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  • Priest travels US spreading Gospel 1 good deed at a time

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Father Jim Sichko has a 50-state congregation and a simple mandate from the pope: Go forth and do good deeds. That’s why the Roman Catholic priest found himself standing by the drive-thru of a popular Hollywood fast-food joint on a recent windy, rain-swept afternoon buying lunch for everyone who stopped by. […]
  • Kansas judge considers blocking telemedicine abortion ban

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A state court judge is considering whether to block Kansas from enforcing a ban on telemedicine abortions that are to start in January. With telemedicine abortions, women in rural areas are allowed to get abortion pills without an in-office consultation in a city clinic. On Friday, Judge Franklin Theis will hear […]
  • As sentencing looms, Flynn is upbeat, has adoring fans

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Days away from being sentenced in the Russia probe, former national security adviser Michael Flynn is not exactly hiding his face in shame. People close to him tell The Associated Press that as the possibility of prison looms, Flynn is relaxed and hopeful, eager to get through Tuesday’s sentencing and move […]
  • Trump’s search for a new chief of staff has reality TV feel

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Serious contenders are hiding from view. Celebrity hangers-on are applying via Twitter. Fresh names circulate practically on the hour. And the man in charge is stoking much of the confusion. President Donald Trump’s hunt for a new chief of staff has taken on the feel of a reality TV show. No leading […]
  • Senate rebukes Trump, Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi, Yemen war

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In back-to-back votes against Saudi Arabia, the Senate delivered an unusual rebuke of President Donald Trump’s response to the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and signaled new skepticism from Capitol Hill toward the longtime Middle East ally. Although the resolutions are largely symbolic — because it’s unclear if they will be considered […]
  • Use of death penalty continues to decline in Texas

    HOUSTON (AP) — While Texas led the nation in the number of inmates executed in 2018, the use of capital punishment in the state continues to decline, according to a new report. The Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty said in its year-end review report the drop can be attributed, in part, to prosecutors […]
  • Death row executions remain near historic lows in 2018

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Three states resumed executions of death row inmates in 2018 after long breaks, but nationwide, executions remained near historic lows this year, according to an annual report on the death penalty released Friday. The report by the District of Columbia-based Death Penalty Information Center says 25 executions were carried out in 2018, […]
  • Today in History

    Today in History Today is Friday, Dec. 14, the 348th day of 2018. There are 17 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 14, 2012, a gunman with a semi-automatic rifle killed 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, then committed suicide as police arrived; […]
  • Nancy Wilson, Grammy winning jazz singer, dies at 81

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nancy Wilson, the Grammy-winning “song stylist” and torch singer whose polished pop-jazz vocals made her a platinum artist and top concert performer, has died. Wilson, who retired from touring in 2011, died after a long illness at her home in Pioneertown, a California desert community near Joshua Tree National Park, her […]
  • After pension ruling, Kentucky GOP in position to try again

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Teachers rejoiced and Republicans despaired across Kentucky on Thursday as the state’s Supreme Court struck down a law that had made changes to one of the country’s worst-funded pension systems. But by February, those roles could be reversed. The Republican-controlled state legislature began trying in 2018 to fix the state’s pension […]
  • South Carolina regulators face billion-dollar decisions

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina regulators have a couple of billion-dollar decisions to make on Friday. The Public Service Commission will determine how much to cut rates for 737,000 South Carolina Electric & Gas customers who have already paid more than $2 billion for a pair of nuclear reactors abandoned during construction, and whether […]
  • Japan begins reclamation at disputed US base despite protest

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s central government started main reclamation work Friday at a disputed U.S. military base relocation site on the southern island of Okinawa despite fierce local opposition. Construction workers dumped a truckload of sediment and bulldozed it into the sea at Henoko on Okinawa’s east coast to build a runway for a Marine […]
  • Several injured after explosion, fire at energy facility

    CHARTIERS TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) — An explosion and fire at a MarkWest energy facility in Pennsylvania has left several people with injuries. KDKA-TV reports that four employees with burns were airlifted from Washington to hospitals in Pittsburgh on Thursday night. UPMC Mercy told the station that two people were taken there. It said one is […]
  • The Latest: Report sheds no light on how man fled hospital

    HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on man facing trial for escaping from a Hawaii psychiatric facility (all times local): 5 p.m. A nearly 1,600-page report by the Hawaii attorney general’s office provides no new significant details into how a man committed to a psychiatric hospital was able to escape and fly to California before authorities […]
  • Southern Colorado crash kills deputy, woman, year-old baby

    VALDEZ, Colo. (AP) — Two sheriff’s vehicles crashed into a car in southern Colorado, killing a deputy, the car’s driver and a year-old baby. Colorado State Patrol investigators say the Las Animas County deputies were responding to a possible domestic disturbance when they crashed into an oncoming car on Colorado Highway 12 near the small […]
  • Packers fan loses bid to wear team colors at Soldier Field

    CHICAGO (AP) — A Green Bay Packers fan has lost a court battle to wear green and gold on the sidelines of Soldier Field, home of the rival Chicago Bears. The Chicago Tribune reports a federal judge on Thursday denied a request by Russell Beckman for a temporary restraining order and injunction so he could […]
  • 7-year-old immigrant girl dies after Border Patrol arrest

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A 7-year-old girl who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border with her father last week died after being taken into the custody of the U.S. Border Patrol, federal immigration authorities confirmed Thursday. The Washington Post reports the girl died of dehydration and shock more than eight hours after she was arrested by […]
  • The Latest: California Coastal Commission unveils phone app

    NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the California Coastal Commission unveiling a new smartphone app (all times local): 6 p.m. The California Coastal Commission has unveiled a smartphone app that shows users a map of more than 1,500 public access points along the California coast. The YourCoast app was revealed at Thursday’s meeting […]
  • California fire survivors share lessons in loss, recovery

    CHICO, Calif. (AP) — Survivors of a deadly blaze that tore through California wine country last year shared lessons of loss and pain but also resilience with those who escaped the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century last month. A group of wine country residents spent a day in a packed meeting with those who […]
  • Oscar-nominated actress Sondra Locke dies at 74

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress and director Sondra Locke, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her first film role in 1968’s “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter” and went on to co-star in six films with Clint Eastwood, has died. Locked died Nov. 3 at her Los Angeles home of cardiac arrest stemming […]