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2020 brings higher labor costs for small businesses

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Small business owners have plenty of changes to deal with as 2020 begins — higher labor costs for many companies, and some owners will discover that they have to comply with new laws that aren't on the books in their own states. As ...

5 crew members feared dead after Alaska fishing boat sinks

By BECKY BOHRER and MARTHA BELLISLE Associated Press JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Five crew members missing after a crab fishing vessel sank in the frigid waters off Alaska were feared dead after authorities called off a search for those working in the one of the most dangerous industries in the ...

US starts sending asylum seekers across Arizona border

By ASTRID GALVAN and CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN undefined PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. government on Thursday began sending asylum-seekers back to Nogales, Mexico, to await court hearings that will be scheduled roughly 350 miles (563 kilometers) away in Juarez, Mexico. Authorities are expanding a ...

Trump’s plan to curb teen vaping exempts some flavors

By MATTHEW PERRONE AP Health Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials will begin cracking down on most flavored e-cigarettes that are popular with underage teenagers, but their plan includes major exceptions that benefit vaping manufacturers, retailers and adults who use the ...

Floats, marching bands hit the streets for 131st Rose Parade

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — After a flyover by a B-2 stealth bomber, marching bands and floral floats took to the streets under mostly sunny California skies as the 131st Rose Parade drew hundreds of thousands of spectators on New Year's Day. Among the fanciful floats was an award-winning entry ...

Family: Man stabbed in Hanukkah attack may have brain damage

By JIM MUSTIAN Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A man wounded in the Hanukkah stabbings north of New York City may have permanent brain damage and be partially paralyzed for the rest of his life, his family said. The Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council released a statement from the ...

As more women run for office, child care remains a hurdle

By LINDSAY WHITEHURST and CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — When Kimberly Dudik ran for her fourth term in the Montana House, state officials told her she could not use campaign money to pay for child care for her four young children. She is now running for ...

Minister: Texas gunman grew angry in past over cash requests

By JAKE BLEIBERG and JAMIE STENGLE Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — The man who fatally shot two people at a Texas church was ruled mentally incompetent to stand trial in 2012 and was repeatedly fed by the congregation but got angry when church officials refused to give him money, according to ...

Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2019

By BERNARD McGHEE Associated Press A lauded writer who brought to light stories overshadowed by prejudice. An actress and singer who helped embody the manufactured innocence of the 1950s. A self-made billionaire who rose from a childhood of Depression-era poverty and twice ran for ...

Cheers, tears, prayers for 2020: A new decade is ushered in

Revelers around the globe are bidding farewell to a decade that will be remembered for the rise of social media, the Arab Spring, the #MeToo movement and, of course, President Donald Trump. A look at how the world is ushering in 2020: ___ HONG KONG Revelers as well as pro-democracy ...

Warren blasts billionaires as Democrats end year campaigning

By WILL WEISSERT Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren marked one year of running for president on Tuesday by slamming billionaires from both parties who she says put corporate interests above the needs of the rest of the country, as many top Democrats looking to ...

Armed congregants kill gunman who shot 2 at Texas church

By JAKE BLEIBERG Associated Press WHITE SETTLEMENT, Texas (AP) — A gunman who killed two people during a Texas church service was fatally shot within seconds by armed congregants, said state officials, who hailed the state's gun laws that allow weapons in places of worship. More than 240 ...

Police, victims warn against firing guns on New Year’s Eve

By MARK GILLISPIE Associated Press Kaitlyn Kong thought she had been punched hard in the abdomen as she stood among thousands of people in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, as the new year arrived a year ago. Her best friend, standing next to her, thought Kong had been stabbed as blood ...

Family: Hanukkah stabbing suspect had mental illness history

MONSEY, N.Y. (AP) — A man accused of storming into a rabbi's home and stabbing five people as they celebrated Hanukkah in an Orthodox Jewish community north of New York City was raised to embrace tolerance but has a history of mental illness, his family said. "Grafton Thomas has a long ...

2020 Watch: Messy primary finally meets election year

By BILL BARROW Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — The presidential politics calendar turned to 2020 nearly a year ago. This week, the actual date catches up. What we're watching as the preseason closes and election year opens: ___ Days to Iowa caucuses: 35 Days to general election: ...

California’s Gov. Newsom had ‘baptism by fire’ in 1st year

By KATHLEEN RONAYNE Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — During his inaugural address last January, California Gov. Gavin Newsom made only a passing reference to wildfires and never mentioned the state's largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric. Both soon became inescapable ...

Hundreds of accused clergy left off church’s sex abuse lists

By CLAUDIA LAUER and MEGHAN HOYER Associated Press Richard J. Poster served time for possessing child pornography, violated his probation by having contact with children, admitted masturbating in the bushes near a church school and in 2005 was put on a sex offender registry. And yet the former ...

Under weight of family tragedy, LSU coach crafts big win

By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Steve Ensminger wiped tears from his eyes after first walking onto the football field at Mercedes-Benz Stadium for LSU's pregame warmups. The Tigers assistant was still fighting his emotions when he quickly left the field after the top-ranked ...

A final fundraiser for man who boosted ice bucket challenge

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Hundreds of people plunged into the chilly ocean at a Massachusetts beach on Saturday to honor Peter Frates, the former college baseball player whose battle with Lou Gehrig's disease helped spread the ALS ice bucket challenge. About 1,000 people showed up for the ...

Trump retweets post naming alleged whistleblower

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE and DAVID KLEPPER Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump retweeted a post that included the alleged name of the anonymous whistleblower whose complaint ultimately led to Trump's impeachment by the House. Just before midnight Friday, Trump ...