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Scientists tune into brain to uncover music’s healing power

By LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Like a friendly Pied Piper, the violinist keeps up a toe-tapping beat as dancers weave through busy hospital hallways and into the chemotherapy unit, patients looking up in surprised delight. Upstairs, a cellist strums an Irish folk ...

FBI involved with airport blackout probe; no sign of terror

By JEFF MARTIN, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — The FBI is part of the probe into what caused a fire that knocked out power to the world's busiest airport in Atlanta, but an agency spokesman said Tuesday there was no sign of anything connected to terrorism. "There's no indication at this ...

Massive Southern California wildfire now halfway contained

By CHRISTOPHER WEBER and ANDREW DALTON, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Firefighters took advantage of calm winds in Southern California to reach 50 percent containment of a massive wildfire, officials said. "We've had a very productive day," said Deputy Chief Mark Brown of the ...

Meryl Streep: ‘I wasn’t deliberately silent’ on Weinstein

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Meryl Streep says she did not know Harvey Weinstein was allegedly harassing and assaulting women when they worked together. Streep says in a statement Monday that Weinstein "needed me much more than I needed him and he made sure I didn't know." The Oscar winner says her ...

Republicans celebrate major tax victory ahead of vote

By MARCY GORDON, AP Business Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans took a victory lap on Tuesday hours before their big vote on the most sweeping overhaul of the nation's tax laws in more than three decades. House Speaker Paul Ryan dismissed criticism of the widely unpopular package and ...

Holiday travel chaos ahead after Atlanta airport outage

By JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr., Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — While power has been restored to the world's busiest airport, the travel woes will linger for days. Thousands of people were stranded Monday morning at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, where more than 1,000 flights ...

Flames threaten coastal communities as firefighters mourn

By CHRISTOPHER WEBER, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thousands of firefighters tried Sunday to shield coastal communities from one of the biggest wildfires in California history while a funeral procession rolled past burn-scarred hillsides in honor of one of their colleagues who was ...

Trump to unveil ‘America First’ national security strategy

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Prioritizing national sovereignty over alliances, President Donald Trump is poised to outline a new national security strategy that envisions nations in a perpetual state of competition, reverses Obama-era warnings on ...

Facing misconduct investigation, Panthers owner selling team

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Facing a growing investigation that accuses him of sexual misconduct and using racist language at work, Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson announced Sunday that he will sell the NFL team after the season. The team announced on ...

Jones: Trump shouldn’t resign over misconduct allegations

By HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen.-elect Doug Jones says he doesn't think President Donald Trump should resign over allegations of sexual misconduct, echoing the White House's position that voters have already spoken on the issue. "I don't think the president ...