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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 ...

Russia probe report spurs calls for FBI surveillance changes

By ERIC TUCKER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Revelations that the FBI committed serious errors in wiretapping a former Trump campaign aide have spurred bipartisan calls for change to the government's surveillance powers, including from some Republicans who in the past have voted to ...

Of founders and findings: What to watch on impeachment

By LAURIE KELLMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Same pillared House hearing room. Different chairman with his own mission. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler gaveled openWednesday's impeachment hearingsagainst the nation's 45th president, launching the business of ...

Home-state skepticism of Kamala Harris foretold trouble

By STEVE PEOPLES, KATHLEEN RONAYNE and ERRIN HAINES Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When Sen. Kamala Harris entered the presidential race in January, her California roots were supposed to give her special access to the cash and delegates required to win the Democratic nomination. ...

Buffalo bishop resigns under fire for handling of misconduct

By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Pope Francis on Wednesday accepted the resignation of Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone following widespread criticism from Malone's staff, priests and the public over how he handled allegations of clergy sexual misconduct. The Vatican ...

Trump team on Capitol Hill amid ‘serious misconduct’ probe

By LISA MASCARO and MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee opened its first impeachment hearing Wednesday, moving swiftly to weigh findings by fellow lawmakers that President Donald Trump misused the power of his office for personal political ...

Georgia governor picks political newcomer for U.S. Senate

By BEN NADLER and ZEKE MILLER Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's Republican governor has chosen a wealthy businesswoman and political newcomer to fill an upcoming vacancy in the U.S. Senate, flouting President Donald Trump's preferred candidate in a play for moderate suburban ...

Kamala Harris ends Democratic presidential campaign

By KATHLEEN RONAYNE and NICHOLAS RICCARDI Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sen. Kamala Harris told supporters on Tuesday that she was ending her bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. "I've taken stock and looked at this from every angle, and over the last few days ...

Prosecutor says he will seek 1 year for corrupt congressman

By JULIE WATSON Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal prosecutor said he plans to ask for at least a year in prison for California Rep. Duncan Hunter pleaded guilty Tuesday to misusing $150,000 in campaign funds for his own personal expenses. The six-term Republican, who had fought ...

Report: Racial divide shrinks in US criminal justice system

By DON THOMPSON Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Racial disparities have narrowed across the U.S. criminal justice system over 16 years, though black people are still significantly more likely to be behind bars than white people, new federal figures show. Racial gaps broadly ...

House report outlines evidence for Trump impeachment

By LISA MASCARO and MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The House released a sweeping impeachment report Tuesday outlining evidence of what it calls President Donald Trump's wrongdoing toward Ukraine, findings that will serve as the foundation for debate over whether the ...