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Texas woman fights to keep name out of lawsuit alleging rape

Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 10:05pm

A Texas woman is fighting for anonymity in a lawsuit alleging she was sexually assaulted by a co-worker, but a federal judge who plans to dismiss the case has ordered that her name be made public first.

Kansas judge accused of bigotry, profanities in courthouse

Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 10:04pm

A foul-mouthed Kansas judge accused of bigotry and racism who cursed at courthouse employees so often that a trial clerk kept a “swear journal” documenting his obscene outbursts is facing complaints that his conduct violates the central judicial canons of independence, integrity and impartiality.

Veteran producer of 'WarGames,' 'Blue Bloods," dies at 85

Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 6:37pm

Leonard Goldberg, a network and studio executive and producer whose TV credits ranged from “Starsky and Hutch” in the 1970s to the current drama series “Blue Bloods” and whose independent movies included “WarGames” and “Sleeping with the Enemy,” has died. He was 85.

US persuades judge to stop pro-Trump border wall group

Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 5:29pm

The U.S. government persuaded a federal judge to prevent a private fundraising group from building its own wall next to the river that separates the U.S. and Mexico, despite the group's longstanding claim that it is supporting President Donald Trump.

Uber reports more than 3,000 sexual assaults on 2018 rides

Rachel Lerman and Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 5:02pm

Uber, as part of a long anticipated safety report, revealed that more than 3,000 sexual assaults were reported during its U.S. rides in 2018.

Uber reports more than 3,000 U.S. sexual assaults on 2018 rides in long-awaited safety report

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 4:51pm

Uber reports more than 3,000 U.S. sexual assaults on 2018 rides in long-awaited safety report.

Senate passes bill to save funding for black colleges

Collin Binkley, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 4:23pm

and that helps our nation,“ said Michael L. Lomax, president and CEO of the United Negro College Fund.

Watchdog faults rushed EPA rulemaking on glider trucks

Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 4:09pm

The Trump administration rushed to exempt a type of super-polluting cargo truck from clean air rules without conducting a federally mandated study on how it would impact public health, the Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector-general said Thursday.

DHS retreats on possible facial screening of US citizens

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 4:08pm

The Homeland Security Department is backing away from requiring that U.S. citizens submit to facial-recognition technology when they leave or enter the country.

Wedding planning sites change policies on slave plantations

Alexandra Olson, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 4:03pm

Four major websites used for wedding planning are revising their policies on content referencing former slave plantations, responding to an advocacy group's campaign urging the companies to stop promoting venues where black people were once brutalized.

Homeland Security chair wants review of border wall contract

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 4:01pm

The chairman of the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee is asking the Office of the Inspector General to look into a $400 million contract awarded to a North Dakota company for a border wall in Arizona.

Officials investigating aggregate spill in Detroit River

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 3:44pm

Michigan officials are investigating a spill of an unknown amount of construction aggregate material into the Detroit River from an industrial site with a history of environmental contamination.

Former FAA inspector gets 6 years for bribery, fraud scheme

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 3:42pm

A former Federal Aviation Administration safety inspector in South Florida was sentenced Thursday to six years and three months in prison for his part in a bribery and fraud scheme.

Correction: Climate Talks-Goodbye US? story

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 3:32pm

In a story Dec. 4, 2019, about the Trump administration's role in the Madrid climate conference, The Associated Press erroneously reported the date and sponsorship of a poll on public attitudes toward the Paris climate agreement. The poll was conducted in June 2017 by the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, not in August 2017 by the AP-NORC Center and the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago.

Tennessee high court rules against paper in defamation case

Travis Loller, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 3:16pm

The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that a newspaper cannot use the state's fair report privilege law as a shield against a defamation lawsuit for a story that was based on a one-on-one interview with a police detective.

Long awaited indoor ski slope debuts at New Jersey megamall

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 3:12pm

An indoor ski slope that has been the most visible feature of the long-delayed American Dream megamall in New Jersey for more than a decade has finally opened.

Boeing tries to reassure airline industry leaders about Max

David Koenig, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 3:02pm

Boeing is reassuring airline industry leaders about the safety of the grounded 737 Max as it continues working to get the plane back in service.

CEO: Virgin Galactic marks 'incredible' year of milestones

Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 3:00pm

Virgin Galactic is on the verge of making more history in 2020 following an “incredible” year of progress, the chief executive of billionaire Richard Branson's space tourism venture said Thursday.

Firefighters battle hot spots at Georgia peanut warehouse

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 2:52pm

Firefighters continued to battle hot spots at a south Georgia peanut warehouse on Thursday, more than a day after the blaze began.