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New Jersey Sen. Menendez vows to fight corruption charges

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A defiant New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez declared that he's "not going anywhere" after he was charged with accepting nearl... Full Story

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  • New Jersey Sen. Menendez vows to fight corruption charges
    New Jersey Sen. Menendez vows to fight corruption charges

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A defiant New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez declared that he's "not going anywhere" after he was charged with accepting nearly $1 million in gifts and campaign contributions from a longtime friend in exchange for a stream of political favors.

  • Things to know about indictment against Sen. Menendez
    Things to know about indictment against Sen. Menendez

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Sen. Bob Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, and Dr. Salomon Melgen, a Florida eye doctor, were indicted Wednesday on federal corruption and bribery charges.

  • Arkansas Senate takes up religion bill at governor's request
    Arkansas Senate takes up religion bill at governor's request

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson backed away Wednesday from his promise to sign a controversial religious objections bill, bowing to pressure from critics of the measure, including his own son and some of the state's biggest employers, who say the legislation is anti-gay.

  • The latest developments on religious objections laws
    The latest developments on religious objections laws

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A day after Arkansas lawmakers defied criticism to pass a religious objections bill, the governor of Arkansas held off on signing the measure, saying it needed changes before he could make the proposal into law.

  • What Americans think about gay rights and religious liberty

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans support allowing businesses to refuse wedding-related services to same-sex couples on religious grounds, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll conducted earlier this year. But another recent poll suggests Americans' sympathy for religious objectors may be limite to just that — wedding-related businesses.

  • AP Exclusive: Airbnb to Cuba in major US business expansion
    AP Exclusive: Airbnb to Cuba in major US business expansion

    HAVANA (AP) — The popular online home-rental service Airbnb will allow American travelers to book lodging in Cuba starting Thursday in the most significant U.S. business expansion on the island since the declaration of detente between the two countries late last year.

  • California governor orders mandatory water restrictions
    California governor orders mandatory water restrictions

    ECHO LAKE, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered officials Wednesday to impose statewide mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history as surveyors found the lowest snow level in the Sierra Nevada snowpack in 65 years of record-keeping.

  • Getty oil heir's death latest in string of family tragedies
    Getty oil heir's death latest in string of family tragedies

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's a family name that has long been associated with unimaginable wealth and sometimes unspeakable tragedy.

  • 11 former Atlanta educators convicted in cheating scandal
    11 former Atlanta educators convicted in cheating scandal

    ATLANTA (AP) — In one of the biggest cheating scandals of its kind in the U.S., 11 former Atlanta public school educators were convicted Wednesday of racketeering for their role in a scheme to inflate students' scores on standardized exams.

  • NYC detective's video rant at Uber cab driver spurs transfer

    NEW YORK (AP) — A detective heard on video berating an Uber driver and asking, "How long have you been in this country?" was stripped of his gun and badge Wednesday and will be transferred from the police anti-terrorism division, officials said.

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