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Missouri diocese abuse inquiry names 33 priests, brothers

By SUMMER BALLENTINE, Associated Press JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Thirty-three priests or religious brothers in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City, Missouri, have been "credibly accused" and/or removed from the ministry over sexual abuse of minors, the bishop of the central ...

Trump says he’s focused on Senate with 2 days until midterms

By ZEKE MILLER and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press MACON, Ga. (AP) — President Donald Trump appeared to distance himself from the fate of House Republican candidates Sunday as he devotes his final two days before Tuesday's midterm elections to helping Senate and gubernatorial ...

Wisconsin town mourns 3 Girl Scouts, 1 adult killed in crash

LAKE HALLIE, Wis. (AP) — A western Wisconsin community on Sunday was grieving the deaths of three Girl Scouts and a parent who were collecting trash along a rural highway when police say a pickup truck veered off the road and hit them before speeding away. Authorities have not released the ...

Obama, Trump offer dueling final pitches to midterm voters

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — No longer reluctant to speak out, former President Barack Obama delivered a closing argument for Democrats that seeks a firm check on President Donald Trump's policies in Tuesday's midterm elections. Obama and Trump offered competing visions ...

Wages surge as US adds a robust 250,000 jobs in October

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses ramped up hiring in October, and wages rose by the largest year-over-year amount in nearly a decade, a combination that is pulling a rising share of Americans into the job market. In the final major economic ...

Trump vs. Obama in the final weekend of the midterms

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The final weekend of campaigning in the midterms might come down to this: Donald Trump versus Barack Obama. The Republican president and his Democratic predecessor are both lending their considerable political clout to key Senate and ...

Path to power: House races to watch on election night

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The path to power in the House runs through a few dozen districts in Tuesday's election, with Republicans defending their majority and Democrats looking to gain 23 seats they would need to win control. After the first polls close in the ...

Official hopes staffing boost deters Arizona voting problems

By ASTRID GALVAN, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — It's the week before the general election and poll workers for the Arizona county with 2.2 million of the state's 3.7 million registered voters gathered to train for their mission: Making sure Maricopa County's August primary nightmare ...

Rabbis gather up traces of Pittsburgh victims for burial

By ADAM GELLER, AP National Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — As the first funerals for the victims of the Pittsburgh massacre began, two rabbis and five other volunteers approached the sawhorses cordoning off the Tree of Life synagogue, and an FBI agent led them into the crime scene. Inside the ...

Pittsburgh synagogue suspect due in federal court Thursday

By MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — The suspect in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre is expected to make a brief appearance in court Thursday to be arraigned on an indictment that charges him with murder, hate crimes, obstructing in the practice of religion, and other ...

Google employees walk out to protest treatment of women

By MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hundreds of Google engineers and other workers around the world walked off the job Thursday to protest the internet company's lenient treatment of executives accused of sexual misconduct. It is the latest expression of a backlash ...

Trump says border troops could hit 15K, surprising Pentagon

By ZEKE MILLER and ROBERT BURNS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the number of military troops deployed to the U.S.-Mexican border could reach 15,000 — roughly double the number the Pentagon said it currently plans for a mission whose dimensions are shifting ...

Lawsuit alleges Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted girl, 16

By MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein was accused in a civil court filing Wednesday of forcing a 16-year-old Polish model to touch his penis, subjecting her to years of harassment and emotional abuse and blocking her from a successful acting career as payback ...

Violence plagued West Virginia prison before Bulger’s murder

By MICHAEL BALSAMO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Long before notorious Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger was killed at a federal prison in West Virginia, lawmakers, advocates and even prison guards had been sounding the alarm about dangerous conditions there. But there has been no ...

Trump: End birthright citizenship for some US-born babies

By LAURIE KELLMAN and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is intensifying his hardline immigration rhetoric heading into the midterm elections, declaring that he wants to order the end of the constitutional right to citizenship for babies of ...

Trump to visit a Pittsburgh scarred by violence at synagogue

By ZEKE MILLER and ALLEN G. BREED, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — To Marianne Novy, President Donald Trump isn't wanted "unless he really changes his ways." For David Dvir, politics should take a pause for grief: "It's our president, and we need to welcome him." Trump is once again ...

Synagogue shooter was obsessed with Jewish refugee agency

By MICHAEL HILL, Associated Press Just moments before the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting that left 11 people dead, the suspect is believed to have posted a final social media rant against a Jewish refugee settlement agency most people had never heard of, but which has increasingly become the ...

Trump visit stirs debate; massacre defendant in court

By ALLEN G. BREED, MARK SCOLFORO and MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — The man charged in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre was brought into court in a wheelchair Monday, as some members of the Jewish community and others objected to President Donald Trump's plans to visit, ...

Pentagon sending 5,200 troops to border week before midterms

By ROBERT BURNS, COLLEEN LONG and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon said Monday it is sending 5,200 troops to the Southwest border in an extraordinary military operation ordered up just a week before midterm elections in which President Donald Trump has put a sharp ...

US election integrity depends on security-challenged firms

By FRANK BAJAK, AP Cybersecurity Writer It was the kind of security lapse that gives election officials nightmares. In 2017, a private contractor left data on Chicago's 1.8 million registered voters — including addresses, birth dates and partial Social Security numbers — publicly exposed ...