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FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2019, file photo, former Israeli Chief of Staff Benny Gantz speaks at the official launch of his election campaign in Tel Aviv, Israel. Gantz and Yair Lapid, head of the Yesh Atid party, said early on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 they'll present a joint list for the upcoming Israeli elections that "will constitute the new Israeli ruling party." In a joint statement, the two said they were "motivated by national responsibility." (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)
February 21, 2019 - 1:49 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's primary centrist challengers to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Thursday they were joining forces, a dramatic move that rocked the country's political system and created the first credible alternative to Netanyahu's decade-long rule. Retired military chief...
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Eyana Spencer, principal at Manzanita Community School, left, and Katherine Carter, a principal at Oakland School of Language, look over their schedule for meeting with California lawmakers about Oakland school funding during a visit to the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. The principals are not striking but support better pay for teachers. Teachers in Oakland, Calif., prepared Wednesday to walk off the job in what could be the nation's latest strike over classroom conditions and pay. (AP Photo/Kathleen Ronayne)
February 21, 2019 - 1:36 am
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Teachers in Oakland, California, planned to raise picket signs Thursday in the country's latest strike by educators over classroom conditions and pay. The city's 3,000 teachers are demanding a 12 percent retroactive raise covering 2017 to 2020 to compensate for what they say...
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This image provided by the U.S. District Court in Maryland shows a photo of firearms and ammunition that was in the motion for detention pending trial in the case against Christopher Paul Hasson. Prosecutors say that Hasson, a Coast Guard lieutenant is a "domestic terrorist" who wrote about biological attacks and had a hit list that included prominent Democrats and media figures. He is due in court on Feb. 21 in Maryland. Prosecutors say Hasson espoused extremist views for years. Court papers say Hasson described an "interesting idea" in a 2017 draft email that included "biological attacks followed by attack on food supply." (U.S. District Court via AP)
February 21, 2019 - 12:45 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Coast Guard lieutenant who was arrested last week is a "domestic terrorist" who drafted an email discussing biological attacks and had what appeared to be a hit list that included prominent Democrats and media figures, prosecutors said in court papers. Christopher Paul Hasson is...
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FILE - In this May 20, 2016 file photo, actor and singer Jussie Smollett attends the "Empire" FYC Event in Los Angeles. A police official says "Empire" actor is now considered a suspect "for filing a false police report" and that detectives are presenting the case against him to a grand jury. Smollett told police he was attacked by two masked men while walking home from a Subway sandwich shop at around 2 a.m. on Jan. 29. He says they beat him, hurled racist and homophobic insults at him and looped a rope around his neck before fleeing. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
February 21, 2019 - 12:00 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Less than a month ago, "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett was the seemingly sympathetic victim of a hate crime. Now he's accused of a felony. The 36-year-old actor was charged Wednesday with making a false police report when he told authorities he was attacked last month in Chicago by...
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FILE - In this May 20, 2016 file photo, actor and singer Jussie Smollett attends the "Empire" FYC Event in Los Angeles. A police official says "Empire" actor is now considered a suspect "for filing a false police report" and that detectives are presenting the case against him to a grand jury. Smollett told police he was attacked by two masked men while walking home from a Subway sandwich shop at around 2 a.m. on Jan. 29. He says they beat him, hurled racist and homophobic insults at him and looped a rope around his neck before fleeing. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
February 20, 2019 - 9:38 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett was charged Wednesday with 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, police said. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said prosecutors...
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President Donald Trump gestures as visiting Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz leaves the White House in Washington following their meeting, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
February 20, 2019 - 9:08 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats will file a resolution Friday aimed at blocking the national emergency declaration that President Donald Trump has issued to help finance his wall along the Southwest border, teeing up a clash over billions of dollars, immigration policy and the Constitution's...
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FILE - In this Monday, May 14, 2018 file photo, actor and singer Jussie Smollett attends the Fox Networks Group 2018 programming presentation after party at Wollman Rink in Central Park in New York. Smollett, who is black and gay, has said he was attacked by two masked men shouting racial and anti-gay slurs early Jan. 29, 2019. Chicago police said on Saturday, Feb. 16, "the trajectory of the investigation" into the reported attack on Smollett has shifted and they want to conduct another interview with the "Empire" actor. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
February 20, 2019 - 8:56 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the attack reported by Jussie Smollett (all times local): 7:50 p.m. Attorneys for Jussie Smollett say they will mount an "aggressive defense" of the "Empire" actor after he was charged with making a false report that he was attacked in Chicago last month. Attorneys Todd...
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Houston Police Department Chief Art Acevedo holds up a letter from the FBI announcing the bureau's civil rights investigation related to the deaths of two people during the no-knock raid by narcotics officers that killed two people and injured five police officers last month, during a press conference from Houston City Hall, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019.
February 20, 2019 - 8:31 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Prosecutors will review more than 1,400 criminal cases that involved a Houston officer who the police chief has accused of lying in an affidavit justifying a drug raid on a home in which officers shot and killed two residents, authorities said Wednesday. The FBI also announced that...
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CORRECTS DAY OF WEEK TO WEDNESDAY - Teachers and school personnel, on the second day of a statewide strike, demonstrate outside the House of Delegates chamber, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, at the West Virginia State Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. West Virginia public school teachers are striking for a second day even though legislation they loathed was tabled in the House of Delegates. Schools in 54 of the state's 55 counties were closed Wednesday. The lone holdout again was Putnam County. (Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)
February 20, 2019 - 7:54 pm
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Unions for West Virginia teachers ended their two-day strike Wednesday night after lawmakers did not act on a doomed, broad-based education bill. Leaders of three unions representing teachers and school service personnel said at a news conference that classrooms would...
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Cliff Hong, a principal at Roosevelt Middle School, left, and Amie Lamontagne, a principal at Fred T. Korematsu Discovery Academy, discuss their schedule for meeting with California lawmakers about Oakland school funding during a visit to the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. The principals are not striking but support better pay for teachers. Teachers in Oakland, Calif., prepared Wednesday to walk off the job in what could be the nation's latest strike over classroom conditions and pay. (AP Photo/Kathleen Ronayne)
February 20, 2019 - 6:42 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Teachers in Oakland, California, prepared Wednesday to walk off the job in what could be the nation's latest strike over classroom conditions and pay. Oakland's 3,000 teachers planned to pack up personal items from classrooms and say goodbye to students then begin the strike...
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