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Crews douse fire at huge oil refinery near Los Angeles 18 Oct 2017 at 10:29am
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) -- A fire that erupted at the West Coast's largest oil refinery threatened storage tanks and sent huge flames into the sky and black smoke across neighborhoods before crews quickly smothered it....

Health care plan sponsor says Trump offers encouragement 18 Oct 2017 at 10:29am
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A chief sponsor of a bipartisan Senate deal to curb the growth of health insurance premiums said Wednesday President Donald Trump called to offer encouragement, a day after the president spoke favorably of the pact but then reversed course....

US stock indexes mostly higher in early trading; oil up 18 Oct 2017 at 10:28am
U.S. stock indexes were mostly higher in early trading Wednesday as the market added to its modest gains from a day earlier. Technology companies notched some of the biggest gains, led by strong earnings from IBM. Health care and financial companies also rose. Packaged foods companies fell the most. Oil headed higher....

New country traditionalist Jon Pardi dances to his own beat 18 Oct 2017 at 10:25am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- When Jon Pardi was a kid growing up in Northern California, he was so obsessed with country music that when he was asked his name in preschool, he'd list off the genre's biggest stars....

Trump and the new politics of honoring war dead 18 Oct 2017 at 10:23am
WASHINGTON (AP) -- After her Army son died in an armored vehicle rollover in Syria in May, Sheila Murphy says, she got no call or letter from President Donald Trump, even as she waited months for his condolences and wrote him that "some days I don't want to live."...

Talk of 'no deal' Brexit rises as divorce negotiations stall 18 Oct 2017 at 10:23am
LONDON (AP) -- As Brexit negotiations between Britain and the European Union stutter and stall, one question looms larger and larger: What if there is no deal?...

Gord Downie, lead singer of The Tragically Hip, has died 18 Oct 2017 at 10:22am
TORONTO (AP) -- Gord Downie, who made himself part of Canada's national identity with songs about hockey and small towns as lead singer and songwriter of iconic rock band The Tragically Hip, has died at age 53 after a battle with brain cancer....

Trump says Comey knew he was going to exonerate Clinton 18 Oct 2017 at 10:16am
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday to revive his long-standing complaint about the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email server investigation, alleging that then-Director James Comey had protected the Democratic presidential nominee by prematurely "exonerating" her before the 2016 election....

Syrian-American musicians raise voices as homeland suffers 18 Oct 2017 at 10:16am
DETROIT (AP) -- When Samer Saem Eldahr finished university, he was ready to spread his wings and start his career. He planned a month away from home to discover and pursue his craft....

Thousands march over 'Somalia's 9/11;' attack details emerge 18 Oct 2017 at 10:16am
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- As thousands of people took to the streets of Somalia's capital Wednesday in a show of defiance after the country's deadliest attack, officials shared a detailed account of how Saturday's truck bombing that killed more than 300 was carried out. They said two people have been arrested....

Both sides say protest talks productive, more talks to come 18 Oct 2017 at 10:01am
NEW YORK (AP) -- When owners talk directly with players, it often has to do with contracts....

The Latest: Trump criticizes bipartisan health deal 18 Oct 2017 at 10:00am
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on President Donald Trump and health care legislation (all times local):...

Saudi carrier launches direct flight to Iraq after 27 years 18 Oct 2017 at 9:52am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Saudi budget-carrier flynas on Wednesday launched the first direct flight between the kingdom and Iraq since the Gulf War 27 years ago, marking another move by the kingdom to improve ties with its neighbor in an attempt to blunt rival Iran's vast influence there....

For ornery shelter cats, 2nd chance is a job chasing mice 18 Oct 2017 at 9:51am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Gary wasn't used to being around people. He didn't like being touched, or even looked at. If anyone came too close, he'd lash out....

Tough housing market awaits California wildfire victims 18 Oct 2017 at 9:51am
PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) -- As firefighters gain on wildfires burning in Northern California's wine country, the many thousands who lost their houses, condos and apartments in those fires will have to find a new place to live in one of the toughest housing markets in the nation....