Scandal-plagued Moore loses to Democrat in U.S. Senate race in Alabama

Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Doug Jones and his wife Louise wave to supporters before speaking during an election-night watch party Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in Birmingham, Ala. In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama's special Senate election on Tuesday, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Jones wins Alabama Senate race in stunning upset

Ancient penguin was as big as a (human) Pittsburgh Penguin

This illustration provided by Gerald Mayr shows the size of an ancient giant penguin Kumimanu biceae. On Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, researchers announced their find of fossils from approximately 60-55 million years ago, discovered in New Zealand, that put the creature at about 5 feet, 10 inches long when swimming, and 223 pounds. (Gerald Mayr/Senckenberg Research Institute via AP)

Fossils from New Zealand have revealed a giant penguin that was about the size of a grown man

FBI texts reveal anti-Trump, pro-Clinton comments

Hillary Clinton talks with crowds and signs her new book,

Texts between two senior FBI officials involved in both the probe of Hillary Clinton's emails and possible connections between Trump associates and Russia show the two frequently discussed their political views, and their intense dislike of...

Trump slams Senate critic with tweet called sexually suggestive

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., attends a news conference, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Gillibrand says President Donald Trump’s latest tweet about her was a “sexist smear” aimed at silencing her voice.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Half a dozen Democratic senators have called on President Donald Trump to resign over sexual misconduct allegations. On Tuesday morning he singled out one of them for attack — New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand — and with a sexually...

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Tillerson softens U.S. stance on possible talks with North Korea

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks at the 2017 Atlantic Council-Korea Foundation Forum in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the U.S. has discussed with China about how North Korea's nuclear weapons might be secured in case of instability in the reclusive nation

Sessions: terror attacks show immigration a security issue

Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks alongside Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen during a news conference in Baltimore, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, to announce efforts to combat the MS-13 street gang with law enforcement and immigration actions. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says attack on New York City subway system showed in "starkest terms" that the failures of the U.S. immigration system are a national security issue

Minnesota governor to name Franken's replacement Wednesday

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton will name his appointment to replace Sen. Al Franken on Wednesday

As Mueller closed in, pressure mounted on Flynn and family

FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2017 file photo, former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn leaves federal court in Washington.  People close to Flynn are telling The Associated Press about the emotional pressures he faced in the past year as special counsel Robert Mueller closed in on him and also investigated his son. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Flynn was feeling the pressure, anxious to get things settled before his guilty plea

Midshipman faces discipline for scaling chapel in tradition

A midshipman who successfully completed a tradition at the U.S. Naval Academy that, as legend has it, carries a reward, will instead face discipline

'One of my nightmares': Pipe bomb attack hits in NYC subway

Law enforcement officials work following an explosion near New York's Times Square on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, in New York. Police said a man with a pipe bomb strapped to him set off the crude device in an underground passageway under 42nd Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

Official: Man had pipe bomb strapped on before blast on NYC subway platform

Alabama foes make final push before big Senate vote

In this Dec. 5, 2017 photo, former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks at a campaign rally, in Fairhope Ala. Alabama voters pick between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones are making their final pushes ahead of Tuesday's special Senate election in Alabama

#MeToo spotlight increasingly pointed at past Trump conduct

Rachel Crooks, left, Jessica Leeds, center, and Samantha Holvey attend a news conference, Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, in New York to discuss their accusations of sexual misconduct against Donald Trump. The women, who first shared their stories before the November 2016 election, called for a congressional investigation into Trump's alleged behavior. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Donald Trump sailed past a raft of allegations of sexual misconduct in last year's presidential election, but the national spotlight has now turned back to him

Following marijuana legalization, teen drug use is down in Colorado

Following legalization, the rate of adolescent marijuana use in Colorado has fallen to its lowest level in nearly a decade, according to new federal survey data.

Kentucky lawmaker accused of sexual assault

In this Oct. 4, 2016 file photo, Kentucky state Rep. Dan Johnson speaks during a news conference outside the Bullitt County courthouse in Shepherdsville, Ky. Johnson, who attracted national attention last year when he compared President Barack Obama and his wife to monkeys has been accused of sexual assault. The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting quotes Maranda Richmond as saying she has asked Louisville police to reopen an investigation of Dan Johnson. (AP Photo/Claire Galofaro, File)

A Kentucky lawmaker who attracted national attention last year when he compared President Barack Obama and his wife to monkeys has been accused of sexual assault

France names winners of anti-Trump climate change grants

Eighteen climate scientists from the U.S. and elsewhere hit the jackpot Monday as French President Emmanuel Macron awarded them millions of euros in grants to relocate to France for the rest of Donald Trump's presidential term

A confident and upbeat Putin goes on Mideast 'victory' tour

Russian President Vladimir Putin, 2nd left, and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, left, chat with Russian military pilots at the Hemeimeem air base in Syria, on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. Declaring a victory in Syria, Putin on Monday visited a Russian military air base in the country and announced a partial pullout of Russian forces from the Mideast nation. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

A confident, upbeat Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared victory in Syria, then visited Egypt and Turkey to celebrate Moscow's deepening ties in the region

UN visits Puerto Rico to assess help for hurricane victims

This Oct. 5, 2017 file photo shows Roberto Figueroa Caballero sitting on a small table in his home that was destroyed by Hurricane Maria in La Perla neighborhood on the coast of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Figueroa put his salvageable items back where they originally were, as if his home still had walls, saying that it frees his mind. A U.N. expert on extreme poverty and human rights is meeting with hurricane victims in Puerto Rico, Monday, Dec. 11. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)

A United Nations expert on extreme poverty and human rights is meeting with hurricane victims in Puerto Rico, marking the first time such an envoy has visited the U.S. territory in recent history

3 Trump accusers speak out, call for congressional probe

Three women who have previously accused President Donald Trump of sexual harassment are sharing their stories on NBC's "Megyn Kelly Today."

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The longest painting in the world, a whaling tale, may surface in Mystic

An 1848 panorama, depicting a whaling voyage around the world, could be displayed in Mystic.

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