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Former Trump adviser undercuts GOP impeachment defenses

Nov. 21, 2019 6:51 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former White House official said Thursday that President Donald Trump’s top European envoy was sent on a “domestic political errand" seeking investigations of Democrats, stunning testimony that dismantled a main line of the president’s defense in the impeachment...

Impeachment hearing takeaways: A ‘domestic political errand’

Nov. 21, 2019 5:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The final testimony of an extraordinary week of impeachment hearings came from a former White House national security adviser who wrote the book on Vladimir Putin — literally — and a political counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine who overheard a pivotal conversation...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump, GOP claims on Ukraine corruption

Nov. 21, 2019 6:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his GOP allies pressed a defense Thursday that he acted appropriately in withholding military aid to Ukraine out of concern over the country’s corruption and claimed the House impeachment hearings amounted to a rogue process. The claims don’t match...

Israel’s Netanyahu indicted on corruption charges

Nov. 21, 2019 3:48 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was indicted Thursday in a series of corruption cases, throwing Israel’s paralyzed political system into further disarray and threatening his 10-year grip on power. He rejected calls to resign, angrily accusing prosecutors of staging “an...

AP: Catholic boards hailed as fix for sex abuse often fail

Nov. 21, 2019 6:52 PM EST

Facing thousands of cases of clergy sex abuse, U.S. Catholic leaders addressed their greatest crisis in the modern era with a promised reform: Mandatory review boards. These independent panels with lay people in each diocese would review allegations fairly and kindly. And they would help bishops ensure that no...

Lawsuit: Church pressured victims into unfair settlements

Nov. 21, 2019 8:43 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Two impoverished Mississippi men who say they were sexually assaulted by Franciscan missionaries filed a federal lawsuit Thursday claiming that Catholic officials pressured them into signing settlements that paid them little money and required them to remain silent about the alleged abuse....

Teen used ‘ghost gun’ in California high school shooting

Nov. 21, 2019 7:31 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 16-year-old boy who fatally shot two fellow students and wounded three others last week at a Southern California high school used an unregistered, untraceable “ghost gun,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Thursday. Villanueva told media outlets that...

AP Exclusive: DOJ would take halted executions to high court

Nov. 21, 2019 6:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr told The Associated Press on Thursday that he would take the Trump administration’s bid to restart federal executions after a 16-year hiatus to the Supreme Court if necessary. Barr’s comments came hours after a district court judge temporarily...

1st Honduran returned to Guatemala under US asylum accord

Nov. 21, 2019 4:15 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The United States has begun carrying out a landmark policy shift on asylum that’s a top priority of President Donald Trump, returning a Honduran immigrant to Guatemala to pursue his asylum case. Guatemala’s Foreign Ministry said Thursday that the Honduran man had reached...

Garrett’s suspension for helmet attack upheld after appeal

Nov. 21, 2019 8:18 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — Myles Garrett’s goal was to be NFL’s top defensive player this season. He won’t finish it. Garrett’s indefinite suspension for smashing Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph over the head with a helmet was upheld Thursday by an appeals officer who...

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Man pleads guilty in NYC punch that led to a fall and death

Nov. 21, 2019 9:21 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — An Irish man has pleaded guilty to assault for punching another man who fell and died outside a New York City bar. Court records show Steven O’Brien pleaded guilty Thursday in the encounter that led to John McGee’s death last Thanksgiving. The 21-year-old McGee went by Danny...

Federal prosecutors weighing new charges against Trump donor

Nov. 21, 2019 9:15 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A new court filing says federal prosecutors in New York have told a major donor to President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee they intend to charge him with obstruction of justice and failing to register as a foreign agent. Imaad Zuberi’s attorneys filed court papers late...

Judge gives final approval to Houston-area bail deal

Nov. 21, 2019 9:15 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge has given final approval to a settlement in a lawsuit over the bail system in Texas' most populous county which ensures that most people accused of misdemeanor offenses don't languish in jail. The bail system in Harris County, where Houston is located, had been deemed...

Police: Edmonds man stabs father to death, turns self in

Nov. 21, 2019 9:14 PM EST

EDMONDS, Wash. (AP) — Police say an Edmonds man stabbed his father to death and then turned himself into officers saying he’d committed a premeditated homicide. The Daily Herald reports the 24-year-old arrived at the Edmonds police station around 2:40 a.m. Thursday, reporting he’d killed his...

Nicaragua: Pro-government crowd attacks church parishioners

Nov. 21, 2019 9:13 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Political violence broke out at a Roman Catholic church in the Nicaraguan city of Masaya on Thursday as government sympathizers attacked parishioners with clubs, machetes and metal bars. The attack came after it became known that San Juan Bautista parish priest Harving Padilla...

Michigan GOP leader uses expletive to call governor ‘crazy’

Nov. 21, 2019 9:08 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Republican legislative leader in Michigan apologized Thursday for using an expletive to describe Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as crazy, saying it was “disrespectful and unnecessary.” The Collegian at Hillsdale College quoted Senate Majority Mike Shirkey’s...

The Latest: Jury to deliberate in officer’s murder trial

Nov. 21, 2019 9:06 PM EST

OZARK, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the murder trial of an Alabama police officer. (all times local): 7:50 p.m. A jury is expected to begin deliberating soon in the trial of an Alabama police officer facing a murder charge for the 2016 shooting of an unarmed man. WSFA reports that prosecutors and defense...

Pope turns attention to needs of Thai church, young people

Nov. 21, 2019 9:02 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Pope Francis is tending to the needs of the small Catholic flock in Thailand, meeting with priests, nuns and bishops from across Asia to encourage them to spread the faith as their missionary predecessors did. Francis on Friday heads first to a sanctuary dedicated to Thailand’s first...

Monsanto pleads guilty to illegal pesticide use in Hawaii

Nov. 21, 2019 8:59 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Agrochemicals company Monsanto is pleading guilty to spraying a banned pesticide on its Maui fields in 2014. Monsanto, now owned by pharmaceutical company Bayer, is also agreeing to pay $10 million in an agreement over charges it unlawfully stored acute hazardous waste. The money includes a...

Colorado approves new flowline rules after fatal blast

Nov. 21, 2019 8:51 PM EST

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Colorado regulators on Thursday approved a set of safety measures designed to increase citizen protections in areas surrounding thousands of miles of underground oil and gas pipelines in the state. The rules provide public access to a more detailed and accurate state map of locations...