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Judge bars ex-Speaker Hastert from being alone with minors

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A judge has ordered Dennis Hastert not have contact with anyone under 18 unless another adult is present who is aware of revelations that the former House speaker abused high school students decades ago. More>>

Polls close across Alabama as bitter Senate campaign ends Video included

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An internationally watched Senate election is down to voters in Alabama who will choose between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones. More>>

Tax package would lower top tax rate for wealthy Americans

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Administration asserts GOP-backed tax overhaul will deliver a swift adrenaline shot to the economy that will send hundreds of billions pouring into federal tax coffers. More>>

LA police probe claim Roman Polanski molested girl in '75

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Los Angeles police are investigating allegations Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski molested a 10-year-old girl in 1975. More>>

Crews struggle to keep flames from California neighborhoods

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The winds aren't changing for Southern California's wildfires yet. The fifth largest blaze in state history was threatening thousands of homes as it churned through coastal mountains amid persistently dangerous weather conditions. More>>

US national parks to slash number of free days for visitors

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National parks in the U.S. will sharply drop the number of days they allow visitors to get in for free. More>>

San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee leaves behind city in turmoil

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The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that Mayor Edwin Lee has died at the age of 65. More>>

Arctic report card: Permafrost thawing at a faster pace

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A new report card shows permafrost in the Arctic is thawing faster than ever before. More>>

Singer of novelty song welcomes hippopotamus to Oklahoma

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Oklahoma City native Gayla Peevey has welcomed another hippopotamus to the city's zoo, more than 60 years after her song about wanting one for Christmas helped the facility purchase its first. More>>

NTSB blames captain, bad safety culture for loss of El Faro

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Federal accident investigators are set to determine the probable cause of the sinking of the cargo ship El Faro in 2015, the worst maritime disaster for a U.S.-flagged vessel in decades in which 33 mariners were killed. More>>

The Latest: Prosecutor: Bomb suspect wanted maximum damage

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An NYPD official says the man accused of detonating a bomb in the New York City subway wasn't known to authorities before the incident. More>>

US-based climate scientists to take research to France

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Two U.S.-based climate scientists say it's a dream come true _ the offer of all-expenses-paid grants to advance their research in Europe instead of the United States under climate skeptic President Donald Trump. More>>

Authorities say bomber mocked Trump before subway attack

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A would-be suicide bomber's rush-hour blast in the New York City subway system is adding new fuel to President Donald Trump's push to limit immigration based on family ties. More>>

New York commuters return to bombing site, shrug off attack

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New York subway riders are shrugging off the city's latest terrorist attack. More>>

Comment about Jews by Roy Moore's wife sparks new ridicule Video included

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The wife of embattled Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore fought back against accusations that her husband doesn't support blacks or Jews, saying at one point that one of their attorneys "is a Jew.". More>>

Female workers sue McCormick & Schmick's over lewd behavior

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Five female kitchen workers in Boston are detailing a sexual harassment lawsuit they're filing against a national restaurant chain. More>>

Birth-control coverage fight faces key hearing in California

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California and the Trump administration will square off before a U.S. judge who will decide whether to block new rules allowing more employers to opt out of birth control coverage for women. More>>

Death certificate says Charles Manson died of heart failure

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Charles Manson died of cardiac arrest accompanied by respiratory failure, triggered by colon cancer that had spread to other areas of his body. More>>

Ash falls like snow as celebrities flee California community

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Officials say the largest, most destructive wildfire burning in Southern California is expected to grow as it enters its second week. More>>

Some glitches seen in deadline week for 'Obamacare' sign-ups

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Some HealthCare.gov customers get incorrect message that no plans are available to them. More>>

Trump signs $700 billion military budget into law

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President Donald Trump has signed into law a sweeping defense policy bill that authorizes a $700 billion budget for the military, including additional spending on missile defense programs to respond to the growing nuclear weapons threat from North Korea. More>>

Bruce Brown, whose 'Endless Summer' redefined surfing, dies

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Bruce Brown, director of the classic surfing film "The Endless Summer," has died at age 80. More>>

Sessions: terror attacks show immigration a security issue

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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says attack on New York City subway system showed in "starkest terms" that the failures of the U.S. immigration system are a national security issue. More>>

Subway blast arrest leads to discussion of immigration rules

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Subway pipe bomb explosion, arrest of Bangladeshi immigrant lead to discussion of US immigration rules; Trump says 'inadequately vetted people' entering. More>>

Deaths from window blinds show need for cord ban, study says Video included

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Children's injuries and deaths from window blinds have not stalled over 26 years despite decades of safety concerns. More>>

Blood test may help predict which breast cancers will recur

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New research suggests that a blood test five years after breast cancer treatment may help identify some women who are more likely to relapse, long before a lump or other signs appear. More>>

'Son of Sam' killer hospitalized for reported heart ailment

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The "Son of Sam" serial killer who terrorized New York City 40 years ago has been hospitalized for a reported heart ailment. More>>

'Univision' anchor Jorge Ramos writing book on immigration

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A Univision journalist who famously clashed with then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in 2015 has a book coming out about Trump and immigration. More>>

Pentagon to allow transgender people to enlist in military

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The Pentagon is allowing transgender people to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, despite President Donald Trump's opposition. More>>

US flu season off to an early start; widespread in 7 states

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Health officials say flu season is underway; illnesses widespread in 7 states. More>>

Louisiana man admits misusing Trump's Social Security number

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Louisiana investigator admits misusing Donald Trump's Social Security number, trying to get candidate's tax information. More>>

Journalists consider response to errors after Trump attacks

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President Donald Trump is disputing a report that he watches hours of television each day, calling it, "Another false story.". More>>

Merriam-Webster's word of the year for 2017: 'Feminism'

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This may or may not come as a surprise: Merriam-Webster declares 'feminism' word of the year. More>>

Hyperactive Missouri Gov. Greitens touts his physical feats

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Republican Eric Greitens is earning a reputation for public displays of physical prowess and promoting them on Facebook. More>>

Oklahoma college board member chided for anti-gay comments

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A former Oklahoma City mayor and member of the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents is being criticized for comparing gay people to pedophiles. More>>

Alabama foes make final push before big Senate vote Video included

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Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones are making their final pushes ahead of Tuesday's special Senate election in Alabama. More>>

Houston 18-year-old arrested on charges of trying to aid IS

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A Houston 18-year-old has been arrested and charged with illegally distributing explosive-making information and attempting to support the Islamic State organization. More>>

'Alternative facts' remark tops 2017 list of notable quotes

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The use of the term 'alternative facts' by Kellyanne Conway, an adviser to President Donald Trump, tops a Yale Law School librarian's list of the most notable quotes of 2017. More>>

Detained by US, Mexican journalist fears death if deported

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Advocates for a Mexican journalist detained in a remote West Texas facility asked the U.S. government on Monday to grant him asylum instead of deporting him to a country where he believes he'll be killed. More>>

Tribes: Monument co-management proposal is slap in the face

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Tribes say Trump's proclamation reducing Utah monument not only blow they were dealt last week. More>>

'One of my nightmares': Pipe bomb attack hits in NYC subway Video included

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The New York Police Department is responding to a report of an explosion near Times Square. More>>

Class action lawsuit sought over 1966 Spain H-bombs accident

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A federal appeals court has been asked to allow a class-action lawsuit against the Veterans Affairs Department by veterans who say they became ill from radiation exposure after responding to a 1966 accident involving U.S. hydrogen bombs in Spain. More>>

Coffee shop wants to be Denver's first legal marijuana club

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Colorado's largest city is reviewing the first application from a business seeking to be among the nation's first legal marijuana clubs. More>>

The Latest: Celebrities among thousands fleeing wildfire

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Crews aided by calm overnight winds kept a wall of flames from descending from mountains into coastal towns after a huge Southern California wildfire exploded in size over the weekend. More>>

Charges: Turkish businessman exported US goods to Iran

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Federal prosecutors allege a Turkish businessman helped illegally route Wisconsin-made outboard engines and boat generators to the Iranian navy. More>>

The Latest: Suspect's family heartbroken, saddened by attack Video included

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Police say the pipe bomb explosion inside the New York City subway happened in an underground passageway. More>>

Detained by US, Mexican journalist fears death if deported

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Advocates for a Mexican journalist detained in a remote West Texas facility asked the U.S. government on Monday to grant him asylum instead of deporting him to a country where he believes he'll be killed. More>>

The Latest: Lawmaker accused of sexual assault told: Resign

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A Kentucky lawmaker who attracted national attention last year when he compared President Barack Obama and his wife to monkeys has been accused of sexual assault. More>>

Are 3-D mammograms really better? US puts scans to the test

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U.S. health officials are starting a huge study to tell if newer, sometimes pricier 3-D mammograms really improve screening for breast cancer. More>>

'On Point' radio host Ashbrook facing misconduct allegations

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"On Point" host Tom Ashbrook, the host of one of NPR's most successful programs, has been suspended while the network investigates sexual misconduct allegations. More>>

US man accused of illegal gun exports to Europe, Australia

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A captured fugitive is accused of dozens of federal firearms violations in Montana for allegedly exporting guns from the U.S. to customers in countries with restrictive gun laws. More>>

First black astronaut honored on 50th anniversary of death

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America's first black astronaut is finally getting full honors on the 50th anniversary of his death. More>>

Pioneering black journalist Simeon Booker dies at age 99

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Simeon Booker, a trail-blazing journalist and the first full-time African-American reporter at The Washington Post, has died at the age of 99. More>>

After allegations, Moore avoids spotlight, questions Video included

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Wounded by allegations of sexual misconduct with teens, Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore has largely disappeared from the traditional campaign trail in the race for U.S. Senate, relying on surrogates and social media. More>>

DA: Fatal shooting of trooper killing suspect was justified

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The district attorney says state police acted properly a year ago when they shot and killed a man suspected of murdering a state trooper in a rural area of central Pennsylvania. More>>

'Coco' tops box office again before 'Star Wars' hits

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Disney and Pixar's "Coco" has topped the box office for a third time on a quiet, pre "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" weekend in theaters. More>>

Shelby bucks Alabama GOP leaders in voting against Moore

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Most statewide Republican officeholders in Alabama say they will vote for Republican Roy Moore in the U.S. Senate race with at least one notable exception. More>>

A Medicaid challenge: Poor health, but a drive to improve

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AP Exclusive: People on Medicaid have worse health, but a new survey finds they're invested in improving. More>>

US fails to enforce smog rules, 14 states allege in lawsuit

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Fourteen states and the District of Columbia are suing the Trump administration over what they say is a failure to enforce smog standards. More>>

Officials: Whales, after deadly year, could become extinct

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Officials with the federal government say it's time to consider the possibility that endangered right whales could become extinct unless new steps are taken to protect them. More>>

Ohio awards $10M to boost opioid, addiction breakthroughs

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Ohio is set to name recipients of up to $12 million in competitive grants aimed at supporting scientific breakthroughs to solve the national opioid crisis. More>>

New evacuations as huge Southern California fire flares up

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A major flare-up on the western edge of Southern California's largest and most destructive wildfire has sent residents fleeing as flames churned through canyons and down hillsides toward coastal towns. More>>

More private university chiefs top $2M as pay keeps climbing

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Study finds presidents of America's private universities saw their pay increase by 9 percent in 2015; topping the list was Wake Forest University's Nathan Hatch, at $4 million. More>>

'Firefighting at Christmas' may become normal in California

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Firefighters in Southern California were on high alert for dangerous fire potential even before the first blazes broke out. More>>

Snow exits South, marches toward Northeast

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A winter storm has shrouded the Deep South in snow and threatened more overnight as it advances eastward. More>>

Conyers' House seat to remain vacant for nearly a year

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The son of a former Detroit mayor plans to run for the 13th Congressional District seat vacated by John Conyers following of allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate touching. More>>

2 Democrats: Minnesota governor's top choice mulling '18 run

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Sen. Al Franken's resignation will open up a prized Senate seat for a temporary successor and a 2018 election. More>>

Prosecutor declines to charge officer in deaf man's killing

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Oklahoma prosecutor declines to charge officer in shooting death of deaf man holding a pipe. More>>

Video key in ex-officer's stiff sentence for killing

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Video of white police officer shooting Walter Scott to death in 2015 was key to the 20-year sentence the officer received. More>>

California lawmaker resigns after bathroom sex assault claim

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California Assemblyman Matt Dababneh is resigning after a lobbyist alleged he sexually assaulted her in a bathroom. More>>

Judge dies days before trial of private eye over Trump taxes

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Court officials say a senior federal judge in Louisiana has died, days before he was to preside over the trial of a private investigator accused of trying to get Donald Trump's tax returns illegally during the presidential campaign. More>>

New Mexico school shooter left note plotting attack, suicide

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A shooter killed two classmates at a New Mexico high school as students hid in their classrooms or in closets. More>>

Trainers rushed to save terrified horses as flames closed in

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The California Horse Racing Board says approximately 25 race horses were killed when a wildfire engulfed about eight barns at a training center in northeast San Diego County. More>>

Director Bryan Singer denies sex assault on teen in 2003

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Director Bryan Singer has been accused in a lawsuit filed in Seattle of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy at a party more than a decade ago. More>>

The Latest: Prosecutors say no charges against Levine

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Prosecutors in Illinois say they've investigated a sexual abuse allegation against longtime Metropolitan Opera conductor James Levine and concluded 'no criminal charges can be brought'. More>>

Southern snowfall isn't deep, but many fear overnight freeze

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The season's first snow and a wintry mix of precipitation are in the forecast around the South, cauing alarm among people who are not accustomed to the white stuff. More>>

Ford won't contribute to MSNBC until resolving allegations

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Former Congressman Harold Ford Jr. and MSNBC's 'Morning Joe' say he will not be a contributor on the show until allegations of misconduct against him are resolved. More>>

The Latest: Woman, 70, is California fire death victim

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Fast-moving California wildfires force people to flee on only a moment's notice. More>>

US writer is detained in Cameroon, meets with lawyer

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Cameroon detains US writer who criticized government over Anglophone protests. More>>

Fast-moving flames force people to flee on a moment's notice

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California's newest wildfire tore through retirement communities built on golf courses and killed elite thoroughbred horses in its first destructive day. More>>

Patagonia, outdoor retailers fight Trump on US monuments

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Outdoor clothing giant Patagonia and other retailers have jumped into a political battle over President Donald Trump's plan to shrink two sprawling Utah national monuments. More>>

Ex-priest gets life in prison for 1960 parishioner slaying

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A former priest has been convicted of murdering a female parishioner nearly 60 years ago. More>>

Court: 'Making a Murderer' defendant's confession stands

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A federal appeals court has overturned a ruling that could have freed a Wisconsin inmate featured in the "Making a Murderer" series from prison. More>>

Appeals court hears arguments on updated Trump travel ban

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President Donald Trump's updated travel ban on six predominantly Muslim countries is headed to a federal appeals court in Virginia. More>>

Authorities release video of deadly Arizona police shooting

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Authorities have released an unedited video of an Arizona police officer fatally shooting an unarmed man outside his hotel room as officers responded to a call that someone was pointing a gun out a window. More>>

Trump signs 2-week spending bill to avoid shutdown

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President Donald Trump has signed a spending bill to avoid a government shutdown and keep the federal government running through Dec. 22. More>>

Elderly man fights off intruders, fatally shoots one of them

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Authorities say an 84-year-old Pennsylvania man fatally shot a home intruder and fought off another after two men broke into his house in the middle of the night. More>>

State Dept says Trump travel ban fully implemented

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The State Department says President Donald Trump's travel ban on citizens of six mainly Muslim countries, North Korea and Venezuela is now fully operational. More>>

Man whose relatives died mysteriously must give gun info

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A Vermont man whose mother and grandfather died in mysterious circumstances must turn over information related to a missing gun, as well as phone records, in a lawsuit in Rhode Island over insurance on his sunken boat. More>>

Ransomware slows North Carolina county government to a crawl

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A hacker's attack has slowed county government services to a crawl Wednesday in North Carolina's most populous metro area. More>>

With Trump, some African Americans to skip Mississippi event

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Many in Mississippi's African-American community had waited decades for a civil rights museum, but will skip the museum's Saturday opening because President Donald Trump is coming. More>>

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

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NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week. More>>

Salvage team sinks fishing boat off Hawaii reef

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Salvage crews pulled a derelict fishing boat out to deeper water Thursday after it had been grounded off Hawaii's Waikiki beach for nearly two months. More>>

The Latest: Sheriff: Heroes saved lives in school shooting

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Authorities say heroes helped save lives during a deadly shooting at a New Mexico high school. More>>

Arkansas judge blocks state from issuing birth certificates

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An Arkansas judge has halted the state from issuing new birth certificates until officials are able to comply with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the state's birth certificate law illegally favors heterosexual parents. More>>

Streep calls out Harvey Weinstein at women's conference

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Gloria Steinem, Meryl Streep, Viola Davis and others are headlining a sold-out women's conference in Boston. More>>

DOT drops proposal to force airlines to disclose bag fees

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The Transportation Department is dropping an Obama administration proposal that would have required that airlines disclose checked and carry-on bag fees at the start of a ticket purchase rather than later. More>>

Elite thoroughbred race horses killed in California wildfire

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Elite thoroughbred race horses used their speed to sprint away from flames Thursday as a one of California's major wildfires tore through a training center in San Diego County. More>>

Michigan doctor gets 60-year prison sentence for child porn

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A Michigan sports doctor who admits he molested gymnasts and kept a staggering collection of child pornography is getting the first of three prison sentences that will likely keep him locked up for decades. More>>

Citizens' group seeks US accountability for CIA renditions

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Citizens' group joins with former Guantanamo Bay defense lawyers to highlight, denounce torture during interrogation of terror suspects. More>>

Ex-priest convicted of murdering Texas woman in 1960

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A former priest has been convicted of the 1960 slaying of a South Texas teacher and one-time beauty queen who was a member of the parish he served. More>>

New York City not likely to tax $450 million art sale

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If a report that a Saudi prince bought a $450 million (380 million euro) Leonardo painting is true, New York probably won't collect sales tax. More>>

White ex-cop gets 20 years for Walter Scott slaying

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A federal judge has ruled that a former South Carolina officer committed second-degree murder when he shot an unarmed black motorist to death. More>>

Pearl Harbor survivors in their 90s attend solemn ceremony

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Survivors will gather at the site of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor to remember fellow servicemen killed in the early morning raid 76 years ago. More>>

Gene therapy shows promise against blood-clotting disease

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A study fuels hope that gene therapy can give long-lasting help and perhaps even cure the blood clotting disease called hemophilia. More>>

'Not a drill': Students hid in classrooms as shooter kills 2

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Authorities say a shooting at a high school in a small New Mexico town left two students and the suspect dead. More>>

Wildfire destroys mobile homes in California retirement park

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Southern California wind warning reaches unprecedented purple or "extreme' level, pushing wildfire danger into uncharted territory. More>>

Keillor: Radio station fired me without full investigation

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Garrison Keillor says Minnesota Public Radio shouldn't have dismissed him last week without investigating what the radio station has called "multiple allegations.". More>>

The Latest: Police identify victims of school shooting

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Authorities say three people are dead following a shooting at a New Mexico high school. More>>

The Latest: San Diego County wildfire surging toward sea

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Authorities have closed a major freeway as flames from the largest and most destructive California wildfire churn toward coastal and mountain communities northwest of Los Angeles. More>>

California sheriff: 'Screw-up' behind release of molester

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A California sheriff says a "screw-up" led to the mistaken release of an inmate who had pleaded guilty to child molestation. More>>

Longtime Washington state medical marijuana activist dies

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JoAnna McKee, a pioneering medical marijuana activist in Washington state, has died at age 74. More>>

Small risk of breast cancer seen with hormone contraceptives

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Modern low-dose birth control pills, available since the 1990s, have fewer side effects than the earliest oral contraceptives. More>>

Deputies arrest man in beating of North Carolina teacher

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Sheriff's deputies in North Carolina have obtained warrants for the arrest of a man charged with attacking a teacher at an elementary school. More>>

The Latest: Bosnian war crime suspect eager for deportation

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The government says an Ohio man has pleaded guilty to an immigration fraud charge after he was accused of hiding his role in a 1995 Serbian massacre of more than 8,000 Muslim Bosnians. More>>

After cyberattack, much of county's business done on paper

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A North Carolina county is working on the lengthy process of fixing its computer systems after declining to pay off a hacker who used ransomware to freeze dozens of local government servers. More>>

NJ advances bill barring drunken drone flying

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New Jersey lawmakers are set to vote on legislation that would make it illegal to operate a drone while drunk. More>>

Iowa teen says mom refused to help sister before she starved

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An Iowa teenager testified that his mother forced him and his two sisters to sleep on their bedroom floor in their own waste for months and that she refused to feed one sister in the days before she starved to death. More>>

Judge ponders reinstated charges in Penn St. frat death case

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Prosecutors are seeking a new judge as they pursue reinstated criminal charges in the death of a pledge after a Penn State fraternity party earlier this year. More>>

Rep. John Lewis: Trump is an 'insult' to civil rights event Video included

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U.S. Rep John Lewis says he won't speak at the opening of Mississippi civil rights and history museums, calling it intolerable that President Donald Trump will attend. More>>

Idaho fighting order to destroy wilderness wolf, elk data

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Idaho officials are challenging a federal court order to destroy information collected from tracking collars placed on elk and wolves obtained illegally by landing a helicopter in a central Idaho wilderness area. More>>

Ex-Texas nurse pleads not guilty in 1980s deaths of 5 kids

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An imprisoned former nurse who prosecutors believe could be responsible for the deaths of up to 60 children in Texas has pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the deaths of five children in the early 1980s. More>>

New Jersey eyes cutting in horse tracks on internet gambling

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New Jersey lawmakers want to give the state's horse racing tracks a piece of the action on internet gambling. More>>

The Latest: Walter Scott's family finally sees justice

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A federal judge has ruled that a former South Carolina officer committed second-degree murder when he shot an unarmed black motorist to death. More>>

Californians blast state over repairs to tallest US dam

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Northern California residents living in the shadow of the nation's tallest dam are venting decades of frustration with state water managers. More>>

1st state opts out of broadband public safety network

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New Hampshire is the first state to officially opt out of the nationwide public safety communications system known as FirstNet. More>>

Parents of Florida murder suspect refuse to answer questions

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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 after they refused to answer investigator's questions about their son. More>>

Pantone picks deep purple 'Ultra Violet' as color of year

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Look for it in the purple rain: Pantone picks deep 'Ultra Violet' as color of the year. More>>

Church Nativity scene honors victims of gun massacres

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A Catholic church in a Boston suburb is using its traditional Nativity scene to call attention to gun violence. More>>

$450 million Leonardo painting heading to new Louvre museum

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Leonardo da Vinci painting of Christ that sold in New York for record $450 million is heading to a museum in the United Arab Emirates. More>>

Trump science job nominees missing advanced science degrees

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Trump nominees to top science, health jobs often are missing something: advanced science degrees. More>>

Delivery robots will need permits to roam San Francisco

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Delivery robots in San Francisco will need permits before they can roam city sidewalks under legislation approved by supervisors. More>>

Correction: Sexual Misconduct-Garrison Keillor story

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An attorney for former "The Prairie Home Companion" host Garrison Keillor says MPR to "set the record straight" about the allegations against the humorist. More>>

Lawmaker says she accidentally brought gun to Denver airport

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Police say the gun that a Colorado state lawmaker brought to Denver International Airport was loaded with four rounds in its magazine. More>>

The Latest: Surge in California fire brings new evacuations

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The largest and most destructive wildfire in Southern California has grown to 140 square miles and fire officials say the worst may be yet to come. More>>

Obama talks at climate change summit as mayors sign charter

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Former President Barack Obama is expected to address a gathering of mayors from around the globe convening in Chicago to discuss climate change after President Donald Trump said the U.S. will pull out of the Paris climate accord. More>>

Patagonia joins lawsuits challenging Trump's monument plans

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More lawsuits are expected Wednesday over the Trump administration's plans to shrink several national monuments. More>>

Jones seeking support of women in Alabama Senate race Video included

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Steve Bannon savages national Republican leaders in increasingly ugly fight for Alabama Senate seat. More>>

Travel ban faces scrutiny from judges who blocked it before

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The U.S. Supreme Court's decision allowing President Donald Trump's third travel ban to take effect has intensified the attention on a legal showdown before three judges in Seattle who have previously been cool to the administration's efforts. More>>

Bel-Air wildfire joins the siege across Southern California Video included

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The same vicious winds that were making three Southern California wildfires so destructive were also making the firefight itself more difficult by keeping water-dropping planes and helicopters grounded. More>>

Alternate juror: Steinle shooting jury was right to acquit

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An alternate juror who sat through a murder trial in a case that sparked a fierce national debate on immigration says he agreed with the jury's decision to acquit a Mexican man of murder in the shooting death of a San Francisco woman two years ago. More>>

Latest: Keillor attorney: MPR must 'set the record straight'

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Garrison Keilor's attorney says the humorist is aware of only one woman making allegations of inappropriate behavior against him and wants the president of Minnesota Public Radio to "set the record straight" on that point. More>>

House OKs GOP bill expanding gun owners' rights

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The Republican-controlled House is taking up a bill to make it easier for gun owners to legally carry concealed weapons across state lines. More>>

Witness recalls escape from Oakland warehouse during fire

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Aaron Marin testified at a hearing that he was convinced his life was over as smoke engulfed a California warehouse in what was the country's deadliest building fire in more than a decade. More>>

Relatives, others want remains of cult leader Charles Manson

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The body of murder mastermind Charles Manson was barely cold when competing bids began for his remains and belongings among relatives and longtime associates. More>>

Famed 'Concussion' pathologist alleges autopsy interference

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San Joaquin County's chief medical examiner resigned over what he said was interference by the sheriff that has become so invasive that it borders on the unlicensed practice of medicine. More>>

America's homeless population rises for first time in years Video included

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A surge in homelessness on the West Coast has pushed the annual national count to nearly 554,000, the first time the number has gone up since 2010. More>>

ACLU: New Mexico deputies kept pulling over black US agent

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A black female US immigration officer in New Mexico says in a lawsuit she was pulled over repeatedly by sheriff's deputies with no probable cause and that one of the deputies pulled her over twice. More>>

6 women file lawsuit alleging 'Weinstein Sexual Enterprise'

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Six women sue Harvey Weinstein, seek to represent class of "dozens, if not hundreds" of assault victims. More>>

LA will become largest US city with recreational pot

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Los Angeles will become the nation's largest city with recreational pot after the City Council votes to license sales next year. More>>

The Latest: Patagonia sues over Trump's monuments order

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More lawsuits are expected Wednesday over the Trump administration's plans to shrink several national monuments. More>>

Son of slain black man wants life in prison for ex-officer

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A year ago, former South Carolina police officer Michael Slager heard a judge declare a mistrial in the state murder case against him; this week, he sits in a federal courtroom, awaiting sentencing for the shooting death of a black man. More>>

Judge sends VW manager to prison for 7 years in diesel scam

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A judge has sentenced a Volkswagen senior manager to seven years in prison for covering up a scheme to evade pollution limits on U.S. diesel vehicles, calling it an astonishing fraud on American consumers. More>>

Correction: Missing Children-Father Arrested story

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Police say two Utah men are under arrest after search near a remote, makeshift compound turned up two girls taken by their father to join an upstart sect relatives say is based around polygamy and doomsday. More>>

Black political machine tested again in Atlanta mayor race

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The race for mayor in Atlanta is too close to call, with one candidate declaring herself the city's new leader and the other vowing to request a recount. More>>

79-foot Montana Christmas tree lit outside US Capitol

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A 79-foot Christmas tree that was transported more than 3,600 miles from Montana's Kootenai National Forest has been lit on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. More>>

'Silence Breakers' named Time magazine's Person of the Year

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The anti-harassment #MeToo movement has been named Time magazine's Person of the Year. More>>

Catholic Church, state clash on law barring headstone sales

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A federal judge in New Jersey is scheduled to hear arguments in a case pitting the state against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark over a law that makes it illegal for private religious cemeteries to sell monuments and headstones. More>>

APNewsBreak: Accusers take on toxic culture in TV newsrooms

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Women who say they were sexually harassed or mistreated by powerful men in television news are banding together to form a support network aimed at changing newsroom culture. More>>

GOP lawmaker's 'I don't like men' comment stirs protest Video included

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An outspoken and conservative Pennsylvania state lawmaker is the target of calls to resign or be demoted after he accosted his Democratic counterpart for touching his arm and suggested the man might be gay. More>>

Indiana GOP Senate candidate voted Democrat until 2012

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A wealthy Senate candidate from Indiana who bills himself as a "conservative Republican" voted for nearly two decades in the state's Democratic primaries. More>>

Insurance claims for Northern California wildfires reach $9B

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Officials say the wildfires that ravaged Northern California wine country two months ago have generated $9 billion in insurance claims. More>>

Did 'Do Not Resuscitate' tattoo reflect patient's true wish?

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An unconscious patient in an emergency room at a Miami hospital posed a vexing ethical dilemma for doctors, because of his "Do Not Resuscitate" tattoo. More>>

Lawsuit cooked up over New Jersey's home baked goods ban

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A group of bakers are challenging a one-of-a-kind New Jersey rule that bans the sale of homemade baked goods. More>>

The Latest: VW senior manager gets 7 years in US prison

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A Volkswagen senior manager has been sentenced to seven years in a U.S. prison for concealing software that was used to evade pollution limits on nearly 600,000 diesel vehicles. More>>

Lawyer says gun maker long knew about explosion-prone rifle

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A lawyer for a hunter injured in a rifle explosion says newly disclosed records show the manufacturer knew for years about extensive problems with that model's barrel. More>>

Judge detains ricin suspect with prior suicide attempts

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A federal judge will consider whether a woman accused of manufacturing ricin and testing the deadly toxin on fellow residents of a senior living facility in Vermont should continue to be detained. More>>

Pace of confirmations gives McConnell chance to bask in wins

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The pace of confirmations for President Donald Trump's judicial nominees has quickly become a source of pride for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and fellow Republicans. More>>

'Take all their excuses away': Hard cases in heroin fight

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Long before President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a national public health emergency, addiction counselors were fighting in the trenches where it's tough to tell victory from defeat on any given day. More>>

Beyond Rx? CVS Health-Aetna deal may mean more services

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Drugstore giant CVS Health is buying the health insurer Aetna in order to push much deeper into customer care. More>>

Parents, county in court over transgender teen's therapy

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A judge in Cincinnati will decide whether a teen transitioning from female to male can continue receiving therapy at a hospital or whether the therapy must be Christian-based, as his parents demand. More>>

Gay man denied marriage license hopes to unseat county clerk

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A gay man who was denied a marriage license by a Kentucky county clerk will run for re-election against her in 2018. More>>

Los Angeles moves toward legal pot sales milestone

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Los Angeles is poised to take a major step toward becoming the largest city in the U.S. that licenses the sale and cultivation of recreational marijuana. More>>

Astronauts make, fling, float, eat pizzas on space station

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The first-ever pizza night in space is getting sky-high reviews. More>>

The Latest: Court hears 5 officers' bid to sue a prosecutor

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Lawyers for five Baltimore police officers charged but later cleared in the death of Freddie Gray have asked a federal appeals court to allow their lawsuit against the city's top prosecutor to go to trial. More>>

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