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California schools race sets record for most expensive

Oct. 23, 2018 7:52 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is again recording the most expensive state superintendent election in history, with a cast of billionaires who are outspending the teachers unions in support of a former charter schools executive. The California State Superintendent of Public Instruction is a...

About 15,000 strike at University of California hospitals

Oct. 23, 2018 12:11 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — About 15,000 medical workers on Tuesday started a three-day strike at five University of California medical centers amid a dispute over pay raises and job security, forcing the cancellation and rescheduling of thousands of surgeries and outpatient appointments, officials said. The...

Exit poll: Polish populists lead local votes, support down

Oct. 21, 2018 6:23 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The governing populist party, which has repeatedly clashed with European Union institutions, was the top vote winner in local elections Sunday, according to an exit poll, but it was headed to lower support than it got in Poland's 2015 parliamentary elections. The Ispos survey said...

Former Dutch PM Wim Kok dies at 80, haunted by Srebrenica

Oct. 20, 2018 2:46 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Former Dutch Prime Minister Wim Kok, a trade unionist-turned-politician who inspired a new breed of pragmatic Social Democratic leaders who swept to power in Europe in the 1990s, has died at 80. Current Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Kok, who died Saturday, "was a man to...

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...

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'...

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...

After UPS contract vote, Teamsters drivers feel betrayed

Oct. 17, 2018 5:31 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Tens of thousands of Teamsters members earlier this month rejected a five-year contract agreement with United Parcel Service, unhappy with a proposal to create a new class of drivers with lower pay. But after less than half of the eligible union members cast ballots, one of the largest...