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Democrat Doug Jones smiles as he arrives to speak Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in Birmingham, Ala. In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Jones won Alabama's special Senate election, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
December 13, 2017 - 11:02 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rarely has a sitting president rallied behind such a scandal-plagued candidate the way Donald Trump did with Alabama's Roy Moore. And rarely has that bet failed so spectacularly. Moore's defeat Tuesday in Alabama — as stalwart a Republican state as they come — left Trump...
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FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2011, file photo, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, takes the Senate oath during a mock swearing-in swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington. Gillibrand got a fight she wants after President Donald Trump attacked her in a provocative tweet that claimed she’d begged him for campaign contributions and would “do anything” for them. Gillibrand, is up for re-election next year and is considered a possible presidential contender in 2020. She’s been a leading voice in the national debate over how to confront sexual assault and harassment. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, file)
December 13, 2017 - 10:29 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand got a fight she wants after President Donald Trump lashed out at the New York Democrat in a provocative tweet that claimed she'd begged him for campaign contributions and would "do anything" for them. Gillibrand, who's up for re-election next year and is...
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Russian cybercrime suspect Alexander Vinnik, arrives at Greece's supreme court in Athens, on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. Greece's Supreme Court holds an extradition hearing for Russian cybercrime suspect Alexander Vinnik, wanted in the United States on charges of laundering billions of dollars' worth of bitcoin. Vinnik is the subject of a judicial tug-of-war between the U.S. and Russia, which is also seeking his extradition on lesser charges.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
December 13, 2017 - 9:48 am
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's Supreme Court has ruled in favor of extraditing a Russian cybercrime suspect to the United States to stand trial for allegedly laundering billions of dollars using the virtual currency bitcoin. Alexander Vinnik made his final appearance at an Athens court Wednesday...
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Jamey Anderson holds a photo on his phone of himself, bottom left, at the Word of Faith Christian School with classmates, from left, Liam, Risa Burgeson Pires, and Christopher Davies, and teachers Lisa Brown, top left, and Marty Roper, top right, during an interview in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. Throughout his adolescence, Anderson says he was singled out as a rebel and suffered some of the most brutal treatment in the church. Among his transgressions: making a funny face at a classmate. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
December 13, 2017 - 9:37 am
SPINDALE, N.C. (AP) — Jamey Anderson vividly recalls being a skinny kid trembling on the floor of a dank, windowless storage room, waiting in terror for the next adult to open the door. He was bruised and exhausted after being held down while a group of Word of Faith Fellowship congregants —...
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FILE - This undated identification file photo released Wednesday, April 3, 2013 by Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Conn., shows former student Adam Lanza, who authorities said opened fire inside the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, killing 26 students and educators, after killing his mother at their home. A 2014 report by the Office of Connecticut Child Advocate concluded that Lanza's actions were not directly caused by his psychiatric problems, but it noted that his mother rejected psychologists' recommendations that her son should be medicated and undergo treatment for anxiety and other conditions. (AP Photo/Western Connecticut State University, File)
December 13, 2017 - 9:16 am
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Anguished mothers with mentally ill children have sought out Liza Long for help ever since she wrote an essay, "I am Adam Lanza's Mother," comparing experiences with her son to the emotionally troubled 20-year-old who carried out the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The...
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Homeless drug addict Andrew Hudson, 33, reacts as he injects himself with heroin next to an angel statue Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, in the Skid Row area of downtown Los Angeles. "It's miserable quitting, or trying - trying anything," said Hudson. Skid Row is home to thousands of chronically homeless people on the edge of the downtown. No one shares the same story how they ended up in the center of poverty and despair. The streets are ruled by drugs day and night. Help exists, but too many turn to drugs to cope with their problems. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
December 13, 2017 - 9:08 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Skid Row area of downtown Los Angeles is home to thousands of chronically homeless people. No one shares the same story on how they ended up in this center of abject poverty, where drugs rule the streets 24/7. "It's miserable quitting, or trying — trying anything," 33-year-...
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FILE - In this file photo taken on Friday April 8, 2016, a sign warns people not to enter the town of Ozersk, Chelyabinsk region, Russia, which houses the Mayak nuclear facility. Mayak is a nuclear complex that has been responsible for at least two of the country's biggest radioactive accidents. Russian authorities denied Friday that a radioactivity spike in the air over Europe resulted from a nuclear fuel plant leak in the Urals, saying their probe has found no release of radioactivity there. (AP Photo/Katherine Jacobsen, File)
December 13, 2017 - 9:01 am
MOSCOW (AP) — A senior executive at the Russian nuclear processing plant suspected of being behind a spike of radioactivity over Europe this fall admitted Wednesday that the isotope recorded does emerge as part of the plant's production cycle but said its levels are negligible. Russian officials...
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This Wednesday, May 3, 2017, photo shows a a sign with gas prices at a Chevron station in Miami. On Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, the Labor Department reports on U.S. consumer prices for November. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
December 13, 2017 - 8:51 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Surging gasoline prices pulled U.S. consumer inflation up 0.4 percent in November. The Labor Department said Wednesday that prices at the pump increased a sharp 7.3 percent after falling in October. Excluding volatile food and energy prices, so-called core consumer inflation rose...
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December 13, 2017 - 8:49 am
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. (AP) — An Air Force installation in Florida has closed its child care centers due to an outbreak of norovirus. In a Facebook post , Hurlburt Field officials said its youth center and three child development centers would remain closed until Dec. 18 "in an abundance of caution...
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December 13, 2017 - 8:48 am
BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina school district has suspended a Christian-based mentoring program that operated in seven schools. The Island Packet of Hilton Head reported Beaufort County School District officials have indefinitely suspended the Real Champions of the Lowcountry program after...
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