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  • APNewsBreak: Allred contacted authorities about R Kelly tape

    CHICAGO (AP) — Attorney Gloria Allred told The Associated Press Friday she has contacted law enforcement about concerns one of her clients may be the person in a VHS tape recently given to Chicago prosecutors that purportedly shows R&B star R. Kelly having sex with an underage girl. Allred, who represents multiple R. Kelly accusers, […]
  • New Hampshire online lottery sues over gambling opinion

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A U.S. Department of Justice legal opinion that could threaten online gambling and state-run lotteries is being challenged in court by the state of New Hampshire and the company that supports its iLottery system. In a reversal from 2011, the department issued an opinion in November re-interpreting the federal Wire Act, […]
  • Push on last IS enclave blunted by discovery of civilians

    AL-OMAR OIL FIELD BASE, Syria (AP) — The offensive on the last enclave held by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria has been blunted by the discovery of hundreds of civilians still living there, a commander with the Kurdish-led force fighting the extremists said Friday. The U.S.-backed force known as the Syrian Democratic Forces, […]
  • The Latest: Calif. Gov. Newsom endorses Harris for president

    The Latest on Democratic presidential candidates on the campaign trail(all times local): 9:30 p.m. California Gov. Gavin Newsom is endorsing Sen. Kamala Harris for president in 2020. The Democrat said in an MSNBC interview Friday: “I think the American people could not do better” than Harris. He added later in a tweet: “Kamala Harris is […]
  • Solar bill passes Kentucky House, heads back to Senate

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Lawmakers in coal-loving Kentucky have approved a bill that could make solar panels less lucrative for residential customers beyond 2020. The House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 100 on Friday in a 71-24 vote. It would let the Public Service Commission, a board appointed by the governor, decide how much utility […]
  • Omar’s edgy Israel tweet no surprise to some back home

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As Ilhan Omar’s political star was rising last year on her way to becoming one of the first Muslim women in Congress, several Minnesota Jewish leaders invited her to talk privately about past statements they considered anti-Semitic and anti-Israel. Gathering at a state senator’s home, they hoped to get a better sense […]
  • Flight academy, instructor sued over fatal 2017 plane crash

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The sister of a student pilot who died in a small plane crash in Connecticut in 2017 has filed a wrongful death lawsuit accusing the instructor of failing to prevent the accident and the flight school of failing to maintain the plane. It’s the second such lawsuit against the now-defunct American […]
  • US military aircraft to deliver more aid to Venezuela border

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Trump administration is sending another large shipment of humanitarian aid to the Venezuelan border in Colombia, for the first time using U.S. military aircraft as it increases pressure on Nicolas Maduro to give up power, according to a State Department email sent to Congress. The announcement of additional aid comes […]
  • Judge dismisses suit filed by acquitted St. Louis officer

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed by a white former St. Louis police officer whose acquittal in the death of a black suspect set off weeks of protests. The former officer, Jason Stockley, accused investigators of intentionally disregarding and lying about evidence when he was charged with murder in […]
  • NTSB: Boat sinking probably caused by pilot, oversight error

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Federal officials say the sinking of a towboat in the Mississippi River was probably caused by the boat pilot’s mistake and lack of oversight of the vessel. The National Transportation and Safety Board reports the pilot had decided to operate the boat with unsecured deck hatches when the 66-foot Ricky Robinson […]
  • Woman in videotaped beach arrest accepts plea deal

    WILDWOOD, N.J. (AP) — A Philadelphia woman whose violent arrest at a New Jersey beach over Memorial Day weekend last year was captured on video has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. Emily Weinman faced numerous charges stemming from the confrontation, including assaulting a police officer. She pleaded guilty Friday in a plea deal with Cape […]
  • Illinois Democrats ask Evers to review Foxconn plant impact

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Illinois congressional Democrats have asked Wisconsin’s new Democratic governor to re-evaluate the environmental impact of a sprawling plant that Foxconn Technology Group plans to build near the states’ border, saying they are concerned it could exacerbate flooding in Chicago’s northern suburbs. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth along with Reps. Brad […]
  • FAA decision opens door for Vietnamese airlines to fly to US

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials say Vietnam is now meeting international standards for aviation safety, a decision that will let the country’s airlines fly to the United States and work with U.S. airlines. The Federal Aviation Administration said late Thursday that it granted Vietnam a “Category 1” safety rating after an August 2018 assessment of […]
  • NYC papers view Amazon deal’s collapse as an embarrassment

    NEW YORK (AP) — The editorial boards of New York City’s largest newspapers viewed the collapse of a deal to bring a new Amazon headquarters to New York as an embarrassment for the city and a symptom of an increasingly unfriendly political environment for big employers. A look at their editorials: The Daily News So-called […]
  • Amazon warns Philly about proposed cashless store ban

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia officials say Amazon has warned that a proposed ban on cashless stores would impact plans to open a brick-and-mortar location in the city. Philly.com reports that the City Council approved a bill Thursday that would prohibit most stores from refusing to take cash as payment. Proponents argue that cashless stores discriminate […]
  • Security guard arrested in shooting outside LA synagogue

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police arrested a security guard on suspicion of shooting a self-described First Amendment activist after the two engaged in a videotaped confrontation outside a Los Angeles synagogue and school. Edduin Zelayagrunfeld, 44, was arrested Thursday for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon, police said. It was unclear if he has […]
  • The Latest: Germany criticizes Trump’s go-it-alone approach

    MUNICH (AP) — The Latest on Munich Security Conference (all times local): 6:50 p.m. Germany’s foreign minister is calling for a return to multilateral solutions, criticizing U.S. President Donald Trump’s go-it-alone approach as counter-productive. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told Munich Security Conference delegates on Friday that, with the increasing power of China, Europe and the […]
  • Oklahoma Highway Patrol captain charged with extortion

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma Highway Patrol captain accused of using cellphone audio recordings to try to blackmail the commissioner of the state Department of Public Safety and further his career has been charged with extortion. Attorney Mike Johnson said Capt. Troy D. German “100 percent” denies the accusations, calling his client “a whistleblower […]
  • AP Exclusive: Lawsuit claims discrimination by foster agency

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Catholic mother accuses a federally funded South Carolina foster agency of not working with her because she’s “not the right kind of Christian,” her lawyers say. In a federal lawsuit filed Friday, Aimee Maddonna and her lawyers say Miracle Hill Ministries is unconstitutionally discriminating against non-Protestants. The lawsuit challenges a […]
  • Opioid maker used rap video to push powerful painkiller

    BOSTON (AP) — Employees at a drug company accused of bribing doctors rapped and danced around a person dressed as a bottle of the highly addictive fentanyl spray in a video meant to motivate sales reps to push the drug. The video was shown to jurors this week in the closely watched trial in Boston […]