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Tough lessons: Teachers fall short in midterm races

By ADAM BEAM and CAROLYN THOMPSON Associated Press FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — After falling short in her race for the state legislature, high school history teacher Jenny Urie returned to her central Kentucky classroom, suddenly doubtful of just how far a grassroots uprising to bolster public ...

Bishops delay votes on combating church sex abuse crisis

By DAVID McFADDEN and DAVID CRARY Associated Press BALTIMORE (AP) — At the Vatican's insistence, U.S. Catholic bishops abruptly postponed plans Monday to vote on proposed new steps to address the clergy sex abuse crisis roiling the church. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, ...

Dead in cars and homes

Northern California fire toll at 42 By GILLIAN FLACCUS and DON THOMPSON Associated Press PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The dead were found in burned-out cars, in the smoldering ruins of their homes, or next to their vehicles, apparently overcome by smoke and flames before they could jump in ...

Picking up another seat, Dems ride high on slow roll of wins

By STEVE PEOPLES Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — No, it wasn't a blue wave. But a week after the voting, Democrats are riding higher than they thought on election night. As vote counting presses on in several states, the Democrats have steadily chalked up victories across the country, ...

US analysts locate secret North Korean missile sites

By MATTHEW LEE AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. analysts said Monday they have located 13 secret North Korean missile development sites, underscoring the challenge that the Trump administration faces in trying to reach its promised broad arms control agreement with ...

Israel, Hamas trade heavy fire after deadly incursion

By FARES AKRAM and JOSEF FEDERMAN Associated Press GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian militants bombarded Israel with dozens of rockets and mortar shells Monday, while Israeli warplanes struck targets throughout the Gaza Strip in what appeared to be the most intense exchange of fire ...

Other Editors

ACT scores tell the truth about Minnesota schools The rejection — some might say abject failure — of the national No Child Left Behind Act in 2015 reaffirmed the authority of individual states to set their own goals and standards for student achievement. Fair enough. Education isn’t ...

Trump barrels into Nixon territory

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s long-expected firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions may be a prelude to an outrageous, blatant political crime that could make the Watergate scandal of the 1970s pale in comparison. Trump’s accompanying appointment as acting attorney general of Matthew ...

International

Fresh fighting erupts amid steps to tone down Gaza violence JERUSALEM (AP) — A fresh wave of fighting erupted between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, leaving at least six Palestinians dead just as Israel and Hamas had appeared to be making progress ...

National

Officer fatally shoots man in Mississippi CLARKSDALE, Miss. (AP) — Authorities in Mississippi are investigating the circumstances that led to a police officer fatally shooting a man. Capt. Johnny Poulos said in an emailed statement that the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation has been ...

Minnesota

Professor sentenced for falsifying retirement assets MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A University of Minnesota professor convicted of falsifying the value of his retirement accounts in an attempt to cheat his ex-wife out of her share has been sentenced to four years of probation and four months in the ...

People in the News

Bruno Mars to provide Thanksgiving meals for 24K NEW YORK (AP) — Bruno Mars will mark the end of his massive "24K Magic World Tour" by providing meals to 24,000 Hawaii residents in need for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Hawaiian-born singer announced Sunday he has donated money for the ...

More bodies found as officials fight California wildfire

By GILLIAN FLACCUS, PAUL ELIAS and ANDREW SELSKY Associated Press PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — As relatives desperately searched shelters for missing loved ones, crews stepped up the search for bodies in the smoking ruins of Paradise on Sunday, loading the remains of at least one victim into ...

Chinese leaders struggle to dispel stock market gloom

By JOE McDONALD AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) — Lu Yushan, a retired salesman, has advice for investors in China's slumping stock market: Sell. Lu's shares soared over the past decade. But the 65-year-old cashed out this year, driven away by plunging prices, insider trading scandals, a ...

Jury tells Aetna to pay $25M to late cancer patient’s family

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A jury has ordered Aetna to pay more than $25 million to the family of an Oklahoma City woman who died a year after the insurance company refused to cover a type of radiation therapy. Jurors found that Aetna doctors didn't spend enough time reviewing Orrana Cunningham's ...

Gerard Butler’s house ‘half-gone,’ others await fire’s toll

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Celebrities whose coastal homes have been damaged or destroyed in a Southern California wildfire or were forced to flee from the flames expressed sympathy and solidarity with less-famous people hurt worse by the state's deadly blazes, and gave their gratitude to ...

White House: Cemetery motorcade would have disrupted roads

By JILL COLVIN Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Stung by criticism for not attending an event honoring U.S. military dead, the White House says President Donald Trump didn't want to disrupt Paris roadways for a last-minute motorcade to a cemetery in northern France. Trump had been scheduled ...

Granlund scores in third

To lift Wild over Blues 3-2 By STEVE OVERBEY Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — Mikael Granlund opened the season with a trio of forgettable games. "I hardly ever touched the puck," the Minnesota Wild forward recalled. Those days are long gone. Granlund scored his team-high 10th goal ...

Jones helps Packers run away for 31-12 win over Dolphins

By GENARO C. ARMAS AP Sports Writer GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — For a change, it was the Packers in a runaway. Aaron Jones ran for career highs of 145 yards and two scores, Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams connected for two touchdown passes and the Green Bay beat the Miami Dolphins 31-12 on ...

Ross, Vucevic lift Magic over Knicks 115-89

NEW YORK (AP) — Terrence Ross scored 22 points, Nikola Vucevic had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic cruised past the New York Knicks 115-89 on Sunday night. Harlem native Mo Bamba played his first NBA game at Madison Square Garden and had 15 points and eight rebounds. Evan ...

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