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Staff drug exposure problem prompts prisons to screen books

Oct. 19, 2018 10:37 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Corrections Department announced Friday it will screen books donated to state prison inmates for drugs as part of its response to a sharp rise in the number of employees seeking medical care for suspected exposure to synthetic marijuana. The agency told The...

Poland: Local races offer gauge of ruling party's support

Oct. 19, 2018 9:05 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Local elections on Sunday are expected to measure popular support for Poland's conservative ruling party, whose policies have produced street protests and repeated clashes with European Union leaders. The voting for local offices — from city mayors to village councilors...

EU's Barnier says Irish border issue could lead to failure

Oct. 19, 2018 8:23 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Disagreements over the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland could prevent a Brexit deal from being reached, the European Union's chief negotiator Michel Barnier said Friday. foreclose Speaking on France Inter radio, Barnier said a deal to keep goods flowing smoothly between EU member...

AP FACT CHECK: Missouri debate claims cite Trump, wages

Oct. 19, 2018 8:08 AM EDT

Party control of the U.S. Senate could hinge on Missouri in the midterm elections, where incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill is locked in a tight race with first-time challenger Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley. McCaskill, is a longtime Missouri politician who's seeking her third Senate term. Hawley...

CFPB investigates controversial writings of Trump appointee

Oct. 18, 2018 1:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's financial watchdog has opened a formal investigation into writings and comments by Eric Blankenstein, a Republican appointee overseeing the agency's anti-discrimination efforts, which he alleged that most hate crimes were fake and argued that using racial epithets did not mean...

EU looks to African nations, border control to stop migrants

Oct. 18, 2018 1:44 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders agreed Thursday to pursue the cooperation of countries in North Africa and to beef up the bloc's external borders to stop large numbers of migrants from entering Europe. A statement from an EU summit in Brussels where the leaders of member countries discussed...

The Latest: Gibraltar 'not a problem' in Brexit discussions

Oct. 18, 2018 1:19 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Britain's exit from the European Union (all times local): 7:15 p.m. While the Irish border issue is holding up a comprehensive Brexit deal, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez says the status of Gibraltar won't be an obstacle. At the conclusion of a European Union leaders'...

Correction: Fired Fire Chief-Atlanta story

Oct. 18, 2018 9:38 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — In a story Oct. 16 about a settlement reached between the city of Atlanta and its former fire chief, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the mayor would have to sign off on the settlement. The settlement was part of a resolution that does not require action from the mayor. A...

Tennessee women slow to back GOP's Blackburn in Senate race

Oct. 18, 2018 9:35 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — If Republican Marsha Blackburn were to win in November, the congresswoman would become the first female U.S. senator in Tennessee history. And yet women have been slow to embrace her campaign. A Vanderbilt University poll conducted Oct. 8-13 showed Blackburn trailing former...

UK, EU agree to take more Brexit time after no-result summit

Oct. 17, 2018 6:02 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders gave themselves several more weeks — perhaps until the end of the year — to clinch a friendly divorce with Britain before their separation, after a Brexit summit Wednesday avoided any friction but also produced no tangible results. British Prime Minister...