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A Medicaid challenge: Poor health, but a drive to improve

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It's one of Medicaid's challenges. While low-income people are more likely to struggle with health problems such as smoking and depression, new research shows many are motivated to improve. Thursday's study from the ...

Michigan doctor gets 60-year prison sentence for child porn

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — An elite Michigan sports doctor who possessed child pornography and assaulted gymnasts was sentenced Thursday to 60 years in federal prison in one of three criminal cases that ensure he will never be free again. U.S. District Judge Janet Neff followed the ...

Franken announces resignation from Senate amid allegations

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Al Franken announced Thursday he will resign from Congress in the coming weeks following a wave of sexual misconduct allegations and the collapse of support from his Democratic colleagues, a swift political fall for a ...

White ex-cop gets 20 years in prison for fatal shooting

By MEG KINNARD, Associated Press CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A white former South Carolina officer was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday for fatally shooting an unarmed black motorist in the back in 2015, wrapping up a case that became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter ...

Trump says government shutdown possible, blames Democrats

By ALAN FRAM and ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump warned Wednesday that a government shutdown was possible this weekend because Democrats were demanding to have "illegal immigrants pouring into our country," tossing incendiary rhetoric onto a partisan ...

New blaze erupts in tony Bel-Air area of Los Angeles

By AMANDA LEE MYERS and ANDREW DALTON, Associated Press VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A dangerous new wildfire erupted in the tony Bel Air area of Los Angeles early Wednesday as firefighters battled three other destructive blazes across Southern California. Flames exploded before dawn on the steep ...

Senator says Franken expected to resign Thursday

A top Senate Democrat says he expects Sen. Al Franken to resign Thursday over allegations of sexual misconduct. Another woman has come forward with accusations against the Minnesota Democrat of sexual misconduct. In a tweet on Wednesday, Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon said: "I expect that Senator ...

Super big black hole from early universe farthest ever found

By MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronomers have discovered a super-size black hole harkening back to almost the dawn of creation. It's the farthest black hole ever found. A team led by the Carnegie Observatories' Eduardo Banados reported in the journal ...

6 women claim Weinstein cover up was racketeering

By LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Six women filed a lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein on Wednesday, claiming that the movie mogul's actions to cover up assaults amounted to civil racketeering. The lawsuit was filed at a federal court in New York seeking to represent a ...

Trump’s attacks put new FBI director in tough spot

By SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Christopher Wray is facing a tough test four months into his leadership of the FBI. He must defend the agency against blistering attacks from President Donald Trump without putting his own job at risk. The competing pressures Wray faces ...

Kennedy seems conflicted in Supreme Court wedding cake case

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — On a sharply divided Supreme Court, the justice in the middle seemed conflicted Tuesday in the court's high-stakes consideration of a baker who refused to make a wedding case for a same-sex couple in 2012. The court's fault lines were laid ...

Detentions spike, border arrests fall in Trump’s first year

By ELLIOT SPAGAT and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's immigration crackdown has produced a spike in detentions by deportation officers across the country during his first months in office. At the same time, arrests along the Mexican border have fallen ...

California suburbs again under siege from wind-driven fires

By KRYSTA FAURIA and BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — For second time in two months, wind-driven fires tore through California communities in the middle of the night, leaving rows of homes and a psychiatric hospital in ruins Tuesday and sending tens of thousands of ...

Conyers resigns from Congress amid harassment allegations

By COREY WILLIAMS and RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Democratic Rep. John Conyers resigned from Congress on Tuesday after a nearly 53-year career, becoming the first Capitol Hill politician to lose his job in the torrent of sexual misconduct allegations sweeping through the ...

Freedom Caucus deals brush-back pitch to House GOP leaders

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Freedom Caucus has been on its best behavior these past few months. The group of about three dozen hard-right Republicans has a penchant for fighting with GOP leaders over tactics and strategy, and helped topple Speaker John ...

Steve Bannon to rally Alabama voters in support of Roy Moore

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Having declared war on the Republican establishment, populist firebrand Steve Bannon will rally Alabama voters Tuesday night alongside GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore even as new evidence of sexual misconduct surfaces against the ...

Trump offers full support for embattled Republican Roy Moore

By NANCY BENAC, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump endorsed embattled Republican Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race on Monday, looking past sexual misconduct allegations against the GOP candidate to argue that his vote is needed in Congress. Trump tweeted early ...

Trump takes to Twitter to criticize FBI, special prosecutor

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid a rush of weekend tweets taking aim at targets old and new, President Donald Trump criticized the FBI and raised questions about the special prosecutor's investigation into Russian election meddling and possible ties to his ...

Met opera suspends conductor after sex abuse accusations

By TOM McELROY, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — New York's Metropolitan Opera on Sunday said it was suspending its relationship with longtime conductor James Levine pending an investigation into multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against him. "Mr. Levine will not be involved in any ...

‘Take all their excuses away’: Hard cases in heroin fight

By CARLA K. JOHNSON, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — The van was coming for Richard Rivera, but it was taking a long time. He waited inside the entrance of Saint Anthony Hospital where he had spent the past three days getting off heroin. His next stop: a sober-living facility. As his ...