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GOP health bill all but dead; McCain again deals the blow

By ERICA WERNER and ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain declared his opposition Friday to the GOP's last-ditch effort to repeal and replace "Obamacare," dealing a likely death blow to the legislation and, perhaps, to the Republican Party's years of vows to kill the ...

Trump to dive into Senate runoff in Alabama

By CATHERINE LUCEY and KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — President Donald Trump is test driving his political clout in a Republican runoff election in Alabama as he stumps for the establishment-backed incumbent over an upstart beloved by many of his own most ardent ...

Texas asks court to allow its ban on ‘sanctuary cities’

By KEVIN McGILL, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — With immigrants and their advocates chanting and beating drums outside, a federal appeals court heard arguments Friday on whether it should allow a Texas law aimed at combatting "sanctuary cities" to immediately take effect. Under the ...

Doctor gets 32 years in prison for killing Yale physician

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A mentally ill doctor who shot a Yale University physician to death and narrowly missed wounding the victim's pregnant wife was sentenced Friday to 32 years in prison, ending a seven-year legal drama over the gunman's sanity that included forcibly medicating him so he ...

Obama campus assault guidance gets scrapped

By MARIA DANILOVA, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday scrapped Obama-era guidance on investigating campus sexual assault, replacing it with new instructions that allow universities to require higher standards of evidence when handling complaints. Education ...

Florida family looks forward after losing home to sinkhole

By DAVID FISCHER, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — A Florida family will soon be searching for a new place to gather after their home of nearly five decades was lost to a sinkhole. Elena Hale said cracks began appearing in the wall of her grandparents' Apopka home Monday night, and the wall ...

More St. Louis protests expected Tuesday after quiet night

By JIM SALTER and SUMMER BALLENTINE, Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — Protesters chanting "free our people" gathered outside the jail in downtown St. Louis for more than two hours to show solidarity with those arrested during demonstrations that turned ugly over the weekend, but there was ...

Toys ‘R’ Us files for bankruptcy, but keeps stores open

By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO and BILL CORMIER, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Toys 'R' Us, the big box toy retailer struggling with $5 billion in debt and intense online competition, has filed for bankruptcy protection ahead of the key holiday shopping season — and says its stores will remain ...

GOP expresses hope for Obamacare repeal bill, hurdles remain

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Senate Republicans say their last-ditch push to uproot former President Barack Obama's health care law is gaining momentum. But they have less than two weeks to succeed and face a tough fight to win enough GOP support to reverse the ...

For a new Key West resident, Irma was her welcome-to-town

By TIM REYNOLDS, Associated Press KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — Prudence Duchene will never forget the day she moved to Key West. It was Aug. 30 — the day a storm brewing in the Atlantic got named Irma. Duchene, 22, was actually waiting to board her Florida-bound flight from Albany ...