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For Franken, a rising trajectory, and then the accusations

"Many of you have jobs, many of you have families," Sen. Al Franken told Virginia Democratic leaders gathered on the eve of what seemed an uncomfortably close gubernatorial election. After an expectant pause, he leaned into the microphone and added, "Ignore them." Franken was jokingly beseeching activists to get out the vote the following day, in what ended up as a surprisingly...


Balloons, Broadway stars and security at Macy's parade

Balloons, Broadway stars and security at Macy's parade

New faces and old favorites will fly, float and march in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade as police go all-out to secure it in a year marked by attacks on outdoor gathering spots. One of the nation's biggest outdoor holiday events, the parade makes its way through 2 ½ miles of Manhattan with marching bands, performers from Broadway hits, elaborate floats and signature giant balloons. Olaf...
PolitiFact: Impact of immigration program depends on what’s counted

PolitiFact: Impact of immigration program depends on what’s counted

Democratic Congressman Joaquin Castro claimed the U.S. economy would be hurt if the Trump administration eliminated an immigration protection mostly benefitting Central Americans. The U.S. government routinely reviews whether to extend or terminate a country’s Temporary Protected Status designation, applied to countries with ongoing armed conflict, natural disasters, epidemics and other extraordinary...
Report: Rep. Joe Barton threatened ex-lover with police

Report: Rep. Joe Barton threatened ex-lover with police

U.S. Rep. Joe Barton told a woman that he would complain to U.S. Capitol Police if sexually explicit photographs of him and other material from their relationship were to be exposed publicly, according to a published report. The Washington Post reported the threat Wednesday after Barton, a North Texas Republican, apologized for a nude photo of him that circulated on social media. The photo of Barton...
The Latest: Report: Barton said he'd go to police over photo

The Latest: Report: Barton said he'd go to police over photo

The Latest on U.S. Rep. Joe Barton's response to a nude photograph of him circulated on social media (all times local): 10:15 p.m. A published report says U.S. Rep. Joe Barton of Texas told a woman to whom he had sent sexually explicit photos, videos and messages that he would report her to U.S. Capitol Police for exposing his behavior. The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that the woman, whom...
George Avakian, jazz producer and scholar, dies at 98

George Avakian, jazz producer and scholar, dies at 98

George Avakian, a Russian-born jazz scholar and architect of the American music industry who produced essential recordings by Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis and other stars has died at age 98. Avakian's daughter, Anahid Avakian Gregg, confirmed that her father died Wednesday morning at his home in Manhattan. No further details were immediate available. Avakian, an executive at Columbia Records and Warner...
State attorneys general bash plan to hike national park fees

State attorneys general bash plan to hike national park fees

A group of state attorneys general on Wednesday urged the National Park Service to scrap its proposal to more than double the entrance fee at 17 popular national parks. The top government lawyers from 10 states and the District of Columbia sent a letter saying the increase could put access to the parks out of reach for many Americans. "We cannot let the most popular and awe-inspiring national...
Attorney: Minnesota senator's accusers misrepresented facts

Attorney: Minnesota senator's accusers misrepresented facts

An attorney for a Democratic state senator resigning over sexual harassment allegations raised questions Wednesday about two key accusers and suggested they may have wanted to sabotage the senator's campaign for higher office. Sen. Dan Schoen, of St. Paul Park, didn't appear at a news conference two weeks after he was first accused of misconduct ranging from groping to unwanted advances. His attorney...
Uber customers torn between scandals and service

Uber customers torn between scandals and service

Uber has managed to hold the title of world's largest ride-hailing service despite its seemingly endless string of scandals. Its latest misbehavior involving a data breach cover-up revealed this week could be the impetus for people to ride elsewhere — or keep looking the other way. Hackers were able to steal data for 57 million riders and drivers, and Uber concealed it for a year after paying...
APNewsBreak: Ferguson leaders wonder if monitor worth cost

APNewsBreak: Ferguson leaders wonder if monitor worth cost

Ferguson, Missouri, has paid nearly a half-million dollars to the monitor team overseeing its police and court reforms, but city leaders question what they've gotten for their money, especially after the departure of the original lead monitor. Washington attorney Clark Kent Ervin resigned in September after serving a little over a year as lead monitor overseeing the consent agreement between the U...
Ex-Homeland Security Secretary Ridge: 'Great to be alive'

Ex-Homeland Security Secretary Ridge: 'Great to be alive'

Former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge says "it's great to be alive" this Thanksgiving. Ridge issued a statement Wednesday from the hospital in Austin, Texas, where he's recovering from a heart attack. He says he's thankful for the "outpouring of love and concern" after his health emergency. He says he's filled with gratitude, even though his doctors won't let him touch...
Climate activist convicted after pipeline protest in Montana

Climate activist convicted after pipeline protest in Montana

An activist who was trying to call attention to climate change was found guilty of criminal charges on Wednesday for closing a valve last year on a pipeline carrying crude oil from Canada to the United States. A Montana jury found Leonard Higgins of Portland, Oregon, guilty of criminal mischief and trespassing. Higgins could face up to 10 years in prison and a $50,000 fine on the felony criminal mischief...
Did you 'like' Russian propaganda? Facebook will clue you in

Did you 'like' Russian propaganda? Facebook will clue you in

Facebook says it will show users if they followed or 'liked' Russia propaganda accounts on its service or on Instagram. The company said Wednesday it will launch a portal to let people see which accounts of the Internet Research Agency they followed between January 2015 and August 2017. The tool will be available by the end of the year. But it won't show users if they merely saw — or even "...
Menendez attorney: Hung jury supported friendship defense

Menendez attorney: Hung jury supported friendship defense

The fact that the jury in the trial of Sen. Bob Menendez couldn't reach a verdict and was apparently in favor of acquitting the Democrat and a wealthy friend supported the defense's theory that their friendship carried more weight than the criminal allegations, a defense attorney in the case said Wednesday. In the first extended comments by the defense team since last week's mistrial, Jonathan Cogan...
Democrats face hot-potato politics of sexual predation, too

Democrats face hot-potato politics of sexual predation, too

Democrats have been quick to support the "me too" chorus of women — and some men — who have stepped up to allege sexual misconduct and name names. But now "me too" stains the Democrats, too, putting them in an awkward place as they calibrate how forcefully to respond. Allegations against Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota and Rep. John Conyers of Michigan are part of the...
Good night, night: Light pollution increasing around globe

Good night, night: Light pollution increasing around globe

The world's nights are getting alarmingly brighter — bad news for all sorts of creatures, humans included. A German-led team reported Wednesday that light pollution is threatening darkness almost everywhere. Satellite observations during five Octobers show Earth's artificially lit outdoor area grew by 2 percent a year from 2012 to 2016. So did nighttime brightness. Light pollution is actually...
Education Department considers narrowing civil rights work

Education Department considers narrowing civil rights work

The Education Department wants to narrow the scope of civil rights investigations at schools, focusing on individual complaints rather than systemic problems, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press. Under the Obama administration, when a student complained of discrimination in a particular class or school, the education agency would examine the case but also look at whether the incident...
Pence visits injured service members at military hospital

Pence visits injured service members at military hospital

Vice President Mike Pence gave thanks Wednesday for medical professionals who help service members overcome injury, saying during an early Thanksgiving visit with some of those who care for the wounded that they give their best to America's best." Trump and his wife, Karen, met privately with five Army members hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda. They later...
Lofty Thanksgiving: Astronauts feasting on pouches of turkey

Lofty Thanksgiving: Astronauts feasting on pouches of turkey

Astronauts at the International Space Station will feast Thursday on pouches of Thanksgiving turkey. The three Americans, two Russians and one Italian will also rip into single-serving bags of mashed potatoes, candied yams, cornbread stuffing and cranberry-apple dessert. Just add water, heat and bon appetit! Commander Randy Bresnik said he'll miss his wife's home cooking, but appreciate next year's...
On Thanksgiving, family hurt by Harvey counts its blessings

On Thanksgiving, family hurt by Harvey counts its blessings

The kitchen where George and Arva Dorsey prepare an 18-dish feast every Thanksgiving has been stripped of everything but its granite countertops, standing on their own with no appliances below. The house they renovated and expanded over three decades has been gutted down to its wooden beams. Almost three months after Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas Gulf Coast, killing more than 80 people and...
Navajo family in Utah gets electricity in time for holidays

Navajo family in Utah gets electricity in time for holidays

For years, Thomas and Annie Hamm walked around their southern Utah home with flashlights at night, heated water on a wood burning stove and kept their food cold on ice. Sometimes, they ran an extension cord from a car battery to power a television. They had a small solar panel installed to provide power but ran out of it whenever clouds rolled in. This year, the couple finally has gotten electricity...
Rand Paul's wife speaks out on 'blindside attack' on husband

Rand Paul's wife speaks out on 'blindside attack' on husband

The wife of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says her husband hasn't taken a single breath without pain since what she calls "a deliberate, blindside attack" by a Kentucky neighbor earlier this month. Authorities say the Republican was attacked Nov. 3 by Rene Boucher while mowing his lawn. Kelley Paul writes in an essay published by CNN that her husband suffered six broken ribs and fluid in his lungs...
Airline defendants to pay $95 million in 9/11 settlement

Airline defendants to pay $95 million in 9/11 settlement

Insurers for American Airlines, United Airlines and other aviation defendants have agreed to pay $95 million to settle claims that security lapses led planes to be hijacked in the Sept. 11 attacks. The settlement was described in papers filed Tuesday in Manhattan federal court. Developers of the new World Trade Center buildings had once demanded $3.5 billion from aviation-related companies after hijacked...
The Latest: Roy Moore thanks Trump in new fundraising appeal

The Latest: Roy Moore thanks Trump in new fundraising appeal

The Latest on sexual misconduct allegations against Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore (all times local): 8:45 p.m. Republican Roy Moore is touting President Donald Trump's near-endorsement of him in a new fundraising email to supporters. The Republican Senate candidate from Alabama sent out a fundraising appeal Wednesday night touting Trump's criticisms of Democrat Doug Jones. Trump referenced...
The Latest: Victims of ex-gymnastics doctor blame university

The Latest: Victims of ex-gymnastics doctor blame university

The Latest on sexual assault charges against former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar (all times local): 5:20 p.m. Michigan State University says allegations that it covered up a former gymnastics doctor's criminal sexual misconduct are "simply false" and it is "appalled" by Larry Nassar's crimes. USA Gymnastics says it is "very sorry" any athlete was harmed by Nassar...
In terror-wary NYC, security tight for Thanksgiving parade

In terror-wary NYC, security tight for Thanksgiving parade

Sand-filled sanitation trucks and police sharpshooters will mix with glittering floats and giant balloons at a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade that comes in a year of terrible mass shootings and not even a month after a deadly truck attack in lower Manhattan. New York City's mayor and police brass have repeatedly stressed that layers of security, along with hundreds of officers, will be in place for...
World War II vet to get Moroccan award he earned decades ago

World War II vet to get Moroccan award he earned decades ago

A 90-year-old World War II veteran is finally getting the military decoration he earned fighting a large blaze in Morocco more than 70 years ago. Kenneth F. Lincoln will receive a Moroccan award for meritorious conduct Sunday in North Attleborough, Massachusetts. The U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, is sending one of its leaders and a Moroccan officer studying at the college to make...
Poll: Many want to avoid political talk this Thanksgiving

Poll: Many want to avoid political talk this Thanksgiving

Pass the turkey — but maybe hold the politics. The already-fraught topic now includes allegations of sexual misconduct against politicians of various political stripes. From GOP President Donald Trump to Democratic Sen. Al Franken, politicians past, present and aspiring stand accused of sexual misconduct and that could keep tensions high at the holiday table. More than a third of Americans dread...
Trump cracks down on crime, but not on the police who fight it

Trump cracks down on crime, but not on the police who fight it

Six years ago, a police officer in this city in eastern Washington was convicted of beating a disabled man to death and trying to cover it up. After other alarming episodes involving Spokane officers came to light, the city asked federal officials to suggest changes to the Police Department as part of an Obama-era policing program.  Ever since, use of force by officers has declined, as have complaints...
As her last day with the Fed nears, Janet Yellen looks back on her first

As her last day with the Fed nears, Janet Yellen looks back on her first

Janet Yellen, the Federal Reserve chairwoman, made a relaxed appearance at New York University on Tuesday night, answering questions about her life in economics and her time at the Fed one day after she announced plans to leave the central bank next year.  Yellen said nothing new about the Fed’s policy plans for the coming months, leaving unaltered the widespread expectation that the Fed...
Second judge blocks Trump’s transgender ban in the military

Second judge blocks Trump’s transgender ban in the military

A second federal judge blocked the Trump administration’s proposed ban on transgender troops Tuesday, saying President Donald Trump’s announcement of the ban in a series of tweets this summer was “capricious, arbitrary, and unqualified.”  In a preliminary injunction, Judge Marvin J. Garbis of the U.S. District Court for Maryland halted a policy that would have discharged...
What you need to know about a repeal of net neutrality

What you need to know about a repeal of net neutrality

For you and me, the Federal Communications Commission’s plan to repeal net neutrality rules can be boiled down to two questions: What might happen? And whom do you trust?  Here’s our guide for internet users looking for answers.    The net neutrality rules were passed in 2015 during the Obama administration when Democrats controlled the FCC.  The goal was to adapt regulations...
Trump calls father of freed UCLA player an 'ungrateful fool'

Trump calls father of freed UCLA player an 'ungrateful fool'

President Donald Trump started off his first day of Thanksgiving vacation Wednesday by resuming his taunts of the father of a UCLA basketball player detained for shoplifting in China, calling him an "ungrateful fool." In a series of tweets fired off before dawn, the president complained yet again that LaVar Ball, father of LiAngelo Ball, hasn't given him credit for the release of his son...
“Hi Drumstick.” Trump pardons a turkey, and likes it.

“Hi Drumstick.” Trump pardons a turkey, and likes it.

It began with a familiar pledge: President Donald Trump’s audience, he promised, was going to be very proud of him.  “Hi, Drumstick,” Trump called out Tuesday, preparing to exercise his least controversial executive authority. “Oh, Drumstick, I think, is going to be very happy.”  It ended with characteristic introspection.  “I feel so good about myself...
No verdict yet in San Francisco pier killing as jury breaks

No verdict yet in San Francisco pier killing as jury breaks

The criminal case against a Mexican man accused of killing a woman on a crowded San Francisco pier is coming to a close more than two years after setting off a national firestorm over immigration. Jurors went home midday Wednesday without reaching a verdict and will resume deliberations Monday after the long holiday weekend. They must decide whether Jose Ines Garcia Zarate was a hapless homeless man...
New US sanctions target North Korean, Chinese companies

New US sanctions target North Korean, Chinese companies

The Trump administration has imposed new sanctions on a slew of North Korean shipping firms and Chinese trading companies. The Treasury Department also has designated a North Korean corporation involved in exporting workers overseas. Tuesday's action is the administration's latest push to isolate the rogue nation over its nuclear weapons development and deprive it of revenue. It comes a day after...
Pro-Roy Moore group fundraises off Trump's near endorsement

Pro-Roy Moore group fundraises off Trump's near endorsement

A political action committee supporting Senate candidate Roy Moore is fundraising off President Donald Trump's near-endorsement of the Alabama Republican, who is facing new allegations of decades-old sexual misconduct in the closing weeks of the campaign. A Thanksgiving-themed email with the subject line "Giving thanks for YOU and OUR PRESIDENT!" applauds Trump, who on Tuesday discounted...
The Latest: PBS cuts ties with Rose after misconduct claims

The Latest: PBS cuts ties with Rose after misconduct claims

The Latest on sexual misconduct allegations against Charlie Rose (all times local): 1:35 p.m. PBS has ended its partnership with Charlie Rose, host of its long-running interview show, after several women accused him of sexual misconduct. The 75-year-old Rose has interviewed newsmakers in the media, entertainment, business and politics weeknights on PBS' schedule since 1991. PBS had suspended his show...
Olympic gymnastics ex-doctor pleads guilty to sex charges

Olympic gymnastics ex-doctor pleads guilty to sex charges

A former sports doctor accused of molesting at least 125 girls and young women while he worked for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University pleaded guilty Wednesday to multiple charges of sexual assault and will face at least 25 years in prison. Larry Nassar, 54, admitted to digitally penetrating seven girls, mostly under the guise of treatment at his Lansing-area home and a campus clinic, between...
Ohio killer who survived execution files new court appeal

Ohio killer who survived execution files new court appeal

A condemned killer whose poor veins led Ohio to halt his execution has appealed a judge's decision upholding the state's lethal injection system. Death row inmate Alva Campbell argues that Ohio's process raises an unconstitutional risk of serious harm because the first of three drugs may not render inmates completely unconscious. Lawyers for Campbell and fellow death row inmate Raymond Tibbetts announced...
JFK birth centennial ending on assassination anniversary

JFK birth centennial ending on assassination anniversary

A year of events marking the 100th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's birth came to close Wednesday, exactly 54 years after his assassination. National park rangers laid a wreath outside Kennedy's childhood home in Brookline, Massachusetts, and there were speeches from officials, such as former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis. The event also included a 21-gun salute by an honor guard. The...
Remains of final 2 victims of senior home inferno recovered

Remains of final 2 victims of senior home inferno recovered

Investigators have recovered the remains of the final two victims of a fire at a Pennsylvania senior living community. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says the remains were found Wednesday inside the charred shell of Barclay Friends Senior Living Community in West Chester, near Philadelphia. Investigators had located the remains of the first two victims on Tuesday. The blaze...
Questions, answers on American mass shootings

Questions, answers on American mass shootings

The massacre of 26 worshipers at a rural Texas church is the latest in a series of mass shootings across America in recent years. Each tragedy spurs arguments about gun violence, mental health, how much firearms should be regulated and what’s driving the prevalence of mass shootings. PolitiFact has worked for years to research these topics. Here are answers to some questions you may have. How...
California shooter was frequent subject of police calls

California shooter was frequent subject of police calls

For months before a shooting rampage that killed five people, a violent feud brewed among the gunman and his neighbors on a dirt road in a tiny rural community in Northern California. Tehama County sheriff's deputies received 21 calls in the past year from Kevin Neal and other residents of three ramshackle homes on Bobcat Lane, according to documents released Tuesday to The Associated Press in response...
Trump supports embattled Senate candidate Roy Moore, ‘He totally denies it’

Trump supports embattled Senate candidate Roy Moore, ‘He totally denies it’

President Donald Trump finally addressed sexual assault and harassment allegations against Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore Tuesday while speaking to reporters ahead of his departure for Mar-a-Lago, essentially saying he supports Moore in spite of the accusations. “We don’t need a liberal Democrat in that seat,” the president said, referring to Attorney General...
Judge's ruling doesn't end legal fight over sanctuary cities

Judge's ruling doesn't end legal fight over sanctuary cities

President Donald Trump's executive order to cut funding from sanctuary cities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities faced a big setback when a federal judge ruled it was unconstitutional. But the legal fight over so-called sanctuary cities is far from over. Here's a look at Monday's ruling and what other battles loom: WHAT DID THE JUDGE SAY? U.S. District Judge William Orrick rejected...
Conservatives knew 'family values' pol had secret gay life

Conservatives knew 'family values' pol had secret gay life

As Wes Goodman built a political career around values including "committed natural marriage," the 33-year-old Republican was secretly engaging in sexual encounters with men online, via cellphone and, on one significant occasion, in his state office. The office encounter was the final straw that last week ended his political rise as a self-proclaimed Christian conservative, which had taken...
VA study shows parasite from Vietnam may be killing vets

VA study shows parasite from Vietnam may be killing vets

A half century after serving in Vietnam, hundreds of veterans have a new reason to believe they may be dying from a silent bullet — test results show some men may have been infected by a slow-killing parasite while fighting in the jungles of Southeast Asia. The Department of Veterans Affairs this spring commissioned a small pilot study to look into the link between liver flukes ingested through...
Trump all but endorses GOP's Moore despite sex accusations

Trump all but endorses GOP's Moore despite sex accusations

Silent for more than a week, President Donald Trump all but endorsed embattled Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore on Tuesday, discounting the sexual assault allegations against him and insisting repeatedly that voters must not support Moore's "liberal" rival. The president said he would announce next week whether he will campaign for Moore, who faces Democrat Doug Jones in a Dec...
Activists file lawsuit challenging Trump immigration changes

Activists file lawsuit challenging Trump immigration changes

Nurimaro Park, 26, is one of about 800,000 people who had benefited from an Obama-era program that extended protections to immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children. While he knew the significance of the protection he received under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, he had one problem: he didn't have the money to pay the $495 registration fee required to renew his participation...
Q&A: Donations for victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting

Q&A: Donations for victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting

Millions of dollars in donations have poured in for the victims of the mass shooting at a Las Vegas country music festival, leaving local officials and national experts to sort how to fairly and quickly distribute the money. An online fundraiser launched hours after the Oct. 1 shooting has topped $10 million, and millions more have been collected by nonprofits, businesses and others. Donation amounts...
Lawyer: Ex-student charged in body fluids case isn't racist

Lawyer: Ex-student charged in body fluids case isn't racist

The lawyer for a former Connecticut college student accused of smearing body fluids on her roommate's belongings said Tuesday that he doesn't expect authorities to file hate crime charges. Attorney Tom Stevens' comments came after former University of Hartford student Brianna Brochu appeared before a state judge in Hartford. The 18-year-old Harwinton resident is charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief...
Moore targeted by fellow Republicans' comments in new ad

Moore targeted by fellow Republicans' comments in new ad

The words of prominent Republicans are being used against Alabama's GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore in a campaign ad, as Moore's camp on Tuesday continued to go on the offensive against the media and the women accusing him of sexual misconduct. Six women have accused Moore of pursuing romantic relationships with them when they were teenagers and he was an assistant district attorney in his 30s. Two have...
Trump pardons Thanksgiving turkeys Drumstick and Wishbone

Trump pardons Thanksgiving turkeys Drumstick and Wishbone

President Donald Trump wielded his pardon power Tuesday to spare a pair of turkeys from the Thanksgiving roaster, joking that he would also let last year's turkey pardons stand despite his penchant for overturning Obama-era orders. In a brief and humorous White House ceremony, Trump extended the annual presidential tradition of pardoning turkeys ahead of Thanksgiving, an act of leniency that prolongs...
Police: Woman killed grandfather by stabbing him 41 times

Police: Woman killed grandfather by stabbing him 41 times

A 21-year-old woman has been arrested in the death of her 80-year-old grandfather after police say she stabbed him 41 times in the home they shared last week because she says he was abusive to her. Patricia Diocson is charged with murder and possession of an instrument of crime in the death of Robert Girard. No attorney is listed in online court documents. Police say she initially told investigators...
The Latest: FBI says officer's death a 'potential assault'

The Latest: FBI says officer's death a 'potential assault'

The Latest on the death of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent in Texas (all times local): 3:30 p.m. FBI officials say they are investigating the death of a border patrol agent and injuring of another in West Texas as a "potential assault," but they wouldn't rule out that they were injured in some other way. Special Agent in Charge Emmerson Buie Jr. said during a news conference at...
Nearly half of US cancer deaths blamed on unhealthy behavior

Nearly half of US cancer deaths blamed on unhealthy behavior

A new look at cancer in the U.S. finds that nearly half of cancer deaths are caused by smoking, poor diet and other unhealthy behaviors. That's less than commonly-cited estimates from more than 35 years ago, a result of new research methods and changes in American society. Smoking rates have plummeted, for example, while obesity rates have risen dramatically. The study found that 45 percent of cancer...
Kennedy arrested after party to attend diversion program

Kennedy arrested after party to attend diversion program

A Kennedy family member charged with disorderly conduct after police responded to a noisy party is being sent to a pretrial diversion program. Caroline Rose Kennedy was set to be arraigned in Barnstable on Wednesday, but her hearing was rescheduled for March pending her completion of the program. Officials say case against the 22-year-old granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy will be dismissed if she...
Former Virginia death row inmate granted parole

Former Virginia death row inmate granted parole

A Virginia death row inmate who came within two days of being executed before his sentence was commuted decades ago amid questions about his guilt was granted parole. The Virginia State Parole Board on Monday approved Joseph Giarratano's release, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported . Giarratano, now 60, was convicted of the 1979 rape and capital murder of 15-year-old Michelle Kline and the murder...
People hurt in cosmetics factory explosions, fire tops 125

People hurt in cosmetics factory explosions, fire tops 125

As the number of people reporting injuries from deadly explosions at a cosmetics factory jumped to more than 125, investigators on Tuesday tried to determine what caused the blasts at a plant with a checkered history that includes fines for safety violations earlier this year and a fatal workplace shooting 12 years ago. Orange County fire investigators were looking for clues to what touched off two...
The Latest: Conyers acknowledges settling staffer complaint

The Latest: Conyers acknowledges settling staffer complaint

The Latest on sexual harassment allegations against Rep. John Conyers (all times local): ___ 1:25 p.m. Rep. John Conyers is acknowledging his office has settled a harassment complaint involving a former staffer but denies the allegations against him. The Detroit Democrat said Tuesday in a statement that his office "resolved the allegations" ... "for an amount that equated to a reasonable...
Terror convict: I was mentally incompetent, entrapped by FBI

Terror convict: I was mentally incompetent, entrapped by FBI

An Ohio man serving 30 years in prison for plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol in support of the Islamic State group wants his plea and sentence thrown out, arguing that he was mentally incompetent and was entrapped by the FBI. Christopher Lee Cornell, 23, of suburban Cincinnati, recently asked a court to overturn his sentence. He filed the request from a federal prison in Fairton, New Jersey. FBI...
Fox News host Jeanine Pirro gets ticket for speeding at 119 miles per hour

Fox News host Jeanine Pirro gets ticket for speeding at 119 miles per hour

Jeanine F. Pirro, the high-octane host of a Fox News Channel show, was given a summons on Sunday for driving 119 mph in upstate New York, according to the State Police.  Pirro, a former Westchester County district attorney who now hosts the Fox News television show “Justice with Judge Jeanine,” said in a statement that she was unaware that she was going nearly double the speed limit...
Trump, Putin discuss Syria, NKorea, more in hour-plus call

Trump, Putin discuss Syria, NKorea, more in hour-plus call

President Donald Trump and Russia's Vladimir Putin discussed efforts to bring peace to war-torn Syria during an hour-plus phone call on Tuesday. Iran, North Korea and Ukraine also were on the agenda, the White House said. Trump called it a "great call" Tuesday afternoon as he left the White House to spend Thanksgiving in Florida. Noting the length, he said he and Putin spoke "very strongly...
FBI: Border agent's death a 'potential assault '

FBI: Border agent's death a 'potential assault '

An FBI official said Tuesday that the bureau is investigating the death of a border patrol agent and severe injuries to another as "potential assault," but he wouldn't rule out that they could have been hurt in some other way. Special Agent in Charge Emmerson Buie Jr. said during a news conference in El Paso that investigators are still trying to "gather the facts," but they are...
Trial begins for six charged with rioting during Trump inauguration

Trial begins for six charged with rioting during Trump inauguration

During the opening minutes of the trial of six people charged with rioting during President Donald Trump's inauguration, a Washington, D.C., prosecutor described the scene as storefronts were smashed and a car set afire.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Kerkhoff told jurors about a cafe owner whose shop windows were shattered by rocks, forcing her to close her business for days. She described...
ANALYSIS: From Charlie Rose to Donald Trump: 7 thorny questions for Washington on sexual harassment

ANALYSIS: From Charlie Rose to Donald Trump: 7 thorny questions for Washington on sexual harassment

Mega-journalist Charlie Rose. The New York Times' Glenn Thrush. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., again. The floodgates are open as (mostly) women are emboldened in this post-Harvey Weinstein era to share their stories of powerful men in politics, entertainment and elsewhere leveraging their power for sex.  Since Washington is supposed to set the tone for the rest of society, having their own accused...
White House: Trump didn’t mean what he said about leaving UCLA players in jail in China

White House: Trump didn’t mean what he said about leaving UCLA players in jail in China

At a briefing Monday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President Donald Trump was merely making a "rhetorical response to a criticism" by LaVar Ball when he tweeted of Ball's son LiAngelo and two UCLA teammates that he "should have left them in jail" in China. Sanders repeatedly claimed that Trump was "happy to intervene" on the players' behalf...
Billionaire Steyer light ups Times Square with ads seeking Trump impeachment

Billionaire Steyer light ups Times Square with ads seeking Trump impeachment

Tom Steyer, the billionaire environmentalist and Democratic mega-donor, said he's heading to the heart of New York City for the next step of his $20 million ad campaign urging the impeachment of President Donald Trump.  "We're putting a couple of large billboards in Times Square calling for the impeachment of the president," Steyer said Monday in an interview. "We legitimately...
ANALYSIS: Will your taxes go up or down? The five biggest questions on the GOP plan

ANALYSIS: Will your taxes go up or down? The five biggest questions on the GOP plan

The No. 1 question I get from readers lately is: How likely is the Republican tax plan to become law?  Compass Point, a research firm, puts the odds of the tax-cut bill making it to President Donald Trump's desk at 65 percent. Goldman Sachs, the investment bank that has a lot of alums in the White House, is telling clients the odds are now at 80 percent.  "The tax reform debate is moving...
Why Sen. Al Franken could be in a lot more trouble now

Why Sen. Al Franken could be in a lot more trouble now

Is Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., a serial groper?  That's the question inevitably raised now that a second woman is saying Franken grabbed her inappropriately, this time when he was taking a photo with her in 2010 at the Minnesota State Fair.  He "pulled me in really close, like awkward close, and as my husband took the picture, he put his hand full-fledged on my rear," Lindsay Menz...
CBS News and PBS cut ties to Rose following sex allegations

CBS News and PBS cut ties to Rose following sex allegations

CBS News and PBS both cut ties to Charlie Rose on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after several women who worked with him on his PBS interview show alleged a pattern of sexual misconduct, including groping and walking naked in front of them. Both organizations stressed the importance of providing a safe, professional workplace. Rose joins a lengthening list of media figures who have lost jobs because...
LaVar Ball questions Trump's role in son's release

LaVar Ball questions Trump's role in son's release

Outspoken basketball dad LaVar Ball questioned the extent of President Donald Trump's involvement in securing his son's release from the custody of Chinese authorities during a combative 20-minute CNN interview on Monday night. The president, in tweets Sunday, said he should have left LiAngelo Ball and two other UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting in jail because LaVar Ball "is unaccepting...
The Latest: US slaps new sanctions on NKorean, Chinese firms

The Latest: US slaps new sanctions on NKorean, Chinese firms

The Latest on the U.S. declaration of North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism (all times local): 2 p.m. The United States has issued new sanctions on four Chinese trading companies and a Chinese national said to have conducted hundreds of millions of dollars in business with North Korea. The Treasury Department also designated six North Korean shipping and trading companies and 20 vessels as part...
Haitians relieved to stay in US for now, upset status to end

Haitians relieved to stay in US for now, upset status to end

Yolnick Jeune couldn't sleep for days, anxious over the fate of a program that has staved off the deportations of both herself and tens of thousands of other Haitians in the U.S. Then, President Donald Trump's administration this week announced one last 18-month extension of the Temporary Protected Status that has allowed her to work and provide for her five children, including a 7-year-old, U.S.-born...
Melania Trump, son Barron receive White House Christmas tree

Melania Trump, son Barron receive White House Christmas tree

Melania Trump and son Barron joined in a time-honored tradition of receiving the official White House Christmas tree, which will become the showstopper for a president who has vowed to put Christmas back at the center of the winter holidays. A military quartet played holiday tunes Monday as a horse-drawn wagon carried the 19 1/2-foot (5.9-meter) Balsam fir from Wisconsin up the White House driveway...
US first loosened limits on lion trophies, then elephants

US first loosened limits on lion trophies, then elephants

One month before the Trump administration sparked outrage by reversing a ban on trophies from threatened African elephants, federal officials quietly loosened restrictions on the importation of heads and hides of lions shot for sport. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service began issuing permits Oct. 20 for lions killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia between 2016 and 2018. The agency is also currently studying...
US readies new sanctions against North Korea, individuals

US readies new sanctions against North Korea, individuals

The Trump administration readied new sanctions Tuesday on North Korea, a day after declaring it a state sponsor of terrorism in a move to put additional pressure on Pyongyang's nuclear program. North Korea has joined Iran, Sudan and Syria on America's terror blacklist, a largely symbolic step as the administration already has the authority to impose virtually any sanctions it wants on Kim Jong Un's...
Manson has endured as the face of evil for nearly 50 years

Manson has endured as the face of evil for nearly 50 years

Other killers snuffed out far more lives than Charles Manson did in 1969. Yet he has endured for nearly a half century as the personification of evil, even in an age in which mass shootings leave dozens dead at a time. Manson, the hippie cult leader who died Sunday at 83, horrified America more than a generation ago with the way he seemed to have turned young people murderously against everything...
Report: Rep. Conyers settled complaint over sexual conduct

Report: Rep. Conyers settled complaint over sexual conduct

Michigan Rep. John Conyers settled a complaint in 2015 from a woman who alleged she was fired from his Washington staff because she rejected his sexual advances, BuzzFeed News reported Monday. The website reported that Conyers' office paid the woman over $27,000 to settle the complaint under a confidentiality agreement. BuzzFeed also published affidavits from former staff members who said they had...
Trial wrapping up in case that sparked immigration debate

Trial wrapping up in case that sparked immigration debate

Jurors will consider dueling arguments Tuesday that either a homeless man killed a woman at a San Francisco pier by accident or while playing a sick game. Lawyers offered both portraits Monday in closing arguments at the murder trial of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate. The defense was scheduled to finish arguments on Tuesday, and jurors could begin deliberations that same day. Garcia Zarate is charged with...
Jury weighing fate of suspect in San Francisco pier killing

Jury weighing fate of suspect in San Francisco pier killing

Jurors on Tuesday started weighing the fate of a Mexican man who was in the United States illegally when he shot a woman on a San Francisco pier in a killing that stirred up another fierce national debate on immigration. The jury of six men and six women will consider dueling arguments that Jose Ines Garcia Zarate was either a hapless homeless man who killed Kate Steinle in a freak accident or a calculated...
US ending temporary permits for almost 60,000 Haitians

US ending temporary permits for almost 60,000 Haitians

The Trump administration said Monday it is ending a temporary residency permit program that has allowed almost 60,000 citizens from Haiti to live and work in the United States since a 2010 powerful earthquake shook the Caribbean nation. The Homeland Security Department said conditions in Haiti have improved significantly, so the benefit will be extended one last time — until July 2019 &mdash...
Big Tobacco's anti-smoking ads begin after decade of delay

Big Tobacco's anti-smoking ads begin after decade of delay

Decades after they were banned from the airwaves, Big Tobacco companies return to prime-time television this weekend — but not by choice. Under court order, the tobacco industry for the first time will be forced to advertise the deadly, addictive effects of smoking, more than 11 years after a judge ruled that the companies had misled the public about the dangers of cigarettes. But years of legal...
New Mexico candidate denies past harassment allegations

New Mexico candidate denies past harassment allegations

A rising star in the Democratic Party who gained national attention for tackling poverty in New Mexico said he will not drop out of the race for lieutenant governor despite renewed scrutiny of past allegations that he sexually harassed women. Statehouses nationwide are dealing with allegations of sexual misconduct in a wave of claims against powerful people in politics, entertainment, business and...
Neurologist pleads guilty to charges he groped patients

Neurologist pleads guilty to charges he groped patients

A neurologist facing allegations of sexual misconduct in three states pleaded guilty Tuesday to misdemeanor charges that he groped women at a Philadelphia clinic. Dr. Ricardo Cruciani, 63, admitted that he assaulted seven patients in 2016 while he was chairman of Drexel University's neurology department and pleaded guilty to varying charges of indecent assault and harassment. Under a plea agreement...
Conyers confirms harassment settlement; ethics probe opens

Conyers confirms harassment settlement; ethics probe opens

John Conyers has dealt with various ethics investigations and a public corruption case that landed his wife in prison during a U.S. House career spanning more than five decades — longer than any other current member. Allegations that the 88-year-old Michigan Democrat sexually harassed female staff members may be the toughest opponent yet for the party's top member on the House Judiciary Committee...
PolitiFact: Cuomo’s assessment of GOP tax intent incomplete

PolitiFact: Cuomo’s assessment of GOP tax intent incomplete

When some Republican senators pushed to end a key part of the Affordable Care Act as part of their tax-overhaul bill, Democratic critics including New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo pounced. We examined his characterization and found his phrasing misses some important points, including this one: Many Americans would be choosing to give up their health insurance if the individual mandate were lifted. That&rsquo...
Interior denies wrongdoing involving Zinke's wife, travel

Interior denies wrongdoing involving Zinke's wife, travel

The Department of Interior denied any wrongdoing Monday after documents surfaced showing government staffers were forced to scramble to accommodate requests from Secretary Ryan Zinke's wife as she accompanied him on trips outside of Washington D.C. Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist with good-governance watchdog Public Citizen, told Politico it's not illegal for spouses to tag along during...
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