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The Latest: Israel flying to moon after SpaceX launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Thursday night's SpaceX launch carrying Israel's privately funded lunar lander (all times local): 8:45 p.m. Israel is on its way to the...
Feb. 21, 2019

Trump pledges to expand opportunity for every race

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is pledging to expand opportunity for Americans of every race, religion and creed as he commemorates Black History Month. Speaking to hundreds Thursday at...
Feb. 21, 2019

Amid loss of leaders, unknown militant rises in Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine and U.S. officials say a little-known militant has been named the new leader of the Islamic State group in the southern Philippines. The Philippine interior...
Feb. 21, 2019

Rare snow dusts Vegas strip, sticks to LA-area foothills

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Winter storms in the U.S. Southwest brought snow to places it rarely falls, dusting casino marquees on the Las Vegas Strip and sticking at very low...
Feb. 21, 2019

White House says US will keep 200 troops in Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says the U.S. is keeping 200 American troops in Syria as part of a small peacekeeping force. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said...
Feb. 21, 2019

The Latest: Judge considers expanding child separation case

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the legal wrangling over the Trump administration's policy to separate immigrant families who crossed the border illegally (all times local): 5 p.m. A San...
Feb. 21, 2019

Case against Jussie Smollett resembles detailed movie script

CHICAGO (AP) — As authorities laid out their case against "Empire" actor Jussie Smullett, the narrative that emerged Thursday sounded like that of a filmmaker who wrote, cast, directed and...
Feb. 21, 2019

Minnesota AG to review case of woman accused in 2 deaths

MANTORVILLE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Attorney General's office will review the case of a woman accused of killing her husband in southern Minnesota, then fleeing to Florida and killing...
Feb. 21, 2019

Change-of-plea hearing for last ex-guard in inmate spraying

A federal judge has scheduled a change-of-plea hearing for a former Louisiana prison guard accused of watching as other guards pepper-sprayed handcuffed, kneeling inmates. Former Lt. Christopher Loring is the...
Feb. 21, 2019

Case dismissed amid review of Houston cop's work

DALLAS (AP) — Prosecutors have dismissed one of the cases being re-examined because they involved a Houston officer accused of lying in an affidavit that led to a deadly drug...
Feb. 21, 2019

Prosecutors: Smollett paid brothers $3,500 for staged attack

CHICAGO (AP) — Two brothers who told police that Jussie Smollett paid them $3,500 to help stage an attack on himself were linked to the actor through the "Empire" television...
Feb. 21, 2019

Virginia gov signs ban on people under 21 buying tobacco

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has signed legislation banning people under 21 from buying tobacco and nicotine products, a measure enacted in a state known historically for...
Feb. 21, 2019

Oregon housing squeeze sets stage for statewide rent control

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Faced with a housing shortage and skyrocketing rents, Oregon is poised to become the first state to impose mandatory rent controls, with a measure establishing tenant...
Feb. 21, 2019

The Latest: AP source: Smollett earns $100K-plus per episode

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the attack reported by Jussie Smollett (all times local): 6:45 p.m. Actor Jussie Smollett is earning more than $100,000 per episode of the Fox...
Feb. 21, 2019

Japanese spacecraft touches down on asteroid to get samples

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese spacecraft has touched down on a distant asteroid on a mission to collect material that could provide clues to the origin of the solar system...
Feb. 21, 2019

Prosecutors: Smollett paid 2 brothers $35K for staged attack

CHICAGO (AP) — Two brothers who told police that Jussie Smollett paid them $3,500 to help stage an attack on himself were linked to the actor through the "Empire" television...
Feb. 21, 2019

Case against 'Empire' actor resembles detailed movie script

CHICAGO (AP) — As authorities laid out their case against "Empire" actor Jussie Smullett, the narrative that emerged Thursday sounded like that of a filmmaker who wrote, cast, directed and...
Feb. 21, 2019

Trump ally Stone gets gag order after 'crosshairs' post

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge issued a broad gag order forbidding Roger Stone to discuss his criminal case with anyone and gave him a stinging reprimand Thursday over the...
Feb. 21, 2019

Iowa Rep. Steve King says he'll seek re-election in 2020

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Rep. Steve King says he will seek re-election despite Republican House leadership's move to strip him of his committee assignments after his racist statements about...
Feb. 21, 2019

Sheriff names 1 more victim of deadly California wildfire

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in Northern California have named another victim of a 2018 wildfire that devastated a town and killed 85. The Butte County Sheriff's Office says 93-year-old...
Feb. 21, 2019

Monkees' lovable bass-guitar player Peter Tork dead at 77

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Peter Tork, a talented singer-songwriter and instrumentalist whose musical skills were often overshadowed by his role as the goofy, lovable bass guitarist in the made-for-television rock...
Feb. 21, 2019

Trump-Kim summit host Vietnam is model for economic growth

BANGKOK (AP) — Vietnam, the location of President Donald Trump's next meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, has come a long way since America abandoned its war against...
Feb. 21, 2019

Snowman pops up in Vegas as city sees rare winter weather

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Winter storms in the U.S. Southwest brought rare snowfall Thursday to the Las Vegas Strip, dusting casino marquees and prompting revelers to erect a snowman near...
Feb. 21, 2019

Electronic voting machines clear hurdles in Georgia House

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia voters could soon get new electronic touchscreen voting machines that print a paper ballot under fast-moving legislation approved Thursday by a House subcommittee and then by...
Feb. 21, 2019

Cohen visits Senate offices ahead of congressional testimony

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, visited the Senate intelligence committee's offices on Thursday, meeting with his lawyers in preparation for three days of congressional testimony...
Feb. 21, 2019

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