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A locker, a chirp: How tiny clues help solve child sex cases

Dec. 6, 2019 1:56 AM EST

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — It was the odd-looking locker handles that caught their eye. Investigators spent hours poring over graphic images of little boys changing in and out of their swimsuits at what looked like a YMCA. They were hunting for any clue to help them identify the location — and ultimately,...

Trump on likely impeachment: 'Do it now, fast'

Dec. 6, 2019 12:00 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just get on with it. After months of fighting the House impeachment inquiry, blocking witnesses and ignoring subpoenas, the White House is now publicly embracing a strategy it has privately signaled for weeks: It will accept the reality that President Donald Trump will likely be...

Articles of impeachment: Explaining what's next in the House

Dec. 6, 2019 12:06 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that Democrats will draft articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, a crucial step toward a vote of the full House. The articles are likely to mostly encompass Democrats' findings on Trump's dealings with Ukraine. Democrats are still...

Democrats say Trump impeachment charges must come swiftly

Dec. 5, 2019 11:45 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats moved aggressively to draw up formal articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Thursday, with Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying he “leaves us no choice” but to act swiftly because he's likely to corrupt the system again unless removed before next...

Biden scrap with voter risks overshadowing critique of Trump

Dec. 5, 2019 6:37 PM EST

NEW HAMPTON, Iowa (AP) — Joe Biden sought to capitalize on President Donald Trump's icy reception from world leaders by portraying himself on Thursday as someone who is well versed in foreign affairs and can restore American prestige abroad. But his moves risked being overshadowed by a testy confrontation...

House Speaker Pelosi rebukes reporter: 'Don't mess with me'

Dec. 5, 2019 7:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Finger pointing and voice hoarse, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday delivered a broadside to a reporter that might well apply to all of impeachment-era Washington: “Don't mess with me." It was a warning scarcely needed among the official set, least of all by President Donald...

GOP senator bows to White House on Armenian genocide measure

Dec. 5, 2019 8:56 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to pressure from the White House, a Republican senator blocked a resolution Thursday that would recognize the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks a century ago as genocide. North Dakota Sen. Kevin Cramer said he thwarted the measure after White House officials called the...

GOP Rep. pitches LGBTQ rights bill with religious exemptions

Dec. 6, 2019 2:10 AM EST

As Democrats champion anti-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community and Republicans counter with worries about safeguarding religious freedom, one congressional Republican is offering a proposal on Friday that aims to achieve both goals. The bill that Utah GOP Rep. Chris Stewart plans to unveil would...

Democrats move toward impeaching Trump, with scant grumbling

Dec. 5, 2019 7:44 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are charging toward impeaching President Donald Trump but not without pockets of division, as lawmakers who began the summer divided largely rallied Thursday behind Speaker Nancy Pelosi's cry that his actions leave them “no choice but to act.” The California...

Senate passes bill to save funding for black colleges

Dec. 5, 2019 6:23 PM EST

The Senate on Thursday passed a bipartisan deal that would permanently restore funding to historically black colleges and universities and other schools that serve large shares of minority students. The legislation also would simplify the federal form used to apply for student financial aid. Although the amended...

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Chase with stolen UPS truck ends with shootout, 4 dead

Dec. 6, 2019 3:04 AM EST

MIRAMAR, Fla. (AP) — Four people, including a UPS driver, were killed Thursday after robbers stole the driver’s truck and led police on a chase that ended in gunfire at a busy South Florida intersection during rush hour, the FBI said. Both robbers were shot and killed, and the fourth victim was in a...

GOP Rep. pitches LGBTQ rights bill with religious exemptions

Dec. 6, 2019 2:10 AM EST

As Democrats champion anti-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community and Republicans counter with worries about safeguarding religious freedom, one congressional Republican is offering a proposal on Friday that aims to achieve both goals. The bill that Utah GOP Rep. Chris Stewart plans to unveil would...

A locker, a chirp: How tiny clues help solve child sex cases

Dec. 6, 2019 1:56 AM EST

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — It was the odd-looking locker handles that caught their eye. Investigators spent hours poring over graphic images of little boys changing in and out of their swimsuits at what looked like a YMCA. They were hunting for any clue to help them identify the location — and ultimately,...

FEMA takes $12,400 check back from Missouri flood victim

Dec. 6, 2019 1:06 AM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The washer and dryer are still in Larry Whetsel's living room, where they landed after floating out of his kitchen. The water line left by the Missouri River, across the warped, cracked walls, is level with his shoulders. Pieces of furniture, some made by his father, lay in a...

GOP Rep. pitches LGBTQ rights bill with religious exemptions

Dec. 6, 2019 12:12 AM EST

As Democrats champion anti-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community and Republicans counter with worries about safeguarding religious freedom, one congressional Republican is offering a proposal on Friday that aims to achieve both goals. The bill that Utah GOP Rep. Chris Stewart plans to unveil would...

Asian shares advance after meager gains on Wall Street

Dec. 6, 2019 12:08 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares swung higher in Asia on Friday after a wobbly day of trading on Wall Street as investors awaited a U.S. government jobs report and kept an eye out for developments in China-U.S. trade talks. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 0.7% to 26,389.36, while the Nikkei 225 in Japan picked up...

Articles of impeachment: Explaining what's next in the House

Dec. 6, 2019 12:06 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that Democrats will draft articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, a crucial step toward a vote of the full House. The articles are likely to mostly encompass Democrats' findings on Trump's dealings with Ukraine. Democrats are still...

Trump on likely impeachment: 'Do it now, fast'

Dec. 6, 2019 12:00 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just get on with it. After months of fighting the House impeachment inquiry, blocking witnesses and ignoring subpoenas, the White House is now publicly embracing a strategy it has privately signaled for weeks: It will accept the reality that President Donald Trump will likely be...

Democrats say Trump impeachment charges must come swiftly

Dec. 5, 2019 11:45 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats moved aggressively to draw up formal articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Thursday, with Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying he “leaves us no choice” but to act swiftly because he's likely to corrupt the system again unless removed before next...

Coast Guard, Navy boats collide in Alaska; 9 injured

Dec. 5, 2019 11:31 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A U.S. Coast Guard vessel collided with a U.S. Navy boat, injuring nine people, including one critically, off Alaska's Kodiak Island. The accident occurred Wednesday evening in Women's Bay near Kodiak's Coast Guard base, said Lt. Comm. Scott McCann, a Coast Guard Alaska District...