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Key moments in actor Jussie Smollett's Chicago attack

Feb. 16, 2019 12:01 AM EST

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 police release 2 men questioned in Smollett case

Feb. 15, 2019 11:12 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police late Friday released without charges two Nigerian brothers arrested on suspicion of assaulting "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett and said they have new evidence to investigate as a result of questioning them. "The individuals questioned by police in the Empire case have now been...

The Latest: Chicago police release men held in Smollett case

Feb. 15, 2019 10:29 PM EST

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...

2020 Dems hit early voting states; Weld explores GOP bid

Feb. 15, 2019 9:33 PM EST

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...

The Latest: Calif. Gov. Newsom endorses Harris for president

Feb. 15, 2019 9:31 PM EST

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...

Alabama Confederate statue law to stay in effect amid appeal

Feb. 15, 2019 8:46 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama law that prohibits cities from removing Confederate monuments will remain in effect while the state appeals a judge's ruling that declared the statute constitutional, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled Friday. Justices granted the request of Attorney General Steve Marshall...

Judge limits public comments in Trump confidant Stone's case

Feb. 15, 2019 8:37 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Friday placed some limits on what President Donald Trump's longtime confidant Roger Stone and his lawyers can say publicly about his criminal case in the special counsel's Russia probe. But U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson stopped short of imposing a broad ban on...

ICE halts force-feeding of immigrant detainees in Texas

Feb. 15, 2019 8:09 PM EST

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The U.S. government has suddenly stopped force-feeding a group of men on a hunger strike inside an El Paso immigration detention center, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said. The dramatic reversal came Thursday as public pressure was mounting on ICE to halt the practice,...

Montana lawmaker apologizes over remarks to Native Americans

Feb. 15, 2019 7:27 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana lawmaker has apologized for telling Native American legislators that abortion is self-inflicted genocide and a plague on Indian culture. Republican Rep. Greg DeVries (deh-VREES) made his initial comments Thursday on the House floor in support of an anti-abortion bill. His...

Airlines to give customers 'nonbinary' choice under gender

Feb. 15, 2019 6:36 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — Major U.S. airlines say they will soon change their ticketing process to give passengers the option of identifying themselves as other than male or female. The gender option on airline sites will soon include choices such "undisclosed" or "unspecified." There could also be the optional title...