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  • Missouri candidate accused of sex assault won't be charged

    Tue, 25 Oct 2016 22:23:33 GMT

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A special prosecutor says no charges will be filed against a Missouri House candidate who was accused of sexual assault by an incoming lawmaker.

  • Arizona sheriff officially charged with criminal contempt

    Tue, 25 Oct 2016 22:19:23 GMT

    PHOENIX (AP) — The longtime sheriff of metropolitan Phoenix has been formally charged with criminal contempt-of-court for ignoring a judge's order in a racial-profiling case.

  • Police: Refugee kills former co-worker, self; injures 3

    Tue, 25 Oct 2016 22:17:29 GMT

    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A refugee from Kenya killed one former co-worker, wounded three others and then killed himself Tuesday in a workplace shooting that authorities are still trying to unravel in Virginia, police said.

  • Fearing Election Day trouble, some US schools cancel classes

    Tue, 25 Oct 2016 22:17:20 GMT

    FALMOUTH, Maine (AP) — Rigged elections. Vigilante observers. Angry voters. The claims, threats and passions surrounding the presidential race have led communities around the U.S. to move polling places out of schools or cancel classes on Election Day.

  • AP Fact Check: No 'criminal act' in case of FBI agent's wife

    Tue, 25 Oct 2016 22:12:27 GMT

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Donald Trump was out of bounds when he accused rival Hillary Clinton of committing a "criminal act" by giving large campaign contributions to the wife of an FBI official who later supervised the agency's investigation into Clinton's email practices when she was secretary of state.

  • On Trump, Sen. McConnell has gone from quiet to mum

    Tue, 25 Oct 2016 22:08:10 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has never had much to say about Donald Trump. But lately, he has fallen completely silent.

  • The Latest: Police: Couple killed by officers had BB guns

    Tue, 25 Oct 2016 22:05:24 GMT

    ELKTON, Md. (AP) — The Latest on two people shot to death by police as officers were serving warrants at a motel room, according to authorities (all times local):

  • Aaron Schock agrees to pay $10,000 fine to settle FEC case

    Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:58:30 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — Documents show that former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock has agreed to pay a $10,000 Federal Election Commission fine for a campaign finance violation.

  • Police: refugee kills former co-worker, self; injures 3

    Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:46:15 GMT

    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A refugee from Kenya killed one former co-worker, wounded three others and then killed himself Tuesday in a workplace shooting that authorities are still trying to unravel in Virginia, police said.

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    Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:46:03 GMT


  • US intel chief: Getting NKorea to give up nukes 'lost cause'

    Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:44:09 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — National Intelligence director James Clapper said Tuesday that the U.S. goal of persuading North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons is probably a "lost cause" and the best hope is to cap its capability.

  • Authorities: Tire treads were below standard in fatal crash

    Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:41:52 GMT

    PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — The tread on four of the eight tires on a tour bus that slammed into a truck and killed 13 people on Interstate 10 were below government standards, an official said Tuesday, though the cause of one of California's deadliest vehicle crashes remained unclear.

  • 'Give us the bowl back,' North Carolina demands from PayPal

    Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:34:42 GMT

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina has struck back at PayPal for canceling a planned expansion in the state to protest a law limiting protections for LGBT people.

  • Wisconsin clerk feared early voting site helping Democrats

    Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:31:04 GMT

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The city clerk in Green Bay refused to set up an early voting site on a college campus in part because she feared the site would help Democrats, according to emails obtained by a liberal advocacy group.

  • Company asks pipeline protesters to leave North Dakota land

    Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:30:29 GMT

    CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — The developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline said Tuesday that the dozens of protesters who have camped on company-owned land since the weekend are trespassing and that "lawless behavior will not be tolerated."

  • Anger still flares after judge OKs Volkswagen emissions deal

    Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:30:27 GMT

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge approved the largest auto-scandal settlement in U.S. history Tuesday, giving nearly a half-million Volkswagen owners and leaseholders the choice between selling their cars back or having them repaired so they don't cheat on emissions tests and spew excess pollution.

  • Hungary: Publisher of suspended opposition newspaper sold

    Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:28:19 GMT

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A company linked to an ally of Hungary's prime minister said Tuesday it had acquired the publisher of the main opposition newspaper, which suspended publication 2 ½ weeks ago.

  • The Latest: American Royal's new home to be $160M project

    Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:27:35 GMT

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on the American Royal's move to Kansas (all times local):

  • Venezuela's congress opens political trial against Maduro

    Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:25:59 GMT

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's opposition-controlled congress has opened a political trial against President Nicolas Maduro for breaking the constitutional order, deepening a standoff triggered by authorities' suspension of a recall referendum against the widely unpopular socialist leader.

  • Belgium stretches talks on EU-Canada deal into eve of summit

    Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:23:47 GMT

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium is stretching talks to convince its region of Wallonia to give the necessary backing to a trade deal between the European Union and Canada into the eve of a summit to sign the landmark agreement.

  • Ryan urges Pentagon to suspend collection of Guard bonuses

    Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:14:15 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday called for the Pentagon to immediately suspend efforts to recover enlistment bonuses paid to thousands of soldiers in California who signed up to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan.