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Of founders and findings: What to watch on impeachment

By LAURIE KELLMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Same pillared House hearing room. Different chairman with his own mission. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler gaveled openWednesday's impeachment hearingsagainst the nation's 45th president, launching the business of ...

Home-state skepticism of Kamala Harris foretold trouble

By STEVE PEOPLES, KATHLEEN RONAYNE and ERRIN HAINES Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When Sen. Kamala Harris entered the presidential race in January, her California roots were supposed to give her special access to the cash and delegates required to win the Democratic nomination. ...

Buffalo bishop resigns under fire for handling of misconduct

By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Pope Francis on Wednesday accepted the resignation of Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone following widespread criticism from Malone's staff, priests and the public over how he handled allegations of clergy sexual misconduct. The Vatican ...

Trump team on Capitol Hill amid ‘serious misconduct’ probe

By LISA MASCARO and MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee opened its first impeachment hearing Wednesday, moving swiftly to weigh findings by fellow lawmakers that President Donald Trump misused the power of his office for personal political ...

Georgia governor picks political newcomer for U.S. Senate

By BEN NADLER and ZEKE MILLER Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's Republican governor has chosen a wealthy businesswoman and political newcomer to fill an upcoming vacancy in the U.S. Senate, flouting President Donald Trump's preferred candidate in a play for moderate suburban ...

Kamala Harris ends Democratic presidential campaign

By KATHLEEN RONAYNE and NICHOLAS RICCARDI Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sen. Kamala Harris told supporters on Tuesday that she was ending her bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. "I've taken stock and looked at this from every angle, and over the last few days ...

Prosecutor says he will seek 1 year for corrupt congressman

By JULIE WATSON Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal prosecutor said he plans to ask for at least a year in prison for California Rep. Duncan Hunter pleaded guilty Tuesday to misusing $150,000 in campaign funds for his own personal expenses. The six-term Republican, who had fought ...

Report: Racial divide shrinks in US criminal justice system

By DON THOMPSON Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Racial disparities have narrowed across the U.S. criminal justice system over 16 years, though black people are still significantly more likely to be behind bars than white people, new federal figures show. Racial gaps broadly ...

House report outlines evidence for Trump impeachment

By LISA MASCARO and MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The House released a sweeping impeachment report Tuesday outlining evidence of what it calls President Donald Trump's wrongdoing toward Ukraine, findings that will serve as the foundation for debate over whether the ...

Gun background checks are on pace to break record in 2019

By LISA MARIE PANE Associated Press Background checks on gun purchases in the U.S. are climbing toward a record high this year, reflecting what the industry says is a rush by people to buy weapons in reaction to the Democratic presidential candidates' calls for tighter restrictions. By the ...

Ex-chief says he didn’t intentionally ‘deceive’ anyone

By SOPHIA TAREEN Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Ousted Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Tuesday that he didn't "intentionally mislead or deceive" anyone about the mid-October night he was found sleeping behind the wheel of his SUV. Johnson, 59, released a statement through ...

House impeachment report coming ahead of landmark hearing

By HOPE YEN, LISA MASCARO and MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The House impeachment report on President Donald Trump will be unveiled Monday behind closed doors for key lawmakers as Democrats push ahead with the inquiry despite the White House's declaration it will not ...

Schools close as US East braces for ‘long, difficult storm’

NEW YORK (AP) — A storm that already snarled Thanksgiving travel across much of the country threatened to dump a foot and a half of snow on parts of the East, leading governments to close schools and offices, canceling or delaying hundreds of flights, and sending an army of salt trucks ...

Chicago mayor fires city’s top cop over ‘ethical lapses’

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot fired Police Supt. Eddie Johnson on Monday, saying her decision was based on his "ethical lapses." Lightfoot said she decided to fire Johnson after reviewing an inspector general's report on its investigation into a recent incident in which he was ...

For banks, data on your spending habits could be a gold mine

By ANICK JESDANUN AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — There's a powerful new player watching what you buy so it can tailor product offerings for you: the bank behind your credit or debit card. For years, Google and Facebook have been showing ads based on your online behavior. Retailers ...

Democrats aim to catch up to Trump’s 2020 cash advantage

By BRIAN SLODYSKO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are narrowing President Donald Trump's early spending advantage, with two billionaire White House hopefuls joining established party groups to target the president in key battleground states that are likely to determine the ...

10 wounded in shooting near New Orleans’ French Quarter

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ten people were shot and wounded early Sunday near the French Quarter in New Orleans, a popular spot for tourists. Hours later in another part of town, another shooting killed two men and wounded two others. Police said both shootings remain under investigation, and ...

Rescuers search for girl, 6, missing after truck swept away

TONTO BASIN, Ariz. (AP) — Rescuers with helicopters, drones, boats and dogs searched Sunday for a 6-year-old girl missing since Friday, when a truck she was in was swept away while attempting to cross an Arizona creek swollen by runoff from a powerful storm. A boy and a girl, both 5, were ...

‘I know Joe’s heart’: Why black voters are backing Joe Biden

By ERRIN HAINES AP National Writer After Kamala Harris challenged Joe Biden's past opposition to school busing in a nationally televised Democratic presidential debate, the former vice president who prides himself on strong relationships in the black community was in an unfamiliar place, ...

House panel to vote on Ukraine report as Trump mulls defense

By HOPE YEN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The House impeachment inquiry enters a pivotal stage this week, with investigators planning a vote Tuesday to approve their report making the case for President Donald Trump's removal from office as he decides whether to mount a defense before a ...