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Trump denigrates US diplomats, pushes conspiracy theories

Nov. 22, 2019 4:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Offering his own take on five long days of public hearings, President Donald Trump brushed off the impeachment inquiry as “total nonsense” on Friday and bad-mouthed a number of the U.S. diplomats who testified to Congress about his Ukraine pressure campaign. In one breath,...

FBI lawyer suspected of altering Russia probe document

Nov. 22, 2019 1:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — An FBI lawyer is suspected of altering a document related to surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser, a person familiar with the situation said Friday. President Donald Trump, who has long attacked as a “hoax” and a “witch hunt” the FBI’s...

Netanyahu’s woes mirror those of his ally Trump

Nov. 22, 2019 2:28 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — He was accused of using his high office to advance his personal political interests. He derided the investigation as a “witch hunt” fueled by “fake news” — an “attempted coup.” He counted on his right-wing base, his hand-picked attorney...

Attorney general unveils plan on missing Native Americans

Nov. 22, 2019 5:44 PM EST

PABLO, Mont. (AP) — Attorney General William Barr announced a nationwide plan Friday to address the crisis of missing and slain Native American women as concerns mount over the level of violence they face. Barr announced the plan, known as the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Initiative, during a...

Mystery grows over Trump administration hold on Lebanon aid

Nov. 22, 2019 2:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is withholding more than $100 million in U.S. military assistance to Lebanon that has been approved by Congress and is favored by his national security team, an assertion of executive control of foreign aid that is similar to the delay in support for Ukraine at...

Ex-CIA officer gets 19 years in China spy conspiracy

Nov. 22, 2019 4:03 PM EST

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A former CIA case agent was sentenced to 19 years in prison Friday for an espionage conspiracy in which prosecutors say he received more than $840,000 from China to divulge the names of human sources and his knowledge of spycraft. The sentence imposed on Jerry Chun Shing Lee, 55, was...

Boy Scouts mortgage vast New Mexico ranch as collateral

Nov. 22, 2019 4:54 PM EST

The Boy Scouts of America has mortgaged one of the most spectacular properties it owns, the vast Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, to help secure a line of credit as the financially strapped organization faces a growing wave of new sex-abuse lawsuits. The BSA said Friday that it has no plans to sell the...

Syracuse U, shaken by racism, welcomes the holiday break

Nov. 22, 2019 4:36 PM EST

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Benny Callahan didn’t leave her dorm for two straight days this week. The Syracuse University freshman didn’t feel safe, she said, away from home and under siege, it seemed, by day-after-day reports of racism in campus residence and academic halls. “My parents are...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Nov. 22, 2019 4:15 PM EST

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: The Department of Defense canceled Fox News from Armed Forces Radio...

What’s next in impeachment: A busy December, and on to 2020

Nov. 22, 2019 4:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — After two weeks of public hearings, Democrats could soon turn the impeachment process over to the House Judiciary Committee. They’re moving “expeditiously” ahead as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has instructed. At some point in the coming weeks, the House intelligence...

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Washington state deals setback to massive methanol plant

Nov. 22, 2019 5:45 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state dealt a setback Friday to efforts to build one of the world’s biggest methanol plants on the Columbia River, saying that five years in, its backers had failed to provide enough information about its greenhouse gas emissions and how they would be offset. The $2 billion...

Decision by WADA group puts Russia’s Olympic future in peril

Nov. 22, 2019 5:43 PM EST

World anti-doping regulators are recommending Russia be declared noncompliant again, setting up a showdown that could make the country ineligible for next summer’s Olympics. The World Anti-Doping Agency announced Friday that its compliance and review committee made the recommendation after reviewing a case...

Jerry Sandusky resentenced to 30 to 60 years, same as before

Nov. 22, 2019 5:41 PM EST

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A judge dashed the hopes of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky for a shorter prison term Friday, resentencing him to the same 30 to 60 years imposed against him in 2012 for sexually abusing children. Judge Maureen Skerda gave Sandusky what prosecutors and his...

State to pay $8.5 million in foster care sex abuse case

Nov. 22, 2019 5:40 PM EST

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Washington state will pay two children $8.5 million after they claimed the state Department of Social and Health Services failed to protect them from sexual abuse by their foster parent. News outlets reported Friday that the children sued the agency in Snohomish County Superior Court...

‘Ghost guns’ are untraceable, easy to make, more prevalent

Nov. 22, 2019 5:39 PM EST

It’s relatively easy and perfectly legal to make your own firearm. It can cost just a few hundred dollars to get the necessary parts and then just a bit of elbow grease to assemble it. And it can be done without leaving anything behind for the government to trace. These “ghost guns” have long...

New Mexico city to try comprehensive crime-fighting plan

Nov. 22, 2019 5:38 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Facing another year of record homicides, New Mexico’s largest city plans to tackle violent crime with a more comprehensive approach. Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller on Friday outlined the city’s new violence intervention program. It’s the result of almost nine...

Sheriff: Remains are those of 2 missing Wisconsin brothers

Nov. 22, 2019 5:38 PM EST

KINGSTON, Mo. (AP) — Northwest Missouri authorities say human remains found in Missouri and Nebraska are those of two missing brothers from Wisconsin. Caldwell County Sheriff Jerry Galloway announced in a news release Friday that remains found Monday in a livestock trailer in Lincoln County, Nebraska, are...

Minnesota BCA: Fentanyl bust largest single seizure in 2019

Nov. 22, 2019 5:36 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension authorities say two people have been arrested in what they’re calling the largest single seizure of fentanyl in the state this year. The BCA says a 29-year-old Duluth man and a 35-year-old Chicago man were arrested Thursday in Duluth...

Alabama jury convicts officer of manslaughter in shooting

Nov. 22, 2019 5:36 PM EST

OZARK, Ala. (AP) — A mostly white Alabama jury on Friday convicted a white police officer of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man in 2016. Jurors returned the verdict against Montgomery police officer Aaron Cody Smith on the lesser charge for the shooting death of 58-year-old Gregory...

1st in vitro Puerto Rico crested toad gives scientists hope

Nov. 22, 2019 5:34 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A critically endangered Puerto Rican toad has for the first time been born via in vitro fertilization as U.S. scientists attempt to save it from extinction. Officials told The Associated Press Friday that the Puerto Rican crested toad — named Olaf in honor of the frozen...