Government and politics

June 26, 2017 - 2:59 pm
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on a New Jersey public welfare benefits fraud case (all times local): 2:40 p.m. One of the four couples charged with taking public assistance benefits they weren't entitled to has appeared in federal court. Yocheved and Shimon Nussbaum appeared in front of a judge in...
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FILE - In this Friday June 16, 2017, file photo, Valerie Castile, mother of Philando Castile, a black motorist who was killed by Officer Jeronimo Yanez, speaks about her reaction to a not guilty verdict for Yanez at the Ramsey County Courthouse in St. Paul, Minn. Valerie Castile reached a nearly $3 million settlement in Philando Castile's death, announced Monday, June 26, by attorneys for Valerie Castile and the city of St. Anthony. (Renee Jones Schneider/Star Tribune via AP, File)
June 26, 2017 - 1:55 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The mother of Philando Castile, a black motorist killed by a Minnesota police officer last July, has reached a nearly $3 million settlement with the city that employed the officer, avoiding a federal wrongful death lawsuit that attorneys said could have taken years to resolve...
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June 26, 2017 - 1:10 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on the first in a series of government rulings on Gov. Jerry Brown's plans to build $16 billion water tunnels from Northern California (all times local): 10 a.m. Federal agencies say they will release the first in a series of rulings that will determine the fate of...
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FILE - In this Friday June 16, 2017, file photo, Valerie Castile, mother of Philando Castile, a black motorist who was killed by Officer Jeronimo Yanez, speaks about her reaction to a not guilty verdict for Yanez at the Ramsey County Courthouse in St. Paul, Minn. Valerie Castile reached a nearly $3 million settlement in Philando Castile's death, announced Monday, June 26, by attorneys for Valerie Castile and the city of St. Anthony. (Renee Jones Schneider/Star Tribune via AP, File)
June 26, 2017 - 1:09 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The mother of Philando Castile, a black motorist killed by a Minnesota police officer last July, has reached a nearly $3 million settlement with the city that employed the officer, avoiding a federal wrongful death lawsuit that attorneys said could have taken years to resolve...
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June 26, 2017 - 12:44 pm
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — President Donald Trump's homeland security adviser has announced a new cybersecurity partnership with Israel. Tom Bossert says the new working group will focus on key cyber issues and encourage international cooperation. He says the partnership is aimed at "stopping...
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June 26, 2017 - 12:02 pm
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey rabbi and his wife and three other couples defrauded state and federal public assistance programs out of more than $1 million by underreporting their incomes, according to criminal complaints released Monday. One of the couples continued to receive Medicaid...
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Workers remove cladding from Whitebeam Court, in Pendleton, Manchester, Monday June 26, 2017. The list of high-rise apartment towers in Britain that have failed fire safety tests grew to 60, officials said Sunday, revealing the mounting challenge the government faces in the aftermath of London's Grenfell Tower fire tragedy. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)
June 26, 2017 - 11:52 am
LONDON (AP) — The deaths of 79 people in a London apartment tower have triggered emergency inspections, evacuations and soul searching among British officials who failed to prevent the tragedy. But fire-safety experts say governments and builders around the world should take notice, because the...
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FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2010 file photo, a police officer stands guard beside a picture of jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo outside the Chinese government liaison office in Hong Kong. Jailed Chinese Nobel peace laureate Liu has been released on medical parole after being diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer, his lawyer said Monday, June 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)
June 26, 2017 - 11:48 am
BEIJING (AP) — Imprisoned Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate and dissident Liu Xiaobo has been transferred to a hospital after being diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer, his former lawyer said Monday. The deteriorating health of China's best-known political prisoner was immediately met with...
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Israelis celebrate bar mitzvah at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem's Old City, Monday, June 26, 2017. A high-profile group of Jewish leaders cancelled a gala event with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday to protest his government's decision to scrap plans for a mixed-gender prayer area at Jerusalem's Western Wall. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
June 26, 2017 - 11:44 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — Two high-profile groups of Jewish leaders on Monday canceled meetings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to protest his government's decision to scrap plans for a mixed-gender prayer area at Jerusalem's Western Wall. The dramatic moves reflected the widening gulf that has...
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In this Friday, May 19, 2017 photo, Matthew Fenner stands with his aunt, Lynn Rape, outside the Rutherford County Courthouse after a hearing on his case against Word of Faith Fellowship church in Rutherfordton, N.C. Fenner, a former church member, said he was kidnapped and assaulted by members because he is gay. In December 2014, a grand jury indicted five church members. “If it wasn’t for our pressure,” Rape said, “nothing would have happened.” (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)
June 26, 2017 - 11:34 am
SPINDALE, N.C. (AP) — For two years, Matthew Fenner said he pleaded with authorities to investigate his allegations that a group of fellow congregants at the Word of Faith Fellowship church had punched, slapped and choked him to expel his "homosexual demons." An Associated Press investigation found...
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