Author: Associated Press

Trump Campaign Raises $3M Amid Impeachment Probe

President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign raised more than $3 million on the day of the first public House impeachment hearing. Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale announced the haul on Twitter Thursday. He says the campaign raised $3,144,257 Wednesday and now hopes…

China Lifts Ban on US Poultry After 5 Years

WASHINGTON (AP) – China is reopening its market to U.S. poultry, ending a five-year ban. China had blocked U.S. poultry imports after an outbreak of avian influenza in December 2014, closing off a market that bought more than $500 million worth of American chicken, turkey and other poultry products in 2013. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said Thursday that the…

Authorities Charge Central Iowa Man with Killing Wife

ZEARING, Iowa (AP) – Authorities have arrested and charged a central Iowa man with killing his wife. Story County court records say 70-year-old Gary Pillman is charged with second-degree murder and is being held on $500,000 bail. The records don’t list an attorney for him. He’s accused in the slaying of 62-year-old Betty Pillman. Her body was found outside their…

Judge Rejects Written Testimony From Iowa Murder Suspect

MONTEZUMA, Iowa (AP) – A judge won’t consider written testimony from a man who claims he was unaware of his legal rights when he allegedly confessed to killing University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts. Judge Joel Yates ruled Thursday that he will not allow lawyers for Cristhian Bahena Rivera to submit a written affidavit from their client unless he agrees…

Charges Against GOP Operative Roger Stone Now Before Jury

Roger Stone, with his wife, Nydia Stone, right, arrive at the federal court in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. Stone, a longtime Republican provocateur and former confidant of President Donald Trump, goes on trial over charges related to his alleged efforts to exploit the Russian-hacked Hillary Clinton emails for political gain. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) – Jurors have begun…

Police Probing Social Media Threat to Iowa State Students

AMES, Iowa (AP) – Police are investigating what officials say is a threat posted on social media to three Iowa State students. Iowa State Police Chief Michael Newton said Wednesday that the university is trying to identify who posted it on Reddit. The university says the threat targeted three students who participated in a Land Acknowledgement statement made at a…

More Than 11 Rescued From Upper Red Lake Ice Floe

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) – Sheriff’s officials in northern Minnesota say more than 11 people have been rescued from an ice floe on Upper Red Lake prompting a warning for anglers to stay off the ice this early in the season. The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office contacted Red Lake area resort owners this week asking for help in keeping people off…

Louisiana Officer Won’t Face Charges in 94 mph Fatal Crash

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – A Louisiana police officer who crashed a speeding sports car while off duty will face no criminal charges in the death of a child. The Advocate reports prosecutors cleared Christopher Manuel of negligent homicide, even though investigators say he was driving an orange Corvette at almost 100 mph (161 kph) before crashing into another vehicle,…

US Court Rules Kentucky Man Can Get ‘IM GOD’ License Plate

Freedom From Religion FoundationFRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A federal court is allowing a Kentucky man to personalize a license plate with the phrase “IM GOD” after a three-year legal battle over the custom engraving. Court documents show Ben Hart, a self-identified atheist, set out to get the Kentucky plate in 2016. But Hart’s request was denied by the state transportation…

Poll: Americans Struggle to Identify True Political Facts

WASHINGTON (AP) – A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and USA Facts finds that regardless of political belief, many Americans say they have a hard time figuring out if information is true. Nearly two-thirds of Americans say they often come across one-sided information, and about 6 in 10 say they regularly see conflicting reports…

AP Exclusive: Data Shows Upswing in Child Exploitation Cases

WASHINGTON (AP) – Homeland Security investigators who uncover child exploitation initiated more than 4,000 cases around the world in the 2019 budget year. Data obtained by The Associated Press shows the investigations resulted in thousands of arrests and the identification of more than 1,000 victims. The previous two years saw about 4,000 investigations each but lower arrests and fewer victims…

Pastor: Jimmy Carter ‘Up and Walking’ Post Brain Surgery

FILE- Former President Jimmy Carter answers questions during a news conference at a Habitat for Humanity project, in Nashville, Tenn. Carter has been hospitalized after an another fall at his home in Plains, Ga. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)ATLANTA (AP) – Jimmy Carter’s pastor says the former president is already “up and walking” just a day after undergoing surgery to relieve…

Next Up in Impeachment Hearings: A Parade of Key Witnesses

Career Foreign Service officer George Kent and top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine William Taylor, right, are sworn in to testify during the first public impeachment hearing of the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill, Wednesday Nov. 13, 2019 in Washington.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) – Several more witnesses set to testify in the House impeachment hearings are expected to say they…

Impeachment Testimony Wraps Up After 5 Hours

Career Foreign Service officer George Kent and top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine William Taylor, right, are sworn in to testify during the first public impeachment hearing of the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill, Wednesday Nov. 13, 2019 in Washington.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) – Testimony in the House’s first public impeachment hearing has ended, with more hearings to come. State…

Disney Plus Hits 10M Subscribers in 1 Day

FILE – In this April 3, 2019, file photo characters from Disney and Fox movies are displayed behind Cathleen Taff, president of distribution, franchise management, business and audience insight for Walt Disney Studios during the Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2019, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) at Caesars Palace in Las…

Privacy, Consumer Groups Seek to Block Google-Fitbit Deal

NEW YORK (AP) – Nine privacy, social justice and consumer groups are calling for the U.S. government to block Google’s $2.1 billion acquisition of fitness-gadget maker Fitbit, citing antitrust and privacy concerns. They say in a Wednesday letter to the Federal Trade Commission that the deal would consolidate Google’s dominance over internet services like search, advertising and smartphone operating systems….