Republicans in North Dakota, where Donald Trump won last year by one of his largest margins, are struggling to line up a big-name challenger in a prime opportunity to unseat Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.

This week in odd news: A C-A-T named D-O-G is star canine trainer; Belly bump: Dad-to-be stages pregnancy photo shoot, shows belly; In a reverse-reality Christmas tale, a red-suited man on a sled pushes a deer to safety on an ice-covered pond in Oregon

The leaders of conservative and nationalist parties in Austria have presented their coalition deal to the country's president for approval after concluding negotiations on forming a new government that will shift the country to the right

South Africa ruling party's fight for its future kicks off; delegates to elect Zuma successor

Rahul Gandhi, the scion of India's most famous political dynasty, has taken over as president of the main opposition Congress party

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Bavaria-only sister party has re-elected Horst Seehofer as its leader, but with his weakest support so far following a dismal performance in September's election

Egypt inaugurates an ancient library in the famed St. Catherine's Monastery in South Sinai

Lindsey Vonn powers down a shortened course to win a World Cup super-G race on Saturday and clinch her first victory of the season

AP PHOTOS: Editors' picks for the best images of 2017 from the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan

Republican Roy Moore is telling supporters "the battle is not over" in Alabama's Senate race as he asks for campaign donations and any reports of voting irregularities

The fourth-largest wildfire in California history continues to grow and threaten thousands of homes despite armies of fire crews and fleets of bulldozers and aircraft

Hollywood executives and other major players in entertainment have established a commission to be chaired by Anita Hill that intends to combat sexual misconduct and inequality across the industry

The Australian government has won a crucial by-election that restores its tenuous grip on power

People in the business of college football say the pool of experienced coaching candidates has dwindled

Yemeni rebel official slams U.S. charges that Iran is funneling missiles to Shiite rebels in Yemen, known as Houthis

Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters

What new president? Some in rural Zimbabwe missed the Mugabe drama; a challenge for reforms

Britain and China have pledged to cooperate in clean energy research and promote global use of Beijing's currency as the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union

Nigeria troops arrest more than 400 Boko Haram fighters, along with wives and children

The Latest: South Africa ruling party's meeting to replace president is delayed

Three years after the Obama administration lowered the allowable limits for miners' exposure to coal dust, the Trump administration has brought the standards up for review

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Sam Gagner scored at 4:34 of overtime and the Vancouver Canucks snapped a four-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks

Count commuters among the losers in the Republican tax bill that the House and Senate are expected to vote on next week

Gutting 'Obamacare' coverage mandate is seen as increasing the number of uninsured people

Republicans working to execute their first major legislative achievement of Donald Trump's presidency appear to have secured the votes to pass a massive tax overhaul that Trump hoped to present to the American people for Christmas


Who will lead South Africa's ANC party and likely the nation? A look at top candidates

Mount Union won its 13th Division III football national championship, beating Mary Hardin-Baylor 12-0

PHOTO GALLERY: Protesters in Argentina; firefighters battle wildfire in California; Afghan migrants and refugees arrive at port near Athens.

Nearly two decades after a North Texas college student went missing an alleged serial killer has been indicted in her killing

Friday's College Basketball

As adults, victims of sexual abuse by Islamic clerics feel the shame deeply but say speaking out is not an option, not in a society that threatens the victims and where even powerful politicians express fear at confronting clerics

Chris Paul had 28 points, eight assists and seven steals to lead the Houston Rockets to their 12th straight victory, a 124-109 win over the San Antonio Spurs

Delaware State Police say a trooper has shot and wounded a person during a traffic stop

Sharks-Canucks Sums

Freshman Chennedy Carter scored 46 points, a Texas A&M single-game record, to lead the No. 19 Aggies to a 75-74 win over USC on Friday at the Galen Center

Bobby Portis scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Chicago Bulls won their fifth consecutive game by beating the Milwaukee Bucks 115-109

Evan scores 22, including go-ahead layup with about a minute left and the Memphis Grizzlies snap a five-game losing streak with a 96-94 win over the Atlanta Hawks

Gary Harris had 21 points and Will Barton added 11 of his 19 points in overtime, helping the Denver Nuggets beat the New Orleans Pelicans 117-111

Russell Westbrook had 27 points, 17 rebounds and 15 assists and Oklahoma City and the Philadelphia 76ers went basket-for-basket in a three-overtime thriller, before the Thunder held on a for a 119-117 victory

Today in History

Mike Scott tied a season-high with 22 points while Bradley Beal added 20 as the Washington Wizards held off the Los Angeles Clippers 100-91

Another round of talks between the Venezuelan government and opposition leaders has ended without an agreement but the dialogue is slated to resume again in January

John-Henry Krueger qualified for his first Olympic team and Lana Gehring made her second nearly eight years apart at the U.S. short track speedskating trials

Relatives of three people killed in a Texas church shooting have filed a lawsuit against a sporting goods chain that sold two firearms to the gunman

Trevor Daley scored a tiebreaking, short-handed goal midway through the second period and the Detroit Red Wings went on to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1

Andre Drummond finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds and the Detroit Pistons withstood a late rally to beat the Indiana Pacers 104-98

Ricky Rubio scored 22 points, Gobert, Favors hurt as Utah Jazz beat the Boston Celtics 107-95

Marco Polo del Nero was suspended as president of Brazil's soccer confederation on Friday, two years after he was indicted in the United States on charges of racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy

Rick Nash scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:27 remaining to lead the New York Rangers to a 4-2 victory over the Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles Kings

Jaccob Slavin scored 2:15 into overtime to give the Carolina Hurricanes a 5-4 victory over the Buffalo Sabres

Lawmakers in Peru initiated proceedings Friday to oust President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who refuses to resign after being accused of failing to disclose decade-old payments from a Brazilian company embroiled in Latin America's biggest corruption scandal.

Left-hander Matt Moore was traded from the San Francisco Giants to the Texas Rangers for minor league right-handers Israel Cruz and Sam Wolff

Brian Boyle broke a tie with his 100th career goal and added an empty-netter and an assist to help the New Jersey Devils beat the Dallas Stars 5-2

First baseman Carlos Santana became the first of the offseason's big-name free agents to find a new home, agreeing to a $60 million, three-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, according to two people familiar with the deal

All-Star infielder Zack Cozart has agreed to a $38 million, three-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels and is likely to shift from shortstop to third base

Maple Leafs-Red Wings Sums

Americans are painting a pessimistic view of the country and President Donald Trump as 2017 comes to a close

A strong earthquake shook Indonesia's densely populated Java island on Friday night, killing two people and causing severe damage to dozens of homes near the epicenter

DeRozan scores 31, Lowry has 11th career triple-double as Raptors rout Nets 120-87

A female congressional candidate has dropped out of the Kansas race over a 12-year-old lawsuit accusing her of sexually harassing a male subordinate

Stars-Devils Sums

The American Civil Liberties Union says the Trump administration is blocking two pregnant teens in the country illegally and being held in custody from obtaining abortions

Hurricanes-Sabres Sums

Mexico's Congress approved legislation Friday that would give the military a legal framework to act as police, despite unanimous objections from human rights groups

The plan that will be used to divide donations to victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting includes a provision to assist those who sought medical attention for injuries but weren't hospitalized

Kings-Rangers Sums

Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington scored 16 points each and Miami held off a late rally for a 104-98 victory against the Charlotte Hornets

Judge belittles Turkey official's claims Turkish cleric living in Pennsylvania is behind banker's trial in Iran economic sanctions conspiracy

Kitija Laksa buried a career-high 11 3-pointers on her way to a career-best 40 points and No. 22 South Florida romped to a 108-48 victory over Southern

A man has been sentenced to three life terms without the possibility of parole for killing three of his friends at a home in Washington state

Gymnastics Canada's women's national team director faces multiple sex-related charges

Kelsey Mitchell made four 3s and scored 22 points and No. 13 Ohio State scored 33 straight points to pull away for a 103-70 win over Dartmouth

North Korea's friends and enemies join forces in opposing its determination to be recognized as a nuclear weapons state and calling on leader Kim Jong Un to negotiate the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula

President Donald Trump has unleashed a blistering attack on the FBI's leadership

Thousands of opposition supporters have constructed burning barricades to block highways in Honduras in protest of the country's Nov. 26 presidential elections

The Washington Post says nine more women allege they were subject to inappropriate sexual conduct or comments by a prominent U.S. appeals court judge

Morgan Spurlock's 'Super Size Me' sequel will not premiere at the Sundance Film Festival as planned

Inflammatory letter sheds light on Uber's alleged misconduct

NASA says it successfully tested the Orion spacecraft's parachutes by dropping a replica spacecraft from an Air Force transport aircraft over a desert test site in southwestern Arizona

Uncertainty reigns in tight Chilean presidential elections as voters decide to swing country to the right or keep it in center-left

The Carolina Panthers are investigating workplace misconduct allegations against founder and owner Jerry Richardson

An attempt to allow churches to make political endorsements from the pulpit has reached a dead end

Republican-written tax bill now before Senate, House

Lawmakers in Colorado and New Mexico are revisiting their sexual misconduct policies as legislatures nationwide confront claims that they haven't done enough to protect victims

A gunman fleeing police in a car shot wildly at officers and pedestrians across a swath of Baltimore on Friday as he led cruisers on a chase that looped through streets of the city for at least 20 minutes

A four-bedroom farmhouse in southern Iowa listed online for free comes with a catch: The new owner must move the building from the current owners' land.

Procter & Gamble is adding Nelson Peltz to its board of directors, ending a proxy battle with the activist investor seeking to shake up the consumer products giant

Pharoh Cooper of the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City's Tyreek Hill split 10 of the 11 first-place votes in the AP kick returner rankings, but the final tally wasn't nearly that close

Trump Organization holiday parties in Trump Tower may be latest cases of first family flouting public-space rule

The local prosecutor does not plan to file sexual assault charges over a report that a 16-year-old girl was raped in December 2016 in the dorm housing the Kansas men's basketball team

The preliminary deficit estimate for the final version of the GOP tax bill says it would add $1.46 trillion to the budget deficit over the coming 10 years

An Alaska lawmaker who was accused by several women of inappropriate behavior is resigning

Federal appeals court gives new life to lawsuit claiming NFL violated New Jersey laws with ticket policy for 2014 Super Bowl

State officials have agreed to pay more than $7.5 million to settle a lawsuit stemming from an inmate riot and hostage taking at Delaware's maximum-security prison that left a correctional officer dead

Image-conscious Paris has launched a public awareness campaign to counter an often disregarded form of discrimination: sizeism

Disney $52 billion purchase of Fox seals rift in Marvel, 'Star Wars' universes but it will be unavoidable online and in theaters

Residents of one neighborhood in cash-strapped Venezuela say they've found a solution to a lack of paper money by creating a quasi-currency called the panal

An Iowa Supreme Court justice has taken the unusual step of temporarily ordering the state's largest newspaper not to publish the contents of court records legally obtained by one of its reporters

Jurors have awarded nearly $3 million in damages to a teenager molested by a Southern California teacher

Doctors say sextuplets born this week in Alabama are doing well

A plea deal will spare the life of a dog named Dexter that was ordered put to death after he bit a 12-year-old girl in a case that sparked the ire of the Utah Humane Society

The Republican tax overhaul would keep a popular deduction for Americans with expensive medical bills

15-year-old boy accused of killing father's longtime girlfriend indicted in adult court on aggravated murder and murder charges

A Republican-led House committee is inviting the founder of outdoor retail company Patagonia to testify about an issue that has ignited a public feud: President Donald Trump's decision to shrink two sprawling Utah national monuments

While California is about to make recreational pot legal, Texas is tiptoeing into marijuana with a restrictive medical cannabis program that critics say is doomed to fail

Three ancient sculptures are being returned to their rightful owners in Lebanon as the Manhattan district attorney forms a new antiquities trafficking unit

Amazon is preparing to call a truce in its two-year-old battle with Apple and Google"

A top Republican is worried that a decision to put the man who handles whistleblower complaints at U.S. spy agencies on administrative leave is part of a plan to weaken a program that helps intelligence workers report waste, fraud and abuse.

A tax bill moving forward in Congress would boost traditional forms of energy such as oil and gas while also supporting renewable energy such as wind and solar power

Girls gathering to hear Hillary Clinton and California Sen. Kamala Harris speak about leadership are thinking about how sexual misconduct allegations will impact their own ambitions

University of Texas System Chancellor William McRaven says he will leave the school in May, citing unspecified health issues as a factor

A woman who accused Oklahoma running back Rodney Anderson of sexual assault says she's dropping her protective order against him

Business Highlights

As sexual assault and harassment allegations sweep through statehouses around the country, no place has been impacted quite like Kentucky

The Detroit Free Press announced it has fired Stephen Henderson, the newspaper's managing director of opinion and commentary, after finding what it called credible allegations of inappropriate behavior with female colleagues

Poland's senators approve legislation that gives the government greater control of a top court and a key judicial body despite warnings from European Union leaders that the move could put the country at risk of losing its EU voting rights

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is warning against dangerous flights by Russian fighter jets over a safe zone in Syria, questioning whether recent close calls were mistakes or deliberate

Costco Wholesale, Hess and Discovery Communications rise; Oracle and CSX tumble

Music Review: Eminem sounds alive on 'Revival,' tackling race and spitting harsh words about President Donald Trump

"The Florida Project" producer Andrew Duncan has been accused of sexual misconduct by a dozen anonymous women and is stepping down from his company June Pictures

A Maine hunter charged with manslaughter in a fatal shooting has made his initial court appearance

It's not quite like tobacco companies warning about the dangers of smoking, but Facebook is acknowledging something many already know: Passively scrolling through social media can make you feel bad

A swimmer bitten by a sea lion in San Francisco says he believes the animal trailed him as he swam from the beach to the mouth of a cove where he was attacked

A Florida soccer coach who was arrested in New York following accusations that he ran away with a teenage girl has been returned to his home state

Shares of Campbell Soup and Snyder's-Lance rise after a report said the soup company was in advanced talks to buy the pretzel maker

Director Peter Jackson says he is now realizing that Harvey Weinstein's advice to avoid working with Mira Sorvino or Ashley Judd was likely part of a smear campaign against the two actresses

A suburban Chicago woman has been sentenced to natural life in prison without the possibility of parole in the 2012 fatal stabbings of her 7-year-old son and a 5-year-old girl she was caring for

Final goodbye: Roll call of some who died in 2017

Ontario's health minister says the founder of drug company Apotex and his wife have been found dead

Delaware officials agree to pay more than $7.5 million to settle lawsuit over deadly prison riot earlier this year

World Inequality report says rich bound to get still richer with widening disparities in global incomes, wealth unless policies change

On TBS' "Search Party," viewers were taught the lesson to be careful what you wish for

Wall Street capped the week with broad gains, propelling the major stock indexes to a new set of milestones Friday

The US Olympic team in luge is now set, with all 10 spots claimed for men and women

Colorado halfpipe rider Jake Pates came from out of nowhere to win the Dew Tour and put himself in position to make the U.S. Olympic team

A man who authorities say killed a chef inside a coastal South Carolina restaurant full of tourists has died nearly four months after being shot by police

President Donald Trump isn't saying whether he is considering a pardon for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.

A federal judge in Philadelphia has ordered the Trump administration not to enforce new rules that would dramatically reduce women's access to free birth control

A defamation lawsuit filed by Pete Rose last year against the lawyer who got him kicked out of baseball has been dismissed

Many airports have problems dealing with bird strikes, but the one in America's farthest north community is having issues lately with marine mammals

Shares of CSX are tumbling after CEO Hunter Harrison takes a medical leave

A Kentucky judge has put up no defense at a judicial disciplinary hearing stemming from his moral objections to hear adoption cases involving same-sex couples

NHL set to mark centennial with an outdoor game in Ottawa between Canadiens and Senators

2017 produces relentless string of violence, natural disasters, refugee crises, political turmoil and other news that was difficult to turn away from

Column: Derek Jeter glided through two decades as a player and made it all look so effortless, but his first months as a baseball executive have been one blunder after another

Stocks are closing higher on Wall Street as Congressional Republicans put the final touches on a tax overhaul plan.

A South Carolina has been sentenced to 45 years in prison after he was found guilty of suffocating his girlfriend with bubble wrap

A Vermont man has been found not guilty on a charge that he sexually assaulted a woman in the bathroom of the state courthouse in Burlington just over two years ago

With a burst of sign-ups at enrollment deadline, Obama health law shows resiliency in Trump era

Randal Quarles announces he will recuse himself from participating in Fed matters specific to Wells Fargo

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says North Korea's most recent test of a long-range missile did not demonstrate an imminent threat to the United States

President Donald Trump unleashed a blistering attack on the bureau's leadership even as he praised local police officers as a bulwark against rising violence and crime.

Poland's senators have overwhelmingly approved legislation that gives the ruling party control over a top court and a key judicial body despite warnings from European Union leaders that the country could eventually be stripped of its EU voting rights

President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is one step closer to being released from house arrest

With Christmas on a Monday, most retailers have one less day to get packages delivered on time

A North Dakota man has been convicted of threatening the state's Democratic U.S. senator, Heidi Heitkamp.

Senior Trump administration officials are outlining their view that Jerusalem's Western Wall has to be a part of Israel, in another declaration sure to enflame passions among Palestinians and others in the Middle East

Arkansas lawmakers have approved the rules for a new measure expanding where concealed handguns are allowed, rejecting concerns that it would allow students to keep guns in dorms or could infringe on Second Amendment rights

U.S. stocks are moving broadly higher in late-afternoon trading, placing the major indexes on course for new highs. Investors are encouraged by signs that the Republican-backed tax overhaul bill is making progress in Congress.

Union leaders representing Puerto Rico power company workers slammed local and federal officials on Friday as the U.S. territory missed a deadline to restore 95 percent of power as promised by the island's governor

South Korea's vice foreign minister says North Korea is "in the final stages of nuclear weaponization" and is urging the international community to grasp the urgency of the threat this poses and find ways to halt its nuclear program

Authorities say it could be months before DNA from the remains of three children found in Montana can be compared to DNA in the 2010 disappearance of three Michigan brothers

A Spanish court has granted China's extradition request for 121 Taiwanese accused of belonging to Spain-based gangs which swindled people in China out of millions of euros (dollars) by telephone

Austrian conservative, nationalist leaders say they have reached a deal to form a new coalition government

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the U.S. plans to impose sanctions on at least one person responsible for the crackdown on Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims

Grand jury report after frat pledge's drinking death says Penn State officials displayed 'shocking apathy'

An Arizona jury has refused to award damages against former Sheriff Joe Arpaio in the since-dismissed animal cruelty case he brought against one of Sen. Jeff Flake's sons

Italian tax authorities say Amazon will pay 100 million euros ($118 million) to end a dispute over its tax payments from 2011-2015

Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson benched for game at New Orleans

A man accused of shooting and injuring two co-workers at a McDonald's restaurant in suburban Cincinnati has pleaded not guilty to two counts of attempted murder

European Union leaders ended a summit still deeply divided over what to do about the tens of thousands of desperate people stuck in limbo in camps in Italy and Greece even though they moved forward together to do more to stop migration at the borders

A plane that led the invasion of Normandy during World War II has been saved from a junkyard and carefully restored in Wisconsin

The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. went down by 1 this week to 930

Clashes have broken out amid a fresh wave of violence across the West Bank and along Gaza's border on Friday as the fallout continued over President Donald Trump's announcement last week recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, killing two Palestinians

As a string trio played, a long stream of mourners filed past the body of the late San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee to say goodbye to their leader of seven years

Rapper Jeezy is using his testimony of overcoming life's daunting obstacles to inspire listeners to "trust the process" through his new album, "Pressure"

Vincent Nguini, a guitarist from Cameroon who worked with Paul Simon since the late 1980s, died last week in Brazil

Recalls this week include crib and toddler bed mattresses, arrow nocks, tractors

A Massachusetts father who severely beat and abused his 7-year-old son has been sentenced to up to five years in prison

A New Jersey judge has rejected fears by private beach operators that the state's seizure of part of their sand will also enable the state to seize their businesses

Authorities say undercover video recorded by an animal rights group showed dairy workers in Florida abusing cows

West Florida faces Texas A&M-Commerce on Saturday for the Division II national title

One person has died when a train hit a car at a railroad crossing in central South Carolina

This week's top selling songs and albums on Apple iTunes.

Music Review: New Jersey indie stalwarts Speed The Plough get some added value from their rich family tree on '...And Then,' revisiting early favorites with help from The Feelies and covering Brian Eno and a Hungarian folk song

Custer State Park officials expect containment of a South Dakota wildfire to increase after day shift crews complete their rotation

The House Ethics Committee says it has opened an investigation into allegations that Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen of Nevada sexually harassed a former campaign aide and a lobbyist

America's top diplomat stepped back Friday from his offer of unconditional talks with North Korea, telling world powers that the nuclear-armed nation must earn the right to have negotiations with the United States

Lawmakers in Peru have initiated impeachment proceedings against President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski

A California-based battery maker is moving its headquarters to Kentucky and plans to build a manufacturing plant to employ hundreds of workers in economically depressed eastern Kentucky

Dutch military police say they have shot a man after he threatened to use a knife at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport

Storied programs are set to meet in the NCAA volleyball championship on Saturday night when four-time champion Nebraska takes on Florida

The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research polls on Donald Trump and the state of the country were conducted by NORC from Nov. 30 to Dec. 4 and from Dec. 7 to Dec. 11

A man who survived two terror attacks has a message for the assailants: I forgive you

Penn State says it is committed to promoting safety and accountability in fraternities following grand jury report saying school officials displayed 'shocking apathy' to dangers of excessive drinking

Review: 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' serves up stars, good hearted fun

Writer-director Martin McDonagh says the protagonist of "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" was inspired by Frances McDormand

A former Massachusetts police sergeant who posted ads online asking people to send him nude pictures of their daughters has been sentenced to five years in prison




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