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This year's flu season is off to a quick start and so far it seems to be dominated by a nasty bug.
Health officials say the flu vaccine seems well matched to the viruses making people sick, but it's too early to tell how bad this season will be. The main flu bug this season tends to cause more deaths and hospitalizations and vaccines tend not to work as well against this type.
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A week of destructive fires in Southern California is ending but danger still looms.
Firefighters continued battling multiple large wildfires Saturday raging across more than 170,000 acres in California, from the coastal foothills near Santa Barbara to retirement homes, golf courses and racehorse stables in San Diego County.
The dry, hot, windy conditions across the region that have fueled what would be extreme for any season, but are especially stunning just two weeks from winter. The critically dangerous conditions were forecast to persist into the weekend as 5,700 firefighters work to contain the blazes, which have forced 200,000 from their homes and destroyed more than 800 structures.
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President Donald Trump on Friday signed a spending bill to avoid a government shutdown and keep the federal government running through Dec. 22.
The president signed the two-week spending measure in private at the White House after the House and Senate acted to prevent a government shutdown this weekend. The funding reprieve comes as the White House and congressional leaders are negotiating a longer-term agreement, building off a Thursday meeting involving Trump and congressional leaders.
President Donald Trump held a campaign-style rally in Pensacola, Florida, where he endorsed GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore just days before the election.
Leaders in a small Florida town say a police officer who was hailed as a hero for saving a man during the Pulse nightclub shooting is losing his job because he told a woman he was "emotionally disturbed" during a traffic stop.
Cpl. Omar Delgado was told his job will end Dec. 31. He contends he was let go because he's suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder since the June 12, 2016, mass shooting in nearby Orlando.
Officials say an internal investigation started after a citizen filed a complaint against Delgado.
With this week's wildfires destroying hundreds of homes as they rampage across Southern California, Democrats are again chastising Republicans for eliminating a natural disaster deduction from the tax reform bill that the House passed last month.
The House bill, approved on Nov. 16, removes the deduction for personal losses from wildfires, earthquakes, hurricanes and other natural disasters not covered by insurance or other assistance. Victims of major disasters could still get tax breaks provided Congress passes special legislation particular to the disaster.
Several fires have been raging in the greater Los Angeles area, from the Skirball Fire near the Getty Museum to Ventura to the northwest, threatening lives, homes and businesses. Another fire is burning in San Diego County, near Camp Pendleton. They are being driven by dry conditions and the Santa Ana winds, forcing evacuations, shutting down highways and suspending Amtrak service.
Anita Hill told a room full of entertainment industry professionals that her 1991 testimony about Clarence Thomas and the flood of sexual harassment allegations surfacing now are part of "an arc that had been bending toward justice."
Hill and National Women's Law Center President Fatima Goss Graves spoke to Hollywood actors and executives Friday about how to parlay the momentum generated by the Harvey Weinstein revelations into lasting social change.
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President Donald Trump on Friday urged voters to elect a Republican Senate candidate in Alabama who has been dogged by allegations of sexual misconduct, warning that America "cannot afford" to have a Democrat win the hard-fought campaign instead.
Trump gave a boost to the campaign of GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore during a raucous campaign rally in the Florida panhandle, near the state line with Alabama.
"Get out and vote for Roy Moore. Do it. Do it," Trump told the crowd.
Illinois prosecutors investigating alleged sexual abuse dating back to the 1980s against James Levine said Friday they won't pursue charges against the longtime Metropolitan Opera conductor, citing state law at the time, challenges in compiling evidence and other factors.
A statement from the Lake County state's attorney's office offers few details about the complaint lodged in 2016 with police in the Chicago suburb of Lake Forest, saying only that the alleged abuse occurred in the summers of 1986 and 1987 when the accuser was 16 and 17 years old.
Six women who served as clerks or externs at the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals allege to The Washington Post that Judge Alex Kozinski subjected them to inappropriate sexual comments or conduct, including asking them to watch pornography in his chambers, the newspaper reported Friday.
Heidi Bond, who clerked for the Pasadena, California-based judge from 2006 to 2007, told the newspaper she recalled three instances in which he asked her to look at images of naked people. She said one set of images was of college-age students where some were "inexplicably naked while everyone else was clothed." Another set was a type of digital flip book that allowed users to mix and match heads, torsos and legs to create an image of a naked woman.
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After his decision to attend stirred controversy and prompted plans of protests and boycotts, President Donald Trump will not speak publicly this weekend at the opening of a new civil rights museum in Jackson, Mississippi.
Instead, Trump will participate in a separate private event at the museum Saturday morning, NBC News reported.
Several people who worked on the museum told NBC News they had no idea that Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant had extended an invitation to the president, and only found out when Trump accepted the offer earlier this week.
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The Supreme Court on Friday blocked for now a judge's order requiring the Trump administration to disclose all emails, letters and other documents it considered in its decision to end a program protecting young immigrants from deportation.
By a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court blocked an order by U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup in San Francisco requiring the government to turn over the documents. They had been due Dec. 22.
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Roy Moore, the Republican running for the U.S. Senate despite new sexual misconduct allegations, is facing backlash on a different front over a comment he made about slavery more than two months ago that resurfaced this week in a viral tweet.
The Republican said in September that America was last great during a time when "families were strong," the United States "had a direction" and "we had slavery," drawing outcry from the daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. and many others who viewed his sentiment as revisionist history or white supremacist.
The comment came at a rally in Florence, Alabama, when one of the only African Americans in the audience asked Moore when he thought America was last great, The Los Angeles Times reported at the time.
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U.S. employers added a robust 228,000 jobs in November, a sign of the job market's enduring strength in its ninth year of economic recovery.
The unemployment rate remained at a 17-year low of 4.1 percent, the Labor Department reported.
Friday's jobs report made clear that the U.S. economy is on firm footing and is likely benefiting from more resilient global growth, with all major economies across the world expanding in tandem for the first time in a decade.
Over the past six months, U.S. economic growth has exceeded an annual rate of 3 percent, the first time that's happened since 2014. Consumer confidence has reached its highest level since 2000.
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A 21-year-old gunman who disguised himself as a student to get into a New Mexico high school where he killed two students had caught the attention of U.S. investigators more than a year ago, authorities said Friday.
William Atchison, a former student at small-town Aztec High School, had legally purchased a handgun at a local store a month ago and planned the attack, authorities said. He left a message on a thumb drive found on his body that detailed his plan to wait until the students got off buses and made their way to class.