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Pelosi tells Ryan to thwart any GOP move to curtail probe

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans and Democrats are scrambling in the final days of 2017 to establish their own narratives on multiple Russia investigations and the integrity of the investigators, a partisan messaging battle that has intensified as ...

Girl gets 25 years in mental hospital in Slender Man case

By SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — One of two Wisconsin girls who tried to kill a classmate to win favor with a fictional horror character named Slender Man has been sentenced to 25 years in a mental hospital, the maximum punishment possible. Anissa Weier, 16, pleaded ...

Poll: Most say sex misconduct victims are underprotected

By LAURIE KELLMAN and EMILY SWANSON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans say sexual misconduct is a major problem and that too little is being done to protect victims, according to a new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. But some — ...

Dutoit out at 7 symphonies amid sexual assault accusations

By JOCELYN GECKER and JANIE HAR, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The stellar career of world-renowned conductor Charles Dutoit has come crashing down in the wake of sexual assault accusations by three singers and a musician. Symphonies from Boston to Sydney have severed ties with the ...

Train was speeding 50 mph over the limit before deadly wreck

By RACHEL LA CORTE, GILLIAN FLACCUS and MICHAEL SISAK, Associated Press DUPONT, Wash. (AP) — The Amtrak train that plunged off an overpass south of Seattle, killing at least three people, was hurtling 50 mph over the speed limit when it jumped the track, federal investigators say. Bella ...

Scientists tune into brain to uncover music’s healing power

By LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Like a friendly Pied Piper, the violinist keeps up a toe-tapping beat as dancers weave through busy hospital hallways and into the chemotherapy unit, patients looking up in surprised delight. Upstairs, a cellist strums an Irish folk ...

FBI involved with airport blackout probe; no sign of terror

By JEFF MARTIN, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — The FBI is part of the probe into what caused a fire that knocked out power to the world's busiest airport in Atlanta, but an agency spokesman said Tuesday there was no sign of anything connected to terrorism. "There's no indication at this ...

Massive Southern California wildfire now halfway contained

By CHRISTOPHER WEBER and ANDREW DALTON, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Firefighters took advantage of calm winds in Southern California to reach 50 percent containment of a massive wildfire, officials said. "We've had a very productive day," said Deputy Chief Mark Brown of the ...

Meryl Streep: ‘I wasn’t deliberately silent’ on Weinstein

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Meryl Streep says she did not know Harvey Weinstein was allegedly harassing and assaulting women when they worked together. Streep says in a statement Monday that Weinstein "needed me much more than I needed him and he made sure I didn't know." The Oscar winner says her ...

Republicans celebrate major tax victory ahead of vote

By MARCY GORDON, AP Business Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans took a victory lap on Tuesday hours before their big vote on the most sweeping overhaul of the nation's tax laws in more than three decades. House Speaker Paul Ryan dismissed criticism of the widely unpopular package and ...

Holiday travel chaos ahead after Atlanta airport outage

By JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr., Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — While power has been restored to the world's busiest airport, the travel woes will linger for days. Thousands of people were stranded Monday morning at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, where more than 1,000 flights ...

Flames threaten coastal communities as firefighters mourn

By CHRISTOPHER WEBER, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thousands of firefighters tried Sunday to shield coastal communities from one of the biggest wildfires in California history while a funeral procession rolled past burn-scarred hillsides in honor of one of their colleagues who was ...

Trump to unveil ‘America First’ national security strategy

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Prioritizing national sovereignty over alliances, President Donald Trump is poised to outline a new national security strategy that envisions nations in a perpetual state of competition, reverses Obama-era warnings on ...

Facing misconduct investigation, Panthers owner selling team

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Facing a growing investigation that accuses him of sexual misconduct and using racist language at work, Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson announced Sunday that he will sell the NFL team after the season. The team announced on ...

Jones: Trump shouldn’t resign over misconduct allegations

By HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen.-elect Doug Jones says he doesn't think President Donald Trump should resign over allegations of sexual misconduct, echoing the White House's position that voters have already spoken on the issue. "I don't think the president ...

Trump says he isn’t considering firing Mueller over emails

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he is not considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller, but that didn't stop him from adding to the growing conservative criticism of Mueller's acquisition of thousands of emails sent and received by ...

Sources: House, Senate leaders reach deal on tax package

By ANDREW TAYLOR, STEPHEN OHLEMACHER and MARCY GORDON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate GOP leaders forged an agreement Wednesday on a sweeping overhaul of the nation's tax laws, paving the way for final votes next week to slash taxes for businesses, give many Americans ...

Fed rate increase is 3rd this year; foresees 3 more in 2018

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is raising its key interest rate for the third time this year and foresees three additional hikes in 2018, a vote of confidence that the U.S. economy remains on solid footing 8½ years after the end of the Great ...

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

By KYLE POTTER, Associated Press. ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Lt. Gov. Tina Smith on Wednesday to fill fellow Democrat Al Franken's Senate seat until a special election in November, setting up his longtime and trusted adviser for a potentially bruising 2018 ...

Gillibrand got a fight she wants after Trump’s fiery tweet

By RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand got a fight she wants after President Donald Trump lashed out at the New York Democrat in a provocative tweet that claimed she'd begged him for campaign contributions and would "do anything" for them. Gillibrand, ...