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Where and when to watch President Donald Trump’s Arizona rally on TV and the Internet

President Donald Trump won the White House, took the oath of office and has been serving as president since Jan. 20. But he hasn’t stopped holding rallies in Trump strongholds across the country. The campaigning continues Tuesday a...

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  • Forensics

    Fallen forensics: Judges routinely allow disavowed science

    BOSTON >> Two hairs that looked like the victim’s; some dirt on a truck like that taken from the crime scene; a pattern on the bumper that resembled a design on the victim’s popular brand of jeans. The case against Steven Barnes in the rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl seemed circumstantial, at best. So the guilty verdict shocked him. “I was saying, ‘This can’t be happening. You can’t convict somebody on similarities, perhaps or...

    By DENISE LAVOIE AP Legal Affairs Writer|

  • Landslides and mudslides

    Hospital officials: Nearly 500 dead in Sierra Leone mudslides

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone >> Churches across Sierra Leone held special services Sunday in memory of those killed in mudslides and flooding earlier this week, as hospital officials announced the toll had risen to nearly 500 bodies collected. More than 600 people remain missing and rescue officials have warned that the chances of finding survivors are decreasing each day. The death toll earlier stood at 450. The Inter-Religious Council called for the services to be held Sunday...

    By CLARENCE ROY-MACAULAY Associated Press|

  • State legislature

    Housing a top priority for California lawmakers after recess

    SACRAMENTO >> Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders have promised to tackle California’s affordable housing crisis in their final weeks of work this year by pushing a package that includes regulatory reforms and money for low-income housing. But some moderate Assembly Democrats are resisting pieces of the deal, particularly a new fee on real estate transaction documents to generate housing dollars. There’s widespread agreement that a variety of...

    By SOPHIA BOLLAG Associated Press|

  • Racial and ethnic discrimination

    1979 Klan-Nazi attack survivor hopes for a ‘justice river’

    GREENSBORO, N.C. >> The Rev. Nelson Johnson needs no reminders of the massacre of five of his labor-activist friends almost 40 years ago — he still has the faded scar on his left arm, left by a Nazi who stabbed him as white supremacists descended on a march for workers through black neighborhoods in Greensboro. But the violence surrounding the Aug. 12 march by Ku Klux Klansmen and Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the death of a young woman hit by a car there,...

    By MARTHA WAGGONER Associated Press|

  • War and unrest

    Iraq launches operation to take back ISIS-held town near Mosul

    BAGHDAD >> U.S.-backed Iraqi forces on Sunday launched a multi-pronged assault to retake the town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul, marking the next phase in the country’s war on the Islamic State group. Tal Afar and the surrounding area is one of the last pockets of IS-held territory in Iraq after victory was declared in July in Mosul, the country’s second-largest city. The town, about 150 kilometers (93 miles) east of the Syrian border, sits along a major road that was...

    By SINAN SALAHEDDIN Associated Press|

  • Sexual abuse

    Sex offenders can live next door to victims in many states

    EDMOND, Okla. >> A convicted sex offender who molested his niece when she was 7 years old moved in next door to his victim nearly a dozen years after he was sent to prison for the crime. Outraged, the Oklahoma woman, now 21, called lawmakers, the police and advocacy groups to plead with them to take action. Danyelle Dyer soon discovered that what Harold Dwayne English did in June is perfectly legal in the state — as well as in 44 others that don’t specifically bar...

    By JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS Associated Press|

  • Health care reform

    Former health chiefs to Trump: Avoid new ‘Obamacare’ crisis

    WASHINGTON >> Don’t make things worse. That’s the advice of former U.S. health secretaries of both parties to President Donald Trump and the GOP-led Congress, now that “Obamacare” seems here for the foreseeable future. The 2018 sign-up season for subsidized private health plans starts Nov. 1, with about 10 million people currently served through HealthCare.gov and its state counterparts. Stability should be the immediate goal, said former Health...

    By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press|

  • News

    Grace Mugabe gets diplomatic immunity, returns to Zimbabwe

    HARARE, Zimbabwe >> Granted diplomatic immunity by South Africa, the wife of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe returned home from Johannesburg on Sunday despite calls that she be prosecuted for allegedly assaulting a young model at a luxury hotel there. Zimbabwean state broadcaster ZBC showed Grace Mugabe greeting government and military officials at the Harare airport after returning on an Air Zimbabwe plane with her husband, who had attended a summit of southern African...

    By FARAI MUTSAKA Associated Press|

  • Protests

    Boston ‘free speech rally’ cut short after massive counterprotest

    BOSTON >> Thousands of demonstrators chanting anti-Nazi slogans converged Saturday on downtown Boston in a boisterous repudiation of white nationalism, dwarfing a small group of conservatives who cut short their planned “free speech rally” a week after a gathering of hate groups led to bloodshed in Virginia. Counterprotesters marched through the city to historic Boston Common, where many gathered near a bandstand abandoned early by conservatives who had planned to...

    By STEVE LeBLANC Associated Press|

  • State legislature

    California lawmakers to tackle housing crisis, immigration

    SACRAMENTO >> California lawmakers return Monday from a monthlong break with a busy agenda that includes tackling the state’s housing crisis and deciding whether to make California a statewide sanctuary for people living illegally in the U.S. Here’s a look at some of the high-profile issues the Legislature will tackle in the last four weeks of business this year. They reconvene in January for the rest of their current two-year...

    By JONATHAN J. COOPER Associated Press|

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