Cleveland Bishop Nelson Perez speaks during a news conference, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, at the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center in Philadelphia. Perez was

Cleveland bishop named Philadelphia's next archbishop

The Roman Catholic bishop of Cleveland will become the new leader of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the Vatican announced Thursday, making him the first Hispanic archbishop to lead the region's 1.3 million-member flock.

Mayor, police pledge action after deadly Seattle shooting

Police in Seattle investigated a downtown shooting on Wednesday night that left one person dead and seven injured.
A shootout in downtown Seattle that left a woman dead and a 9-year-old boy injured was the third violent incident this week in a part of the city long known for rampant drug use and street unrest.

California's monarch butterflies critically low for 2nd year

FILE - In this July 29, 2019, file photo, a monarch butterfly rests on a plant at Abbott's Mill Nature Center in Milford, Del. The western monarch but
The western monarch butterfly population wintering along California's coast remains critically low for the second year in a row, a count by an environmental group released Thursday showed.
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Far from US-Mexico border, Seattle judge weighs wall funding

A federal judge in Washington state is considering whether to block President Donald Trump from diverting billions of dollars from military construction projects to build sections of border wall along the Southern border.
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Need a legal pot shop in California? Grab your smartphone

Want to find a legal marijuana shop in California? Grab your smartphone.
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Judge dismisses final charge against man in pipeline protest

A judge in North Dakota has dismissed the remaining charge against a South Dakota man who prosecutors alleged was part of the 2016 riot at the Dakota Access pipeline construction site.
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From left, French President Emmanuel Macron and Britain's Prince Charles attend the World Holocaust Forum at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum

Leaders vow to learn from Holocaust, offer competing lessons

Speaker by speaker, world leaders on Thursday denounced the rising threat of anti-Semitism and vowed never to forget the lessons of the Holocaust at a solemn ceremony in Jerusalem marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the infamous Auschwitz death camp.
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Death penalty sought in slaying of Sacramento officer

Prosecutors announced Thursday that they will seek the death penalty for a man accused of killing a rookie Sacramento policewoman in an ambush last year.
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FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2018, file photo, Cody Wilson, with Defense Distributed, holds a 3D-printed gun called the Liberator at his shop in Austin, Tex

Coalition of states sue over rules governing 3D-printed guns

Attorneys general in 20 states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging a federal regulation that could allow blueprints for making guns on 3D printers to be posted on the internet.
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Mississippi governor tours prison rocked by deadly violence

Mississippi's new governor says he and the interim corrections commissioner toured a troubled state prison to see conditions and to try to understand what led to an outburst of deadly violence in recent weeks.
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Washington files multistate lawsuit to block 3D gun files

A move by the Trump administration to allow 3D-printed gun files to be released on the internet would make it easier for terrorists and criminals to access weapons, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Thursday in filing a multi-state lawsuit trying to block the data.
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Son of ex-US Rep. Christopher Collins spared prison

The son of former U.S. Rep. Christopher Collins was spared a prison sentence Thursday after pleading guilty in an insider trading conspiracy with his father.
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Insys Therapeutics founder John Kapoor arrives for sentencing at federal court on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Boston. Kapoor was convicted in a briber

Ex-pharmaceutical exec gets 5 1/2 years for pushing opioid

The founder of an Arizona pharmaceutical company was ordered to spend 5 1/2 years in prison Thursday for orchestrating a bribery and kickback scheme prosecutors said helped fuel the opioid crisis.
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Trump vs. Bloomberg: Fortunes collide in pricey knife fight

They are circling each other like wary boxers, with taunts on Twitter, snarky asides and belittling descriptions. They rose to prominence in Manhattan on parallel tracks, amassed wealth real and perceived and displayed a penchant for putting their names on things.
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Lawyer: Family slaughter 'almost unbearable' for Utah father

The killing of a Utah mother and three of her children by a gunman identified by police as her 16-year-old son is "nearly unbearable" for the father of their children, a lawyer said Thursday.
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Chief justice's admonishment followed a note from Collins

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts' admonishment of House impeachment prosecutors and President Donald Trump's defense team followed a handwritten note by Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine.
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Man charged in deaths of 3 teens after California crash

A man was charged with murder Thursday following a weekend car crash that killed three 16-year-old boys and injured three other teens in Southern California, authorities said.
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Prosecutor: DNA match leads to Florida 'pillowcase rapist'

A DNA match has led to a Florida man prosecutors suspect is the "pillowcase rapist" responsible for numerous sexual assaults of women in the Miami area during the 1980s.
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Children's aunt says she was home when they were suffocated

A Phoenix woman accused of suffocating her three young children never appeared to be a danger to them, according to an aunt who was in the house at the time of the killings.
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California bill would make utilities pay some blackout costs

Californians left in the dark by electric companies that shut off their power to prevent wildfires could get paid for things such as lost wages or spoiled food under a bill that advanced Thursday in the Legislature.
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Plea change set in African American church fire case

A suspect set for trial next month in a series of fires at African American churches in Louisiana is now scheduled for a change-of-plea hearing.
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Veteran accuses bank of discrimination for not taking checks

A Detroit-area bank that suspected fraud and refused to cash $99,000 in checks from a black Air Force veteran said Thursday that it mishandled the incident and should not have called police.
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Women join a protest organized by Puerto Rican singer Rene Perez of Calle 13 over emergency aid that until recently sat unused in a warehouse amid ong

Puerto Ricans protest in anger over unused emergency aid

Hundreds of people joined a protest Thursday organized by Puerto Rican singer René Pérez of Calle 13 fame in a demonstration reminiscent of those that ousted the island's former governor last year. Anger is growing over emergency aid that until recently sat unused in a warehouse amid ongoing earthquakes.