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Trump’s trouble in suburbs key to suddenly competitive Ohio

CINCINNATI (AP) — During a background briefing with reporters in December, President Donald Trump's reelection campaign team gave only passing mention of Ohio. Certainly no one suggested a full-scale fall advertising strategy for the state he carried convincingly in 2016. But less than four ...

Remembering John Lewis, rights icon and `American hero’

WASHINGTON (AP) — People paid great heed to John Lewis for much of his life in the civil rights movement. But at the very beginning — when he was just a kid wanting to be a minister someday — his audience didn't care much for what he had to say. A son of Alabama sharecroppers, the young ...

Rabbi: Cannon ‘genuinely concerned’ after apology, meeting

A prominent rabbi who met with Nick Cannon says the television host and producer is "genuinely concerned about the hurt" he caused by making anti-Semitic remarks, and they intend to work together to reject hate. Cannon apologized to the Jewish community this week for his "hurtful and divisive" ...

Lawyer: Trump’s delay moves over taxes harms probe of others

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's efforts to stall the release of his personal and corporate taxes to a New York state grand jury is jeopardizing the criminal probe of other individuals and entities and could "kill this case," an attorney told a judge Thursday in urging fast ...

Space station power upgrades nearly finished after spacewalk

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts completed their part of a three-year power upgrade to the International Space Station on Thursday, replacing six more outdated batteries with powerful new ones. It was the third spacewalk in as many weeks involving battery work by NASA's ...

Dershowitz as law group’s keynote speaker faces backlash

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The selection of famed trial attorney Alan Dershowitz to deliver the keynote at this year's Alaska Bar Association annual convention is being criticized by members upset over Dershowitz's past defense of men like Jeffrey Epstein and O.J. Simpson. Dershowitz seems an ...

Mosquitoes flying free as health departments focus on virus

Bug spray, swollen welts, citronella. It's mosquito season. And in a normal year, the health department serving Ohio's Delaware County would be setting out more than 90 mosquito traps a week — black tubs of stagnant water with nets designed to ensnare the little buggers. But this year, ...

Investigators: Texas couple defrauded Army out of millions

DALLAS (AP) — Federal agents have seized more than 20 vehicles and the money from 10 bank accounts belonging to married U.S. Army veterans in Texas, saying the pair used personal information stolen from soldiers to defraud the military out of as much as $11 million. Army investigators ...

Ill. woman who killed 5-year-old son begs judge for mercy

CHICAGO (AP) — A northern Illinois woman who beat her young son for most of his life and padlocked him in his bedroom where he died alone in the dark, his head bearing the outlines of the shower head she struck him with, on Thursday portrayed herself as a loving mother as she begged for mercy ...

Agency throws curveball in largest U.S. dam demolition plan

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Federal regulators on Thursday threw a significant curveball at a coalition that has been planning for years to demolish four massive hydroelectric dams on a river along the Oregon-California border to save salmon populations that have dwindled to almost nothing. The ...

US official visits Portland, calls protesters ‘anarchists’

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The head of the Department of Homeland Security visited Portland, Oregon, on Thursday, just hours after issuing a scathing statement that called the protesters who have taken to the streets every night for nearly two months "violent anarchists" and a "violent mob" that ...

Report: Pot arrests still fall heavily on Hispanics, Blacks

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The number of felony marijuana arrests in California continued to decline in 2019 in the age of legalization, but another trend remained unchanged: those arrests fell disproportionately on Hispanics and Blacks, state data showed. The California Department of Justice, in an ...

Oakland to pay $32.7M to settle deadly warehouse fire suits

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland will pay $32.7 million to settle lawsuits filed over a 2016 fire at an illegally converted warehouse dubbed the Ghost Ship that killed 36 people, the city announced Thursday. The City Council authorized settlements of lawsuits filed by the families of 32 ...

Analysis: Trump wants a 2016 repeat in a very different year

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the summer of 2016, Donald Trump was trailing in the polls. With time running out, he changed up his campaign leadership team, though not his own mercurial behavior. Four years later, and in the midst of another summer slump, Trump is hoping a similar campaign shakeup ...

Kansas congressman’s colleague backs GOP foe after charges

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas official who is trying to unseat a freshman congressman who has been charged criminally with election fraud picked up the endorsement Thursday of another member of the state's congressional delegation. Rep. Ron Estes said he is endorsing State Treasurer Jake ...

Democrat outpaces top of GOP field in Senate race in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The presumed Democratic nominee for an open Senate seat in Kansas raised almost $1.3 million more than the top-tier Republican primary candidates combined during the second quarter of the year, despite a GOP candidate loaning $1.5 million to his own campaign. Democratic ...

After Trump campaign swap, questions — and Kushner — remain

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's long-in-coming campaign shakeup rearranged some big job titles but isn't likely to change the identity of the person truly in charge of day-to-day operations: Jared Kushner. Kushner wields his influence quietly and is rarely a presence in the ...

Record number of LGBTQ candidates running for office in US

NEW YORK (AP) — The number of openly LGBTQ elected officials in the United States has more than doubled in the past four years — and those ranks could soon grow, thanks to a record field of LGBTQ candidates this year, according to new data from an advocacy and research group. The LGBTQ ...

Mental fitness claim halts 2nd federal execution — for now

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday halted the execution of a man, said to be suffering from dementia, who was set to die by lethal injection in the federal government's second execution this week after a 17-year hiatus. Legal wrangling continued Wednesday night with execution ...

Arizona ban on evictions set to end as heat, infections soar

PHOENIX (AP) — Housing advocacy groups in Arizona have joined lawmakers in lobbying Gov. Doug Ducey to extend his coronavirus-related moratorium on evictions, which will expire next week and allow authorities to start removing hundreds of renters in a state that's a national hot spot for both ...