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FILE - In this Tuesday, April 11, 2017 file photo, the sun sets on a Baptist church in Georgia. According to new data released Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, by the Pew Research Center, the portion of Americans with no religious affiliation is rising significantly, in tandem with a sharp drop in the percentage that identifies as Christian. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
October 17, 2019 - 1:47 pm
The portion of Americans with no religious affiliation is rising significantly, in tandem with a sharp drop in the percentage that identifies as Christians, according to new data from the Pew Research Center. Based on telephone surveys conducted in 2018 and 2019, Pew said Thursday that 65% of...
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FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 photo, a man using an electronic cigarette exhales in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. Vaping-related illnesses in the U.S. are still rising, though at a slightly slower pace. On Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there have been nearly 1,500 cases and at least 33 deaths in the still mysterious outbreak. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
October 17, 2019 - 1:46 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Vaping-related illnesses in the U.S. are still rising, though at a slightly slower pace. Health officials of Thursday said there have been nearly 1,500 cases and at least 33 deaths in the mysterious outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been updating the case...
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FILE - In this April 2, 2109 file photo, House Oversight and Reform Committee Chair Elijah Cummings, D-Md., leads a meeting to call for subpoenas after a career official in the White House security office says dozens of people in President Donald Trump's administration were granted security clearances despite "disqualifying issues" in their backgrounds, on Capitol Hill in Washington. U.S. Rep. Cummings has died from complications of longtime health challenges, his office said in a statement on Oct. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
October 17, 2019 - 1:02 pm
BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a sharecropper's son who rose to become a civil rights champion and the chairman of one of the U.S. House committees leading an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, died Thursday of complications from longstanding health problems. He was...
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FILE - This March 16, 2019 file photo shows Stephen Colbert at the 36th Annual PaleyFest "An Evening with Stephen Colbert" event in Los Angeles. CBS announced Thursday that Colbert has signed a new contract that will keep him as the "Late Show" host through at least August 2023. His current pact was set to expire next August. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
October 17, 2019 - 12:37 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Colbert will be sticking around for four more years. CBS announced Thursday that Colbert has signed a new contract that will keep him as the "Late Show" host through at least August 2023. His current pact was set to expire next August. Terms were not disclosed. But it's a...
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Kane Brown receives Artist of the Year Award at 2019 CMT Artists of the Year at Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Al Wagner/Invision/AP)
October 17, 2019 - 12:32 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country music artists cried together and prayed together at an emotional CMT Artists of the Year awards show that reflected the tight-knit community of artists who supported each other through success and loss. Country singer Kane Brown, who was one of several artists of the...
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FILE - This Nov. 14, 2018 file photo shows Gretchen Wilson at the 52nd annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn. Wilson was removed from a New Mexico hotel after she performed at a weekend music festival. The Las Cruces Sun-News reported Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, that police were called to Hotel Encanto in Las Cruces around 3 a.m. Sunday after numerous noise complaints about Wilson’s room. A police spokesman says she and her team left voluntarily. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
October 17, 2019 - 11:05 am
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Country music star Gretchen Wilson, whose hit song, "Here for the Party," features the lyrics, "And I ain't leaving till they throw me out," was ousted from a New Mexico hotel over noise complaints. The Grammy Award-winning artist was asked to leave the Hotel Encanto de Las...
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A sign is displayed at the Cardinal Health, Inc. corporate office Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, in Dublin, Ohio. Shares of big drug distributors soared Wednesday on word of a potential settlement ahead of the first federal trial over the opioid crisis. Two people with knowledge of the negotiations, which have lasted months, confirmed to The Associated Press that McKesson Corp., AmerisourceBergen Corp., and Cardinal Health, Inc., have offered $18 billion over 18 years to settle more than 2,000 lawsuits across the country. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
October 17, 2019 - 10:03 am
CLEVELAND (AP) — Lawyers in the first federal opioid trial resumed selecting a jury Thursday even as a push continued to settle the case before arguments begin. The second day of picking a jury began after U.S. District Judge Dan Polster, for the second day in a row, denied a request from...
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Lubbock Police detective Brandon Price poses for a photo outside the department headquarters Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, in Lubbock, Texas. Price interviewed Samuel Little to connect him to the murder of Bobbie Fields in 1993. (Brad Tollefson/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal via AP)
October 17, 2019 - 8:44 am
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Keep him talking, don't interrupt him and, no matter what, don't ask why he killed his victims. Those were the instructions Texas Ranger James Holland gave to the dozens of homicide detectives around the country when they got their moment with Samuel Little, hoping to...
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Ryan Piper with the United Auto Workers continues to picket after news of a tentative contract agreement with General Motors, in Langhorne, Pa., Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. Bargainers for General Motors and the United Auto Workers reached a tentative contract deal on Wednesday that could end a monthlong strike that brought the company's U.S. factories to a standstill. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
October 16, 2019 - 10:17 pm
DETROIT (AP) — On the picket lines at a General Motors transmission plant in Toledo, Ohio, passing cars honked and striking workers celebrated a tentative contract deal by munching on 10 pizzas dropped off by a supporter. They had carried signs for 31 days and demonstrated the muscle the United...
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Members of the Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates hold a press conference after members turned down the district's latest offer, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019 in Chicago. Chicago parents and community groups are scrambling to prepare for a massive teachers' strike set to begin Thursday, prompting the city to preemptively cancel classes in the nation's third-largest school district. (Matthew Hendrickson/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
October 16, 2019 - 8:20 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago parents and community groups are scrambling to prepare for a massive teachers' strike set to begin Thursday, prompting the city to preemptively cancel classes in the nation's third-largest school district. The Chicago Teachers Union confirmed Wednesday night that its 25,000...
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