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CNN’s Acosta back at White House after judge’s ruling

By JESSICA GRESKO and MICHAEL BALSAMO Associated Press WASHINGTON — A federal judge ordered the Trump administration on Friday to immediately return the White House press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta, though a lawsuit over the credentials' revocation is continuing. U.S. ...

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces charges under seal

By ERIC TUCKER Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has filed charges under seal against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a person familiar with the matter confirmed Friday after prosecutors inadvertently tipped off the information in a court filing. Any charges against ...

Abrams says she can’t win Georgia governor’s race

ATLANTA (AP) — Democrat Stacey Abrams ended her challenge to Republican Brian Kemp in the Georgia governor's race on Friday, but pledged to fight the former secretary of state's "gross mismanagement" of the elections with a federal lawsuit. Speaking defiantly to a news conference, Abrams ...

Proposed overhaul to campus sexual misconduct rules

By COLLIN BINKLEY Associated Press Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Friday proposed a major overhaul to the way colleges and universities handle sexual misconduct complaints, adding protections for students accused of assault and harassment and narrowing which cases schools would be ...

Migrants won’t see armed soldiers on border

By JULIE WATSON Associated Press SAN DIEGO — As thousands of migrants in a caravan of Central American asylum-seekers converge on the doorstep of the United States, what they won't find are armed American soldiers standing guard. Instead they will see cranes installing towering panels ...

Trump says he’s ‘very easily’ answered Mueller questions

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and CATHERINE LUCEY Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Friday he had "very easily" answered written questions from special counsel Robert Mueller, though he speculated that the questions had been "tricked up" to try to catch him in a lie. He ...

Legislature session highlights

HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania state lawmakers wrapped up their session this week with the election of caucus leaders and farewell speeches by departing colleagues, closing the book on two years that produced nearly 250 new laws. Their most high-profile debate, however, ended inconclusively ...

What is behind the turkey pardoning ritual?

The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. By Tobin Miller Shearer The University of Montana (THE CONVERSATION) President Donald Trump presided over presidential turkey pardoning, a ritual that has been in place since 1989, ...

Jennie-O recalling ground turkey in salmonella outbreak

NEW YORK (AP) — Jennie-O Turkey recalled packages of ground turkey in a salmonella outbreak, and regulators say additional products from other companies could be named as their investigation continues. The recall was the first — not counting pet food — tied to a widespread and ongoing ...

Pope gives Vatican’s sex abuse expert new role amid crisis

By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis is giving a prominent new role to the Vatican's most trusted sex crimes investigator as he seeks to improve the Holy See's response to abuse at a time when the church and papacy are facing a credibility crisis. Francis on ...

Mrs. Obama says ‘Access Hollywood’ tape led her to speak out

By JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr. AP Entertainment Writer INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Michelle Obama said she felt anxious before giving her emotional New Hampshire speech in 2016 condemning Donald Trump for bragging about sexually assaulting women in a recording more than a decade ago. The former first ...

Under fire for snow chaos, governor blames ‘lousy’ forecasts

By SHAWN MARSH Associated Press TRENTON, N.J. — Public officials were on the defensive Friday after the season's first, surprisingly strong snowstorm stranded thousands of motorists for hours and forced some students to stay overnight in their schools. Democratic New Jersey Gov. Phil ...

NRA sues to block new Washington gun-control measure

By GENE JOHNSON Associated Press SEATTLE - Gun rights groups including the National Rifle Association on Thursday sued to block a new, voter-approved gun control measure from taking effect in Washington state. Initiative 1639 passed last week with 60 percent of the vote. It bars the ...

Take a weight off: Tears, joy as kilo gets historic update

VERSAILLES, France (AP) — In a historic vote, more than 50 nations unanimously approved an overhaul of the international measurement system that underpins global trade and other human endeavors, uniting Friday behind new definitions for the kilogram and other units in a way they fail to do on ...

William Goldman, Oscar winner for ‘Butch Cassidy,’ has died

NEW YORK (AP) — William Goldman, the Oscar-winning screenwriter and Hollywood wise man who won Academy Awards for "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and "All the President's Men" and summed up the mystery of making a box office hit by declaring "Nobody knows anything," has died. He was ...

Aretha Franklin’s ‘Amazing Grace’ film finally in theaters

By NEKESA MUMBI MOODY AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK — Three years ago, Alan Elliott was at the Telluride Film Festival, prepared to unveil the holy grail of musical works: A documentary on the making of Aretha Franklin's "Amazing Grace," which had been lost to the archives until ...

The history of Black Friday

METRO — Black Friday marks the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season. Come Black Friday, shoppers strive to get the lowest prices on gifts for their loved ones. Much of the focus of Black Friday is on finding the best deals, but it can be interesting to take a breath and learn how ...

4 holiday party must-haves this season

METRO — Parties are highly anticipated events come the holiday season. Office parties, gatherings with friends and family celebrations are just some examples of the many soirees that dot the social schedules of millions of people between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. Office parties might ...

Simple ways to make more time for family

METRO — For the majority of working professionals, finding quality time to spend with loved ones can be a delicate balancing act. But working parents do not have to wait until retirement to enjoy being in the company of their families. With some fine tuning, anyone can find ways to spend ...

Today in 1973

By The Associated Press On Nov. 17, 1973, President Richard Nixon told Associated Press managing editors in Orlando, Florida: "People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I'm not a crook." On this date: In 1558, Elizabeth I acceded to the English throne upon the ...