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  • 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 […]
  • Tichina Arnold finds a new sitcom home in ‘The Neighborhood’

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tichina Arnold knew as a tot she was meant to perform. “I told my mom at the age of 3, ‘I want to sing.’ And of course my mom being a mother, she said, ‘Well, my baby wants to sing.’ So they put me up on a chair,” Arnold recalled. She’s […]
  • Portland police texts with far-right group spark probe

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The city of Portland, often in the spotlight for its liberal leanings, has been roiled by the revelation that a police lieutenant in charge of containing protests texted repeatedly with the leader of a far-right group involved in those demonstrations. The mayor asked the police chief Friday to investigate “disturbing” texts […]
  • Michigan seeks to revoke license of Detroit funeral home

    DETROIT (AP) — Michigan regulators are seeking to revoke the licenses of a Detroit funeral home and its manager after discovering 63 fetuses in boxes and freezers last year. The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs said Friday that it had completed an administrative investigation stemming from its inspection and shutdown of the Perry Funeral […]
  • Key moments in actor Jussie Smollett’s Chicago attack

    CHICAGO (AP) — “Empire” actor and R&B singer Jussie Smollett told Chicago police last month that two men physically attacked him and yelled racial and homophobic slurs. Some key moments in the story: Jan. 29 –Jussie Smollett tells Chicago police he was physically attacked by two men in downtown Chicago while out getting food from […]
  • Lobster boat captain sentenced in death of 2 crewmen

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine lobster boat captain has been sentenced to four years in prison for the death of a pair of crewmen. The U.S. attorney’s office says 30-year-old Christopher Hutchinson was sentenced Thursday after he previously pleaded guilty to two counts of seaman’s manslaughter. Prosecutors say Hutchinson had been using alcohol and […]
  • Ex-Cognizant execs accused of bribing Indian officials

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department alleges two former executives for Cognizant Technology Solutions paid about $2 million in bribes to Indian officials to build an office campus in the country. Prosecutors said Friday the information technology giant’s former president, Gordon Coburn, and ex-chief legal officer, Steven Schwartz, were charged in an indictment unsealed in […]
  • 2020 Dems hit early voting states; Weld explores GOP bid

    Several Democratic presidential candidates are spending the long holiday weekend on the campaign trail, while a Republican has announced he’s creating an exploratory committee for a possible 2020 run. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Kamala Harris of California are visiting early voting states on Friday that will be critical to securing the Democratic […]
  • The Latest: Judiciary chair seeks hearing on emergency claim

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and border security (all times local): 4:50 p.m. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler is calling for a hearing “in the coming days” on President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency. In a letter to Trump Friday, Nadler and other members of the Judiciary panel […]
  • The Latest: US announces sanctions against Maduro officials

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 12:10 p.m. The Trump administration has sanctioned Venezuela’s oil chief and key intelligence officials under President Nicolas Maduro, tightening pressure on the embattled leader. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Friday that PDVSA head Maj. Gen. Manuel Quevedo has been […]
  • President Trump declares national emergency to build border wall

    President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border, moving to secure more money for his long-promised wall.
  • The Latest: Chicago police release men held in Smollett case

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the attack on “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett (all times local): 9:25 p.m. Chicago police say they have released two Nigerian brothers who had been arrested earlier in the week on suspicion of assaulting “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, saying that detectives have additional investigative work to complete. The men were […]
  • Deere, hit on both sides of trade war, posts weak 1Q earns

    MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Deere & Co., a manufacturer that faces threats from both ends of a trade war, cited rising costs and anxious farmers as it reported a profit shortfall for the first quarter Friday. Shares bounced back from sharp premarket declines, however, on a relatively strong outlook, and hopes that tensions with China […]
  • The Latest: Flood warning for California river cancelled

    GUERNEVILLE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on storms hitting the West (all times local): 7 p.m. Authorities have cancelled a flood warning for a Northern California community where a river fed by a fierce storm rose above flood stage. The National Weather Service issued the warning for an area near Guerneville (GERN’-vil), north of San […]
  • Stocks post strong finish as optimism over trade talks grows

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average surged more than 400 points Friday as renewed optimism over trade talks between the U.S. and China put investors in a buying mood. The rally marked a turnaround from a day earlier, when disappointing holiday sales data led to a modest sell-off. Friday’s gains helped push the benchmark S&P 500 […]
  • White woman threatens black deputy with KKK during arrest

    DELAND, Fla. (AP) — A white woman stopped on suspicion of drunk driving in Florida told a black deputy she would have the Ku Klux Klan burn crosses on his yard. Now 53-year-old Julie Edwards faces additional charges of resisting and threatening an officer. The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office says the deputy responded to a […]
  • Make El Chapo pay for a border wall? Don’t count on it

    NEW YORK (AP) — After El Chapo’s conviction in a drug-trafficking trial that included florid testimony of jewel-encrusted guns, a fleet of cash-laden jets and a personal zoo with roaming big cats, some Americans have floated an idea they see as poetic justice: Why not take some of the Mexican drug lord’s billions in ill-gotten […]
  • Police: 4 charged in fight, shooting at Virginia mall

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia say four men have been charged in a shooting inside a downtown Norfolk mall, including one of the two people shot. Norfolk police said in a statement Friday that the shooting happened during a fight between two groups of people inside the MacArthur Center on Thursday afternoon. When […]
  • Alleged leader pleads not guilty in Minnesota mosque bombing

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An Illinois man has pleaded not guilty in the bombing of a mosque in Minnesota, three weeks after two of his alleged accomplices pleaded guilty. Federal prosecutors allege 47-year-old Michael Hari was the ringleader of an Illinois-based militia and that the trio drove more than 500 miles (800 kilometers) to […]
  • Markets Right Now: Stocks surge, boosted by trade talks

    NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 4:00 p.m. Stocks surged on Wall Street Friday after Chinese and U.S. officials agreed to continue trade talks in Washington next week. Investors are again weighing quarterly results from major U.S. companies. Newell Brands shares are plunging 21 percent after saying […]