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Abrams ends Ga. gov. bid; says she will file a lawsuit

ATLANTA — Democrat Stacey Abrams ended her challenge to Republican Brian Kemp in the Georgia governor’s race on Friday, but pledged to fight the former secretary of state’s “gross mismanagement” of the elections with a federal lawsuit. Speaking defiantly to a news conference, Abrams ...

Finger pointing, frustration in eastern U.S. storm’s aftermath

TRENTON, N.J. — Exhausted commuters pointed fingers and demanded answers Friday, a day after a modest snowstorm stranded motorists on slippery roads for hours, paralyzed the public transit network serving New York City and its suburbs and even forced some New Jersey children to stay ...

Young Jonestown survivors lost everything, built new lives

OAKLAND, Calif. — Jonestown was the highlight of Mike Touchette’s life — for a time. The 21-year-old Indiana native felt pride pioneering in the distant jungle of Guyana, South America. As a self-taught bulldozer operator, he worked alongside other Peoples Temple members in the humid ...

Fla. starts hand recount in the U.S. Senate race

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Volunteers gathered around folding tables Friday to begin a painstaking hand recount in Florida’s acrimonious U.S. Senate contest, with a goal of determining the intent of about 93,000 voters whose ballots for Republican Gov. Rick Scott or Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson ...

U.S. official: Intel says prince ordered killing of Khashoggi

WASHINGTON — U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a U.S. official said Friday. The Saudi government has denied the claim. The conclusion will bolster efforts in Congress to further punish ...

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Globes group gives $300,000 to victims LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is giving $300,000 to help the victims of California’s deadly wildfires. The organization best known for creating and organizing the Golden Globe Awards on Thursday announced the donation ...

Problems abound for both sides

Both political parties in Washington can look at last week’s election results and find encouragement. Democrats who see their victories as a sign that Donald Trump will be a one-term president should ask Mitt Romney how that turned out for him after the Republican wave of 2010. There remain ...

The ‘Nazi’ prom fiasco hype

It’s very easy for media elites in Manhattan to decide that one tweet can prove small towns in Wisconsin are stuffed with racists and anti-Semites. On Nov. 12, ABC, CBS and NBC all leaped on a tweet from a contributor of the left-wing talk show “The Young Turks.” It showed a months-old ...

Big game on any stage: No. 3 Notre Dame vs. No. 12 Syracuse

By RALPH D. RUSSO The Associated Press NEW YORK — Pinstripe uniforms. The Empire State Building shining blue and gold. The marching band performing at Bryant Park and the drummer’s circle at Rockefeller Center. When Notre Dame plays in New York City it comes with fanfare and ...

Busch leads title contenders in qualifying

By JENNA FRYER The Asociated Press HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Kyle Busch thought he got the jump on the competition with a pole-winning run at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Then he was bumped by teammate Denny Hamlin and the politics began. Hamlin gets the first pick of pit stalls for winning the ...

Bell becomes favorite after eking into Xfinity Series finale

By MARK LONG The Associated Press MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Christopher Bell’s last race could prove more daunting than his next one. Bell faced a must-win scenario in the semifinal round of the Xfinity Series playoffs at Phoenix last week, needing to beat 39 other drivers to earn the ...

Rams take in fresh air, mountains in Colorado

By ARNIE STAPLETON The Associated Press COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — This was a respite for the Los Angeles Rams but certainly no vacation. The team kept its plans to train at the Air Force Academy and stay at the posh Broadmoor Hotel in the Rocky Mountain foothills even after the NFL ...

Brown giving a big lift to Giants’ O-line

By JIM HAGUE The Associated Press EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — A reclamation project off the waiver wire is galvanizing the New York Giants’ beleaguered offensive line. Just two weeks ago, Jamon Brown thought he was without a job. He was released by the Los Angeles Rams on Oct. 31 after ...

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces charges

WASHINGTON — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will not willingly travel to the United States to face charges filed under seal against him, one of his lawyers said Friday, foreshadowing a possible fight over extradition for a central figure in the U.S. special counsel’s Russia-Trump ...

Iowa beats UConn for 2K Classic title

By DENIS P. GORMAN The Associated Press NEW YORK — Luka Garza scored 18 of his 22 points in the first half, and Iowa beat Connecticut 91-72 in the 2K Classic championship game on Friday night. Garza was named MVP of the tournament. He also joined Tyler Cook, UConn’s Eric Cobb, ...

Moffitt captures Truck Series title

By JENNA FRYER The Associated Press HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Brett Moffitt capped his remarkable underdog season with a NASCAR Truck Series championship for his underfunded race team. Moffitt won the season finale Friday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway to close a storybook chapter in his ...

NBA Roundup: Davis leads Pelicans past Knicks

NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis scored a season-high 43 points and grabbed 17 rebounds and the New Orleans Pelicans overcame an 11-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat the New York Knicks 129-124 on Friday night. Julius Randle had 19 points and 11 rebounds, including a crucial put-back of ...

Men’s College Basketball Roundup: No. 4 Virginia routs Coppin State

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — De’Andre Hunter scored 20 points, and No. 4 Virginia routed Coppin State 97-40 on Friday night. Hunter was outscoring the Eagles for most of the first half after hitting two early 3-pointers for the Cavaliers (3-0). A 3-pointer by Ibn Williams with 6:10 left ...

Boston’s Betts, Milwaukee’s Yelich win MVP Awards

By RONALD BLUM The Associated Press NEW YORK — Mookie Betts is ready to become an ambassador for baseball, now that he’s won a batting title, World Series and Most Valuable Player award with Boston. “I enjoy being kind of a face around the game. I’ve kind of used this pedestal or ...