Government and politics

July 12, 2018 - 11:54 pm
BEIJING (AP) — China's imports from North Korea plunged 92.6 percent in June compared with a year earlier under U.N. sanctions imposed to stop Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs, the customs agency said Friday. Exports of Chinese oil and other goods to the North fell 40.6 percent, a customs...
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FILE - This undated photo shows Emmett Louis Till, a 14-year-old black Chicago boy, who was kidnapped, tortured and murdered in 1955 after he allegedly whistled at a white woman in Mississippi. The federal government has reopened its investigation into the slaying of Till, the black teenager whose brutal killing in Mississippi helped inspire the civil rights movement more than 60 years ago. (AP Photo, File)
July 12, 2018 - 10:43 pm
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Weeks after he published a book about the brutal slaying of Emmett Till, a North Carolina author received a call from FBI agents asking about his interview with a key witness who acknowledged lying about her interactions with the black teen. Not long after that, Duke...
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FILE - This undated photo shows Emmett Louis Till, a 14-year-old black Chicago boy, who was kidnapped, tortured and murdered in 1955 after he allegedly whistled at a white woman in Mississippi. The federal government has reopened its investigation into the slaying of Till, the black teenager whose brutal killing in Mississippi helped inspire the civil rights movement more than 60 years ago. (AP Photo, File)
July 12, 2018 - 10:42 pm
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A North Carolina author who wrote about the brutal slaying of Emmett Till says FBI agents called him not long after its 2017 publication to ask about his interview with a key witness who acknowledged lying. Timothy Tyson told reporters Thursday that he turned over interview...
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FILE - This Sept. 30, 2016, file photo shows a marijuana bud before harvesting at a rural area near Corvallis, Ore. The Oregon agency overseeing the state's legal medical marijuana industry admits in a report it has not effectively provided oversight of growers and others, creating opportunities for weed to be diverted into the highly profitable black market. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File)
July 12, 2018 - 9:52 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The agency overseeing Oregon's legal medical marijuana industry conceded in a report Thursday it has not provided effective oversight of growers and others in the industry, creating opportunities for weed to be diverted to the black market. The blunt internal review echoes...
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July 12, 2018 - 9:33 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A former official at the pension fund for New York state public employees who was charged with accepting bribes that included prostitutes, strippers, cocaine and a $17,000 wristwatch has been sentenced to 21 months in prison. Navnoor Kang was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty...
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July 12, 2018 - 9:04 pm
BEIJING (AP) — A blast in an industrial park in a southwestern province has killed 19 people and injured 12 others, China's official Xinhua News Agency said Friday. The blast occurred at the Yibin Hengda Technology Co., a chemical plant in an industrial park in the city of Yibin in Sichuan province...
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In this frame from video, porn actress Stormy Daniels is led into jail in Columbus, Ohio., after being taken into custody during a Wednesday evening, July 11, 2018, show. Daniels was arrested at a strip club and is accused of letting patrons touch her in violation of a state law, her attorney said early Thursday, July 12. (WBNS via AP)
July 12, 2018 - 8:08 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of porn star Stormy Daniels at a strip club in Ohio (all times local): 7:50 p.m. An Ohio strip club says porn star Stormy Daniels is planning a performance a day after police arrested her at another club. Vanity Gentlemen's Club confirmed the Thursday...
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This photo provided by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, July 12, 2018, shows porn actress Stormy Daniels. Daniels was arrested at a Columbus, Ohio strip club and is accused of letting patrons touch her in violation of a state law, her attorney said early Thursday. (Franklin County Sheriff's Office via AP)
July 12, 2018 - 8:06 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Prosecutors on Thursday dropped charges against porn star Stormy Daniels just hours after she was arrested and accused of illegally rubbing undercover police officers' faces against her bare breasts during a performance at a strip club. Her attorney said she was "set up" in a...
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FILE - This 2012 file photo provided by Juozas Valiušaitis shows Neringa Venckiene in Lithuania. Venckiene, a former Lithuanian judge and parliamentarian jailed in Chicago at her homeland's request fears death if she's extradited because she helped expose a network of influential pedophiles in the country. A U.S. District Court judge refused to halt her extradition to her homeland, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Chicago. After the legal defeat her lawyers said they'd promptly appeal to an federal appeals court. Ccourtesy Juozas Valiušaitis via AP, File)
July 12, 2018 - 7:22 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — A former Lithuanian lawmaker appeared close to fainting in a Chicago federal courtroom Thursday as a judge refused to halt her extradition to her homeland, where she faces charges stemming from her claims about the existence of a ring of influential pedophiles. Lawyers for Neringa...
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions is greeted after being introduced by Scott Murray, U.S. Attorney for New Hampshire, before speaking on the opioid and fentanyl crisis, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
July 12, 2018 - 6:03 pm
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Federal prosecutors in eight states with high drug overdose death rates will pursue even seemingly small synthetic opioid cases under a program announced Thursday by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Sessions announced Operation Synthetic Opioid Surge in New Hampshire, which...
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