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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders I-Vt., waits, with his wife Jane, left, as protestors who interrupted his campaign event were removed from the stage, in Carson City, Nev., Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. Sanders returned after the demonstrator's were removed. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

The Latest: Steyer's candidacy impresses civil rights leader

Feb. 16, 2020 4:52 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 presidential campaign (all times PST): 1:55 p.m. The president of a civil rights organization once led by Martin Luther King Jr. says that Tom Steyer is the presidential candidate perhaps best suited to speak directly to some of the concerns weighing on black voters'...

Seminarian Daniel Rice, left, sits with classmates during a lesson on the Gospel of Luke at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa., on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. Future Catholic priests remain unflinchingly optimistic despite scandals that have driven faithful from the pews. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

Priests-in-training take up challenge of tarnished ministry

Feb. 16, 2020 4:00 PM EST

WYNNEWOOD, Pa. (AP) — The seminarians walk along a hallway lined with photos of classes of priests who came before them. Some are pious alumni who have become their teachers and mentors; others climbed the Catholic hierarchy to be revered as bishops and cardinals. But there are others: Raymond Leneweaver,...

Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg speaks at a campaign event in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Virginia a key state in Bloomberg's Super Tuesday strategy

Feb. 15, 2020 6:49 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — If there is a state where Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg could expect a return on investment, it is Virginia. By investing millions on state legislative races, Bloomberg helped Democrats take back the statehouse last fall. With full control of government in Virginia,...

Catalans Dragons Israel Folau, left, walks out with teammates ahead of the Super League rugby match between Catalans Dragons and Castleford Tigers at Stade Gilbert Brutus in Perpignan, France, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)

Fans told to remove rainbow flags on Israel Folau's debut

Feb. 15, 2020 4:39 PM EST

As Israel Folau made a try-scoring debut for his new club Catalan Dragons on Saturday, a man watching from the stands was told to remove a rainbow flag unfurled in support of the LGBT movement. Folau has been widely condemned for posting homophobic comments on social media. It led to Folau — a former...

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz urges Minnesota lawmakers on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, in Minneapolis, to pass a ban on

LGBTQ activists, Gov. Walz, demand 'conversion therapy' ban.

Feb. 14, 2020 6:05 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz and LGBTQ activists rallied at the state Capitol on Friday to demand that the Republican-controlled Minnesota Senate pass a ban on “conversion therapy” for minors, a discredited practice that seeks to turn gay people straight. The proposal passed the...

In this screenshot from NASA's Twitter account that was posted on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, astronaut Alvin Drew and scientist Sara Noble demonstrate that a broom will stand up any day of the year, debunking the myth that the physics behind the simple trick only works on Feb. 10. (NASA/Twitter via AP)

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

Feb. 14, 2020 4:20 PM EST

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: NASA said Feb. 10 is the only day of the year that a broom can stand...

Rush Limbaugh reacts as first Lady Melania Trump, and his wife Kathryn, applaud, as President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. (Leah Millis/Pool via AP)

Limbaugh draws bipartisan criticism for Buttigieg remarks

Feb. 13, 2020 10:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh drew bipartisan criticism Thursday for saying the country won't elect Pete Buttigieg president because he's been “kissing his husband" on stage after debates. Limbaugh's comments came eight days after President Donald Trump awarded him the...

FILE- In this Feb. 23, 2019, file photo, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx speaks to reporters at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago. A grand jury revived criminal charges against Jussie Smollett on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, just weeks before an election in which Foxx's opponents are using her handling of the Smollett case against her. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File)

Smollett case could complicate reelection of top prosecutor

Feb. 13, 2020 7:56 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The decision to restore charges against Jussie Smollett could bedevil the reelection bid of the first black woman to hold Chicago's top law enforcement job and potentially alter the trajectory of a prosecutor once seen as a rising star in Illinois politics. The charges drew a stinging public...

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2019 file photo, St. Louis County police Sgt. Keith Wildhaber returns from a lunch break to the St. Louis County courthouse on the third day of his discrimination case against the county in Clayton, Mo.  St. Louis County has agreed to a $10.25 million settlement with Wildhaber, a gay police lieutenant who says he was passed over for promotion 23 times and was told to “tone down” his “gayness.

Gay Missouri cop to finish career on 'my terms' after suit

Feb. 13, 2020 10:29 AM EST

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A St. Louis County police lieutenant who was passed over for promotion 23 times said he has no plans to leave the department after he settled a discrimination lawsuit for $10.25 million. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Keith Wildhaber said Wednesday that he was happy with...

FILE - In this March 14, 2019, file photo, Empire actor Jussie Smollett arrives at the Leighton Criminal Court Building for his hearing in Chicago. Smollett faces new charges for reporting an attack that Chicago authorities contend was staged to garner publicity, according to media reports Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. The charges include disorderly conduct counts, according to the reports that cite unidentified sources.  (AP Photo/Matt Marton, File)

Jussie Smollett's image takes new hit with revived charges

Feb. 12, 2020 6:44 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — He's stopped posting to his Twitter account, his last Instagram post was eight months ago, and his acting and singing careers appear to be at a standstill. Former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett has all but vanished from public view in the year since Chicago detectives accused...