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Jury to decide PG&E's role in California wine country fire

Aug. 16, 2019 9:03 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A judge presiding over Pacific Gas and Electric's bankruptcy case agreed Friday to allow a state jury to decide whether the power company's equipment ignited a devastating wildfire in California wine country nearly two years ago. State fire investigators have already determined the...

Java still a no-no for Mormons despite fancy coffee names

Aug. 16, 2019 8:32 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued a warning to members that coffee is prohibited no matter how fancy the name, that vaping is banned despite the alluring flavors and that marijuana is outlawed unless prescribed by "competent" doctors. The new guidance in the...

Roy Moore defamation lawsuit against accusers is paused

Aug. 16, 2019 7:47 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A judge has paused a defamation suit filed by Roy Moore against women who accused him during his unsuccessful U.S. Senate bid of past misconduct. Circuit Judge Albert Johnson ruled last month case will be held on the administrative docket until a related defamation case against...

County NAACP group seeks sheriff's apology for racist texts

Aug. 16, 2019 6:56 PM EDT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi NAACP chapter has asked a sheriff to apologize for recently discovered racist remarks and the group wants an official reprimand from the county board that appropriates the sheriff's office's funds. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the Lee County NAACP on...

Republicans still waiting on Pompeo in Kansas Senate race

Aug. 16, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Even though U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has declared a Senate run to be "off the table" next year, many fellow Republicans in Washington and his home state of Kansas aren't buying it. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is among the GOP senators encouraging the former congressman to...

Illinois state senator pleads not guilty to embezzlement

Aug. 16, 2019 2:16 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois state senator has pleaded not guilty to federal charges alleging he took more than $250,000 in salary and benefits over three years from the Teamsters while doing little or no work. Democrat Thomas Cullerton of Villa Park was due to be released on his own recognizance following...

Even as some cringe, Rep. Steve King's support may endure

Aug. 15, 2019 9:20 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Rep. Steve King's most recent insensitive remarks about rape are the kind that have doomed political candidates elsewhere, but some fellow Iowa Republicans say it's possible they actually could do more good than harm for the embattled congressman's re-election chances by reinforcing...

The Latest: Philly police: Gunman had AR-15, handgun

Aug. 15, 2019 9:01 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the standoff in Philadelphia that injured six police officers (all times local): 2:50 p.m. Philadelphia's police commissioner says a gunman who barricaded himself in a rowhouse and exchanged gunfire with police for hours had a military-style AR-15 and a handgun. Richard...

Virgin Galactic reveals futuristic outpost for space tourism

Aug. 15, 2019 8:14 PM EDT

UPHAM, N.M. (AP) — Spaceport America is no longer just a shiny shell of hope that space tourism would one day launch from this remote spot in the New Mexico desert. The once-empty hangar that anchors the taxpayer-financed launch and landing facility has been transformed into a custom-tailored headquarters...

Florida leaders move to condemn white nationalism

Aug. 15, 2019 7:07 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida legislators are moving to officially condemn white nationalism, with Democrats and Republicans alike drafting resolutions against hate-spurred violence, but the unity could be short-lived as elected officials plunge into debates over how the government should intervene to...