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Investigators find no conspiracy in murder of Baltimore detective: police

- Investigators in Baltimore have found no conspiracy behind the shooting death of a homicide detective killed the day before he had been set to testify against fellow officers accused of graft, the city's police commissioner said on Wednesday.

U.S. judge strikes down Texas measure to limit second-trimester abortions

AUSTIN, Texas - A U.S. district judge on Wednesday struck down parts of a Texas law that would ban the most common type of second-trimester abortions in the state, after plaintiffs argued the procedure was safe, legal and necessary for women's health.

Pressure mounts on U.S. Rep. Conyers after sexual harassment allegations

WASHINGTON - U.S. Representative John Conyers faced additional fallout on Wednesday related to sexual harassment accusations made by former staffers, as a fellow Democrat called for his resignation and two more suggested he give up a prominent committee post.

Bodyguard to armed Oregon occupation leader sentenced to probation

- A man who tried to get Mormon church leaders to mediate an end to last year's occupation of a federal wildlife center in Oregon by armed militants was sentenced on Wednesday to two years on probation for his own brief role in the takeover.

Ex-WellCare general counsel gets six months in U.S. prison

- A former general counsel of insurer WellCare Health Plans Inc was sentenced on Wednesday to six months in prison for making a false statement to Florida's Medicaid program as part of what prosecutors called a $35 million healthcare fraud scheme.

Trump Organization in buyout deal on struggling NYC tower: report

- The Trump Organization has reached a deal that lets it walk away from a 46-story New York skyscraper with a hotel and condominiums that has had trouble attracting business, the New York Times reported on Wednesday.

Former U.S. ethics official files complaint against Trump aide Conway

WASHINGTON - The former head of a U.S. government ethics watchdog said on Wednesday he had filed a complaint claiming senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway violated a law barring executive branch employees from engaging in political activity when she spoke on television against a Democratic ...

Exclusive: CSX to impose hefty fees on some rail customers in 2018

SEATTLE - CSX Corp will charge new fees for freight shipments to Mexico and hike charges for customers that fail to load or discharge railcars by agreed deadlines or ship unsafely loaded or overweight railcars as of Jan. 1, the company said.

Trump: Father of UCLA player in shoplifting case is 'ungrateful fool'

- U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday reignited a feud with the father of one of the three UCLA basketball players who were detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting, calling him an "ungrateful fool" in a series of early-morning tweets.

Trump reignites feud with father of UCLA player accused of shoplifting

- President Donald Trump on Wednesday reignited a feud with the father of one of the three UCLA basketball players who was detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting, tweeting that he alone was responsible for their release.

The social media answer to stressful U.S holiday: Friendsgiving

NEW YORK - Americans overwhelmed by crowded highways and the prospect of cooking a turkey and all the trimmings for the Thanksgiving holiday dinner are turning for relief to the latest social-media driven holiday - Friendsgiving.

U.S. Navy plane crashes in Philippine Sea with 11 crew and passengers

TOKYO - A U.S. Navy transport plane carrying 11 people crashed in the Philippines Sea south of Japan on Wednesday as it flew to the aircraft carrier the USS Ronald Reagan, the U.S. Seventh Fleet said.

Second U.S. judge halts Trump ban on transgender troops

- A second federal judge on Tuesday blocked President Donald Trump from banning transgender people from serving in the U.S. military, ruling that the prohibition likely amounted to unconstitutional discrimination.

U.S. Olympic gold medalist Douglas says doctor sexually abused her

- Three-times Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas said on Tuesday she was sexually abused by former USA Gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar, the latest in a list of female athletes to accuse the doctor of misconduct.

White House personnel investigated for improper foreign contact: Washington Post

WASHINGTON - Three U.S. military personnel allegedly had improper contact with foreign women while traveling with President Donald Trump on his trip this month to Asia, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday.

U.S. wants PLO's Washington office to stay open: State Department

WASHINGTON - The United States wants the Palestine Liberation Organization to keep its Washington office open and is in talks with Palestinian officials about the issue despite a U.S. decision that could trigger its closure, the State Department said on Tuesday.

Ex-New York prison guards found guilty of charges over 2013 beating

NEW YORK - Two former New York state jail guards were found guilty by a Manhattan jury on Tuesday of federal charges related to the 2013 beating of an inmate who suffered life-threatening injuries, prosecutors announced.

U.S. threatens to sue Harvard over admissions policy probe

BOSTON - The U.S. Justice Department has threatened to sue Harvard University to force it to turn over documents as it investigates whether the Ivy League school's admission policies violate civil rights laws.

Counting the costs: U.S. hospitals feeling the pain of physician burnout

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Dr. Brian Halloran, a vascular surgeon at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, starts planning his garden long before spring arrives in southeast Michigan.

Zarrab trial in U.S. is a 'clear plot against Turkey', government says

ANKARA - A U.S. court case against a wealthy Turkish gold trader is a "clear plot against Turkey" that lacks any legal basis, Ankara's government spokesman said on Monday, ratcheting up rhetoric ahead of a trial that has strained diplomatic relations.

Trump says he should have left UCLA players in jail in China

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday upbraided the father of one of the three UCLA basketball players who had been detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting, tweeting he "should have left them in jail!"

Former New York state official sued over alleged sex harassment

- A former New York state employee has filed a federal lawsuit alleging she was sexually harassed by a onetime political appointee of Governor Andrew Cuomo, part of a wave of such accusations leveled in recent weeks against public figures.

Mass killer, cult leader Charles Manson dies at 83

- Charles Manson, the wild-eyed cult leader who orchestrated a string of gruesome killings in Southern California by his "family" of young followers, shattering the peace-and-love ethos of the late 1960s, died on Sunday, prison officials said. He was 83.

Pennsylvania police in manhunt for suspect in killing of officer

- Authorities were searching on Sunday for a gunman who killed a Pennsylvania police officer during a traffic stop, and raised the reward to $43,500 while asking for tips in the case.

New Orleans's first female mayor to lead city during its 300th anniversary

- A New Orleans City Council member who launched a political career after helping her neighborhood recover from Hurricane Katrina was elected as the city's first female mayor this weekend in a runoff that pitted her against another woman.

White House OK with removing Obamacare mandate repeal from Senate tax bill

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump would not object to removing a provision in a Senate Republican tax plan that would repeal the Obamacare mandate if it "becomes an impediment," White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said on Sunday.

Bangladesh arrests militant suspect in U.S. blogger killing

DHAKA - Bangladesh police said on Sunday they had arrested a suspected leader of an Islamist group wanted in connection with the death in 2015 a U.S. blogger critical of religious extremism.

South Carolina ex-cop faces December sentencing for motorist's shooting

CHARLESTON, S.C. - A white former South Carolina police officer filmed as he fatally shot an unarmed black motorist in the back two years ago will be sentenced on Dec. 4 on a federal civil rights charge, court officials said on Friday.

Pentagon discloses data on sexual assault reports on military bases

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military on Friday disclosed for the first time base-by-base data on sexual assault reports, showing a higher number of reports at big military installations like Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia as well as overseas hubs like South Korea.

Florida Democratic Party chief resigns after women say he made them uneasy

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The chairman of the Florida Democratic Party resigned and apologized on Friday after being accused of creating an uncomfortable work environment for women by making suggestive comments and leering at them.

U.S. civil rights activist Jesse Jackson says he has Parkinson's disease

- U.S. civil rights activist Jesse Jackson announced on Friday that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, an ailment that constrains movement and gets progressively worse with time.

Ivanka Trump, Italy's Aquazzura end 'Wild Thing' shoe lawsuit

NEW YORK - Italian shoemaker Aquazzura Italia SRL has dismissed its lawsuit accusing Ivanka Trump of stealing the design of its "Wild Thing" stiletto-heeled shoe for her own, less-expensive "Hettie" model.

One in three U.S. adults to avoid talking politics over holiday season: Reuters/Ipsos poll

NEW YORK - Americans will sit down next week for what has become a holiday tradition in the United States: tiptoeing through a turkey dinner without mentioning the president.

Twenty injured by fire in Philadelphia-area seniors' residence

- About 20 people were injured by a fire at a home for seniors in the Philadelphia area late on Thursday, local media reported.

Corruption trial of Senator Menendez ends in mistrial

- The corruption trial of New Jersey's Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Menendez ended in a mistrial on Thursday, after the jury said it was hopelessly deadlocked on bribery, fraud and other charges.

Former head of U.S. Homeland Security Ridge in critical condition

AUSTIN, Texas - Former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge was rushed to an Austin hospital on Thursday and in critical condition after undergoing a heart procedure, officials said.

U.S. towns, cities fear taxpayer revolt if Republicans kill deduction

WASHINGTON - From Pataskala, Ohio, to Conroe, Texas, local government leaders worry that if Republican tax-overhaul plans moving through the U.S. Congress become law, it will be harder for them to pave streets, put out fires, fight crime and pay teachers.

Arizona man sentenced to die for murdering girl by locking her in box

PHOENIX - An Arizona man was sentenced to death on Thursday for murdering a 10-year-old girl, by locking her in a footlocker for taking a Popsicle without permission, a court official said.

White House plans to seek another $45 billion in U.S. hurricane aid

WASHINGTON - The White House plans to ask the U.S. Congress on Friday for about $45 billion in additional aid for disaster relief to cover damage from hurricanes that struck Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida and other disaster damage, a congressional aide said on late Thursday.

Philadelphia moves one step closer to return of local control of public schools

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Philadelphia's School Reform Commission voted Thursday night to begin steps to dissolve itself, paving the way for a return to city control for the nation's 8th largest school district after 16 years.

Chicago schools sell $1 billion bonds with lower market penalty

CHICAGO - The junk-rated Chicago Board of Education completed an up-sized bond sale on Thursday with a pricing that indicated an easing in the municipal market penalty the district has been forced to pay due to its deep financial problems.

U.S. jobless claims unexpectedly rise; import prices up modestly

WASHINGTON - The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week in part as a backlog of applications from Puerto Rico continued to be processed, but the underlying trend pointed to tightening labor market conditions.

Trump acknowledges thanks from UCLA players released from China

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday acknowledged the thanks he received from three UCLA basketball players who had been detained in China for shoplifting and were released after he raised the case with his Chinese counterpart.

Two more women accuse Senate candidate Moore of sexual misconduct

- Two more women came forward on Wednesday with allegations of sexual misconduct against Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, one accusing him of groping her and the other of forcing a kiss on her when he was 30 and she was about 18.

Billionaire founder of Insys to plead not guilty to opioid bribe scheme

BOSTON - The billionaire founder of Insys Therapeutics Inc was expected to appear in federal court in Boston on Thursday to plead not guilty to charges that he participated in a scheme to bribe doctors to prescribe a fentanyl-based cancer pain drug.

Federal judge limits St. Louis police conduct during protests

- A federal judge ruled Wednesday that St. Louis police cannot shut down non-violent demonstrations and employ chemical agents to punish protesters, dealing a victory to a civil liberties group that challenged the police response to protests.

Da Vinci portrait of Christ sells for record $450.3 million in New York

NEW YORK - Leonardo da Vinci's portrait of Christ, "Salvator Mundi", sold for a record-smashing $450.3 million on Wednesday at Christie's, more than double the old price for any work of art at auction.

Convicted mass killer Charles Manson hospitalized in California: report

- Charles Manson, the cult leader who sent followers known as the "Manson Family" out to commit gruesome murders, shattering the peace-and-love ethos of the 1960s hippie era in California, has been hospitalized, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Northern California shooting death toll reaches five after wife's body found

- The death toll in a shooting spree in rural Northern California rose to five after police discovered the body of the gunman's wife hidden in the couple's house, an assistant sheriff said on Wednesday.

Origins of 2014 militia showdown with U.S. agents recounted in Nevada court

LAS VEGAS - Nevada cattleman Cliven Bundy repeatedly rebuffed overtures to settle a range-land dispute with the U.S. government that festered for years, leading to the armed standoff that landed him in jail, a prosecution witness testified on Wednesday.