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Major media players start commission for sexual misconduct

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 05:14:37 GMT2017-12-16T05:14:37Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The biggest figures and institutions in entertainment have established a commission to be chaired by Anita Hill that intends to combat sexual misconduct and inequality in the industry in the wake of the huge wave of revelations spurred by allegations against Harvey Weinstein....

Army of firefighters takes on still-growing California fire

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 05:33:04 GMT2017-12-16T05:33:04Z

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) -- The fourth-largest wildfire in California history continues to grow and threaten thousands of homes despite armies of fire crews and fleets of bulldozers and aircraft....

SpaceX 1st: Recycled rocket soars with recycled capsule

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:50:36 GMT2017-12-15T20:50:36Z

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- SpaceX racked up another first on Friday, launching a recycled rocket with a recycled capsule on a grocery run for NASA....

Judge temporarily blocks new Trump rules on birth control

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:41:00 GMT2017-12-15T22:41:00Z

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A federal judge in Philadelphia on Friday ordered the Trump administration not to enforce new rules that could significantly reduce women's access to free birth control....

Effort to allow partisan politics in church reaches dead end

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:47:02 GMT2017-12-16T00:47:02Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- A provision that would have freed churches to make political endorsements has been dropped from the Republican tax overhaul, dashing the hopes of a segment of religious conservatives on what has been a key issue to the Trump administration....

Sometimes Santa needs a lift. This time, to remote Alaska

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:19:48 GMT2017-12-16T00:19:48Z

SAINT MICHAEL, Alaska (AP) -- It's not easy to get to Saint Michael, Alaska. Not even if you're Santa Claus....

Border arrests surge, erasing much of Trump's early gains

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:51:43 GMT2017-12-16T00:51:43Z

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The U.S. government on Friday announced a seventh straight monthly increase in people being arrested or denied entry along the Mexican border, erasing much of the early gains of President Donald Trump's push to tighten the border....

Manhattan prosecutor returns 3 ancient sculptures to Lebanon

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:25:48 GMT2017-12-15T23:25:48Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Three ancient sculptures are being returned to their rightful owners in Lebanon as the Manhattan district attorney forms a new antiquities trafficking unit whose goal is to repatriate stolen pieces from around the world....

Colorado, New Mexico lawmakers alter sex misconduct policies

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:42:52 GMT2017-12-16T00:42:52Z

DENVER (AP) -- Lawmakers in Colorado and New Mexico began revising their sexual misconduct policies Friday, joining other legislatures that are facing questions about whether they are doing enough to deter predatory behavior and protect victims....

Female candidate quits Kansas race over 2005 harassment suit

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 03:00:26 GMT2017-12-16T03:00:26Z

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- A female congressional candidate dropped out of the Kansas race Friday over a 12-year-old lawsuit accusing her of sexually harassing a male subordinate, an unusual case of a woman facing the sort of misconduct allegations that have forced numerous men out of their jobs in recent weeks....