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Hallmark to reinstate same-sex marriage commercial it pulled

Dec. 15, 2019 9:43 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Hallmark Channel will reinstate same-sex marriage commercials that it pulled from the network, according to a company statement sent Sunday. An ad for wedding planning site Zola featuring two brides kissing at the altar was pulled following a complaint from the conservative group One...

New Zealand observes silence 1 week after volcano killed 18

Dec. 15, 2019 8:28 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealanders observed a minute's silence on Monday at the moment that a volcano erupted a week earlier, killing 18 people and leaving others with severe burns. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that wherever people were in New Zealand or around the world, it was an...

Congresswoman comes out in favor of impeaching Trump

Dec. 15, 2019 8:10 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small of New Mexico said Sunday afternoon that she plans to vote to impeach President Donald Trump, the Albuquerque Journal reported. In a statement, Torres Small, who represents a district in the southern part of the state, said she believes...

Democrats seek Bolton, Mulvaney for impeachment trial

Dec. 15, 2019 7:53 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are proposing a weekslong Senate impeachment trial seeking testimony from four new witnesses including John Bolton and Mick Mulvaney over President Donald Trump's actions toward Ukraine, according to a detailed outlined released Sunday. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of...

Police: Man dies when shots fired in encounter with officers

Dec. 15, 2019 7:44 PM EST

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A man died after shots were fired in an encounter with police in Ohio on Sunday, police said. Patrol officers responded around 9 a.m. Sunday to a report of a vehicle abandoned against the center median of a road, according to a release from Akron police. The release said the officers...

Comey: 'Real sloppiness' in Russia probe but no misconduct

Dec. 15, 2019 7:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI Director James Comey acknowledged Sunday that a Justice Department inspector general report identified “real sloppiness" in the surveillance of a former Trump campaign aide and said he was wrong to have been “overconfident" about how the Russia investigation was...

Lawmakers meeting with former Obama official on homelessness

Dec. 15, 2019 7:10 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers hope to learn more about what strategies have worked across the U.S. to reduce homelessness. The Democratic co-chairman of the General Assembly's Housing Committee plan to hold a public conversation with Matthew Doherty, the former leader of the U.S. Interagency...

Senate Democrats propose calling Bolton, Mulvaney as witnesses for Trump impeachment trial

Dec. 15, 2019 7:01 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats propose calling Bolton, Mulvaney as witnesses for Trump impeachment trial.

Wyoming mayor repays grant money used for personal expenses

Dec. 15, 2019 6:50 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming mayor reimbursed her city for grant money she used for personal expenses, officials said. Cheyenne Mayor Marian Orr repaid nearly $600 she used from a $100,000 Bloomberg Philanthropies grant, The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports. Grant money was used to pay for a ticket for...

Man charged with stalking, harassing U of Delaware students

Dec. 15, 2019 6:47 PM EST

NEWARK, Del. (AP) — Law enforcement authorities in Delaware say a man has been charged with stalking and harassing two University of Delaware students. WDEL-FM reports one of the women began receiving vulgar messages from 25-year-old Newark resident Kyle Stevens in August. The station reports that as...