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September 13, 2019 - 5:55 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Jean Edward Smith, a prize-winning historian known for his books on Franklin Roosevelt and Ulysses Grant, has died. He was 86. Simon & Schuster confirmed his death Friday but did not immediately have further details. A longtime professor at the University of Toronto, Smith wrote...
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FILE - In this April 3, 2019, file photo, Casey Viner, an Ohio gamer accused of recruiting a prankster to make a bogus emergency call, leaves federal court in Wichita, Kansas, after changing his plea to guilty for his alleged part in the hoax that got an unarmed Kansas man killed by police. (AP Photo/Roxana Hegeman, File)
September 13, 2019 - 4:09 pm
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An Ohio gamer upset about a $1.50 bet while playing Call of Duty: WWII online was sentenced Friday to 15 months in prison for recruiting a prankster to make a bogus emergency call that resulted in the fatal shooting of a Kansas man by police. Casey Viner, 19, of North College...
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This photo provided by the U.S. Postal Service shows the Tyrannosaurus Rex Forever Stamps. A federal appeals court in Washington has thrown out a 5-cent hike to the price of a first class “Forever Stamp” along with other adjustments made in January to the price of first-class mail, (U.S. Postal Service via AP)
September 13, 2019 - 3:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court in Washington on Friday threw out a 5-cent hike to the price of a first class "Forever Stamp" along with other adjustments made in January to the price of first-class mail. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia...
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Central American migrants wait to see if their number will be called to cross the border and apply for asylum in the United States, at the El Chaparral border crossing in Tijuana, Mexico, Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. Dozens of immigrants lined up Friday at a major Tijuana border crossing waiting to learn how the Trump administration's radical new restrictions on who qualifies for asylum would affect the tens of thousands of migrants stuck on the Mexican border seeking refuge.(AP Photo/Emilio Espejel)
September 13, 2019 - 1:30 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Trump administration immigration official is defending efforts to effectively end asylum for migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Ken Cuccinelli says the move is necessary to drive down a massive backlog of immigration cases. Cuccinelli, the acting head of U.S...
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Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., responds to a question Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC at Texas Southern University in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
September 13, 2019 - 11:30 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The absence of issues such as women's reproductive rights and the gender pay gap from the Democratic presidential debate is prompting criticism Friday from several candidates and other Democrats who argue the focus of the evening was misplaced. California Sen. Kamala Harris, one...
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FILE - In this April 3, 2019 file photo, actress Felicity Huffman arrives at federal court in Boston to face charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. Huffman, who pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy and fraud in May, is returning for sentencing in federal on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019 court in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
September 13, 2019 - 10:49 am
BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of actress Felicity Huffman in the nationwide college admissions bribery scam (all times local): 1:45 p.m. "Desperate Housewives" star Felicity Huffman has arrived at Boston's federal court to learn her fate in the college admissions scandal. The actress...
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September 13, 2019 - 5:59 am
CASCO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a former Michigan school principal who says his rights were violated when he was forced out of his job for giving a wooden penis as a gift that he said was based on an inside joke. John Stanton sued Superintendent Leonard...
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September 12, 2019 - 3:07 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A city law banning so-called gay conversion therapy would be repealed under legislation introduced Thursday over concerns that a pending federal lawsuit could lead to a decision unfavorable to the LGBTQ community if the case were to make it to the Supreme Court. Council Speaker...
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FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2019 file photo, migrants line up in Matamoros, Mexico, for a meal donated by volunteers from the U.S., at the foot of the Puerta Mexico bridge that crosses to Brownsville, Texas. A federal appeals court has put on hold a ruling that blocked a Trump administration policy that would prevent migrants from seeking asylum along the entire southwest border. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 that put the ruling by U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar on hold for now. That means the administration's asylum policy is blocked in the border states of California and Arizona but not in New Mexico and Texas. (AP Photo/Emilio Espejel. File)
September 12, 2019 - 10:14 am
CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court's clearing of the way for the Trump administration to deny nearly all asylum claims from Central Americans was denounced by immigration advocates as a "death sentence" for the many migrants trying to escape poverty and violence in their homelands...
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FILE - In this May 19, 2015 file photo, Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett announces a federal lawsuit against several cancer charities in Knoxville, Tenn. A federal judge on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, blocked Tennessee's new restrictions for registering voters from taking effect on Oct. 1 while a challenge of the law proceeds. Hargett has argued adding penalties bolsters election security. His office didn't immediately comment on the ruling. (Michael Patrick/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP, File)
September 12, 2019 - 10:07 am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge has blocked Tennessee's new restrictions for registering voters from taking effect on Oct. 1, saying Thursday that any benefit of the law won't likely outweigh its potential harm. The ruling, for now, sets aside a law that goes beyond other states by fining...
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