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Joe Biden’s son Hunter stepping down from Chinese board

By STEVE PEOPLES AP National Political Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Facing intense scrutiny from President Donald Trump and his Republican allies, Hunter Biden says he will step down from the board of directors of a Chinese-backed private equity firm at the end of the month as part of a pledge not ...

NY Times: Violent parody video shown at Trump resort

WASHINGTON (AP) — A graphically violent parody video, shown at a meeting of President Donald Trump's supporters at his Miami resort, depicted a likeness of the president shooting and stabbing his opponents and members of the news media in a church, The New York Times reported Sunday. In the ...

White House and Democrats fight over rules for impeachment

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, JIM MUSTIAN and MIKE BALSAMO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Constitution gives the House "the sole power of impeachment" — but it confers that authority without an instruction manual. Now comes the battle royal over exactly what it means. In vowing to ...

2 suspects in custody, 1 sought in cop trial witness slaying

By JAKE BLEIBERG and JAMIE STENGLE Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — Three Louisiana men are suspected in the killing of a witness who testified at the murder trial of a former Dallas police officer, authorities said Tuesday, cautioning that the killing had nothing at all to do with that trial ...

Recuperating Sanders says he may slow down campaigning pace

By WILSON RING, STEVE PEOPLES and WILL WEISSERT Associated Press BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Bernie Sanders began reintroducing himself to the 2020 campaign on Tuesday, venturing outside his Vermont home to say that he doesn't plan on leaving the presidential race following last week's heart ...

Louisiana becomes new hub in immigrant detention under Trump

By NOMAAN MERCHANT Associated Press WINNFIELD, La. (AP) — Tucked away in the dense forest of rural Louisiana is a barbed wire-ringed prison that has quickly grown into a major detention center for immigrants detained at the border. The Winn Correctional Center is one of eight Louisiana ...

Better polling means sharper scrutiny. Is Warren ready?

By WILL WEISSERT Associated Press CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — When Elizabeth Warren campaigned in Nevada in February, Abbie Peters was there. Energy and enthusiasm for the Massachusetts senator was not. "It was early, and she wasn't as popular," said Peters. Nearly eight months later, Peters, ...

FBI: Inmate is the deadliest serial killer in US history

By TAMARA LUSH and ADRIAN SAINZ Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The inmate who claims to have killed more than 90 women across the country is now considered to be the deadliest serial killer in U.S. history, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said. Samuel Little, who has been ...

Trump envoy set to testify hasn’t always been a Trump backer

By ERIC TUCKER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — An envoy wrapped up in a congressional impeachment inquiry was a late convert to President Donald Trump, initially supporting another candidate in the Republican primary and once refusing to participate in a fundraiser on his behalf. But ...

Supreme Court takes up cases about LGBT people’s rights

By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in two of the term's most closely watched cases over whether federal civil rights law protects LGBT people from job discrimination. The cases Tuesday are the court's first on LGBT rights since ...

Fed’s odd dilemma: Low unemployment but pressure to do more

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — With the nation's unemployment rate at its lowest point since human beings first walked on the moon, you might expect the Federal Reserve to be raising interest rates to keep the economy from overheating and igniting ...

Suit says feds using immigration marriage interviews as trap

By REGINA GARCIA CANO Associated Press BALTIMORE (AP) — Alyse and Elmer Sanchez were thrilled when they survived their "green card" interview, a crucial step in obtaining lawful status in the United States. She texted her family from the immigration office as relief washed over her: The ...

Without oversight, scores of accused priests commit crimes

By CLAUDIA LAUER and MEGHAN HOYER Associated Press Nearly 1,700 priests and other clergy members that the Roman Catholic Church considers credibly accused of child sexual abuse are living under the radar with little to no oversight from religious authorities or law enforcement, decades after ...

Pompeo: State Dept. will follow law as Dems seek documents

By JILL COLVIN and MATTHEW LEE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the State Department intends to follow the law in the House impeachment investigation and vigorously defended President Donald Trump, dismissing questions about the president's attempts to ...

Witness in ex-Dallas officer’s murder trial shot and killed

DALLAS (AP) — A witness in the murder trial of a white Dallas police officer who fatally shot her black neighbor has been killed in a shooting, the Dallas Morning News reported, citing authorities. The newspaper reported that authorities said Joshua Brown, who lived in the same apartment ...

Suspect held in fatal bludgeoning of sleeping homeless men

By VERENA DOBNIK and REBECCA GIBIAN Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A homeless man wielding a long metal bar rampaged through New York City's Chinatown early Saturday attacking other homeless people who were sleeping, killing four and leaving a fifth with serious injuries, police ...

Ex-officer not guilty of manslaughter in Georgia shooting

WOODBINE, Ga. (AP) — A former Georgia police officer who fatally shot a fleeing, unarmed black man was acquitted Saturday of voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter. The jury, however, found Zechariah Presley guilty of violating his oath of office in the 2018 shooting of Tony ...

Accused priests teach, counsel young children under radar

By CLAUDIA LAUER and MEGHAN HOYER Associated Press Nearly 1,700 priests and other clergy members that the Roman Catholic Church considers credibly accused of child sexual abuse are living under the radar with little to no oversight from religious authorities or law enforcement, decades after ...

Trump formally objecting to probe, won’t say he’ll cooperate

By ZEKE MILLER and JONATHAN LEMIRE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday he will formally object to Congress' impeachment inquiry even as he acknowledged that House Democrats "have the votes" to proceed. The White House was expected to send a letter to House ...

Fed chairman says goal is to keep economy in ‘good place’

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Friday that the U.S. economy is facing some risks at the moment, but overall it is in a "good place" and the Fed's main job is to "keep it there as long as possible." Powell noted that ...