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Former Disney employee accused of stealing parks' costumes

May. 18, 2019 4:59 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A former Walt Disney World employee with backstage access stole about $14,000 worth of costumes and items from the Magic Kingdom and Epcot theme parks, authorities said Friday. Patrick Allen Spikes, 24, faces burglary, grand theft, and trafficking in stolen property charges, news...

Arnold Schwarzenegger assaulted during event in South Africa

May. 18, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was assaulted during a public appearance in South Africa on Saturday, but the 71-year-old quickly recovered and said, "I'm just glad the idiot didn't interrupt my Snapchat." Video shows the former California governor standing and filming children at a...

Argentina's Fernández announces vice presidential bid

May. 18, 2019 3:18 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's former President Cristina Fernández announced on Saturday her candidacy for vice president in October's general elections, a surprising move that now puts a more moderate challenger at the helm of the presidential ticket. In a video posted on Twitter on...

German far-right rules digital campaign for Europe election

May. 18, 2019 2:44 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The best polls put the far-right Alternative for Germany at less than 15 percent of the vote one week before European elections . But with their relentless Facebook messages, tweets and other social media posts, they're dominating the other parties online. Like other right-wing parties in...

Prosecutor: Mom plotted to kill pregnant woman, steal baby

May. 18, 2019 12:07 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A mother plotted for months to acquire a newborn before she and her daughter strangled a pregnant Chicago woman and cut her baby from her womb using a butcher's knife, prosecutors said Friday as they revealed gruesome new details about the case. Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, 19, was lured to the home...

School investigates racist post from board member's Facebook

May. 17, 2019 5:11 PM EDT

MCMURRAY, Pa. (AP) — A school district outside Pittsburgh says it's investigating a racist Facebook post that appeared to have been published on a school board member's personal page. Screenshots have been circulating of the since-removed post which looked like it was been made by Peters Township School...

Group wants Tennessee DA to resign over anti-Islam post

May. 17, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee district attorney is facing calls to resign after posting several anti-Islam remarks to social media. The Council on American-Islamic Relations announced Friday that it was asking for Tennessee's Coffee County District Attorney Craig Northcott to resign. The advocacy...

The Latest: Family: Pregnant woman's slaying 'a nightmare'

May. 17, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the killing of a pregnant Chicago woman whose baby was cut from her womb (all times local): 1:50 p.m. A spokeswoman for the family a 19-year-old who was killed and whose baby was cut from her womb says what they're going through is "a nightmare, a horror film." Julie Contreras...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

May. 17, 2019 1:59 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: Health care law does not mandate that nurses give vaccines. THE...

Missouri AG ends probe of former Gov. Greitens' use of staff

May. 17, 2019 1:28 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's attorney general is closing an investigation into whether former Gov. Eric Greitens improperly used his office staff to work on his campaign's social media accounts. The Kansas City Star reports Eric Schmitt's announcement on Thursday concludes what is believed to be...