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Ex-Penn State president guilty on one count of child endangerment

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State president Graham Spanier was convicted Friday of hushing up suspected child sex abuse in 2001 by Jerry Sandusky, whose arrest a decade later blew up into a major scandal for the university and led to the firing of beloved football coach Joe ...

AP Exclusive: US probes banking of ex-Trump campaign chief

By JACK GILLUM, MENELAOS HADJICOSTIS and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Treasury Department agents have recently obtained information about offshore financial transactions involving President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, as part of a federal ...

Some of the youngest opioid victims are curious toddlers

By GRETCHEN EHLKE, Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — Curious toddlers find the drugs in a mother's purse or accidentally dropped on the floor. Sometimes a parent fails to secure the child-resistant cap on a bottle of painkillers. No matter how it happens, if a 35-pound toddler grabs just ...

Officer, 3 others fatally shot in Wisconsin domestic dispute

By TODD RICHMOND, Associated Press WESTON, Wis. (AP) — Four people including a police officer are dead and a suspect is in custody after shootings at a bank and a law firm in northern Wisconsin, followed by a standoff at an apartment complex that ended in a volley of gunfire. Police ...

Greta Garbo’s former NYC apartment on market for $5.95M

NEW YORK (AP) — Film legend Greta Garbo's former longtime apartment in New York City is up for sale for nearly $6 million. The New York Times reports (http://nyti.ms/2nFMaXm ) that the Swedish-born star's seven-room Manhattan co-op overlooking the East River is on the market for $5.95 ...

Spying claim by Intel chair renews fight over Russia probe

By JULIE PACE and DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House intelligence committee says private communications of Donald Trump and his presidential transition team may have been scooped up by American intelligence officials monitoring other targets and ...

GOP health bill on the brink hours from House showdown vote

By ERICA WERNER and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP's long-promised legislation to repeal and replace "Obamacare" stood on the brink just hours before Republican leaders planned to put it on the House floor for a showdown vote. Short of support, GOP ...

High court nominee to face daylong questioning in Senate

By ERICA WERNER and MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch faces hours of questioning from senators as frustrated Democrats are determined to press him on everything from abortion and guns to his independence from President Donald ...

Trump to Capitol in last-ditch lobbying for health care bill

By ALAN FRAM and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is rallying support for the Republican health care overhaul by taking his case directly to GOP lawmakers at the Capitol, two days before the House plans a climactic vote that poses an ...

Labs extend purebred dog popularity record; Rottweilers rise

By JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — America's most popular dog breed is taking yet another victory Lab. Labrador retrievers extended their record run last year in the top spot, leading the American Kennel Club's new rankings Tuesday for a 26th straight year. But Rottweilers ...

Ex-MMA fighter guilty of 29 felonies in kidnap, beating case

By KEN RITTER, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — The former mixed martial arts fighter known as War Machine was found guilty Monday of kidnapping, beating and sexually assaulting his porn actress ex-girlfriend over several months in 2014, and of beating her male friend when he found them ...

Google affiliate offers tools to safeguard elections

By ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — An organization affiliated with Google is offering tools that news organizations and election-related sites can use to protect themselves from hacking. Jigsaw, a research arm of Google parent company Alphabet Inc., says that free and ...

Dylann Roof’s friend is going to prison for lying to FBI

By JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press The only person with whom Dylann Roof shared his racist plan to massacre worshippers at a historically black South Carolina church is about to find out how long he will go to prison for lying to the FBI. Joey Meek is set to be sentenced Tuesday in ...

While Trump talks tough, US quietly cutting nuclear force

By ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force is quietly shrinking its deployed force of land-based nuclear missiles as part of a holdover Obama administration plan to comply with an arms control treaty with Russia. The reductions are nearing completion despite ...

Justices to hear property rights dispute over family’s land

By SAM HANANEL, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Murr family's path to the Supreme Court began on the scenic banks of Wisconsin's St. Croix River, when a group of siblings tried to sell one of two waterfront plots. The idea was to use the money from the vacant lot to pay for ...

AP Explains: Senate confirmation and Supreme Court pick

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Thirteen months after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the Senate is finally holding confirmation hearings to fill the vacancy, considering President Donald Trump's choice of Neil Gorsuch for the high court. Republicans refused ...

Slain NYC medic’s son: ‘I know she didn’t die in vain’

NEW YORK (AP) — The eldest son of a fire department medic fatally run over by a stolen ambulance urged her colleagues and loved ones Saturday to be humbled rather than sad in her memory. "Seeing everyone she affected, I know she didn't die in vain," Jose Montes, the eldest of slain Fire ...

Man who drove suspicious car near White House is detained

WASHINGTON (AP) — A man who drove to a security checkpoint near the White House in a car that was deemed suspicious has been detained by the U.S. Secret Service. The car was stopped Saturday night about a quarter-mile from the White House. The Secret Service says it's investigating. It ...

Trump predicts quick passage of his health care proposal

By KEN THOMAS and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday predicted that a new health care law would be passed by a substantial margin and "pretty quickly," expressing optimism for his top legislative priority during his first news conference ...

Man accused of killing medic with ambulance: ‘I’m innocent’

By TOM McELROY, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A man accused of stealing an ambulance and then driving it over a fire department medic, crushing her to death, told reporters he wasn't guilty as he was escorted out of a police station Friday surrounded by angry uniformed emergency medical ...