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Feb. 24, 2020 12:00 PM EST

The Dallas Morning News. February 22, 2020 Governor Abbott gives the gift of hope by making it easier for trafficking victims to apply for clemency The announcement from Austin is good news we’ve been waiting for On Thursday, Gov. Greg Abbott granted a Christmas wish that has been on our list for two...

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2012 file photo, former model and restaurateur B. Smith arrives at the BET Honors red carpet in the Warner Theatre in Washington. Smith died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, at her Long Island, New York, home, after battling early onset Alzheimer's disease, according to a family statement on social media. She was 70.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

B. Smith, model turned lifestyle guru, dead at 70

Feb. 24, 2020 6:37 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Barbara “B.” Smith, one of the nation's top black models who went on to open restaurants, launch a successful home products line and write cookbooks, has died at her Long Island home at age 70 after battling early onset Alzheimer's disease. Smith's family announced on social...

A police officer works the scene where a man was reportedly hit and killed by a float of the Krewe of Endymion parade in the runup to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. A person was struck by a float and fatally injured Saturday evening during one of the iconic parades of the Mardi Gras season in New Orleans, authorities said. It was the second death in days to mar this year's Carnival festivities. (Max Becherer/The Advocate via AP)

2nd person in days killed by Mardi Gras float in New Orleans

Feb. 23, 2020 9:24 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A man was struck and killed by a Mardi Gras float during a raucous weekend street parade in New Orleans, becoming the second person in days killed along a parade route during this year's Carnival season, authorities said. The man was fatally injured Saturday evening as the popular Krewe...

In this frame grab from video, an Israeli military vehicle removes the body of a Palestinian after he was shot and killed by soldiers, along the Gaza-Israel border, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. The Israeli military said it shot two Palestinian militants trying to place an explosive device along the border with Gaza, and Palestinian official said one of them was killed. The Hamas militant group accused Israel of abusing the corpse. The incident comes amid a relative lull along the security fence separating Israel from Gaza. (AP Photo)

Israel strikes Gaza, Syria after Palestinian rockets attacks

Feb. 23, 2020 8:03 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israel military said early Monday that it struck Palestinian militants targets in Gaza and Syria in response to rockets fired toward southern Israel on Sunday evening, hours after Israel said it killed a Palestinian militant who tried to place a bomb along the Israel-Gaza barrier...

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2020, file photo, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., talks to reporters following a Democratic strategy meeting at the Capitol in Washington. The Senate's top Democrat is raising questions about the Transportation Security Administration’s use of the China-owned video app TikTok, citing potential national security concerns and a ban by the Department of Homeland Security, he said in a letter Saturday, Feb. 22, to TSA Administrator David Pekoske. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

TSA halts employees from using TikTok for social media posts

Feb. 23, 2020 4:32 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration said Sunday it has stopped allowing employees to use the China-owned video app TikTok to create social media posts for the agency after the Senate’s top Democrat raised concerns about potential national security issues. New York Sen....

NASCAR drivers sliding back into rhythm after Newman wreck

Feb. 22, 2020 9:06 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Some levity returned to NASCAR on a rainy Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. As drivers idled inside waiting for the eventual cancellation of qualifying for Sunday's race, Kevin Harvick took to Twitter to defend reigning Cup Series champion Kyle Busch's participation in the Truck...

FILE - In this June 28, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump, right, shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan. Intelligence officials say Russia is interfering with the 2020 election to try to help Trump get reelected, The New York Times reported Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

2016 again? Russia back to stirring chaos in U.S. election

Feb. 21, 2020 8:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just weeks into this year's election cycle, Russia already is actively interfering in the U.S. presidential campaign in hopes of reelecting President Donald Trump, and is also trying to help the candidacy of Sen. Bernie Sanders on the Democratic side, intelligence officials have...

In this photo taken from video provided by Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Quaden Bayles, center, his mother, Yarraka Bayles, and Cody Walker, a professional rugby league player, pose together Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, in Gold Coast, Australia. Bayles, who has dwarfism, received an outpouring of support worldwide after his mother shared an emotional clip of him on social media. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation via AP)

Outpouring of worldwide support for bullied Australian boy

Feb. 21, 2020 7:29 PM EST

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Devastated after again being targeted at school for his dwarfism, a sobbing Quaden Bayles repeatedly told his mother that he wanted to die. The 9-year-old Australian’s deep distress went viral on social media after his mother, Yarraka Bayles, posted a six-minute video clip. ...

*ATTENTION AP SPORTS PHOTO DESK, EMBARGOED UNTIL 12:01AM ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2020* In this Feb. 22, 1980, photo, Team USA goaltender Jim Craig got a hug from goalie coach Warren Strelow in the moments after defeating the Soviet Union during the medal-round of the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y. Tourism is a $1.2 billion industry in the Lake Placid region, much of it still fueled by the memory of the U.S. hockey team beating the Soviet Union as the “Miracle on Ice

Miracle on Ice shows how much Olympics on TV have changed

Feb. 21, 2020 7:14 PM EST

When the Summer Olympics begin in Tokyo in July, viewers will be able to watch every event either live or on demand. That wasn't the case in 1980 when the United States stunned the Soviet Union during the Lake Placid Games. The Americans' stunning 4-3 victory in the Miracle on Ice game — which was played...

File-This Sept. 18, 2019, file photo provided by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office shows Daniel McMahon, 31, of Brandon, Fla. McMahon, charged with making racist online threats against a black activist in Virginia, is expected to plead guilty next month, according to court records and a spokesman for federal prosecutors. (Pinellas County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Man accused of racist threats expected to plead guilty

Feb. 21, 2020 6:19 PM EST

A white man charged with cyberstalking and making racist online threats against a black activist in Virginia is expected to plead guilty next month, according to court records and a spokesman for federal prosecutors. Brian McGinn, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office for the Western District of Virginia,...