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AP sources: Former CIA chief Brennan to brief Dems on Iran

May. 19, 2019 2:49 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats will hear from former CIA director John Brennan about the situation in Iran, inviting him to speak next week amid heightened concerns over the Trump administration's sudden moves in the region. Brennan, an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, is scheduled to talk to...

Biden rejects Democrats' anger in call for national unity

May. 19, 2019 2:48 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — His party may be enraged by Donald Trump's presidency, but Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden insisted Saturday that Democrats will not defeat the Republican president if they pick an angry nominee. Facing thousands of voters in his native Pennsylvania for the second time as a...

Female lawmakers speak about rapes as abortion bills advance

May. 18, 2019 10:39 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — For more than two decades, Nancy Mace did not speak publicly about her rape. In April, when she finally broke her silence, she chose the most public of forums — before her colleagues in South Carolina's legislature. A bill was being debated that would ban all abortions after a...

Illinois not alerted to early clues in womb-cutting case

May. 18, 2019 10:38 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Police and Illinois' child welfare agency say staff at a Chicago-area hospital didn't alert them after determining that a bloodied woman who arrived with a gravely ill newborn had not just given birth to the baby boy, as she claimed. The woman, Clarisa Figueroa, was charged more than three...

War of Will wins Preakness featuring riderless running horse

May. 18, 2019 8:24 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Mark Casse completed a lifelong quest two weeks after the scare of a lifetime. And he did so in a race featuring a riderless horse that threw his jockey out of the gate and kept running. Since he was a child, Casse wanted to win a Triple Crown race, and the well-respected trainer got that...

Morrison thanks Australians for surprise election victory

May. 19, 2019 12:47 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — A jubilant Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday vowed to get straight back to work after a shock general election victory, which delivered the country three more years of conservative government. The opposition Labor Party, meanwhile, began another bout of post-election soul...

In Iran, economic struggles trump fears of US confrontation

May. 19, 2019 1:38 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Across Iran's capital, the talk always seems to come back to how things may get worse. Battered by U.S. sanctions and its depreciating rial currency, Iran's 80 million people struggle to buy meat, medicine and other staples of daily life. Now they wonder aloud about America's intentions...

The Netherlands wins Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv

May. 18, 2019 8:11 PM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The Netherlands won the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv Saturday, with Duncan Laurence's doleful piano ballad "Arcade" crowned champion of Europe's annual music extravaganza. The 25-year-old was tapped as an early front-runner before the Grand Final but was only ranked...

Tornadoes rake Southern Plains; more severe weather expected

May. 18, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A spate of tornadoes raked across the Southern Plains, leaving damage and causing few injuries, and parts of the region were bracing for more severe thunderstorms and possible flooding. The National Weather Service confirmed an EF2 twister Saturday morning with winds up to 130 mph (209 kph)...

Police ID teen tackled after bringing gun to Oregon school

May. 18, 2019 9:59 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police released the identity Saturday of an 18-year-old student who was tackled after reportedly bringing a gun into classroom at an Oregon high school. Angel Granados Dias had been booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on suspicion of possessing a firearm in a public...

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Final round of voting underway in India's marathon elections

May. 19, 2019 3:13 AM EDT

KOLKATA, India (AP) — Indians voted in the seventh and final phase of national elections Sunday, wrapping up a 6-week-long grueling campaign with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party seeking reelection for another five years. The voting also covers Modi's constituency of Varanasi, a holy...

Saudis say they don't want war, but will defend themselves

May. 19, 2019 3:09 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A top Saudi diplomat says the kingdom does not want war but will defend itself, amid a recent spike in tensions with archrival Iran. Adel al-Jubeir, the minister of state for foreign affairs, spoke early Sunday, a week after four oil tankers were targeted in an alleged...

Boot camp revives the lost art of letter writing

May. 19, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Some 2,000 years before the printing press became a thing, a queen of Persia named Atossa did something historians say had never been done before. Stylus in hand, she committed her thoughts to parchment and, in 500 B.C., produced the world's first recorded letter. For the next two and...

Lake Okeechobee's lower level debated among stakeholders

May. 19, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

OKEECHOBEE, Fla. (AP) — Lake Okeechobee is Florida's "Liquid Heart," and people who depend on it for irrigation, drinking water, recreation and their livelihoods are often in conflict on how to take care of it. This year, the conflict has heated up because the Army Corps of Engineers has been keeping the...

Elder care homes rake in profits as workers earn a pittance

May. 19, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

She alights from a black Ferrari convertible, her Christian Louboutin stilettos glinting in the sunlight. The lid of her black lacquer grand piano is propped open in the living room of her plush Beverly Hills home. "I own a chain of elderly care facilities," she says into the camera on Bravo's reality television...

Elder care homes rake in profits as workers earn a pittance

May. 19, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

She alights from a black Ferrari convertible, her Christian Louboutin stilettos glinting in the sunlight. The lid of her black lacquer grand piano is propped open in the living room of her plush Beverly Hills home. "I own a chain of elderly care facilities," she says into the camera on Bravo's reality television...

Swiss vote on whether to adopt the EU's tighter gun rules

May. 19, 2019 2:48 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss voters are casting ballots in a referendum to decide whether to enact new restrictions on guns and line up with Switzerland's partners in the European visa-free travel zone who have already tightened gun rules following extremist attacks in Europe. The proposal could require regular...

AP PHOTOS: Indians vote in final phase of election

May. 19, 2019 1:42 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's marathon general election, the world's largest democratic exercise, is nearing the finish line. The first of the election's seven staggered phases was held on April 11. On Sunday, the final phase takes place, with voting for the remaining 60 seats in the 543-member lower house of...

In Iran, economic struggles trump fears of US confrontation

May. 19, 2019 1:38 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Across Iran's capital, the talk always seems to come back to how things may get worse. Battered by U.S. sanctions and its depreciating rial currency, Iran's 80 million people struggle to buy meat, medicine and other staples of daily life. Now they wonder aloud about America's intentions...

Mothers find creative ways to stay fit around Meridian

May. 19, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — Most afternoons, after their children take a nap, a group of mothers in Meridian's Broadmoor neighborhood meet for a walk or playdate. On a hot and sunny Wednesday afternoon, they meet at the corner of 11th Avenue and 63rd Street to start their one-mile loop. RJ Phillips and Max...