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  • ‘Nazis’ spray-painted on Robert E. Lee statue in Dallas

    DALLAS (AP) — Dallas police officials say a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee has been vandalized. The Dallas Morning News reported a crew of city workers went to Lee Park early Saturday to power-wash the spray-painted word “Nazis” off of the statue, one of three Confederate monuments in the city. A police spokeswoman […]
  • Venezuelan National Assembly's Vice President Freddy Guevara speaks with the lawmaker Stalin Gonzalez during a session in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. Venezuela's pro-government constitutional assembly took over the powers of the opposition-led congress Friday, dramatically escalating a standoff between President Nicolas Maduro and his political foes.(AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

    Venezuela congress defies push to take over its powers

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s congress met Saturday in defiance of what opposition leaders consider an autocratic push by allies of President Nicolas Maduro to usurp the legislature’s powers. Brian Naranjo, the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, was among a group of foreign diplomats from countries including Mexico, Spain and […]
  • Counterprotesters hold signs before conservative organizers begin a planned "Free Speech" rally on Boston Common, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in Boston. Police Commissioner William Evans said Friday that 500 officers, some in uniform, others undercover, would be deployed to keep the two groups apart. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    The Latest: About 20 protesters linger near Dallas cemetery

    DALLAS (AP) — The Latest on a conservative rally and counterdemonstration in Boston and around the country (all times local): 11 p.m. Only about 20 protesters remain across the street from a Dallas cemetery where police in riot gear broke up a clash over a Confederate monument. By 10:45 p.m., most of the police — […]
  • In this Aug. 15, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump points to members of the media as he answers questions in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York. Trump’s racially fraught comments about a deadly neo-Nazi rally have thrust into the open some Republicans’ deeply held doubts about his competency and temperament, in an extraordinary public airing of worries and grievances about a sitting president by his own party.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    GOP doubts and anxieties about Trump burst into the open

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s racially fraught comments about a deadly neo-Nazi rally have thrust into the open some Republicans’ deeply held doubts about his competency and temperament, in an extraordinary public airing of worries and grievances about a sitting president by his own party. Behind the high-profile denunciations voiced this week by GOP […]
  • Numbers drawn for Powerball jackpot, estimated at $535M

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The numbers have been drawn for one of the nation’s biggest lottery jackpots. Powerball announced Saturday night on its website that the winning numbers are: 17, 19, 39, 43, 68 and Powerball 13. There was no immediate word on whether anyone one. The final jackpot also hadn’t been set. Going […]
  • A bomber drops a load of fire retardant below the Lolo Peak fire creeping down the face of the ridge toward the Bitterroot Valley, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017 in Missoula, Mont. The Lolo Peak Fire in western Montana blew up overnight leading law enforcement officers to order the evacuation of up to 400 more homes west of the town of Lolo. (Kurt Wilson/The Missoulian via AP)

    Evacuation orders affect hundreds in California, Oregon

    SISTERS, Ore. (AP) — Evacuation orders affecting hundreds of people were issued in California and Oregon as wildfires neared small towns, including one that’s a prime location for viewing the eclipse. About 600 residents were told to leave the tourist town of Sisters, Oregon, and authorities said Saturday another 1,000 people had been told to […]
  • FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2016 file photo, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach responds to questions outside the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.  A lawsuit by a former employee alleging that she was fired from Kobach's office because she didn't attend church enough is going to trial in federal court. While Kobach's top deputy is blamed for the firing in the lawsuit, Kobach is listed as a potential witness and answered questions from attorneys in a videotaped interview. The case also could shine an unwelcome spotlight on Kobach's staff office at the start of his campaign for governor and as he leads a presidential commission on election fraud .(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

    Kansas trial to examine bias claim against Kobach’s office

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A former employee’s lawsuit alleging that she was fired from Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s office for not going to church enough is set to go to trial next week. Courtney Canfield worked for Kobach’s office for more than nine months in 2013. She learned of her firing from her […]
  • DNA testing equipment is left on a work mat at the Center for Human Identification research and development lab at the University of North Texas on Monday, July 31, 2017, in Fort Worth, Texas. The university's case lab, which tests DNA for missing people and unidentified dead, has temporarily stopped accepting cases outside Texas after the National Institute of Justice opted not to offer millions of dollars in grants for DNA technology to identify missing people. (AP Photo/Jaime Dunaway)

    DNA lab reduces testing for missing people amid funding woes

    DALLAS (AP) — Karen Stipes always believed her missing mother was “Mountain Jane Doe,” buried unidentified in a paupers’ cemetery deep in the woods outside Harlan, Kentucky. But without proof, it took nearly half a century and the development of DNA technology for forensic scientists at the University of North Texas to confirm her intuition. […]
  • FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2017, file photo, Missouri's first lady and University of Missouri Assistant Professor Sheena Greitens sits at her desk for an interview in Columbia, Mo. Missouri's child abuse hotline now accepts out-of-state calls after Greitens learned that wasn't previously the case when reviewing a report from 2014. (Luke Brodarick /Missourian via AP, File)

    Missouri child abuse hotline now accepts out-of-state calls

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s child abuse hotline now accepts out-of-state calls. First lady Sheena Greitens said she learned that wasn’t previously the case when reviewing a report from 2014. When she tested the hotline using an out-of-state number, it didn’t go through. So she called the governor’s office, where someone contacted the Social […]
  • FILE-- In this Dec. 2001 file photograph, an F-16 takes off with afterburners glowing loaded with live Sidewinder missiles from the Air National Guard base in South Burlington, Vt.  A National Guard proposal to expand airspace for fighter jet training flights low over the mountains of western Maine has dragged on for so long that many of the aircraft could be retired around the time the process is completed.  (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

    More delays for low-flying fighters over western Maine

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A National Guard proposal to expand airspace for fighter jet training low over the mountains of western Maine has dragged on for so long that many of the aircraft currently used for training could be retired by the time the plans are completed. Vermont-based F-16 fighters account for the bulk of […]
  • FILE -- In this Jan. 25, 2017 file photo protesters hold signs as they listen to speakers at a rally outside of City Hall in San Francisco, Calif.  California lawmakers return Monday, Aug. 21 , from a monthlong break with a busy agenda that includes tackling the state's housing crisis and deciding whether to make California a statewide sanctuary for people living illegally in the U.S.. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu,file)

    California lawmakers to tackle housing crisis, immigration

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers return Monday from a monthlong break with a busy agenda that includes tackling the state’s housing crisis and deciding whether to make California a statewide sanctuary for people living illegally in the U.S. Here’s a look at some of the high-profile issues the Legislature will tackle in the last […]
  • FILE-In this Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 file photo, a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee sits in Emancipation Park, in Charlottesville, Va. The deadly rally by white nationalists in Charlottesville, Aug. 12, 2017, is accelerating the removal of Confederate statues in cities across the nation. (AP Photo/Julia Rendleman, File)

    The past is still present in a changing Virginia

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — When 92-year-old Dr. Fergie Reid was a young man growing up in Richmond, he resented the massive statues of Confederate leaders lining Monument Avenue. But Reid says black people knew better than to speak out. “If you complained, they’d probably put you in jail,” said Reid, who was Virginia’s first black […]
  • This Aug. 10, 2017 photo shows the Church of the Presidents undergoing renovations in Long Branch, N.J., Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017. The church was named for the seven U.S. presidents that worshipped there, often while on vacation in New Jersey. President Donald Trump is spending nearly three weeks in New Jersey at his golf club, but he's far from the first U.S. president to summer in the Garden State. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Trump not first president to vacation in New Jersey

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump is not the first president to vacation in New Jersey. But unlike Trump, who spent most of his “working vacation” at his private golf club in Bedminster, his 19th century predecessors sought relief along the New Jersey shore from Washington’s swamp-like summer before air-conditioning. They joined wealthy friends, […]
  • The Latest: Confederate soldier statue in NC city defaced

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on growing opposition to Confederate monuments since last weekend’s deadly confrontation at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. (all times local): 11 a.m. Another North Carolina city is cleaning up after vandals defaced the base of a Confederate soldier statue. Multiple media organizations reported someone spray-painted unintelligible black […]
  • The Latest: 2 suspects in stabbing death brought to Chicago

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the extradition of a Northwestern University professor Wyndham Lathem and Oxford University staffer Andrew Warren (all times local): 10 a.m. Two employees of elite universities charged in the fatal stabbing of a 26-year-old hair stylist have been returned to Chicago to face charges of first-degree murder in the brutal […]