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Michelle Obama begins arena tour in talk with Oprah

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Former first lady Michelle Obama officially starts her national and international tour to promote her new book, 'Becoming,' by sitting for a conversation with Oprah Winfrey at the home arena of the Chicago Bulls. More>>

Democrat Harder upsets California GOP US Rep. Denham

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Democrat Josh Harder has upset four-term Republican Rep. Jeff Denham in California's Central Valley farm belt. More>>

Wildfire death toll rises as search for missing continues

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Five days after the deadliest wildfire in California history, more than 1,000 people were at more than a half-dozen shelters set up for evacuees. More>>

Amazon ends suspense over HQ by picking New York, DC suburb

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Amazon says it will split its much-anticipated new offices between New York and a suburb of Washington, DC. More>>

Juul halts store sales of some flavored e-cigarettes

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E-cigarette company Juul halts sales of flavors at stores to help keep them from kids. More>>

Amazon's NYC home in 'opportunity zone' for Trump tax break

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Amazon's new home in New York City is in an 'opportunity zone' offering developers a big tax break. But is it deserved?. More>>

Florida's ongoing partisan battle over recount continues

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Florida's recount battle will head back to a courtroom on Wednesday as lawyers for Democrats ask a federal judge to set aside the state law that mandates that a vote be thrown out if signatures on mail ballot envelopes don't match signatures on file. More>>

Authorities: Custody dispute played role in family's slaying

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Authorities say a family of four has been arrested in the slayings of eight members of another family in rural Ohio two years ago. More>>

Things to know about Michelle Obama's book, arena tour

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Former first lady Michelle Obama is kicking off her book tour at Chicago's United Center, home of the Bulls and Blackhawks. More>>

Residents return but Southern California fire still has life

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People are returning to some neighborhoods evacuated during the devastating Southern California wildfire but officials say the threat is far from over. More>>

Georgia election uncertainty lingers amid legal wrangling

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After two federal court rulings and a flurry of legal filings over a 24-hour period, uncertainty still hangs over Georgia's midterm elections, including the still undecided race for governor. More>>

Amazon's growing pains in Seattle offer lessons to new hosts

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As Amazon turns its attention to setting up new homes in Long Island City, New York and Arlington, Virginia, experts and historians in Seattle say both places can expect a delicate relationship with the world's hottest online retailer. More>>

No accounting for these tastes: Artificial flavors a mystery

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Food companies have been ordered to remove six "artificial flavors" from their products. More>>

Scientists: Wind, drought worsen fires, not bad management

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Scientists: Wind and drought to blame for deadly California wildfires, not forest management. More>>

Identifying wildfire dead: DNA, and likely older methods too

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Authorities doing the somber work of identifying the victims of California's deadliest wildfire are drawing on leading-edge DNA technology, but experts say older scientific techniques and deduction could also come into play. More>>

State says permit for refinery near national park justified

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Attorneys for North Dakota's Health Department say the agency didn't improperly discount its own concerns about a proposed oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park when it permitted the project earlier this year. More>>

New exercise guidelines: Move more, sit less, start younger

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New U.S. guidelines on exercise: Get kids active as young as 3 to avoid health problems later in life. More>>

Amid drug crisis, spiritual first responders hit the streets

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Clergy members become spiritual first responders in the opioid crisis. More>>

More US kids get paralyzing illness, cause is still unknown

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More children have been diagnosed with a mysterious paralyzing illness, and U.S. health officials still aren't sure what's causing it. More>>

From Audible to Whole Foods: A look at Amazon's empire

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Whether you've bought shoes at Zappos, picked up milk at Whole Foods or listened to an audiobook on Audible, you've been caught up in Amazon's growing web of businesses. More>>

New Tesla chairwoman's biggest challenge is controlling Musk

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Tesla says Robyn Denholm of Australia's Telstra will become its new board chair. More>>

US trial of Mexican drug lord "El Chapo" gets underway

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A U.S. jury is set to hear an epic tale about the notorious Mexican drug lord known as 'El Chapo". More>>

Bishops weigh anti-abuse strategy after delay set by Vatican

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Several Roman Catholic bishops are urging colleagues at their national meeting to take some sort of action on the clergy sex abuse crisis despite a Vatican order to delay voting on key proposals. More>>

Florida official known for missteps in recount cross hairs

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At the center of Florida's vote recount storm is an elections supervisor with a checkered past whose Democratic-dominated county has been the target of protests and accusations, including by President Donald Trump, that something fraudulent is afoot. More>>

Sheriff: California wildfire's death toll rises to 48 Video included

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More than a dozen coroner search and recovery teams looked for human remains from a Northern California wildfire that killed at least 42. More>>

Trump calls on Florida Democrat to concede, implies fraud

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Florida's election recount of its Senate and governor's races is chugging along as more irregularities are uncovered. More>>

The Latest: In NYC, Arlington, not everyone Amazon thrilled

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Amazon has confirmed that it will split its much-anticipated second headquarters between New York and Arlington, Virginia. More>>

Mexican man who killed wife, 2 children set to die in Texas

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Attorneys for a Mexican citizen set to be executed in Texas for the sledgehammer killings of his wife and two children say his life should be spared because he's a 'bipolar, brain-injured' person who was severely abused as a child. More>>

The "worst toys" for the holidays, according to safety group

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A Black Panther "slash claw" and a plastic Power Rangers sword are among the toys topping a consumer safety group's annual list of worst toys for the holiday season. More>>

Amazon goes bicoastal, will open HQs in New York, DC suburb Video included

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A person familiar with the plans say Amazon will split its second headquarters between Long Island City in New York and Crystal City in northern Virginia. More>>

Lincoln museum backers seek money to keep Illinois artifacts

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Advocates for Abraham Lincoln's museum are asking Illinois lawmakers to help keep a throng of historic artifacts in his hometown despite questions about whether a stovepipe hat actually belonged to the 16th president. More>>

Amid legal wrangling, Georgia election uncertainty lingers

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A turning point could be near in the Georgia governor's race that remains undecided a week after Election Day, with Republicans hoping county officials certify election results and Democrats asking a federal judge for a delay. More>>

PG&E sued over massive Northern California wildfire

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People who lost homes in California's deadliest and most destructive wildfire sued Pacific Gas & Electric Co. Tuesday, accusing the utility of negligence and blaming it for the fire. More>>

Republican who lost US House race seeks to impound ballots

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A New Mexico Republican who lost her bid for a U.S. House seat is seeking to impound absentee ballots in a key county that decided the race to the Democrat. More>>

Appointment of acting attorney general challenged in court

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Maryland is challenging the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as the new U.S. acting attorney general. More>>

Southern California wildfire roars to life in wilderness

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Returning Santa Ana winds have firefighters grappling to corral a devastating Southern California wildfire and hoping new blazes won't erupt. More>>

Man who made hoax call in deadly 'swatting' pleads guilty

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A California man accused of making a hoax phone call that led police to fatally shoot an unarmed man in Kansas is expected to enter new pleas. More>>

The Latest: Sheriff: Death toll raises to 48 in wildfire

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President Donald Trump says there are more victims of the California wildfires "than anybody would ever even think possible". More>>

Photographer: Nazi salute image not meant to be offensive

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The parent who took a photo of a group of Wisconsin high school boys giving what appears to be a Nazi salute on the steps of a local courthouse says he was simply asking the teens to wave goodbye to their parents before they headed off to prom. More>>

Death of black security guard brings call for investigation

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A lawyer says a police officer fatally shot an armed guard who was wearing a hat with 'security' emblazoned across the front and holding a man down following a shooting inside a suburban Chicago bar. More>>

The Latest: Suspect in fatal Kansas hoax call pleads guilty

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A California man has admitted making a hoax call that ultimately led S to fatally shoot a Kansas man following a dispute between online gamers over $1.50 bet in a Call of Duty WWII video game. More>>

Red-carpet fanfare dropped amid deadly California fires

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Hollywood cut back on the glamor trappings of movie premieres as a wildfire burned or imperiled the homes of celebrities and others. More>>

A universe of flawed heroes: Stan Lee was ahead of his time Video included

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A universe of flawed heroes: Stan Lee was ahead of his time. More>>

Officials: Vegas air controller who went silent has resigned

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Authorities say an air traffic controller who became incapacitated during a solo stint on a night shift last week in the tower at busy McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas has quit. More>>

Grim calculus: Coroners search for those killed in wildfire Video included

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The blue of an unfurled body bag has become a gut-wrenching splash of color in this apocalyptic landscape of loss and despair as pressure mounts to account for the hundreds of missing after a wildfire roared through Paradise. More>>

Missouri teacher suspended after student dresses as Klansman

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A southern Missouri school district has suspended a teacher who oversaw a class presentation in which a ninth-grader dressed as a member of the Ku Klux Klan. More>>

FBI report shows 17 percent spike in hate crimes in 2017

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The FBI says hate crimes reports were up about 17 percent in 2017, marking a rise for the third year in a row. More>>

Big studies give mixed news on fish oil, vitamin D

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Big studies reveal mixed results on who does and does not benefit from taking fish oil or vitamin D. More>>

Ginsburg, 85, improving after fall but misses court session

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is missing a brief court session while she recovers from a fall and three broken ribs. More>>

More protection: UN says Earth's ozone layer is healing

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UN report says Earth's protective ozone layer is healing thanks to ban of ozone-depleting chemicals. More>>

Utility emailed woman about problems 1 day before fire

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A woman who owns property near where a deadly wildfire started in Northern California says utility Pacific Gas & Electric Co. emailed her last week about problems that were causing sparks. More>>

The Latest: Photographer: Controversial photo ill-timed shot

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A parent who took a photo that shows about 60 Wisconsin high school boys giving what appears to be a Nazi salute says he simply asked the youths to wave goodbye to their parents and that he takes the blame for the timing of the shot. More>>

Petco, others respond to demand for natural pet foods Video included

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Petco bans artificial ingredients as demand for natural pet food grows. More>>

Cross talk: Federal agencies clash on cellphone cancer risk

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Two US government agencies give conflicting interpretations of a safety study on cellphone radiation. More>>

Bishops delay votes on combating church sex abuse crisis

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U.S. Catholic bishops will delay for at least several months any action on proposed new steps to address the clergy sex abuse crisis that is rocking the church. More>>

Authorities still assessing why California shooter snapped

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Investigators still working to understand why a gunman killed 12 people at a Southern California bar. More>>

Fires put pressure on California utilities despite new law

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California utilities again are facing severe financial pressures from the possibility that their equipment sparked catastrophic wildfires, including two now burning at either end of the state. More>>

Judge: Sides in Florida recount should 'ramp down' rhetoric

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Mishaps, protests and litigation overshadow vote recount in Florida's pivotal races for governor and U.S. Senate, recalling the 2000 presidential fiasco. More>>

New blazes fan fresh fears in California as some return home Video included

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The growth and destructive power of a Southern California wildfire have been slowed to a crawl. More>>

Dead in cars and homes: Northern California fire toll at 42 Video included

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As wildfires continued to rage on both ends of California, officials released another grim statistic: six more dead in a swath of Northern California wiped out by fire, raising the death toll there to 29. More>>

The Latest: Wildfire evacuations lifted for Los Angeles

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Authorities have reported 13 more fatalities from a blaze in Northern California that destroyed a town, bringing the total death toll so far to 42 and making it the deadliest wildfire in recorded state history. More>>

Congress returns to new dynamic, GOP shutdown threat

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Congress returns to a changed political landscape Tuesday as newly-elected lawmakers arrive in Washington to elect new leadership as incumbents square off for one final legislative sprint. More>>

Zinke '100 percent confident' he'll be cleared in probes

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U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke tells The Associated Press he's "100 percent confident" no wrongdoing will be found in pending ethics investigations that stirred speculation he could get ousted from President Donald Trump's Cabinet. More>>

Democrat Kyrsten Sinema wins Arizona US Senate seat

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Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema has won Arizona's open U.S. Senate seat. More>>

Lawsuit alleges security guard shot while holding suspect

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Authorities say a police officer who was responding to a shooting at a suburban Chicago bar fatally shot an armed security guard who was working there. More>>

The Latest: Gillum angry about emailed votes, Trump tweet

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Gov. Rick Scott wants a judge to order law enforcement to impound Broward County's voting machines and ballots when they're not being used during the Florida recount. More>>

Kemp-Abrams feud highlights new landscape in divided Georgia Video included

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Acrimony in Georgia governor's race between Republican Kemp and Democrat Abrams highlights growing political diversity of the Deep South state. More>>

The Latest: New guidelines issued for Georgia mail ballots Video included

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Kemp's campaign says concession in Georgia governor's race by Abrams is 'long overdue'. More>>

Wisconsin district investigates boys' apparent Nazi salute

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A Wisconsin school district is investigating a photo of a group of high school boys giving what appears to be a Nazi salute. More>>

Alexander Hamilton descendant loans heirlooms to museum

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The fifth-great-grandson of Alexander Hamilton was in Philadelphia Monday to loan some family heirlooms to the Museum of the American Revolution. More>>

Episcopal bishop says he is banning gay unions on his turf

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An Episcopal bishop in Albany, New York, has issued a directive banning same-sex marriages in his diocese, saying the church has been "hijacked by the 'Gay Rights Agenda'". More>>

Pennsylvania diocese sued over priest named in probe

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Man files suit against Allentown diocese alleging abuse by now-defrocked priest named in statewide grand jury report. More>>

Fight involving Atlantic City officials under investigation

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Authorities are investigating an apparent fight at an Atlantic City casino that involved the mayor, a city councilman and others who were arguing with them. More>>

Democratic state gains may mean tighter gun, looser pot laws

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Health coverage, gun control and education funding likely to get more attention with Democratic wins in state elections. More>>

Private college students kidnapped, sexually assaulted

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A convicted felon has been charged with abducting two Christian college students and forcing them to perform sex acts on each other at gunpoint after they violated curfew and were locked out of their southwest Missouri campus. More>>

Bar gunman was 'out of control' in high school, coach says

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A second high school coach of the gunman who killed 12 people at a Southern California bar recalled him as volatile and intimidating. More>>

In Paris, Trump the 'nationalist' stood apart from others

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President Donald Trump is joining French President Emmanuel Macron and other world leaders to the mark 100 years since the end of World War I. More>>

Harrowing escapes, heartbreaking loss in Northern California

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Residents recount harrowing escapes and heartbreaking loss in deadly Northern California wildfire. More>>

In Georgia, black voters see echoes of voter suppression

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At one Atlanta precinct, a four-hour wait to vote echoes of a long history of voter suppression. More>>

Democrat Abrams files new suit in Georgia governor's race

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Another lawsuit has been filed in Georgia's unsettled race for governor. More>>

Rescues, not firefight, prove emotional for firefighters Video included

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The fire that leveled a Northern California town roared in so fast that for the first 24 hours, there was no firefight at all _ just rescues. More>>

Tight race in Georgia shines light on voting restrictions

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A tight race for Georgia governor shines a light on the state's voting restrictions, many of which were carried out by the Republican candidate while he served as secretary of state. More>>

Longtime California GOP congressman loses seat to executive

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Democrat Harley Rouda has upset 15-term Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher in California's Orange County. More>>

Florida election recount continues amid tensions, litigation

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Elections workers around Florida on Sunday have begun the massive task of recounting ballots in the U.S. Senate and governor races after the secretary of state ordered a new review. More>>

Gunman who killed 12 died from self-inflicted gunshot

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Autopsy finds gunman who killed 12 at Southern California bar died from self-inflicted gunshot; police still trying to determine motive. More>>

FDA plans strict limits on sale of flavored e-cigarettes

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The Food and Drug Administration is planning on requiring strict limits on the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes, including age verification controls for online sales, in an effort to curtail their use among children and teenagers. More>>

Death toll rises in California wildfire, matching deadliest Video included

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Sheriff's investigators have begun the grim task of identifying the dead from a massive Northern California fire that is already the third-deadliest on record in the state. More>>

Winds cause flare-ups of big Southern California wildfire Video included

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Southern Californians got to take a breath amid two wildfires that have left two dead and destroyed scores of homes. Now the winds will blow again. More>>

New York City's Rockefeller Center Christmas tree goes up

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The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is in place and will soon be strung with 50,000 LED lights as one of New York City's most prominent seasonal attractions. More>>

Special session canceled after West Virginia justice resigns

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West Virginia Supreme Court justice recently convicted of federal criminial charges stepping down on eve of special legislative session that was to consider his removal. More>>

Kemp pushes Abrams to concede in Georgia gubernatorial race Video included

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Republican Brian Kemp is pushing for Democrat Stacey Abrams to concede Georgia's governor's race as civil rights groups urge her to keep fighting. More>>

The Latest: Sheriff: 110 people missing in N. California

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Authorities in Northern California have ordered residents to leave four small communities southeast of a town leveled by a deadly wildfire. More>>

Death toll in Northern California wildfire rises to 23 Video included

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The most destructive wildfire in California history wiped out a Sierra Nevada foothill town founded in the 1800s in less than a day. More>>

AP News Guide: Fires blaze on 2 ends of California, kill 25 Video included

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Devastating California wildfires pushed into new territory Saturday, as firefighters worked to contain blazes that already have claimed at least 11 lives, destroyed thousands of homes and scorched hundreds of thousands of acres. More>>

West Virginia high court scandal: convicted justice resigns

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West Virginia's governor says he's accepted letter of resignation from suspended state Supreme Court justice who was convicted last month of 11 federal criminal charges. More>>

Sinema continues to inch ahead in slow Arizona vote count

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Democrat Kyrsten Sinema continues to inch ahead in slow Arizona vote count. More>>

Sex abuse crisis tops agenda as US Catholic bishops convene

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Clergy sex abuse crisis dominates their agenda as US Catholic bishops gather for important national assembly. More>>

Recounts ordered in Florida Senate, governor races

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Unofficial vote tallies in Florida's elections are due by midday Saturday. More>>

2 dead, homes destroyed in Southern California wildfires Video included

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Firefighters hope a narrow window of calm will give them a chance to block Southern California wildfires that are marching on a path of destruction toward the sea. More>>

Report: Pilot error cause of deadly military plane crash

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Investigators say the cause of a military plane crash that left nine people dead outside Savannah, Georgia, was pilot error. More>>

Teacher: Bus drivers evacuated students amid California fire Video included

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A Northern California science teacher says heroic bus drivers arrived at schools to help evacuate students as a wildfire approached. More>>

With loved ones missing after fire, pleas flood social media Video included

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A day after a Northern California wildfire forced tens of thousands to evacuate, dozens of people are unaccounted for and relatives are flooding social media with desperate pleas for help finding them. More>>

Man survives Vegas massacre, dies in hometown mass shooting

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Barely a year after surviving a massacre at a country music festival in Las Vegas, Brendan Kelly found himself in a terrifyingly familiar scene. More>>

Official: Gunman apparently stopped shooting to post online

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A law enforcement official says authorities are looking into the possibility of whether a gunman believed his former girlfriend would be at a bar in California where he killed 12 people. More>>

Trove of war posters discovered at New Hampshire library

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Nearly 200 propaganda posters from World War I and World War II have been found in the basement of a New Hampshire library. More>>

Military veterans, 2 friends, bar workers killed in shooting Video included

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Friends are remembering sheriff's sergeant who was killed trying to stop a shooting rampage at a California bar as a "cop's cop" who didn't hesitate to run toward danger. More>>

1 death linked to ongoing turkey salmonella outbreak

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Federal health officials are reporting a death in an ongoing salmonella outbreak tied to raw turkey. More>>

The Latest: Trump threatens to withhold federal payments

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A Northern California sheriff says authorities are trying to confirm reports that more than five people died when a wildfire devastated the town of Paradise. More>>

Nothing unusual about vote count in Arizona dragging on

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Every election, it takes weeks for Arizona to count its ballots. More>>

Man's harrowing journey to US underscores immigration shift

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One man's journey to the United States from his home in the poor West African nation of Mauritania was a dangerous and arduous one. More>>

The Latest: Border Patrol says it detained 50,000 in October

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President Donald Trump has signed a proclamation to deny asylum to migrants who enter the United States illegally through the U.S.-Mexico border. More>>

Florida finds itself again at center of election controversy

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Possible recounts loom in Florida races for governor, US Senate as Republicans hold razor-thin leads in both contests. More>>

Officials probe why Las Vegas airport controller went silent

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Federal and airport authorities say they are investigating why an air traffic controller became incapacitated and went silent while working a night shift alone in the tower at busy McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. More>>

The Latest: Authorities search for bar shooting motive

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President Donald Trump is blaming the gunman's mental illness for the California bar shooting that left 12 people dead. More>>

Official: Shooter debated sanity online during bar massacre Video included

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One of the safest cities in America is struggling to cope with the trauma of a mass shooting while authorities are trying to figure out what sent a Marine veteran on a bloody rampage in Southern California. More>>

Fires besiege California city reeling from mass shooting Video included

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A raging Southern California wildfire has triggered a mandatory evacuation order for the entire beachside city of Malibu. More>>

At least 9 dead as fire incinerates N. California town Video included

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Harrowing tales of escape and heroic rescues as a fast-moving wildfire destroys a Northern California town. More>>

Volunteers track down Georgia voters by phone and on foot

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Republican Brian Kemp is behaving like he's the next governor of Georgia, even though his Democratic rival Stacey Abrams insists there are votes left to count. More>>

Likely El Chapo trial witness pleads guilty in Chicago

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A former top lieutenant to Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman and likely witness at the Mexican drug lord's New York trial has pleaded guilty to drug trafficking conspiracy in Chicago. More>>

Court fight likely in 10-year-old girl's homicide case

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Experts: Homicide charges like the one filed this week against a 10-year-old Wisconsin girl are rare, but not unprecedented. More>>

Victims of synagogue shooting remembered in Pittsburgh park

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A moment of silence to honor the 11 people killed in a synagogue is planned at a park in downtown Pittsburgh nearly two weeks after the massacre. More>>

California man pleads not guilty in killing of gay student

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A Southern California man has pleaded not guilty to charges he murdered a gay University of Pennsylvania student in a hate crime. More>>

Despite loss, Beto O'Rourke's run reveals a changing Texas

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Despite losing Senate bid, Beto O'Rourke reveals a Texas that is turning much less red. More>>

California gunman was volatile but passed mental assessment Video included

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Neighbors of Ian David Long have described the man who shot and killed 12 people at a country music bar as distant in public but combative with his mother inside the suburban Los Angeles home the two shared. More>>

Heroes rushed into gunfire, pulled people to safety at bar

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Heroic actions by a veteran police officer and two young men helped others survive deadly Southern California shooting. More>>

Acting AG faced criticism for case against gay Iowa Democrat

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Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker faced criticism for pursuing case against gay Iowa Democrat. More>>

Georgia's Kemp says he's governor-elect, Abrams fights on Video included

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Republican Brian Kemp resigned Thursday as Georgia's secretary of state, a day after his campaign said he's captured enough votes to become governor, even though his rival is conceding nothing. More>>

California bar gunman went from a Marine to living with mom Video included

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The gunman who shot and killed 12 people at a country music bar in Southern California is a former military machine gunner who was interviewed by mental health specialists this year after a neighbor reported a disturbance. More>>

A year apart, some country music fans face 2 mass shootings

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Some of the people who survived the Las Vegas massacre that killed 58 people last year found themselves in a terrifying and familiar scene when bullets started flying at Southern California bar: another mass shooting. More>>

Marine combat veteran kills 12 in rampage at California bar Video included

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Authorities say multiple people were injured at a shooting at a bar in Southern California on Wednesday night. More>>

Wildfire devastates California town of Paradise Video included

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Authorities in Northern California have ordered mandatory evacuations in a rural area where a wildfire has grown to 1,000 acres amid hot and windy weather. More>>

Along border, a growing opposition to military deployment

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Residents of border communities along the Southwest are protesting the presence of the military at the border, saying it is a political move not based on an actual need. More>>

Election results offer more evidence of urban-rural divide

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Midterm election results offer more evidence of nation's deepening urban-rural divide. More>>

The Latest: Calif. shooting survivor was at Vegas massacre Video included

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Witnesses say a man fired several shots from a handgun before tossing smoke bombs into a crowded bar in Southern California early Thursday. More>>

Protesters nationwide seek to protect Russia investigation

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A protest in New York City has drawn several hundred people calling for the protection of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential coordination between Russia and President Donald Trump's campaign. More>>

Appeals court rules against Trump on DACA immigrant policy

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A U.S. appeals court won't immediately let President Donald Trump end an Obama-era program shielding young immigrants from deportation. More>>

Court urged to end rule that erased Hernandez's conviction

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A Massachusetts prosecutor says a legal principle that erased former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez's murder conviction after he killed himself in prison is outdated, unfair and should not stand. More>>

Appeals court puts youth climate change lawsuit on hold

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A lawsuit by a group of young Americans against the U.S. government for being slow to slow climate change is on hold again, after a federal appeals court granted the Trump administration's motion for a temporary stay. More>>

Texas AG wants inmate on death row despite rare agreement

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Texas' attorney general is pushing to keep an inmate on death row despite prosecutors and defense lawyers agreeing that the man is intellectually disabled and shouldn't be executed. More>>

After long wait, 1st legal pot shops on East Coast to open

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Two years after Massachusetts voters approved of legalized recreational marijuana, the first commercial pot shops on the East Coast are finally preparing to open. More>>

Pennsylvania dioceses outline child sex abuse victim funds

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Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses are starting to announce details about victim compensation funds they're setting up, nearly three months after a sweeping grand jury report documented decades of child sexual abuse by priests in the state. More>>

LGBT triumphs: 2 governorships, at least 9 seats in Congress

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LGBT candidates scored a raft of notable election victories _ winning two governorships, at least nine seats in Congress, and their first-ever legislative seats in Indiana, Kansas and Nebraska. More>>

Missouri tour boat captain indicted after sinking kills 17

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The captain of a Missouri tourist boat that sank and killed 17 people, including nine people from one family, has been indicted. More>>

Justice Ginsburg in hospital after fracturing 3 ribs in fall

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The Supreme Court says 85-year-old Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fractured three ribs in a fall in her office at the court and is in the hospital. More>>

Missouri diocese abuse inquiry names 33 priests, brothers

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City, Missouri, has released the names of 33 priests and religious brothers found through a sexual abuse investigation to be "credibly accused" or removed from ministry in the diocese. More>>

FDA OKs powerful opioid pill as alternative to IV painkiller

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US regulators approve fast-acting, super-potent opioid tablet as an alternative to IV painkillers in hospitals. More>>

Amazon considers New York, Virginia amid reports of HQ split

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Amazon has refused comment on reports that it plans to split its new headquarters between two locations. More>>

The Latest: Abrams campaign says it will fight on Video included

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp says he is resigning as Georgia's secretary of state. More>>

Jury picked for US trial of Mexican drug lord El Chapo

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A jury has been picked for the U.S. trial of the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo. More>>

Thousands share photo of ex-inmate with #VOTED sticker

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A photo showing former death row inmate Anthony Ray Hinton mid-laugh with a #VOTED sticker on his forehead has captured the social media spotlight. More>>

Texas police charged in double homicide in stricken NY town

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Authorities say two Texas law enforcement officers and one of their wives are at the center of an investigation into a double homicide that rattled an upstate New York town. More>>

Key House Democrat promises hearings on GOP tax package Video included

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The Democratic lawmaker poised to lead the powerful tax-writing committee in the House says he'd consider President Donald Trump's proposal for a middle-income tax cut, but only if there are adjustments on tax rates for top income earners. More>>

No voters showed up to this polling place on Election Day

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Rhode Island elections officials say one polling place in Providence did not see a single voter during the midterm elections earlier this week. More>>

Feds say heroin, fentanyl remain biggest drug threat to US

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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says opioid overdose deaths hit the highest level ever recorded in the United States last year. More>>

US emergency directive after Boeing jet crash in Indonesia

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US FAA issued an emergency directive on how to handle erroneous data from a sensor believed to have malfunctioned on a new Boeing jet that plunged into the sea in Indonesia, killing 189 people. More>>

Texas jury sentences man to 25 years in deadly confrontation

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Jury in Texas sentences husband of ex-sheriff's deputy to 25 years for murder, rejects sudden passion claim. More>>

41 Latinos in Congress, 2 races still undecided

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The number of Latinos serving in Congress will rise to at least 40 in the new year, and that figure most likely will increase when three undecided races are called. More>>

Florida passes amendment to restore felons' voting rights

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Florida added 1.4 million possible voters to the rolls when it passed Amendment 4, a measure restoring the voting rights of felons who have served their sentences. But whether those people register to vote remains to be seen. More>>

Michigan eyed as bellwether for legal pot in Midwest

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Michigan is aiming to build a potentially lucrative industry from the ground up with passage of a ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana. More>>

Nevada women score big election wins amid activism

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A female political movement driven by backlash to President Donald Trump kicked off the year with a women's march in Nevada, and 11 months later, that activism has helped women win key races across the state. More>>

Colorado moves left, electing 1st openly gay governor in US

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Colorado Democrats have flipped control of the state Senate, giving the party a trifecta of Statehouse control with the historic victory of U.S. Rep. Jared Polis as the nation's first openly gay governor. More>>

Montana Sen. Jon Tester prevails despite battering by Trump Video included

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Only U.S. Sen. Jon Tester of Montana survived President Donald Trump's aggressive campaign to topple Democratic senators from Republican-leaning states who voted against his Supreme Court picks. More>>

Congress bound, Minnesota's Ilhan Omar enjoys another first

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Fresh off of becoming the first Somali-American elected to Congress, Ilhan Omar says still enjoying being known for her firsts. More>>

Added Democratic ranks pose threat to Trump governing agenda

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Democrats have regained control of the House from President Donald Trump's Republican Party in the midterm elections. More>>

Close Texas loss may not dim O'Rourke's political star

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Is a Democrat losing a Senate race in deep-red Texas by less than 3 points a respectable enough finish to launch a national campaign?. More>>

ACLU objects to Hawaii retirement home assisted suicide ban

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The American Civil Liberties Union is demanding that a Hawaii retirement home stop discriminating against non-Catholic residents and allow them to take advantage of the state's new medically assisted suicide law if they wish. More>>

Correction: Girl Scouts vs Boy Scouts story

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The Girl Scouts of the United States of America has filed a lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America for dropping the word "boy" from its flagship program in an effort to attract girls. More>>

The Latest: Abrams vows to wait for all the votes in Georgia Video included

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Severe weather in several Southern states could affect voter turnout on Election Day. More>>

Pimp Dennis Hof wins Nevada legislative race after death

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A Nevada brothel owner and reality TV star who died last month after fashioning himself as a Donald Trump-style Republican candidate has won a heavily GOP state legislative district. More>>

Massachusetts backs transgender rights; Michigan OKs pot use

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Election Day will decide fate of intriguing statewide ballot measures, including ones seeking to legalize marijuana, boost the minimum wage and overturn civil rights protections for transgender people. More>>

Democrats gain governors' seats, but GOP holds some states

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Democrats were trying to pull a little closer to even in elections Tuesday for governors and lawmakers who could play an important role in shaping the political battlefield for a decade to come. More>>

Abrams, Kemp await more ballots in Georgia governor's race Video included

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The bitter campaign for Georgia governor reaches its climax Tuesday as voters choose between Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams in a contest both rivals frame as a battle for the soul of the state. More>>

AP Explains: A close, maybe disputed Georgia governor's race

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Democrats and Republicans nationwide will have to wait a bit longer to see if Georgia elects the first black woman governor in American history or doubles down on the Deep South's GOP tendencies with an acolyte of President Donald Trump. More>>

Guam Catholic Church to file bankruptcy amid abuse lawsuits

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Guam's Catholic church will file for bankruptcy _ a move that lawyers say will allow the archdiocese to avoid trial in dozens of lawsuits alleging child sexual abuse by priests and move toward settlements. More>>

Rep. Duncan Hunter keeps seat despite charges

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California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter wins sixth term despite facing federal corruption charges involving personal spending of campaign money. More>>

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