Government and politics

January 19, 2018 - 1:23 pm
BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (AP) — Julius Lester, an author, musician, civil rights activist and university professor who made a late-life conversion to Judaism, has died. He was 78. Lester's daughter, Lian Amaris, told The Associated Press on Friday that her father died Thursday. "Julius has passed...
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Larry Nassar sits in court during a sentencing hearing Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, waiting for the third day of victim impact statements to begin, in Lansing, Mich. Nassar, 54, faces a minimum sentence of 25 to 40 years in prison for molesting girls at Michigan State University and his home. He also was a team doctor at USA Gymnastics, based in Indianapolis, which trains Olympians. He's already been sentenced to 60 years in federal prison for child pornography crimes. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP)
January 19, 2018 - 12:45 pm
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Olympic gold medalist Jordyn Wieber described herself in court Friday as one of 140 survivors of sexual assault by Larry Nassar, as Michigan State University called on the state's attorney general to investigate the school's handling of complaints against the disgraced former...
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Michael "The Situation" Sorrentino, left, one of the former stars of the "Jersey Shore" reality TV show walks with his fiancee Lauren Pesce while arriving at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Courthouse for a hearing, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Newark, N.J. Sorrentino, who is expected to plead guilty to cheating on his taxes, and his brother, Marc, were charged in 2014 and again last year with multiple counts related to nearly $9 million in income from the show. They had pleaded not guilty, but wrote a letter to the judge this week stating they wanted to change their pleas. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
January 19, 2018 - 12:17 pm
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Michael "The Situation" Sorrentino, one of the stars of the "Jersey Shore" reality TV series that depicted 20-somethings partying and brawling by the seaside, pleaded guilty Friday to cheating on his taxes. Sorrentino and his brother, Marc, were charged in 2014 and again last...
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January 19, 2018 - 11:32 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Motorists would have to shell out $11.52 to drive into the busiest parts of Manhattan under a new proposal commissioned by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo to ease traffic congestion and raise vital funds for mass transit. Trucks would pay even more — $25.34 — while taxi cabs, Uber...
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January 19, 2018 - 11:30 am
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Federal government regulators proposed changes Friday in the way most hogs slaughtered for meat in the United States are processed in a series of new rules that officials say improve industry practices but critics say could imperil food safety. The new rules would allow hog...
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This image released by Sony Pictures Classics shows Timothée Chalamet in a scene from "Call Me By Your Name." The film was nominated for the top honor for the GLAAD Media Awards. (Sony Pictures Classics via AP)
January 19, 2018 - 10:57 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Five feature films including "The Shape of Water" and "Call Me By Your Name" have been nominated for GLAAD Media Awards, one year after it found only two films to honor for gay-inclusive story lines and characters. The other wide-release films nominated Friday are "Battle of the...
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January 19, 2018 - 10:18 am
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January 19, 2018 - 10:17 am
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Latest on the firing of Baltimore's police commissioner (all times local): 10:15 a.m. The new leader of the Baltimore Police Department is pledging to fight violent crime by putting more uniformed officers on the streets, an effort he says is already underway. Darryl DeSousa,...
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January 19, 2018 - 10:14 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday delayed a lower-court order that would have forced North Carolina Republican lawmakers to redraw the state's congressional districts by next week because of excessive partisan bias in current lines. The justices announced the stay after legal...
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FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2017 photo, U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin talk during the family photo session at the APEC Summit in Danang, Vietnam. Trump repeatedly declared in his presidential campaign that he would improve relations with Russia but was never specific. A year into his presidency, it’s no more clear. Moscow and Washington are at odds over issues ranging from North Korea to Ukraine, despite Trump’s open admiration of Putin. (Jorge Silva/Pool Photo via AP, File)
January 19, 2018 - 10:12 am
With a sharp departure from years and sometimes decades of U.S. foreign policy, President Donald Trump has made a seismic global impact during his first year in office. It has been delivered with his own brand of bombast and occasional threats. Contentious issues have always existed, especially in...
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