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US warns of risk of missiles from Yemen hitting Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON — The United States is warning Americans travelling to Saudi Arabia about the risk of ballistic missile attacks from neighbouring Yemen. A new U.S. travel warning follows a Houthi missile attack in early November near the international airport in the Saudi capital, Riyadh. The missile was intercepted. Both the U.S. and Saudi Arabia say the Houthis …

Justice pulls out of death penalty case after radio remarks

NEW ORLEANS — A Louisiana Supreme Court justice has disqualified himself from a death row inmate’s appeal after a radio interview in which he cited the man’s case in expressing support for capital punishment. Justice Scott Crichton didn’t specify a reason for his recusal Tuesday from David Brown’s case, but the inmate’s attorney had questioned …

Activists file lawsuit challenging Trump immigration changes

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Nurimaro Park, 26, is one of about 800,000 people who had benefited from an Obama-era program that extended protections to immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children. While he knew the significance of the protection he received under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, he had one problem: he didn’t …

Big Tobacco’s anti smoking ads begin after decade of delay

WASHINGTON — Decades after they were banned from the airwaves, Big Tobacco companies return to prime-time television this weekend — but not by choice. Under court order, the tobacco industry for the first time will be forced to advertise the deadly, addictive effects of smoking, more than 11 years after a judge ruled that the …

Yellen says Fed needs to avoid ‘boom bust’cycle in economy

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday that the biggest challenge facing the central bank in coming years will be to craft an interest rate policy that avoids putting the economy through a “boom-bust” cycle. She said that going forward, the Fed will be faced with a delicate balancing act: It will need …

2 Minnesota lawmakers to resign amid misconduct allegations

PAUL, Minn. — Two Minnesota state lawmakers hit by sexual misconduct allegations announced they would resign, less than two weeks after they were accused of misdeeds that ranged from groping colleagues to persistent unwanted sexual advances and sexting. Democratic Sen. Dan Schoen, who allegedly grabbed a woman’s buttocks at a campaign event and made unwanted …

Trump, Putin discuss Syria, NKorea, more in hour plus call

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin discussed efforts to bring peace to war-torn Syria during an hour-plus phone call on Tuesday. Iran, North Korea and Ukraine also were on the agenda, the White House said. Trump called it a “great call” Tuesday afternoon as he left the White House to spend Thanksgiving …

Conservatives knew ‘family values’ pol had secret gay life

COLUMBUS, Ohio — As Wes Goodman built a political career around values including “committed natural marriage,” the 33-year-old Republican was secretly engaging in sexual encounters with men online, via cellphone and, on one significant occasion, in his state office. The office encounter was the final straw that last week ended his political rise as a …

Conyers confirms harassment settlement; ethics probe opens

DETROIT — John Conyers has dealt with various ethics investigations and a public corruption case that landed his wife in prison during a U.S. House career spanning more than five decades — longer than any other current member. Allegations that the 88-year-old Michigan Democrat sexually harassed female staff members may be the toughest opponent yet …

FBI investigating US Rep. Brady over payment to challenger

PHILADELPHIA — The FBI has reason to believe U.S. Rep. Bob Brady unlawfully concealed a $90,000 payment made by his campaign to get an opponent to quit a 2012 primary race, according to court documents that confirm the Philadelphia Democrat is under investigation in a widening campaign finance probe. In unsealed court documents made public …

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