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Tennessee church shooting suspect charged with murder

By KRISTIN M. HALL and JOHN RABY, Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Witnesses and police described a chaotic scene as a masked attacker armed with two guns shot seven people, killing one, in a Tennessee church before he was subdued. Burnette Chapel Church of Christ member Minerva ...

McCain calls brain cancer prognosis ‘very poor’

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. John McCain says doctors have given him a "very poor prognosis" as he battles brain cancer. McCain underwent surgery in July for a brain tumor that was later found to be a form of glioblastoma, the same type of cancer that took the life of his former Senate ...

Memo to GOP: Red states also among losers in health bill

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Memo to Republican senators: Many of the states President Donald Trump won last year would lose significant federal financing under the last-ditch Republican health care bill headed for a possible showdown in the Senate this ...

Health care bill teeters, GOP adds money to woo dissidents

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Republicans are adding money to their staggering effort to repeal the Obama health care law and say they're pushing toward a climactic Senate faceoff this week. Yet their path to succeeding in their last-gasp effort has grown narrower, ...

McCain’s moment: Ailing senator plays spoiler again for GOP

By JULIE PACE and LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — John McCain faced a choice that balanced friendship, party loyalty and his convictions. He made the decision some of his closest advisers expected. Looking at the twilight of his career and a grim cancer diagnosis, the ...

Studying 1 million people to end cookie-cutter health care

By LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. researchers are getting ready to recruit more than 1 million people for an unprecedented study to learn how our genes, environments and lifestyles interact. Today, health care is based on averages, what worked best in short ...

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 ...