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GOP health bill all but dead; McCain again deals the blow

By ERICA WERNER and ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain declared his opposition Friday to the GOP's last-ditch effort to repeal and replace "Obamacare," dealing a likely death blow to the legislation and, perhaps, to the Republican Party's years of vows to kill the ...

Trump to dive into Senate runoff in Alabama

By CATHERINE LUCEY and KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — President Donald Trump is test driving his political clout in a Republican runoff election in Alabama as he stumps for the establishment-backed incumbent over an upstart beloved by many of his own most ardent ...

Texas asks court to allow its ban on ‘sanctuary cities’

By KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — With immigrants and their advocates chanting and beating drums outside, a federal appeals court heard arguments Friday on whether it should allow a Texas law aimed at combatting "sanctuary cities" to immediately take effect. Under the ...

Doctor gets 32 years in prison for killing Yale physician

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A mentally ill doctor who shot a Yale University physician to death and narrowly missed wounding the victim's pregnant wife was sentenced Friday to 32 years in prison, ending a seven-year legal drama over the gunman's sanity that included forcibly medicating him so he ...

Obama campus assault guidance gets scrapped

By MARIA DANILOVA, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday scrapped Obama-era guidance on investigating campus sexual assault, replacing it with new instructions that allow universities to require higher standards of evidence when handling complaints. Education ...

Florida family looks forward after losing home to sinkhole

By DAVID FISCHER, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — A Florida family will soon be searching for a new place to gather after their home of nearly five decades was lost to a sinkhole. Elena Hale said cracks began appearing in the wall of her grandparents' Apopka home Monday night, and the wall ...

More St. Louis protests expected Tuesday after quiet night

By JIM SALTER and SUMMER BALLENTINE, Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — Protesters chanting "free our people" gathered outside the jail in downtown St. Louis for more than two hours to show solidarity with those arrested during demonstrations that turned ugly over the weekend, but there was ...

Toys ‘R’ Us files for bankruptcy, but keeps stores open

By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO and BILL CORMIER, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Toys 'R' Us, the big box toy retailer struggling with $5 billion in debt and intense online competition, has filed for bankruptcy protection ahead of the key holiday shopping season — and says its stores will remain ...

GOP expresses hope for Obamacare repeal bill, hurdles remain

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Senate Republicans say their last-ditch push to uproot former President Barack Obama's health care law is gaining momentum. But they have less than two weeks to succeed and face a tough fight to win enough GOP support to reverse the ...

For a new Key West resident, Irma was her welcome-to-town

By TIM REYNOLDS, Associated Press KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — Prudence Duchene will never forget the day she moved to Key West. It was Aug. 30 — the day a storm brewing in the Atlantic got named Irma. Duchene, 22, was actually waiting to board her Florida-bound flight from Albany ...

Republican governors get into the ‘news’ business

By BILL BARROW, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Republican governors are getting into the "news" business. The Republican Governors Association has quietly launched an online publication that looks like a media outlet and is branded as such on social media. The Free Telegraph blares ...

Trump calls for UN reform, but with more restrained tones

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Donald Trump used his United Nations debut on Monday to prod the international organization to cut its bloated bureaucracy and sharpen its ill-defined mission. But he pledged U.S. support for the ...

US immigrants sue over Trump’s end of deportation protection

By AMY TAXIN, Associated Press IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Six immigrants brought to the United States as children who became teachers, graduate students and a lawyer sued the Trump administration on Monday over its decision to end a program shielding them from deportation. The lawsuit filed in ...

Evidence of spills at toxic site during floods

By MICHAEL BIESECKER and FRANK BAJAK, Associated Press PASADENA, Texas (AP) — The U.S. government received reports of three spills at one of Houston's dirtiest Superfund toxic waste sites in the days after the drenching rains from Hurricane Harvey finally stopped. Aerial photos reviewed by ...

Charter bus barrels into NYC bus, killing 3 and injuring 16

NEW YORK (AP) — A charter bus owned by a company with a record of safety problems barreled through an intersection, slammed into a city bus and then plowed across a sidewalk into a building Monday, killing three people. The wreck, which was captured by a security camera, ripped away the ...

Floods, fires, other disasters add stress to state budgets

By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY and BOB SALSBERG, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — A summer of natural catastrophes, from epic hurricanes to scorching wildfires, has exposed another peril in disaster-prone states: How to pay for the rescues, repairs and rebuilding. The combined tab from Hurricanes ...

Senate GOP musters final push to erase Obama health care law

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans revved up a final push Monday to scuttle President Barack Obama's health care law, an effort that faces low odds of success and just a two-week window to pass. Adding more risk, senators would be in the dark about the ...

St. Louis ex-officer acquitted in killing of black man

By JIM SALTER, Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — A white former police officer was acquitted Friday in the 2011 death of a black man who was fatally shot following a high-speed chase, with the judge declaring that he could not be swayed by "partisan interests, public clamor or fear of ...

Dangers linger as Florida recovery picks up momentum

By JENNIFER KAY and TIM REYNOLDS, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — Nearly a week after Hurricane Irma walloped Florida, the recovery mission picked up momentum as more people had electricity and schools made plans to reopen. Still, the dangers lingered, mostly in the form of noxious gas from ...

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft burns up in skies over Saturn

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's Cassini spacecraft disintegrated in the skies above Saturn early Friday in a final, fateful blaze of cosmic glory, following a remarkable journey of 20 years. Confirmation of Cassini's expected demise came about 7:55 ...