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Franken apologizes to woman who says he kissed, groped her
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Minnesota Sen. Al Franken personally apologized to the woman who has accused him of forcibly kissing her and groping her during a 2006 USO tour, saying he remembers their encounter differently but is "ashamed that my actions ruined that experience for you."...

Derided by critics, trickle-down economics gets another try
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Does money roll downhill?...

As sex scandals topple the powerful: Why not Trump?
WASHINGTON (AP) -- "You can do anything," Donald Trump once boasted, speaking of groping and kissing unsuspecting women....

The Latest: Alabama's GOP governor to vote Moore for Senate
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The Latest on sexual assault allegations against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore (all times local):...

Wife of Alabama Senate candidate Moore says he won't quit
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The wife of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore said Friday her husband won't quit the race in the face of allegations that he sexually assaulted young women years ago....

Weinstein's Impact: List of men accused of sexual misconduct
NEW YORK (AP) -- Since The New York Times published allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein in October, multiple men in entertainment, media and politics in the U.S. and beyond have faced allegations ranging from inappropriate behavior to forced sexual misconduct to rape....

State Department battles criticism of Tillerson's management
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The State Department is hitting back at the growing bipartisan criticism of Rex Tillerson's leadership and accusations he is presiding over a debilitating brain drain of the nation's diplomatic corps....

White House requests $44B disaster aid bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House Friday sent Congress a $44 billion disaster aid request that's already under attack from lawmakers from hurricane-hit regions as way too small....

VA exploring idea of merging health system with Pentagon
WASHINGTON (AP) -- As part of its effort to expand private health care, the Department of Veterans Affairs is exploring the possibility of merging its health system with the Pentagon's, a cost-saving measure that veterans groups say could threaten the viability of VA hospitals and clinics....

The Latest: Sanders says Trump, Franken cases are different
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on allegations of sexual misconduct against Sen. Al Franken (all times local):...

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