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  • Former governor spent $22K on Trump hotel stays: report

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Documents obtained by a Maine newspaper show the state’s former Republican governor and his staff spent at least $22,000 in public money at a hotel owned by the family of President Donald Trump. The Portland Press Herald reports Sunday that former Gov. Paul LePage and staff paid for more than 40 […]
  • US immigration officials detain 2 bankers wanted in Ecuador

    MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two brothers from Ecuador wanted in the South American country on charges that they stole millions of dollars from a now-defunct bank have been detained in Florida by U.S. immigration authorities. William and Roberto Isaias were arrested Wednesday in Miami and detained pending deportation, Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Nestor […]
  • Officials: Centralia sinkhole unrelated to underground fire

    CENTRALIA, Pa. (AP) — State environmental authorities say a 100-foot (30-meter) sinkhole found in a central Pennsylvania town almost completely emptied by a decades-long underground fire is unrelated to the blaze. The (Bloomsburg) Press Enterprise reports that a Department of Environmental Protection crew started work Friday to fill the sinkhole near Route 61 in Centralia. […]
  • Marco Rubio warns Venezuelan soldiers to let aid enter

    CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio on Sunday visited a border staging point for U.S. aid to Venezuela and warned soldiers loyal to socialist President Nicolas Maduro that would commit a “crime against humanity” if they block entry of the packages that are being channeled through Maduro’s rivals. An enthusiastic throng of Venezuelan […]
  • Authorities remove cougar from tree outside California home

    HESPERIA, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters have rescued a very big cat — a mountain lion — from a tree outside a home in the Southern California desert. The homeowner called authorities Saturday after spotting the animal near the edge of the San Bernardino Mountains. San Bernardino County firefighters found the large mountain lion perched on […]
  • Chicago police seek follow-up interview with Jussie Smollett

    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police and representatives for Jussie Smollett were keeping quiet about the investigation into a reported attack on the “Empire” actor a day after authorities said the case had “shifted” and that they want to interview Smollett again. Pamela Sharp, a spokeswoman for Smollett, said Sunday that there were no updates “as […]
  • NYC’s Chinatown welcomes Year of the Pig with vibrant parade

    NEW YORK (AP) — Drums, dragons and dancers paraded through New York’s Chinatown Sunday to usher in the Year of the Pig in the metropolis with the biggest population of Chinese descent of any city outside Asia. Confetti and spectators a half-dozen or more deep at points lined the route of the Lunar New Year […]
  • Suspect in killing of 4 hostages during standoff has died

    CLINTON, Miss. (AP) — A man who shot and killed four people he held hostage in a Mississippi home has died from gunshot wounds he suffered in the 12-hour standoff, authorities said Sunday. Two small children were released unharmed from the home in Clinton several hours after the standoff started, police said. Not long after, […]
  • Disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner released from prison

    AYER, Mass. (AP) — Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner has been released from federal prison after being convicted of having illicit online contact with a 15-year-old girl in 2017. The Federal Bureau of Prisons website shows the 54-year-old New York Democrat is currently in the custody of its Residential Re-entry Management office in Brooklyn, New […]
  • Taliban say unable to attend Pakistan talks; blame blacklist

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban has postponed an unscheduled round of peace talks with the United States set for Monday in Pakistan saying “most” members of their negotiating team are unable to travel because they’re on the U.S. and United Nations’ blacklists. The statement Sunday offered no other details. It did not explain how […]
  • USS Tulsa commissioned as the US Navy’s newest warship

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A vessel that bears the name of Oklahoma’s second-largest city has been commissioned as the newest warship in the U.S. Navy’s fleet. The USS Tulsa was commissioned on Saturday at a pier in San Francisco. The warship is an Independence-class combat ship designed to patrol coastlines. It’s the eighth ship of […]
  • Hunt under way for suspect in shooting of officer

    BLUEFIELD, Va. (AP) — Authorities say a Virginia police officer has been shot and seriously wounded after making a traffic stop. State police say a Bluefield officer was shot after stopping a 2008 Toyota Yaris for an equipment violation on Route 460 shortly before midnight Saturday. Authorities say a passenger in the vehicle began shooting […]
  • Groups: ICE detainees in Boston jail go on hunger strike

    BOSTON (AP) — Dozens of people detained by federal immigration officials are on a hunger strike at a Boston jail. Rhode Island-based community groups Alliance to Mobilize Our Resistance and the FANG Collective say they’ve been in contact with about 70 detainees at the Suffolk County House of Correction who are participating in a hunger […]
  • Work-release inmates help rescue Florida baby locked in SUV

    NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) — Some work-release inmates made a Valentine’s Day rescue when a Florida couple accidentally locked their baby inside their SUV. Pasco County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Kevin Doll told WFLA-TV the parents could not afford a locksmith, and the father intended to break a window. That’s when a crew of trusties […]
  • Court documents: DNA trail led to Alaska cold case suspect

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Court documents say police in Alaska were able to make an arrest in a quarter-century-old cold case with the help of DNA voluntarily submitted by an aunt of the man charged. Alaska State Troopers have said 44-year-old Steven Downs of Auburn, Maine, was arrested in his hometown Friday on murder and […]
  • Tradition of nonpartisan selection of judges may end in Iowa

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa was in the forefront of a national effort to reduce partisanship in the courts nearly 50 years ago when it decided to stop electing judges and instead rely on nominations by a panel of citizens and lawyers. In all, about three dozen states adopted similar systems aimed at emphasizing […]
  • The Latest: Booker now reserving judgment on Smollett case

    The Latest on the Democratic presidential candidates (all times local): 1:05 p.m. Sen. Cory Booker, who called the alleged attack on Jussie Smollett a “modern-day lynching” after the actor reported it, is withholding judgment on reports alleging Smollett is under investigation for possible involvement in his own assault. Booker told reporters after meeting with hundreds […]
  • 7 right whale calves spotted in Florida’s Atlantic waters

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Seven rare right whale calves have been spotted so far this winter off Florida’s Atlantic coast. Researchers say each new calf spotted this year is an encouraging sign for the critically endangered whales. No newborns were spotted during the last calving season, and just five calves were counted during the […]
  • White House indicates Trump to veto disapproval of emergency

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump is prepared to issue the first veto of his term if Congress votes to disapprove his declaration of a national emergency along the U.S.-Mexico border, a top White House adviser said on Sunday. White House senior adviser Stephen Miller told “Fox News Sunday” that “the president […]
  • Retailers, fashion brands struggle with racial insensitivity

    NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers and top fashion brands like Gucci and Prada keep apologizing for products that smack of racial insensitivity. The big question is: Why does it keep happening? Experts say many of these fashion companies live in a sort of bubble and lack the diversity in their staff that could vet their […]