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  As sentencing looms, Flynn is upbeat, has adoring fans

People close to Flynn tell The Associated Press he has been relaxing with friends at events such as an Elton John concert. At a recent Boston Celtics game, strangers approached him to shake his hand and get photos.

Truck crashes through home, misses sleeping woman

Official vows action after AP reports missing migrant girls

How Sandy Hook changed responses to mass shootings

Here’s your 2018 USPS, FedEx and UPS holiday shipping deadline guide

The Latest: Heat wave fuels Germany's word of the year

Dutch suspect to be arraigned in slaying of US student

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The Latest: Romania seeks to encourage British leader

EU leaders vow to press on with 'no-deal' Brexit plans

Kosovo parliament to vote to form new army, angering Serbia

Virgin Galactic’s supersonic plane reaches space

Paris police bracing for more violent protests

German parliament approves 3rd gender identity for records

Video captures aftermath of France attack suspect shootout

The immediate aftermath of the shootout between French security forces and the suspect in the Strasbourg attack has been caught on camera from across the street, with footage showing armed officers at the scene and the body of the man slumped in a doorway

Syrian Kurdish-led fighters take Hajin, last town held by IS

Syrian activists: US-backed, Kurdish-led fighters take major town in last area held by Islamic State group

Russian Orthodox church calls on UN for help in Ukraine

The Russian Orthodox Church has called on the United Nations, the leaders of Germany and France, the pope and other spiritual leaders to protect believers in Ukraine in the face of official pressure on Moscow-appointed clerics

3 women stabbed in German city, unclear if attacks linked

German police say three women have been stabbed and wounded in the city of Nuremberg, and they are investigating whether the incidents are connected

'Young miracle:' Baby recovers from Ebola in Congo outbreak

Asian shares fall on poor Chinese economic data

Romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak traced to California farm, CDC reports

As sentencing looms, Flynn is upbeat, has adoring fans

Alleged Russian spy Maria Butina admits to conspiring against US

Trump's search for a new chief of staff has reality TV feel

Senate rebukes Trump, Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi, Yemen war

The Senate has delivered back-to-back votes against Saudi Arabia in an unusual rebuke of President Donald Trump's response to the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Nancy Wilson, Grammy winning jazz singer, dies at 81

Nancy Wilson, the Grammy-winning "song stylist", has died at age 81.

Use of death penalty continues to decline in Texas

A new report says that while Texas led the nation in the number of inmates executed in 2018, the use of capital punishment in the state continues to decline.

Death row executions remain near historic lows in 2018

Three states resumed executions of death row inmates in 2018 after long breaks, but nationwide, executions remained near historic lows this year

Rivers leads Chargers to last-second comeback win over KC

Philip Rivers led the Chargers to a pair of touchdowns in the final minutes, then hit Mike Williams for the go-ahead 2-point conversion with 4 seconds remaining to give Los Angeles a 29-28 victory over the Chiefs

CBS settled with Dushku over 'Bull' star's sexual comments

CBS reached a $9.5 million confidential settlement last year with actress Eliza Dushku after on-set sexual comments from Michael Weatherly, star of the network's show "Bull," made her uncomfortable when she was a recurring character on the show.

  Trump faces questions over hush money payments as inauguration spending comes under investigation

Reports Thursday said that President Trump was at a 2015 meeting where hush money payments were arranged on his behalf, and that there is now a federal investigation into how his inauguration funds were spent.

Harden's 50-point triple-double leads Rockets over Lakers

James Harden had a triple-double of 50 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists and scored 11 points during a big fourth-quarter run to lead the Houston Rockets to a 126-111 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night

Vasilevskiy shines in return, Lightning beat Maple Leafs 4-1

Andrei Vasilevskiy made 48 saves in his return from a broken left foot and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 in a matchup of the NHL's top two teams

Half of iconic Bert & I duo dies 60 years after recording

Bob Bryan, half of the comedy duo "Bert and I," has died in his home in Quebec

7-year-old immigrant girl dies after Border Patrol arrest

Federal immigration authorities have confirmed that a 7-year-old girl who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border with her father last week died after being taken into the custody of the U.S. Border Patrol

Oscar-nominated actress Sondra Locke dies at 74

Oscar-nominated actress Sondra Locke, who co-starred in six films with Clint Eastwood, has died at age 74.

Japan's 'tankan' economic survey shows sentiment flat

A key quarterly economic survey by the Bank of Japan shows sentiment among large manufacturers remained unchanged, as worries about global trade tensions persisted

US judge: Suit over Trump travel ban waivers will go ahead

A U.S. judge in San Francisco says a lawsuit accusing the Trump administration of denying nearly all visa applicants under President Donald Trump's travel ban will move forward

Holocaust survivor killed by car while crossing street

A 92-year-old Holocaust survivor was struck and killed by a car while crossing a street in Oregon

Mavs' Nowitzki makes debut in 21st season vs Suns

Dirk Nowitzki at last began his record-breaking 21st season with the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night, coming off the bench in the first quarter against the Phoenix Suns.

Japan begins reclamation at disputed US base despite protest

Japan's central government has started main reclamation work at a disputed U.S. military base relocation site on the southern island of Okinawa despite fierce local opposition

Biden says his family convinced him to run with Obama

Former Vice President Joe Biden says he initially refused to run with then-presidential candidate Barack Obama a decade ago, but his family ultimately convinced him he had to support an African-American candidate with a real chance of winning

Starbucks to expand delivery in US, China

Starbucks to expand delivery in effort to accelerate growth in US and China

Canada caught between 2 powers, feeling alone in the world

China has Canada in its cross-hairs, detaining two Canadians in apparent retaliation for Canada's arrest of a top Chinese tech executive on behalf of the U.S. States

Girl, 7, died in Customs and Border Protection custody last week, report says

The girl died of dehydration and shock hours after being taken into CBP custody while crossing into the U.S. illegally with her father in New Mexico.

Scuba-diving Santa brings holiday cheer to fish, museumgoers

It's a busy time for Santa Claus, but he's making time to feed some fish in San Francisco

Facebook hosts offline privacy 'pop-up' in New York City

Facebook hosts one-day 'pop-up' event in New York City's Bryant Park

Encarnacion, Santana go, 3-team trade wraps winter meetings

Carlos Santana and Jeurys Familia found friendly landing spots, Edwin Encarnacion took off for a more uncertain future

Gun deaths hit highest level in almost four decades last year

A new analysis of data done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that nearly 40,000 people were killed by guns last year.

Washington governor proposes major steps for orca recovery

With the Northwest's beloved killer whales on the brink of extinction, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has announced dramatic plans to help them, including $1.1 billion in spending and a partial whale-watching ban.

Trump invokes 'advice-of-counsel' defense in campaign probe

President Donald Trump is invoking something called the "advice-of-counsel" defense in response to the scandal over hush-money payments made to conceal his alleged affairs

Gordon inactive for Chargers, Berry set to play for Chiefs

Chargers running back Melvin Gordon is joining backup Austin Ekeler on the inactive list for their high-profile AFC West showdown against the Chiefs

Tainted romaine lettuce traced to at least 1 California farm

US officials trace E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce to at least 1 farm in California

Pelosi says House Dems will start seeking Trump tax returns

Nancy Pelosi says Democrats running the House next year will make initial moves toward getting President Donald Trump's tax returns

Kasich continues serious look at 3rd presidential run

Outgoing Republican Gov. John Kasich says he's continuing a serious look at a third presidential run while acknowledging he probably couldn't win GOP primaries held today

Republican senator distances himself from Raytheon stock buy

The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee has quickly unloaded Raytheon stock

Out of many nations, a single message: Europe is united

Unlike the political chaos that has roiled Britain over Brexit, there has been no such squabbling among the 27 nations of Europe during the impending divorce

Walker uses power next governor may not have to seal deal

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker executed a $28 million deal to save nearly 400 jobs at a Kimberly-Clark Corp. plant using powers that his Democratic successor would no longer have under a bill passed during a lame-duck session last week

Rolling Thunder national motorcycle tribute to end after next year

Organizers say the costs of putting on the national ride have become prohibitive, with last year's event costing $200,000.

Michigan governor reaches final deal on Great Lakes pipeline

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's administration has wrapped up negotiations with Enbridge Inc. on building a tunnel to contain an oil pipeline beneath a Great Lakes waterway

Marine Corps says $3.6B for storm repairs at East Coast base

U.S. Marine Corps leaders say it will cost around $3.6 billion to repair the extensive damage to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina from Hurricane Florence

Billionaire builds beach access app after violating rules

A tech billionaire whose wedding violated California rules has helped create a smartphone app that shows users a map of more than 1,500 spots where people can get to the coastline

The Latest: Senate OKs resolution blaming Saudi crown prince

The Senate has passed a resolution saying Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is responsible for the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Holiday shoppers, beware of these three identity theft risks

While Holiday shopping, protect yourself from falling victim to identity theft by recognizing the sources of scams.

Lease sale in Alaska petroleum reserve draws modest interest

The federal government's attempt to sell oil leases in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska has again drawn a modest response

Renewed battle over using fetal tissue in medical research

Science, ethics and politics spark clash at House hearing on using fetal tissue for critically important medical research

Bomb threats sent to businesses, universities and media nationwide

Threats are being sent in to create mass disruption.

Syrian Kurdish force: Turkey attack would impact war on IS

Syrian Kurdish-led militia says threats by Turkey's president of new military operation in Syria will impact anti-IS fight

Candidate whose missed vote led to tie loses on dice roll

A city council candidate in northeastern Arkansas whose runoff election ended in a tie after he didn't vote has lost his bid for the seat by a roll of the dice

Cameroon leader halts cases against 289 alleged separatists

Cameroon's leader has ordered the country's military tribunal to stop legal proceedings against 289 people accused of taking part in the country's separatist movement in its English-speaking regions

Severity of Carson Wentz's back injury still unknown

Carson Wentz was absent from the open portion of practice on Thursday because of a back injury, increasing the possibility Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles will start for the Eagles at the Rams on Sunday.

Authorities: Wave of hoax bomb threats made across US

Authorities say bomb threats sent to dozens of schools, universities and other locations across the U.S. appear to be a hoax

US budget deficit hits record $204.9 billion for November

US budget deficit hits record $204.9 billion for the month of November

With OK from Congress, US hemp market set to boom

With federal legalization of hemp at hand, the US market is set to boom amid the popularity of CBDs, a non-psychoactive compound found in hemp as a health supplement

Venezuela's El Nacional newspaper to cease print edition

Venezuela's last nationally circulated, anti-government newspaper says it will stop publishing its print edition amid unrelenting government pressure and paper shortages

Suspected jihadists kill 42 in Mali's nomadic Tuareg camps

Suspected jihadists on motorcycles have killed at least 42 people in Mali's eastern Menaka region during a series of attacks on camps

‘Adulting Day’ teaches local high school seniors how to cook, change a tire, pay bills

Bullitt Central High School seniors had time to spend on topics other than math and English during an Adulting Day event Wednesday.

Fifth Third Bank pays off woman’s $150k student loan debt

Jasmin Ford received the surprise of her life. The single mother said she can now begin saving for her young son to go to college.

As protectors abandon Trump, investigation draws closer

Though Cohen broke down during his sentencing hearing Wednesday, Trump remained uncharacteristically quiet, his Twitter feed still while he ignored shouted questions about his former attorney at a White House event. But Trump has been far from silent during the monthslong Cohen saga.

Investigation yields few clues on missing Colorado woman

Colorado police are asking for help in their search for a missing woman, whose family calls her disappearance completely out of character for the mother of a one-year-old daughter

Taylor Swift tour film coming to Netflix

The singer announced a movie about her popular “Reputation” stadium tour is coming to Netflix. Swift called the film a "memento of the memories we all made together this year."

Investigation yields few clues on missing Colorado woman

Colorado police are asking for help in their search for a missing woman, whose family calls her disappearance completely out of character for the mother of a one-year-old daughter