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Prosecutor found guilty of obstruction

PITTSBURGH — A jury on Friday found a 73-year-old Pennsylvania prosecutor guilty of obstructing justice and misusing the power of his office by improperly intervening in criminal cases involving a 41-year-old woman who the prosecution says was his girlfriend. Mercer County District Attorney ...

Mueller disputes BuzzFeed report’s accuracy

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office on Friday issued a rare public statement disputing the accuracy of BuzzFeed News’ report that said President Donald Trump’s former attorney told Mueller that the president directed him to lie to ...

Second NKorea summit planned

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will hold a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to try to broker a deal to coax the North to give up its nuclear weapons, the White House announced Friday. News of a second meeting with the reclusive North Korean ...

Shutdown struggles

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Presi­dent Donald Trump said he’ll be making a “major announcement” on the government shutdown and the southern border on Saturday afternoon as the standstill over his border wall continues into its fifth week. The White House declined to provide ...

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Illinois Cop sentenced for killing black teen CHICAGO — The white Chicago police officer who gunned down a black teenager in 2014 was sentenced Friday to nearly seven years in prison, bringing an end to a historic case that fueled national debates about race and policing and law ...

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Canada Minister: Chinese pressure won’t work TORONTO — Canada’s public safety minister said Friday that the country won’t be deterred by Chinese pressure after China threatened reprisals if Huawei was banned from supplying equipment for 5G networks, highlighting the nations’ ...

May’s foes gather amid Brexit stalemate

LONDON — Prime Minister Theresa May held talks Friday with European leaders and British Cabinet colleagues, but efforts to end Britain’s Brexit stalemate appeared deadlocked, with neither May nor Britain’s opposition leader shifting from their entrenched positions. May has been meeting ...

President promises he stands with March for Life protesters

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump sought to assure opponents of abortion rights on Friday that he stands with them and would veto any legislation from a Democratic-controlled House that “weakens the protection of human life.” Trump spoke via video to participants at this year’s ...

Michigan man known for pit-spitting event

EAU CLAIRE, Mich. — An agricultural tourism pioneer who founded a cherry pit-spitting competition that drew international competitors and attention to southwest Michigan has died at the age of 88. Herb Teichman launched the International Cherry Pit Spitting Championship in the 1970s as a ...

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver

NEW YORK — Mary Oliver, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet whose rapturous odes to nature and animal life brought her critical acclaim and popular affection, has died. She was 83. Bill Reichblum, Oliver’s literary executor, said she died Thursday at her home in Hobe Sound, Florida. The cause ...

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TSA absentee rate still high, but down from peak TSA officials said the number of airport screeners calling in sick during the government shutdown has ticked lower since Sunday. The Transportation Security Administration said 6.1 percent of screeners missed work Tuesday, nearly double the ...

Gymboree to wind down operations

SAN FRANCISCO — Gymboree, which includes a Logan Valley Mall location, has filed for bankruptcy protection for a second time in as many years, but this time the children’s clothing retailer will begin winding down operations for good. The San Francisco company said late Wednesday that it ...

China: Economy czar to visit DC

BEIJING — The top U.S. and Chinese trade envoys will hold talks in Washington this month in a possible sign of progress toward ending a costly tariff battle over Beijing’s technology ambitions. The Ministry of Com­merce announcement of the Jan. 30-31 event was the first sign of a next ...

Sears creditors challenge winning bid

NEW YORK — A group of Sears creditors are challenging Chairman Eddie Lampert’s hedge fund’s winning $5.2 billion bid to buy the business in a bankruptcy auction and wants to air their grievances in court. Sears confirmed Thursday that Lampert’s hedge fund won tentative approval for ...

Watchdog: Thousands more children separated

WASHINGTON — Thousands more migrant children may have been split from their families than the Trump administration previously reported, in part because officials were stepping up family separations long before the border policy that prompted international outrage last spring, a government ...

Trump grounds Pelosi’s aircraft

WASHINGTON — She imperiled his State of the Union address. He denied her an aircraft to visit troops abroad. The shutdown battle between President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is playing out as a surreal game of constitutional brinksmanship, with both flexing their political ...

UN health chief orders probe into misconduct

LONDON — The head of the World Health Organization has ordered an internal investigation into allegations the U.N. health agency is rife with racism, sexism and corruption, after a series of anonymous emails with the explosive charges were sent to top managers last year. Three emails ...

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Police: Two killed in shooting at IHOP HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — A customer at an IHOP in Alabama started shooting at employees after becoming angry over a carryout order Wednedsday evening, wounding a restaurant worker who fired back in self-defense and killed him, police said. Killed were ...

World briefs

Setbacks slow search for boy in hole MADRID, Spain — Spanish rescuers on the fourth day of a frantic race to reach a 2-year-old boy trapped in a borehole clung to hope of finding the toddler alive despite massive setbacks in getting to the bottom of the deep and narrow cavity. The ...

Trump: US will develop space missile defense

WASHINGTON — Moving to protect the U.S. from advanced missile threats from China and Russia, President Donald Trump on Thursday laid out plans for a new array of space-based sensors and other high-tech systems designed to more quickly detect and defeat attacks. Trump, in a speech at the ...