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Some glitches seen in deadline week for ‘Obamacare’ sign-ups

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 ...

Mario Batali steps down after sexual misconduct allegations

By MICHELLE CHAPMAN and JOSEPH PISANI, AP Business Writers Celebrity chef Mario Batali stepped away from his restaurant empire and cooking show "The Chew" on Monday as he said that reports of sexual misconduct "match up" to his behavior. Food news website Eater New York published an article ...

Ash falls like snow as celebrities flee California community

By CHRISTOPHER WEBER, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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 ...

Pentagon to allow transgender people to enlist in military

By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 ...

New Mexico school shooting leaves 2 students, suspect dead

AZTEC, N.M. (AP) — A shooting at a high school in a small New Mexico town left two students and the suspect dead, authorities said Thursday as schools throughout the area remained on lockdown as a precaution. State police did not release any details about the shooter but confirmed the other ...

Pearl Harbor survivors remember those killed 76 years ago

By AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — Survivors gathered Thursday at the site of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor to remember fellow servicemen killed in the early morning raid 76 years ago, paying homage to the thousands who died with a solemn ceremony marking the surprise ...

A Medicaid challenge: Poor health, but a drive to improve

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It's one of Medicaid's challenges. While low-income people are more likely to struggle with health problems such as smoking and depression, new research shows many are motivated to improve. Thursday's study from the ...

Michigan doctor gets 60-year prison sentence for child porn

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — An elite Michigan sports doctor who possessed child pornography and assaulted gymnasts was sentenced Thursday to 60 years in federal prison in one of three criminal cases that ensure he will never be free again. U.S. District Judge Janet Neff followed the ...

Franken announces resignation from Senate amid allegations

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Al Franken announced Thursday he will resign from Congress in the coming weeks following a wave of sexual misconduct allegations and the collapse of support from his Democratic colleagues, a swift political fall for a ...

White ex-cop gets 20 years in prison for fatal shooting

By MEG KINNARD, Associated Press CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A white former South Carolina officer was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday for fatally shooting an unarmed black motorist in the back in 2015, wrapping up a case that became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter ...