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Parents of Florida murder suspect refuse to answer questions

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The parents of the 24-year-old man suspected in a string of fatal shootings that terrorized a Florida neighborhood will go before a judge Thursday after refusing to answer questions about their son.

FBI director counters Trump's attacks on his agency

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director Christopher Wray on Thursday countered strident attacks on his agency by President Donald Trump, saying, "There is no finer institution than the FBI."

Congress seems set to avert government shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress seems set to prevent a weekend government shutdown, but lawmakers and President Donald Trump still have longer-range disputes to settle over spending, immigration and other issues before they can declare budget peace.

Putin undecided whether to run as an independent or not

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has not decided yet whether to run for office next year as an independent candidate or secure support from the ruling party, his spokesman said Thursday.

Franken announces resignation from Senate

UPDATED AT 11:45 A.M.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Al Franken announced Thursday he will resign from Congress in the coming weeks following a wave of sexual misconduct allegations and the collapse of support from his Democratic colleagues, a swift political fall for a once-rising Democratic star.

Major California freeway closed amid wildfire fight

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities closed a major freeway Thursday as flames from the largest and most destructive Southern California wildfire jumped lanes and churned toward coastal and mountain communities northwest of Los Angeles as crews kept an eye on unpredictable winds.

Palestinians protest Trump move on Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (AP) — Hundreds of Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli troops across the West Bank on Thursday while demonstrators in Gaza burned posters of President Donald Trump over his widely denounced decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Trump Jr. in private interview with House panel

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump Jr. was being interviewed Wednesday in private as part of the House intelligence committee's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Doctors find brain abnormalities in victims of Cuba mystery

WASHINGTON (AP) — Doctors treating the U.S. embassy victims of suspected attacks in Cuba have discovered brain abnormalities as they search for clues to explain hearing, vision, balance and memory damage, The Associated Press has learned.

New blaze erupts in wildfire-plagued Southern California

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A dramatic new wildfire erupted in Los Angeles early Wednesday as firefighters battled three other destructive blazes across Southern California.

Flames exploded before dawn on the steep slopes of Sepulveda Pass, which carries heavily traveled Interstate 405 through the Santa Monica Mountains where ridge tops are covered with expensive homes.