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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 5:32 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'...

Kat Taylor, wife of Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer, speaks with reporters during an open house at the home she's renting in Columbia, S.C., on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

Steyer foundation mulling SC investments - after the primary

Feb. 16, 2020 5:24 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Ahead of this month’s crucial South Carolina primary, the wife of presidential candidate Tom Steyer that the foundation she runs is interested in considering an investment proposal from one of the state’s largest black church congregations. But she said the foundation...

Man facing prison term for plot to obtain $1M in stolen TVs

Feb. 16, 2020 5:14 PM EST

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Maryland are recommending a prison sentence of more than five years for a man who pleaded guilty to conspiring to obtain hundreds of stolen televisions worth more than $1 million. Prosecutors explained in a court filing on Saturday why they are recommending a...

In this photo provide by Channel 3 Eyewitness News (WFSB-TV), a view of the scene of a shooting at the Majestic Lounge, in Hartford, Connecticut, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. Multiple people were shot at a Connecticut nightclub, leaving one person dead, police said early Sunday. Preliminary information indicated four others were wounded, Hartford police Lt. Paul Cicero told The Associated Press. (Ayah Galal, Channel 3 Eyewitness News (WFSB-TV) via AP)

Police: 1 dead, 4 wounded in Connecticut club shooting

Feb. 16, 2020 5:09 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gunfire erupted at a Connecticut nightclub early Sunday morning, killing a man and wounding four other people, police said. A 28-year-old man died in the shooting at the Majestic Lounge in Hartford's South End, police Lt. Paul Cicero said. Two other males and two females were...

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad, right, speaks to Iran's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, in Damascus, Syria, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. (SANA via AP)

Assad's forces make advances, further securing Aleppo region

Feb. 16, 2020 5:04 PM EST

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian troops have made significant advances against the last rebel held enclaves in the country's northwest, state media said on Sunday, consolidating the government's hold over the key Aleppo province. The Syrian government advance also appeared to put the provincial capital of...

Gov. Tate Reeves, left, laughs as Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann uses his fist as a gavel to dissolve a joint session of the Legislature that gathered to listen to Reeves' first State of the State speech, outside the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Analysis: Legislators approaching busy part of 2020 session

Feb. 16, 2020 5:00 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers have had a slow start to their four-month session, but the pace is about to quicken as committees start debating bills dealing with the criminal justice system and other issues. March 3 is the first big deadline. That's the last day for House and Senate...

Strong currents from the swollen Pearl River flood over the Old Brandon Road Bridge in Jackson, Miss., Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. The National Weather Service lowered the anticipated Pearl River crest to 37.5' by Monday morning. However, it will still be the third highest point behind the historic floods of 1979 and 1983. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Residents of Mississippi capital brace for more flooding

Feb. 16, 2020 4:40 PM EST

FLOWOOD, Miss. (AP) — Residents of Jackson braced Sunday for the possibility of catastrophic flooding in and around the Mississippi capital as the Pearl River rose precipitously after days of torrential rain. Gov. Tate Reeves said the Pearl would continue to rise throughout the day, and he warned that the...

President Donald Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, gives the instructions

Trump takes Daytona 500 warmup lap in presidential limousine

Feb. 16, 2020 4:25 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump gave an election-year embrace to NASCAR and its fans Sunday when he became the second president ever to attend the Daytona 500. The presidential motorcade took to the track to join in a warm-up lap after he had told the crowd that the racers and their teams...

Jury decides convicted Oregon meth dealer should lose home

Feb. 16, 2020 4:25 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Yamhill County jury has concluded that police can seize the home of a woman convicted of a felony drug crime under Oregon’s civil forfeiture law. Sheryl Sublet, 62, pleaded guilty in 2018 to to selling less than 1,000 grams of methamphetamine, The Oregonian/Oregon Live...

A woman wearing a protective face mask receives a temperature check from a security guard as she enters Qianmen Street, a popular tourist spot, in Beijing, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. China reported Sunday a drop in new virus cases for the third straight day, as it became apparent that the country's leadership was aware of the potential gravity of the situation well before the alarm was sounded. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Xi's early involvement in virus outbreak raises questions

Feb. 16, 2020 4:24 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A recent speech by Chinese President Xi Jinping that has been published by state media indicates for the first time that he was leading the response to a new virus outbreak from early on in the crisis. The publication of the Feb. 3 speech was an apparent attempt to demonstrate that the...