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Flames threaten rich California enclave, residents flee

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The fourth-largest wildfire in California history continues to grow and threaten thousands of homes despite armies of fire crews and fleets of bulldozers and aircraft. More>>

A CDC ban on 'fetus' and 'transgender?' Experts alarmed

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Health leaders say they are alarmed about reports that officials at the nation's top public health agency are being told not to use certain words in official budget documents, including "fetus," and "transgender.". More>>

SpaceX capsule back at space station with pre-Christmas haul

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A SpaceX capsule has returned to the International Space Station, just in time for Christmas. More>>

Major media players start commission for sexual misconduct

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Hollywood executives and other major players in entertainment have established a commission to be chaired by Anita Hill that intends to combat sexual misconduct and inequality across the industry. More>>

Sen. Schumer: Bomb-detection units needed at transit hubs

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Screening devices that detect suicide vests like the one that exploded in a New York City subway tunnel are being tested in a Los Angeles transit station. More>>

Tribes oppose planned bioterror tests near Oklahoma graves

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Five Native American tribes that own an Oklahoma site where the U.S. Department of Homeland Security intends to conduct bioterrorism drills next year now oppose the government's plan. More>>

Ex-wife of Lorenzen Wright charged with murder in 2010 death

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Authorities say the ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright has been charged with first-degree murder in his death more than seven years ago. More>>

The one that got away: Not the fish, but the $2.8M prize

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For the last two years, the most dramatic moments of the White Marlin Open have been on dry land _ not off the coast of Ocean City, Maryland. More>>

Mario Batali gives holiday recipe in same email as apology

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Celebrity chef Mario Batali has issued an apology to his newsletter subscribers for his sexual misconduct against women, but he confounded some by ending his message with a recipe for a "holiday-inspired breakfast.". More>>

Wildfire burns beloved burros in South Dakota's Custer park

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Nine Custer State Park burros that were reported missing in a South Dakota wildfire have been found, but they all suffered burns. More>>

A bird, a plane, a polar bear? Wild guests at Alaska airport

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Many airports have problems dealing with bird strikes, but the one in America's farthest north community is having issues lately with marine mammals. More>>

Eighth planet found in faraway solar system, matching ours

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An 8th planet has been found in a faraway solar system, matching ours in numbers. More>>

'A Prairie Home Companion' name becomes 'Live from Here'

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The radio variety show known as "A Prairie Home Companion" has been renamed following Minnesota Public Radio's dismissal of its creator, Garrison Keillor. More>>

SpaceX 1st: Recycled rocket soars with recycled capsule

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SpaceX has racked up another first, launching a recycled rocket with a recycled capsule on a NASA grocery run. More>>

Cautious Texas among last states to OK medical marijuana

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While California is about to make recreational pot legal, Texas is tiptoeing into marijuana with a restrictive medical cannabis program that critics say is doomed to fail. More>>

California lawmakers propose health coverage for immigrants

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California Democratic lawmakers say they want to use the windfall from a growing economy to extend health coverage to immigrants living in the country illegally. More>>

Judge temporarily blocks new Trump rules on birth control

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A federal judge in Philadelphia has ordered the Trump administration not to enforce new rules that would dramatically reduce women's access to free birth control. More>>

Colorado, New Mexico lawmakers alter sex misconduct policies

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Lawmakers in Colorado and New Mexico are revisiting their sexual misconduct policies as legislatures nationwide confront claims that they haven't done enough to protect victims. More>>

C-A-T named D-O-G is star canine trainer

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A black and white cat has become one of the stars at a St. Louis center where dogs are trained to help people with disabilities. Trainers say the cat named D-O-G plays an important role teaching dogs how to act amid distractions. More>>

Border arrests surge, erasing much of Trump's early gains

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The U.S. government posted a seventh straight monthly increase in people being arrested or denied entry along the Mexican border, erasing much of the early gains of Donald Trump's presidency. More>>

Manhattan prosecutor returns 3 ancient sculptures to Lebanon

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Three ancient sculptures are being returned to their rightful owners in Lebanon as the Manhattan district attorney forms a new antiquities trafficking unit. More>>

Female candidate quits Kansas race over 2005 harassment suit

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A female congressional candidate has dropped out of the Kansas race over a 12-year-old lawsuit accusing her of sexually harassing a male subordinate. More>>

White House to push merit-based immigration in new campaign

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The White House is embarking on a major campaign to turn the public against the nation's largely family-based immigration system ahead of an all-out push to move toward a more merit-based structure. More>>

US prosecutors move to cash in on $8.5M in seized bitcoin

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Federal attorneys prosecuting a multimillion-dollar opioid drug-ring case are moving quickly to sell seized bitcoin that's exploded in value to $8.5 million since the alleged ringleader's arrest. More>>

2-time terror survivor's message to attackers: I forgive you

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A man who survived two terror attacks has a message for the assailants: I forgive you. More>>

Deadly California wildfire continues to grow

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The first firefighter has died in the battle against a series of major wildfires burning across Southern California. More>>

Mourners bow, pray over casket of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee

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As a string trio played, a long stream of mourners filed past the body of the late San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee to say goodbye to their leader of seven years. More>>

Utah dog that bit girl wins reprieve, won't be put to death

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A plea deal will spare the life of a dog named Dexter that was ordered put to death after he bit a 12-year-old girl in a case that sparked the ire of the Utah Humane Society. More>>

Trump reconsiders rules protecting miners from black lung

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Federal mining regulators are reconsidering regulations intended to protect miners from breathing coal and rock dust, the cause of black lung disease. More>>

Studies: Warming made Harvey's deluge 3 times more likely

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New studies find global warming's fingerprints were all over the record rainfall from Hurricane Harvey this year. More>>

Grand jury: Penn State showed 'shocking apathy' to drinking

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Grand jury report after frat pledge's drinking death says Penn State officials displayed 'shocking apathy'. More>>

Trump Organization parties may have broken public-space rule

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Trump Organization holiday party in Trump Tower may be latest case of first family flouting public space rule. More>>

Rubio defection threatens GOP's slim majority on tax bill

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Generous tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans would be delivered in a sweeping overhaul of the tax laws, under a new agreement crafted by Republicans in Congress. More>>

Gunman fires wildly during car chase through Baltimore

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A gunman fleeing police in a car shot wildly at officers and pedestrians across a swath of Baltimore on Friday as he led cruisers on a chase that looped through streets of the city for at least 20 minutes. More>>

Military hero McRaven leaving post as Texas chancellor

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University of Texas System Chancellor William McRaven says he will leave the school in May, citing unspecified health issues as a factor. More>>

Kentucky reeling from sexual assault, harassment accusations

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As sexual assault and harassment allegations sweep through statehouses around the country, no place has been impacted quite like Kentucky. More>>

Pete Rose defamation lawsuit dismissed after agreement

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A defamation lawsuit filed by Pete Rose last year against the lawyer who got him kicked out of baseball has been dismissed. More>>

Jurors in soccer bribery trial head home for weekend

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Jurors at the New York corruption trial of three former South American soccer officials have gone home for the weekend after getting started with their deliberations. More>>

Police: DNA comparison to missing brothers could take months

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Authorities say it could be months before DNA from the remains of three children found in Montana can be compared to DNA in the 2010 disappearance of three Michigan brothers. More>>

Judge puts off request to dismiss lawsuit in mystery deaths

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A New Hampshire judge is scheduled to hear arguments to dismiss a lawsuit accusing a Vermont man of killing his millionaire grandfather and possibly his mother to collect an inheritance. More>>

Man found guilty of killing girlfriend with bubble wrap

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A South Carolina man who prosecutors say killed his girlfriend by suffocating her with bubble wrap has been sentenced to 45 years in prison. More>>

Jury rules for Arpaio in lawsuit by senator's son, ex-wife

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An Arizona jury has refused to award damages against former Sheriff Joe Arpaio in the since-dismissed animal cruelty case he brought against one of Sen. Jeff Flake's sons. More>>

California issues 1st licenses for legal pot market

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California's legal marijuana market is finally, fitfully, taking shape. More>>

Prosecutor clears Oklahoma cop in Taser shooting, fire death

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An Oklahoma police officer has been cleared in the death of a man who burst into flames and died after being shot by a Taser as he was getting into his gasoline-soaked van. More>>

Poll: Most believe Trump trying to obstruct Russia probe

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A new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research reveals that most Americans think Donald Trump did something wrong regarding his presidential campaign's ties to Russia. More>>

FCC votes along party lines to end 'net neutrality'

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FCC votes along party lines to end 'net neutrality' rules that equalized access to the internet. More>>

Lawyers clash over impact of Trump's rules on birth control

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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>>

Suspect in Virginia car attack faces upgraded charge

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Man accused of ramming car into crowd protesting against a white nationalist rally in Virginia, killing one and injuring dozens in August, faces court hearing. More>>

Complex life of Kentucky legislator ends in suicide

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The death of Kentucky lawmaker Dan Johnson has jolted Republican leaders. More>>

No jail for fertility doctor who lied about using own sperm

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A retired Indianapolis fertility doctor accused of inseminating patients with his own sperm is set to plead guilty to charges that he lied to investigators. More>>

Black women seek rewards from Democrats after Alabama race

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Black women ask to be 'at the head of the political class' after Alabama Senate race. More>>

Verdict returned in death of teen Obama praised for courage

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One guilty of first-degree murder, 2 guilty of facilitating murder in 2015 shooting death of Tennessee teenager who shielded friends from gunfire. More>>

Dueling statistics used at hearing on racial bias in stings

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The question of whether agents display racial bias by staging phony stash-house stings overwhelmingly in black neighborhoods is the focus of landmark hearings in Chicago. More>>

California issues 1st licenses for its legal pot market

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California has issued its first business licenses for the state's coming legal marijuana market. More>>

Firefighter fatality reported at huge California wildfire

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Fire lines have been established around nearly a third of one of the largest wildfires in California history, but the blaze is still raging in some places, conditions are still fire-prone, and danger remains. More>>

White House aims to sway opinion on immigration overhaul

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The White House is embarking on a major campaign to turn the public against the nation's largely family-based immigration system ahead of an all-out push to move toward a more merit-based structure. More>>

Poll: Most say Trump crossed line with Russia contacts

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A new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research reveals that most Americans think Donald Trump did something wrong regarding his presidential campaign's ties to Russia. More>>

Lawmaker who spun history of heroics ends life in suicide

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A coroner says a Kentucky lawmaker accused of sexually assaulting a woman has died in an apparent suicide. More>>

South Dakota park to make unplanned bison roundup after fire

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A South Dakota state park known for annual buffalo roundups drawing thousands of spectators will perform an unscheduled one in the coming days, hoping to assuage fears about how a historic wildfire affected the animals. More>>

Police: Officers shoot 3 carjacking suspects, killing 1

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Police in Connecticut say officers have shot three carjacking suspects, killing one. More>>

Consent to kids at heart of gay couple's child support case

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National gay rights advocates are watching a child support fight between a divorced lesbian couple in Hawaii. More>>

2 will go to trial over 36 deaths in Oakland warehouse fire

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A judge says two California men will go to trial on involuntary manslaughter charges in the deaths of 36 partygoers in the worst building fire in the U.S. in more than a decade. More>>

Montana Republican gets behind Yellowstone mining ban

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Montana U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte is sponsoring legislation to withdraw land near Yellowstone National Park from future mining after earlier describing an identical Senate measure as "dead on arrival" in the House. More>>

Detroit breaks ground on tallest tower, symbol of resurgence

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An 800-foot-tall (244-meter) centerpiece is coming to Detroit's resurgent downtown as the city continues to build momentum nearly three years after exiting the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. More>>

Feds: New York woman laundered bitcoin to aide Islamic State

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A Long Island woman is accused of laundering bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies and wiring the money overseas to help the Islamic State group. More>>

Venezuelan 1st lady's 2 nephews get 18 years in prison

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A New York judge has sentenced two nephews of Venezuela's first lady to 18 years in prison for their conviction on drug conspiracy charges. More>>

California wildfires prompt tougher rules for utilities

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California utility regulators are considering tougher safety rules for power lines, phone lines and utility poles in parts of the state that are prone to fires. More>>

Feds: Oklahoma man kept stepdaughter captive for 19 years

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A federal grand jury in Oklahoma has indicted a 63-year-old man accused of kidnapping his stepdaughter and holding her captive for 19 years in Mexico and elsewhere. More>>

Prosecutor: Not enough evidence yet in Damond shooting

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A Minnesota prosecutor says he doesn't yet have enough evidence to charge a Minneapolis police officer who killed an unarmed 911 caller this summer, blaming investigators who "haven't done their job.". More>>

Arpaio accused of trumping up charges in dog deaths case

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Former metro Phoenix Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been accused during closing arguments at a malicious-prosecution trial of bringing a trumped-up criminal case against one of Sen. Jeff Flake's. More>>

2 St. Louis-area cops shot but saved by bulletproof vests

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Two St. Louis-area police officers have been shot in the chest, but bulletproof vests apparently saved both from serious injury. More>>

Lawyer: Brazil soccer official 'never joined' in any bribes

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The first U.S. trial stemming from the FIFA (FEE'-fuh) soccer corruption scandal is moving toward the final phase. More>>

Politician: Cleavage in Congress 'invitation' for harassment

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US representative from Ohio complains about cleavage 'down to the floor' in Congress, says revealing clothes worn by staffers and some members are 'invitation' for sexual harassment. More>>

Masked men steal lobby ATMs from 5 Houston hotels

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Police say masked men have stolen ATMs from the lobbies of three Marriot hotels in Houston this week. More>>

House Speaker Paul Ryan says he's not leaving Congress soon

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House Speaker Paul Ryan says he's not leaving Congress anytime soon. More>>

Cousins charged in shooting deaths of 4 men plead not guilty

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2 cousins charged in deaths of 4 young men found buried deep on sprawling Pennsylvania farm say they didn't kill anyone. More>>

California will set more fires to try to stop wildfires

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California's seemingly endless cycle of wildfires is helping drive plans to do more "controlled burns" that thin forests choked with dead trees and withered underbrush that if left unchecked can feed monster blazes that force entire communities to flee. More>>

California police bust multimillion-dollar weed 'fortress'

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Police in Southern California have shut down a marijuana operation they believe was bringing in millions of dollars a month and seized 35,000 marijuana plants. More>>

Drone operator faulted in NY collision with helicopter

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Federal investigators say a recreational drone operator was at fault in the first confirmed midair collision in the U.S. between a drone and a manned aircraft. More>>

Man acquitted in pier shooting seeks new trial on gun charge

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The Mexican man acquitted of murder in the shooting death of a San Francisco woman that sparked a national immigration debate is seeking a new trial for his conviction on illegal gun possession. More>>

Louisiana delays parole hearing for 71-year-old inmate

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More than a half-century after a Louisiana teen was sent to prison for killing a sheriff's deputy, the now 71-year-old inmate is getting his first chance at freedom since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in his favor. More>>

The Latest: Kentucky lawmaker's wife wants to replace him

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An ominous Facebook post from a Republican Kentucky lawmaker facing sexual assault allegations is part of what prompted his family to report him missing to a local sheriff's department. More>>

Ohio high court shields full autopsy reports in slaying of 8

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A divided Ohio Supreme Court has rejected requests for the unredacted autopsy reports from the unsolved slayings of eight family members. More>>

Study: Loss of water in drought caused Sierra Nevada to rise

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NASA study says loss of water from rocks during drought caused California's Sierra Nevada to rise nearly an inch in height from October 2011 to October 2015. More>>

GOP's not all that sad; party grapples with Alabama fallout Video included

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Democrat Doug Jones has won a stunning victory in Alabama's Senate election, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump. More>>

Monkey selfies, eclipse, bitcoin, Lauer top Google in 2017

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Monkey selfies, eclipse, bitcoin, Lauer top Google in 2017. More>>

Singer of novelty song welcomes hippopotamus to Oklahoma Video included

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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>>

After Senate loss, will Moore leave politics? Probably not

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After surprise Senate loss, what's next for firebrand Republican Roy Moore?. More>>

Fox News host Jeanine Pirro sued for defamation

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A civil rights activist is suing Fox News host Jeanine Pirro, claiming she defamed him while discussing a lawsuit against the Black Lives Matter movement that was later dismissed. 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>>

Bombing underscores New York subway system's vulnerability

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A Bangladeshi immigrant is expected to appear before a federal magistrate to face terrorism charges accusing him of setting off an explosive strapped to his body in a New York City transportation hub. More>>

Ky. lawmaker accused of assault dies in apparent suicide

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A Republican lawmaker in Kentucky facing sexual assault allegations has killed himself. More>>

Firefighters wary despite gains against California fire

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Firefighters are finally eking out progress on the titanic task of cutting fire lines around one of the biggest blazes in the history of California. More>>

Walmart gives workers a way to get paid earlier

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Walmart is providing workers with an app that will help them budget their money and get paid earlier. More>>

Republican higher education bill clears first hurdle

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Republican higher education bill that eliminates key student loan subsidies and boosts for-profit colleges passes first major hurdle in House. More>>

Rock Hall 2018 class: Nina Simone, Bon Jovi, the Moody Blues

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Iconic singer Nina Simone and New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi lead the 2018 class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, which includes four first-time nominees. More>>

Police: Estranged husband kills wife, self at college campus

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Officials say shots have been fired near a dining hall at a Penn State satellite campus in western Pennsylvania. More>>

Correction: Roman Polanski story

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

Gossip editors face HR training after harassment allegations

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The company that publishes Us Weekly, the National Enquirer and other gossip publications will hire outside experts for sexual harassment prevention training, after revelations that its top editor was twice the subject of sexual harassment investigations. More>>

Evacuation lifted for South Dakota towns near wildfire

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Officials say a wildfire in a popular South Dakota state park grew rapidly overnight, pushing beyond the park's borders and threatening nearby communities. More>>

Atlantic City casino to train minority youths as workers

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Young, minority residents who have long felt excluded from the benefits of Atlantic City's casinos are being trained as construction workers for the gambling town's newest resort. More>>

After big Senate loss, what's next for firebrand Roy Moore?

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After surprise Senate loss, what's next for firebrand Republican Roy Moore?. More>>

Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith named to fill Franken seat

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Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is ready to name his pick to replace Sen. Al Franken. More>>

Prosecutor says 3 soccer officials made fortune off bribes

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Closing arguments set to take place in New York trial of 3 former South American soccer officials charged in FIFA bribery scandal. More>>

Widow of unarmed man 'betrayed' by acquittal of ex-officer

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The widow of an unarmed man who was shot and killed by an Arizona police officer says she feels "betrayed" by jurors who acquitted him of murder. More>>

Chicago approves paying $31M to 4 wrongfully convicted men

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Chicago City Council approves $31 million settlement to be shared by four men who were exonerated after being imprisoned for more than a decade for a rape and killing. More>>

Ex-polygamous sect leader gets nearly 5 years in fraud case

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A former polygamous sect leader has been sentenced to nearly five years for his role in a carrying out an elaborate food stamp fraud scheme and for escaping home confinement while awaiting trial. More>>

NTSB investigates Delta plane that nearly landed on taxiway

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Federal investigators say they probing an incident in which a Delta Air Lines plane nearly landed on a taxiway that was occupied by another plane at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta. More>>

A year after girl killed, Navajo Nation to get alert system

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More than a year after a Native American girl was killed and her tribe was criticized for not having an alert system in place when children go missing, the Navajo Nation says it expects to have one up and running by the end of this month. More>>

Things to know about Alabama's new US senator, Doug Jones

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Things to know about Doug Jones, a Democrat who won a special election against Republican Roy Moore to become Alabama's next U.S. senator. More>>

In Alabama, an unusual alliance yields a Democratic upset

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Democrat Doug Jones is going to the U.S. Senate after pulling together an unusual alliance in a Deep South state dominated by Republicans. More>>

Gillibrand got a fight she wants after Trump's fiery tweet Video included

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand got a fight she wants after President Donald Trump attacked her in a provocative tweet that claimed she'd begged him for campaign contributions and would "do anything" for them. 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>>

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>>

NTSB El Faro probe highlights maritime safety issues

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Federal accident investigators have determined the probable cause of the sinking of the cargo ship El Faro that led to the deaths of 33 mariners in 2015. More>>

Franken, soon-to-be-gone, but back at Senate job

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Al Franken is still doing his day job in the Senate despite announcing his resignation last week amid sexual harassment allegations and vanishing support from fellow Democrats. More>>

Democrat Jones wins stunning red-state Alabama Senate upset 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>>

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>>

Alaska lawmaker bucks party, refuses to quit amid claims

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An Alaska lawmaker accused by several women of inappropriate behavior has bucked his party's leadership and refused to quit. State Rep. Dean Westlake announced late Tuesday in a statement that he will not resign from office. More>>

Strong reactions to upcoming white nationalist college stop

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The decision to allow white nationalist Richard Spencer to speak at the University of Cincinnati is generating strong reactions from the school community. More>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

Alaska lawmaker refuses to resign amid misconduct claims

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A rural Alaska lawmaker has refused calls that he resign amid allegations of inappropriate behavior from seven women. 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>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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 Video included

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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>>

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>>

Trump signs $700 billion military budget into law Video included

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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>>

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