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Texas border mayor charged with trying to rig own election

Apr. 25, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors say a Texas mayor on the U.S.-Mexico border has been arrested on charges of trying to rig his own 2017 election victory. Edinburg Mayor Richard Molina appeared in court Thursday facing felony charges that include illegal voting. His wife, Dalia Molina, was arrested on...

Prominent Venezuelan critic to run for European Parliament

Apr. 25, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain's Popular Party says that the father of prominent Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López will run in the conservative party's ballot for a seat in the European Parliament at the end of May. The senior Leopoldo López has Spanish nationality. He has campaigned from Madrid...

AP Analysis: Justice Dept. reversal could cost states $220M

Apr. 25, 2019 12:55 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A recent opinion by the U.S. Justice Department has put a handful of states in danger of losing at least $220 million annually in lottery profits. The states are anxiously waiting on a clarification from the Justice Department about its opinion that could outlaw lottery tickets sold online...

SC may use firing squad as death penalty workaround

Apr. 25, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers are considering legislation that would add firing squads to the state's existing execution methods. The House Criminal Laws subcommittee on Thursday approved a Senate proposal that also changes South Carolina's default execution method to the electric chair....

The Latest: Macron eyes election changes in protest reply

Apr. 25, 2019 12:53 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on French President Emmanuel Macron's solutions to quell the economic anger of yellow vest protests(all times local): 6:35 p.m. French President Emmanuel wants to reduce the number of lawmakers in parliament and to change the national legislature's voting system so it better...

Symphony, union accept Emanuel offer to help end strike

Apr. 25, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Both striking musicians and management of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra have welcomed an offer by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to help end a nearly two-month work stoppage over pensions and wages. Representatives for the two sides issued statements accepting Emanuel's Wednesday evening proposal that...

French President Emmanuel Macron pledges to cut taxes for middle-class workers.

Apr. 25, 2019 12:43 PM EDT
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron pledges to cut taxes for middle-class workers.

The Latest: Cyprus army officer says he killed 7

Apr. 25, 2019 12:42 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The Latest on the slayings of Filipino women in Cyprus: (all times local): 7:30 p.m. Two law enforcement officials in Cyprus say a double-homicide suspect told investigators he killed seven people, five women and two girls. A police official said Thursday that the suspect, a...

The Latest: Putin: Kim conditionally ready to denuclearize

Apr. 25, 2019 12:40 PM EDT

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (AP) — The Latest on the summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (all times local): 8:40 p.m. South Korea's president says he believes the Russia-North Korean summit will have a "constructive role" in efforts to achieve complete...

Trump to address Air Force Academy graduation on May 30

Apr. 25, 2019 12:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will deliver the commencement address at the U.S. Air Force Academy's graduation ceremony next month. The White House announced Thursday that Trump will travel to Colorado Springs, Colorado, on May 30 to speak to the graduates. It's tradition for the commander in...