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Midnight government shutdown nears; no accord in sight
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The government careened toward shutdown Friday night in a chaotic close to Donald Trump's first year as president, as Democrats and Republicans preemptively traded blame while still struggling to find some accord before a deadline at the stroke of midnight....



Family: Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose
NEW YORK (AP) -- Tom Petty's family says his death last year was due to an accidental drug overdose....



US flu season gets worse, has 'lot more steam' than expected
NEW YORK (AP) -- The flu season in the U.S. is getting worse....



Women will march again with aim to become a political force
A year after more than 1 million people rallied at women's marches worldwide with a message of female empowerment and protest against President Donald Trump, activists will return to the streets this weekend in hopes of converting anger and enthusiasm into political force....



Mattis says US competitive warfighting edge has eroded
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Countering China's rapidly expanding military and an increasingly aggressive Russia are now the U.S. military's top national security priorities, outpacing the threat of terrorism, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday. He said competition with those adversaries has threatened America's military advantage around the world....






Vegas gunman studied SWAT tactics, music site before attack
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The Las Vegas gunman meticulously planned the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, researching SWAT tactics, renting other hotel rooms overlooking outdoor concerts and investigating potential targets in at least four cities, authorities said Friday....



'Watching my family burn': Woman frantic after copter crash
RATON, N.M. (AP) -- Andra Cobb was frantic when she called for help, telling an emergency operator that a helicopter she was riding in with her father, longtime partner and others had crashed in a remote part of New Mexico and that she was watching her "family burn."...



Experts: Shackled children face long road to recovery
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) -- They are safe for now and, according to authorities, they are relieved....



Pope: Corruption is 'social virus' infecting Latin America
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Pope Francis strongly condemned corruption in Latin America as a "social virus" infecting all aspects of life in stern remarks Friday to Peru's president and high-ranking political leaders, several of whom are embroiled in the region's biggest graft scandal....