Franken announces resignation from Senate amid allegations


WASHINGTON (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Al Franken announced Thursday he will resign from Congress in the coming weeks following a wave of sexual misconduct allegations and the collapse of support from his Democratic colleagues, a swift political fall for a once-rising Democratic star.


  • Written by By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press

White ex-cop gets 20 years in prison for fatal shooting


CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A white former South Carolina officer was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday for fatally shooting an unarmed black motorist in the back in 2015, wrapping up a case that became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement.


  • Written by By MEG KINNARD, Associated Press

GOP-led House passes NRA-backed gun bill


WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans rammed a bill through the House on Wednesday that would make it easier for gun owners to legally carry concealed weapons across state lines, the first significant action on guns in Congress since mass shootings in Nevada and Texas killed more than 80 people.

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  • Written by MATTHEW DALY and RICHARD LARDNER , Associated Press

Protests across Palestinian areas, Mideast after Trump move

JERUSALEM (AP) — Clashes between hundreds of Palestinian protesters and Israeli troops erupted across the West Bank on Thursday while demonstrators in Gaza burned posters of President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as Israeli and U.S. flags.

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  • Written by By ILAN BEN ZION, Associated Press