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After big Senate loss, what's next for firebrand Roy Moore?
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Roy Moore has now lost more statewide races than he's won in Alabama, including a Senate contest that seemed within reach. So will the Republican former judge now abandon politics and ride off into the sunset?...



Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith named to fill Franken seat
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Lt. Gov. Tina Smith on Wednesday to fill fellow Democrat Al Franken's Senate seat until a special election in November, setting up his longtime and trusted adviser for a potentially bruising 2018 special election....



Subway bombing suspect faces charges from his hospital bed
NEW YORK (AP) -- A Bangladeshi immigrant accused of setting off a pipe bomb in the New York subway system had his first court appearance on Wednesday via video from the hospital room where he is recovering from burns sustained in the blast....



Republican higher education bill clears first hurdle
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Republican bill that would eliminate key loan subsidies for college students and give a boost to for-profit colleges has passed the first major hurdle in the House of Representatives....



Addiction, mental illness complicate help for the homeless
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- This is the lesson that the working-class city of Everett has learned: It takes a community to rescue the hardcore homeless....



AP PHOTOS: Chronically homeless seek refuge on LA's Skid Row
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Skid Row area of downtown Los Angeles is home to thousands of chronically homeless people....



Mental health care worries linger 5 years after Sandy Hook
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....



Ex-polygamous sect leader gets nearly 5 years in fraud case
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A former polygamous sect leader was sentenced Wednesday to nearly five years in prison for his role in carrying out an elaborate food stamp fraud scheme and for escaping home confinement while awaiting trial....



Minnesota's next senator: Quiet organizer, late to politics
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The woman who will be Minnesota's next U.S. senator is a largely behind-the-scenes player who came to elected office late in her career and passed up a major shot at power just a few months ago....



Correction: Roman Polanski story
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- In a story Dec. 12 about Roman Polanski, The Associated Press reported erroneously that he is a native of Poland. Polanski was born in France and moved to Poland as a young child with his family....