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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 ...