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Walmart experiments with AI to monitor stores in real time

By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO AP Retail Writer LEVITTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Who's minding the store? In the not-too-distant future it could be cameras and sensors that can tell almost instantly when bruised bananas need to be swapped for fresh ones and more cash registers need to open before lines get too ...

Who’s running for president? Meet the Democratic candidates

By The Associated Press undefined With the entrance of former Vice President Joe Biden into the 2020 Democratic presidential contest on Thursday, the field is largely set, with all the big names included. The sprawling Democratic field features candidates ranging from 37 to 77 years old; ...

California roads not designed to handle wildfire evacuations

By MEGAN DISKIN, Ventura County Star; and EVAN WYLOGE, Palm Springs Desert Sun undefined PARADISE, California (AP) — Californians got a deadly wakeup call when more than 27,000 Paradise residents trying to escape the Camp Fire got caught in a nightmare traffic jam. The 2018 catastrophe ...

Accuracy at core of Supreme Court case over census question

By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Elena Kagan's father was 3 years old when the census taker came to the family's apartment on Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn, New York, on April 10, 1930. Robert Kagan was initially wrongly listed as an "alien," though he was a ...

Harris’ campaign focuses on black colleges for support

By JUANA SUMMERS Associated Press ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — California Sen. Kamala Harris has described her experience as a student at a historically black college as "one of the most important aspects" of her life. Now, her Democratic presidential campaign is using that experience to connect ...

Columbine honors 13 lost with community service, ceremony

By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — Community members in suburban Denver marked the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting Saturday with a remembrance ceremony that celebrated the school's survival and by volunteering at shelters, doing neighborhood ...

Trump brushes off Romney’s criticism, points to loss in 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Mitt Romney says he's "sickened" by the dishonesty the Russia investigation found in the Trump White House, but the president fires back that Romney should have put the same energy into running for president in 2012 that the Utah Republican has tapped in criticizing ...

Armed civilian border group member arrested in New Mexico

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man belonging to an armed group that has detained Central American families near the U.S.-Mexico border was arrested Saturday in a border community on a criminal complaint accusing him of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, authorities ...

After 2 years of waiting, Americans will see Mueller report

By CHAD DAY, ERIC TUCKER and MICHAEL BALSAMO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — After nearly two years of waiting, America will get some answers straight from Robert Mueller— but not before President Donald Trump's attorney general has his say. The Justice Department on Thursday is ...

Poll: Church membership in US plummets over past 20 years

By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The percentage of U.S. adults who belong to a church or other religious institution has plunged by 20 percentage points over the past two decades, hitting a low of 50% last year, according to a new Gallup poll. Among major demographic groups, ...

Man with gas cans arrested at St. Patrick’s church in NYC

NEW YORK (AP) — A New Jersey man was arrested after entering St. Patrick's Cathedral carrying two cans of gasoline, lighter fluid and butane lighters, the New York Police Department said, just days after flames ravaged the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. The unidentified 37-year-old man had ...

Colorado schools reopen as FBI examines teen suspect’s past

By COLLEEN SLEVIN and KATHLEEN FOODY Associated Press LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — The death of a Florida teenager who authorities say was obsessed with the Columbine school shooting and may have planned to carry out her own attack in Colorado did not end an investigation into the 18-year-old, ...

‘We don’t get over it’: Pain of mass shootings stretches on

By TERRY SPENCER, KELLI KENNEDY and COLLEEN SLEVIN Associated Press PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Alex Rozenblat can still hear the cries of a wounded boy calling for help as she hid from the gunfire that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year. Talking to therapists at ...

Loughlin, Giannulli plead not guilty in college scam

By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are pleading not guilty to charges they took part in the sweeping college admissions bribery scam, according to court documents filed Monday. The couple is ...

2020 Democrats raising less money as donors sit on sidelines

By BRIAN SLODYSKO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The crowded field of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates is showing early signs of money trouble as donors sit on the sidelines to see how the contest unfolds, signaling a drawn-out primary battle lies ahead. The Democratic campaign ...

Justice Department expects to release Russia report Thursday

By MICHAEL BALSAMO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department expects to make a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on the Trump-Russia investigation public Thursday morning, a spokeswoman said Monday. The redacted report would be sent to Congress and ...

US measles count up to 555, with most new cases in New York

By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. measles cases have surged again, and are on pace to set a record for most illnesses in 25 years. Health officials on Monday said 555 measles cases have been confirmed so far this year, up from 465 as of a week ago. While 20 states have ...

Supreme Court rejects death row appeal over anti-gay juror

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is again rejecting a gay death row inmate's appeal that claims jurors in South Dakota were biased against him because of his sexual orientation. The justices did not comment on Monday in leaving in place the death sentence for Charles Rhines. Rhines was ...

Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg set to make 2020 Democratic run

By SARA BURNETT Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, is expected to make his Democratic run for president official during a rally later Sunday in the city where he launched his political career less than a decade ago. The 37-year-old Rhodes ...

Biden to campaign as extension of Obama’s political movement

By THOMAS BEAUMONT and JULIE PACE Associated Press BLUFFTON, S.C. (AP) — Joe Biden is finalizing the framework for a White House campaign that would cast him as an extension of Barack Obama's presidency and political movement. He's betting that the majority of Democratic voters are eager to ...