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UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 8, 2019, 1:34 p.m.

Booker taking 2020 campaign, social-justice message to Iowa

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker took a campaign message of social justice to Iowa, where he was visiting with black leaders and gay rights leaders Friday on his first trip …


Baby shot, critically wounded in parked car in Chicago

A 1-year-old boy who was shot in the head as he sat in the back seat of his grandmother’s SUV on Thursday evening on Chicago’s South Side was in critical …


6 people arrested after largest US-Australian meth seizure

Australian police arrested six people after what authorities said Friday was the largest single seizure of methamphetamine in the United States and the biggest drug haul bound for Australia.


New Hampshire court upholds women’s topless conviction

In a 3-2 ruling Friday, the court decided that Laconia’s ordinance does not discriminate on the basis of gender or violate the women’s right to free speech. In a dissenting …


Whitaker: I have ‘not interfered’ with Mueller investigation

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker insisted on Friday that he had “not interfered” in the special counsel’s Russia investigation as he faced a contentious and partisan congressional hearing in his …


National Enquirer says it will investigate Jeff Bezos’ extortion claims

The publisher of the National Enquirer said Friday it will look into claims of extortion and blackmail made by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who said the tabloid threatened to publish …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019, 8:51 p.m.

Former Rep. Dingell, U.S.’s longest-serving lawmaker, dies

Former U.S. Rep. John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in American history who mastered legislative deal-making and was fiercely protective of Detroit’s auto industry, has died. The Michigan Democrat …


Supreme Court blocks Louisiana abortion clinic law

The Supreme Court is stopping Louisiana from enforcing new regulations on abortion clinics in a test of the conservative court’s views on abortion rights.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019, 5:06 p.m.

Facility where incapacitated woman gave birth to shut down

A long-term care facility in Arizona where an incapacitated woman was raped and later gave birth announced Thursday that it would shut down operations.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019, 8:11 p.m.

Bezos says Enquirer threatened to publish revealing pics

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said Thursday he was the target of “extortion and blackmail” by the publisher of the National Enquirer, which he said threatened to publish revealing personal photos …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019, 5:32 p.m.

TSA says the number of guns detected at airport checkpoints rose 7 percent in 2018

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said Thursday that 4,239 firearms were found in carry-on bags coming through airport checkpoints in the United States last year, an increase of about 7 …


Ivanka Trump project seeks to help women in developing world

President Donald Trump threw his weight behind his daughter’s latest White House effort Thursday, backing her initiative to provide an economic boost to women in the developing world.


Bill Cosby, 81, moved to general unit at Pennsylvania prison

Bill Cosby has been moved to a general population unit as he serves three to 10 years in prison for sexual assault in Pennsylvania.


Democrats seek Green New Deal to address climate change

Democrats including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York are calling for a Green New Deal intended to transform the U.S. economy to combat climate change and create thousands of jobs …


House panel OKs subpoena for acting attorney general

The House Judiciary Committee has approved a tentative subpoena for Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker in an effort to ensure he appears at a hearing Friday and answers questions.


Tip leads to cocaine stashed in jailed man’s prosthetic leg

The discovery of cocaine inside a Virginia inmate’s prosthetic leg has led to an investigation into a suspected drug distribution operation at that jail.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019, 8:57 p.m.

Parkland attack fueled big shift in America’s gun politics

Last year’s shooting at a Florida high school sparked a movement among a younger generation angered by gun violence and set the stage for a significant shift in America’s gun …


Judge to release some info on FBI raid of Trump lawyer Cohen

A judge confirmed in a court filing Thursday that federal prosecutors in New York have an ongoing investigation related to “campaign finance crimes” committed when President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, …


US nuns urge changes to church structure to address abuse

The largest association of religious sisters in the United States called Thursday for an overhaul of the male-led leadership structure of the Catholic Church, after Pope Francis publicly acknowledged the …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019, 7:01 p.m.

Pacific Gas & Electric vows to improve wildfire prevention

Up to five million Northern California customers could temporarily lose power this year in the name of wildfire prevention if regulators approve Pacific Gas & Electric’s $2.3 billion safety proposal …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019, 6:48 p.m.

Nogales, Arizona’s officials want razor wire removed from border wall, calling it inhuman

Officials in a small Arizona border city passed a resolution Wednesday night condemning the installation of new razor wire that now covers the entirety of a tall border wall through …


A DOJ office with limited reach to probe handling of child sex abuse case involving New York millionaire Joseph Epstein

The Justice Department office that handles employee discipline has opened an investigation into whether attorneys committed “professional misconduct” in allowing a well-connected millionaire to spend just over a year in …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019, 3:47 p.m.

Oregon photographer drugged, raped young models, authorities say

A professional photographer drugged and sexually assaulted young models or aspiring models he worked with in Oregon and California, federal and state authorities said Wednesday.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019, 6:48 p.m.

San Francisco gas explosion shoots fire that burns buildings

A gas explosion in a San Francisco neighborhood shot flames high into the air Wednesday and was burning four buildings as utility crews scrambled to shut off the flow of …


Wildfires, hurricanes and other extreme weather cost the nation 247 lives, nearly $100 billion in damage during 2018

The number of billion-dollar weather disasters in the United States has more than doubled in recent years, as devastating hurricanes and ferocious wildfires that experts suspect are fueled in part …


New Trump-Russia probe will focus on reports of money laundering, financial compromise, Schiff says

The House Intelligence Committee’s new Democratic leadership will scrutinize “credible reports of money laundering and financial compromise” involving the businesses of President Donald Trump and those closest to him, the …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019, 8:34 p.m.

San Francisco police release sketch of ‘Doodler’ killer

More than 40 years after a serial killer dubbed the “Doodler” terrorized San Francisco’s gay community, police released a sketch Wednesday of what the man might look like today and …


Pompeo says Islamic State still a menace in Syria

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that the Islamic State remains a menace in Syria and Iraq and that the United States will continue to lead efforts to defeat …


A stranger offered to help a 14-year-old who said her father raped her – but only if she recorded it first

Sometime after 11 p.m. on Jan. 13, a 14-year-old girl sneaked out of her home in the Tennessee mountains. She climbed into 31-year-old Bryan Rogers’s car and they drove nearly …


Army aims for more combat-ready troops with new fitness test

The Army is developing a new, more grueling and complex fitness exam that adds dead lifts, power throws and other exercises designed to make soldiers more fit and ready for …