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Easter Sunday bomb blasts kill more than 200 in Sri Lanka

Apr. 21, 2019 1:52 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — More than 200 people were killed and hundreds more wounded in eight bomb blasts that rocked churches and luxury hotels in or near Sri Lanka's capital on Easter Sunday — the deadliest violence the South Asian island country has seen since a bloody civil war ended a decade...

Giuliani: Trump camp did no wrong by taking Russian help

Apr. 21, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

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

As Russia probe began, Trump called on spy chiefs for help

Apr. 21, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two months before special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed in the spring of 2017, President Donald Trump picked up the phone and called the head of the largest U.S. intelligence agency. Trump told Mike Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, that news stories alleging that...

Paris Easter Mass honors firefighters who saved Notre Dame

Apr. 21, 2019 1:24 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The archbishop of Paris and Catholics from around France and the world honored the firefighters who saved Notre Dame Cathedral, praying Sunday at a special Easter Mass for a swift reconstruction of the beloved monument. Some streets around the medieval cathedral also reopened six days after...

Ukraine: Exit poll has comedian routing incumbent president

Apr. 21, 2019 2:09 PM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A comedian who plays an inexperienced president on Ukrainian TV looked poised to reprise the role in real life after an exit poll indicated he received nearly three out of every four votes cast in a runoff election Sunday. Results from the exit poll released Sunday after voting...

Accuracy at core of Supreme Court case over census question

Apr. 21, 2019 12:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Elena Kagan's father was 3 years old when the census taker came to the family's apartment on Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn, New York, on April 10, 1930. Robert Kagan was initially wrongly listed as an "alien," though he was a native-born New Yorker. The entry about his citizenship...

Frustration grows among migrants in Mexico as support fades

Apr. 21, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

MAPASTEPEC, Mexico (AP) — Madison Mendoza, her feet aching and her face burned by the sun, wept as she said she had nothing to feed her 2-year-old son who she'd brought with her on the long trek toward the United States. Mendoza, 22, said an aunt in Honduras had convinced her to join the migrant caravan,...

Texas town reflects on dragging death ahead of execution

Apr. 21, 2019 10:27 AM EDT

JASPER, Texas (AP) — A technology company was almost ready to bring up to 300 new jobs to Jasper, Texas, but in the final stages of recent negotiations, a potential deal-breaker emerged: the community's history as the place where three white men dragged a black man behind a pickup, killing him. The 1998...

Waikiki flood concerns spur push for Hawaii shore protection

Apr. 21, 2019 12:52 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's iconic Waikiki Beach could soon be underwater as rising sea levels caused by climate change overtake its white sand beaches and bustling city streets. Predicting Honolulu will start experiencing frequent flooding within the next 15 to 20 years, state lawmakers are trying to pass...

Happy birthday: Queen Elizabeth II turns 93 on Easter Sunday

Apr. 21, 2019 8:03 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating her 93rd birthday, which this year coincides with Easter Sunday. The queen is marking Easter by attending a service with other senior royals at St. George's Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle, west of London. She was joined by Prince William and his wife...

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'Panic mode': Witness describes aftermath of Sri Lanka bombs

Apr. 21, 2019 2:41 PM EDT

Bhanuka Harischandra was running a little late for his meeting Sunday. As a car carrying him pulled into the back entrance of the luxury Shangri-La Hotel in Sri Lanka's capital of Colombo, he realized something was wrong. People were telling him not to come in, it wasn't safe. Still, the car pulled around to the...

Potato farmers scrambling after long winter delays planting

Apr. 21, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Potato farmers are getting a late start on their crops because of a long winter and record snowfall in east Oregon and Washington. Normally, farmers start planting potatoes at the end of February. But this year the ground was frozen or flooded much later than usual. Washington State...

Bill allows non-traditional gender designation on state IDs

Apr. 21, 2019 2:33 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate has scheduled debate on a proposal that would allow an individual to list a non-binary gender designation on their driver's license. The bill on the calendar for a Senate session on Thursday would provide a choice of listing gender as "X'' instead of male or female....

Ex-Alaska teacher, pastor sentenced for sex abuse of teen

Apr. 21, 2019 2:33 PM EDT

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — A former high school teacher and pastor in southeast Alaska will be going to prison for sexually abusing a teenage girl at a school, a church and his home. Douglas Edwards, 60, was sentenced last week to 18 years in prison with 12 years suspended after pleading guilty in February...

State budget proposal seeks licensing for tattoo artists

Apr. 21, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's proposed two-year budget seeks to require tattoo artists and body pierces to register with the state and pay a $250 fee. Cleveland.com reports the proposal also links licensing to training standards the state would develop. Some of those standards currently...

New Hampshire police investigating crash that killed 1

Apr. 21, 2019 2:26 PM EDT

SEABROOK, N.H. (AP) — Police in the New Hampshire coastal community of Seabrook are investigating an early morning crash that killed one person. Police say the crash occurred about 3 a.m. Sunday when a car hit a tree and burst into flames. The WMUR-TV reports the name of the victim will not be released...

The Latest: Comic vows not to let Ukraine down as president

Apr. 21, 2019 2:24 PM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Latest on Ukraine's presidential runoff: (all times local): 9:05 p.m. Ukrainian comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy is promising his country's people he won't disappoint them. Zelenskiy said after a poll of voters in a runoff election Sunday suggested his overwhelming victory that his...

Bill requires Ohioans be at least 16½ for driver's license

Apr. 21, 2019 2:23 PM EDT

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A bill in Ohio's Legislature requiring teenage drivers under 18 years old to use their learner's permits for a full year would mean minors would have to be at least 16½ before they could get their probationary driver's license. The Dayton Daily News reports the bill aims to give...

Arab League pledges $100M per month to Palestinian Authority

Apr. 21, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The Arab League has pledged $100 million per month to the Palestinian Authority to make up for funds withheld by Israel because of payments made to the families of Palestinian attackers and prisoners. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addressed the Arab League in Cairo on Sunday as part of a...

Neighbors rescue 74-year-old St. Paul man from burning home

Apr. 21, 2019 2:18 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A 74-year-old St. Paul man was rescued from his burning home by two of his neighbors who were working outside when the house exploded and burst into flames. Israel Melendez and Paul Warner told reporters they were working on a truck about 2 p.m. Saturday when they heard a loud boom....