Rape case from the past casts pallor on 'Birth of a Nation'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 17-year-old rape accusation and recent reports that the female accuser who continued to be haunted by the case committed suicide in 2012 has cast a shadow over Nate Parker's upcoming "The Birth of a Nation," a film that was expected to be one of the year's most important.

  • Written by LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writers JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writers

How the Trump and Clinton tax plans would affect Americans

WASHINGTON (AP) — For America's wealthiest families, the presidential campaign presents a stark choice: A big tax increase if Hillary Clinton wins the election — or a big tax cut if Donald Trump wins.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

WHY IT MATTERS: Opioid epidemic

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — THE ISSUE: More Americans are dying from opioids than at any time in recent history, with overdose deaths hitting a peak of 28,000 in 2014. That amounts to 78 Americans dying from an opioid overdose every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC uses opioid as an umbrella term for synthetic painkillers and for drugs derived naturally from opium (known more specifically as opiates), such a heroin.

  • Written by KATHLEEN RONAYNE, Associated Press

Monstrous California wildfire drives over 80,000 from homes

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It tore through canyons and flew over ridges in every direction with astonishing speed, sending flames 80 feet skyward and forcing tens of thousands to flee their homes.

  • Written by ROBERT JABLON, Associated Press