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FILE - In this Monday, March 11, 2019 file photo, Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex leave after the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in London. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to no longer use their HRH titles and will repay £2.4 million of taxpayer's money spent on renovating their Berkshire home, Buckingham Palace announced Saturday, Jan. 18. 2020. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, file)

Harry, Meghan to quit royal jobs, give up 'highness' titles

Jan. 18, 2020 2:55 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Goodbye, your royal highnesses. Hello, life as — almost — ordinary civilians. Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, are quitting as working royals and will no longer use the titles "royal highness" or receive public funds for their work under a deal announced Saturday by Buckingham...

FILE - In this May 8, 2014, file photo, then Baylor University President Ken Starr testifies at the House Committee on Education and Workforce on college athletes forming unions. in Washington. President Donald Trump's legal team will include former Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr, the former independent counsel who led the Whitewater investigation into President Bill Clinton, according to a person familiar with the matter. The team will also include Pam Bondi, the former Florida attorney general. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)

House Dems to outline case for removing Trump from office

Jan. 18, 2020 12:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats were preparing to outline their case for removing President Donald Trump from office in a legal brief due Saturday, as opposing sides in the impeachment case look ahead to the opening of the historic trial in the Senate. Trump on Friday appointed several nationally known...

This July 31, 2019 photo shows Stillwater Christian School parents Jeri Anderson and Kendra Espinoza at Woodland Park in Kalispell, Mont.  The Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 in a dispute over a Montana scholarship program for private K-12 education that also makes donors eligible for up to $150 in state tax credits. Advocates on both sides say the outcome could be momentous because it could lead to efforts in other states to funnel taxpayer money to religious schools. (Casey Kreider/The Daily Inter Lake via AP)

Justices taking up bans on state money to religious schools

Jan. 18, 2020 10:19 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Supreme Court that seems more favorable to religion-based discrimination claims is set to hear a case that could make it easier to use public money to pay for religious schooling in many states. The justices will hear arguments Wednesday in a dispute over a Montana scholarship program...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks at the Iowa State Education Association Candidate Forum, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, in West Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Facing Senate trial crunch, Dems blitzing Iowa, early states

Jan. 18, 2020 3:06 PM EST

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — As a winter storm barreled down on Iowa, Elizabeth Warren’s campaign team struggled with whether to scrap a town hall scheduled at the old Maytag headquarters. There was more than weather at play as the Massachusetts senator's campaign monitored the forecast and called expected...

FILE - In this July 26, 2017, file photo, a member of the gallery tries to display her sign while lawmakers convene during a joint select committee meeting on redistricting in Raleigh, N.C. Republican wins in state legislatures in 2010 put them in a commanding position to draw legislative and congressional maps the following year that essentially cemented their political power for a decade.  (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Records reveal concerns of deceased GOP redistricting expert

Jan. 18, 2020 8:39 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republican victories in state legislative and gubernatorial elections in 2010 put them in a commanding position the next year to draw new voting districts for the U.S. House and state legislatures that helped fortify Republican power for much of the following decade. But the...

In this Jan. 15, 2020, photo, President Donald Trump hands a pen to Chinese Vice Premier Liu He after signing

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's compulsive claims of 'biggest' ever

Jan. 18, 2020 8:11 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Size matters to President Donald Trump. So much that he exaggerates continually, sometimes spectacularly, the size of what he does. Just as his tax cuts are far from the biggest in history, the economy isn't the best ever and his election victory in 2016 was no landslide of historic...

In this January 11, 2020 photo former congressman, US Senate and Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke speaks before a crowd of campaign volunteers for Eliz Markowitz in Katy, Texas. Markowitz is an educator running for district 148 of the Texas state house. O'Rourke and other national Democrats have endorsed Markowitz, her race is being viewed as a bellwether for national politics in 2020. (AP Photo/ John L. Mone)

2020's first big test? Not Iowa, but a tiny Texas House race

Jan. 18, 2020 11:00 AM EST

KATY, Texas (AP) — Beto O'Rourke is livestreaming again. Joe Biden and Julián Castro are making their presence felt. Mike Bloomberg has knocked on doors and outside groups are running TV attack ads. On the brink of 2020's first big contest, it all screams high stakes. Not in Iowa. This is just for a...

Migrants charge on Mexican National Guardsmen at the border crossing between Guatemala and Mexico in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. More than a thousand Central American migrants surged onto a bridge spanning the Suchiate River that marks the border between both countries as Mexican security forces attempted to impede their journey north. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Over 2,000 Central American migrants try to enter Mexico

Jan. 18, 2020 2:05 PM EST

TECUN UMAN, Guatemala (AP) — More than 2,000 Central American migrants on Saturday surged onto a bridge spanning the Suchiate River between southern Mexico and Guatemala as Mexican National Guardsmen attempted to impede their journey north. Mexican authorities closed the bridge after the migrants tried to...

The Virginia state Capitol building is surrounded by fencing, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 in Richmond, Va., in preparation for Monday's rally by gun rights advocates. Gun-rights groups are asking a judge to block the Virginia governor's ban on firearms at a massive pro-gun rally scheduled for next week. Gov. Ralph Northam on Wednesday, Jan. 15, announced a state of emergency and banned all weapons from the rally at the Capitol.  (Dean Hoffmeyer/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Gun-rights activists gear up for show of force in Virginia

Jan. 18, 2020 10:59 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Police are scouring the internet for clues about plans for mayhem, workers are putting up chain link holding pens around Virginia's picturesque Capitol Square, and one lawmaker even plans to hide in a safe house in advance of what's expected to be an unprecedented show of force by...

FILE - In this 1922 file photo spectators gather by the side of captured rum runner, Silver Spray, as they watch prohibition agents pour

Prohibition began 100 years ago, and its legacy remains

Jan. 14, 2020 11:43 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — In this era of bottomless mimosas, craft beers and ever-present happy hours, it’s striking to recall that 100 years ago the United States imposed a nationwide ban on the production and sale of all types of alcohol. The Prohibition Era, which lasted from Jan. 17, 1920, until December...

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Delaware man gets life sentence for murder

Jan. 18, 2020 3:11 PM EST

BRIDGEVILLE, Del. (AP) — A Delaware man has been sentenced to life plus 30 years in prison in a fatal 2018 shooting. The Delaware Department of Justice announced McArthur Risper's sentence Friday. The 30-year-old from Bridgeville was convicted of first-degree murder, conspiracy and a firearms charge in...

Officials outline security zone for Democratic convention

Jan. 18, 2020 3:10 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Much of the west side of downtown Milwaukee and some areas east of the Milwaukee River will be inside a security zone during next summer's Democratic National Convention, officials announced Friday. Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales said every resident and business in the zone will...

English 2nd-tier soccer game stopped for homophobic chants

Jan. 18, 2020 3:09 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — A game in English soccer's second tier between Millwall and Reading was briefly stopped due to apparent homophobic chants on Saturday. The assistant referee pointed out the anti-gay chants from sections of Millwall's supporters during the London club's 2-0 home win over Reading. With the...

Nebraska man in Kansas officer-involved shooting arrested

Jan. 18, 2020 3:08 PM EST

LARNED, Kan. (AP) — A Nebraska man who escaped injury early Saturday after a Kansas sheriff's deputy fired shots at him has been arrested, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation said in a news release. Authorities said the shooting happened following a traffic stop near the west-central Kansas town of Larned....

Planned Coast Guard museum has raised more than $50M

Jan. 18, 2020 3:07 PM EST

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — More than $56 million has been raised to build a Coast Guard museum in Connecticut. The Day newspaper reports that the National Coast Guard Museum Association has secured $15 million in federal funds, $21 million in private donations and $20 million through state borrowing for the...

Interstate 59/20 set to reopen through Birmingham

Jan. 18, 2020 3:06 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Months of headaches for daily commuters, long-haul drivers and downtown businesses are coming to an end as Interstate 59/20 reopens through Alabama's largest city. Workers have virtually completed finishing touches like yellow striping and installing signs on a mile-long section of...

Denver police officer accused of sexually assaulting woman

Jan. 18, 2020 3:05 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A Denver police officer is accused of sexually assaulting a woman he first met while responding to a call for service last month, authorities said Saturday. Johnny Leon Alvarez, 29, was arrested early Friday. He was being held in the Denver Detention Center for investigation of sexual...

Delaware police union wants negotiations over body cameras

Jan. 18, 2020 3:04 PM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Long-proposed plans to outfit police in Delaware's largest city with body cameras may now hinge on negotiations with Wilmington's police union later this year. The union that represents Wilmington officers has told the mayor's administration any disciplinary procedures or...

FILE - In this April 12, 2016, file photo, Steven Jones, middle, weeps as Coconino County Superior Court Judge Dan Slayton announces his decision to amend the conditions of release for Jones in Flagstaff, Ariz. The former Northern Arizona University student is in jail awaiting his upcoming sentencing in a 2015 shooting that killed a student and three others were wounded. Before pleading guilty on Jan. 9, 2020, Jones was scheduled to face a second murder trial this month after a jury deadlocked on charges in his first trial. (Jake Bacon/Arizona Daily Sun via AP, File)

Man in jail to await sentencing in Arizona campus shooting

Jan. 18, 2020 3:01 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A former Northern Arizona University student has been booked into jail in advance of his upcoming sentencing in a 2015 shooting in which another student was killed and three others wounded. Charges against Steven Jones originally included first-degree murder but he ended up...

Heavy snow due as sprawling storm spreads across New York

Jan. 18, 2020 2:59 PM EST

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A sprawling winter storm that canceled flights and coated roads across much of the country was expected to dump up to a foot of snow on parts of New York state starting Saturday. Snow was falling from Buffalo to New York City on Saturday afternoon as the storm tracked across the...