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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 ...