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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 ...

Pelosi tells Ryan to thwart any GOP move to curtail probe

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans and Democrats are scrambling in the final days of 2017 to establish their own narratives on multiple Russia investigations and the integrity of the investigators, a partisan messaging battle that has intensified as ...

Girl gets 25 years in mental hospital in Slender Man case

By SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — One of two Wisconsin girls who tried to kill a classmate to win favor with a fictional horror character named Slender Man has been sentenced to 25 years in a mental hospital, the maximum punishment possible. Anissa Weier, 16, pleaded ...

Poll: Most say sex misconduct victims are underprotected

By LAURIE KELLMAN and EMILY SWANSON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans say sexual misconduct is a major problem and that too little is being done to protect victims, according to a new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. But some — ...

Dutoit out at 7 symphonies amid sexual assault accusations

By JOCELYN GECKER and JANIE HAR, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The stellar career of world-renowned conductor Charles Dutoit has come crashing down in the wake of sexual assault accusations by three singers and a musician. Symphonies from Boston to Sydney have severed ties with the ...

Train was speeding 50 mph over the limit before deadly wreck

By RACHEL LA CORTE, GILLIAN FLACCUS and MICHAEL SISAK, Associated Press DUPONT, Wash. (AP) — The Amtrak train that plunged off an overpass south of Seattle, killing at least three people, was hurtling 50 mph over the speed limit when it jumped the track, federal investigators say. Bella ...