- Gov't shutdown deadline nears; Senate sets one last vote
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government careened toward shutdown Friday night in a chaotic close to Donald Trump's first year as president, as Democrats and Republicans preemptively traded blame while still struggling to find some accord before a deadline at the stroke of midnight.The lawmakers and Trump's White House mounted last-ditch negotiations to stave off what had come to appear as the inevitable, with the parties in stare-down mode over federal spending and proposals to protect some 700,000 younger immigrants from deportation.
- Family: Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose
NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Petty's family says his death last year was due to an accidental drug overdose.His wife and daughter released the results of Petty's autopsy via a statement on his Facebook page Friday night. Dana and Adria Petty say they got the results from the coroner's office earlier in the day that the overdose was caused due to a variety of medications.
- US flu season gets worse, has 'lot more steam' than expected
NEW YORK (AP) — The flu season in the U.S. is getting worse.Health officials last week said flu was blanketing the country but they thought there was a good chance the season was already peaking. But the newest numbers out Friday show it grew even more intense.
- Conservatives question pope's airborne, shotgun nuptials
LIMA, Peru (AP) — The honeymoon, as it were, is apparently over.A day after Pope Francis grabbed headlines by pronouncing two flight attendants man and wife while flying 36,000 feet over Chile, the conservative Catholic commentariat on Friday questioned the legitimacy of the shotgun sacrament and warned it could cheapen the church's marriage preparation down the line.
- Women will march again with aim to become a political force
A year after more than 1 million people rallied at women's marches worldwide with a message of female empowerment and protest against President Donald Trump, activists will return to the streets this weekend in hopes of converting anger and enthusiasm into political force.The 2017 rally in Washington, D.C., and hundreds of similar marches created solidarity for those denouncing Trump's views on abortion, immigration, LGBT rights and more. Since then, a wave of women decided to run for elected office and the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct became a cultural phenomenon.
- Olympic gymnast abused by ex-doctor wants him to suffer
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman on Friday confronted her former doctor who has pleaded guilty to multiple sexual assaults, warning him that the testimony of the "powerful army" of 140 survivors at his sentencing will haunt him in prison.More than 80 of the women and girls whom Larry Nassar abused under the guise of medical treatment have stood before the court during a marathon sentencing hearing that began Tuesday, describing with eloquence and sometimes tears the harm Nassar did and the impact he has had on their lives.
- NASCAR's 1st champion inducted into Hall of Fame
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR's first champion has been inducted into the Hall of Fame.Red Byron was the first inductee in Friday night's ceremony. He was introduced by reigning NASCAR champion Martin Truex Jr.
- With Olympics coming, Shiffrin works because she worries
Mikaela Shiffrin often finds herself fixating on two thoughts that are completely detached from reality."I feel every single day, first of all, like I've never won a World Cup in my life," the Alpine ski racing star told The Associated Press. "And I feel like I'm never going to win again."
- Brady mum on status for AFC title game after hand injury
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady is staying mum on his status for the AFC championship game after suffering a right hand injury earlier in the week.Brady said a bit contentiously only "We'll see" on Friday when asked whether he would play in Sunday's conference title game against Jacksonville.
- Column: After Nassar, still a battle to protect athletes
The testimony out of Michigan is horrific and heart-wrenching.One by one, dozens of gymnasts have bravely recounted the sexual abuse they suffered at the hands of disgraced doctor Larry Nassar , unleashing a catharsis of emotions while extracting some small measure of justice from the monster who stole their childhood.