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Rhode Island group splits with Women’s March

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The Rhode Island chapter of the Women’s March says it separated from the national organization because one of its leaders refuses to denounce anti-Semitic statements made by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. Rhode Island organizer Shanna Wells tells the Providence Journal the group split from …

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‘Big House’ once owned by Warren Jeffs is now a sober home

By BRADY McCOMBSAssociated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A sprawling 44-bedroom house surrounded by towering brick walls that was the home base for polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs has been converted into a sober living center by Evangelical missionaries. It’s the latest sign of his group’s dwindling control of …

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Manhunt for gunman after federal agent shot in Chicago

By DON BABWIN and SARA BURNETTAssociated Press CHICAGO (AP) – Authorities in Chicago pleaded with the public for help Friday in finding the person who shot a federal agent in the face in what they described as a pre-dawn ambush. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent, who …

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Milwaukee cop suspended after violent arrest caught on video

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Four Milwaukee police officers are under investigation for kicking and punching an African American man while he was restrained on the ground during a confrontational arrest that was captured in several videos. One officer is on paid suspension and three others are on administrative duty after video …

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Barrier-breaking Texas sheriff stumbles in run for governor

By PAUL J. WEBERAssociated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Texas hasn’t elected a Democrat governor in 28 years but has never seen a candidate like Lupe Valdez: a trailblazing Hispanic female sheriff who is gay and grew up picking green beans as the daughter of migrant farmworkers. But ahead of …

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Mormon support for gay marriage gradually grows

By BRADY McCOMBSAssociated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Mormon Alex Landers supports the legalization of gay marriage despite her religion’s opposition for a simple reason: She has LGBTQ friends who she loves and respects, including her best friend who is a bisexual man. “I can’t look at him and …

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Ex-coal baron takes swipe at “China people” in political ad

By JOHN RABY and JONATHAN MATTISEAssociated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – An ex-coal executive who’s running for U.S. Senate after serving a one-year prison sentence has escalated his barrage on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, taking swipes at “China people” and calling McConnell “Cocaine Mitch” in a new ad. Former …

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Franklin Graham book shares lessons from ‘America’s Pastor’

By JONATHAN DREWAssociated Press RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Before the 2016 elections, Billy Graham’s son went to the evangelist’s mountain home, seeking advice before a 50-state tour to pray with Christian voters. In his new book, “Through My Father’s Eyes,” Franklin Graham recounts that his father had concerns. Billy Graham …

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500-year-old skeletons headed for Native American tribes

By KEITH RIDLERAssociated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Two 500-year-old skeletons discovered in Idaho’s high desert plains will be turned over to Native American tribes. U.S. officials in a series of notices starting Friday say the remains of the young adult and child will be given to the interrelated Shoshone-Bannock …

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South Carolina abortion ban bill dies in late-night vote

By CHRISTINA L. MYERSAssociated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina’s Senate has effectively killed a ban on almost all abortions in the state, voting early Friday morning to return the bill to committee. Five Republicans joined Democrats in the 24-21 vote, which came after Democrats held the Senate floor …

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