Opposition leader says he could beat Putin in fair election

Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny listens to a question during his interview to the Associated Press in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny says he's confident he could beat Russian President Vladimir Putin in a fair election. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

MOSCOW (AP) — As the most serious challenger during Vladimir Putin’s 18 years in power, Alexei Navalny has endured arrests, show trials and facefuls of green antiseptic that damaged his vision.

Addiction, mental illness complicate help for the homeless

In this Oct. 12, 2017 photo, a homeless man rests on a sidewalk under the Smith Ave. Bridge in Everett, Wash., which is a constant gathering place for homeless people battling addiction and mental illness. The city of Everett has tried to identify and work with the top chronic and costliest users of emergency and other services in Everett, but despite the efforts of a specialized team of experts, many remain on the streets. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — This is the lesson that the working-class city of Everett has learned: It takes a community to rescue the hardcore homeless.

Opioid crisis strains foster system as kids pried from homes

Shawnee Wilson holds her son, Kingston, in her apartment, Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, in Indianapolis. Kingston was born in 2016, and it took a month for doctors to wean him off the heroin Wilson exposed him to. He is in foster care now in Indianapolis, and Wilson is fighting to get him back. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The case arrives with all the routine of a traffic citation: A baby boy, just 4 days old and exposed to heroin in his mother’s womb, is shuddering through withdrawal in intensive care, his fate now here in a shabby courthouse that hosts a parade of human misery.

Report: U.S. soldier fought to end after ambush in Niger

FILE - This file photo provided by the U.S. Army Special Operations Command shows Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed in an Oct. 4 ambush in Niger. Johnson, who was killed in an ambush in Niger with three comrades and his body recovered days later, wasn’t captured alive by the enemy or executed at close range, The Associated Press has learned, based on the conclusion of a military investigation. The report has determined that he was killed by enemy rifle and machine gun fire as he fled the attack by an offshoot of the Islamic State group. (U.S. Army Special Operations Command via AP, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Army Sgt. La David T. Johnson died in a hail of gunfire, hit as many as 18 times as he took cover in thick brush, fighting to the end after fleeing militants who had just killed three comrades in an October ambush in Niger, The Associated Press has learned.

Man describes childhood in abusive ‘cult’

Jamey Anderson holds a photo on his phone of himself, bottom left, at the Word of Faith Christian School with classmates, from left, Liam, Risa Burgeson Pires, and Christopher Davies, and teachers Lisa Brown, top left, and Marty Roper, top right, during an interview in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. Throughout his adolescence, Anderson says he was singled out as a rebel and suffered some of the most brutal treatment in the church. Among his transgressions: making a funny face at a classmate. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

SPINDALE, N.C. (AP) — Jamey Anderson vividly recalls being a skinny kid trembling on the floor of a dank, windowless storage room, waiting in terror for the next adult to open the door.

State lawmakers’ outside jobs present possible conflicts

FILE - In this March 3, 2017 file photo, Del. Dan Morhaim talks to reporters in Annapolis, Md. after the Maryland House of Delegates voted 138-0 to reprimand him for acting "contrary to the principles" of Maryland's ethical standards by not disclosing his work as a paid consultant for a marijuana company while he was working on marijuana policy. State lawmakers around the country have introduced and supported policies that help their own businesses, their employers and sometimes their personal finances, according to an analysis of financial disclosure forms and legislative votes by the Center for Public Integrity and The Associated Press. The news organizations’ examination of lawmakers’ outside income found numerous examples in which their votes also happened to promote their private interests. (AP Photo/Brian Witte, File)

A recent change in Iowa’s tax code spared Mark Chelgren’s machine shop, welding company and wheelchair-parts plant from paying sales tax when buying certain supplies such as saws and cutting fluid.

Tents considered blessing for homeless in San Diego

In this Nov. 8, 2017, photo, Christine Wade sits among her children in front of their donated tent in the city-sanctioned encampment on a parking lot in San Diego. They are, from left, Shawnni, 12, Roland, 4, Rayahna, 3, Jaymason, 2, Brooklyn, 8, and Shaccoya, 14. The Wade family is among several hundred people living in the city's first campground open for the homeless, set up to curb the worst Hepatitis A outbreak in the United States in decades. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Christine Wade found a haven in the tent she shared with six children, pitched in an asphalt parking lot.

Start clock for Trump, GOP in push on taxes, budget

President Donald Trump steps off Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. Trump is returning from a trip to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Start the countdown clock on a momentous two weeks for President Donald Trump and the GOP-run Congress.

In Putin’s heartland, apathy and disappointment rule

In this photo taken on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, People raise hands at a rally of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny in Novokuznetsk, Russia. With his main foe Alexei Navalny barred from running, President Vladimir Putin is sure to win next year's vote by a landslide but the presidential campaign, galvanized by the anti-corruption crusader Navalny, is shedding the light on how weary the population is growing of Putin's 18-year-long rule. (AP Photo/Evgeny Feldman)

NOVOKUZNETSK, Russia (AP) — Three months ahead of Russia’s presidential election, apathy and disappointment pervade incumbent Vladimir Putin’s heartland.

A protest in Trump Country brings home nation’s race divides

ADVANCE FOR TUESDAY, DEC. 5, 2017 - Former NFL football player Vonta Leach, left, who voted for Hillary Clinton, gets his haircut alongside Jamie Locklear, who voted for Donald Trump, at a barbershop in Lumberton, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017. Leach has no problem with Trump's supporters: he works out every morning with some, he plays basketball with them, he routinely gets his hair cut next to a friend who happens to be a Trump fan. He can deal with debate. "But I can't deal with it if you can't see the world through someone else's eyes," he said, "if you can't see it through a black person's eyes." (AP Photo/David Goldman)

ROWLAND, N.C. (AP) — They put down their pompoms and lined up along the football field behind their tiny high school in their tiny town.

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