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February 12, 2019 - 8:01 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Presidential daughters-granddaughters Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush will be hosting a breakfast during this spring's BookExpo convention. Guests at the Children's Book & Author Breakfast, announced Tuesday by convention organizers ReedPop, will include Oscar winner...
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February 09, 2019 - 9:38 pm
DENVER (AP) — The Latest on a possible Denver teachers strike (all times local): 8:35 p.m. Denver teachers say they will strike Monday after failing to win an agreement on pay. Both sides met Saturday in an attempt to reach a new contract after over a year of negotiations. A statement issued...
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February 06, 2019 - 9:46 pm
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The boyfriend of a Russian woman who admitted she was a secret agent for the Kremlin has been charged with fraud in South Dakota, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Wednesday. Businessman and conservative political operative Paul Erickson, 56, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to...
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A bundled-up commuter makes their way through the loop early Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019 in Chicago. A deadly arctic deep freeze enveloped the Midwest with record-breaking temperatures triggering widespread closures of schools and businesses. (Rich Hein/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
January 30, 2019 - 6:04 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — A blast of polar air enveloped much of the Midwest on Wednesday, cracking train rails, breaking water pipes and straining electrical systems across the Rust Belt with some of the lowest temperatures in a generation. The deep freeze closed schools and businesses and canceled flights...
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This combination of book cover images shows Meg Medina's “Merci Suárez Changes Gears,” from Candlewick Press, which won the John Newbery Medal, left, Sophie Blackall’s “Hello Lighthouse” by Little Brown and Company Books for Young Readers, which received the Randolph Caldecott Medal for best picture story, center, and Claire Hartfield’s “A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919,” by Clarion Books, which won the Coretta Scott King author award for African-American literature. (Candlewick Press/Little, Brown and Company/Clarion Books via AP)
January 28, 2019 - 3:28 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Meg Medina, the latest recipient of the John Newbery Medal, wrote her prize-winning children's book with a special intensity. "There are so many negative characterizations these days of Latino families and what it is to be an immigrant," said Medina, a Cuban-American author whose "...
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California Sen. Kamala Harris appears at a fundraiser for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., of which she is a member, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019 in Columbia, S.C. Sen. Kamala Harris returned to South Carolina on Friday, using her first visit to this early-voting state as an official presidential contender to tap into a sorority network that could prove crucial as she develops her campaign. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)
January 25, 2019 - 10:26 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Sen. Kamala Harris returned to South Carolina on Friday, using her first visit to this early-voting state as an official presidential contender to tap into a sorority network that could prove crucial as she develops her campaign. In a room festooned in pink and green — the...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, file photo, acting EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler speaks in Lebanon, Tenn. Wheeler and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue met with farmers about a new Trump administration proposal to redefine "waters of the United States." Trump often points to farmers as among the biggest winners from the administration’s proposed rollback of federal protections for wetlands and waterways across the country. But under longstanding federal law and rules, farmers and farm land already are exempt from most of the regulatory hurdles on behalf of wetlands that the Trump administration is targeting. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
January 14, 2019 - 2:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pointed to farmers Monday as winners from the administration's proposed rollback of federal protections for wetlands and waterways across the country, describing farmers crying in gratitude when he ordered the change. But under longstanding federal law and...
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FILE - In this May 5, 2017, file photo, Jim and Evelyn Piazza stand by as Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller announces the results of an investigation into the death of their son Timothy Piazza, seen in photo at right, a Penn State University fraternity pledge, during a press conference in Bellefonte, Pa. A string of guilty pleas has left just five defendants still fighting charges in the hazing-related death of Timothy Piazza, a pledge at a Penn State fraternity two years ago. (Abby Drey/Centre Daily Times via AP, File)
January 10, 2019 - 9:19 am
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A string of guilty pleas has left just five defendants still fighting charges in the hazing-related death of a pledge at a Penn State fraternity two years ago, a case whittled down as prosecutors were unable to get the most serious counts to stick. Twenty-eight members of the...
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Sgt. Christian Pastrana, right, prepares toys for a donation to the organization Women in Distress, at the Marine Corps Toys for Tots depot, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, in Hialeah, Fla. The recent closure of Toys R Us created some collateral damage -- the Toys for Tots charity drive. More than 250,000 toys donated by consumers and $5 million, 40 percent of corporate giving, came through Toy R Us last year, holes the annual Marine Corps' community effort is working to fill. At left is Matthew Williams, picking up the donation for Women in Distress. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
December 21, 2018 - 7:05 am
HIALEAH, Fla. (AP) — When Toys R Us closed, Toys for Tots felt the loss. The toy giant's decision to close its stores this year left some huge holes for the annual charity drive to fill. Toys R Us shoppers donated more than 250,000 toys last year and the company gave $5 million in corporate...
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In this Oct. 17, 2018 photo, McLennan County District Attorney Abelino Reyna arrives for a hearing in 54th District Court during a hearing in Waco, Texas. Local leaders say a plea deal allowing a former Baylor University fraternity president to serve no jail times highlights the outsized influence alumni play in shaping the criminal justice system in and around Waco. Jacob Walter Anderson was accused of raping a woman outside a 2016 fraternity party. The plea agreement allows him to avoid jail or being listed as a sex offender. The judge, prosecutor and defense attorney in the case all have degrees from Baylor. (Rod Aydelotte/Waco Tribune-Herald via AP)
December 15, 2018 - 4:32 pm
DALLAS (AP) — The Texas judge who approved a plea deal allowing a former Baylor University student accused of rape to avoid jail time holds three degrees from Baylor. The criminal district attorney overseeing the case holds two. The prosecutor who agreed to the plea agreement graduated from Baylor...
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