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12 governors urge Congress to fund children’s health program COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Twelve governors of both parties are urging Congress to reauthorize funding for a popular children's health insurance program as soon as possible. The recommendation involving the Children's Health ...

Wolf to veto abortion bill

HARRISBURG (AP) — A Pennsylvania bill to limit abortions to the first 20 weeks of pregnancy is headed to Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, who promises to veto it. State House members voted 121 to 70 on Tuesday for legislation that would alter the existing 24-week limit. The measure would keep in ...

Commuters in Big Apple return to bombing site, shrug off attack

By KAREN MATTHEWS Associated Press NEW YORK — New York subway riders shrugged off the city's latest attack Tuesday, a day after police say a would-be suicide attacker set off a pipe bomb. The underground passageway at the Times Square station where the homemade device went off Monday ...

Trump says New York senator ‘would do anything’ for cash

By CATHERINE LUCEY Associated Press WASHINGTON — Pushing into the sexual harassment debate, President Donald Trump laced into Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Tuesday, tweeting that the New York Democrat had begged him for campaign contributions in the past and "would do anything" to get them. ...

2 females accuse ‘safe ride’ taxi driver of sex assault

OXFORD, Ohio (AP) — Police say the driver who ran the "Sherman's Safe Ride" taxi service for students at Ohio's Miami University is accused of sexually assaulting two female students in his vehicle. Police in Oxford, which is home to the university, say 38-year-old Sherman Jackson II has ...

Trump, Moore and their odd orbit of claims

By CALVIN WOODWARD and JOSH BOAK Associated Press WASHINGTON — The orbit of odd political claims stretched from Utah canyons to the looming Alabama Senate race to crazy-as-usual Washington in recent days. That's what The Associated Press found when scrutinizing an assortment of ...

Anonymous donor pays off layaway items for 200 families

EVERETT (AP) — An anonymous donor has paid off all the items on layaway at a Pennsylvania Walmart, giving 200 families a holiday gift. WJAC-TV reports that staff members at the Everett store say this is the second year in a row that the anonymous donor has made such a gift. Store veteran ...

Volunteers at one Pennsylvania soup kitchen on duty for decades

By LORRI DRUMM Meadville Tribune MEADVILLE (AP) — There's a cozy eatery on South Main Street, popular with some and possibly never heard of by others, that's been serving up a lot more than soup for the past 35 years. "It's meant the world to my life," said Carol Burnheimer, president ...

NTSB cites weak safety culture by owner of sunken El Faro

By JASON DEAREN Associated Press The owner of the sunken cargo ship El Faro had a weak corporate safety culture that contributed to the vessel's demise and the deaths of 33 mariners, federal accident investigators said on Tuesday. The National Transportation Safety Board said that as a ...

Crews struggle to keep flames from California neighborhoods

By CHRISTOPHER WEBER Associated Press LOS ANGELES — The fifth largest wildfire in California history expanded, ripping through dry brush atop a coastal ridge while crews struggled to keep flames from roaring down into neighborhoods amid fears of renewed winds. Firefighters protected ...

Expert sees partisanship in Pa.’s congressional maps

By MARK SCOLFORO Associated Press HARRISBURG — A political scientist serving as an expert for voters challenging Pennsylvania's congressional districts testified Monday that "extreme partisan intent" by Republicans appears to have been the predominant factor in producing a map that has ...

Surrounded by scandal, Globes turn to old favs & fresh faces

NEW YORK (AP) — Guillermo del Toro's Cold War-era fairytale "The Shape of Water" swam away with a leading seven Golden Globes nominations on Monday and the HBO drama "Big Little Lies" came away with six nods. But nobody made landing a Globe nomination look easier than Christopher ...

Alabama foes make final push before big Senate vote

By JAY REEVES, KIM CHANDLER and BILL BARROW Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Facing voters at last after the year's most bitter U.S. campaign, Alabama Republican Roy Moore cast himself Monday as the victim of a national barrage of unjust allegations of sexual misconduct with teenagers. ...

#MeToo spotlight increasingly pointed at Trump

By JONATHAN LEMIRE Associated Press NEW YORK — Donald Trump sailed past a raft of allegations of sexual misconduct in last year's presidential election. Now the national #MeToo spotlight is turning back to Trump and his past conduct. Several of his accusers are urging Congress to ...

Pentagon to allow trans people to enlist in military

By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press WASHINGTON — Transgender recruits will be allowed to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, the Pentagon said Monday, as President Donald Trump's ordered ban suffered another legal setback. The new policy reflects the difficult hurdles the federal ...

Pipe bomb attack hits New York subway

By COLLEEN LONG Associated Press NEW YORK — A would-be suicide bomber inspired by Islamic State extremists strapped on a crude pipe bomb, slipped unnoticed into the nation's busiest subway system and set the device off at rush hour Monday in a scenario that New York has dreaded for years, ...

Ash falls like snow as celebrities flee Calif. fire

By CHRISTOPHER WEBER Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Ash fell like snow and heavy smoke had residents gasping for air Monday as a huge Southern California wildfire exploded in size, becoming the fifth largest in state history and driving celebrities from a wealthy hillside enclave. Tens ...

Glitches seen in deadline week for ‘Obamacare’

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON — Consumer advocates reported some glitches Monday in the final days for "Obamacare" sign-ups, although the Trump administration largely seemed to be keeping its promise of a smooth enrollment experience. In Illinois, some consumers ...

Gas driller: Make homeowner pay for disparaging us

By MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press MONTROSE — A gas driller argued in court Monday that it's entitled to monetary damages from a Pennsylvania homeowner who continued bad-mouthing the company after settling his water-contamination lawsuit against it more than five years ...

DA: Fatal shooting of trooper killing suspect was justified

By MARK SCOLFORO Associated Press HARRISBURG — A district attorney ruled Monday that state police acted properly a year ago when they shot and killed a man they suspected of murdering a state trooper in a rural area of central Pennsylvania. Huntingdon County District Attorney David ...