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Senators push for more online transparency in elections
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two Democratic senators are unveiling what could be the first of several pieces of legislation to try to lessen influence from Russia or other foreign actors on U.S. elections - with a measure to boost transparency for online political ads....



Puerto Rico still stumbles in the dark a month after 'Maria'
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- One man climbs 24 flights of stairs several times a day alongside dormant elevators. Street vendors hawk plastic washboards for $20. And families outstretch their hands as crews in helicopters drop supplies in communities that remain isolated....



US tourist fears he was hit in Cuba, years before diplomats
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Chris Allen's phone started buzzing as word broke that invisible attacks in Cuba had hit a U.S. government worker at Havana's Hotel Capri. Allen's friends and family had heard an eerily similar story from him before....



Another warm winter forecast for swath of US
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Much of the U.S. should expect another warm winter, but not quite as toasty as the last two years, forecasters said....



Russia's Putin: Trump's foes have blocked his agenda
MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Russia remains open to cooperation with Washington even though President Donald Trump's political foes in the U.S. have tried to prevent him from fulfilling his campaign promises....



Prosecutor grateful for verdict in ex-cop's 4th murder trial
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- An Oklahoma prosecutor said Thursday that he isn't surprised or disappointed that a jury convicted a white former police officer of manslaughter instead of murder in his fourth trial for killing his daughter's black boyfriend....



Spain set to strip Catalonia of powers over independence bid
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- The crisis over Catalonia's quest for independence escalated Thursday, as Spain's central government prepared the unprecedented step of stripping the wealthy region of some of its self-governing powers after its leader refused to abandon secession....



Trump kicks issues to Congress, is erratic negotiator
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is proving to be an erratic negotiating partner as he punts policy issues to Congress and then sends conflicting signals about what he really wants....



'Murder insurance' or protection in self-defense cases?
ATLANTA (AP) -- The National Rifle Association is offering insurance for people who shoot someone, stirring criticism from gun-control advocates who say it could foster more violence and give gun owners a false sense of security to shoot first and ask questions later....



British Film Institute strips Harvey Weinstein of high honor
LONDON (AP) -- The British Film Institute stripped disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein of its highest honor Thursday, saying his alleged "appalling conduct" stands in opposition to the organization's values....