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An Islamic extremist who killed eight people with a speeding truck in a 2017 rampage on a popular New York City bike path has been convicted of federal charges and could face the death penalty. Jurors found Sayfullo Saipov guilty on Thursday. Prosecutors say the Halloween attack was inspired by his reverence for the Islamic State group. The jury announced its verdict in a Manhattan courtroom just a few blocks from where Saipov’s attack ended. The jury will return to court no earlier than Feb. 6 to hear more evidence to help decide whether Saipov should be executed or spend the rest of his life in prison.

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DENVER (AP) — The Colorado baker who won a partial U.S. Supreme Court victory after refusing to make a gay couple’s wedding cake because of his Christian faith lost an appeal Thursday in his latest legal fight, involving his rejection of a request for a birthday cake celebrating a gender tra…

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Restaurants are beginning the new year with a recurring problem: labor shortages. Chipotle says it's looking to hire 15,000 people in North America to ensure its stores are staffed up ahead of its busy spring season. Other chains are also looking for workers: Taco Bell has more than 25,000 listings for crew members posted on its website. The National Restaurant Association says U.S. restaurants have added jobs for 24 consecutive months. But restaurant employment is still 3.6% lower than before the pandemic, or the equivalent of 450,000 jobs. In a November survey, 62% of restaurant operators said they didn't have enough staff to meet customer demand.

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Boeing pleaded not guilty Thursday to a fraud charge in an unusual case in which families of passengers who died in two plane crashes are trying to throw out a settlement the company reached to avoid prosecution.

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The contract imposed on railroad workers last fall didn't resolve their quality-of-life issues, but there are indications the major freight railroads might start to address some of their concerns about demanding schedules and the lack of paid sick time. Most workers and their unions remain skeptical of the railroads because they say they have yet to see meaningful actions that improve their lives. The early limited signs of progress include a Union Pacific scheduling experiment that's giving a handful of engineers four days off after they work 11 straight, and some changes CSX made to its attendance policy to let workers attend medical appointments without penalty.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In a series of key votes Thursday, Virginia Senate Democrats defeated several bills that would have restricted abortion access in the state, including a proposed 15-week ban with exceptions that was a priority for Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin.

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BALTIMORE (AP) — Since the Baltimore Police Department started overhauling its practices through a series of court-ordered reforms in 2017, officers have become significantly less likely to use force against members of the public, such as brandishing a service weapon, deploying a stun gun or…

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Public water agencies in California will be getting more water from the state because of recent heavy rain. State water officials on Thursday said public water agencies will be getting 30% of what they asked for. That’s up from the 5% state officials had announced in December. A series of powerful storms dumped an estimated 32 trillion gallons of water on California in just three weeks. The deluge has helped replenish the state’s reservoirs that had been at dangerously low levels. State officials warned that dry conditions could return. There are two months left in the state’s rainy season.

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South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh is standing trial for the killings of his wife and son at their hunting estate in June 2021. The murder charges — and a slew of others preceding them — have led to the unraveling of a lawyer known for multimillion-dollar judgements and whose family dominated the legal scene in a small county for decades. Prosecutors opened the trial Wednesday with a roadmap of their case, which they concede is not open and shut. It will involve cellphone data linking the victims and Murdaugh to the same place, and other circumstantial evidence. Murdaugh's lawyers say investigators immediately and incorrectly focused on Murdaugh and that the lack of direct evidence shows he is innocent.

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A Middle Eastern and North African category could be added to U.S. federal surveys and censuses, and changes could be made to how Hispanics are able to self-identify, under preliminary recommendations released Thursday by the Biden administration in what would be the first update to race and…

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NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Rep. George Santos’ campaign committee told federal regulators Wednesday that it had hired a new treasurer amid lingering questions about the source of his wealth and irregularities in the committee's financial reports.

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SEATTLE (AP) — An effort to balance what is considered the nation's most regressive state tax code came before the Washington Supreme Court on Thursday, with justices hearing arguments about whether they should overturn a prohibition on income taxes that dates to the 1930s.

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NEW YORK (AP) — HarperCollins Publishers and the union representing some 250 striking employees have agreed to enter into federal mediation, the first sign of a possible settlement since the work stoppage began in early November.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina Supreme Court decision five days before the General Assembly returned for 2023 raised the possibility that abortion bans could once more dominate legislative debate in the state.

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A federal grand jury in Los Angeles is gathering evidence in a criminal investigation of Goodyear recreational vehicle tires that the government blames for crashes that killed eight people. The grand jury has subpoenaed Arizona lawyer David Kurtz seeking all documents and deposition transcripts in a lawsuit he filed against the Akron, Ohio, tire maker. A letter accompanying the subpoena says it was issued in an official criminal investigation being conducted by the Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General. It also says the Justice Department’s Consumer Protection Branch in Washington is involved, as well as the U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles. None of the federal agencies would comment. Goodyear issued a statement saying the tires aren't defective.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMIZ) Lincoln University Athletics will be leaving the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) to join the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) in the 2024-25 school year. The GLVC Council of Presidents approved the university for full membership on Monday. Lincoln University will be the 15th member of the GLVC and will be