Grassley alters Senate policy for 2 judicial nominees

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is upending longstanding precedent on two judicial nominees.

GOP closer to big win with House tax vote; Senate fate unclear

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans have stretched closer to delivering the first big legislative victory for President Donald Trump and their party, whisking a $1.5 trillion overhaul of business and personal income taxes through the House. Thorny problems await in the Senate, though.

The latest: Experts sent to S.D. site of Keystone oil spill

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The latest on a pipeline still that leaked 210,000 gallons of oil in rural South Dakota (all times local):

9:40 a.m.

A federal pipeline safety agency has sent technical experts to the site of an estimated 210,000-gallon oil spill from the Keystone pipeline in South Dakota.

Neighbors help during fire at Pennsylvania senior living center

Dozens of neighbors rushed to the scene of a massive fire that injured at least 20 people at a Pennsylvania senior living community late, wrapping elderly people in blankets and transporting them to ambulances.

The latest: Zimbabwe rally called to 'remove Mugabe'

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The latest on Zimbabwe's political turmoil (all times local):

6:05 p.m.

A poster circulating in Zimbabwe's capital is calling on citizens to rally on Saturday to "remove Mugabe from power."

Calls for the solidarity march to the State House say both the military and the opposition are supporting it.

Defiant Moore camp targets female accusers

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Ever defiant, Republican Roy Moore's campaign lashed out at the women accusing him of sexual misconduct, declaring "let the battle begin." Women's advocates decried the talk as worn intimidation tactics in a desperate attempt to keep his imperiled Senate bid alive.

Selective outrage: Trump criticizes Franken, silent on Moore

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is displaying selective outrage over allegations of sexual harassment against prominent men in politics, as his own tortured past lingers over his response.

The latest: Women who worked for Franken vouch for him

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest on allegations of sexual misconduct against Sen. Al Franken (all times local):

11:05 a.m.

Several women who worked for Minnesota Sen. Al Franken are vouching for him after allegations of sexual harassment by a radio host.

Iraqi forces retake country's last IS-held town

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi forces backed by the U.S.-led coalition retook on Friday the last town in the country that was held by the Islamic State group, more than three years after the militants stormed nearly a third of Iraq's territory, the Defense Ministry said.

Menendez's bribery trial ends in hung jury

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The federal bribery trial of Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez ended in a mistrial Thursday when the jury said it was hopelessly deadlocked on all charges against the New Jersey politician and a wealthy donor.

Prosecutors can seek to retry the lawmaker.