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  • Uber driver in US illegally charged with 4 rapes

    SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — California prosecutors say an Uber driver living in the country illegally has been charged with raping, assaulting and robbing young women. San Luis Obispo County District Attorney Dan Dow said Monday that Alfonso Alarcon-Nunez’s alleged victims are between 19 and 22 years old and three were intoxicated when they were assaulted. The 39-year-old Mexican citizen faces 10 criminal charges including forcible rape and first degree burglary. It wasn’t immediately known if Alarcon-Nunez has an attorney. […]

  • NJ teen steals school bus, crashes into parked car

    VINELAND, N.J. — State police say a teenager stole a school bus and led officers on a chase before crashing in New Jersey. The bus was reported stolen around 11:50 a.m. Sunday in Vineland. Authorities say troopers located the bus and tried to stop it before the 16-year-old hit a parked car and crashed into a guard rail. Authorities say the teen wasn’t injured, but was hospitalized for an evaluation. They don’t expect to file charges against the teen, who […]

  • Governor signs order calling for New Jersey Transit audit

    SUMMIT, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is ordering an audit of the state’s beleaguered transit agency. Murphy, a Democrat, signed the executive order calling for an audit of New Jersey Transit alongside Democratic and Republican lawmakers on Monday at a rail station in Summit. The order comes after Murphy called the agency a “national disgrace” before becoming governor on Tuesday, succeed Republican Gov. Chris Christie. It also comes after an Associated Press report found NJ Transit had more […]

  • Girl, 15, shot at Texas school; 16-year-old boy arrested

    ITALY, Texas — A 15-year-old student was injured in a shooting at her high school in Texas Monday morning and a 16-year-old boy, also a student at the school, has been taken into custody, sheriff’s officials said. The girl was airlifted to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas following the shooting in the town of Italy, some 45 miles (70 kilometers) south of Dallas, said Sgt. Joe Fitzgerald of the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office reported an active shooter […]

  • New Jersey first lady says she’s a victim of sexual violence

    New Jersey’s new first lady publicly disclosed Saturday that she was a victim of sexual violence while attending college. Tammy Murphy told her story while speaking at a women’s march in Morristown. The wife of Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy was introduced to the crowd by her husband, who was sworn into office Tuesday. Tammy Murphy, 52, said the attack occurred while she was a sophomore at the University of Virginia. Murphy said she was walking along a path when a […]

  • McConnell raises hopes as government shutdown enters Day 3

    WASHINGTON — Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell raised some Democrats’ hopes for a quick end to the government shutdown Monday, saying “I hope and intend” to reach agreement soon on immigration and other contentious issues — if the Democrats agree now to a stopgap spending measure lasting a little less than three weeks. The Senate was to vote later in the day on that measure — to cut off a Democratic filibuster — with most government offices cut back drastically […]

  • Pence says U.S. will open embassy in Jerusalem next year

    WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence says the United States will open its embassy in Jerusalem next year, ahead of schedule. In an address to the Israeli parliament on Monday, Pence defended the controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, which has been condemned by the Palestinians and their Arab allies. Pence says the administration will advance its plan in the coming weeks and the embassy will open by the end of 2019. Previous estimates had been the move would […]

  • Disgraced ex-doctor to hear yet more victims’ testimonies

    LANSING, Mich. — More young women and girls who say they were assaulted by a Michigan sports doctor are due in court for a fifth day to make victim statements before he is sentenced. Larry Nassar sat in the witness chair last week as more than 80 women and girls described the impact of being assaulted by him. Nassar has admitting molesting athletes during treatment when he was employed by Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians. Roughly […]

  • Cuomo, NY Democrats launch ad campaign against new tax law

    ALBANY, N.Y. — The New York state Democratic Party has launched an advertising attack on the new federal tax law. The new campaign announced Monday comes at the direction of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has said he’ll urge Congress to repeal the law. The new tax code enacted by Washington Republicans caps at $10,000 a deduction for state and local taxes. That deduction is especially popular in high-tax states such as New York, where Cuomo says many taxpayers face […]

  • Pence says he’s proud to be in ‘Israel’s capital, Jerusalem’

    JERUSALEM — Vice President Mike Pence kicked off his visit to Israel with a Monday morning meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in which he said it was an honor to be in “Israel’s capital, Jerusalem.” Netanyahu told Pence it was the first time a visiting dignitary could utter those three words along with him, and he thanked Pence for President Donald Trump’s “historic” recognition of Jerusalem. The Israeli leader also lauded the American-Israeli alliance, which he said has […]