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British Prime Minister Theresa May, left, shakes hands with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, right, prior to a meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. British Prime Minister Theresa May, met with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker early Friday morning following crucial overnight talks on the issue of the Irish border.(AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
December 08, 2017 - 5:04 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the Brexit talks (all times local): 11:00 a.m. Germany's main business lobby group says it's relieved that Brexit talks have cleared the first hurdle but is warning that the toughest part lies ahead and calling for negotiations to speed up. Joachim Lang, a top official...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, file photo, Australian actor Geoffrey Rush arrives for the screening of the film 'Final Portrait' at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany. Rush is suing a Sydney newspaper for allegedly portraying him as a sexual predator in its reporting of an actress's complaint of "inappropriate behavior" against the Oscar-winning actor. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)
December 08, 2017 - 3:50 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Geoffrey Rush is suing a Sydney newspaper for allegedly portraying him as a sexual predator in its reporting of an actress's complaint of "inappropriate behavior" against the Oscar-winning actor. The Daily Telegraph's reporting and advertising over the past week carried...
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December 08, 2017 - 3:48 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Efforts to prosecute the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and four co-defendants are stalled in part over a lingering issue Americans haven't yet resolved: torture. Interrogators at secret CIA prisons repeatedly slammed Ammar al Baluchi's head against walls,...
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December 08, 2017 - 1:43 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Peter Martins, the influential leader of New York City Ballet for three decades, has taken a leave of absence pending an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment. The company confirmed late Thursday that 71-year-old Martins had requested and was granted a temporary leave...
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December 08, 2017 - 12:10 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Arizona Rep. Trent Franks' resignation (all times EST): 7:10 p.m. Arizona Republican Trent Franks says he is resigning from the House because he discussed with two female staff aides whether they would consider being a surrogate mother. Franks says he deeply regrets...
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Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday morning, Dec. 7, 2017. Franken said he will resign from the Senate in coming weeks following a wave of sexual misconduct allegations and a collapse of support from his Democratic colleagues, a swift political fall for a once-rising Democratic star. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
December 08, 2017 - 12:05 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., and the allegations of sexual misconduct against him (all times local): 8 p.m. Sen. Al Franken has reluctantly announced he's resigning from Congress, succumbing to a torrent of sexual harassment allegations. But the Minnesota Democrat is...
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December 07, 2017 - 9:54 pm
EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — A former priest was convicted Thursday of the 1960 slaying of a South Texas teacher and one-time beauty queen who was a member of the parish he served. A Hidalgo County jury deliberated 6½ hours before returning its verdict in the murder trial of 85-year-old John Bernard Feit...
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Members of parliament, from left, Cathy McGowan, Adam Brandt and Andrew Wilkie celebrate the passing of the Marriage Amendment Bill in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. Gay marriage was endorsed by 62 percent of Australian voters who responded to a government-commissioned postal ballot by last month. (Mick Tsikas/AAP Image via AP)
December 07, 2017 - 8:57 pm
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister rushed gay marriage into law on Friday by gaining a final signature on a bill hours after it was overwhelming endorsed by Parliament and as the nation started planning weddings that can take place in a month. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull...
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FILE - In this March 24, 2017, file photo, Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz. speaks with a reporter on Capitol Hill in Washington. Franks says he is resigning Jan. 31 amid a House Ethics Committee investigation of possible sexual harassment. Franks says in a statement that he never physically intimidated, coerced or attempted to have any sexual contact with any member of his congressional staff. Instead, he says, the dispute resulted from a discussion of surrogacy. Franks and his wife have 3-year-old twins who were conceived through surrogacy. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
December 07, 2017 - 8:00 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona said Thursday he is resigning next month after revealing that he discussed surrogacy with two female staffers. The eight-term lawmaker, a staunch conservative and fierce opponent of abortion, said in a statement that he never physically...
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FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2017, file photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. administers the House oath of office to Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, during a mock swearing in ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington. The House Ethics Committee said Dec. 7 it is expanding its investigation into sexual harassment allegations against Farenthold. The committee said it will investigate whether Farenthold sexually harassed a former member of his staff and retaliated against her for complaining. The committee also said the panel would review allegations that Farenthold made inappropriate statements to other members of his official staff. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
December 07, 2017 - 7:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee said Thursday it is expanding its investigation into sexual harassment allegations against Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas. The committee said it will investigate whether Farenthold sexually harassed a former member of his staff and retaliated...
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