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A final fundraiser for man who boosted ice bucket challenge

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Hundreds of people plunged into the chilly ocean at a Massachusetts beach on Saturday to honor Peter Frates, the former college baseball player whose battle with Lou Gehrig's disease helped spread the ALS ice bucket challenge. About 1,000 people showed up for the ...

Trump retweets post naming alleged whistleblower

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE and DAVID KLEPPER Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump retweeted a post that included the alleged name of the anonymous whistleblower whose complaint ultimately led to Trump's impeachment by the House. Just before midnight Friday, Trump ...

5 stabbed at Hanukkah celebration in rabbi’s New York home

By RYAN TARINELLI and JUSTIN MADDEN Associated Press MONSEY, N.Y. (AP) — As people gathered at a rabbi's home north of New York City to celebrate the seventh night of Hanukkah, police said a man stabbed and wounded five before fleeing in a vehicle. The Saturday night stabbings come on the ...

Pennsylvania dioceses offer $84M to 564 clergy abuse victims

By MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses have paid nearly $84 million to 564 victims of sexual abuse, a tally that's sure to grow substantially in the new year as compensation fund administrators work through a backlog of claims, according to an Associated ...

States are on front lines of 2020 election-security efforts

By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY Associated Press SPRINGFIELD, Va. (AP) — Inside a hotel ballroom near the nation's capital, a U.S. Army officer with battlefield experience told 120 state and local election officials that they may have more in common with military strategists than they might think. ...

Slave cemetery poses questions for Florida country club

By BOBBY CAINA CALVAN undefined TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The rumors swirled for decades: A dark history long lay buried under the grassy knolls and manicured lawns of a country club in Florida's capital city. Over the years, neat rows of rectangular depressions along the 7th fairway ...

To overcome travel ban, some Americans taking cases to court

By DEEPTI HAJELA and AMY TAXIN Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Mohammed Hafar paced around the airport terminal — first to the monitor to check flight arrivals, then to the gift shop and lastly to the doors where international passengers were exiting. At last, out came Jana Hafar, his ...

West Coast fishery rebounds in rare conservation ‘home run’

By GILLIAN FLACCUS Associated Press WARRENTON, Ore. (AP) — A rare environmental success story is unfolding in waters off the U.S. West Coast. After years of fear and uncertainty, bottom trawler fishermen — those who use nets to scoop up rockfish, bocaccio, sole, Pacific Ocean perch and ...

House committee to take historic vote on Trump impeachment

By LISA MASCARO and MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee is expected to approve articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Friday after abruptly shutting down a 14-hour session late Thursday following a marathon slog through ...

10 ex-NFL players charged with defrauding healthcare program

By MICHAEL BALSAMO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten former NFL players were charged in a multimillion-dollar scheme to defraud the league's health care benefit program by submitting false claims for medical equipment, including devices used on horses, the Justice Department said ...