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By Eileen Sullivan WASHINGTON – President Trump has denied a congresswoman’s account that he told a grieving soldier’s widow in a phone call that the soldier “knew what he signed up for,” saying on Wednesday that the Democratic representative’s description was “totally fabricated.” Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., recounted details of Trump’s call wit…

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By Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Sandhya Somashekhar, Kristine Phillips and J. Freedom du Lac SANTA ROSA, Calif. - The scale of death and destruction is unprecedented and almost unfathomable. Thirty-one confirmed dead. Hundreds still missing on Friday. Thousands of homes and businesses destroyed, including whole neighborhoods reduced to smoldering rubble by the wildfires rag…

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By Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Kristine Phillips, Joel Achenbach and Herman Wong SANTA ROSA, Calif. – The wind known as the Diablo has picked up again, the air is dry, there is no rain in sight and the killer wildfires ravaging Northern California’s wine country remained almost completely uncontained Thursday morning. Officials warned that some of the big fires could merg…

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By Breena Kerr, Lea Donosky, Scott Wilson and Herman Wong HEALDSBURG, Calif. – A series of deadly Northern California wildfires continued to rage overnight as winds whipped back up, prompting additional evacuations as firefighters struggled to contain an arc of flames that has killed at least 17 people, destroyed more than 2,000 buildings and battered the region’s l…

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By Cindy Boren The plan had been for Vice President Mike Pence to attend the Indianapolis Colts game at which Peyton Manning’s number is to be retired, a gala celebration of the former Colts quarterback’s contributions to Pence’s home state. The former governor of Indiana and his wife, wearing a Manning No. 18 jersey, left Lucas Oil Stadium after the national a…

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By Juliet Eilperin For months, officials in Republican-controlled Iowa had sought federal permission to revitalize their ailing health-insurance marketplace. Then President Trump read about the request in a newspaper story and called the federal director weighing the application. Trump’s message was clear, according to individuals who spoke on the condition of anonym…

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By Mark Berman and Matt Zapotosky Investigators probing the Las Vegas massacre continued searching Thursday for what could have motivated the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, even as they detailed more evidence suggesting that the gunman meant to inflict even greater damage. Since the moment Stephen Paddock fired the first round out of his high-ris…

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By Sarah Kaplan LAS VEGAS – The first thing Aaron Stalker heard when he answered the phone late Sunday night was his girlfriend’s anguished scream. “There’s just been a shot fired! Mom is shot!” He tried to talk to her, but she couldn’t hear him over her screams: “I need you here. I need you here!” Then Stalker, 28, was out of the house and in his…

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By Amber Phillips WASHINGTON – The tool is called a "bump fire stock," or bump stock for short. In 2013, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., proposed banning them as part of a broader bill to ban assault weapons. Now, with investigators finding at least a dozen bump stocks in the Las Vegas shooter's hotel room, Feinstein and 26 other Democratic senators introduced a bill…

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By Lynh Bui, Mark Berman and Matt Zapotosky LAS VEGAS – Investigators struggled Tuesday with a chilling but baffling array of clues in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history – including a hotel room arsenal fit for a commando team – yet were still left trying to grasp what caused a 64-year-old retiree to turn a concert ground into a kil…

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By Niraj Choksi Words of sympathy began to pour in Monday from musicians who had performed over the weekend at the Las Vegas festival where a shooting killed more than 50 people. The shooting happened Sunday, on the last night of the Route 91 Harvest Festival, a three-day country music event. Online video showed singer Jason Aldean, who was listed as the festival’s…

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By William Wan, Sandhya Somashekhar, Aaron C. Davis and Barbara Liston Before he opened fire late Sunday, killing at least 58 people at a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip, gunman Stephen Paddock was living out his retirement as a high-stakes gambler in a quiet town outside Las Vegas. Paddock, 64, would disappear for days at a time, frequenting casinos wi…

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By Philip Bump The mass shooting that killed at least 50 people in Las Vegas on Sunday night was the worst in modern American history. Police suspect that Stephen Paddock fired on the crowd at a country-music concert indiscriminately from his hotel room window, killing dozens and injuring hundreds more. If it seems as though we only just experienced another deadliest…

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By Heather Long, Mark Berman and Derek Hawkins LAS VEGAS - A gunman in a high-rise hotel overlooking the Las Vegas Strip opened fire on a country music festival late Sunday, killing at least 59 people and injuring hundreds of others in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. The gunman, identified by police as Stephen Paddock , was later found dead b…

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By Cindy Boren Moments after he became eligible for parole, O.J. Simpson was released from a Nevada prison early Sunday morning after serving nine years for a 2007 robbery and kidnapping incident in Las Vegas. The Hall of Fame football player left Lovelock Correctional Center with an unidentified driver at 12:08 a.m., Brooke Keast, a spokeswoman for the Nevada Depart…