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Crackdown on immigrants who use public benefits takes effect

ANITA SNOW

February 24, 2020

PHOENIX (AP) — Pastor Antonio Velasquez says that before the Trump administration announced a crackdown on immigrants using government social services, people lined up before sunrise outside a state office in a largely Latino Phoenix neighborhood to sign up for food stamps and Medicaid.No more.“...

Los Angeles honors Kobe, Gianna Bryant with public memorial

GREG BEACHAM

February 24, 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant's wife offered a poignant portrait of her NBA superstar husband and their daughter Monday at a packed memorial service for the two, who were among nine people killed last month in a helicopter crash in Los Angeles.Speaking at times through tears, Vanessa Bryant praised...

Dow drops more than 1,000 as outbreak threatens the economy

ALEX VEIGA and DAMIAN J. TROISE

February 24, 2020

The Dow Jones Industrial Average sank more than 1,000 points as the spread of the new coronavirus threatened wider damage to the global economy. The drop was the worst for the index in two years and wiped out its gains so far in 2020. Nervous investors scrambled for safety, loading up on gold, U.S. go...

Men hire lawyers over alleged abuse by U. of Michigan doctor

DAVID EGGERT, KATHLEEN FOODY, and MIKE HOUSEHOLDER

February 24, 2020

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Several men alleging sexual abuse by a deceased University of Michigan doctor have retained law firms that are representing accusers who sued Michigan State University and Ohio State University in similar cases, attorneys said Monday.Stephen Estey, whose California firm has been hir...

‘Leaning Tower of Dallas’ endures blows from wrecking ball

February 24, 2020

DALLAS (AP) — The “Leaning Tower of Dallas,” a social media sensation born when a part of a building survived implosion, endured hundreds of blows from a wrecking ball Monday.Dozens of people gathered in the Texas city's downtown to watch as a crane was used to batter the former Affiliated Comput...

German far-right party laments isolation by rivals, media

February 24, 2020

BERLIN (AP) — The far-right Alternative for Germany called Monday for rivals to scale back their criticism of the party, saying the blackballing it is being subjected to could harm democracy in the country.The party, known by its German acronym AfD, almost failed to clear the 5% threshold in Sunday's regi...

The Latest: Kobe Bryant service ends with Oscar-winning film

February 24, 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the public memorial for Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna in downtown Los Angeles (all times local):12:45 p.m.A selection from the short film “Dear Basketball” that won Kobe Bryant an Academy Award played on the big screens at Staples Center to wrap up a public m...

Foreign leaders restrained in gifts to Trumps in 2018

MATTHEW LEE

February 24, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Foreign leaders appear to have scaled back their generosity when it comes to gifts given to President Donald Trump, his family and top officials.That's according to an accounting of official presents to the first family and senior Trump administration officials posted to the Federal Reg...

Former U of Texas tennis coach gets 6 months in college scam

ALANNA DURKIN RICHER

February 24, 2020

BOSTON (AP) — The former men's tennis coach at the University of Texas at Austin was sentenced Monday to six months in prison for taking a $100,000 bribe as part of a sweeping college admissions scam.Michael Center collapsed into his chair and sobbed with his face in his hands after the judge declared h...

FBI official: Russia wants to see us ‘tear ourselves apart’

ERIC TUCKER

February 24, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia wants to watch Americans “tear ourselves apart" as the United States heads toward elections, an FBI official warned Monday.David Porter, an assistant section chief with the FBI's Foreign Influence Task Force, accused Russia of conducting brazen operations aimed at spreading ...

Harvey Weinstein found guilty in landmark #MeToo moment

MICHAEL R. SISAK and TOM HAYS

February 24, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein was convicted Monday of rape and sexual assault against two women and was led off to prison in handcuffs, sealing his dizzying fall from powerful Hollywood studio boss to archvillain of the #MeToo movement.The 67-year-old Weinstein had a look of resignation on his face as...

US appeals court upholds Trump rules involving abortions

GENE JOHNSON

February 24, 2020

SEATTLE (AP) — A U.S. appeals court on Monday upheld Trump administration rules that bar health care providers in the federal family planning program for low-income women from referring patients for abortions.The 7-4 ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned decisions issued by judges in Was...