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Charles Manson, whose cult slayings horrified world, dies

By JOHN ROGERS, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — In the summer of 1969, a scruffy ex-convict with a magnetic hold on young women sent some of his disciples into the night to carry out a series of gruesome killings in Los Angeles. In so doing, Charles Manson became the leering face of evil ...

20 injured in fire at Pennsylvania senior living community

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — A massive fire at a senior living community in Pennsylvania injured at least 20 people and forced dozens more, many of whom were unable to walk, into the cold night air. Firefighters were still dousing hot spots Friday, even though the inferno was declared under ...

Franken apologizes after woman says he kissed, groped her

By MATTHEW DALY and JULIET LINDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Al Franken faced a storm of criticism and a likely ethics investigation after a Los Angeles radio anchor accused him of forcibly kissing her and groping her during a 2006 USO tour. He was the first member ...

Moore targets female accusers as critics decry intimidation

By STEVE PEOPLES and KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Ever defiant, Republican Roy Moore's campaign lashed out at the women accusing him of sexual misconduct, declaring "let the battle begin." Women's advocates decried the talk as worn intimidation tactics in a ...

Hospital patient escaped to prove he could behave properly

By AUDREY McAVOY and MARTHA BELLISLE, Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — A man who acknowledges killing a woman nearly 40 years ago said he needed to plot and carry out his escape from a Hawaii psychiatric hospital to prove that he could behave properly out in the community. Randall Saito ...

GOP closer to big win with House tax vote; Senate unclear

By ALAN FRAM and MARCY GORDON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans have stretched closer to delivering the first big legislative victory for President Donald Trump and their party, whisking a $1.5 trillion overhaul of business and personal income taxes through the House. Thorny ...

VA’s quiet plan to widen private care with TRICARE stirs ire

By HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — As part of its effort to expand private health care, the Department of Veterans Affairs has been developing plans to merge its health system with the Pentagon's, a cost-saving measure that veterans groups say could threaten the viability of VA ...

Republican governors gather amid party setbacks, turmoil

By WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republicans who control two-thirds of the nation's governorships are gathering this week in America's largest red state, in part to strategize about how to maintain their political dominance. But electoral defeats last week, ...

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 ...