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Huge swath of US hit by winter storm, bringing snow, cold

By SUSAN HAIGH, Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Residents across a huge swath of the U.S. awakened Thursday to the beginnings of a massive winter storm expected to deliver snow, ice and high winds followed by possible record-breaking cold as it moves up the Eastern Seaboard from the ...

New year, new start? Not in President Trump’s Washington

By JULIE PACE, AP Washington Bureau Chief WASHINGTON (AP) — So much for a new year, new start. For Donald Trump, that energy-sapping 2017 cocktail of blistering presidential tweets, salacious White House infighting and jaw-dropping feuds with foreign adversaries has given way to, well, more ...

3 cars on Amtrak train with 311 passengers derail, none hurt

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Three cars on an Amtrak train carrying more than 300 passengers on a route from Miami to New York derailed in snow-covered Savannah after a fierce winter storm, but no injuries were reported. Amtrak spokesman Jason Abrams said Silver Meteor train 98 was backing slowly ...

Officials to draw name from bowl to decide election winner

By ALAN SUDERMAN, Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — There's no winner yet in Virginia's hotly contested race for a House seat despite a general election, a recount and a legal battle. Now election officials are turning to a ceramic bowl. But even that may not be enough. Although a ...

Divided Democrats face liberal backlash on immigration

By STEVE PEOPLES and MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — With a new deadline fast approaching, Democrats in Congress are struggling to adopt a unified strategy to protect hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation. Their inaction has enraged liberal activists ...

Sun, fun, flowers as 129th Rose Parade rolls in California

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Floral floats rolled under sunny skies as the Rose Parade drew thousands of revelers for Southern California's colorful New Year's Day tradition. The 129th annual parade got started Monday in Pasadena with an announcement by the grand marshal, actor Gary Sinise, and a ...

Familes from Florida, NY die in Costa Rica plane crash

By JAVIER CORDOBA, Associated Press SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Costa Rican investigators are looking into what caused a charter aircraft to crash in woods in the country's northwest soon after takeoff, killing two crewmembers and 10 U.S. citizens, including families from New York and ...

2018 starts with record cold in parts of the Midwest

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Bone-chilling cold gripped much of the middle of the U.S. as 2018 began Monday, breaking low temperature records, icing some New Year's celebrations and leading to at least two deaths attributed to exposure to the elements. The National Weather Service issued wind ...

In unusual step, victims told of destroyed rape kits

MARTHA WAGGONER, Associated Press FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — When Veronica was raped more than 13 years ago, she says neither the police nor the hospital staff believed her story that a longtime friend attacked her while his mother was in the next room. "I was treated like a female crying ...

Roberts promises review of judiciary’s misconduct policies

By JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Chief Justice John Roberts is promising a careful evaluation of the federal judiciary's sexual misconduct policies and an effort to highlight the work of court employees following the year's destructive hurricanes. Writing in his annual ...

California pot shops ring in 2018, ring up first legal sales

By BRIAN MELLEY and TERENCE CHEA, Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Customers lined up early to purchase recreational marijuana legally for the first time in California as the new year brought broad legalization some two decades after the state was the first to allow pot for medical ...

Christmas storm brings record snow to Erie, Pennsylvania

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — A Christmas storm has dumped a record amount of snow on Erie, Pennsylvania, and surrounding areas. The National Weather Service office in Cleveland says Monday's storm brought 34 inches of snow, an all-time daily snowfall record for Erie. Another 19 inches fell before dawn ...

Ex-trooper charged had other Taser misconduct

By ED WHITE, Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Michigan State Police tried but failed to suspend a trooper for his use of a stun gun months before he fired a Taser at a teenager who crashed an all-terrain vehicle and died, according to records obtained by The Associated Press. Mark Bessner is ...

Starfish making comeback after syndrome killed millions

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Starfish are making a comeback on the West Coast, four years after a mysterious syndrome killed millions of them. From 2013 to 2014, Sea Star Wasting Syndrome hit sea stars from British Columbia to Mexico. The starfish would develop lesions and then disintegrate, ...

Construction temporarily stopped at church destroyed on 9/11

By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Construction on a Greek Orthodox church to replace one that was crushed in the Sept. 11 attacks has been temporarily suspended amid rising costs and questions over how donations have been managed. The St. Nicholas National Shrine next to the ...

Trump predicts GOP and Dems will agree on health care plan

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump is predicting that Democrats and Republicans will "eventually come together "on a new health care plan for the country. Sending a Twitter post early Tuesday from his Florida resort, Trump said "the very unfair and unpopular Individual Mandate  ...

Cities sue Defense Dept. over gun-check system failures

By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Three large U.S. cities filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the Department of Defense, arguing that many service members who are disqualified from gun ownership weren't reported to the national background check system. New York City, San ...

Singer files sex assault complaint against former Trump aide

WASHINGTON (AP) — A singer and potential congressional candidate says she has filed a sexual assault complaint against President Donald Trump's former campaign manager for hitting her twice on her buttocks during a Washington gathering in November. Joy Villa, a Trump backer who wore a "Make ...

Trump signs, lauds tax overhaul, off to Florida for holidays

By LAURIE KELLMAN and JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed the $1.5 trillion tax overhaul into law Friday, using his last moments in the White House before flying to Florida for the holidays to celebrate a much-needed political win. He also ...

Sen. McConnell mocks Steve Bannon’s ‘political genius’

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell used a holiday season press conference Friday to deliver a lump of coal to Steve Bannon, mocking the former White House adviser's "political genius" for costing Republicans an Alabama Senate ...