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Virginia sex allegations are latest against state officials

By David A. Lieb The Associated Press Virginia's lieutenant governor has denied newly publicized allegations that he sexually assaulted two women years ago and has vowed to continue serving in office. It's a scenario that already has played out in several other states, with differing ...

Fierce fighting near last IS foothold in eastern Syria

By Bassem Mroue The Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Fierce fighting was underway Monday between U.S.-backed Syrian forces and the Islamic State group around the extremists' last foothold in eastern Syria, with the besieged militants fighting back with suicide car bombs, snipers and booby ...

Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect pleads not guilty

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The suspect in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre pleaded not guilty to dozens of charges Monday as his new lawyer, a prominent death penalty litigator who represented one of the Boston Marathon bombers, signaled he might be open to a plea deal. Robert Bowers, a truck ...

EPA decision soon on chemical compounds tied to health risks

By Ellen Knickmeyer, Michael Casey and John Flesher The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The chemical compounds are all around you. They're on many fabrics, rugs and carpets, cooking pots and pans, outdoor gear, shampoo, shaving cream, makeup and even dental floss. Increasing numbers ...

Snowstorm buries Pacific Northwest, with more on the way

By Gene Johnson The Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — Residents of the Pacific Northwest took to neighborhood hills with skis, sleds or even just laundry baskets Saturday to celebrate an unusual dump of snow in a region more accustomed to winter rain. Some areas received more than a foot ...

Lady Gaga wins three Grammys, Michelle Obama makes appearance

By Mesfin Fekadu AP Music Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Grammy Awards kicked off Sunday with a group of powerful women, including Michelle Obama and Lady Gaga, describing the role of music in their lives — a display that came a year after female voices were somewhat muted at the 2018 ...

Trump-Kim summit to focus on N. Korea nuke complex, U.S. rewards

By Hyung-Jim Kim The Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — When President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un first met in Singapore last year, there was pomp, there was circumstance, but there wasn't much substance. Before they meet again in Vietnam on Feb. 27-28, ...

‘The Lego Movie 2’ opens No. 1 but everything is not awesome

By Jake Coyle AP Film Writer NEW YORK (AP) — "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part" was easily the top ticket-seller in theaters over the weekend, but the film's $35 million opening failed to stack up to its expected haul, according to studio estimates Sunday. The animated sequel had been ...

Tabloid CEO’s lawyer denies Enquirer tried to extort Jeff Bezos

By Michael Balsamo The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Enquirer committed neither extortion nor blackmail by threatening to publish intimate photos of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, an attorney for the head of the tabloid's parent company said Sunday. Elkan Abromowitz, an ...

Ohio River to crest early Saturday near flood stage

The National Weather Service predicts the river will peak between 1 and 7 a.m. at 34.8 feet at the Marietta pumphouse, making it likely that southside locations such as Hart, Wayne and Charles streets might be under some water early in the morning until the river recedes. Flood stage is 35 ...

Opera, orchestra team up to tell story of deadly 1913 flood

By Andrew Welsh-Huggins The Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new opera revisits the Great Flood of 1913, a Midwestern disaster that killed hundreds, left thousands homeless, and destroyed countless bridges and businesses, but that also paved the way for flood control ...

Democrats seek Green New Deal to address climate change

By Matthew Daly The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York are calling for a Green New Deal intended to transform the U.S. economy to combat climate change and create thousands of jobs in renewable energy. The freshman lawmaker ...

Escalating crisis: Virginia AG says he wore blackface, too

By Alan Suderman The Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The political crisis in Virginia escalated dramatically Wednesday when another top Democrat — Attorney General Mark Herring — admitted putting on blackface in the 1980s, when he was in college. With Gov. Ralph Northam's ...

Arizona city officials decry new razor wire on border wall

NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) — Officials in a small Arizona border city are decrying the installation of new razor wire that now covers the entirety of a tall border wall through downtown. The city council in Nogales, which sits on the border with Nogales, Mexico, is set to consider a proclamation ...

Conviction upheld for woman who urged boyfriend’s suicide

By Alanna Durkin Richer The Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — A young woman who as a teenager encouraged her boyfriend through dozens of text messages to kill himself is responsible for his suicide, Massachusetts' highest court ruled Wednesday in upholding her involuntary manslaughter ...

Scandal hangs over busy day for Va.

By Alan Suderman The Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — One of the busiest days on the Virginia legislature's calendar began under a cloud of suspense Tuesday as Gov. Ralph Northam weighed whether he can continue in the job amid the fallout over a racist photo on his 1984 medical ...

Witnesses: Plane came down in multiple pieces in California

By Amy Taxin The Associated Press YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) — A former crash investigator said he's confident officials will figure out why a small plane broke apart in the air over a Southern California neighborhood, raining down chunks of metal and igniting a house fire that killed ...

Apartment inferno kills 10; deadliest Paris fire since 2005

By Thomas Adamson and Lori Hinnant The Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Paris' deadliest fire in over a decade killed at least 10 people Tuesday as flames engulfed a nine-story apartment building, sending residents to the roof and clambering across balconies to escape. A 40-year-old woman ...

Nissan’s second thoughts on UK-made SUV add to Brexit worry

By Danica Kirka The Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit strategy took another blow Sunday when Nissan canceled plans to make its new SUV in northern England amid continued uncertainty over the country's future relations with the European ...

Tennessee brewery creating 150th anniversary beer

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Johnson City Brewing Co. is brewing up a one-of-a-kind birthday present for the city. On Thursday, community members trekked to the downtown brewhouse to contribute to the brewery's special sesquicentennial beer. "Before it was Johnson City, the area was called ...