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Official: Sri Lanka failed to heed warnings of attacks

Apr. 22, 2019 8:17 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan officials failed to heed warnings from intelligence agencies about the threat of an attack by a domestic radical Muslim group that officials blame for Easter Sunday bombings which killed more than 200 people, the country's health minister said Monday. The coordinated...

Sri Lanka blocks social media after Easter Sunday bombings

Apr. 22, 2019 10:30 AM EDT

Sri Lankan authorities flicked the off switch on most social media after Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels killed hundreds of people, a dramatic reaction that reflects distrust in the capability of American internet companies to control harmful content. The block on social media including Facebook and...

US won't renew sanctions waivers for importing Iranian oil

Apr. 22, 2019 9:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday told five nations — Japan, South Korea, Turkey, China and India — that they will no longer be exempt from U.S. sanctions if they continue to import oil from Iran. President Donald Trump has decided not to reissue the waivers when they...

Supreme Court to take up LGBT job discrimination cases

Apr. 22, 2019 10:47 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is taking on a major test of LGBT rights in cases that look at whether federal civil rights law bans job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The justices said Monday they will hear cases involving people who claim they were fired...

Nothing wrong with help from Russians, Trump lawyer says

Apr. 22, 2019 6:07 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani insisted there was "nothing wrong" with the president's 2016 campaign taking information from the Russians, as House Democrats pledged stepped-up investigations into campaign misconduct and possible crimes of obstruction detailed in special...

Homeless activists outside Notre Dame demand 'a roof too'

Apr. 22, 2019 10:30 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Dozens of public housing advocates protested outside the gutted Notre Dame in Paris Monday to demand that France's poorest be remembered after donors pledged $1 billion to rebuild the cathedral and its destroyed roof. Around 50 people from a French homeless association gathered with placards...

Comic who vowed to unite Ukraine wins votes in east and west

Apr. 22, 2019 10:17 AM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Political mandates don't get much more powerful than the one Ukrainian voters gave comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who as president-elect faces daunting challenges along with an overwhelming directive to produce change. With nearly all ballots counted, Zelenskiy had 73% of the vote...

Israeli troops accused of shooting handcuffed Palestinian

Apr. 22, 2019 10:25 AM EDT

BEIT JALA, West Bank (AP) — A hospitalized Palestinian teen said Monday he was shot in his thighs by Israeli soldiers while he was handcuffed and blindfolded — the latest in what a leading rights group portrayed as a series of unjustified shootings of Palestinians by Israeli soldiers. The military...

In Venezuela, women sell hair as another way to get by

Apr. 22, 2019 10:21 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Valery Díaz covered her eyes and held her breath before looking in a hair salon mirror to see herself without much of the long dark hair that used to frame her face. The 16-year-old student was paid $100 for the shorn hair, money she'll use to help her family and buy a...

New York outbreaks drive US measles count up to 626

Apr. 22, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Outbreaks in New York state continue to drive up the number of U.S. measles cases, which are approaching levels not seen in 25 years. Health officials say 71 more cases were reported last week, with 68 of them from New York. That brings this year's total to 626. That is already the most...

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UK's Prince Louis about to celebrate his first birthday

Apr. 22, 2019 10:48 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The youngest child of Prince William and his wife Kate is about to celebrate his first birthday. Prince Louis will mark the milestone Tuesday. He is fifth in line to the throne, behind his grandfather, Prince Charles, his father Prince William, his brother Prince George and his sister...

Sri Lanka victims: Citizens of at least 9 countries killed

Apr. 22, 2019 10:48 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — At least 290 people were killed in a series of nine bombings of churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. Sri Lankan authorities say 39 foreign tourists died in the attacks. A look at some of the countries whose citizens were among the victims: SRI LANKA: The vast...

Police say stalker spotted at home of collector Forrest Fenn

Apr. 22, 2019 10:47 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe police say a Nevada man who stalked the family of Forrest Fenn showed up at the famed art and antiquities collector's home. The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Sunday that authorities have issued an arrest warrant for Francisco "Paco" Chavez of Henderson. Police say Chavez may...

Appeals court rejects Chelsea Manning's effort to leave jail

Apr. 22, 2019 10:43 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has rejected a bid by former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to be released from jail for refusing to testify to a grand jury. The unanimous decision issued Monday by the appellate court in Richmond rejects both Manning's argument that she was...

Nebraska energy plant suspending production to make repairs

Apr. 22, 2019 10:41 AM EDT

SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. (AP) — A northeastern Nebraska renewable energy plant is suspending production so it can make repairs that its owner hopes will resolve ongoing discharge and odor issues, a company official said. Kevin Bradley, the director of business and economic development for Big Ox Energy, told...

Iran announces joint border security force with Pakistan

Apr. 22, 2019 10:40 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Monday that a new joint security force with Pakistan will be formed to combat militants based along the two countries' shared border. Both Pakistan and Iran have said militant groups operate from the other country's soil, occasionally carrying out...

2 more Minnesota police departments using body cameras

Apr. 22, 2019 10:39 AM EDT

LE SUEUR, Minn. (AP) — Two more police departments in southern Minnesota are getting officers to wear body cameras. The Le Sueur City Council already has approved purchasing them and on Monday will hear public comment about how the cameras will be used. The Mankato Free Press reports the city's police...

Minnesota farmers pitch ways to offer small dairies relief

Apr. 22, 2019 10:36 AM EDT

GREENWALD, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota farmers are sketching proposals to prevent the closure of small dairies during a sustained slump in milk prices. The Star Tribune reports that local farmers recently gathered in Greenwald to voice concerns about the loss of small dairies, which face higher milk production...

Notre Dame fire was a warning bell. But will Europe listen?

Apr. 22, 2019 10:36 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — It's a thin line where the patina of age on Europe's countless monuments gives way to the onset of neglect. Like with so many loved ones, all is assumed to be fine, until suddenly it's not. In the wake of the fire last week that gutted Notre Dame, questions are being raised about the state of...

Migration fuels New Hampshire population growth for 2nd year

Apr. 22, 2019 10:35 AM EDT

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's population continues to grow thanks largely to people moving in from other states. The latest U.S. Census estimates show the state's population grew by 6,700 between July of 2017 and July of 2018 to reach a total of 1,356,000. With a similar increase the previous year,...