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Biden launches 2020 bid warning 'soul' of America at stake

Apr. 25, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden formally joined the crowded Democratic presidential contest on Thursday, declaring the "soul of this nation" at stake if President Donald Trump wins re-election. In a video posted on Twitter , Biden focused on the 2017 deadly clash between white...

One horrifying day in Virginia led to Biden's big 'yes'

Apr. 25, 2019 11:21 AM EDT

Joe Biden spent a hot August day at his lakefront Delaware home watching hatred on display in Charlottesville, Virginia, where, days earlier, torch-wielding white supremacists had marched through town. A counter-protester advocating racial equality was killed when a white supremacist drove his car into a crowd....

US says to avoid Sri Lanka places of worship, fearing attack

Apr. 25, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka warned Thursday that places of worship could be targeted for militant attacks over the coming weekend, as police searched for more suspects in the Islamic State-claimed Easter suicide bombings that killed over 350 people. The stark warning came as Sri...

Putin: NKorea's Kim ready to denuclearize _ with conditions

Apr. 25, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un confirmed during their first summit Thursday that he is willing to give up his nuclear weapons — but only if he gets an ironclad security guarantee first. The Russian president stressed that Moscow and...

FBI, IRS agents search Baltimore mayor's homes, City Hall

Apr. 25, 2019 12:11 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Federal agents raided the homes and offices of Baltimore's embattled mayor on Thursday amid widening probes to determine whether she used sales of her children's books to disguise government kickbacks. The searches pushed the latest political scandal for Maryland's largest city to a...

Ammonia leak sends 37 to hospitals in Chicago suburb

Apr. 25, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

BEACH PARK, Ill. (AP) — Plumes of a toxic gas that leaked in a northern Chicago suburb Thursday morning sent at least 37 people to hospitals and prompted an order for residents to stay locked inside their homes with windows shut tight, officials said. Three law enforcement officers who responded to the...

Some California towns at risk of fire have few escape routes

Apr. 25, 2019 10:13 AM EDT

PARADISE, California (AP) — Californians got a deadly wakeup call when more than 27,000 Paradise residents trying to escape the Camp Fire got caught in a nightmare traffic jam. The 2018 catastrophe illuminated the grim reality that road systems throughout the state are not designed to handle a sudden...

AP-NORC Poll: Many blame drug firms for opioid crisis

Apr. 25, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — About two-thirds of Americans believe drug companies are to blame for the opioid crisis, although nearly as many hold drug users themselves responsible, a new poll finds. The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll showed many people also fault doctors who prescribed...

Walmart experiments with AI to monitor stores in real time

Apr. 25, 2019 9:55 AM EDT

LEVITTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Who's minding the store? In the not-too-distant future it could be cameras and sensors that can tell almost instantly when bruised bananas need to be swapped for fresh ones and more cash registers need to open before lines get too long. Walmart, which faces fierce competition from...

Moms-to-be teach each other in monthly group prenatal visits

Apr. 25, 2019 10:27 AM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — In a big room full of moms-to-be, pregnant women check each other's blood pressure and weight, a nurse-midwife measures their growing bellies, and they all join a seated circle for two hours of candid talk about what to expect when you're expecting. A young woman's revelation about...

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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...

The Latest: Victim describes California crash 'like a movie'

Apr. 25, 2019 12:40 PM EDT

SUNNYVALE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on eight people injured in Northern California after a car plows into them (all times local): 9:35 a.m. One of the people injured when a former U.S. Army sharpshooter drove into a group of eight pedestrians said the crash was "like a movie." KTVU-TV reports 15-year-old...

Prosecutors: Divorcing Indiana couple left dog to starve

Apr. 25, 2019 12:38 PM EDT

GREENWOOD, Ind. (AP) — Prosecutors say a suburban Indianapolis couple who vacated their home during divorce proceedings left their dog behind to starve to death. The emaciated dog, named Chuck, was found dead in January in the couple's Johnson County trailer home. A necropsy determined he starved to death....

Storm indefinitely delays opening of 50th Jazz Fest

Apr. 25, 2019 12:33 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A storm moving through the area has indefinitely delayed the opening day of the 50th New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The National Weather Service said there was an 80% chance of rain Thursday and some storms might be severe. As the sky darkened ominously, about a dozen people...

Arkansas sues 3 drug distributors over opioid crisis

Apr. 25, 2019 12:32 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas has sued three drug distributors for their alleged role in the opioid crisis, claiming the companies failed to monitor and report suspicious shipments of opioids into the state. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge filed the lawsuit Thursday in Pulaski County Circuit Court...

Algeria takes action against corruption, questions tycoons

Apr. 25, 2019 12:32 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian authorities are embarking on a "Clean Hands" campaign aimed at rooting out corruption that has been linked to top tycoons and current and former government officials. Corruption is a major complaint of the masses of protesters who helped drive longtime leader Abdelaziz...

The Latest: UK warns against travel to Sri Lanka

Apr. 25, 2019 12:32 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Latest on the Easter attacks in Sri Lanka (all times local): 8:50 p.m. The British government is warning its citizens against traveling to Sri Lanka, amid an intense security operation after bomb attacks on churches and hotels. The Foreign Office on Thursday advised against...

Ex-officer who aided abduction of man found dead gets prison

Apr. 25, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

DEDHAM, Mass. (AP) — A former Massachusetts police officer whose badge, gun holster and handcuffs were used by two men who kidnapped another man later found dead has been sentenced to prison. Delivered Thursday, a judge stayed Michael Schoener's sentence of up to nine years pending appeal. Schoener was...