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Report: Wells Fargo To Be Fined $1B

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal regulators plan to fine Wells Fargo as much as $1 billion as early as Friday for abuses tied to its auto-lending and mortgage businesses, The New York Times and other news outlets reported, citing unnamed sources. The potential $1 billion fine would be largest ever ...

Calif. Inmate Freed After 25 Years On Death Row

SAN QUENTIN, Calif. (AP) — A man who spent nearly 25 years on California’s death row has been freed after his conviction in the rape and killing of his girlfriend’s daughter was overturned. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says Vicente Benavides was released ...

Power of ‘Little Pink House’

Coming soon to a cinema near you — you can make this happen; read on — is a bite-your-nails true-story thriller featuring heroes, villains and a history-making struggle over ... the Constitution’s Takings Clause. Next Feb. 24, “Little Pink House” will win the Oscar for best picture ...

Cuomo, Trump and Next Election

Democrats scouring their ranks for a 2020 presidential candidate should put Andrew Cuomo high on their list. The New York governor is already on the case, giving speeches tailored for the Iowa caucuses. Assuming Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination for a second term, Cuomo would be ...

Why the Center Cannot Hold in Today’s Political Climate

For months, the press has been predicting a “blue wave.” There’s no question that Democrats and progressives despise Trump and are motivated to vote. But the media engages in “progpaganda” — the promotion of things they want to be true, endeavoring to shape events, and not ...

After Syria Missile Strikes, U.S. Stuck in a Holding Pattern

WASHINGTON (AP) — The drama of U.S. and allied missile strikes on Syria has obscured a sobering fact: The U.S.-led campaign to eliminate the Islamic State from Syria has stalled. The U.S. has 2,000 troops in Syria assisting local Arab and Kurdish fighters against IS, even as President ...

Pentagon: Sarin Gas Likely Present at Syria Sites

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon said Thursday a “preponderance of the evidence” indicates there were chemical weapons, including “elements” of sarin nerve gas, at the three Syrian sites bombed by the U.S. and its allies last week. Any definitive conclusion probably will remain an open ...

Justice Dept. Agrees To Send Comey Memos to Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has agreed to provide Congress with copies of several memos written by former FBI Director James Comey. That’s according to a person familiar with the agreement. The person declined to be named because the documents had not yet been sent to ...

Source: Fired FBI Deputy Chief Facing Criminal Investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department’s inspector general has sent a criminal referral about fired FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe to federal prosecutors in Washington, a person familiar with the matter said Thursday. The referral to the U.S. Attorney’s office for the District of ...

Americans Are Filling Out Far Fewer Opioid Prescriptions

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers filled in the U.S. fell dramatically last year, showing their biggest drop in 25 years and continuing a decline amid increasing legal restrictions and public awareness of the dangers of addiction, new data show. Health ...

Southwest Sought More Time for Inspections

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines sought more time last year to inspect jet-engine fan blades like the one that snapped off during one of its flights Tuesday in an accident that left a passenger dead. The airline opposed a recommendation by the engine manufacturer to require ultrasonic ...

Prosecutor Won’t File Criminal Charges in Prince’s Death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prince thought he was taking a common painkiller and probably did not know a counterfeit pill he ingested contained fentanyl, a Minnesota prosecutor said Thursday as he announced that no charges would be filed in the musician’s death. Carver County Attorney Mark Metz ...

Testimony Focuses On Pills Cosby Accuser Took

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby’s chief accuser could have been made woozy either by the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl or by quaaludes, a prosecution expert testified Thursday at the comedian’s sexual assault retrial. The identity of the pills that Cosby gave Andrea Constand ...

Getting Along and Having Fun on Sesame Street

Juanita Dilia Olivo believes it’s more important than ever for children to know they are valued and have something to contribute to their communities. She said the upcoming “Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party!” show at WesBanco Arena, in which she plays one of the leads, does just ...

Trump Won’t Say If He’ll Fire Mueller

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — As his frustration with the investigation into his campaign and business expands into new fronts, President Donald Trump refused to say Wednesday whether he plans to fire special counsel Robert Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. “As far as the two ...

Wisconsin Civil Rights Pioneer Dies At Age 94

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Vel Phillips, a civil rights pioneer who helped lead open housing marches in Milwaukee in the 1960s and was the first black person elected to a Wisconsin statewide office, has died. She was 94. Phillips died Tuesday while in hospice care at a Mequon hospital, said her son, ...

Prosecutors Plan Announcement on Prince Death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors in the Minnesota county where Prince died will announce a decision today on criminal charges following a two-year investigation into the musician’s death from an accidental fentanyl overdose. Carver County Attorney Mark Metz was scheduled to announce at ...

Witness: Cosby Accuser Spoke of Plan to Frame a Celebrity

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The chief accuser at Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial talked about framing a celebrity before going to police with her allegations in 2005, a key defense witness testified Wednesday as the TV star’s lawyers began putting on their case. Marguerite Jackson, an ...

Witness: Bath Salts Used Night of Girl’s Death

WESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A man whose ex-wife is accused of killing their 3-year-old daughter in West Virginia has testified the couple used synthetic drugs known as bath salts on the night the girl is believed to have died. The Exponent Telegram said Ralph Keith Lunsford Jr. testified Wednesday ...

Trump Says Pompeo Meeting With Kim Went Well

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that his CIA chief “got along really well” with Kim Jong Un during a secret meeting in North Korea, holding up the highly unusual talks as a reason to confirm Mike Pompeo as secretary of state. Republican lawmakers also supported ...