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May 24, 2016 - 4:16am
31 min 28 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials and tribal leaders are holding what they describe as an emergency meeting to protest plans by a French auction house to sell artifacts that the tribes consider sacred.

The auctions have been a sticking point between U.S. and French officials for several years. The planned May 30 auction is particularly galling, officials say, because one of the items up for sale is a shirt made of human scalps.

The meeting will be...

May 24, 2016 - 4:12am
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge is set to get an update on ongoing settlement talks in the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal after announcing a tentative deal last month for nearly half a million polluting Volkswagens in the U.S.

Attorneys for Volkswagen and Volkswagen owners filed an agenda for Tuesday's hearing before Senior U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer that includes a report on discussions over roughly 482,000 Volkswagens with 2-liter, four-...

May 24, 2016 - 4:07am
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OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — The speaker of Alabama's House of Representatives is going on trial on felony charges that could result in his removal from office.

A judge told jurors to be in court Tuesday morning to begin the trial of Speaker Mike Hubbard.

Hubbard engineered the Republican Party's takeover of the Alabama Statehouse in 2010. Now he's charged with 23 felony ethics violations. Conviction on even one would result in his ouster....

May 24, 2016 - 3:47am
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RIO, Fla. (AP) — When dengue fever appears in Florida, it's usually in the densely populated Miami area. But a 2013 outbreak about 100 miles north of Miami caught two small communities by surprise.

The outbreak infected 28 people in Jensen Beach and Rio (pronounced RYE-oh). The mosquitoes that spread dengue also carry Zika. The successful fight against dengue in these Florida suburbs may forecast what other U.S. communities face as the summer mosquito season begins....

May 24, 2016 - 3:33am
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia and his push to make the party more inclusive could get "messy." He said in an interview with The Associated Press: "Democracy is not always nice and quiet and gentle."

The Vermont senator, campaigning ahead of California's primary against Hillary Clinton, says his supporters hope the party will adopt a platform at the summer convention that...

May 24, 2016 - 3:27am
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says comedian Larry David shouldn't worry about his role on NBC's "Saturday Night Live."

The Vermont senator joked in an interview with The Associated Press that he wants David to continue his job impersonating him on the late night show, which had its season finale last weekend.

Speaking to the camera, Sanders says to David: "Larry, I am deeply concerned about unemployment in...

May 24, 2016 - 3:21am
31 min 28 sec ago

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A gated community of villas with well-tended flower gardens near the West Bank town of Ramallah may help explain why Palestinians almost universally believe there is corruption in the government of President Mahmoud Abbas.

The secluded "Diplomatic Compound," built for senior Palestinian Authority officials on subsidized land, is one of the symbols of what many Palestinians think is wrong with their leaders — that they are cut off from the...

May 24, 2016 - 3:21am
31 min 28 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sympathetic House Judiciary Committee is giving a high-profile forum to a top Republican lawmaker who wants to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz plans to testify to the GOP-run Judiciary panel on Tuesday. The Utah Republican has been pushing for Koskinen's removal since last summer, accusing the commissioner of hindering congressional investigations of his agency....

May 24, 2016 - 3:21am
31 min 28 sec ago

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore's top prosecutor is facing criticism that she moved too quickly to file charges against six officers in the death of Freddie Gray without first ensuring there was enough evidence to bring them to bear.

A judge on Monday acquitted Officer Edward Nero of the assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment charges in the April 2015 arrest of the African-American man.

Legal experts say the acquittal in the racially...

May 24, 2016 - 3:04am
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Opening statements are expected to begin Tuesday in the murder trial of an actor who played a police officer in the television series "The Shield."

Jury selection will continue Tuesday morning in the trial of Michael Jace, with attorneys and a judge hoping to finalize the panel and then have opening statements.

The 53-year-old actor is accused of shooting and killing his wife April at their Los Angeles home in May 2014....

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