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Congressman, wife plead not guilty to illegal spending

By JULIE WATSON, Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter was swarmed by demonstrators yelling "shame on you!" as he left a federal courthouse Thursday in San Diego after pleading not guilty to charges of illegally using his campaign account for personal expenses. The ...

Hurricane Lane soaks Hawaii’s Big Island with foot of rain

By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — Hurricane Lane soaked Hawaii's Big Island on Thursday, dumping 12 inches of rain in as many hours as residents stocked up on supplies and tried to protect their homes ahead of the state's first hurricane since 1992. The National ...

Reports: Immunity for tabloid CEO in Trump hush money probe

By JEFF HORWITZ, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors have granted immunity to the executive in charge of the National Enquirer amid an investigation into hush money payments made on behalf of Donald Trump, his longtime friend, media outlets reported on Thursday. Vanity Fair ...

Former Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Ed King dies at age 68

By KRISTIN M. HALL, Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ed King, a former guitarist for Lynyrd Skynyrd who helped write several of the group's hits including "Sweet Home Alabama," has died in Nashville, Tennessee, according to a family friend. He was 68. Scott Coopwood said King died ...

Manafort juror says 1 holdout prevented 18-count conviction

By ERIC TUCKER and CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A juror in Paul Manafort's financial fraud trial says a lone holdout prevented the jury from convicting the onetime Trump campaign chairman on all 18 counts. Jurors repeatedly tried to persuade the holdout to "look at the paper ...

Jury in Manafort trial: What if we can’t agree on 1 count?

By MATTHEW BARAKAT, CHAD DAY and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The jury in the financial fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort asked the judge Tuesday what it should do if it cannot reach a consensus for a single count in the case. Jurors posed ...

Top UNC leaders condemn Confederate statue toppling

By MARTHA WAGGONER and JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Top leaders of the University of North Carolina system condemned the actions of protesters, who toppled a memorial known as "Silent Sam" that was dedicated more than 100 years ago with praise for the Confederate ...

Sen. Collins, potential swing vote, meets with Kavanaugh

By DUSTIN WEAVER and LISA MASCARO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh met Tuesday with Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, a centrist who's seen as a potential swing vote on his confirmation, while Democrats push him to release more documents from ...

Poll: Support for school choice growing among Republicans

By MARIA DANILOVA, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Support for charter schools and private school voucher programs has gone up over the past year, with Republicans accounting for much of the increase, according to a survey published Tuesday. The findings by Education Next, a journal ...

Police find body believed to be Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts

By RYAN FOLEY, Associated Press IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Investigators have recovered a body believed to be that of 20-year-old college student Mollie Tibbetts, who disappeared from her small hometown in central Iowa a month ago, police said Tuesday. The body was discovered in rural Poweshiek ...