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Crackdown on immigrants who use public benefits takes effect

By 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...

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

By 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...

Harvey Weinstein found guilty in landmark #MeToo moment

By 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...

US appeals court upholds Trump rules involving abortions

By 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...

Generational split among black voters could hurt Biden

By TOM FOREMAN Jr. | February 24, 2020

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — For James Felder, the question of which presidential candidate to support in the South Carolina primary has never been terribly complicated. The 80-year-old civil rights activist has always backed Joe Biden, appreciative of the...

The Latest: Protesters hound Buttigieg on minimum wage

February 24, 2020

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 Democratic primary contest (all times local):2:55 p.m.Pete Buttigieg has been hounded by protesters during a march with McDonald’s workers in Charleston, South Carolina, who are striking for a $15 minimum...

Pioneering black NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson dies

By BEN FINLEY | February 24, 2020

Katherine Johnson, a mathematician who calculated rocket trajectories and earth orbits for NASA’s early space missions and was later portrayed in the 2016 hit film “Hidden Figures,” about pioneering black female aerospace workers, has died. She...

Hero or criminal? Court hears 2 views of WikiLeaks’ Assange

By JILL LAWLESS | February 24, 2020

LONDON (AP) — Truth-telling journalist or reckless criminal: A British judge was given two conflicting portraits of Julian Assange as the WikiLeaks founder's long-awaited extradition hearing began Monday in a London court.A lawyer for the U.S. authorities,...

Biden predicts SC win as Democrats grapple with Sanders

By STEVE PEOPLES, MEG KINNARD, and BILL BARROW | February 24, 2020

HILTON HEAD, S.C. (AP) — Joe Biden expressed confidence on Monday that he would win this weekend's South Carolina primary as he and other Democrats fight to loosen front-runner Bernie Sanders' grip on the party's 2020 presidential nomination.Opening...

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma starts ad campaign for claims

By GEOFF MULVIHILL | February 24, 2020

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma launched an ad campaign Monday to tell people harmed by their powerful prescription opioid where they can file claims against the company.The $23.8 million campaign is part of Purdue's bankruptcy proceedings as it tries to...

Girl, 11, brings AR-15 to Idaho hearing on gun legislation

By KEITH RIDLER | February 24, 2020

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An 11-year-old girl toting a loaded AR-15 assault weapon appeared Monday with her grandfather, who is supporting legislation that would allow visitors to Idaho who can legally possess firearms to carry a concealed handgun within...

Thomas criticizes a previous high court opinion – his own

By MARK SHERMAN | February 24, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Clarence Thomas has made no secret of his dislike of past Supreme Court decisions written by other justices, including seminal opinions about abortion rights, press freedoms and a defendant's right to a lawyer.On Monday, the...

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