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A look at the winners and losers of the top US races

By JOSCELYN PAINE, Associated Press Democrats swept Virginia and New Jersey's governor's races, incumbents came out on top in several big-city mayoral races and voters in Maine said they wanted to join 31 other states in expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. A rundown of the top ...

Maine OKs Medicaid expansion in first-of-its-kind referendum

By PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Residents in this rural state grappling with a heroin epidemic and an aging population voted Tuesday to deliver a rebuke to Republican Gov. Paul LePage and join 31 other states that have expanded Medicaid under former President ...

Minneapolis elects transgender woman to City Council

By KYLE POTTER, Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minneapolis has elected a black transgender woman to its city council, another national first in what advocacy groups have described as a banner night for transgender people in public office. Andrea Jenkins easily won the race Tuesday ...

2 men in a truck chase down Texas church shooter: ‘Let’s go’

By WILL WEISSERT and JIM VERTUNO, Associated Press SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — A former National Rifle Association instructor who grabbed his rifle and ran barefoot across the street to open fire on the gunman who slaughtered 26 people at a small-town Texas church was hailed as a hero ...

Air Force admits fault in reporting shooter’s past crimes

By JIM VERTUNO, WILL WEISSERT and PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — The gunman who killed 26 people at a small-town Texas church had a history of domestic violence that spanned years before the attack, and was able buy weapons because the Air Force did not ...

Florida State becomes 3rd university to suspend Greek life

By JOE REEDY, Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State becomes at least the third university this year to suspend Greek life because of alcohol-related tragedies. University President John Thrasher announced the indefinite suspension on Monday of the school's 55 fraternities ...

Trump says tougher gun laws not answer after Texas shooting

By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Donald Trump says tougher gun laws would not have prevented a mass shooting at a south Texas church, arguing that more restrictions might have led to more casualties. Trump spoke at a news conference in South Korea Tuesday ...

Threatened medical deduction seen as valuable, versatile

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Several million people unlucky enough to face big medical bills not covered by their insurance would lose a valuable and versatile deduction under the House GOP tax bill. Groups representing older people and patients are trying ...

Democrats try to look forward but are still haunted by 2016

By NICHOLAS RICCARDI, Associated Press Time has not healed the Democratic party's wounds. On Election Day 2016, Democrats suffered a devastating and shocking loss. A year later, they're still sorting through the wreckage. The infighting, the divisive personalities and the questions about how ...

Combat and cultural readiness key for new Army trainers

By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press FORT BENNING, Georgia (AP) — Army Col. Scott Jackson reaches out and grasps the hand of a male soldier. Their fingers interlaced, Jackson talks to the soldier for a few minutes and then asks if he feels uncomfortable. The soldier's answer: "A little ...

Brazile stirs Democratic strife; party chief seeks unity

WASHINGTON (AP) — The former head of the Democratic National Committee says she considered initiating efforts to replace Hillary Clinton as the party's presidential nominee with then-Vice President Joe Biden. Donna Brazile makes the revelation in a memoir being released Tuesday that has ...

Police: Sen. Paul suffers minor injury in assault at home

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A man has been arrested and charged with assaulting and injuring U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, authorities said Saturday. Kentucky State Police said in a news release that Paul suffered a minor injury when 59-year-old Rene Boucher assaulted him at his Warren ...

Inside story: How Russians hacked the Democrats’ emails

By RAPHAEL SATTER, JEFF DONN and CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It was just before noon in Moscow on March 10, 2016, when the first volley of malicious messages hit the Hillary Clinton campaign. The first 29 phishing emails were almost all misfires. Addressed to people who ...

Latest JFK files say no evidence found of CIA link to Oswald

By DEB RIECHMANN and ALANNA DURKIN RICHER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly released government documents regarding John F. Kennedy's assassination say allegations that Lee Harvey Oswald was connected to the CIA were "totally unfounded." A 1975 CIA memo says a thorough search of ...

Congressional leaders call for sexual harassment training

By ERICA WERNER and JULIET LINDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Leading lawmakers are calling for mandatory training and other steps to prevent sexual harassment in Congress as the national spotlight on gender hostility in the workplace falls on Capitol Hill. The calls from House ...

Local voting districts seen as crucial to election security

By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY, Associated Press CONYERS, Ga. (AP) — Last November, election officials in a small Rhode Island town were immediately suspicious when results showed 99 percent of voters had turned down a noncontroversial measure about septic systems. It turned out that an oval on ...

Under pressure, social media giants acknowledge meddling

By MARY CLARE JALONICK and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In three exhaustive hearings this week, executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google acknowledged that their platforms were used by Russia to try and create division over such disparate issues as immigration, gun ...

Child sex offenders to be named as such in US passports

By MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — America's registered child sex offenders will now have to use passports identifying them for their past crimes when traveling overseas. The State Department said Wednesday it would begin revoking passports of registered child sex ...

Feds: Truck attack suspect said ‘he felt good about’ rampage

By COLLEEN LONG and LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The suspect in a deadly truck rampage was inspired by the Islamic State group's online videos and plotted his New York City attack for two months, renting a truck ahead of time to practice turning it, federal authorities ...

Trump calls for death penalty for NYC truck attack suspect

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the suspect in the New York City truck attack that killed eight people "SHOULD GET DEATH PENALTY!" Trump expressed his feelings late Wednesday, tweeting that "NYC terrorist was happy as he asked to hang ISIS flag in his hospital room. He killed 8 ...