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Leading white Democrats court black votes; some find trouble

Nov. 22, 2019 10:17 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Coming out of their debate in a key center of black America, the leading Democratic presidential contenders aimed for the party’s crucial black and minority vote, with the scramble putting internal party tensions on display. From black protesters disrupting Elizabeth Warren to the...

US stocks rise toward records, following global tide higher

Nov. 22, 2019 10:14 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks pushed upward in early trading Friday, following a global tide higher, as a week clouded by uncertainty about progress in U.S.-China trade talks comes to a close. Chinese President Xi Jinping told a visiting U.S. business delegation that Beijing is working to “try not to...

Trump says Pompeo might run for open Senate seat in Kansas

Nov. 22, 2019 10:13 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump appears to be opening the door for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (pahm-PAY'-oh) to run for an open Senate seat in his home state of Kansas. Trump told “Fox & Friends” on Friday that Pompeo “loves what he's doing” but if he thought...

Ohio identifies dozens of overpayments using new data tool

Nov. 22, 2019 10:12 AM EST

Columbus, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has used a new data tool to identify dozens of duplicate payments made by state government offices since the start of the year. A pilot review of InnovateOhio Platform technologies found 56 erroneous payments by 22 different state agencies, boards and commissions from January...

Ukraine: Troubled, unwitting star of Trump impeachment drama

Nov. 22, 2019 10:08 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine seems destined to be tangled up in other people’s problems. With four EU countries on one side and Russia on the other, this Texas-sized nation has been trapped in a tug-of-war between the Kremlin and the U.S.-led West ever since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union led...

Fired Georgia police sergeant indicted in paramedic’s death

Nov. 22, 2019 10:07 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — A grand jury has indicted a fired Georgia police sergeant on murder charges in the fatal shooting of a paramedic with whom authorities say he was having an affair. According to the Ledger-Enquirer, the indictment says William Talley shot Kelly Levinsohn in the back of the head. Talley...

Medical examiner’s macabre humor leads to complaint

Nov. 22, 2019 9:56 AM EST

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A state lawmaker is taking exception to the macabre humor that Maine’s chief medical examiner used in an old job posting. The 2017 posting for a deputy medical examiner touted Maine’s benefits like a “really short season for decomposing bodies” and the fact...

Norment elected GOP minority leader in Virginia state Senate

Nov. 22, 2019 9:56 AM EST

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — State Sen. Tommy Norment will lead Republicans as they prepare to operate in the minority in the Virginia state Senate. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the James City Republican was re-elected Thursday. Norment was first elected to the Senate in 1992. He said in a...

Somali Canadian peace activist was killed by stray bullet

Nov. 22, 2019 9:43 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Preliminary investigations show that a young Somali Canadian peace activist was killed by a stray bullet this week in Mogadishu, the peacekeeping mission in Somalia said Friday, while some family members at her funeral shouted, “We want justice.” The statement by the...

Trump claims he’s why China didn’t crush Hong Kong protests

Nov. 22, 2019 9:42 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump claims he’s the reason China hasn’t taken steps to crush pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. Trump says he asked his “friend” Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) not to send in the military. Trump told “Fox &...