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Democrats try to blunt strong California showing for Sanders

California is the largest prize in the calculations of any Democratic presidential candidate, but it rarely seems that way

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 20, 2020

Warren’s next challenge: Maintain post-debate momentum

Elizabeth Warren enters the final stretch before Saturday’s Nevada Democratic caucus with a new and enviable but nonetheless critical mission: capitalizing on a standout performance during Wednesday’s presidential debate.

Police: Robbery looks unlikely as motive in rapper killing

Police say the home-invasion shooting death of rising rapper Pop Smoke in Los Angeles does not appear to be part of a robbery

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 20, 2020

Intelligence officials say Russia boosting Trump candidacy

Intelligence officials have warned lawmakers Russia is interfering in the 2020 election campaign to help President Donald Trump get reelected.

New colobus monkey makes debut at St. Louis Zoo

The St. Louis Zoo has a new resident, and boy is he cute

Coronavirus-infected Americans flown home against CDC’s advice

In the wee hours of a rainy Monday, more than a dozen buses sat on the tarmac at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport. Inside, 328 weary Americans wearing surgical masks and gloves …

New visa rules set off ‘panic wave’ in immigrant communities

After nearly a dozen years moving through the U.S. visa system, Sai Kyaw’s brother and sister and their families were at the finish line: a final interview before they could …

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 20, 2020

‘Black in Space’ looks at final frontier of civil rights

In 1959, Ronald Erwin McNair walked into a South Carolina library. The 9-year-old aspiring astronaut wanted to check out a calculus book, but a librarian threatened to call the police …

Weinstein jurors focus on Sciorra as deliberations continue

Deliberating for a third day, the jury at Harvey Weinstein’s trial continued Thursday to focus a lot of attention on actress Annabella Sciorra’s linchpin allegation that the once-heralded Hollywood mogul …

Free USC tuition to students with $80K or less family income

The University of Southern California will phase in free tuition for undergraduate students from families with an annual income of $80,000 or less, USC President Carol L. Folt announced Thursday.

Woman struck and killed by Mardi Gras float during parade

New Orleans is mourning the death of a woman who was run over by a parade float as the city celebrates the season leading up to Mardi Gras. Police are …

Hair Club for Men founder — and client – Sy Sperling dies

Hair Club for Men founder Sy Sperling, famous for the TV commercials where he proclaimed “I’m not only the Hair Club president but I’m also a client,” died in Florida. …

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 20, 2020

U.S. sanctions Iran clerics for vetoing election candidates

The Trump administration on Thursday ratcheted up pressure on Iran by slapping sanctions on top members of a powerful clerical body that disqualified thousands of candidates from running in that …

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 20, 2020

Trump makes unconventional pick to oversee ‘deep state’

President Donald Trump has made an unconventional pick to oversee the intelligence agencies he dismisses as the “deep state.”

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 20, 2020

Trump ally Roger Stone sentenced to over 3 years in prison

Roger Stone, a staunch ally of President Donald Trump, faces sentencing Thursday on his convictions for witness tampering and lying to Congress.

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 19, 2020

Debate night brawl: Bloomberg, Sanders attacked by rivals

From the opening bell, Democrats savaged New York billionaire Mike Bloomberg and raised pointed questions about Bernie Sanders’ take-no-prisoners politics during a contentious debate Wednesday night that threatened to further …

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 19, 2020

‘Leaning Tower of Dallas’ is online star after implosion

A social media sensation dubbed the “Leaning Tower of Dallas” was born when a portion of a building survived an implosion in Dallas.

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 19, 2020

Police chief stripped of duties disrobes, walks into storm

The police chief in a New Hampshire town took it literally when he was stripped of his duties at a local board meeting, disrobing to his underwear and walking out …

Another Catholic diocese seeks bankruptcy after abuse deals

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, filed for bankruptcy Wednesday, six months after disclosing it had paid millions of dollars to people sexually abused as children …

Super PACs aid Warren, Klobuchar whether they like it or not

Democrats Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar are getting help for their presidential bids from separate super PACs, whether they like it or not.

North Dakota regulators OK expanded Dakota Access pipeline

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota regulators on Wednesday unanimously approved expanded capacity for the Dakota Access pipeline, saying they believed the project had met exhaustive state and federal requirements. The …

Agency ordered to pay fees in ‘IM GOD’ license plate case

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has to pay more than $150,000 in legal fees for a man who won a lawsuit allowing him to put “IM GOD“ on his license plate.

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 19, 2020

2 teens arrested in library fire that killed firefighter

Two 13-year-old boys have been arrested on suspicion of starting a blaze at a public library in central California that left a firefighter dead and another missing, officials said.

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 19, 2020

Trump ousts top defense official who certified Ukraine aid

President Donald Trump has ousted the Pentagon’s top policy official who had certified last year that the Defense Department had seen enough anti-corruption progress in Ukraine to justify releasing congressionally …

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 19, 2020

As Trump ups attacks on Justice Dept, Barr remains in post

Even as President Donald Trump renewed his public attacks on the Justice Department on Wednesday, there was little outward worry from either end of Pennsylvania Avenue that Attorney General William …

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

Museum’s Rembrandt knockoff turns out to be the real thing

A nearly 400-year-old painting that had long been attributed to someone in Rembrandt’s workshop has now been judged to have been a work of the Dutch master himself

White House correspondents’ dinner returns to comedic roots

Comedians are making their return to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner after last year’s hiatus.

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

Trump says he knows identity of ‘Anonymous’ tell-all writer

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he knows the identity of the author known as “Anonymous,” the senior administration official who wrote an inside-the-White House account that painted the president as …

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

Judge refuses to delay sentencing of Trump ally Roger Stone

A federal judge on Tuesday refused to delay sentencing for Trump confidant Roger Stone on his conviction for witness tampering and lying to Congress.

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

After national group files bankruptcy, local Boy Scouts council says no changes expected

Barraged by sex abuse lawsuits, the Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday in hopes of working out a potentially mammoth victim compensation plan that will allow the …