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Trump denigrates US diplomats, pushes conspiracy theories

Nov. 22, 2019 4:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Offering his own take on five long days of public hearings, President Donald Trump brushed off the impeachment inquiry as “total nonsense” on Friday and bad-mouthed a number of the U.S. diplomats who testified to Congress about his Ukraine pressure campaign. In one breath,...

FBI lawyer suspected of altering Russia probe document

Nov. 22, 2019 6:18 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — An FBI lawyer is suspected of altering a document related to surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser, a person familiar with the situation said Friday. President Donald Trump, who has long attacked as a “hoax” and a “witch hunt” the FBI’s...

Netanyahu’s woes mirror those of his ally Trump

Nov. 22, 2019 2:28 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — He was accused of using his high office to advance his personal political interests. He derided the investigation as a “witch hunt” fueled by “fake news” — an “attempted coup.” He counted on his right-wing base, his hand-picked attorney...

Attorney general unveils plan on missing Native Americans

Nov. 22, 2019 5:44 PM EST

PABLO, Mont. (AP) — Attorney General William Barr announced a nationwide plan Friday to address the crisis of missing and slain Native American women as concerns mount over the level of violence they face. Barr announced the plan, known as the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Initiative, during a...

Mystery grows over Trump administration hold on Lebanon aid

Nov. 22, 2019 2:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is withholding more than $100 million in U.S. military assistance to Lebanon that has been approved by Congress and is favored by his national security team, an assertion of executive control of foreign aid that is similar to the delay in support for Ukraine at...

Ex-CIA officer gets 19 years in China spy conspiracy

Nov. 22, 2019 4:03 PM EST

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A former CIA case agent was sentenced to 19 years in prison Friday for an espionage conspiracy in which prosecutors say he received more than $840,000 from China to divulge the names of human sources and his knowledge of spycraft. The sentence imposed on Jerry Chun Shing Lee, 55, was...

Boy Scouts mortgage vast New Mexico ranch as collateral

Nov. 22, 2019 4:54 PM EST

The Boy Scouts of America has mortgaged one of the most spectacular properties it owns, the vast Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, to help secure a line of credit as the financially strapped organization faces a growing wave of new sex-abuse lawsuits. The BSA said Friday that it has no plans to sell the...

Syracuse U, shaken by racism, welcomes the holiday break

Nov. 22, 2019 4:36 PM EST

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Benny Callahan didn’t leave her dorm for two straight days this week. The Syracuse University freshman didn’t feel safe, she said, away from home and under siege, it seemed, by day-after-day reports of racism in campus residence and academic halls. “My parents are...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Nov. 22, 2019 4:15 PM EST

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: The Department of Defense canceled Fox News from Armed Forces Radio...

What’s next in impeachment: A busy December, and on to 2020

Nov. 22, 2019 4:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — After two weeks of public hearings, Democrats could soon turn the impeachment process over to the House Judiciary Committee. They’re moving “expeditiously” ahead as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has instructed. At some point in the coming weeks, the House intelligence...

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California recycling director to resign in December

Nov. 22, 2019 6:49 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The director of the agency that oversees recycling programs in California is resigning amid criticism that the agency needs an overhaul. Scott Smithline announced Thursday that he’ll leave his post with the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery at the...

New trial date for woman charged with 1990 clown killing

Nov. 22, 2019 6:45 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A new trial date has been set for a woman accused of dressing as a clown and fatally shooting her lover's wife in Florida in 1990. News outlets report that a Palm Beach County circuit judge on Friday scheduled jury selection to begin May 29 for the first-degree murder trial of...

5 indicted for sexual abuse, bribery at South Texas jail

Nov. 22, 2019 6:43 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A jail employee at a federal facility in South Texas has been indicted for sexual abuse of an inmate and four other employees face charges related to smuggling contraband inside. Brenda Fuentes appeared in McAllen federal court on Friday. An indictment accuses her of engaging in a sexual act...

Colombia president orders curfew in capital following unrest

Nov. 22, 2019 6:42 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian President Iván Duque ordered a curfew in the nation’s capital Friday amid continuing unrest following a massive march a day before that brought tens of thousands to the streets in a strong message of rejection against his conservative government. The president...

Oklahoma grand jury indicts police officer on murder charge

Nov. 22, 2019 6:42 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City grand jury has indicted a police lieutenant on a second-degree murder charge, alleging he wasn’t justified in firing about 60 shots at a road-rage suspect. The grand jury concluded Thursday that Blackwell Police Department officer John Mitchell, 40, engaged in...

New Mexico panel opts to end recreational cougar trapping

Nov. 22, 2019 6:42 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators have adopted new rules that will prohibit trapping or snaring cougars for sport, marking a small victory for animal protection groups that have been fighting for a broader ban of the practice on public lands across the state. The state Game Commission voted...

Nebraska State Fair finance head quits, citing losses

Nov. 22, 2019 6:40 PM EST

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — The finance director of the Nebraska State Fair has resigned, saying the state fair may be on the verge of bankruptcy. Patrick Kopke resigned Friday at a meeting of the fair board, telling members that his concerns about excessive spending had not been addressed. NTV reported that...

Tennessee officials disclose requirements for flame effects

Nov. 22, 2019 6:39 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s State Fire Marshal’s Office has disclosed requirements for the use of flame effect devices at events after a fire at an NFL game. The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance says the fire marshal’s office will accept two methods to show...

Canada’s defense minister says China is not an adversary

Nov. 22, 2019 6:35 PM EST

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) — Canada's defense minister said Friday China is not an adversary despite the arbitrary detention of two Canadians as he hosts a major international security forum that will honor pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan said at the Halifax...

Judge declines to dismiss challenge to session location law

Nov. 22, 2019 6:33 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A judge has declined the state’s request to dismiss a lawsuit challenging Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s authority to call a special session outside the capital of Juneau. In a written order Friday, Anchorage Superior Court Judge Josie Garton says while the conflict between...