Winds give firefighters trouble, as new fires burn

By MICHAEL BALSAMO and BRIAN MELLEY Associated Press LOS ANGELES — A wildfire erupted in Los Angeles’ exclusive Bel-Air section Wednesday as yet another part of Southern California found itself under siege from an outbreak of wind-whipped blazes that have consumed...

Democrats call for Sen. Franken’s resignation

By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press WASHINGTON — His once-promising political career in shambles, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken appeared on the verge of resigning after fellow Democrats led by female senators abandoned him Wednesday over the mounting allegations of sexual misconduct...
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‘Silence Breakers’ named Time magazine’s Person of the Year

NEW YORK (AP) — The “Silence Breakers” — those who have shared their stories about sexual assault and harassment — have been named Time magazine’s Person of the Year. Numerous women have spoken out publicly since October about sexual misconduct by dozens of high-profile men in...

Congress seems on track to avert government shutdown

By ALAN FRAM and ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press WASHINGTON — Despite incendiary words from President Donald Trump, Congress seemed on track Wednesday to approving legislation that would avert a partial government shutdown over the weekend as all sides seemed ready to avert a...

Health law sign-ups seen as falling short

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press WASHINGTON — Americans are signing up in growing numbers for the Affordable Care Act’s subsidized health insurance, the government said Wednesday. But with enrollment season cut in half and just over a week to go, experts say the final...

NFL: Steelers are rallying around Shazier

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH — Ryan Shazier’s locker sat untouched in a corner of the Pittsburgh Steelers locker room Wednesday save for one little piece: his yellow No. 50 practice jersey, which found its way into the hands and over the shoulders of good friend and...

NFL: Bengals’ Iloka won’t be suspended

By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI — Bengals safety George Iloka had his one-game suspension overturned on Wednesday, leaving him with a $36,464.50 fine for his hit to Antonio Brown’s head. Iloka and Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster each got a one-game suspension from...

NBA: Cavaliers win 13th straight

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND — LeBron James drained a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left and finished with 32 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers tied a franchise record with their 13th straight win, 101-95 over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night. James, who changed...

Moon sued for sexual harassment

By The Associated Press Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon has been accused of sexual harassment by an assistant for his sports marketing firm, according to a lawsuit filed in California. The civil lawsuit was filed Monday in Orange County Superior Court. According to court...
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What should you know about ‘Obamacare’?

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER The deadline to sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is Dec. 15. Here are some simple answers to a few questions that are bound to come up, provided by personnel from Blanchard Valley Health System: Does...