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File - In this Aug. 15, 2016 file photo, Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula, D-Kingsburg, speaks at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Arambula, arrested on suspicion of child cruelty, says he spanked his 7-year-old daughter. The Fresno Bee reports Arambula described what happened Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, and said he has no plans to resign. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
December 12, 2018 - 9:10 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California lawmaker arrested on suspicion of child cruelty said Wednesday the allegation stemmed from spanking his 7-year-old daughter. Democratic Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula said he spanked his daughter Sunday night and it's a punishment tool he rarely uses, the Fresno...
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FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2018 file photo Jesse Osborne waits for a ruling at the Anderson County Courthouse. Osborne, a teen charged with shooting at a group of South Carolina elementary school students outside for recess, killing one of them, is set to appear in court. Prosecutors would not say why Osborne will appear Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018 at the Anderson County courthouse. (Ken Ruinard/The Independent-Mail via AP, Pool)
December 12, 2018 - 7:16 pm
A 16-year-old pleaded guilty Wednesday to two charges of murder for fatally shooting his father in their home and a 6-year-old boy at the South Carolina elementary school he once attended. Jesse Osborne faces 30 years to life in prison without parole when he is sentenced several months from now in...
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In this photo taken Oct. 4, 2018, eastbound Interstate 90 traffic passes beneath a wildlife bridge under construction on Snoqualmie Pass, Wash. The stretch of highway crossing the Cascade Mountains cuts through old growth forest and wetlands, creating a dangerous border for wildlife everything from an elk down to a small salamander. The new crossing gives animals in these mountains a safer option for crossing the road: They'll be able to go above it. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
December 12, 2018 - 5:17 pm
SNOQUALMIE PASS, Wash. (AP) — Before descending the Cascade Mountains on its final stretch to Seattle, Interstate 90 cuts through a mountain pass of old growth forests and wetlands. For countless wildlife species, the busy highway is a border, constraining their movements and posing a fatal risk...
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December 12, 2018 - 4:29 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — A wealthy Brazilian couple were sentenced Wednesday to minimal U.S. prison terms for helping their daughter keep her son in Brazil for the past five years in violation of the terms of her divorce to the boy's American father. Carlos Guimaraes, 68, was sentenced in Houston federal...
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American Secretary of State Mike Pompeo adjusts his tie during a Security Council meeting on Iran's compliance with the 2015 nuclear agreement, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018 at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
December 12, 2018 - 4:23 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday to again ban Iranian ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons and to maintain an arms embargo that is scheduled to be lifted in 2020 under the landmark Iran nuclear deal. He also...
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December 12, 2018 - 2:53 pm
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — White police officers in a Washington, D.C., suburb have used racist slurs, circulated text messages expressing a desire to "reinstitute lynching" and put a black face and Afro wig on a training dummy, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday. Civil rights groups sued...
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File - This June 21, 2017, file photo shows a women's area at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash., during a media tour of the facility. The federal facility, operated under contract by The GEO Group, is used to house people detained on immigration and other violations. A federal judge says immigrant rights activists can continue to challenge what they describe as unlawful U.S. government delays for asylum cases. U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman in Seattle dismissed some arguments raised by the lawsuit in a ruling Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
December 12, 2018 - 2:42 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Immigrant rights activists can continue to challenge what they describe as unlawful U.S. government delays in asylum cases, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman in Seattle dismissed some arguments raised by the lawsuit in a ruling Tuesday, but she said the...
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Former U.S vice president and climate activist Al Gore makes a speech in a U.N. climate summit that is to work out ways of keeping global warming in check, in Katowice, Poland, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
December 12, 2018 - 1:42 pm
KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the climate talks taking place in Poland (all times local): 8:00 p.m. The Polish government official serving as president of a U.N. climate summit says the international talks have entered a "critical phase" and require dedication from all involved if they are...
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The HealthCare.gov website is photographed in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. Health insurance sign-ups for the Affordable Care Act are down with just a few days left to enroll in most states, even though premiums are stable, consumers have more choice, and millions of uninsured people can still get financial help. The nation’s uninsured rate could edge up again. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
December 12, 2018 - 12:53 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — With just days left to enroll, fewer people are signing up for the Affordable Care Act , even though premiums are stable, more plans are available and millions of uninsured people can still get financial help. Barring an enrollment surge, the nation's uninsured rate could edge up...
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FILE - In this April 13, 2013 file photo, Chile's Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz Ossa attends Mass for the election of a new pope inside St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican. Pope Francis has removed two cardinals from his informal cabinet after they were implicated in the Catholic Church's sex abuse and cover-up scandal, shedding embarrassing advisers ahead of a high-stakes Vatican summit on abuse early next year. The Vatican said Wednesday that Francis in October had written to Chilean Cardinal Javier Errazuriz and Australian Cardinal George Pell thanking them for their five years of service on the so-called Group of Nine, or C-9. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)
December 12, 2018 - 9:08 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has removed two cardinals from his informal cabinet after they were implicated in the Catholic Church's sex abuse and cover-up scandal, shedding embarrassing advisers ahead of a high-stakes Vatican summit on abuse early next year. The Vatican said Wednesday that...
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