Government and politics

This Feb. 21, 2019 photo released by the Chicago Police Department shows Jussie Smollett. Police say the "Empire" actor turned himself in early Thursday to face a charge of making a false police report when he said he was attacked in downtown Chicago by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay slurs and looped a rope around his neck. (Chicago Police Department via AP)
February 22, 2019 - 7:07 am
Democratic politicians and celebrities called it a shocking instance of Trump-era racism and hate. Republicans now depict it as yet another example of liberals and mainstream media rushing to judgment while disparaging the president's supporters as bigots. The case of "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett...
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Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson speaks during a press conference at CPD headquarters, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Chicago, after actor Jussie Smollett turned himself in on charges of disorderly conduct and filing a false police report. The "Empire" staged a racist and homophobic attack because he was unhappy about his salary and wanted to promote his career, Johnson said Thursday. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
February 21, 2019 - 12:49 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson says he's angry and offended that "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett allegedly lied about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack. He says Smollett exploited racial divisions for his own gain — and smeared the reputation of a city...
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Le Phuc Hai, 66, left, and To Gia Huy, 9, sit after having Trump and Kim haircuts in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Tuesday, Feb.19, 2019. U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have become the latest style icons in Hanoi, a week before their second summit is to be held in the capital city of Vietnam.(AP Photo/Hau Dinh)
February 20, 2019 - 1:37 am
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — At a barbershop tucked away in a small Hanoi alley, Le Phuc Hai patiently waits for his hair dye to bleach his natural black into the color of the president of the United States. On a chair next to him, 9-year-old To Gia Huy emerges as a spitting image of a miniature Kim Jong...
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FILE- In this Dec. 12, 2018, file photo state Assemblyman Ron Kim, center, speaks at a rally opposing New York's deal with Amazon on the steps of New York's City Hall. Amazon said Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, that it will not be building a new headquarters in New York, a stunning reversal after a yearlong search. The online retailer has faced opposition from some New York politicians, who were unhappy with the tax incentives Amazon was promised. (AP Photo/Karen Matthews, File)
February 14, 2019 - 11:56 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon jilted New York City on Valentine's Day, scrapping plans to build a massive headquarters campus in Queens amid fierce opposition from politicians angry about nearly $3 billion in tax breaks and the company's anti-union stance. With millions of jobs and a bustling economy, New...
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AP Photo/Jeff Chiu
February 08, 2019 - 5:38 am
LONDON (AP) — Instagram has agreed to ban graphic images of self-harm after objections were raised in Britain following the suicide of a teen whose father said the photo-sharing platform had contributed to her decision to take her own life. Instagram chief Adam Mosseri said Thursday evening the...
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A man walks by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. Shares have advanced in Asia following a rally on Wall Street led by technology companies. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
February 06, 2019 - 5:17 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Stocks fell in European trading Wednesday, after gains in much of Asia, as investors digested U.S. President Donald Trump's State of the Union address to Congress. While the address raised no new concerns, Trump reiterated his determination to protect American jobs and get China to...
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FILE- In this June 15, 2018, file photo, twenty dollar bills are counted in North Andover, Mass. Default on your federal student loans and the government can take up to 15 percent of each paycheck to satisfy your debt. The Education Department can also withhold federal benefits like tax returns and Social Security payments. Garnishment is an effective tool to recoup unpaid loans, private collection agencies enlisted by the Education Department took in over $841.6 million via wage garnishment in the 2018 fiscal year, but it inflicts serious financial strain on borrowers who are already struggling. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
February 05, 2019 - 8:14 am
There's a dirty little secret of the student debt crisis. One that affects millions of borrowers, but isn't talked about at dinner tables, on social media or in think pieces about student loans. The taboo topic is wage garnishment and it works like this: Default on your federal student loans and...
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FILE - In this Sunday, March 11, 2018 file photo, Adam Levine, left, and James Valentine of Maroon 5 perform during the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Maroon 5 has canceled its news conference to discuss the band's Super Bowl halftime performance, choosing to not meet with reporters as most acts have done during the week leading up to the NFL's big game. The NFL announced Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 that “the artists will let their show do the talking as they prepare to take the stage this Sunday.” (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
January 29, 2019 - 8:49 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Maroon 5 has canceled its news conference to discuss the band's Super Bowl halftime performance, choosing to not meet with reporters as most acts have done. The NFL announced Tuesday that "the artists will let their show do the talking as they prepare to take the stage this Sunday."...
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George Jankowski, a furloughed U.S. Department of Agriculture worker, helps a friend move out of an apartment in Cheyenne, Wyo., Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Jankowski was paid $30 for his help. Many federal workers are doing odd jobs or driving for ride-hailing apps to help make ends meet during the partial federal government shutdown. (AP Photo/Mead Gruver)
January 15, 2019 - 2:42 pm
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — When her paychecks dried up because of the partial government shutdown, Cheryl Inzunza Blum sought out a side job that has become a popular option in the current economy: She rented out a room on Airbnb. Other government workers are driving for Uber, relying on word-of-mouth...
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This July 1, 2016 photo from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows Robert Kenneth Beausoleil. On Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, a California parole panel has for the first time recommended that Charles Manson follower Beausoleil be freed after nearly a half-century in prison. The decision will be considered by California's incoming governor, Gavin Newsom, who could block the release. Beausoleil was convicted in the 1969 slaying of musician Gary Hinman, and not involved in the most notorious killings of actress Sharon Tate and six others. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP)
January 03, 2019 - 9:02 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California parole panel on Thursday recommended for the first time that Charles Manson follower Robert Beausoleil be freed after serving nearly a half-century in prison for murder. Beausoleil, 71, was not involved in the most notorious killings of actress Sharon Tate and...
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