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Utah mayor killed in Afghanistan had 'loved Afghan people'

A Utah mayor killed while serving in the National Guard in Afghanistan had "loved the Afghan people" and was a man of conviction, confidence and compassion, family and military leaders said at a public funeral Saturday. Brent Taylor, 39, was a deeply patriotic man who was committed to training commandos as part of an effort to build the capacity of the Afghan national army, Utah Army National...


The Latest: Trump tours wildfire-ravaged Malibu area

The Latest: Trump tours wildfire-ravaged Malibu area

The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 7:25 p.m. President Donald Trump is getting a personal look at the wildfire damage in Southern California's Malibu area. Trump arrived at the oceanside conclave Saturday afternoon after visiting Northern California to survey the damage in the town of Paradise.
In defeat, Abrams casts aside traditional expectations

In defeat, Abrams casts aside traditional expectations

Stacey Abrams broke the rules of politics until the very end. The Georgia Democrat who came about 60,000 votes shy of becoming America's first black woman governor refused to follow the traditional script for defeated politicians who offer gracious congratulations to their victorious competitor and gently exit the stage.
Trump tours Paradise area, calls wildfire a 'really bad one'

Trump tours Paradise area, calls wildfire a 'really bad one'

From the ashes of a mobile home and RV park, President Donald Trump said Saturday he came to the heart of California's killer wildfire to fully grasp the scale of the desolation wrought on the landscape. "We're going to have to work quickly. ... Hopefully this is going to be the last of these because this was a really, really bad one," said the president, standing amid the crumpled foundations...
Amazon's would-be NY neighbors: Cynicism, some hope for jobs

Amazon's would-be NY neighbors: Cynicism, some hope for jobs

Shawn Smith has heard the promises before. When new hotels sprang up near the public housing complex in Queens where he's lived for 17 years, residents were told they would bring jobs and economic opportunity. He hasn't seen any of it.
Trump: Sending cleric to Turkey 'not under consideration'

Trump: Sending cleric to Turkey 'not under consideration'

President Donald Trump says extraditing a Turkish-born Muslim cleric blamed by Turkey for engineering a 2016 military coup attempt is "not under consideration." Fethullah Gulen (FEH'-too-lah goo-LEN') has lived for nearly 20 years in self-exile at an Islamic retreat in the Pocono Mountains.
Kemp asks for unity in Georgia as Abrams promises lawsuit

Kemp asks for unity in Georgia as Abrams promises lawsuit

Republican Brian Kemp praised Democrat Stacey Abrams as a tough opponent and asked Georgia voters to unite behind him as the state's new governor Saturday, even as Abrams blamed Kemp for "gross mismanagement" of an election that she acknowledged she did not win.
Recount adds to Florida's reputation for bungling elections

Recount adds to Florida's reputation for bungling elections

Mark Toepfer came to this spit of sand on the Tampa Bay shore to soak up the sun, drink a beer and maybe do a little fishing — not to talk about elections. But talk he did when asked for his thoughts on whether Florida, as a judge recently put it, is "the laughingstock of the world" when it comes to voting.
Space station supplies launched, 2nd shipment in 2 days

Space station supplies launched, 2nd shipment in 2 days

A load of space station supplies rocketed into orbit from Virginia on Saturday, the second shipment in two days. And another commercial delivery should be on its way in a couple weeks. "What an outstanding launch," said NASA's deputy space station program manager, Joel Montalbano.
DeVos wants to change campus rules on sexual misconduct

DeVos wants to change campus rules on sexual misconduct

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has proposed a major overhaul to the way colleges and universities handle sexual misconduct complaints, adding protections for students accused of assault and harassment and narrowing which cases schools would be required to investigate.
Trump: EPA's acting chief will be named to post permanently

Trump: EPA's acting chief will be named to post permanently

Andrew Wheeler, a former congressional aide and lobbyist who has led the Environmental Protection Agency since his scandal-plagued predecessor resigned earlier this year, has gotten President Donald Trump's nod for the permanent job.
Trump says written responses go to Mueller team next week

Trump says written responses go to Mueller team next week

President Donald Trump says he "very easily" answered written questions from special counsel Robert Mueller, though he speculated that the questions had been "tricked up" to try to catch him in a lie.
Trump jumps in to offer aid to Democrat Pelosi's speaker bid

Trump jumps in to offer aid to Democrat Pelosi's speaker bid

Democrats won the majority. Now they just need a speaker of the House. The standoff over Nancy Pelosi's bid to regain the gavel intensified as Democrats left Washington for the Thanksgiving break in what has turned out to be an unsettling finish to an otherwise triumphant week that saw them welcome a historic class of newcomers to Capitol Hill and prepare to take control from Republicans.
Democrats gear up for more digital spending in 2020

Democrats gear up for more digital spending in 2020

One of the largest outside Democratic groups says ramped-up spending on digital advertising played a key role in midterm battleground races, offering a lesson for potential presidential contenders in 2020.
Lawyer for WikiLeaks' Assange says he would fight charges

Lawyer for WikiLeaks' Assange says he would fight charges

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will not willingly travel to the United States to face charges filed under seal against him, one of his lawyers said, foreshadowing a possible fight over extradition for a central figure in the U.S. special counsel's Russia-Trump investigation.
Trump administration denies reaching conclusion on Khashoggi

Trump administration denies reaching conclusion on Khashoggi

The Trump administration denied on Saturday that it had reached a final determination in the death of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi. After President Donald Trump called his CIA chief and top diplomat from Air Force One as he flew to survey wildfire damage in California, the State Department released a statement saying "recent reports indicating that the U.S.
The Latest: Pence meets Taiwan's delegation at APEC summit

The Latest: Pence meets Taiwan's delegation at APEC summit

The Latest on the summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation in Papua New Guinea (all times local): 2:40 p.m. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has met with the head of Taiwan's delegation to an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting. The U.S.
Pence, Xi trade barbs in speeches at Pacific summit

Pence, Xi trade barbs in speeches at Pacific summit

Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence traded barbs in speeches at a summit of world leaders Saturday, outlining competing visions for global leadership as trade and other tensions between them simmer.
US official: US intel says prince ordered Khashoggi killing

US official: US intel says prince ordered Khashoggi killing

U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a U.S. official said Friday. The Saudi government has denied the claim. The conclusion will bolster efforts in Congress to further punish the close U.S. ally for the killing.
Nuke dump managers: There was waste near ceiling collapse

Nuke dump managers: There was waste near ceiling collapse

Operations at the federal government's nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico resumed Friday as managers acknowledged there was radioactive waste in the area where a portion of the underground facility's ceiling collapsed earlier this week. The acknowledgement came a day after the U.S. Energy Department announced there had been a rock fall at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
The Latest: US intel says prince ordered Khashoggi killing

The Latest: US intel says prince ordered Khashoggi killing

The Latest on the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi (all times local): 7:10 p.m. U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi — a claim the Saudi government has denied. That's according to a U.S.
Number of missing hard to peg in deadly California wildfire

Number of missing hard to peg in deadly California wildfire

More than 1,000 people are unaccounted for after a deadly Northern California wildfire, but authorities warned Friday that the roster is fluid and contains "raw data," including the names of people who are safe. Some of the people on the ever-evolving list compiled by the Butte County sheriff's office have been confirmed dead by family and friends on social media.
Judge: John Hinckley can move out of his mother's house

Judge: John Hinckley can move out of his mother's house

The man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan can move out of his mother's house in Virginia and live on his own, a federal judge ruled Friday. U.S. District Court Judge Paul L. Friedman granted John Hinckley Jr. the largest measure of freedom he's had since shooting and wounding Reagan and three others outside a Washington hotel in 1981. Hinckley was confined for decades to St.
Supreme Court challenge filed to Whitaker appointment

Supreme Court challenge filed to Whitaker appointment

A prominent Washington lawyer is leading an effort to lure the Supreme Court into the dispute over the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as the new U.S. acting attorney general. Lawyer Thomas Goldstein says the high court should rule quickly that President Donald Trump's appointment of Whitaker to temporarily lead the Justice Department is illegal.
The Latest: Kemp says Georgia race over, state to look ahead

The Latest: Kemp says Georgia race over, state to look ahead

The Latest on the Georgia governor's race (all times local): 5:35 p.m. Republican Brian Kemp says the Georgia gubernatorial election is over with Democratic rival Stacey Abrams' acknowledgement that she can't win the race, and he is urging the state to look forward. Kemp made the comments in a statement Friday, shortly after Abrams' speech effectively ended the contest.
Baltimore mayor picks Fort Worth chief as next top cop

Baltimore mayor picks Fort Worth chief as next top cop

Baltimore's mayor announced Friday she has chosen a Texas police chief as her nominee to lead the city's troubled force, seeking to rein in a soaring pace of violent crime and boost public trust in a tattered department where instability has become the norm.
Migrants won't see armed US soldiers on border

Migrants won't see armed US soldiers on border

As thousands of migrants in a caravan of Central American asylum-seekers converge on the doorstep of the United States, what they won't find are armed American soldiers standing guard.
Fight over dinosaur fossils comes down to what's a mineral

Fight over dinosaur fossils comes down to what's a mineral

About 66 million years after two dinosaurs died apparently locked in battle on the plains of modern-day Montana, an unusual fight over who owns the entangled fossils has become a multimillion-dollar issue that hinges on the legal definition of "mineral." The 9th U.S.
California utility shares rise as regulator calms investors

California utility shares rise as regulator calms investors

Shares of Pacific Gas & Electric Co. soared Friday after California's top utility regulator said his agency will help the company deal with potentially crippling liability costs from wildfires. PG&E's stock rebounded 37.5 percent Friday after plunging 60 percent and losing $15 billion in valuation in the week following the
Ethics panel rebukes lawmakers in harassment cases

Ethics panel rebukes lawmakers in harassment cases

The House Ethics Committee said Friday that Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen of Nevada made persistent and unwanted advances toward three women who were required to interact with him as part of their job. Kihuen is serving his first term and announced he would not seek re-election after the allegations became public in late 2017.
GOP prepares to subpoena Comey, Lynch before losing power

GOP prepares to subpoena Comey, Lynch before losing power

House Republicans who have spent the last two years arguing that there was bias in President Barack Obama's Justice Department are preparing to subpoena two key witnesses in the final weeks of their majority — former FBI Director James Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert Goodlatte, R-Va.
Trump says will name EPA's acting chief to post permanently

Trump says will name EPA's acting chief to post permanently

Andrew Wheeler, a former congressional aide and lobbyist who has led the Environmental Protection Agency since his scandal-plagued predecessor resigned earlier this year, got President Donald Trump's nod Friday for the permanent job.
Supreme Court to hear arguments in census dispute

Supreme Court to hear arguments in census dispute

The Supreme Court says it will hear arguments over the evidence a federal judge can consider in the lawsuit concerning the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census. U.S. District Judge Jesse M.
US negotiating possible

US negotiating possible "resolution" in Russian agent case

A gun-rights activist accused of being a Russian agent is negotiating a "potential resolution" to her criminal case, federal prosecutors and her lawyers said Friday. Lawyers for Maria Butina and prosecutors in Washington made the disclosure in a joint court filing , the first acknowledgement that the 30-year-old is potentially working on a plea deal or some other conclusion to her case....
House passes bill to drop legal protections for gray wolves

House passes bill to drop legal protections for gray wolves

The Republican-controlled House passed a bill Friday to drop legal protections for gray wolves across the lower 48 states, reopening a lengthy battle over the predator species. Long despised by farmers and ranchers, wolves were shot, trapped and poisoned out of existence in most of the U.S. by the mid-20th century.
Trump says he 'very easily' answered Mueller questions

Trump says he 'very easily' answered Mueller questions

President Donald Trump said Friday he had "very easily" answered written questions from special counsel Robert Mueller, though he speculated that the questions had been "tricked up" to try to catch him in a lie. He said he hadn't submitted his answers to investigators yet.
Judge allows class-action lawsuit by mentally ill veterans

Judge allows class-action lawsuit by mentally ill veterans

Thousands of Navy and Marine Corps veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan who developed post-traumatic stress disorder but were denied Veterans Affairs health benefits have been given a green light to sue the military, under a ruling by a federal judge in Connecticut. Senior U.S. District Judge Charles Haight Jr.
The Latest: Southern California fire toll at 713 buildings

The Latest: Southern California fire toll at 713 buildings

The Latest on California's wildfires (all times local): 7:10 p.m. Authorities have increased the number of homes and other buildings burned by a massive Southern California wildfire. The figure rose Friday evening to 713 buildings destroyed — many of them homes — and more than 200 damaged, but the tally is continuing.
The Latest: CNN's Acosta returns to White House after ruling

The Latest: CNN's Acosta returns to White House after ruling

The Latest on the legal challenge to the White House's decision to strip CNN reporter Jim Acosta of his White House press credentials (all times local): 6:55 p.m. CNN's Jim Acosta is back at the White House after a federal judge ordered the Trump administration to immediately return his press credentials, though a lawsuit over the revocation is continuing.
Finger pointing, frustration in eastern US storm's aftermath

Finger pointing, frustration in eastern US storm's aftermath

Exhausted commuters pointed fingers and demanded answers Friday, a day after a modest snowstorm stranded motorists on slippery roads for hours, paralyzed the public transit network serving New York City and its suburbs and even forced some New Jersey children to stay overnight in their schools.
DeVos proposes overhaul to campus sexual misconduct rules

DeVos proposes overhaul to campus sexual misconduct rules

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Friday proposed a major overhaul to the way colleges and universities handle sexual misconduct complaints, adding protections for students accused of assault and harassment and narrowing which cases schools would be required to investigate.
Jennie-O recalling ground turkey in salmonella outbreak

Jennie-O recalling ground turkey in salmonella outbreak

Jennie-O Turkey recalled packages of ground turkey in a salmonella outbreak, and regulators say additional products from other companies could be named as their investigation continues. The recall was the first — not counting pet food — tied to a widespread and ongoing outbreak that has resulted in one death and 164 reported illnesses in 35 states.
Abrams ends Georgia governor bid, says she'll file lawsuit

Abrams ends Georgia governor bid, says she'll file lawsuit

Democrat Stacey Abrams ended 10 days of post-election drama in Georgia's closely watched and even more closely contested race for governor Friday, acknowledging Republican Brian Kemp as the victor while defiantly refusing to concede to the man she blamed for "gross mismanagement" of a bitterly fought election.
Dem struggle over Pelosi bid, with no end game in sight

Dem struggle over Pelosi bid, with no end game in sight

Democrats won the majority. Now they just need a speaker of the House. The standoff over Nancy Pelosi's bid to regain the gavel intensified Friday as Democrats left Washington for the Thanksgiving holiday, an unsettling finish to an otherwise triumphant week that saw them welcome a historic class of newcomers to Capitol Hill and prepare to take control.
WikiLeaks' Assange faces charges; lawyer says he'd fight

WikiLeaks' Assange faces charges; lawyer says he'd fight

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will not willingly travel to the United States to face charges filed under seal against him, one of his lawyers said Friday, foreshadowing a possible fight over extradition for a central figure in the U.S. special counsel's Russia-Trump investigation.
Beloved toy store FAO Schwarz makes its comeback

Beloved toy store FAO Schwarz makes its comeback

Three years after it closed its beloved toy store on Fifth Avenue, FAO Schwarz has returned to New York. A new FAO opened Friday in Manhattan's Rockefeller Center, about 10 blocks from its former home near Central Park. For more than 150 years, FAO Schwarz was known in New York City for its classy and sometimes extravagantly expensive toys.
Fire deaths rise to 71 ahead of Trump's California visit

Fire deaths rise to 71 ahead of Trump's California visit

With the confirmed death toll at 71 and the list of unaccounted for people more than 1,000, authorities in Northern California on Friday searched for those who perished and those who survived the fiercest of wildfires ahead of a planned visit by President Donald Trump. The president on Saturday is expected to get a look at the grief and damage caused by the deadliest U.S.
CNN's Acosta back at White House after judge's ruling

CNN's Acosta back at White House after judge's ruling

A federal judge ordered the Trump administration on Friday to immediately return the White House press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta, though a lawsuit over the credentials' revocation is continuing. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly, an appointee of President Donald Trump, announced his decision at a hearing Friday morning.
Florida high school massacre panel considers recommendations

Florida high school massacre panel considers recommendations

The state commission investigating the Florida high school massacre began discussions Friday on what recommendations it will make regarding student safety, mental health and steps to prevent future school shootings. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Commission didn't pass any specific recommendations Friday at its latest gathering to consider the Feb.
Heated Georgia gov's race: Absentee ballots in the spotlight

Heated Georgia gov's race: Absentee ballots in the spotlight

As the candidates in the disputed Georgia governor's race retreat further into their corners, counties statewide have begun a court-ordered process of reviewing absentee ballots and counting those previously rejected for missing or incorrect dates of birth.
Florida starts painstaking hand recount in US Senate race

Florida starts painstaking hand recount in US Senate race

Volunteers gathered around folding tables Friday to begin a painstaking hand recount in Florida's acrimonious U.S. Senate contest, with a goal of determining the intent of about 93,000 voters whose ballots for Republican Gov. Rick Scott or Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson could not be counted by machine. The hand recount is required by state law whenever candidates are separated by 0.
Paradise is reduced to ash, but memories survive the flames

Paradise is reduced to ash, but memories survive the flames

There's a sweet legend about this town: On a blazing summer day in the 1850s, a lumber mill crew with a wagon and ox took a break under a grove of tall evergreens. The air was cool, the pine needles fragrant. "Boys," said the team boss, "this is paradise." Thus, more than 170 years ago, Paradise was born.
AP source: Mueller probe to go on, Whitaker tells Graham

AP source: Mueller probe to go on, Whitaker tells Graham

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has told Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham in a meeting that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation will proceed, according to a person familiar with the meeting. The meeting with Graham and Whitaker Thursday comes as a bipartisan group of senators is pushing legislation to protect Mueller's job.
NYPD shakes up sex crime unit after Weinstein, staffing woes

NYPD shakes up sex crime unit after Weinstein, staffing woes

The New York City Police Department is shaking up its embattled special victims division, where a top detective has twice been accused of interfering in the Harvey Weinstein investigation and a city watchdog says the staff is stretched too thin to properly review sexual assault cases.
Democrat Porter flips GOP House seat in Southern California

Democrat Porter flips GOP House seat in Southern California

Democrat Katie Porter captured a Republican-held U.S. House seat Thursday in the heart of what once was Southern California's Reagan country, extending a rout of the state's GOP House delegation that might not be over. Porter's upset in Orange County is a sign of changing times in a region once known nationally as a GOP fortress.
How Democrats will rule: Roadmap drafted for House overhaul

How Democrats will rule: Roadmap drafted for House overhaul

House Democrats unveiled a draft rules package Thursday for how they would govern the chamber when they take over the majority in the new Congress next year. The changes are large and small, from a requirement to post legislation at least 72 hours before action is taken to restoring some floor rights for the resident commissioner from Puerto Rico and other nonvoting delegates.
Police release 911 calls from warehouse shooting suspect

Police release 911 calls from warehouse shooting suspect

Two hours after authorities say a 30-year-old man shot and wounded three co-workers at an Albuquerque warehouse, he called 911 to tell police he had been the one who opened fire at his workplace after hearing voices in his head.
FBI re-creates decoy heads Alcatraz inmates used in escape

FBI re-creates decoy heads Alcatraz inmates used in escape

Half a century after a notorious prison escape from Alcatraz Island, the FBI has created replicas of decoy heads that inmates used to distract guards from a plan that still captivates researchers and tourists. Authorities on Thursday unveiled 3D-printed copies of the decoys that inmates Frank Morris and John and Clarence Anglin constructed with soap, plaster and human hair.
Meditation helps vets with post-traumatic stress disorder

Meditation helps vets with post-traumatic stress disorder

Meditation worked as well as traditional therapy for military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder in a small experiment sponsored by the Department of Defense. One method preferred by the Department of Veterans Affairs is exposure therapy, but it doesn't work for everyone and many can't handle what it requires: purposely recalling traumatic events and confronting emotions.
Witness: El Chapo got police escort after escape

Witness: El Chapo got police escort after escape

When the notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was Mexico's most-wanted fugitive in 2001 following a prison breakout, he was startled to see a police motorcycle pull in front of a car carrying him as it reached the outskirts of Mexico City.
Study finds healthy group of polar bears in sea near Alaska

Study finds healthy group of polar bears in sea near Alaska

The first formal count of polar bears in waters between the United States and Russia indicates they're doing better than some of their cousins elsewhere. Polar bears are listed as a threatened species because of diminished sea ice due to climate change.
Winds that fanned Southern California wildfire diminish

Winds that fanned Southern California wildfire diminish

Winds that fanned a deadly, destructive Southern California firestorm were fading Thursday and more areas were reopening to residents as firefighters extended containment lines around the vast burn scar. "It's the new abnormal: fires, dryness, lack of moisture, winds," Gov.
Utility asked last month to hike bills over California fires

Utility asked last month to hike bills over California fires

A utility facing severe financial pressure amid speculation its equipment may have sparked a deadly Northern California wildfire asked U.S. energy regulators last month for permission to raise its customers' monthly bills to harden its system against wildfires and deliver a sizable increase in profits to shareholders.
Trump aide ousted by first lady says service was 'an honor'

Trump aide ousted by first lady says service was 'an honor'

A White House aide pushed out by first lady Melania Trump said Thursday that it had been "an honor" to serve in President Donald Trump's administration and that she admires the first family. Mira Ricardel, the deputy national security adviser, departed the White House on Wednesday, a day after the first lady's office issued an extraordinary statement calling for her ouster.
AP source: Whitaker told Graham that Mueller probe to go on

AP source: Whitaker told Graham that Mueller probe to go on

Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker told Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham in a meeting on Thursday that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation will proceed, according to a person familiar with the meeting. The meeting with Graham and Whitaker comes as a bipartisan group of senators is pushing legislation to protect Mueller's job.
Forest Service chief vows to rid agency of sexual harassment

Forest Service chief vows to rid agency of sexual harassment

Amid scrutiny stemming from fresh revelations of rampant discrimination, bullying, retaliation and sexual misconduct at the U.S. Forest Service, the agency's new chief pledged Thursday that she will "do everything in my power to put us on a path to no harassment." Vicki Christiansen acknowledged to a congressional panel that the Forest Service is in need of a culture change.
Prosecutor: Ohio suspects talked revenge vs. investigators

Prosecutor: Ohio suspects talked revenge vs. investigators

Two women who are the mothers of two suspects in the massacre of a family, and the grandmothers of the other two, pleaded not guilty Thursday to misleading investigators of the crime, which went without any arrests for more than two years.
Man on trial for killing girlfriend's abusive Missouri mom

Man on trial for killing girlfriend's abusive Missouri mom

A woman whose mother for years made everyone believe her daughter was seriously ill testified Thursday that she talked her boyfriend whom she'd met online into coming to Missouri to kill her abusive mom, believing it was the only way she could be free of her. The testimony from Gypsy Blanchard, 27, came in the trial of her former boyfriend, Nicholas Godejohn.
Hate-crime indictments returned in Kentucky grocery killings

Hate-crime indictments returned in Kentucky grocery killings

Federal prosecutors have charged a white man with federal hate crimes in the killings of two African-Americans at a grocery store last month in Kentucky. A federal grand jury in Louisville returned three hate crime charges against 51-year-old Gregory Bush on Thursday afternoon. U.S.
Women elected in record numbers in state legislative races

Women elected in record numbers in state legislative races

Women's winning streak in this year's elections has extended to statehouses across the country. More than 2,000 women will serve in state legislatures when those chambers convene for their upcoming sessions, representing roughly a quarter of all state lawmakers across the country.
Democrat flips US House seat in Maine ranked balloting

Democrat flips US House seat in Maine ranked balloting

A Democrat who trailed a Republican incumbent in a costly U.S. House race came from behind to emerge as the victor Thursday following extra rounds of tabulations under Maine's new voting system that's facing a legal challenge. Election officials declared Jared Golden the winner, flipping the seat held by two-term Rep.
Gobble gobble: Low turkey prices cut Thanksgiving meal cost

Gobble gobble: Low turkey prices cut Thanksgiving meal cost

Low food prices have driven the cost of a Thanksgiving feast down to its lowest level since 2010. The American Farm Bureau Federation says the average nationwide cost of a holiday meal for 10 people is $48.90, or less than $5 per person. The farm group's annual survey released Thursday says that's a 22-cent decrease from last year's average.
EPA official arrested on felony ethics charges in Alabama

EPA official arrested on felony ethics charges in Alabama

The Trump administration's top environmental official for the Southeast was arrested Thursday on criminal ethics charges in Alabama reported to be related to a scheme to help a coal company avoid paying for a costly toxic waste cleanup. Trey Glenn, 47, was briefly booked into a county jail in Birmingham before being released on a $30,000 bond.
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