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New report: Abortions in US drop to lowest level since 1974
NEW YORK (AP) -- Even as the election outcome intensifies America's abortion debate, a comprehensive new survey finds the annual number of abortions in the U.S has dropped to well under 1 million, the lowest level since 1974....

Former Klan Grand Dragon to MLK's daughter: I'm sorry
ATLANTA (AP) -- Scott Shepherd didn't fire the shot that killed Martin Luther King Jr., but the former Ku Klux Klan Grand Dragon says he has always felt remorse toward the family of the slain civil rights leader and all who honor his legacy....

Trump's America: Switching sides in struggling Pa. county
PLYMOUTH, Pa. (AP) -- Towns along the Susquehanna River are filled with people whose grandparents worked in coal mines, garment factories and small manufacturing companies. But those jobs are long gone in Luzerne County, and Wilkes-Barre, the county seat, has seen its population drop by more than half. Dozens of public officials have fallen to scandal....

Trump's America: Families differ as Reagan country changes
WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) -- The week after Donald Trump was elected president, Dr. Mai-Phuong Nguyen and two dozen other Vietnamese-Americans active in liberal causes gathered in a circle of folding chairs, consoling one another about an America almost beyond comprehension....

Trump's America: Rural-urban divide in Georgia
LULA, Ga. (AP) -- Patti Thomas owns a flower shop in the north Georgia town of Lula. Xavier Bryant runs an independent pharmacy just outside Atlanta. Looking toward the inauguration of an entrepreneur as president, the two share this expectation: Donald Trump will be good for business....

Trump's America: Caution in evenly split Nebraska county
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- A block from Nebraska's Capitol, with its unique one-chamber, nonpartisan Legislature, is the lobbying office of Bill Mueller and Kim Robak, who embody the make-it-work spirit of this city: They're husband and wife, Republican and Democrat....

Orlando nightclub gunman's wife faces charges tied to attack
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The wife of Orlando nightclub gunman Omar Mateen faces a court hearing in California after being arrested there in connection with his Florida shooting rampage that left 49 people dead....

GOP targets landmark Endangered Species Act for big changes
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- In control of Congress and soon the White House, Republicans are readying plans to roll back the influence of the Endangered Species Act, one of the government's most powerful conservation tools, after decades of complaints that it hinders drilling, logging and other activities....

Gene Cernan, last astronaut to walk on the moon, dies at 82
HOUSTON (AP) -- Astronaut Gene Cernan traced his only child's initials in the dust of the lunar surface. Then he climbed into the lunar module for the ride home, becoming the last person to walk on the moon....

Tax deadline looms for Prince estate; government to get half
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- "Money Don't Matter 2 Night," Prince once sang. But his money matters a lot to the IRS, and the case provides a cautionary tale not just for the wealthy, but not-so-rich Americans as well....

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