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2020 Watch: Messy primary finally meets election year

By BILL BARROW Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — The presidential politics calendar turned to 2020 nearly a year ago. This week, the actual date catches up. What we're watching as the preseason closes and election year opens: ___ Days to Iowa caucuses: 35 Days to general election: ...

California’s Gov. Newsom had ‘baptism by fire’ in 1st year

By KATHLEEN RONAYNE Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — During his inaugural address last January, California Gov. Gavin Newsom made only a passing reference to wildfires and never mentioned the state's largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric. Both soon became inescapable ...

Hundreds of accused clergy left off church’s sex abuse lists

By CLAUDIA LAUER and MEGHAN HOYER Associated Press Richard J. Poster served time for possessing child pornography, violated his probation by having contact with children, admitted masturbating in the bushes near a church school and in 2005 was put on a sex offender registry. And yet the former ...

Under weight of family tragedy, LSU coach crafts big win

By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Steve Ensminger wiped tears from his eyes after first walking onto the football field at Mercedes-Benz Stadium for LSU's pregame warmups. The Tigers assistant was still fighting his emotions when he quickly left the field after the top-ranked ...

A final fundraiser for man who boosted ice bucket challenge

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Hundreds of people plunged into the chilly ocean at a Massachusetts beach on Saturday to honor Peter Frates, the former college baseball player whose battle with Lou Gehrig's disease helped spread the ALS ice bucket challenge. About 1,000 people showed up for the ...

Trump retweets post naming alleged whistleblower

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE and DAVID KLEPPER Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump retweeted a post that included the alleged name of the anonymous whistleblower whose complaint ultimately led to Trump's impeachment by the House. Just before midnight Friday, Trump ...

5 stabbed at Hanukkah celebration in rabbi’s New York home

By RYAN TARINELLI and JUSTIN MADDEN Associated Press MONSEY, N.Y. (AP) — As people gathered at a rabbi's home north of New York City to celebrate the seventh night of Hanukkah, police said a man stabbed and wounded five before fleeing in a vehicle. The Saturday night stabbings come on the ...

Pennsylvania dioceses offer $84M to 564 clergy abuse victims

By MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses have paid nearly $84 million to 564 victims of sexual abuse, a tally that's sure to grow substantially in the new year as compensation fund administrators work through a backlog of claims, according to an Associated ...

States are on front lines of 2020 election-security efforts

By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY Associated Press SPRINGFIELD, Va. (AP) — Inside a hotel ballroom near the nation's capital, a U.S. Army officer with battlefield experience told 120 state and local election officials that they may have more in common with military strategists than they might think. ...

Slave cemetery poses questions for Florida country club

By BOBBY CAINA CALVAN undefined TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The rumors swirled for decades: A dark history long lay buried under the grassy knolls and manicured lawns of a country club in Florida's capital city. Over the years, neat rows of rectangular depressions along the 7th fairway ...