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Firefighter dies, thousands more take on California blaze
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) -- One of the thousands of firefighters battling a series of wildfires across Southern California has died, but authorities gave no hint of how....

Rubio defection threatens GOP's slim majority on tax bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Republicans' razor-thin margin for driving their sweeping tax package through the Senate was thrown into jeopardy Thursday when GOP Sen. Marco Rubio declared he will vote against it unless negotiators expand the tax credit that low-income Americans can claim for their children....

California issues 1st licenses for legal pot market
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- California's legal marijuana market is finally, fitfully, taking shape....

Poll: Most believe Trump trying to obstruct Russia probe
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Most Americans think Donald Trump did something illegal or at least unethical regarding ties between his presidential campaign and Russia - and they think he's trying to obstruct the investigation looking into those possible connections....

US prosecutors move to cash in on $8.5M in seized bitcoin
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- U.S. attorneys in Utah prosecuting a multimillion-dollar opioid drug-ring are moving quickly to sell seized bitcoin that's exploded in value to about $8.5 million since the alleged ringleader's arrest a year ago....

FCC votes along party lines to end 'net neutrality'
The Federal Communications Commission repealed the Obama-era "net neutrality" rules Thursday, giving internet service providers like Verizon, Comcast and AT&T a free hand to slow or block websites and apps as they see fit or charge more for faster speeds....

White House to push merit-based immigration in new campaign
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House is embarking on a major campaign to turn public opinion against the nation's largely family-based immigration system ahead of an all-out push next year to move toward a more merit-based structure....

No jail for fertility doctor who lied about using own sperm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Some former patients of a retired Indianapolis fertility doctor expressed anger that he avoided jail time Thursday for lying about using his own sperm to impregnate as many as dozens of women after telling them the donors were anonymous....

Workplace romance under spotlight after sex scandals
NEW YORK (AP) -- The minefield that co-workers and companies navigate when it comes to love at work has gotten even more complex following the recent flood of sexual misconduct allegations roiling Hollywood, politics and the media....

Dueling statistics used at hearing on racial bias in stings
CHICAGO (AP) -- Dueling experts deployed statistics to make their case Thursday in U.S. District Court in Chicago in a first-of-its-kind hearing to determine if phony drug stash-house stings run by federal agents dating back to the 1990s are racially biased....

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