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Key moments in actor Jussie Smollett's Chicago attack

Feb. 17, 2019 1:00 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...

Patrick Caddell, pollster to Jimmy Carter, dies at 68

Feb. 17, 2019 12:00 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Patrick Caddell, the pollster who helped propel Jimmy Carter in his longshot bid to win the presidency and later distanced himself from Democrats has died, a colleague said Saturday night. He was 68. Caddell died Saturday in Charleston, South Carolina, after suffering a stroke. That's...

4 dead after Mississippi hostage standoff, shooting

Feb. 16, 2019 10:41 PM EST

CLINTON, Miss. (AP) — Authorities say four people are dead and a suspect is in custody after a domestic dispute in Mississippi led to a fatal hostage standoff. Clinton city spokesman Mark Jones says the incident began about 2:30 a.m. Saturday inside a Clinton home and lasted for about 12 hours. Jones says...

Officer shot multiple times, suspects die in subsequent fire

Feb. 16, 2019 10:23 PM EST

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama police officer who was shot multiple times after responding to reports of an armed robbery was recovering Saturday, while two suspects are believed to have died in a fire following a shootout. The incident began about 5:30 p.m. Friday, the Opelika-Auburn News reported. Auburn...

State Department: Nauert out as pick for UN ambassador

Feb. 16, 2019 9:37 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Heather Nauert, picked by President Donald Trump to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations but never officially nominated, has withdrawn from consideration, the State Department said. Nauert, a State Department spokeswoman, said in a department statement that "the past two...

Former Army Secretary John Marsh laid to rest in Virginia

Feb. 16, 2019 8:16 PM EST

NEW MARKET, Va. (AP) — Former Secretary of the Army John Marsh Jr. was laid to rest Friday at a Civil War battlefield in Virginia where he developed a love for history and the military. Marsh, who also served four terms as Virginia's 7th District congressman, died Feb. 4 at Blue Ridge Christian Home in...

State Dept.: Trump choice for U.S. ambassador to U.N., Heather Nauert, withdraws. (Corrects status from previous alert)

Feb. 16, 2019 8:07 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — State Dept.: Trump choice for U.S. ambassador to U.N., Heather Nauert, withdraws. (Corrects status from previous alert)

AP Explains: What are India's options after Kashmir attack

Feb. 16, 2019 7:57 PM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — With India's general election barely months away, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is under heavy pressure from his supporters to punish archrival Pakistan for a suicide attack on an Indian paramilitary convoy that killed at least 41 soldiers in disputed Kashmir. India placed the blame for...

Merkel defends Iran deal, multilateralism but Pence resists

Feb. 16, 2019 7:49 PM EST

MUNICH (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel drew lengthy applause Saturday for her spirited defense of a multilateral approach to global affairs and support for Europe's decision to stand by a nuclear deal with Iran. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was not among the impressed, however, and he doubled down...

US military planes land near Venezuela border with aid

Feb. 16, 2019 7:45 PM EST

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — The U.S. military airlifted tons of humanitarian aid to a Colombian town on the Venezuelan border Saturday as part of an effort meant to undermine socialist President Nicolas Maduro and back his rival for the leadership of the South American nation. Three scheduled Air Force C-17...