White House Asserts ‘Vast’ Effort to Protect Elections

WASHINGTON (AP) — Responding to wide-ranging criticism that it lacked a clear national strategy to protect U.S. elections, the White House said Thursday that President Donald Trump has directed a “vast, government-wide effort” to protect the cornerstone of American democracy. John Bolton, the national security adviser, also wrote in a letter to Senate Democrats that…

Aeromexico Crash: Stronger Planes Can Mean Fewer Fatalities

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — An aviation expert says passengers in plane crashes like Tuesday’s Aeromexico accident — in which no one died — have better chances of survival due to more robust aircraft construction. Air safety investigator Adrian Young, from the Netherlands-based consultancy To70, said that crash survival rates “are higher than they have ever…

Officials Are Promoting Lower-Cost, Short-Term Health Plans

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR , Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is clearing the way for insurers to sell short-term health plans as a bargain alternative to pricey Obama-law policies for people struggling with high premiums. But the policies don’t have to cover existing medical conditions and offer limited benefits. It’s not certain if…

Repeat Wildfire Evacuations Leave Some Californians Weary

By JANIE HAR and BRIAN SKOLOFF , Associated Press UPPER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Jessyca Lytle fled a fast-moving Northern California wildfire in 2015 that spared her property but destroyed her mother’s memorabilia-filled home in rural and rugged Lake County. Less than three years later, Lytle found herself listening to scanner traffic and fire-proofing her…