Residents Flee As Flames Approach Wealthy California Enclave

By ROBERT JABLON and CHRIS CARLSON, Associated Press MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — Residents piled into cars and fled on Saturday, turning downtown Santa Barbara into “a ghost town” as surging winds drove one of the biggest fires in California’s history toward the city and the nearby wealthy enclave of Montecito. The mandatory evacuations around Montecito and…

Moore Tells Supporters ‘Battle Is Not Over’ In Senate Race

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Republican Roy Moore on Friday told supporters that the “battle is not over” in Alabama’s Senate race even though President Donald Trump and others have called on him to concede. Moore sent a fundraising email to supporters asking for contributions to his “election integrity fund’ so he could investigate reports…

White House: FBI Records Show ‘Extreme Bias’ Against Trump

By ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Friday newly revealed FBI records show there is “extreme bias” against President Donald Trump among senior leadership at the FBI. The accusation came hours before Trump was scheduled to speak at the FBI training academy in Quantico, Va. Trump, who has described the agency…

Rubio Defection Threatens GOP’s Slim Majority On Tax Bill

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER and MARCY GORDON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republicans’ razor-thin margin for driving their sweeping tax package through the Senate was thrown into jeopardy Thursday when GOP Sen. Marco Rubio declared he will vote against it unless negotiators expand the tax credit that low-income Americans can claim for their children. Rubio’s potential…

Ample Tax Cuts For Business, Wealthy In New GOP Tax Accord

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, ANDREW TAYLOR and MARCY GORDON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Generous tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans would be delivered in a sweeping overhaul of the tax laws, under a new agreement crafted by Republicans in Congress. Middle- and low-income families would receive smaller tax cuts, though President Donald Trump and…

GOP’s Not All That Sad; Party Grapples With Alabama Fallout

By STEVE PEOPLES and ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Weary national Republicans breathed a collective sigh of relief on Wednesday, a day after voters knocked out their own party’s scandal-plagued candidate in deep-red Alabama. Yet all is not well in a party confronted with new rounds of infighting and a suddenly shrinking Senate majority…

Democrat Jones Wins Stunning Red-State Alabama Senate Upset

By KIM CHANDLER and STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama’s special Senate election, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations. It was the first…