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Monday 12/16/2019
AP Exclusive: Thousands of Ohio absentee applications denied
Updated: December 16, 2019 - 1:46 am

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Thousands of Ohio voters were held up or stymied in their efforts to get absentee ballots for last year’s general election because of missing or mismatched signatures on their ballot applications, an Associated Press review has found.

Sunday 12/15/2019
Turbulence shakes Democrats going into final debate of 2019
Updated: December 16, 2019 - 12:16 am

CLINTON, Iowa (AP) — Seven Democratic presidential candidates will stand on stage this week in Los Angeles, a pool of survivors who have withstood almost a year on the campaign trail, sustained attacks from rivals in both parties, and five rounds of high-pressure debates.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's selective facts on Ukraine, job myths
Updated: December 15, 2019 - 11:32 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — As near-certain impeachment closes in on him, President Donald Trump raged at his accusers, the Democrats. In the process, he offered a highly selective account of the testimony of a damning witness and misrepresented the facts of a phone call with Ukraine's president at the heart of the constitutional showdown.

Senate impeachment trial in focus ahead of House vote
Updated: December 16, 2019 - 12:16 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are pushing for testimony from top White House officials in the rare impeachment trial that is fast becoming the next battleground ahead of House voting that is all but certain to result in President Donald Trump's impeachment.

In reversal, Hallmark will reinstate same-sex marriage ads
Updated: December 15, 2019 - 11:04 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — The Hallmark Channel, reversing what it called a “wrong decision,” said Sunday it will reinstate commercials featuring same-sex couples that it had pulled following a complaint from a conservative group.

Democrats seek Bolton, Mulvaney for impeachment trial
Updated: December 15, 2019 - 10:15 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are proposing a weekslong Senate impeachment trial seeking testimony from four new witnesses including John Bolton and Mick Mulvaney over President Donald Trump's actions toward Ukraine, according to a detailed outline released Sunday.

Sackler-owned opioid maker pushes overdose treatment abroad
Updated: December 15, 2019 - 9:32 pm

The gleaming white booth towered over the medical conference in Italy in October, advertising a new brand of antidote for opioid overdoses. “Be prepared. Get naloxone. Save a life,” the slogan on its walls said.

Comey: 'Real sloppiness' in Russia probe but no misconduct
Updated: December 15, 2019 - 8:02 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI Director James Comey acknowledged Sunday that a Justice Department inspector general report identified “real sloppiness" in the surveillance of a former Trump campaign aide and said he was wrong to have been “overconfident" about how the Russia investigation was handled.

A roundup of recent Michigan newspaper editorials
Updated: December 15, 2019 - 12:47 pm

The Detroit News. December 11, 2019

Disappointment as marathon climate talks end with slim deal
Updated: December 15, 2019 - 6:44 pm

MADRID (AP) — Marathon U.N. climate talks ended Sunday with a slim compromise that sparked widespread disappointment, after major polluters resisted calls for ramping up efforts to keep global warming at bay and negotiators postponed debate about rules for international carbon markets for another year.

Recent editorials published in Iowa newspapers
Updated: December 15, 2019 - 10:31 am

Des Moines Register. December 12, 2019

No letup for UK lawmakers: Johnson presses ahead with Brexit
Updated: December 15, 2019 - 10:16 am

LONDON (AP) — There will be no letup for U.K. lawmakers worn out after Britain’s bruising election campaign. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to begin “before Christmas” the push to secure Parliamentary approval for his Brexit deal.

Greta Thunberg, German railway company in tweetstorm
Updated: December 15, 2019 - 6:42 pm

BERLIN (AP) — Climate activist Greta Thunberg and Germany's national railway company created a tweetstorm Sunday after she posted a photo of herself sitting on the floor of a train surrounded by lots of bags.

Study by Reach Mobile and Purdue Professor Finds Consumers With 'Unlimited Data' Could Overpay by Thousands
Updated: December 15, 2019 - 9:45 am

BOSTON - December 15, 2019 - ( Newswire.com )

White gold: Cyprus' halloumi cheese entangled in politics
Updated: December 15, 2019 - 2:44 am

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Dairy farmers on Cyprus refer to halloumi as “white gold.” The salty, rubbery cheese made from goats' and sheep's milk and prized for its ability to withstand a grill without melting is the country's leading export.

Saturday 12/14/2019
Shooting at suburban Atlanta mall injures 1 as shoppers flee
Updated: December 14, 2019 - 11:16 pm

ATLANTA (AP) — A shooting that wounded one man in a mall food court sent suburban Atlanta shoppers fleeing in panic Saturday.

Preservation or development? Brazil’s Amazon at a crossroads
Updated: December 15, 2019 - 6:45 pm

TRAIRAO, Brazil (AP) — Night falls in Brazil’s Amazon and two logging trucks without license plates emerge from the jungle. They rumble over dirt roads that lead away from a national forest, carrying trunks of trees hundreds of years old.

Under pressure, Hallmark pulls gay-themed wedding ads
Updated: December 15, 2019 - 6:16 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Under pressure from a conservative advocacy group, The Hallmark Channel has pulled ads for a wedding-planning website that featured two brides kissing at the altar.

Trump impeachment vote underscores a harshly partisan era
Updated: December 14, 2019 - 6:34 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — This coming week’s virtually certain House impeachment of President Donald Trump will underscore how Democrats and Republicans have morphed into fiercely divided camps since lawmakers impeached President Bill Clinton.

Saudi gunman tweeted against US before naval base shooting
Updated: December 14, 2019 - 3:16 pm

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — The Saudi gunman who killed three people at the Pensacola naval base had apparently gone on Twitter shortly before the shooting to blast U.S. support of Israel and accuse America of being anti-Muslim, a U.S. official said Sunday as the FBI confirmed it is operating on the assumption the attack was an act of terrorism.

Iowa Democrats worry 'Medicare for All' hurts key industry
Updated: December 14, 2019 - 2:16 pm

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Kim Motl doesn’t work in the health insurance industry. But her friends and neighbors do. So when she saw Sen. Elizabeth Warren recently in Fort Dodge, Iowa, Motl pressed the Democratic presidential candidate about her “Medicare for All” plan, which would replace private insurance with a government-run system.

Houses of worship attacked with deadly frequency in 2019
Updated: December 14, 2019 - 1:47 pm

On Dec. 1, a band of assailants opened fire on worshippers at a small-town Protestant church in Burkina Faso, an impoverished West African country where the Christian minority is increasingly a target of attacks. The victims included the pastor and several teenage boys; regional authorities attributed the attack to “unidentified armed men” who, according to witnesses, got away on motorcycles.

Georgia man arrested after calling police 3 times to confess
Updated: December 14, 2019 - 3:02 pm

BOSTON, Ga. (AP) — A man apparently felt so bad about breaking the law that he called police three times to confess, according to police in Georgia.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's impeachment rage, Bloomberg on coal
Updated: December 14, 2019 - 6:34 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — As near-certain impeachment closes in on him, President Donald Trump raged at his accusers, the Democrats. In the process, he offered a highly selective account of the testimony of a damning witness and misrepresented the facts of a phone call at the heart of the constitutional showdown.

Louisiana sues California over alligator ban
Updated: December 14, 2019 - 3:02 pm

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana is suing the state of California over its decision to ban the import and sale of alligator products, saying the ban will hurt an important Louisiana industry and ultimately could hurt the state's wetlands.

Reparations mark new front for US colleges tied to slavery
Updated: December 14, 2019 - 11:16 pm

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The promise of reparations to atone for historical ties to slavery has opened new territory in a reckoning at U.S. colleges, which until now have responded with monuments, building name changes and public apologies.

Shooting shows New Jersey's gun laws aren't stopping imports
Updated: December 14, 2019 - 8:02 am

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Officials from states with strong gun restrictions have called for stricter firearm control in places with weaker laws to thwart traffickers, but the fatal attack on a Jewish market in New Jersey shows how fruitless those efforts can be.

US finally giving boot to official foot measurement
Updated: December 14, 2019 - 6:34 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Change is afoot for the official measuring stick used to size up big places in America.

AP Exclusive: China tightens up on info after Xinjiang leaks
Updated: December 14, 2019 - 2:16 am

The Xinjiang regional government in China’s far west is deleting data, destroying documents, tightening controls on information and has held high-level meetings in response to leaks of classified papers on its mass detention camps for Uighurs and other predominantly Muslim minorities, according to four people in contact with government employees there.

PHOTO GALLERY: A selection of pictures from the past week
Updated: December 14, 2019 - 12:31 am

Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see. This week's gallery includes people making their way through shadows in Tehran's Grand Bazaar; boys playing among debris in a camp for internally displaced people in Kabul; and fog shrouding the U.S. Capitol dome in Washington.

Friday 12/13/2019
'Wild week' as Washington works amid impeachment
Updated: December 14, 2019 - 12:31 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi don’t see eye-to-eye on much these days, but in the throes of impeachment, they’re in lockstep on the desire to close out the year by checking off items on their to-do lists.

Icy silence, frayed connections: Impeachment takes a toll
Updated: December 14, 2019 - 12:16 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The most raucous committee in Congress sat stone-faced, barely speaking.

Justices to take up dispute over subpoenas for Trump records
Updated: December 13, 2019 - 11:45 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Friday it will hear President Donald Trump's pleas to keep his tax, bank and financial records private, a major confrontation between the president and Congress that also could affect the 2020 presidential campaign.

Boy, 13, arrested in killing of Barnard College freshman
Updated: December 13, 2019 - 11:45 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — A 13-year-old boy was arrested Friday in the stabbing death of a Barnard College freshman who was approached in a park by as many as three youths as she ventured from her New York City campus on the eve of final exams.

How streaming, diversity, #MeToo shaped TV decade of change
Updated: December 14, 2019 - 6:34 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Game of Thrones” was both an unprecedented achievement and old-school role model in the TV decade that’s rolling its final credits.

Phillies finalize 1-year deal with Gregorius
Updated: December 13, 2019 - 8:31 pm

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Phillies and shortstop Didi Gregorius finalized their $14 million, one-year contract Friday.

State mounts largest crackdown on illegal pot shops in LA
Updated: December 13, 2019 - 7:30 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California regulators mounted dozens of raids against illegal marijuana retailers in Los Angeles this week, the largest crackdown to date against the city's thriving black market, officials announced Friday.

How US-China trade deal achieved a little but left out a lot
Updated: December 13, 2019 - 7:30 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The limited trade deal that the Trump administration and Beijing announced Friday means Americans will avoid a holiday tax increase on imported toys, clothing and smartphones. U.S. farmers can sell more soybeans and pork to China. And American companies should face less pressure to hand over trade secrets to Beijing.

Trump calls impeachment vote 'an embarrassment' to nation
Updated: December 13, 2019 - 5:03 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared Friday's House committee vote to impeach him ”an embarrassment to our country" and refused to back away from the charge that first ensnared him in the scandal. Almost simultaneous to the vote, Rudy Giuliani, the president's personal lawyer, turned up at the White House.

Learning Economy and Colorado Department of Higher Education Announce the Launch of Colorado Education Work Lab (C-Lab)
Updated: December 13, 2019 - 5:17 pm

DENVER - December 13, 2019 - ( Newswire.com )

Markets have muted reaction to long-awaited China trade deal
Updated: December 13, 2019 - 5:03 pm

Wall Street closed out a listless day Friday with tiny gains and more record highs for the S&P 500 and Nasdaq.

Impeachment charges head to House; Trump cries anew: 'Hoax'
Updated: December 13, 2019 - 7:30 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats propelled President Donald Trump’s impeachment toward a historic vote by the full U.S. House as the Judiciary Committee on Friday approved charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. It's the latest major step in the constitutional and political storm that has divided Congress and the nation.

In surprise decision, US approves muscular dystrophy drug
Updated: December 13, 2019 - 3:47 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health regulators approved a second drug for a debilitating form of muscular dystrophy, a surprise decision after the medication was rejected for safety concerns just four months ago.

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week
Updated: December 13, 2019 - 7:30 pm

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts:

Anti-Semitism order raises tough issue of defining prejudice
Updated: December 13, 2019 - 3:02 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump’s order to expand the scope of potential anti-Semitism complaints on college campuses is raising the stakes of an already tense battle over how to define discrimination against Jews.

Johnson claims Brexit mandate with new conservative majority
Updated: December 13, 2019 - 7:30 pm

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged Friday to heal Britain's divisions over Brexit after his gamble on early elections rewarded him with a commanding majority in Parliament and a new mandate to take his country out of the European Union at the end of January.

Planned Parenthood shooting suspect insists he's competent
Updated: December 13, 2019 - 2:30 pm

DENVER (AP) — A man accused of killing three people and injuring nine others at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado in 2015 appeared in court in Denver on Friday on new charges and insisted he is competent to stand trial.

Climate talks head into overtime with key issues unresolved
Updated: December 13, 2019 - 2:03 pm

MADRID (AP) — Officials from almost 200 countries hunkered down for another night of talks late Friday as a U.N. climate meeting in Madrid went into overtime without agreement on key issues.

Garwood Medical Devices' $3m Series B Oversubscribed by $700,000
Updated: December 13, 2019 - 1:46 pm

BUFFALO, N.Y. - December 13, 2019 - ( Newswire.com )

CTA Encouraged by Phase One Deal and Tariff Rollback, Welcomes Further Progress to End Tariffs
Updated: December 13, 2019 - 1:15 pm

ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 13, 2019--

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