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Volunteers for various campaigns talk to voters as they enter a presidential caucus site at Mendive Middle School in Sparks, Nev., on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)

Voting underway as Nevada Democrats weigh in on 2020 fight

Feb. 22, 2020 3:02 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Voting is underway across Nevada as the most diverse state so far has its say in the Democrats' nomination fight. Uniformed housekeepers and casino workers streamed into the Bellagio on Saturday, one of seven casino-resorts on the Las Vegas Strip among 200 caucus locations statewide...

A supporter smiles while listening to Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., at a campaign office, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

The Latest: Democratic hopefuls fan out to caucus sites

Feb. 22, 2020 3:16 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 presidential campaign (all times local): Noon Several of the Democratic presidential candidates are out among the voters as the Nevada caucuses get underway. Pete Buttigieg greeted supporters at a Las Vegas caucus site shortly before the start. The former South Bend,...

FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2020, file photo sign in on tablet computers at an early voting location in the Chinatown Plaza, in Las Vegas. Nevada Democrats are hoping to avoid a repeat of the chaos that ensnared the Iowa caucuses, as voters gather across the Silver State on Saturday to make their presidential preferences known. Iowa's process cratered this month following a rushed effort by state Democrats to deploy a mobile app for caucus volunteers to report results. Democrats in Nevada were going to use the same app developer as Iowa did, but quickly sidelined those plans. They will still be relying to some extent on technology to assist in counting and reporting results, though, and like Iowa, they will have paper backups. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Looking to Nevada, will Dems avoid mistakes of Iowa?

Feb. 22, 2020 12:06 AM EST

UNDATED (AP) — Nevada Democrats are hoping to avoid a repeat of the chaos that ensnared the Iowa caucuses, as voters gather across the Silver State on Saturday to make their presidential preferences known. Iowa's process cratered this month following a rushed effort by state Democrats to deploy a mobile...

REMOVES REFERENCE TO NUMBER OF VIRAL INFECTIONS - Visitors wearing face masks walk near the Gwanghwamun, the main gate of the 14th-century Gyeongbok Palace, and one of South Korea's well-known landmarks, in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020.  South Korea's Vice Health Minister Kim Gang-lip says the outbreak has entered a serious new phase but expressed cautious optimism that it can be contained to the region surrounding Daegu, where the first case was reported on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Infections climb in South Korea as world fights virus

Feb. 22, 2020 1:37 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea reported an eight-fold jump in viral infections Saturday with more than 400 cases mostly linked to a church and a hospital, while the death toll in Iran climbed to six and a dozen towns in Italy effectively went into lockdowns as health officials around the world...

Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden arrives to speak to the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Six questions before the Nevada caucus

Feb. 22, 2020 9:20 AM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Nevada caucus, the third contest in the Democratic presidential race, is Saturday. Here are six questions going into that fateful vote. HOW WELL DOES SANDERS DO? Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont has high expectations going into the caucus. He is leading national polls and his campaign...

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2018, file photo, Patrick Morrisey speaks to reporters after a debate in Morgantown, W.Va.  State attorneys general are finding a national settlement over the toll of opioids to be elusive, as some lawyers for state and local governments are renewing public criticism of the proposed deal with a group of companies led by the nation's largest drug distributors.  In a statement Friday, Feb. 21, 2020,  Morrisey, the attorney general in West Virginia, one of the states hit hardest by the opioid crisis, said the $22 billion in cash being offered by distributors AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson plus drugmaker Johnson & Johnson “is way too low.”(AP Photo/Raymond Thompson, File)

Opioid settlement still elusive as some lawyers criticize it

Feb. 22, 2020 9:47 AM EST

State attorneys general are finding a national settlement over the toll of opioids to be elusive, as some lawyers for state and local governments are renewing public criticism of the proposed deal with a group of companies led by the nation's largest drug distributors. A group of top state lawyers in October...

FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2020, file photo, friends and relatives hold up photos of victims of a shooting, in Hanau, Germany. The rampage this week in Germany in which a gunman killed nine people with foreign backgrounds was the country's third deadly far-right attack in a matter of months. German leaders openly acknowledge there is a problem, but so far, identifying a solution has been elusive. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

Germany admits there's a far-right problem, but what to do?

Feb. 22, 2020 9:52 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — As Germany's president expressed his sympathy and shock during a candlelight vigil for nine people killed by an immigrant-hating gunman, a woman called out from the crowd, demanding action, not words. But the country's leaders are struggling to figure out how to counter a recent rise in...

FILE - This June 13, 2016 file photo shows Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents in Florida. On Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, the FBI arrested U.S. federal narcotics agent Jose Irizarry and his wife, Nathalia Gomez Irizarry, at their residence in Puerto Rico, according to a law enforcement official familiar with the arrest. He has been charged with conspiring to launder money with the very same Colombian drug cartels he was supposed to be fighting. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP, File)

AP Exclusive: DEA agent accused of conspiring with cartel

Feb. 22, 2020 10:10 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A once-standout U.S. federal narcotics agent known for spending lavishly on luxury cars and Tiffany jewelry has been arrested on charges of conspiring to launder money with the same Colombian drug cartel he was supposed to be fighting. Jose Irizarry and his wife were arrested Friday at their...

President Donald Trump delivers the commencement address at the

AP FACT CHECK: Donald Trump and the audacity of hype

Feb. 22, 2020 8:33 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In their boisterous presidential debate, several Democrats sold short the health care plans of rivals or glossed over aspects of their own record. In an audacious league of his own, President Donald Trump celebrated the elimination of a tax that still exists and went deep and wide in...

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Authorities: 1 dead in plane crash in central Minnesota

Feb. 22, 2020 3:15 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say a small plane crashed in central Minnesota, killing one person. The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office said the plane went down Saturday morning in the Crow-Hassan Park Reserve, about 30 miles northwest of Minneapolis. Hennepin County Sheriff Dave Hutchinson said in a...

No felony conviction in ex-athlete's sexual assault trial

Feb. 22, 2020 3:13 PM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The second trial of a former University of Delaware baseball player accused of sexually assaulting six women has ended with a jury convicting him of misdemeanor unlawful sexual contact. A jury on Friday declined to convict Clay Conaway on felony charges of attempted second-degree...

Former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch speaks at Georgetown University in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. She was awarded the 2020 J. Raymond

Ex-US envoy to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch has book deal

Feb. 22, 2020 3:13 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine and career diplomat who during the impeachment hearings of President Donald Trump offered a chilling account of alleged threats from Trump and his allies, has a book deal. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt confirmed Friday to The Associated...

Kate Stanley, interim chairwoman of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, poses for a photo in Honolulu on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. Democratic Party of Hawaii members can use mail-in ballots to select their choice for presidential nominee this year to avoid the long lines of past party caucuses. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

Hawaii Democrats can vote by mail for presidential nominee

Feb. 22, 2020 3:10 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Democratic Party of Hawaii members can use mail-in ballots to select their choice for presidential nominee this year to avoid the long lines of past party caucuses. The party plans to mail ballots to registered Democrats during the first week of March. Democrats may instead vote in person...

Door bell camera + smart phone in Iraq = arrest near Chicago

Feb. 22, 2020 3:05 PM EST

PARK RIDGE, Ill. (AP) — Two suspected burglars have been arrested after a man who said he was a soldier deployed to Iraq called police to say he'd just watched two men on his smart phone he'd hooked up to his doorbell camera walk out of his garage carrying his power tools, authorities said. According to...

Small fire in cooler at KSU stadium causes $10K in damage

Feb. 22, 2020 3:04 PM EST

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — A small fire in an industrial cooler inside Kansas State University's Bill Snyder Family Stadium caused an estimated $10,000 in damage to food stored there, authorities said. The fire broke out Friday evening and was quickly contained by firefighters who responded, the...

Bodo Ramelow, former Minister President of Thuringia smiles in the Thuringian State Parliament in Erfurt, Germany, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. State lawmakers in the eastern Germany federal state cleared the way for getting a new government without the support of a far-right party. Lawmakers from several parties announced late Friday in Thuringia that they agreed to hold a new vote in parliament on the state governor next month and plan to have new state elections in April 2021. (Martin Schutt/dpa via AP)

German state lawmakers at center of uproar agree on governor

Feb. 22, 2020 3:02 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — State lawmakers in eastern Germany agreed on a way to vote in a new state government without the support of a far-right party, avoiding a repeat of a decision earlier this month that caused a political uproar at the national level. Thuringia state lawmakers from several parties said late...

In this Feb. 13, 2020, photo GOP U.S. House candidate Claire Chase speaks to voters in Los Lunas, N.M. Chase and two other Republican hopefuls seeking the GOP nomination to challenge Democratic U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small for a key southern New Mexico seat are hitting the airwaves early. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

New Mexico GOP hopefuls launch early ads for US House seat

Feb. 22, 2020 3:00 PM EST

LOS LUNAS, N.M. (AP) — Sitting in a small bakery in central New Mexico, oil executive Claire Chase listened to Republican voters ask her about her stances on gun control, religion and taxes. But one voter wanted to know about her 2016 social media post that was critical of Donald Trump. Chase knew where...

Egypt to try doctor, parents for female genital mutilation

Feb. 22, 2020 2:49 PM EST

SAMY MAGDY (AP) — Egypt’s chief prosecutor Saturday referred a physician to criminal trial for allegedly mutilating the genitals of a 12-year-old girl, leading to her death, his office said. The girl bled to death last month in the southern province of Assiut following a 30-minute surgery. Her death...

Workers wear masks at the Unilever factory where a 38-year-old working in the research and development branch fall ill with the new virus from China, in Casalpusterlengo, Northern Italy, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. A dozen northern Italian towns were on effective lockdown Saturday after the new virus linked to China claimed two fatalities in Italy and sickened an increasing number of people who had no direct links to the origin of the virus. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Italy towns close down amid virus case clusters, 2 deaths

Feb. 22, 2020 2:40 PM EST

CODOGNO, Italy (AP) — A dozen towns in northern Italy effectively went into lockdown Saturday after the deaths of two people infected with the new virus from China and a growing cluster of cases with no direct links to the origin of the outbreak abroad. The secondary contagions prompted local authorities...