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‘One of my nightmares’: Pipe bomb attack hits in NYC subway

By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A man inspired by Islamic State extremists strapped on a crude pipe bomb, slipped unnoticed into the nation's busiest subway system and set the device off at rush hour Monday in a scenario that New York has dreaded for years, authorities ...

Alabama foes get in final licks before Tuesday’s big vote

By JAY REEVES, Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Facing voters at last after the year's most bitter U.S. campaign, Alabama Republican Roy Moore cast himself Monday as the victim of a national barrage of unjust allegations of sexual misconduct with teenagers. Rival Doug Jones, hoping ...

Some glitches seen in deadline week for ‘Obamacare’ sign-ups

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer advocates reported some glitches Monday in the final days for "Obamacare" sign-ups, although the Trump administration largely seemed to be keeping its promise of a smooth enrollment experience. In Illinois, some ...

Mario Batali steps down after sexual misconduct allegations

By MICHELLE CHAPMAN and JOSEPH PISANI, AP Business Writers Celebrity chef Mario Batali stepped away from his restaurant empire and cooking show "The Chew" on Monday as he said that reports of sexual misconduct "match up" to his behavior. Food news website Eater New York published an article ...

Ash falls like snow as celebrities flee California community

By CHRISTOPHER WEBER, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ash fell like snow and heavy smoke had residents gasping for air Monday as a huge Southern California wildfire exploded in size, becoming the fifth largest in state history and driving celebrities from a wealthy hillside ...

Pentagon to allow transgender people to enlist in military

By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Transgender recruits will be allowed to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, the Pentagon said Monday, as President Donald Trump's ordered ban suffered another legal setback. The new policy reflects the difficult hurdles the ...

New Mexico school shooting leaves 2 students, suspect dead

AZTEC, N.M. (AP) — A shooting at a high school in a small New Mexico town left two students and the suspect dead, authorities said Thursday as schools throughout the area remained on lockdown as a precaution. State police did not release any details about the shooter but confirmed the other ...

Pearl Harbor survivors remember those killed 76 years ago

By AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — Survivors gathered Thursday at the site of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor to remember fellow servicemen killed in the early morning raid 76 years ago, paying homage to the thousands who died with a solemn ceremony marking the surprise ...

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

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It's one of Medicaid's challenges. While low-income people are more likely to struggle with health problems such as smoking and depression, new research shows many are motivated to improve. Thursday's study from the ...

Michigan doctor gets 60-year prison sentence for child porn

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — An elite Michigan sports doctor who possessed child pornography and assaulted gymnasts was sentenced Thursday to 60 years in federal prison in one of three criminal cases that ensure he will never be free again. U.S. District Judge Janet Neff followed the ...

Franken announces resignation from Senate amid allegations

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

White ex-cop gets 20 years in prison for fatal shooting

By MEG KINNARD, Associated Press CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A white former South Carolina officer was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday for fatally shooting an unarmed black motorist in the back in 2015, wrapping up a case that became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter ...

Trump says government shutdown possible, blames Democrats

By ALAN FRAM and ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump warned Wednesday that a government shutdown was possible this weekend because Democrats were demanding to have "illegal immigrants pouring into our country," tossing incendiary rhetoric onto a partisan ...

New blaze erupts in tony Bel-Air area of Los Angeles

By AMANDA LEE MYERS and ANDREW DALTON, Associated Press VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A dangerous new wildfire erupted in the tony Bel Air area of Los Angeles early Wednesday as firefighters battled three other destructive blazes across Southern California. Flames exploded before dawn on the steep ...

Senator says Franken expected to resign Thursday

A top Senate Democrat says he expects Sen. Al Franken to resign Thursday over allegations of sexual misconduct. Another woman has come forward with accusations against the Minnesota Democrat of sexual misconduct. In a tweet on Wednesday, Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon said: "I expect that Senator ...

Super big black hole from early universe farthest ever found

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronomers have discovered a super-size black hole harkening back to almost the dawn of creation. It's the farthest black hole ever found. A team led by the Carnegie Observatories' Eduardo Banados reported in the journal ...

6 women claim Weinstein cover up was racketeering

By LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Six women filed a lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein on Wednesday, claiming that the movie mogul's actions to cover up assaults amounted to civil racketeering. The lawsuit was filed at a federal court in New York seeking to represent a ...

Trump’s attacks put new FBI director in tough spot

By SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Christopher Wray is facing a tough test four months into his leadership of the FBI. He must defend the agency against blistering attacks from President Donald Trump without putting his own job at risk. The competing pressures Wray faces ...

Kennedy seems conflicted in Supreme Court wedding cake case

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — On a sharply divided Supreme Court, the justice in the middle seemed conflicted Tuesday in the court's high-stakes consideration of a baker who refused to make a wedding case for a same-sex couple in 2012. The court's fault lines were laid ...

Detentions spike, border arrests fall in Trump’s first year

By ELLIOT SPAGAT and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's immigration crackdown has produced a spike in detentions by deportation officers across the country during his first months in office. At the same time, arrests along the Mexican border have fallen ...