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  • Minnesota city official suggests limiting refugee intake

    ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A city council member in the central Minnesota community of St. Cloud said he plans to propose a citywide moratorium on refugee resettlement. Jeff Johnson said he wants to limit refugee resettlement until the city gets more information about the number of people moving to the city and the possible […]
  • Texts: Sheriff, lawmaker pushed to stop cheerleader protest

    ATLANTA (AP) — A powerful lawmaker texted a Georgia sheriff and recounted with pride how the two pressured a university president to take action after black cheerleaders knelt during the national anthem at a football game. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution obtained the text messages under Georgia’s open records act. Kennesaw State University cheerleaders were told they’d […]
  • Coast Guard seeks cause of fire aboard ship in Mississippi

    GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — Officials are investigating why a U.S. Coast Guard ship briefly caught fire before dawn while docked on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Two Coast Guard members discovered that the deck of the cutter Brant was on fire around 5 a.m. Wednesday while the ship was docked at Gulfport’s Small Craft Harbor. In […]
  • US agency withdraws rule aimed at protecting animal farmers

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has killed a rule designed to protect the legal rights of farmers who raise chickens and hogs for the nation’s largest meat processors. The rule would have made it easier for farmers to sue companies they contract with over unfair or deceptive practices. It was […]
  • Tillerson: US seeks accountability for Myanmar abuses

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson condemned Wednesday reported atrocities committed against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. He said those responsible — perhaps the country’s military — will be held accountable. Tillerson said accounts of the suffering of the Rohingya are heartbreaking — and that if those reports are true, then “someone is going […]
  • Man gets life term after decade awaiting murder trial

    DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man who spent a decade in jail on a murder charge in what his defense called a violation of the U.S. Constitution’s speedy-trial requirement, has been sentenced to life in prison, with eventual eligibility for parole. A jury found Kharon Davis guilty of murder last month in the 2007 […]
  • Man charged in half sister’s death faces new drug count

    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A 19-year-old Ohio man who prosecutors say caused the death of his 14-year-old half sister is facing a new charge on top of his murder indictment. The Dayton Daily News reports Jason Tidwell was indicted last week on a methamphetamine possession charge. The Dayton resident was previously charged with murder, tampering […]
  • In Virginia, Gillespie trying to find way in age of Trump

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Republican Ed Gillespie is running a discordant campaign in Virginia’s closely watched race for governor. He’s trying to excite President Donald Trump’s supporters with sharp-elbowed ads on immigration and Confederate statues. But he’s also appealing to the more moderate electorate by talking up taxes and other pocketbook issues. The approach may […]
  • Kentucky seeks big pension changes to stem tide of red ink

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Most of Kentucky’s future public employees would not get guaranteed pension payments under a deal announced Wednesday by the state’s Republican leaders who are trying to salvage one of the worst-funded public retirement systems in a country where many such plans are hopelessly underfunded. The plan to move most new hires […]
  • Suspect in Maryland office park shooting is apprehended

    EDGEWOOD, Md. (AP) — A man with a lengthy criminal past who showed up for work at a countertop company on Wednesday and shot five of his co-workers has been arrested, authorities said. Three of them were killed and two critically wounded. Less than two hours later, Radee Labeeb Prince drove to a used car […]
  • The Latest: Sessions won’t say if he’ll jail journalists

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee (all times local): 2:45 p.m. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is refusing to pledge that he won’t seek to jail journalists for doing their jobs. Under questioning at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing from Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, […]
  • Appeals court finds Bladensburg cross violates Constitution

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has found that a towering cross on a Maryland state highway median just outside Washington violates the U.S. Constitution. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit of Appeals in Richmond ruled Wednesday that the 92-year-old monument known as the Bladensburg cross amounts to government sponsorship of […]
  • Tillerson seeks stronger ties with India, chides China

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Wednesday for the U.S. and India to expand strategic ties. He also pointedly criticized China, which he accused of challenging international norms needed for global stability. Tillerson’s remarks on relations between the world’s two largest democracies, ahead of his first trip to South Asia as secretary […]
  • Asian markets mixed as data shows China growth slowed

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian markets were mixed on Thursday after Wall Street closed at record highs. Data showed that China’s quarterly growth slowed slightly but was in line with expectations. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 gained 0.5 percent to 21,474.80, while South Korea’s Kospi slipped 0.3 percent to 2,474.79. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng […]
  • Sheriff’s office: Multiple injuries at office park shooting

    EDGEWOOD, Md. (AP) — A sheriff’s office in northeastern Maryland says it is on the scene of a shooting at an office park. The Harford County Sheriff Office’s tweets that multiple injuries are reported at the Emmorton Business Park in Edgewood. No other details were immediately released. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. […]