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Las Vegas' struggles of the past decade are all too visible

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 4:37am
Even as a handful of major U.S. cities around the country have flourished in the 10 years since the Great Recession officially began in December 2007, other large cities have eked out only modest recoveries. Some are still straining to shed the scars of recession....
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PBS suspends distribution of Smiley show for misconduct

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 3:35am
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- PBS says it has indefinitely suspended distribution of Tavis Smiley's talk show after an independent investigation uncovered "multiple, credible allegations" of misconduct by its host....
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Coroner: Accused Ky. lawmaker's death apparently suicide

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 2:35am
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Dan Johnson, a Republican state lawmaker in Kentucky who defiantly denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl in the basement of his home, died in an apparent suicide, the county coroner said....
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Bannon, undeterred, under siege from GOP after Alabama loss

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 1:32am
NEW YORK (AP) -- Former White House strategist Steve Bannon is catching blame from fellow Republicans for coughing up a safe Senate seat in deep-red Alabama and foisting damaging political advice on President Donald Trump. But in the aftermath of this week's stinging Alabama defeat, Bannon is showing no signs of abandoning his guerrilla war against the GOP establishment....
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Decade since recession: Thriving cities leave others behind

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 12:32am
As the nation's economy was still reeling from the body blow of the Great Recession, Seattle's was about to take off....
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As Olympics near, South Korea agonizes over post-Games costs

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 11:29pm
GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean officials have ruled out turning a state-of-the-art Olympic skating arena into a giant seafood freezer. Other than that, not much is certain about the country's post-Winter Games plans for a host of expensive venues....
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AP Explains: What is net neutrality and why does it matter?

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 10:28pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- "Net neutrality" regulations, designed to prevent internet service providers like Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and Charter from favoring some sites and apps over others, are on the chopping block. On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission plans to vote on a proposal that would not only undo the Obama-era rules that have been in place since 2015, but will forbid states to put anything similar in place....
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Palestinians, a large Jerusalem minority, feel Trump snub

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 10:28pm
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Pedestrians walk on a thick layer of soot from tires set ablaze in frequent clashes with Israeli troops. Cars navigate around potholes in streets littered with garbage. Motorists honk in a traffic jam near an Israeli checkpoint that is framed by the towering cement slabs of Israel's separation barrier....
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South Korean President Moon in China on visit to repair ties

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 10:28pm
BEIJING (AP) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in was due to meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping Thursday on a visit to Beijing aimed at repairing ties frayed by a dispute over the deployment of an anti-missile system....
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Judges to examine if drug stash-house stings racially biased

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 10:28pm
CHICAGO (AP) -- The question of whether federal agents display racial bias by staging phony drug stash-house stings overwhelmingly in black neighborhoods is the focus of hearings beginning Thursday in Chicago and could determine whether agencies curtail or even abandon their use nationwide....
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Activism, charity sustain Sandy Hook families 5 years later

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 9:28pm
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) -- Out of a senseless tragedy, they have sought ways to find meaning in advocacy....
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Hayek says rebuffing Weinstein led to nightmare on 'Frida'

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 8:27pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- In one of the most vivid accounts yet of Harvey Weinstein's alleged abuse and harassment, Salma Hayek says the disgraced movie mogul turned the making of her 2002 passion project, the Frida Kahlo biopic "Frida," into a nightmare after the actress refused Weinstein's relentless advances....
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Kentucky lawmaker facing assault allegations kills himself

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 7:26pm
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Dan Johnson, a Republican state lawmaker in Kentucky known for inflammatory Facebook posts comparing Barack and Michelle Obama to monkeys and who defiantly denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl in the basement of his home, killed himself Wednesday night. He was 57....
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UN chief: Iran may be defying UN on missiles, OK on nukes

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 7:26pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is warning that Iran may be defying a U.N. call to halt ballistic missile development even as it complies with the nuclear deal with six world powers....
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Report: 3 women accuse music mogul Russell Simmons of rape

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 6:26pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- Three women have told the New York Times that music mogul Russell Simmons raped them, the latest in a cascade of serious allegations of sexual misconduct against powerful men in entertainment, media, politics and elsewhere....
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Hayek says rebuffing Weinstein led to nightmare on 'Frida'

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 2:25pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- In one of the most vivid accounts yet of Harvey Weinstein's alleged abuse and harassment, Salma Hayek says the disgraced movie mogul turned the making of her 2002 passion project, the Frida Kahlo biopic "Frida," into a nightmare after the actress refused Weinstein's relentless advances....
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Elections chief: Recount unlikely to change Alabama vote

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 1:25pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Still-uncounted ballots are unlikely to change the outcome of the U.S. Senate race in Alabama enough to spur an automatic recount, the state's election chief said Wednesday....
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After big Senate loss, what's next for firebrand Roy Moore?

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 1:25pm
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Roy Moore has now lost more statewide races than he's won in Alabama, including a Senate contest that seemed within reach. So will the Republican former judge now abandon politics and ride off into the sunset?...
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Ex-polygamous sect leader gets nearly 5 years in fraud case

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 11:23am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A former polygamous sect leader was sentenced Wednesday to nearly five years in prison for his role in a carrying out an elaborate food stamp fraud scheme and for escaping home confinement while awaiting trial....
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Venezuelans seeing bitcoin boom as survival, not speculation

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 10:23am
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- In the last month, John Villar has bought two plane tickets to Colombia, purchased his wife's medication and paid the employees of his startup business in Venezuela - all in bitcoin....
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