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Activist Lewis honored decades after civil rights arrest

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUSAssociated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The first time John Lewis traveled to Mississippi in 1961, he was arrested and jailed with other Freedom Riders, black and white, who challenged segregation in a bus station. Lewis, who is African-American, remembers going into a restroom labeled for white …

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California senator quits as Legislature grapples with #MeToo

By JONATHAN J. COOPER and DON THOMPSONAssociated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – A California state senator accused of sexual misconduct resigned Thursday just ahead of a possible vote to expel him, delivering a scathing resignation letter that called the investigation a farce and underscored the Legislature’s struggle to respond to …

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Forgot about that joint? Vegas airport lets people dump pot

By REGINA GARCIA CANOAssociated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) – What happens in Vegas really can stay in Vegas. Tourists catching a flight out of Sin City can now dump their leftover legal marijuana in metal containers set up at the airport. The 10 green bins dubbed “amnesty boxes” prevent federal …

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Correction: Obit-Billy Graham story

MONTREAT, N.C. (AP) – In a story Feb. 22 about the burial of Billy Graham, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Graham will be buried at the headquarters of his association in Charlotte. The burial will take place at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, a separate location. A corrected …

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Girl injured by dog during boarding for Southwest flight

By DAVID KOENIGAP Airlines Writer DALLAS (AP) – Southwest Airlines said Thursday that a dog injured a child as passengers boarded a flight in Phoenix, an event likely to fuel the debate over the growing number of emotional-support animals on planes. A passenger on Wednesday’s Phoenix-to-Portland, Oregon, flight tweeted that …

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Florida executes inmate; Texas, Alabama executions halted

By The Associated Press If executions set for Alabama, Texas and Florida were carried out as scheduled, it would have marked the first time in more than eight years that three convicted killers were put to death in the U.S. on the same day. But Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on …

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US may never see another spiritual leader like Billy Graham

By JEFF KAROUB and JONATHAN DREWAssociated Press MONTREAT, N.C. (AP) – In the wake of the Rev. Billy Graham’s death, religion scholars say this much is clear: There will never be another American spiritual leader with his reach and influence. The evangelical movement that Graham helped solidify and embodied for …

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West Virginia teachers: Statewide walkout over pay, benefits

By JOHN RABYAssociated Press CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia public school teachers launched a statewide walkout Thursday that canceled classes in all 55 counties, protesting over pay hikes signed by the governor hours earlier that the teachers say don’t go far enough. Thousands of teachers and support staff converged …

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Grand jury indicts Missouri governor who admitted affair

By JIM SALTERAssociated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) – A St. Louis grand jury has indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge for allegedly taking a compromising photo of a woman with whom he had an affair in 2015, the city circuit attorney’s office said Thursday. …

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