United Methodists confront possible split over LGBT issues
The United Methodist Church's top legislative assembly convenes Sunday for a high-stakes, three-day meeting likely to determine whether America's second-largest Protestant denomination will fracture due to divisions over same-sex marriage and the ordination of gay clergy.
Oakland teachers get ready to strike over pay, class sizes
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.
Police official: Smollett suspected of lying about attack
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago detectives suspect that "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett filed a false police report when he said he was the victim of a racist, homophobic attack in downtown Chicago late last month, a police official said Wednesday.
Wisconsin governor vetoes tax plan; early showdown with GOP
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers vetoed a GOP income tax cut bill Wednesday in an early showdown with legislative Republicans who had moved to weaken the Democrat's powers just weeks before he took office.
Arrests made in decades-old killings of 2 California kids
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities said Wednesday that they solved two decades-old cold cases that stunned Southern California, arresting suspects in the separate killings of a boy and a girl who disappeared while walking home from school.
Thanks in a tank: WWII gunner, now 95, gets a nostalgic ride
BOSTON (AP) — The inside of a tank was Clarence Smoyer's home, and the crew was his family. In that sense, the 95-year-old veteran returned home Wednesday for the first time since World War II.
GOP candidate's son had concerns about political operative
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The son of the Republican in the country's last undecided congressional election testified Wednesday that he warned his parents that he thought the North Carolina political operative now accused of illegally collecting voter's ballots used shady methods and should be avoided.
Muslim group seeks congressional probe on terror watchlist
FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A Muslim civil rights group called for a congressional investigation Wednesday after its lawsuit revealed that the U.S.
Wisconsin school ends cheerleading awards for body parts
KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin high school is ending cheerleading awards given annually to girls with the largest breasts or buttocks — dubbed "Big Booty" and "Big Boobie" — after the American Civil Liberties Union demanded action following repeated complaints from parents and a former coach to school and district officials.
California student accused of making 'Banana Plug' drug app
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Northern California college freshman is facing felony charges for allegedly creating an iPhone app he dubbed the Banana Plug to sell illicit drugs.
Gwyneth Paltrow: Skier sued me to exploit my fame, wealth
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gwyneth Paltrow said Wednesday in a court filing that a man who accused her in a lawsuit of crashing into him at a Utah ski resort was actually the culprit in the collision and is trying to exploit her celebrity and wealth.
Arsenic, lead in water pouring out of former US mine sites
RIMINI, Mont. (AP) — Every day many millions of gallons of water loaded with arsenic, lead and other toxic metals flow from some of the most contaminated mining sites in the U.S.
What will win best picture? It's a maddeningly close race
NEW YORK (AP) — On a year where one of the lead Oscar contenders is titled "The Favourite," the 91st Academy Awards lack a clear front runner.
Gory details emerge about missing woman's suspected demise
DENVER (AP) — After months of mostly silence from authorities investigating the disappearance of a Colorado mother on Thanksgiving Day, grim details about her suspected demise emerged this week, including accusations that the woman's fiance beat her to death with a baseball bat while their baby was in the next room.
Border wall, bullet train: California vs. Trump escalates
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Disputes over President Donald Trump's border wall and California's bullet train are intensifying the feud between the White House and the nation's most populous state.
Obama joined by Curry to tell minority boys 'you matter'
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Former President Barack Obama and Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry told a roomful of minority boys on Tuesday that they matter and urged them to make the world a better place.
The Latest: Smollett gave false information in 2007 case
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the attack reported by Jussie Smollett (all times local): 8:25 p.m. A California misdemeanor complaint against Jussie Smollett shows the actor was accused of identifying himself as his younger brother in 2007 when a Los Angeles police officer pulled him over on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Police dismiss tip Smollett, 2 brothers together in elevator
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police investigated but dismissed a tip that on the night "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett reported being attacked by two masked men he was in an elevator of his apartment building with two brothers later arrested and released from custody in the probe, a department spokesman said Tuesday.
Trump wants California to pay back billions for bullet train
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Trump administration said Tuesday that it plans to cancel $929 million awarded to California's high-speed rail project and wants the state to return an additional $2.5 billion that it has already spent.
Hiker stuck in quicksand at Utah park feared he would die
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A man who was stranded for hours in frigid weather with his leg sunk up to the knee in quicksand at a creek in Utah's Zion National Park said Tuesday that he feared he would lose his leg and might die because the quicksand's water was so cold.
US automakers to Trump: Don't slap tariffs on imported cars
DETROIT (AP) — America's auto industry is bracing for a potential escalation in President Donald Trump's tariff war with the world, one that could weaken the global auto industry and economy, inflate car prices and trigger a backlash in Congress.
Key witness says Colorado man fatally beat fiancee with bat
DENVER (AP) — A man beat his fiancee to death with a baseball bat, convinced a woman he was having an affair with to clean up the bloody crime scene and then burned the victim's remains while she watched, investigators said Tuesday.
Legal hurdles would look familiar in any new R. Kelly case
CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors will have to clear a series of high legal hurdles if they intend to charge R. Kelly and convict him, even if there's video evidence.
Despite bill's demise, W.Va. teachers to strike for 2nd day
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia teachers will remain on strike for a second day despite a move by the House of Delegates to effectively kill a complex education bill that had sent them to the picket lines.
Lawmakers seek probe of ICE force-feeding of immigrants
Nearly 50 Democratic lawmakers called for a watchdog investigation of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Tuesday after the agency confirmed it had been force-feeding immigrant detainees on a hunger strike.