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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 ...

Trump to scale back 2 national monuments in trip to Utah

By CATHERINE LUCEY and KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is announcing plans to scale back two sprawling national monuments in Utah, responding to what he has condemned as a "massive federal land grab" by the government. Trump is traveling to Salt Lake ...

Beyond Rx? CVS Health-Aetna deal may mean more services

By TOM MURPHY, AP Health Writer CVS Health wants to do much more than fill your prescription or jab your arm with an annual flu shot. The second-largest U.S. drugstore chain is buying Aetna, the third-largest health insurer, in order to push much deeper into customer care. The evolution won't ...

Lauer says repairing damage is full-time job

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Media Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Former "Today" show host Matt Lauer, fired for sexual misconduct, said Thursday that repairing the damage that he has caused is now his full-time job. Lauer's first public response to his firing was read by his former co-host, Savannah ...

AP source: Kushner questioned by Mueller’s team about Flynn

By ERIC TUCKER and CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner has been questioned by special counsel Robert Mueller's team of investigators about former national security adviser Michael Flynn, a person familiar with the investigation ...

Attorney: Conyers to fight sexual misconduct allegations

By COREY WILLIAMS and MIKE HOUSEHOLDER, Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — U.S. Rep. John Conyers will fight allegations of sexual misconduct involving several former female staff, his lawyer said in an interview, even though some fellow Democrats are pushing him to resign. Detroit-area ...

NBC News fires Matt Lauer over inappropriate sexual behavior

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC News has fired longtime "Today" show host Matt Lauer for "inappropriate sexual behavior," making him the second morning television show personality to lose his job because of sexual misconduct charges in a week. Lauer's co-host Savannah Guthrie made the announcement at ...