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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. Maybe he could, but not everyone can. The candidate who openly bragged about grabbing women's private parts - but denied he really did so - was elected president months before the cascading sexual harassment allegations that have been toppling the careers of powerful men in Hollywood, business, the media and politics. He won even though more than a dozen women accused him of sexual misconduct, and roughly half of all voters said they were bothered by his treatment of women, according to exit polls.


Derided by critics, trickle-down economics gets another try
WASHINGTON (AP) - Does money roll downhill? In their drive to cut taxes, President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans are betting it does. Behind their legislation is a theory long popular among conservatives: Slash taxes for corporations and rich people, who will then hire, invest and profit - and cause money to trickle into the pockets of ordinary Americans. The White House says the plan's corporate tax cut alone would eventually raise average household incomes by $4,000 a year. The tax plan's "trickle-down" approach was popularized in the 1980s during the Reagan administration, though it dates back at least to a 1932 wisecrack by Will Rogers.


The Latest: Trump delays policy on importing elephant parts
President Donald Trump says he's delaying a new policy allowing the body parts of African elephants shot for sport to be imported until he can review "all conservation facts." The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday that it will allow the importation of body parts from African elephants shot for sport. The agency said encouraging wealthy big-game hunters to kill the threatened species would help raise money for conservation programs. Animal rights advocates and environmental groups criticized the decision. On Friday, the Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee urged the administration to reverse the policy, calling it the "wrong move at the wrong time." Trump tweeted that the policy had been "under study for years." He says he will review the issue with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.


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Rev Jesse Jackson discloses Parkinson's disease diagnosis
CHICAGO (AP) - The Rev. Jesse Jackson disclosed publicly Friday that he has been seeking outpatient care for two years for Parkinson's disease and plans to "dedicate" himself to physical therapy to slow the progress of the disease. In a letter to supporters, the 76-year-old civil rights icon said family and friends noticed a change in him about three years ago, and he could no longer ignore symptoms of the chronic neurological disorder that causes movement difficulties. "Recognition of the effects of this disease on me has been painful, and I have been slow to grasp the gravity of it," he wrote.


Allegations against Alabama's Roy Moore dividing GOP women
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Standing on the white marble steps of Alabama's Capitol, Kayla Moore surrounded herself with two dozen other women Friday to defend husband Roy Moore against accusations of sexual misconduct that are dividing Republicans, and women in particular. "He will not step down. He will not stop fighting for the people of Alabama," Kayla Moore said at a "Women for Moore" rally. Acting as her husband's lead defender, she lashed out at the news media and thanked people who were sticking behind her husband. "To the people of Alabama, thank you for being smarter than they think you are," Moore said.


Moscow meeting in June 2017 under scrutiny in Trump probe
WASHINGTON (AP) - Earlier this year, a Russian-American lobbyist and another businessman discussed over coffee in Moscow an extraordinary meeting they had attended 12 months earlier: a gathering at Trump Tower with President Donald Trump's son, his son-in-law and his then-campaign chairman. The Moscow meeting in June, which has not been previously disclosed, is now under scrutiny by investigators who want to know why the two men met in the first place and whether there was some effort to get their stories straight about the Trump Tower meeting just weeks before it would become public, The Associated Press has learned.


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.'' In a guest appearance Friday on ABC's ``The View,'' Leeann Tweeden read a letter she received from the Democratic lawmaker in which he also discussed a photo showing him posing in a joking manner, smiling at the camera with his hands above her chest as she naps wearing a flak vest aboard a military plane.


Hawaii psychiatric patient says he's surprised escape worked
FRENCH CAMP, Calif. (AP) - A man who acknowledges killing a woman nearly 40 years ago said Friday that he is surprised he was able to walk out of a Hawaii psychiatric hospital and make it to California before being captured. Randall Saito spoke to The Associated Press in a jail near Stockton, California, before briefly appearing in court and telling a judge he doesn't want to go back to Hawaii. "I was surprised that it actually worked," the 59-year-old said in the jail interview. "I was expecting almost every leg of the way, I was expecting them to be right around the corner just going to nab me." Saito left Hawaii State Hospital in suburban Honolulu on Sunday, got a taxi to the airport and took a charter plane to Maui.


Some residents unaccounted for after huge senior center fire
Authorities struggled on Friday to account for the whereabouts of all the residents of a Pennsylvania senior living community after a massive blaze tore through their complex during the middle of the night, injuring nearly 30 and leading to a chaotic evacuation. West Chester Mayor Jordan Norley said Friday afternoon that a few of the more than 130 residents of the Barclay Friends Senior Living Community, located west of Philadelphia, were unaccounted for following the huge fire. "We're hoping for the best obviously here," said Norley, who put the number taken to area hospitals at 29. Officials said fewer than 20 remained hospitalized and all were in good condition.


Truex fastest among championship contenders at Homestead
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) - Martin Truex Jr. was the fastest of the four NASCAR Cup Series championship contenders in qualifying and will start second Sunday in the season finale. Truex, the regular-season champion, turned a lap of 173.952 mph in the No. 78 Toyota at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday night. Denny Hamlin stole the pole from Truex on the last lap of qualifying. Hamlin went 173.980 mph to take the spot and give Toyota a 1-2 front row. "That was a bit dramatic," Truex said, adding that he was a few thousands seconds away from a perfect day. Kyle Busch, Hamlin's Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, will start third and Brad Keselowski fifth.