The Latest: Lavrov denies Russian interference in US vote

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

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 program....

Does NKorean H-bomb threat push US closer to war?

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Would exploding a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific, as North Korea has threatened, push the current war of words between the U.S. and North Korea closer to actual war?...

Broken dam and island-wide blackout stir fear in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- A failing dam prompted emergency evacuations of two towns in northwestern Puerto Rico on Friday as the U.S. territory struggled with flooding, an island-wide blackout and other dangers in Hurricane Maria's wake....

Hurricane pushes long-suffering Puerto Rico to the edge

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- A tired and discouraged Rosa Maria Almonte cleaned steel pots with bleach inside her darkened cafe as her daughter cooked up rice, beans and pork chops on a gas stove to feed people desperate for a hot meal in their storm-ravaged city....

Relatives keep vigil amid search for Mexico quake survivors

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Survivors were still being pulled from the rubble in Mexico City as rescue operations stretched into a fourth day Friday, spurring hope among desperate relatives gathered at the sites of buildings collapsed by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake....

Kim fires off insults at Trump and hints at weapons test

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un lobbed a string of insults at President Donald Trump on Friday, calling him a "mentally deranged U.S. dotard" and hinting at a frightening new weapon test....

Obama campus assault guidance gets scrapped under Trump

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....

Rollback of federal police reform program riles advocates

A South Carolina city sought the federal government's help in rebuilding community trust after the 2015 fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a white officer. Civil rights advocates hoped the resulting comprehensive review of police interactions would be a first step toward meaningful change....

Indiana man locked in cave for 60 hours, forgotten by group

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- A 19-year-old man who spent 60 hours locked alone inside a gated southern Indiana cave says he feels lucky to be alive....

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Dam failing as scope of Puerto Rico's disaster becomes clear

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rican officials rushed to evacuate tens of thousands of people downstream of a failing dam and said they could not reach more than half the towns in the U.S. territory as the massive scale of the disaster wrought by Hurricane Maria started to become clear on Friday....

Hurricane pushes long-suffering Puerto Rico to the edge

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- A tired and discouraged Rosa Maria Almonte cleaned steel pots with bleach inside her darkened cafe as her daughter cooked up rice, beans and pork chops on a gas stove to feed people desperate for a hot meal in their storm-ravaged city....

Federal government notifies 21 states of election hacking

The federal government on Friday told election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems before last year's presidential election....

'Little Rock Nine' members mark school's 1957 desegregation

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- When she saw images unfold from a deadly white supremacist rally this summer in Virginia, Minnijean Brown Trickey immediately thought about the angry mob she and eight other black students faced when they integrated an all-white high school in Little Rock 60 years ago....

Profiles of the Little Rock Nine who integrated Central High

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- The nine black teenagers who integrated Little Rock's Central High School in September 1957 all went on to seek higher education. Eight remain alive....

Elderly deaths: Call for generators in Florida nursing homes

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- After 11 nursing home residents died in the sweltering heat of hurricane-induced power outages, Florida's nursing home industry is now on a collision course with Gov. Rick Scott....

Guatemalans travel to Oklahoma to honor 1st US martyr

OKARCHE, Okla. (AP) -- Few religious pilgrimages lead down a dusty, unpaved Oklahoma road past grazing horses, metal barns and towering wind turbines in the distance....

'Face of evil': Man gets life for killing 8 at hair salon

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- A California man who killed eight people at a hair salon in 2011 was sentenced to life without parole Friday in a courtroom packed with sobbing victims' relatives, who shared vivid memories of their loved ones and wished the shooter a painful end in prison....

Texas asks court to allow its ban on 'sanctuary cities'

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....

Ann Coulter says she won't attend Berkeley free speech event

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- When computer science major Lindsay Nichols considers the possibility of a "Free Speech Week" featuring right-wing firebrands at the University of California, Berkeley, the first word that comes to her mind is "annoyance."...

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Trump says protesting players in NFL should be fired

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) -- President Donald Trump says National Football League owners should fire players who kneel during the national anthem. And he's encouraging spectators to walk out in protest....

McCain doesn't back GOP health care bill, drawing Trump ire

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 program. It was the second time in three months the 81-year-old McCain emerged as the destroyer of his party's signature promise to voters....

North Korea's H-bomb threat comes with potential risks

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Would exploding a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific, as North Korea has threatened, push the current war of words between the U.S. and North Korea closer to actual war?...

Federal government notifies 21 states of election hacking

The federal government on Friday told election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems before last year's presidential election....

Trump assures voters Strange is a stronger Senate candidate

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) -- President Donald Trump tried to convince Alabama conservatives Friday that the establishment choice in a Republican runoff for Senate shares their revulsion of Washington politics, declaring Sen. Luther Strange is a "swamp" fighter without close ties to GOP leaders....

Closure at busy US-Mexico border crossing promises headaches

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The busiest border crossing in the United States will close this weekend to the more than 40,000 cars that pass through it daily to Mexico....

Head of House panel seeks tax relief for hurricane victims

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The head of the House's tax-writing committee is putting forward legislation to give temporary tax relief to victims of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria....

Investigators reviewing HHS chief's private charter flights

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal investigators are examining Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price's recent use of costly charter flights on the taxpayers' dime for official business....

Evidence standards changed for campus assault investigations

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....

Next version of Trump travel ban could be more tailored

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is weighing the next iteration of his controversial travel ban, which could include new, more tailored restrictions on travelers from additional countries....

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Aaron Hernandez had severe CTE; daughter sues NFL, Pats

BOSTON (AP) -- Tests conducted on the brain of former football star Aaron Hernandez showed severe signs of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, and his attorney said Thursday that the player's daughter is suing the NFL and the New England Patriots for leading Hernandez to believe the sport was safe....

Undefeated champ Andre Ward retires, desire no longer there

NHL taps new market, plays 1st preseason game in China

SHANGHAI (AP) -- A golden dragon was held aloft on poles by skaters. Kobe Bryant appeared on video. NHL mascots gave the crowd a primer on what this odd game is all about....

NEXT ONE? Hoops phenom at 13 has college offer, NBA height

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Emoni Bates walks out a front door of Clague Middle School with just inches to spare....

Nebraska fires athletic director after 5 years

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Nebraska abruptly fired athletic director Shawn Eichorst on Thursday, citing a failure to improve the "on-field performance" by the Cornhuskers....

An NBA first: Every coach who started last season is back

MIAMI (AP) -- Dozens of NBA players found new homes this offseason. A few front offices dealt with hirings and firings. There's a new arena in Detroit and an ownership change looms in Houston. The league's logo was even tweaked....

BIG TEN SPOTLIGHT: First-year coaches create positive vibes

Purdue football is showing new signs of life on the field and on the airwaves, too....

Clemson junior QB Kelly Bryant blazing own path with Tigers

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- Kelly Bryant just smiled and shook his head every time - and there were plenty of them - someone wondered how national champion Clemson would get along without two-time Heisman Trophy finalist Deshaun Watson....

Report: NFL players ask league to support campaign

A group of current and former NFL players has asked Commissioner Roger Goodell for the league's support for their campaign for racial equality and criminal justice reform....

Bernie Casey, pro football player turned actor, dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Bernie Casey, a professional football player turned poet, painter and actor known for parts in films such as "Revenge of the Nerds" and "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka," has died. He was 78....

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