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NYPD judge recommends firing officer in Eric Garner death

By MICHAEL R. SISAK Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — In a reckoning five years in the making, an administrative judge on Friday recommended firing a New York City police officer over the 2014 chokehold death of an unarmed black man whose dying cries of "I can't breathe" fueled a national ...

Trump pick for national intelligence director is withdrawing

By MARY CLARE JALONICK and JONATHAN LEMIRE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick for national intelligence director, Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe, withdrew from consideration Friday after just five days as he faced growing questions about his experience and ...

Suicide, not police, killed California festival gunman

By STEFANIE DAZIO Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — The gunman who opened fire on a California food festival killed himself after officers shot him multiple times, officials said, correcting previous police accounts that the officers fired the fatal bullet. Police gave the update Friday, ...

Democratic White House hopefuls target labor at Nevada forum

By MICHELLE L. PRICE and KATHLEEN RONAYNE Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nineteen Democrats hoping to be the next president are in Nevada Saturday to win support from labor unions that hold sway in the state that will cast the first votes in the West in next year's primary. Candidates ...

Collapsing California cliff claims 3 lives along beach

ENCINITAS, Calif. (AP) — A popular surfing beach was closed Saturday after a cliff collapsed, sending tons of sandstone onto beachgoers and killing three people. A 30-foot-long slab of the cliff plunged onto the sand near Grandview Beach north of San Diego. A KNSD-TV helicopter captured ...

Trump signs Sept. 11 victims’ compensation fund extension

By JILL COLVIN and JONATHAN LEMIRE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday signed a bill ensuring that a victims' compensation fund helping those impacted by the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks never runs out of money, ending years of legislative gridlock as the number of ...

Unmarked buildings, quiet legal help for accused priests

By MARTHA MENDOZA, JULIET LINDERMAN and GARANCE BURKE Associated Press DRYDEN, Mich. (AP) — The visiting priests arrived discreetly, day and night. Stripped of their collars and cassocks, they went unnoticed in this tiny Midwestern town as they were escorted into a dingy warehouse across ...

Accused of racism, Trump blasts black congressman as racist

By ZEKE MILLER and HOPE YEN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing growing accusations of racism for his incendiary tweets, President Donald Trump lashed out at his critics Monday and sought to deflect the criticism by labeling a leading black congressman as himself racist. In the latest ...

Official names shooter who killed 3 at California festival

By KATHLEEN RONAYNE and MARTHA MENDOZA Associated Press GILROY, Calif. (AP) — A shooter cut through a fence and opened fire on a crowd eating and listening to music at a popular food festival in California, killing three people, including a 6-year-old boy, and injuring about 15 others before ...

Harris health plan stops short of overhaul Sanders envisions

By JUANA SUMMERS Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Kamala Harris insists she still backs "Medicare for All," but the health care proposal she released on Monday stops short of the full scale health care system overhaul that's being advocated by her more liberal 2020 Democratic presidential ...