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Warren blasts billionaires as Democrats end year campaigning

By WILL WEISSERT Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren marked one year of running for president on Tuesday by slamming billionaires from both parties who she says put corporate interests above the needs of the rest of the country, as many top Democrats looking to ...

Armed congregants kill gunman who shot 2 at Texas church

By JAKE BLEIBERG Associated Press WHITE SETTLEMENT, Texas (AP) — A gunman who killed two people during a Texas church service was fatally shot within seconds by armed congregants, said state officials, who hailed the state's gun laws that allow weapons in places of worship. More than 240 ...

Police, victims warn against firing guns on New Year’s Eve

By MARK GILLISPIE Associated Press Kaitlyn Kong thought she had been punched hard in the abdomen as she stood among thousands of people in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, as the new year arrived a year ago. Her best friend, standing next to her, thought Kong had been stabbed as blood ...

Family: Hanukkah stabbing suspect had mental illness history

MONSEY, N.Y. (AP) — A man accused of storming into a rabbi's home and stabbing five people as they celebrated Hanukkah in an Orthodox Jewish community north of New York City was raised to embrace tolerance but has a history of mental illness, his family said. "Grafton Thomas has a long ...

2020 Watch: Messy primary finally meets election year

By BILL BARROW Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — The presidential politics calendar turned to 2020 nearly a year ago. This week, the actual date catches up. What we're watching as the preseason closes and election year opens: ___ Days to Iowa caucuses: 35 Days to general election: ...

California’s Gov. Newsom had ‘baptism by fire’ in 1st year

By KATHLEEN RONAYNE Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — During his inaugural address last January, California Gov. Gavin Newsom made only a passing reference to wildfires and never mentioned the state's largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric. Both soon became inescapable ...

Hundreds of accused clergy left off church’s sex abuse lists

By CLAUDIA LAUER and MEGHAN HOYER Associated Press Richard J. Poster served time for possessing child pornography, violated his probation by having contact with children, admitted masturbating in the bushes near a church school and in 2005 was put on a sex offender registry. And yet the former ...

Under weight of family tragedy, LSU coach crafts big win

By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Steve Ensminger wiped tears from his eyes after first walking onto the football field at Mercedes-Benz Stadium for LSU's pregame warmups. The Tigers assistant was still fighting his emotions when he quickly left the field after the top-ranked ...

A final fundraiser for man who boosted ice bucket challenge

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Hundreds of people plunged into the chilly ocean at a Massachusetts beach on Saturday to honor Peter Frates, the former college baseball player whose battle with Lou Gehrig's disease helped spread the ALS ice bucket challenge. About 1,000 people showed up for the ...

Trump retweets post naming alleged whistleblower

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE and DAVID KLEPPER Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump retweeted a post that included the alleged name of the anonymous whistleblower whose complaint ultimately led to Trump's impeachment by the House. Just before midnight Friday, Trump ...

5 stabbed at Hanukkah celebration in rabbi’s New York home

By RYAN TARINELLI and JUSTIN MADDEN Associated Press MONSEY, N.Y. (AP) — As people gathered at a rabbi's home north of New York City to celebrate the seventh night of Hanukkah, police said a man stabbed and wounded five before fleeing in a vehicle. The Saturday night stabbings come on the ...

Pennsylvania dioceses offer $84M to 564 clergy abuse victims

By MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses have paid nearly $84 million to 564 victims of sexual abuse, a tally that's sure to grow substantially in the new year as compensation fund administrators work through a backlog of claims, according to an Associated ...

States are on front lines of 2020 election-security efforts

By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY Associated Press SPRINGFIELD, Va. (AP) — Inside a hotel ballroom near the nation's capital, a U.S. Army officer with battlefield experience told 120 state and local election officials that they may have more in common with military strategists than they might think. ...

Slave cemetery poses questions for Florida country club

By BOBBY CAINA CALVAN undefined TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The rumors swirled for decades: A dark history long lay buried under the grassy knolls and manicured lawns of a country club in Florida's capital city. Over the years, neat rows of rectangular depressions along the 7th fairway ...

To overcome travel ban, some Americans taking cases to court

By DEEPTI HAJELA and AMY TAXIN Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Mohammed Hafar paced around the airport terminal — first to the monitor to check flight arrivals, then to the gift shop and lastly to the doors where international passengers were exiting. At last, out came Jana Hafar, his ...

West Coast fishery rebounds in rare conservation ‘home run’

By GILLIAN FLACCUS Associated Press WARRENTON, Ore. (AP) — A rare environmental success story is unfolding in waters off the U.S. West Coast. After years of fear and uncertainty, bottom trawler fishermen — those who use nets to scoop up rockfish, bocaccio, sole, Pacific Ocean perch and ...

House committee to take historic vote on Trump impeachment

By LISA MASCARO and MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee is expected to approve articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Friday after abruptly shutting down a 14-hour session late Thursday following a marathon slog through ...

10 ex-NFL players charged with defrauding healthcare program

By MICHAEL BALSAMO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten former NFL players were charged in a multimillion-dollar scheme to defraud the league's health care benefit program by submitting false claims for medical equipment, including devices used on horses, the Justice Department said ...

Did marathon bomber get fair trial? Court weighs arguments

By PHILIP MARCELO Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Marathon bomber's lawyers urged a federal court to overturn their client's death sentence, arguing Thursday that intense media coverage and signs of juror bias led to an unfair trial. The three-judge panel for the 1st U.S. Circuit ...

Anti-Semitism order raises tough issue of defining prejudice

By ELANA SCHOR Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's order to expand the scope of potential anti-Semitism complaints on college campuses is raising the stakes of an already tense battle over how to define discrimination against Jews. The executive order Trump signed on ...