WASHINGTON (AP) - SECRETARY OF STATE REX TILLERSON SAYS PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP WILL NOT WITHDRAW FROM THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL OR REIMPOSE SANCTIONS, BUT HE WILL SAY THE PACT IS NOT IN U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS. TRUMP IS SCHEDULED TO GIVE A SPEECH FRIDAY AFTERNOON ON THE NUCLEAR ACCORD. THE NEW PLAN WOULD ALLOW TRUMP TO KEEP UP HIS CRITICISM OF THE DEAL, WHILE ALSO REASSURING U.S. ALLIES THAT WASHINGTON WILL NOT WALK AWAY FROM IT _ AT LEAST NOT IMMEDIATELY.

WASHINGTON (AP) - THE HEALTH INSURANCE INDUSTRY SAYS THE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN "OBAMACARE" SUBSIDIES THAT PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP IS HALTING ARE NOT A "BAILOUT" THAT COMPANIES ARE USING TO LINE THEIR COFFERS. AMERICA'S HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS AND THE BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD ASSOCIATION SAID IN A JOINT STATEMENT FRIDAY THAT THE MONEY GOES TO DOCTORS, HOSPITALS AND PHARMACIES TO LOWER COPAYS AND DEDUCTIBLES. THEY SAID THAT BECAUSE OF TRUMP'S DECISION, "COSTS WILL GO UP AND CHOICES WILL BE RESTRICTED."

SONOMA, CALIF. (AP) - FIREFIGHTERS GAINED SOME GROUND ON A BLAZE BURNING IN THE HEART OF CALIFORNIA'S WINE COUNTRY BUT FACE ANOTHER TOUGH DAY AHEAD WITH LOW HUMIDITY AND HIGH WINDS EXPECTED TO RETURN. CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY AND FIRE PROTECTION SPOKESMAN SCOTT MCLEAN SAYS A BLAZE BURNING IN SONOMA AND NAPA COUNTIES IS 22 PERCENT CONTAINED FRIDAY.

WASHINGTON (AP) - MILLIONS OF SOCIAL SECURITY RECIPIENTS AND OTHER RETIREES WILL GET A 2 PERCENT INCREASE IN BENEFITS NEXT YEAR. IT'S THE LARGEST INCREASE SINCE 2012, BUT COMES TO ONLY $25 A MONTH FOR THE AVERAGE BENEFICIARY. THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCED THE COST-OF-LIVING INCREASE FRIDAY.

WASHINGTON (AP) - PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP ASSURED A HIGH-PROFILE GATHERING OF CHRISTIAN CONSERVATIVES ON FRIDAY THAT HIS ADMINISTRATION WILL DEFEND RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS, PROMISING A RETURN TO TRADITIONAL AMERICAN VALUES WHILE AGAIN SUBTLY STOKING THE FIRE HE HELPED IGNITE OVER NFL PLAYERS KNEELING DURING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM. TRUMP, THE FIRST SITTING PRESIDENT TO ADDRESS THE VALUES VOTER SUMMIT, PLEDGED TO TURN BACK THE CLOCK IN WHAT HE DESCRIBED AS A NATION THAT HAS DRIFTED AWAY FROM ITS RELIGIOUS ROOTS.
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A FIRE LEFT ONE WOMAN DEAD TUESDAY AFTERNOON NEAR DEAVER, IN NORTHERN WYOMING.
BIG HORN COUNTY SHERIFF KEN BLACKBURN SAYS DOROTHY CREED, 79, DID NOT SURVIVE THE BLAZE WHICH OCCURRED ON LANE 5 ½.

NICK LOFTUS, CHIEF OF THE DEAVER-FRANNIE FIRE DEPARTMENT, SAYS FIREFIGHTERS ARRIVED AND WERE TOLD THAT SOMEONE WAS STILL IN THE HOUSE. THEY QUICKLY SEARCHED THE HOME IN AN EFFORT TO GET EVERYONE OUT, BUT CONDITIONS QUICKLY BECAME DANGEROUS AND FIREFIGHTERS WERE FORCED TO LEAVE THE HOME.

SEVERAL FAMILY MEMBERS WERE ALSO LIVING IN THE HOME AT THE TIME. NO OTHER INJURIES WERE REPORTED.

A NUMBER OF DOGS MAY HAVE PERISHED IN THE BLAZE; LOFTUS SAYS UP TO SIX DOGS MAY HAVE BEEN INSIDE THE HOME AT THE TIME OF THE FIRE, BUT THERE WAS NO WAY TO CONFIRM THAT INFORMATION.

BLACKBURN SAYS, "OUR HEARTS TO OUT TO THE FAMILY FOR THEIR LOSS," ADDING THAT AN AUTOPSY HAS BEEN SCHEDULED.

DESPITE THE TRAGEDY, BLACKBURN PRAISED THE WORK OF FIREFIGHTERS AND OTHER EMERGENCY WORKERS WHO RESPONDED.

BLACKBURN AND LOFTUS WERE UNABLE TO COMMENT FURTHER, AS THE STATE FIRE MARSHALL CONTINUES TO INVESTIGATE THE BLAZE.
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CHEYENNE, WYO. (AP) - WYOMING PROSECUTORS ARE CONSIDERING BRINGING THE DEATH PENALTY TO THE TABLE IN THE CASE AGAINST A MAN ACCUSED OF SEXUALLY ABUSING AND KILLING HIS GIRLFRIEND'S 2-YEAR-OLD SON.

JOHN BARRETT PLEADED NOT GUILTY ON THURSDAY TO CHARGES OF CHILD ABUSE AND FIRST-DEGREE MURDER IN COMMISSION OF A FELONY. A JUDGE IN CHEYENNE GAVE PROSECUTORS WITH THE LARAMIE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE UNTIL THE END OF THIS MONTH TO DECIDE IF THEY INTEND TO SEEK THE DEATH PENALTY.

BARRETT WAS CHARGED IN THE KILLING OF A 2-YEAR-OLD BOY IN MAY. AUTHORITIES SAY HIS GIRLFRIEND LEFT THE CHILD IN BARRETT'S CARE WHILE SHE WAS AT WORK.

AUTOPSY FINDINGS INDICATED THE DEATH WAS A HOMICIDE, AND THE MEDICAL EXAMINER FOUND THAT THE CHILD HAD BRUISING ON HIS BODY AND INJURIES TO SEVERAL INTERNAL ORGANS.