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Mexico's crackdown forces migrants to more dangerous routes

Apr. 25, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

ARRIAGA, Mexico (AP) — José Vallecillo has a good-paying job welding steel freight containers waiting for him in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey, at a factory where he's worked before and the owner invited him to return. But getting there has proved much harder than the 41-year-old metalworker...

Some horse advocates buck at new plan to save wild mustangs

Apr. 25, 2019 1:01 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Animal welfare groups have reached a milestone agreement with ranching interests they say would save wild mustangs from slaughter but the compromise has opened a nasty split among horse protection advocates. The Humane Society of the United States and the American Society for the...

The Latest: France's Macron vows to cut middle-class taxes

Apr. 25, 2019 12:59 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): 6:50 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to cut income taxes for middle-class workers. Macron made the vow Thursday during a planned speech outlining...

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....

Tennessee Senate OKs bill to punish voter signup group woes

Apr. 25, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Senate has cleared a bill allowing penalization of paid voter registration groups through fines for too many incomplete signup forms and criminal charges for violating new requirements. The bill backed by Republican Secretary of State Tre Hargett advanced Thursday. The...

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.