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Trump returns to GOP panic. Will he try to push Moore out?

By ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump spent five days in Asia largely keeping the Alabama Senate scandal at bay. He won't be so lucky on U.S. soil. The president returned to Washington on Tuesday night and walked straight into a party panic over the ...

Exclusive: US scientists try 1st gene editing in the body

By MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Scientists for the first time have tried editing a gene inside the body in a bold attempt to permanently change a person's DNA to try to cure a disease. The experiment was done Monday in California on 44-year-old Brian ...

Sessions denies lying on Russia, pleads hazy memory

By ERIC TUCKER and SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A defiant Attorney General Jeff Sessions told Congress on Tuesday he never lied under oath about Russian interference in the 2016 election and said sleep deprivation and the "chaos" of the Trump campaign clouded his ...

Obama health mandate now target of GOP in big tax bill

By MARCY GORDON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama health care law's requirement that Americans get insurance coverage is now pinned as a target of Republican lawmakers, as they look to end the individual mandate to help pay for deep cuts in their tax legislation. Senate ...

Northern California gunman kills 4, wounds 10 in rampage

By DON THOMPSON and PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press RANCHO TEHAMA RESERVE, Calif. (AP) — The gunman behind a rampage in Northern California was out on bail for a charge of stabbing a neighbor, had been the object of complaints from neighbors who said he had been firing off hundreds of rounds of ...

Trump names former drug exec as new health secretary

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR WASHINGTON (AP) — Turning to an industry he's rebuked, President Donald Trump on Monday picked a former top pharmaceutical and government executive to be his health and human services secretary, overseeing a $1 trillion department responsible for major health ...

Top GOP leader on allegations on Moore: I believe the women

By ALAN FRAM and BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Republican in the Senate said Monday GOP candidate Roy Moore should quit his Alabama race amid allegations he had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl and pursued romantic relationships with other teenage girls ...

Trump barges into tax debate, seeks deeper cut for wealthy

By KEVIN FREKING and MARCY GORDON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday barged into congressional Republicans' carefully calibrated work on revamping the nation's tax code, calling for a steeper tax cut for wealthy Americans and pressing to add a contentious ...

Hundreds in Hollywood march against sexual harassment

By LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Armed with signs, catchy phrases and a motivation to take #MeToo beyond the internet and into real life, a few hundred women, men and children gathered Sunday among the sex shops and tourist traps of Hollywood Boulevard to protest sexual ...

Texas church members gather for 1st time since attack

By CLAUDIA LAUER, Associated Press SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — Hundreds of people will gather in the tiny town of Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday to worship with surviving members of a local church where a shooting rampage left more than two dozen people dead. Members of the First ...

Veterans Day marked with parades, somber ceremonies

By ANDREW SELSKY, Associated Press Americans honored their military veterans Saturday with a parade in the wintry cold of New York City, where one World War II vet thanked onlookers for remembering, and in a somber ceremony in a Texas community bloodied by a church massacre where almost half ...

Roy Moore says allegations are intended to derail Senate bid

By JEFF AMY and KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. (AP) — A defiant Roy Moore on Saturday insisted the allegations of sexual misconduct decades ago were false and voters in Alabama would "see through this charade." The Republican Senate candidate showed no signs of backing ...

US cities, states defy Trump, still back Paris climate deal

By FRANK JORDANS and DOROTHEE THIESING, Associated Press BONN, Germany (AP) — A group of U.S. states, cities, businesses and universities said Saturday they are still committed to curbing global warming even as U.S. President Donald Trump's administration is walking away from the Paris ...

Texas church shooting victims honored, funeral held

By CLAUDIA LAUER, Associated Press SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — Two silver hearses carrying the bodies of a couple killed in last weekend's shooting at a Texas church were followed by a long procession of vehicles Saturday that avoided passing the small church where more than two dozen ...

George Takei, Richard Dreyfuss respond in harassment scandal

By LEANNE ITALIE, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — George Takei took to Twitter on Saturday to deny groping a male model and Richard Dreyfuss said he never exposed himself to a female writer helping him with a TV script, both back in the 1980s. Takei, the 80-year-old "Star Trek" icon, said ...

Moore denies sexual misconduct, but GOP fears election risk

By STEVE PEOPLES and KIMBERLY CHANDLER, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — His party suddenly and bitingly divided, Alabama Republican Roy Moore emphatically rejected increasing pressure to abandon his Senate bid on Friday as fears grew among GOP leaders that a once-safe Senate seat ...

Tax split between House, Senate poses a big challenge

By ANDREW TAYLOR and MARCY GORDON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The House and Senate tax overhaul plans are broadly similar, but crucial differences are creating headaches for Republican leaders determined to keep myriad interest groups and factions of the GOP satisfied. And then ...

Marine drill instructor gets 10 years for abusing recruits

By EMERY P. DALESIO, Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A Marine Corps drill instructor was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison for choking, punching or otherwise tormenting recruits, especially three Muslims — one of whom ultimately killed himself by leaping down a stairwell. A ...

Family: Woman died shielding grandson during church massacre

By JAMIE STENGLE, Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — Sunday school teacher Peggy Warden threw herself in front of her grandson when a gunman opened fire onto the congregation at First Baptist Church, getting fatally shot as she protected the 18-year-old, relatives said. The teen then shielded a ...

Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman: I was abused by doctor

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman says she is among the young women sexually abused by a former USA Gymnastics team doctor. Raisman tells "60 Minutes" she was 15 when she was first treated by Dr. Larry Nassar, who spent more than two decades working with athletes at ...