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  • GOP defends Trump as Bolton book adds pressure for witnesses

    WASHINGTON — Senators faced mounting pressure Monday to summon John Bolton to testify at President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial even as Trump’s lawyers mostly brushed past extraordinary new allegations from the former national security adviser and focused instead on corruption in Ukraine and historical arguments for acquittal. Outside the Senate chamber, Republicans grappled with claims in a forthcoming book from Bolton that Trump had wanted to withhold military aid from Ukraine until it committed to helping with investigations into Democratic rival […]

  • Lakers’ next game postponed after Kobe Bryant’s death

    LOS ANGELES — The NBA has postponed the Los Angeles Lakers’ next game against the Clippers on Tuesday night after the deaths of retired superstar Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others in a helicopter crash. The league announced the decision in a statement Monday, saying it “was made out of respect for the Lakers organization.” Bryant’s helicopter crashed Sunday, and the Lakers learned about it while flying home from an East Coast road trip. LeBron James and several other […]

  • Nicki Minaj’s brother sentenced to 25 years to life for sexually assaulting 11-year-old

    NASSAU COUNTY, N.Y. — The brother of rapper Nicki Minaj was sentenced Monday to 25 years to life in prison for sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl at his Long Island home. A judge convicted Jelani Maraj of predatory sexual assault and child endangerment in November 2017. The victim testified during the trial that Maraj repeatedly raped her in 2015 while her mother was at work. The girl’s younger brother also testified at the trial that he witnessed one assault. Maraj […]

  • Former state senator Martin Sandoval charged with red-light camera bribery

    CHICAGO — Federal prosecutors filed bribery and tax charges on Monday against a former Illinois state senator who led the powerful transportation committee, alleging he accepted payments in exchange for supporting costly red-light camera programs across the state. The U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago listed the charges against Sen. Martin Sandoval in a two-page filing in U.S. District Court. The 56-year-old Chicago Democrat “corruptly solicited, demanded, agreed to accept and accepted” payments for “continued support for the operation of red-light […]

  • Auschwitz survivors warn of rising anti-Semitism 75 years on

    Survivors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp prayed and wept as they marked the 75th anniversary of its liberation, returning Monday to the place where they lost entire families and warning about the ominous growth of anti-Semitism and hatred in the world. “We have with us the last living survivors, the last among those who saw the Holocaust with their own eyes,” Polish President Andrzej Duda told those at the commemoration, which included the German president as well as Jewish, Christian […]

  • Priest gets 60 days in jail for bubble-wrapping boy

    A Michigan priest accused of wrapping a teenager in bubble wrap has been sentenced to 60 days in jail. The Rev. Brian  Stanley had pleaded guilty to attempted false imprisonment. Stanley was accused of wrapping a boy in bubble wrap and tape in 2013 in a janitor’s room at a church in Allegan County. The attorney general’s office says the boy’s eyes and mouth were covered with masking tape while he was left alone for an hour. Prosecutors said it […]

  • 22-year-old soldier killed in rollover accident in Syria

    WASHINGTON — A 22-year-old soldier from North Carolina has died in a rollover accident in Syria, the Defense Department said Saturday. Spc. Antonio I. Moore, 22, of Wilmington, died Friday in Deir ez Zor Province, Syria, while conducting route-clearing operations, the department said. The incident is under investigation. Moore was assigned to 363rd Engineer Battalion, 411th Engineer Brigade, Knightdale, North Carolina According to military officials, about 750 U.S. troops are in eastern Syria. Spc. Antonio Moore, 22, of Wilmington, N.C., […]

  • Nighttime rocket attack on US Embassy in Baghdad injured 1

    BAGHDAD — A nighttime rocket attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad injured at least one embassy personnel member, staffers there said Monday. The two staff members, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media, did not specify the injured person’s nationality or the severity of their wounds. They said the rocket slammed into a restaurant inside the embassy compound. Violence between Iraqi security forces and anti-government protesters also continued to seethe overnight, […]

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    Arizona, California cases push US tally of new virus to 5

    LOS ANGELES  — The U.S. has five confirmed cases of the new virus from China, all among people who traveled to the city at the center of the outbreak, health officials said Sunday. Two new cases were reported Sunday — one in Los Angeles County in California and the other in Maricopa County, Arizona. The latter case was someone with ties to Arizona State University who did not live in school housing and had a history of travel to Wuhan, […]

  • Kobe Bryant, daughter among 9 killed in California helicopter crash

    CALABASAS, Calif. — Kobe Bryant, the 18-time NBA All-Star who won five championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, died in a helicopter crash Sunday. He was 41. Bryant died near Calabasas, California, about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. A different person familiar with the case confirmed that Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna also was […]

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