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A U.S. Border Protection officer stands in heavy rain near the border fence between San Diego, Calif., and Tijuana, Mexico, on Jan. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
December 05, 2019 - 9:44 am
Ours is a world of sweeping vistas, and intimate scenes. In 2019, Associated Press photographers captured both. A single Border Protection officer stands in the rain at the border; pieces of heavy equipment, replacing a stretch of border wall, are dwarfed by the open, blue sky. And the bodies of a...
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FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2016, file photo, author James Patterson poses for a portrait in New York. Bookstore employees from Mystic, Connecticut to Houston and San Francisco all have a happy holiday story to share: a $500 bonus from Patterson. Patterson announced Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, that 500 gifts of $500 each - 100 of those gifts going to children's booksellers - would be handed out for his annual Holiday Bookseller Bonus Program. (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP, File)
December 05, 2019 - 8:24 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Bookstore employees from Mystic, Connecticut to Houston and San Francisco all have a happy holiday story to share: a $500 bonus from bestselling author James Patterson. Patterson announced Thursday that 500 gifts of $500 each — 100 of those gifts going to children's booksellers —...
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Singers gather on a stage beneath the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree after the 77-foot high tree was illuminated in the 87th annual tree lighting ceremony, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
December 05, 2019 - 6:47 am
NEW YORK (AP) — One of the brightest signs of the holiday season has come to light. The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was officially turned on Wednesday night, at an event featuring celebrities including Idina Menzel, Lea Michele and Ne-Yo among the performers. The tree, a Norway spruce that's...
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Security stands guard outside the main gate at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, in Hawaii, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. A shooting at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Hawaii left at least one person injured Wednesday, military and hospital officials said. Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam spokesman Charles Anthony confirmed that there was an active shooting at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)
December 05, 2019 - 1:40 am
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — An active duty U.S. sailor whose submarine was docked at Pearl Harbor opened fire on three civilian employees Wednesday, killing two and then taking his own life just days before dignitaries and veterans descend on the base for the 78th anniversary of the Japanese attack...
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FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2019 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks during a Democratic presidential primary debate in Atlanta. Harris, was once considered a front-runner in the crowded Democratic field, is expected to end her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, according to a campaign official.. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
December 04, 2019 - 9:25 pm
Kamala Harris cloaked her presidential campaign in the promise of becoming the first black woman in the White House. That wasn't enough for donors and supporters, including black voters. The California senator abruptly withdrew from the race on Tuesday after her once-promising campaign failed to...
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This image released by NBC shows celebrity judges, from left, Howie Mandel, Gabrielle Union, Julianne Hough, Simon Cowell on the set of "America's Got Talent," in Los Angeles. Union is thanking supporters for defending her amid reports she was fired from “America’s Got Talent” after complaining about racism and other on-set issues. Without directly addressing her status with NBC’s talent show, the actress tweeted that the backing helped overcome feeling of being lost and alone. (Trae Patton/NBC via AP)
December 04, 2019 - 9:14 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gabrielle Union and NBC both said Wednesday that they have had a “productive" first conversation on her firing from “America's Got Talent" and her allegations that she was removed over her complaints about racism and other troubling on-set behavior. “We had a lengthy 5-hour, and...
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This undated photo provided by Acadia Pharmaceuticals Inc. shows a bottle of Nuplazid, a drug that was tested for treating psychosis related to dementia. If regulators agree, the drug could become the first treatment specifically for dementia-related psychosis and the first new medicine for Alzheimer's in nearly two decades. Results from a study on the drug were disclosed Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, at an Alzheimer's conference in San Diego. (Acadia Pharmaceuticals Inc. via AP)
December 04, 2019 - 8:53 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A drug that curbs delusions in Parkinson's patients did the same for people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia in a study that was stopped early because the benefit seemed clear. If regulators agree, the drug could become the first treatment specifically for...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, file photo, Boeing Commercial Airplanes Vice President and Chief Engineer John Hamilton, testifies during a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Hamilton who has played a key role in the company's response to the grounding of the 737 Max is retiring. Boeing said Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, that Hamilton planned to retire last year as chief engineer of commercial airplanes, but he stayed on to help get the Max back into service. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
December 04, 2019 - 8:24 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The Boeing engineer who has played a key role in the company's response to the grounding of the 737 Max is retiring. Boeing said Wednesday that John Hamilton planned to retire last year as chief engineer of commercial airplanes, but he stayed on to help get the Max back into service...
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FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2019, file photo, Pacific Gas and Electric Company workers bury utility lines in Paradise, Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric officials urged a federal bankruptcy judge to approve an insurance settlement that would enable the nation's largest utility to regain its financial footing while covering at least $20 billion in losses stemming from catastrophic wildfires tied to its equipment and negligence. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
December 04, 2019 - 7:42 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric on Wednesday urged a federal bankruptcy judge to approve a key insurance settlement as it struggles to regain its financial footing and cover at least $20 billion in losses stemming from catastrophic wildfires in California tied to its equipment. The...
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FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2006, file photo, Tejano artist Joe Lopez looks back his family after his guilty verdict was read at the Cameron County Courthouse in Brownsville, Texas. Lopez, convicted of rape, will return to the stage next week in Houston after his parole conditions changed. Lopez was released in March 2018, under conditions, including registering as a sex offender and not visiting Harris County, which is where his victim lives. (Liza Longoria/The Brownsville Herald via AP, File)
December 04, 2019 - 6:45 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — A Tejano singer who was convicted of raping an underage female relative and imprisoned for more than a decade is preparing to relaunch his career with a sold-out show in Houston, despite the original terms of his release barring him from visiting the city and surrounding county...
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