw friend die

The Associated Press  |  Updated Nov 12th - 4:58pm

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Ex-Las Vegas headliner changes lawyer in federal porn case

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 12th - 4:48pm

Sentencing has been postponed to next year for a former Las Vegas Strip illusion show headliner who lost a bid to withdraw his guilty plea in a federal child pornography case.

Lawsuit alleges security guard shot while holding suspect

Don Babwin, Associated Press  |  Updated Nov 12th - 4:44pm

A police officer fatally shot an armed security guard who was wearing a hat with "security" emblazoned across the front and holding a man down following a shooting inside the suburban Chicago bar where the guard worked, an attorney for the guard's family said Monday after filing a federal lawsuit.

The Latest: Lawsuit wants Scott banned from role in recount

The Associated Press  |  Updated Nov 12th - 4:38pm

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Roger Stone associate expects to be charged in Mueller probe

Chad Day and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Updated Nov 12th - 4:34pm

An associate of longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone said Monday that he expects to face charges in the special counsel's Russia investigation.

Authorities still assessing why California shooter snapped

Amanda Lee Myers and Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 12th - 4:33pm

Investigators trying to understand why a gunman killed 12 people at a Southern California bar said Monday they have no new information to release.

Congress returns to new dynamic, GOP shutdown threat

Lisa Mascaro, Associated Press  |  Updated Nov 12th - 3:56pm

Congress returns to a changed political landscape Tuesday as newly-elected lawmakers arrive in Washington, the parties elect new leadership and incumbents square off for one final legislative sprint before House Democrats take power.

Service held for veterans' cremains found at funeral home

The Associated Press  |  Updated Nov 12th - 3:44pm

A service was held Monday at a Michigan cemetery for the cremated remains of about 20 military veterans found in a closed Detroit funeral home.

Afghan leader tells US audience that Taliban not winning war

Matthew Pennington, Associated Press  |  Updated Nov 12th - 3:32pm

The president of Afghanistan told a U.S. audience Monday that his country is not losing the war to the Taliban and is not at risk of collapse amid escalating attacks by the militant group and an expansion of the territory it controls.

High school placed on lockdown after officer shoots himself

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 12th - 3:23pm

A Maryland high school was briefly placed on lockdown after authorities say a school resource officer fatally shot himself inside his office.

Police: Teen sent swastika to phones at Chicago-area school

The Associated Press  |  Updated Nov 12th - 3:23pm

A 14-year-old boy has been charged with sending a swastika image to the smartphones of other students during a suburban Chicago high school assembly.

Alexander Hamilton descendant loans heirlooms to museum

Kristen De Groot, Associated Press  |  Updated Nov 12th - 3:16pm

The fifth great-grandson of Alexander Hamilton loaned some family heirlooms, including a ring that has a lock of his hair inside, to the Museum of the American Revolution Monday.