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Suit says feds using immigration marriage interviews as trap

By REGINA GARCIA CANO Associated Press BALTIMORE (AP) — Alyse and Elmer Sanchez were thrilled when they survived their "green card" interview, a crucial step in obtaining lawful status in the United States. She texted her family from the immigration office as relief washed over her: The ...

Without oversight, scores of accused priests commit crimes

By CLAUDIA LAUER and MEGHAN HOYER Associated Press Nearly 1,700 priests and other clergy members that the Roman Catholic Church considers credibly accused of child sexual abuse are living under the radar with little to no oversight from religious authorities or law enforcement, decades after ...

Pompeo: State Dept. will follow law as Dems seek documents

By JILL COLVIN and MATTHEW LEE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the State Department intends to follow the law in the House impeachment investigation and vigorously defended President Donald Trump, dismissing questions about the president's attempts to ...

Witness in ex-Dallas officer’s murder trial shot and killed

DALLAS (AP) — A witness in the murder trial of a white Dallas police officer who fatally shot her black neighbor has been killed in a shooting, the Dallas Morning News reported, citing authorities. The newspaper reported that authorities said Joshua Brown, who lived in the same apartment ...

Suspect held in fatal bludgeoning of sleeping homeless men

By VERENA DOBNIK and REBECCA GIBIAN Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A homeless man wielding a long metal bar rampaged through New York City's Chinatown early Saturday attacking other homeless people who were sleeping, killing four and leaving a fifth with serious injuries, police ...

Ex-officer not guilty of manslaughter in Georgia shooting

WOODBINE, Ga. (AP) — A former Georgia police officer who fatally shot a fleeing, unarmed black man was acquitted Saturday of voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter. The jury, however, found Zechariah Presley guilty of violating his oath of office in the 2018 shooting of Tony ...

Accused priests teach, counsel young children under radar

By CLAUDIA LAUER and MEGHAN HOYER Associated Press Nearly 1,700 priests and other clergy members that the Roman Catholic Church considers credibly accused of child sexual abuse are living under the radar with little to no oversight from religious authorities or law enforcement, decades after ...

Trump formally objecting to probe, won’t say he’ll cooperate

By ZEKE MILLER and JONATHAN LEMIRE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday he will formally object to Congress' impeachment inquiry even as he acknowledged that House Democrats "have the votes" to proceed. The White House was expected to send a letter to House ...

Fed chairman says goal is to keep economy in ‘good place’

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Friday that the U.S. economy is facing some risks at the moment, but overall it is in a "good place" and the Fed's main job is to "keep it there as long as possible." Powell noted that ...

B-17 crash raises questions about vintage plane safety

By JENNIFER McDERMOTT Associated Press The roar of its four engines, the plexiglass nose, the bristling machine guns — for history buffs and aviation enthusiasts, few thrills compare with that of a flight aboard aircraft like the B-17 Flying Fortress, the World War II bomber that helped ...

Romney, Sasse break from GOP on Trump’s China remarks

By NICHOLAS RICCARDI and LISA MASCARO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Republican leaders were silent or supportive of President Donald Trump's public call for another foreign government, China, to investigate his political foe, while a handful voiced concern that the president was ...

President’s windmill hatred is a worry for booming industry

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER AND RODRIQUE NGOWI Associated Press BLOCK ISLAND, R.I. (AP) — The winds are blowing fair for America's wind power industry, making it one of the fastest-growing U.S. energy sources. Land-based turbines are rising by the thousands across America, from the remote Texas ...

GOP split over impeachment pushback as Democrats plow ahead

By LAURIE KELLMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The president's lawyer insists the real story is a debunked conspiracy theory. A senior White House adviser blames the "deep state." And a Republican congressman is pointing at Joe Biden's son. As the Democrats drive an impeachment ...

Forever 21 fashion chain files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO AP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Low-price fashion chain Forever 21, a once-hot destination for teen shoppers that fell victim to its own rapid expansion and changing consumer tastes, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The privately held company based in ...

What’s next as House committees launch impeachment probes

By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are planning a rapid start to their push for impeachment of President Donald Trump, with hearings and depositions starting this week. Democratic leaders have instructed committees to move quickly — and not to lose ...

Activists wonder why political donor wasn’t arrested sooner

By BRIAN MELLEY Associated Press WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — When a dead man was carried out of Ed Buck's apartment two years ago, members of the gay political club he lavished with thousands of dollars in political donations swiftly ousted him. Buck attempted a comeback in early January, ...

High-flying marijuana vapes take hit from health scare

By GILLIAN FLACCUS and JENNIFER PELTZ Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Vaping products, one of the fastest-growing segments of the legal marijuana industry, have taken a hit from consumers as public health experts scramble to determine what's causing a mysterious and sometimes fatal ...

Census: Inequality grew, including in heartland states

By MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The gap between the haves and have-nots in the United States grew last year to its highest level in more than 50 years of tracking income inequality, according to Census Bureau figures. Income inequality in the United States expanded ...

Acting intel boss to speak; Dems call complaint ‘disturbing’

By MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire is set to speak publicly for the first time about a secret whistleblower complaint involving President Donald Trump as House Democrats who have read the document say it is ...

Trump ‘has got to be stopped’: Dems defy impeachment risks

By STEVE PEOPLES AP National Political Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Democrats are embracing an impeachment investigation that could jeopardize their House majority and alienate the very suburban voters who have warmed to the party in recent elections and will be vital to defeat President Donald ...