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Feds: Texas family ran $33M illegal sports gambling outfit

Jun. 25, 2019 7:33 PM EDT

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — Members of a southeast Texas family acknowledged in federal court Tuesday that they ran illegal bookmaking from the father's used car dealership for more than three decades, an enterprise federal authorities described as one of the nation's biggest illegal sports gambling and money...

Biden balances middle-class appeal with ritzy fundraisers

Jun. 18, 2019 2:50 PM EDT

HIGHLAND PARK, Texas (AP) — During the early weeks of his presidential campaign, Joe Biden stopped by this exclusive Dallas-area enclave to headline a fundraiser at the home of Russel Budd, a lawyer known for overseeing billions of dollars in settlements with corporations sued for asbestos exposure. The...

Obama plays starring role in Biden's presidential campaign

Jun. 12, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — During a campaign swing through Iowa this week, Joe Biden mentioned that his family recently dined with former President Barack Obama's family. At a Houston fundraiser, Biden joked about the infamous expletive he deployed in congratulating Obama's health care victory. And Biden...

Trump, Biden trade barbs amid dueling Iowa campaign visits

Jun. 11, 2019 9:49 PM EDT

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden spent Tuesday trading insults — sometimes almost simultaneously— as they stumped across Iowa in split-screen moments that could preview a ferocious fight ahead if the two face off for the presidency next year. The back...

Top US cardinal accused of mishandling aide's sex abuse case

Jun. 5, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — When Cardinal Daniel DiNardo first met Laura Pontikes in his wood-paneled conference room in December 2016, the leader of the U.S. Catholic Church's response to its sex abuse scandal said all the right things. He praised her for coming forward to report that his deputy in the...

Corrections supervisor admits allowing officer beat inmate

May. 29, 2019 8:19 PM EDT

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — A former supervisory officer at a Southeast Texas federal correctional complex has pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting a correctional officer beat an inmate. Khristal Ford was a lieutenant at the Federal Correctional Complex in Beaumont. According to court documents, he told a...

Biden unveils education policy plan before teachers union

May. 28, 2019 10:24 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden unveiled his first major policy proposal on Tuesday before one of the nation's largest teachers unions. The former vice president's education plan would triple funding for schools with a high percentage of low-income students. It would double the...

In mostly white Iowa, black Dems poised to play a 2020 role

May. 27, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — In Iowa, one of the whitest states in the nation, more than 100 black Democrats who expect to attend the 2020 caucuses crammed into a tiny community center in the capital city to position themselves as a force in the most wide-open presidential campaign in a generation. "There is...