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Debate night brawl: Bloomberg, Sanders attacked by rivals

By STEVE PEOPLES, ALEXANDRA JAFFE and MICHELLE L. PRICE Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — From the opening bell, Democrats savaged New York billionaire Mike Bloomberg and raised pointed questions about Bernie Sanders' take-no-prisoners politics during a contentious debate Wednesday night ...

Newman released from hospital; Chastain to race Las Vegas

By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Ryan Newman was released from a Florida hospital Wednesday, about 42 hours after his frightening crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500. Roush Fenway Racing released a photo of Newman leaving a Daytona Beach hospital holding the ...

Toxic Superfund cleanups decline to more than 30-year low

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration completed the fewest cleanups of toxic Superfund sites last year than any administration since the program's first years in the 1980s, figures released by the Environmental Protection Agency indicated ...

AP FACT CHECK: Dems’ debate flubs; Trump untruths at rally

By CALVIN WOODWARD and HOPE YEN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest Democratic presidential debate was a raucous one, ripe for exaggerations and distortions as Mike Bloomberg made his debut on the debate stage and rivals went after him and each other. President Donald Trump weighed ...

Weinstein jurors focus on Sciorra as deliberations continue

NEW YORK (AP) — Jury deliberations in Harvey Weinstein's rape trial are set to continue for a third day on Thursday. So far, jurors have been focusing a lot of attention on actress Annabella Sciorra's allegation that the once-heralded Hollywood mogul raped her in the mid-1990s. Sciorra's ...

Amid coronavirus fears, a second wave of flu hits US kids

By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — A second wave of flu is hitting the U.S., turning this into one of the nastiest seasons for children in a decade. The number of child deaths and the hospitalization rate for youngsters are the highest seen at this point in any season since ...

Trump ignores AG Barr’s request to stop tweeting about DOJ

By MICHAEL BALSAMO, COLLEEN LONG and ZEKE MILLER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday ignored his attorney general's public request to stop tweeting about the Justice Department, saying he had the legal right to ask the agency to intervene in a criminal case ...

Evidence in trash can links dead neighbor to missing SC girl

By JEFFREY COLLINS Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Investigators found a man dead inside his South Carolina home shortly after finding an item from a missing 6-year-old girl who lived in his neighborhood inside his trash can, authorities said. Three days after Faye Marie Swetlik's ...

Prosecutor: Weinstein saw victims as ‘complete disposables’

By MICHAEL R. SISAK and TOM HAYS Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein considered himself such a big shot in Hollywood that he thought he could get away with treating aspiring actresses like "complete disposables," a prosecutor told a jury in closing arguments Friday at his New ...

Michael Avenatti is convicted of trying to extort Nike

By LARRY NEUMEISTER Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Avenatti, the combative lawyer who gained fame by representing a porn star in lawsuits involving President Donald Trump, was convicted Friday of trying to extort sportswear giant Nike. The verdict was returned Friday by a federal ...