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Fire guts home of family whose 2002 slayings remain unsolved

BASSETT, Va. (AP) — More than 16 years after the still-unsolved slayings of the Short family, their Virginia home has burned to the ground. The Martinsville Bulletin reports that the...
Feb. 21, 2019

Cohen talking to Senate panel Tuesday, kicking off busy week

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate intelligence committee will interview President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer behind closed doors on Tuesday, according to a person familiar with the matter. Michael Cohen's...
Feb. 21, 2019

State lawmakers place their bets on sports gambling

States are moving rapidly to legalize sports gambling even as lawmakers grapple with questions over how to implement it. How it will be regulated and taxed, whether betting should be...
Feb. 21, 2019

Snow in Las Vegas! Strip gets first white stuff in decade

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A winter storm brought rare snowfall to the Las Vegas Strip, dusting casino marquees and prompting revelers to erect a snowman near the famous "Welcome to...
Feb. 21, 2019

The Latest: Group: Turn Smollett frustration into activism

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the attack reported by Jussie Smollett (all times local): 12:40 p.m. An LGBTQ rights group is calling on anyone who feels let down by...
Feb. 21, 2019

Pence tours church, movie theater helped by Trump tax law

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence says U.S. Sen. Tim Scott's persistence is to thank for a law that gives federal tax breaks to people who invest in...
Feb. 21, 2019

Parade horses to be up for adoption after Mardi Gras marches

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Sixteen horses that will march in this year's Mardi Gras parades will be up for adoption as part of an effort to save them from being...
Feb. 21, 2019

German parliament approves compromise in abortion dispute

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's parliament has approved legislation to loosen, but not scrap, a ban on doctors "advertising" abortions. The dpa news agency reported Thursday parliament voted for the compromise...
Feb. 21, 2019

Ex-Lion gets preliminary approval for medical pot dispensary

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Former Detroit Lions star receiver Calvin Johnson has received preliminary approval of his license application for a medical marijuana dispensary in suburban Detroit. Michigan's Medical Marihuana...
Feb. 21, 2019

Maine governor adds boost to major power line project

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Gov. Janet Mills is throwing her support behind a 145-mile transmission line across western Maine to supply Canadian hydropower to electricity consumers in Massachusetts, citing economic...
Feb. 21, 2019

The Latest: Striking Oakland teacher seeks smaller classes

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a teachers strike in Oakland, California (all times local): 10:05 a.m. Oakland kindergarten teacher Kaki Blackburn says she is striking to demand a...
Feb. 21, 2019

UK acknowledges key trade deals won't be ready by Brexit day

BRUSSELS (AP) — The British government acknowledged Thursday that trade deals with major countries such as Japan and Turkey will not be in place by the planned Brexit day of...
Feb. 21, 2019

Judge reverses bail denial for activist who exposed breast

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — After initially ordering a New York woman who mimicked Virginia's seal by exposing her breast outside the Capitol to be held without bail, a Virginia judge...
Feb. 21, 2019

Withdrawal of 1,000 Burundian soldiers from Somalia begins

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — An official in Burundi says the withdrawal of 1,000 Burundian soldiers from the African Union regional force in Somalia has begun. The military official in Burundi,...
Feb. 21, 2019

Lawyer: Rand Paul award excessive; new trial requested

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — The attorney for a man who attacked U.S. Sen. Rand Paul in a dispute over lawn maintenance has appealed a jury's decision to award the...
Feb. 21, 2019

GOP fundraiser admits fraud; accused of spending on escorts

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A GOP fundraiser and former congressional candidate from Rhode Island has agreed to plead guilty to fraud and violating campaign law after prosecutors say he used...
Feb. 21, 2019

Manafort faces March sentencing in Virginia tax, fraud case

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A judge has set a March 8 sentencing date for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on his Virginia conviction for hiding millions of dollars from...
Feb. 21, 2019

The Latest: Russian, Venezuelan diplomats meet in Moscow

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 11:55 p.m. A Russian deputy foreign minister has met with his Venezuelan counterpart as tensions...
Feb. 21, 2019

The Latest: No immediate comment from Smollett attorneys

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the attack reported by Jussie Smollett (all times local): 11:55 p.m. A spokeswoman for Jussie Smollett's attorneys says they may speak to reporters about...
Feb. 21, 2019

Sanctions could ease if North Korea threat markedly reduced

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the U.S. will not ease economic sanctions on North Korea until it is confident that the nuclear weapons threat from Pyongyang...
Feb. 21, 2019

The Latest: Syracuse coach 'heartbroken' over fatal accident

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on the fatal accident involving Syracuse men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim (all times local): 12:50 p.m. Syracuse men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim (BAY-heim) says...
Feb. 21, 2019

UN: Central African Republic peace deal may be turning point

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Central African Republic says the peace agreement signed this month by the government and 14 rebel groups "could be a turning point"...
Feb. 21, 2019

Abuse victims: Italian law helps bishops dodge investigation

ROME (AP) — U.S. and Italian advocates for victims of pedophile priests are pressing for Italy to overhaul legislation that allows bishops to dodge accountability for predator clergy in the...
Feb. 21, 2019

Israel aiming to land on moon with SpaceX launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Israel aims to land on the moon after hitching a ride with SpaceX. The Falcon rocket is scheduled to blast off Thursday night from Cape...
Feb. 21, 2019

From corn to Apple: What's behind the US-China standoff

WASHINGTON (AP) — To hear the Americans tell it, the Chinese have gone on a commercial crime spree, pilfering trade secrets from seed corn to electronic brains behind wind turbines...
Feb. 21, 2019

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