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City workers and police stand outside the Joycelyn V. Johnson Municipal Services Center after reports of gunshots in Winston-Salem, N.C. early Friday, Dec. 20, 2019. Winston- Salem Police are confirming there was a shooting but are not saying at this time if there are any injuries or deaths. (Walt Unks/Winston-Salem Journal via AP)
December 20, 2019 - 6:32 pm
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A deadly shooting at a city building in Winston-Salem, North Carolina was an act of “workplace violence" by one city employee who targeted a co-worker he'd disliked for a long time, police said Friday. Winston-Salem Police Chief Catrina Thompson told news reporters the...
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In this Dec. 16, 2019, photo, South Korean army soldiers stand guard at the Unification Bridge, which leads to the Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone in Paju, South Korea. The U.S. is closely watching North Korea for signs of a possible missile launch or nuclear test in the coming days that officials are referring to as a “Christmas surprise.” (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
December 20, 2019 - 10:10 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is closely watching North Korea for signs of a possible missile launch or nuclear test in the coming days that officials are referring to as a “Christmas surprise.” A significant launch or test would mean the end of North Korea's self-imposed moratorium and raise tensions...
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In this photo taken on Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, Florin Catanescu, 41, walks through the ruins of the state orphanage that was his home between 1988 and 1997 in Busteni, Romania. Thirty years after the 1989 death of Romania's communist-era dictator, the country is still grappling with the ugly legacy of its once-horrific orphanages. Now some of those who grew up abused and unloved in those failed institutions are turning their trauma into commitment. Florin Catanescu, who lived in an orphanage until 1997, now runs a transition home helping those leaving state care to have a better chance of leading meaningful lives. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
December 20, 2019 - 7:13 am
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Whenever he returns to the orphanage where he grew up, Florin Catanescu is overwhelmed by sad memories. “I remember families showing up and visiting other kids, but nobody came for me,” said Catanescu, now 41. Walking through the ruins of what was his home between 1988 and...
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December 20, 2019 - 6:58 am
A Georgia family received an early Christmas surprise one night as they were finishing dinner. Katie McBride Newman heard her daughter India exclaim “Oh my gosh!” from the living room, before bursting into tears. As Newman is a big fan of owls, her tree is adorned with them. India told her mother...
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In this photo taken Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, Notre Dame cathedral choir's director Henri Chalet directs the Notre Dame choir during a rehearsal at the Saint Sulpice church in Paris. Notre Dame Cathedral kept holding services during two world wars as a beacon of hope amid bloodshed and fear. It took a fire in peacetime to finally stop Notre Dame from celebrating Christmas Mass for the first time in more than two centuries. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
December 20, 2019 - 5:15 am
PARIS (AP) — Notre Dame kept Christmas going even during two world wars — a beacon of hope amid the bloodshed. Yet an accidental fire in peacetime finally stopped the Paris cathedral from celebrating Midnight Mass this year, for the first time in over two centuries. As the lights stay dim in the...
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December 19, 2019 - 2:55 am
BERLIN (AP) — Police in western Germany say thieves have made off with a town fire department's Christmas tree, lights and all. Mayen police said Thursday that sometime in the early morning hours of Wednesday, thieves cut the cables to the lights and carted away the four-meter-tall (13-foot) fir...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Kellogg Arena, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, in Battle Creek, Mich. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
December 18, 2019 - 11:40 pm
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Defiant in the face of a historic rebuke, President Donald Trump labeled his impeachment by the House of Representatives on Wednesday “a suicide march” for the Democratic Partyas he delivered a rambling two-hour rally speech that overlapped the vote. “Crazy Nancy Pelosi's...
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., strikes the gavel after announcing the passage of article II of impeachment against President Donald Trump, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
December 18, 2019 - 8:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A sample of the sights and sounds across Washington and beyond on a momentous day in Washington on Wednesday as the House passed two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump (all times local): 9:30 p.m. New Jersey Rep. Jeff Van Drew has voted against impeaching...
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Quinton Hanna, who's charged with running over a woman in West Bath and killing a man in Scarborough in separate attacks in Maine, is seen in this undated booking photo from the Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset, Maine. (Two Bridges Regional Jail via AP)
December 17, 2019 - 3:14 pm
SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — A man was arrested Tuesday in connection with the killing of a beloved Maine farmer that shook the community where he has been a fixture for decades, police said. James Pearson, an 82-year-old retired teacher, was killed in the front yard of his Scarborough home Sunday...
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December 16, 2019 - 9:52 am
PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — Nearly a dozen people surprised a New Jersey waitress with a $1,200 cash tip as an early holiday gift. Zellie Thomas told NJ.com that he and a group of his friends left the tip with a waitress at an IHOP restaurant in Paterson on Saturday. Each person brought $100 to the...
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