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FILE - In this July 3, 2014 file photo, former Illinois Gov. George Ryan speaks at his home in Kankakee, Ill. The trial of an ex-University of Illinois grad charged with killing a Chinese scholar is the first federal death-penalty trial in Illinois since it abolished the death penalty and some activists aren't happy about it. Former Gov. George Ryan, who took the first step toward abolishing the state's death penalty by placing a moratorium on executions in Illinois in 2000, a year after the state's last execution, said the federal decision to hold a death penalty trial there subverted the will of the majority of the residents. The trial in which openings are set for Wednesday, June 12, highlights the rarity of such cases. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)
June 10, 2019 - 5:30 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — A perplexed prospective juror at the trial of a former graduate student charged with kidnapping and killing a University of Illinois scholar from China said during jury selection last week that she didn't understand how a conviction could carry the death penalty in Illinois when the...
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Unknown assailants killed at least 95 people in an ethnic Dogon village overnight.;
June 10, 2019 - 1:41 pm
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Assailants raided a central Mali village early Monday, killing at least 95 people in the latest massacre in a growing ethnic conflict that has been enflamed by Islamic extremists, government officials said. Nineteen people were missing after the ethnic Dogon village of Sobame Da...
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Pope Francis is silhouetted as he spreads incense on the altar during a Pentecost Mass in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, June 9, 2019. The Pentecost Mass is celebrated on the seventh Sunday after Easter. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
June 10, 2019 - 10:19 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican issued an official document Monday rejecting the idea that people can choose or change their genders and insisting on the sexual "complementarity" of men and women to make babies. The document, published during LGBT Pride Month, was immediately denounced by LGBT...
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FILE - In this April 19, 2019 file photo, migrant children play soccer at the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children on Good Friday in Homestead, Fla. The government has stopped reimbursing some contracted shelters for the cost of teaching immigrant children English-language courses and providing legal services and recreational activities. The Health and Human Services department notified shelters around the country recently that it was not going to reimburse them for teachers' pay or other costs. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
June 05, 2019 - 8:58 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — The federal government has stopped paying for English-language courses and legal services at facilities that hold immigrant children around the country, imposing budget cuts it says are necessary at a time when record numbers of unaccompanied children are arriving at the border. The...
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FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2008, file photo, designer Kate Spade attends the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists event in New York. A year after Spade took her own life, the foundation that bears her name announced Wednesday, June 5, 2019, the completion of a $1 million pledge to support mental health services. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)
June 05, 2019 - 8:00 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A year after Kate Spade took her own life, the foundation that bears her name has announced the completion of a $1 million pledge to support mental health services. The Kate Spade New York Foundation said in a statement Wednesday it is donating $200,000 to The Jed Foundation, which...
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Graduation Cake
June 04, 2019 - 9:16 am
PASADENA, Texas (AP) — A Texas family could have used a saw instead of a knife to slice a graduation cake from Walmart that was made of plastic foam. Marsy Flores says the retail giant's store in Pasadena, Texas, had lost her order for a two-tier cake that she wanted for her daughter's graduation...
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FILE - This May 6, 2018 file photo shows Ted Sarandos at the 2018 Netflix FYSee Kick-Off Event in Los Angeles. Sarandos says the streaming giant will rethink their investment in Georgia if the state’s recently passed abortion law goes into effect. He made his remarks in a statement Tuesday, May 28, 2019, first reported by Variety. They constitute the strongest language yet from any leading Hollywood studio since Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed into law a ban on virtually all abortions. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
May 28, 2019 - 1:18 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Though major studios have so far remained quiet on Georgia's recently passed abortion law , Netflix on Tuesday said it will contest the legislation and "rethink our entire investment" in the state, should the law going into effect. Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in...
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FILE - In this March 4, 2018 file photo, Jeff Bezos and wife MacKenzie Bezos arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. MacKenzie Bezos is pledging half her fortune to charity, following in the footsteps of billionaires Warren Buffett and Bill Gates. The ex-wife of Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos finalized her divorce in April 2019 and reportedly got a stake in the online shopping giant worth over $35 billion. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
May 28, 2019 - 11:39 am
NEW YORK (AP) — MacKenzie Bezos, who finalized her divorce from Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos earlier this year, is pledging to give away half her fortune to charity. The novelist said Tuesday that she signed The Giving Pledge, a campaign to get the ultra-wealthy to pledge at least half their...
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Jussie Smollett
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May 23, 2019 - 12:01 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — A judge in Chicago has ordered the file in the Jussie Smollett criminal case unsealed. Cook County Judge Steven Watkins said Thursday that while there are good arguments in favor of keeping the file sealed, the "Empire" actor forfeited his rights to keep the case sealed to protect...
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In this Wednesday, April 24, 2019, photo, American Airlines aircraft are shown parked at their gates at Miami International Airport in Miami. American Airlines is accusing its mechanics and their unions of conducting an illegal work slowdown to gain leverage in contract talks, and the airline is asking a federal judge to stop the activity. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
May 20, 2019 - 5:44 pm
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — American Airlines is accusing its mechanics and their unions of conducting an illegal work slowdown to gain leverage in contract talks, and the airline is asking a federal judge to stop the activity. The airline says mechanics have caused about 900 cancellations or long...
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