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AP Top News at 7:31 p.m. EDT

1 - Better weather gives leg up to crews on California wildfires
2 - Iraqi forces push into disputed city as Kurds withdraw
3 - Raw sewage contaminating waters in Puerto Rico after Maria
4 - Trump says predecessors didn't honor fallen; response heated
5 - Somalia truck bombing toll over 300, scores remain missing
6 - Trump, McConnell: No matter what people say, we're friends
7 - Driver of deadly immigrant smuggling run pleads guilty
8 - Bomb kills reporter who covered Malta's 'Panama Papers' link
9 - Army Sgt. Bergdahl pleads guilty to deserting his post
10 - What cosmic crash confirmed: Einstein was as good as gold
1 - Better weather gives leg up to crews on California wildfires

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) -- The winds eased, some of the smoke began to clear and the forecast Monday offered a tantalizing chance of rain to firefighters trying to corral the blazes that have laid waste to the nation's most celebrated wine-making region....

10/16/2017 7:01:33 PM

2 - Iraqi forces push into disputed city as Kurds withdraw

KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) -- Two weeks after fighting together against the Islamic State, Iraqi forces pushed their Kurdish allies out of the disputed city of Kirkuk on Monday, seizing oil fields and other facilities amid soaring tensions over last month's Kurdish vote for independence....

10/16/2017 4:28:38 PM

3 - Raw sewage contaminating waters in Puerto Rico after Maria

CAGUAS, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Raw sewage is pouring into the rivers and reservoirs of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. People without running water bathe and wash their clothes in contaminated streams, and some islanders have been drinking water from condemned wells....

10/16/2017 4:58:22 PM

4 - Trump says predecessors didn't honor fallen; response heated

WASHINGTON (AP) -- For U.S. presidents, meeting the families of military personnel killed in war is about as wrenching as the presidency gets. President Donald Trump's suggestion Monday that his predecessors fell short in that duty brought a visceral reaction from those who witnessed those grieving encounters....

10/16/2017 6:51:10 PM

5 - Somalia truck bombing toll over 300, scores remain missing

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- More than 300 people were killed in the weekend truck bombing in Somalia's capital and scores remained missing, authorities said Monday, as the fragile Horn of Africa nation reeled from one of the world's worst attacks in years....

10/16/2017 4:38:19 PM

6 - Trump, McConnell: No matter what people say, we're friends

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell reaffirmed their alliance of necessity Monday in a raucous Rose Garden news conference that also underscored their sharp differences. The garrulous president claimed they were longtime friends now closer than ever; the reserved Senate Republican leader allowed that they share goals and speak often....

10/16/2017 6:03:09 PM

7 - Driver of deadly immigrant smuggling run pleads guilty

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- The driver of a semitrailer packed with at least 39 immigrants, 10 of whom died, pleaded guilty Monday to making the deadly smuggling run....

10/16/2017 6:11:42 PM

8 - Bomb kills reporter who covered Malta's 'Panama Papers' link

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) -- A Maltese investigative journalist who exposed the island nation's links to offshore tax havens through the leaked Panama Papers was killed Monday when a bomb exploded in her car, the prime minister said....

10/16/2017 4:27:06 PM

9 - Army Sgt. Bergdahl pleads guilty to deserting his post

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) -- Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured and held by the Taliban for five years after walking away from his post in Afghanistan, pleaded guilty Monday to desertion and endangering his comrades - charges that could put him behind bars for the rest of his life....

10/16/2017 2:19:44 PM

10 - What cosmic crash confirmed: Einstein was as good as gold

WASHINGTON (AP) -- When two extremely dense neutron stars crashed together in a distant galaxy, astronomers struck scientific gold, confirming previously unproven theories, including some from Albert Einstein....

10/16/2017 6:03:05 PM

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