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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 ...

Weinstein’s Impact: List of men accused of sexual misconduct

By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Since The New York Times published allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein in October, multiple men in Hollywood and media have faced allegations ranging from sexual misconduct to rape. A look at some of ...

Virginia rejects ‘Trumpism’ as Dems score major victories

By STEVE PEOPLES and ALAN SUDERMAN, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Seizing his party's first major Trump-era victory, Democrat Ralph Northam beat back a charge from Republican Ed Gillespie in the race for Virginia governor, a bruising election that tested the power of President Donald ...

Gunman once fled mental health center, threatened superiors

By NOMAAN MERCHANT, JIM VERTUNO and WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — The gunman who killed more than two dozen at a small-town Texas church briefly escaped from a mental health facility in New Mexico in 2012, police reports indicated. The reports also noted ...

Ex-President Barack Obama expected in Chicago for jury duty

By DON BABWIN, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Former President Barack Obama is expected to appear for jury duty in downtown Chicago. A senior law enforcement official who has been briefed says Obama is scheduled to show up for jury duty on Wednesday morning at the Richard J. Daley Center. ...

A look at the winners and losers of the top US races

By JOSCELYN PAINE, Associated Press Democrats swept Virginia and New Jersey's governor's races, incumbents came out on top in several big-city mayoral races and voters in Maine said they wanted to join 31 other states in expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. A rundown of the top ...

Maine OKs Medicaid expansion in first-of-its-kind referendum

By PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Residents in this rural state grappling with a heroin epidemic and an aging population voted Tuesday to deliver a rebuke to Republican Gov. Paul LePage and join 31 other states that have expanded Medicaid under former President ...

Minneapolis elects transgender woman to City Council

By KYLE POTTER, Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minneapolis has elected a black transgender woman to its city council, another national first in what advocacy groups have described as a banner night for transgender people in public office. Andrea Jenkins easily won the race Tuesday ...

2 men in a truck chase down Texas church shooter: ‘Let’s go’

By WILL WEISSERT and JIM VERTUNO, Associated Press SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — A former National Rifle Association instructor who grabbed his rifle and ran barefoot across the street to open fire on the gunman who slaughtered 26 people at a small-town Texas church was hailed as a hero ...

Air Force admits fault in reporting shooter’s past crimes

By JIM VERTUNO, WILL WEISSERT and PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — The gunman who killed 26 people at a small-town Texas church had a history of domestic violence that spanned years before the attack, and was able buy weapons because the Air Force did not ...

Florida State becomes 3rd university to suspend Greek life

By JOE REEDY, Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State becomes at least the third university this year to suspend Greek life because of alcohol-related tragedies. University President John Thrasher announced the indefinite suspension on Monday of the school's 55 fraternities ...

Trump says tougher gun laws not answer after Texas shooting

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Donald Trump says tougher gun laws would not have prevented a mass shooting at a south Texas church, arguing that more restrictions might have led to more casualties. Trump spoke at a news conference in South Korea Tuesday ...

Threatened medical deduction seen as valuable, versatile

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Several million people unlucky enough to face big medical bills not covered by their insurance would lose a valuable and versatile deduction under the House GOP tax bill. Groups representing older people and patients are trying ...