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Smollett saga shook public trust, heightened racial tensions

By ERRIN HAINES WHACK AP National Writer In the two months since Jussie Smollett reported a late-night attack by assailants shouting racial and anti-gay slurs, the "Empire" actor and activist went from victim to defendant. Police and many in the black community rallied to his defense before ...

1 dead, 2 barricaded amid standoff at New Hampshire hotel

By The Associated Press undefined MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's attorney general's office says a man has been killed in an officer-involved shooting with police and Drug Enforcement Administration agents at a hotel. Two people remain barricaded in a first-floor room. Assistant ...

Slain teen’s mother joins supporters at vigil

RANKIN, Pa. (AP) — The mother of a black teenager fatally shot by a white police officer outside Pittsburgh told supporters at a vigil that she was glad to see her son's life celebrated at a place that meant so much to him. Michelle Kenney, mother of 17-year-old Antwon Rose II, joined ...

DOJ: Trump campaign did not coordinate with Russia in 2016

By ERIC TUCKER, MICHAEL BALSAMO, CHAD DAY and JULIE PACE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Sunday that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation did not find evidence that President Donald Trump's campaign "conspired or coordinated" with Russia to influence ...

Disaster aid bill facing a tricky path as it heads to Senate

By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A battle over funding for Puerto Rico is complicating the path forward for a long-delayed disaster aid bill that's a top political priority for some of President Donald Trump's Republican allies as it heads to the Senate floor this ...

Columbine families gather to tell stories nearly 20 years on

By DAN ELLIOTT Associated Press LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — Families of the Columbine High School shooting victims gathered at the school on Saturday to tell their stories nearly 20 years after the tragedy, and they spoke of forgiveness, inclusion and healing, and the balm that sometimes only ...

Capitals accept differences of opinion on White House visit

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The news is constantly on television at the Washington Capitals' practice facility, and like any workplace, there's no shortage of opinions. "We're human beings, and people share different opinions and different political views," veteran ...

A look at some unanswered questions of the Mueller probe

By CHAD DAY and ERIC TUCKER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller has wrapped up his investigation, but whether the public will get answers to consequential questions about President Donald Trump and Russia remains to be seen. Attorney General William Barr is ...

Sanders aims for strong showing in delegate-rich California

By MICHAEL R. BLOOD Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — By the time California's presidential primary election arrived in 2016, Bernie Sanders was a beaten man. This time around, everything has changed. The senator from Vermont was an insurgent outsider three years ago in a head-to-head ...

Floods show national security threat posed by climate change

By MARGERY A. BECK, ELLEN KNICKMEYER and ROBERT BURNS Associated Press OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. (AP) — The Missouri River floodwater surging on to the air base housing the U.S. military's Strategic Command overwhelmed round-the-clock sandbagging by airmen and others. They had to scramble ...

Joe Biden faces a challenge winning over progressives

By ELANA SCHOR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden says he has "the most progressive record" of any Democrat running, or mulling a run, in 2020. But many progressive activists disagree. As the former vice president inches closer to a third White House run, several moments in his ...

Iditarod musher discounts critics after dogs refused to run

By MARK THIESSEN Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Iditarod musher who was hours ahead in the Alaska wilderness race when his dogs refused to keep running dismissed critics who say he ran them too hard and chalked it up to a bad memory that spooked them. The team stopped last ...

US forces say 2 American soldiers killed in Afghanistan

By AMIR SHAH Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two American service members were killed during an operation in Afghanistan on Friday, the U.S. and NATO forces said, providing no other details on the combat deaths. The fatalities, which bring to four the number of U.S. soldiers ...

Forecasters: ‘Potentially historic’ flooding threatens South

By JEFF MARTIN Associated Press Scientists are warning that historic flooding could soon deluge parts of several Southern states along the lower Mississippi River, where floodwaters could persist for several weeks. The flood threat in the South will be discussed Thursday, when the National ...

Trump says public should see ‘ridiculous’ Mueller report

By JILL COLVIN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he believes special counsel Robert Mueller's report should be released to the public, even as he disparaged its very existence as "ridiculous." "Let it come out, let people see it," Trump told reporters Wednesday. ...

‘Full House’ to big house in college scheme? Experts differ

By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Could Aunt Becky be headed to prison? It could go either way, experts say. Some of the wealthy parents accused of paying bribes to get their kids into top universities may get short stints behind bars, if convicted, to send a message ...

After the fall: How to take advantage of lower rates

By STAN CHOE AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — So much for those worries about rising interest rates. Just a few months ago, rising rates were bearing down on everyone from home buyers to stock investors after the Federal Reserve put through seven quarter-point increases in 2017 and 2018. ...

Trump to order colleges to back free speech or lose funding

By COLLIN BINKLEY AP Education Writer President Donald Trump is expected to order U.S. colleges to protect free speech on their campuses or risk losing federal funding. White House officials say Trump on Thursday will sign an executive order requiring colleges to certify that their policies ...

Hopes shifting as Republicans, Democrats wait for Mueller

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has been calling the Russia probe a witch hunt for two years. But now, Trump and his allies are starting to see it as something potentially very different: a political opportunity. Though ...

In end of 20th Century Fox, a new era dawns for Hollywood

By JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The Fox Studio backlot, first built in 1926 on a Century City ranch in Los Angeles, was enormous. Before much of it was sold off in the 1960s, it was four times the size of its current, and still huge, 53 acres. Shirley Temple's bungalow still ...