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DeVos proposes overhaul to campus sexual misconduct rules

By COLLIN BINKLEY, Associated Press Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Friday proposed a major overhaul to the way colleges and universities handle sexual misconduct complaints, adding protections for students accused of assault and harassment and narrowing which cases schools would be ...

Transit riders, drivers brace for influx of Amazon employees

By CATHY BUSSEWITZ, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Commuters beware: New York and Washington's clogged streets and creaky subway systems are about to feel more pain as 50,000 more people descend on the two metro areas where Amazon will open new headquarters. An expansion of that scope ...

After arrest, Michael Avenatti denies LA domestic violence

By MICHAEL BALSAMO and ANDREW DALTON, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for Stormy Daniels, has denied allegations of domestic violence after his arrest near his ritzy Los Angeles skyscraper apartment. "I have never struck a woman, I never will strike a ...

Northern California fire death toll at 56; 130 missing

By KATHLEEN RONAYNE, Associated Press MAGALIA, Calif. (AP) — As the scope of a deadly Northern California wildfire set in, the sheriff said more than 450 people had now been assigned to comb through the charred remains in search for more bodies. The blaze has killed at least 56 people and ...

Trump administration defends its case against CNN’s Acosta

By ASHRAF KHALIL, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration is trying to fend off a legal challenge from CNN and other outlets over the revocation of journalist Jim Acosta's White House "hard pass." U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly heard arguments ...

Farm animals may soon get new features through gene editing

By CANDICE CHOI, AP Food & Health Writer OAKFIELD, N.Y. (AP) — Cows that can withstand hotter temperatures. Cows born without pesky horns. Pigs that never reach puberty. A company wants to alter farm animals by adding and subtracting genetic traits in a lab. It sounds like science ...

Nielsen’s DHS replacement to face same border challenges

By COLLEEN LONG and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen never quite clicked personally as the president chafed at her explanations of complicated immigration issues and her inability to bring about massive ...

AP sources: President Trump mulling a wide-ranging shake-up

By COLLEEN LONG, ZEKE MILLER and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is weighing an administration-wide shake-up as he looks to prepare his White House for divided government, but it is unclear who is going and who is staying. Homeland Security ...

Overheating machines complicate Florida’s recount battle

By TERRY SPENCER and GARY FINEOUT, Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A new problem complicated Florida's ongoing recount battle as lawyers headed back to court on Wednesday: Palm Beach County's tallying machines have overheated, causing mismatched results with the recount of ...

N. California fires death toll now at 48; many still missing

By MARTHA MENDOZA and GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press CHICO, Calif. (AP) — A message board at a shelter for the many people who fled California's deadliest wildfire is filled with photos of the missing, as well as pleas for any information about relatives and friends. "I hope you are ...