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.

‘Take all their excuses away’: Hard cases in heroin fight

In this Tuesday, Oct. 24, photo, Richard Rivera lies in his Saint Anthony Hospital bed a few days after arriving sick from heroin withdrawal in Chicago. His public health insurance would cover three days in the hospital's new medical detox unit. Hours later, just moments from going to a sober-living facility, Rivera complained of chest pains that took him away from the watchful eye of the medical detox staff. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

CHICAGO (AP) — The van was coming for Richard Rivera, but it was taking a long time. He waited inside the entrance of Saint Anthony Hospital where he had spent the past three days getting off heroin. His next stop: a sober-living facility.

Sex cases put spotlight on sex addiction, but is it real?

This undated shows the campus of Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services, a sex addiction rehab center in Hattiesburg, Miss. High-profile sex-related accusations against celebrities, politicians and media members have put a spotlight on sex addiction. Skeptics question whether it’s a true addiction or a made-up condition used by misbehaving VIPs to deflect blame. Treatment at Pine Grove and other high-profile residential rehab centers can cost tens of thousands of dollars and despite country club-like settings, there's nothing cushy or indulgent about sex addiction therapy, said Robert Weiss, a California-based sex addiction therapist. (Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services via AP)

Is sex addiction a true addiction, a crime, or a made-up condition used by misbehaving VIPs to deflect blame or repair tarnished images?

Police look for better ways to deal with people in crisis

In a Saturday, June 24, 2017 photo, Maggie Calderon, Juan Gabriel Torres' ex-girlfriend and mother of his children, Juan Gabriel Torres Jr., center, Breeana Torres, background, and Jerry Torres not pictured, gather together for the birthday of Juan Gabriel Torres, at the Lohman Avenue bridge where they made a memorial. The 36-year-old Torres was fatally shot by LCPD officers Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, on Lohman Avenue after allegedly committing a robbery and stealing a pickup truck earlier in the day. Programs in Houston and Santa Fe could be models for how area law enforcement agencies respond to crises sparked by people whose actions are determined as much by mental illness and substance abuse as willful defiance of the law. (Robin Zielinski/The Las Cruces Sun-News via AP)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Juan Gabriel Torres twice drank a beer in front of police officers while in possession of a knife in 2016. The first time, he was arrested. The next time, he was shot dead.

Report: Agency holding nuke bombs grapples with oversight

FILE - In this May 9, 2017, file photo, signs are posted by the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Richland, Wash. By conducting some of the most high-tech research in the world, maintaining the U.S. stockpile of nuclear weapons and cleaning up after decades of bomb-making, the Department of Energy has its share of management challenges. A report released this week outlines some of those challenges while providing a look at the expansive scope of the department's responsibilities and costly liabilities. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes, File)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy has its share of challenges as it conducts some of the world’s most high-tech research, maintains a stockpile of nuclear weapons and cleans up after decades of bomb-making.

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