ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — The last of five defendants has pleaded guilty in a double murder in St. Joseph. Luis Omar Robles-Vargas pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder. He had originally been charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the July 2017 deaths of 22-year-old Kevin Villegas-Melendez and 25-year-old Raymond Gonzalez-Ortiz. The St.…

By KEVIN FREKINGJanuary 18, 2019 WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is promising protesters demonstrating against ******** rights that he will veto any bill that “weakens the protection of human life.” Trump spoke via video Friday to participants in this year’s March for Life on the National Mall. The first march took place on the…

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Health Authority has overturned a contractor’s decision to force 17 severely mentally ill patients out of state-funded residential facilities. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Friday that OHA had hired the contractor Kepro to review the cases of 1,600 patients in the facilities to determine if they all needed to be in…

BEIJING (AP) — The latest on the fight between China and Canada over the arrest of a Chinese technology executive (all times local): 5:15 a.m. China’s ambassador to Canada says the arrest by Canadian authorities of a Huawei Technologies executive was an act of “backstabbing” by a friend and he warns of repercussions if Canada…

1 of 4 Graphic looks at the NFC Championship game between the Rams and Saints, 2c x 4 3/8 inches; with related stories; The gumbo the New Orleans Saints are cooking up is flavored with lots of passes from Drew Brees to Michael Thomas, plenty of runs by Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram, and enough…

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The Latest on Congo’s disputed presidential election (all times local): 10:45 p.m. An African Union statement backed by heads of state is calling on Congo’s government to suspend the announcement of final presidential election results because of “serious doubts” about the vote. The statement comes as Congo’s constitutional court is poised…

NEW YORK (AP) — Former NFL defensive end Greg Hardy says he is “haunted” by his high-profile domestic violence past and wants to prove he has changed as he makes his debut in UFC, a promotion that hasn’t hesitated to embrace fighters with legal or drug problems. His co-headline spot in a heavyweight bout Saturday…

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Democratic Party is calling a voluntary family leave plan by Republican Gov. Phil Scott and New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu “inadequate” and “ill-conceived.” In a statement released Thursday, Vermont Democratic Party Chair Terje Anderson accused Scott of “engaging in photo-op politics” with Sununu, also a Republican. On Wednesday, the…

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A proposed battery manufacturing plant on a reclaimed coal mine in eastern Kentucky has been delayed at least one year after the company discovered problems at the construction site. The Lexington Herald Leader reports EnerBlu President and CEO Daniel Elliott says the company has not found a way to build its…

By MICHAEL R. SISAKJanuary 17, 2019 NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein’s high-profile criminal defense lawyer is leaving the movie producer’s **** case weeks after failing to get the charges dismissed. Benjamin Brafman filed court papers on Thursday asking to withdraw as Weinstein’s lawyer. The filing came after a week of speculation about his involvement…