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Massive cost overruns will force Calif. bullet train program to confront a new reality


Only two years ago, the California rail authority unveiled an ambitious plan to begin operating a segment of bullet train service between San Jose and the Central Valley by 2025. It would take nearly every penny in its checkbook, but the rail ...

Will Trump's offshore oil plans prove toxic for GOP incumbents in California?


WASHINGTON -- As coastal Republicans in Florida and the Carolinas lobby the Trump administration to exempt their states from new offshore oil drilling plans, their GOP counterparts in California have largely been silent, apparently torn between ...

Irma trash still fills Keys canals. Is cleanup finally coming?


MARATHON, Fla. -- On an unseasonably cool day in the Florida Keys, a manatee drifted through a canal, stopping occasionally to graze on an algae-slimed recreational vehicle that just barely crested the water's surface. That sunken RV is just one ...

Smugglers use rocks and fog to thwart Border Patrol


SAN DIEGO -- On a foggy Saturday night at the end of December, a Border Patrol agent drove an all-terrain vehicle close to the border fence between San Diego and Tijuana, looking for footprints. To his left, a rust red, 7-foot metal barrier made ...

Trump's environmental actions spark resistance in many states


WASHINGTON -- Democratic governors, attorneys general and state legislators spent 2017 fighting President Donald Trump's environmental agenda, and the conflict shows no sign of letting up this year. Trump's environmental and energy priorities are...

Jury rules for former Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. in Facebook post case


MILWAUKEE -- A federal jury late Monday sided with former Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke in a trial over whether Clarke's Facebook posts violated the free speech rights of a man who had shared a flight with Clarke. Dan Black, 25, was ...

Having devastated Yemen in bombing campaign, Saudi Arabia pledges $1.5 billion in humanitarian aid


In a gesture inspiring both praise and scorn, Saudi Arabia announced Monday that it would donate $1.5 billion in new humanitarian aid to Yemen, where almost three years of war has devastated the country's infrastructure, tanked the economy and ...

Schwarzenegger to Trump: 'If you want to drill, do it off Mar-a-Lago'


Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday blasted President Donald Trump's move to allow increased offshore drilling, saying he ought to drill in the waters off his Palm Beach, Fla., resort rather than California. "Don't touch ...

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Scalise back at Capitol after successful surgery WASHINGTON -- House Majority Whip Steve Scalise returned to the Capitol Monday after surgery and a 12-day hospital stay to cast a "yes" vote on a stopgap spending bill that will reopen the ...

Tesla, reportedly on 'Autopilot,' rear-ends fire truck on California freeway


A Tesla Model S reportedly on "Autopilot" smashed into the back of a fire truck parked at a freeway accident scene in California Monday morning, authorities said. The union representing Culver City firefighters whose truck was hit around 8:30 a.m...