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Democratic 2020 campaign revving up quickly

Democratic 2020 campaign revving up quickly

NEW YORK (AP) — Democrats are hitting fast forward.
The first major presidential campaign announcements could come before year's end. The Democratic National Committee plans to announce a debate framework by then featuring 15 to 20 candidates. The first primary debate could happen as early as May, a full three months before ... (full story)


US priest in Philippines arrested on charges of sex abuse

US priest in Philippines arrested on charges of sex abuse

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine immigration authorities have arrested an American Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually assaulting altar boys in a remote central town in a case one official described as "shocking and appalling."
The Rev. Kenneth Bernard Hendricks, who has been indicted in Ohio for allege ... (full story)


Mississippi sues opioid distributors over crisis

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is suing three opioid distributors, saying it failed to prevent the diversion of those drugs into the state and contributed to the opioid crisis.
The complaint was filed in Hinds County Circuit Court against Cardinal Health, McKesson Corp. and AmerisourceBergen Corp., Attorney General Jim H ... (full story)


Ohio election panel tosses minor parties' debate complaint

Ohio election panel tosses minor parties' debate complaint

COLUMBUS (AP) — State election regulators in Ohio delivered a blow to two minor parties on Thursday, dismissing complaints that alleged three debates this year that excluded their candidates for governor represented illegal corporate contributions.
In a unanimous vote without discussion, the Ohio Elections Commission tossed ... (full story)


2 deadly shootings send a chill through black gun owners

2 deadly shootings send a chill through black gun owners

ODENTON, Md. (AP) — Gun-rights advocates like to say, "The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun." Some black gun owners, though, are not so sure it's a wise idea for them to try to be the good guy and pull out a weapon in public.
Twice in the span of 11 days last month, a black man w ... (full story)