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In Capitol, Bush remembered as ‘great man’ and ‘gentle soul’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump were among the mourners paying their respects to the late President George H.W. Bush as he lay in state in the Capitol rotunda.

The Trumps stood in front of Bush’s casket with their eyes closed for a few moments Monday evening before Trump gave a salute. The former president will lie in state until services Wednesday at Washington National Cathedral.

The casket arrived Monday afternoon from Houston, where Bush died Friday at age 94. In remarks at the Capitol, House Speaker Paul Ryan praised the two-term congressman from Texas as a “great man” and a “gentle soul.”

Bush chose not to have a formal funeral procession through downtown Washington. Burial at his presidential library at Texas A&M University is set for Thursday.


Israel launches operation to thwart Hezbollah border tunnels

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it has launched an operation meant to “expose and thwart” tunnels built by the Hezbollah militant group and stretching from Lebanon into northern Israel.

The military says the tunnels are not operational and that its work to expose them, which began on Tuesday, was taking place in Israeli territory.

The military did not disclose how many tunnels snake into Israeli territory from Lebanon or how long the operation would last.

Israel views the Iranian-backed Hezbollah and its vast weapons cache as a major threat. The two fought an inconclusive, month-long war in 2006.

The Israeli operation comes hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a last- minute trip to Brussels to meet Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.


Media: French PM to announce delay to fuel tax hikes

PARIS (AP) — French media say Prime Minister Edouard Philippe will announce a suspension of fuel tax hikes in an effort to appease a protest movement that has radicalized.

Both Le Monde newspaper and France Info radio say the planned increase, which has provoked riots, will be suspended for several months. Philippe is also expected to announce other measures aimed at easing tensions.

The prime minister is expected to announce the move later Tuesday.


The Latest: Wisconsin Republicans advance lame-duck bills

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Sweeping proposals to weaken the incoming governor and attorney general in Wisconsin have been advanced to the full Legislature for approval.

But the Republican-controlled committee around midnight Monday night did not advance a bill to change the date of the 2020 presidential primary, a move that would cost millions and drew widespread opposition from election officials.

That means that measure is all but dead.

The other proposals give outgoing Republican Gov. Scott Walker a final chance to reshape Wisconsin law before he leaves office next month.

Opponents cast them as a last-gasp power grab and attempt to invalidate the November election.

Committee approval sets up dramatic votes on the other measures Tuesday in the Senate and Assembly.

Other changes would limit early voting to two weeks and allow the Legislature to replace the attorney general when defending state laws.


Fate of state official raises questions about NH primary

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The longtime protector of the New Hampshire presidential primary could get ousted by the Legislature this week despite concerns from his supporters that replacing him could jeopardize the state’s coveted first-in-the-nation status.

Lawmakers will decide on Wednesday whether to re-elect Secretary of State Bill Gardner, who has held the position for 42 years and is known for fiercely protecting New Hampshire’s top spot on the primary calendar.

Gardner’s supporters argue that replacing him with former gubernatorial candidate Colin Van Ostern would politicize the office and could weaken the state’s argument for staying first. Van Ostern counters that primary tradition is about more than any one person and that Gardner already has politicized the office by backing GOP legislation to tighten voter registration rules.


Wentz tosses for 2 TDs, leads Eagles over Redskins 28-13

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carson Wentz ran around and extended plays the way he did before his knee injury.

Wentz tossed two touchdown passes, Darren Sproles ran for a score and the Philadelphia Eagles stayed in the hunt for the NFC East title with a 28-13 victory over the depleted Washington Redskins on Monday night.

The Eagles (6-6) won consecutive games for the first time since Nick Foles led them to a Super Bowl victory over the Patriots.

The Redskins (6-6) lost backup quarterback Colt McCoy to a leg injury in his second game replacing Alex Smith, who broke his right tibia and fibula on Nov. 18. Mark Sanchez took his place.

Adrian Peterson ran 90 yards for a touchdown on Sanchez’s first play under center, giving the Redskins a 10-7 lead. It was the longest run Philadelphia has allowed in franchise history but Washington’s lead didn’t last long.


The Latest: EU court adviser says Britain can stop Brexit

LONDON (AP) — A top official at the European Union’s highest court is advising that Britain can unilaterally change its mind about leaving the EU.

Advocate General Manuel Campos Sanchez-Bordona has told the European Court of Justice that a decision by the British government to change its mind about invoking Article 50 would be legally valid. The advice of the advocate general is often, but not always, followed by the full court.

The court is assessing the issue under an accelerated procedure, since Britain is due to leave the bloc on March 29. The final verdict is expected within weeks.

Since Article 50 of the EU treaty of Lisbon dealing with departing members is scant on details — largely because the idea of any country leaving the bloc was considered unlikely — a group of Scottish legislators wants to know whether the U.K. can pull out of the withdrawal procedure on its own.

The case comes as pressure builds from Brexit opponents for a second referendum on the decision to leave the bloc.


APNewsBreak: Settlement reached in infamous “Norfolk 4” case

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The city of Norfolk has agreed to pay $4.9 million to four former sailors who were wrongly convicted of rape and murder based on intimidating police interrogations. A copy of the settlement agreement for the “Norfolk Four” was obtained by The Associated Press.

The state had earlier agreed to pay $3.5 million.

Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe pardoned the men last year of the 1997 rape and killing of Michelle Moore-Bosko. Their case drew widespread attention when their innocence claims were backed by dozens of former FBI agents, ex-prosecutors and crime novelist John Grisham.

DNA evidence later linked another man, Omar Ballard, to the crimes. He acknowledged that he was solely responsible and is serving a life sentence.


Soldier set to be sentenced for trying to help Islamic State

HONOLULU (AP) — A soldier based in Hawaii is scheduled to be sentenced for trying to help the Islamic State group.

Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Kang pleaded guilty in August to four counts of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. He says he provided classified military documents, a drone and other help.

Prosecutors say he met with undercover agents he believed were part of the group. Prosecutors say he pledged allegiance to the group in Arabic and English and kissed an Islamic State flag.

Kang is trained as an air traffic controller.

Prosecutors say the help Kang tried to provide includes air traffic radio frequencies. Prosecutors say Kang taught agents to use the drone to track U.S. troops.

He’s expected to be sentenced to 25 years in prison Tuesday.

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