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US first loosened limits on lion trophies, then elephants

By MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — One month before the Trump administration sparked outrage by reversing a ban on trophies from threatened African elephants, federal officials quietly loosened restrictions on the importation of heads and hides of lions shot for ...

Kathy Griffin: Trump photo put me on ‘Hollywood blacklist’

By The Associated Press Kathy Griffin says she is in the middle of a "Hollywood blacklist" after taking a photo holding a fake severed head that resembled President Donald Trump. The comedian is currently on a world standup tour. She says in a YouTube video that when she returns to the U.S. ...

Melania Trump and Barron receive White House Christmas tree

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump, and son Barron, continued a time-honored tradition of first ladies receiving the official White House Christmas tree. A military band quartet played holiday tunes as a horse-drawn wagon carried the 19 1/2-foot Balsam ...

CBS suspends Rose, PBS halts his show following allegations

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Media Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Charlie Rose is the latest public figure to be felled by sexual misconduct allegations, with PBS halting distribution of his nightly interview show and CBS News suspending him Monday following a Washington Post report with the accusations of ...

Report: Rep. Conyers settled complaint over sexual conduct

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michigan Rep. John Conyers settled a complaint in 2015 from a woman who alleged she was fired from his Washington staff because she rejected his sexual advances, BuzzFeed News reported. The website reported Monday that Conyers' office paid the woman over $27,000 to settle ...

AP source: Authorities believe border agent may have fallen

By CLAUDIA LAUER and DAVID WARREN, Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — Investigators believe a border patrol agent who died in West Texas after suffering extensive injuries to his head and body may have fallen down a 14-foot (4-meter) culvert, and his partner, who radioed for help, has no memory ...

White House open to striking health provision from tax bill

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says it's willing to strike a health-care provision from Senate legislation to cut taxes and overhaul the tax code if the provision becomes an impediment to passing one of President Donald Trump's top legislative ...

3- 2-1, BAM! Georgia Dome imploded in downtown Atlanta

By JEFF MARTIN, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — One of the nation's largest domed stadiums collapsed Monday into a pile of jagged concrete and a vast cloud of smoke in a scheduled implosion in downtown Atlanta. Nearly 5,000 pounds of explosives were used to blast the Georgia Dome in Atlanta ...

Bush administration alums rising in Trump’s orbit

By KEN THOMAS and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — For all the lingering tensions between President Donald Trump and former President George W. Bush, Trump's White House shares one thing in common with his Republican predecessor's: People. Trump has installed more than ...

Keystone XL pipeline faces last major regulatory hurdle

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska regulator is set to decide whether to approve the proposed route of the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline through the state. The decision Monday could have a big impact on whether TransCanada Corp. decides to proceed with construction of the project, which ...

WH: Trump not stumping for Moore due to discomfort with bid

By HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump isn't campaigning for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore because of "discomfort" with the sexual misconduct allegations made by several women but isn't calling on the controversial judge to drop out of the race because ...

Scaramucci says don’t rule out beltway return

By JOSEF FEDERMAN, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Washington may not have seen the last of "The Mooch." Anthony Scaramucci, the short-lived White House communications chief who was forced out after just 11 days on the job, said in an interview on Monday that he remains in close touch ...

Charles Manson, whose cult slayings horrified world, dies

By JOHN ROGERS, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — In the summer of 1969, a scruffy ex-convict with a magnetic hold on young women sent some of his disciples into the night to carry out a series of gruesome killings in Los Angeles. In so doing, Charles Manson became the leering face of evil ...

20 injured in fire at Pennsylvania senior living community

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — A massive fire at a senior living community in Pennsylvania injured at least 20 people and forced dozens more, many of whom were unable to walk, into the cold night air. Firefighters were still dousing hot spots Friday, even though the inferno was declared under ...

Franken apologizes after woman says he kissed, groped her

By MATTHEW DALY and JULIET LINDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Al Franken faced a storm of criticism and a likely ethics investigation after a Los Angeles radio anchor accused him of forcibly kissing her and groping her during a 2006 USO tour. He was the first member ...

Moore targets female accusers as critics decry intimidation

By STEVE PEOPLES and KIM CHANDLER, Associated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Ever defiant, Republican Roy Moore's campaign lashed out at the women accusing him of sexual misconduct, declaring "let the battle begin." Women's advocates decried the talk as worn intimidation tactics in a ...

Hospital patient escaped to prove he could behave properly

By AUDREY McAVOY and MARTHA BELLISLE, Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — A man who acknowledges killing a woman nearly 40 years ago said he needed to plot and carry out his escape from a Hawaii psychiatric hospital to prove that he could behave properly out in the community. Randall Saito ...

GOP closer to big win with House tax vote; Senate unclear

By ALAN FRAM and MARCY GORDON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans have stretched closer to delivering the first big legislative victory for President Donald Trump and their party, whisking a $1.5 trillion overhaul of business and personal income taxes through the House. Thorny ...

VA’s quiet plan to widen private care with TRICARE stirs ire

By HOPE YEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — As part of its effort to expand private health care, the Department of Veterans Affairs has been developing plans to merge its health system with the Pentagon's, a cost-saving measure that veterans groups say could threaten the viability of VA ...

Republican governors gather amid party setbacks, turmoil

By WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republicans who control two-thirds of the nation's governorships are gathering this week in America's largest red state, in part to strategize about how to maintain their political dominance. But electoral defeats last week, ...