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US: Cuba's political prisoners are "affront" to democracy

Oct. 15, 2018 6:17 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States says Cuba is jailing 130 political prisoners in a "blatant affront" to fundamental democratic freedoms, but the Cuban ambassador to the United Nations said Monday that the U.S. lacks the moral authority to teach other countries such lessons given what she calls the...

Housley compared Michelle Obama's posture to a chimp in 2009

Oct. 15, 2018 5:35 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican Minnesota Senate hopeful Karin Housley's campaign said Monday that a 2009 Facebook post in which she compares Michelle Obama's posture to that of a chimpanzee was being taken out of context. Housley's comments about the former first lady were one of a handful of...

Trump suggests 'rogue killers' murdered journalist Khashoggi

Oct. 15, 2018 4:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a comment that could give Saudi officials a route to climb down from outright denials, President Donald Trump suggested Monday that "rogue killers" could be responsible for the disappearance and presumed murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who hasn't been seen since entering the...

Clinton's security clearance withdrawn at her request

Oct. 13, 2018 1:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's security clearance has been withdrawn at her request. Clearances for five other people Clinton designated as researchers have also been withdrawn, including for aide Cheryl Mills. The State Department disclosed...

American diplomat death being investigated as homicide

Oct. 12, 2018 4:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A longtime U.S. diplomat found dead last month in his apartment near the American embassy in Madagascar was identified and now, federal authorities are investigating his death as a homicide. Newly unsealed court records show the FBI and U.S. State Department opened an investigation into the...

Funeral held for slain Bulgarian journalist Marinova

Oct. 12, 2018 9:18 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Hundreds of relatives, friends and colleagues of slain Bulgarian journalist Viktoria Marinova said their goodbyes at a funeral Friday in her hometown, just after German police announced that a suspect has acknowledged attacking her. People queued at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in the...

Purported mother of suspect in Bulgaria slaying speaks out

Oct. 11, 2018 11:59 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — The mother of the suspect arrested for the rape and killing of a Bulgarian television journalist has reportedly said her son admitted the murder to her. Bulgarian private Nova TV station on Thursday broadcast an interview with Nadezhda Krassimirova, the purported mother of Severin...

Toxic talk: Politicians decry incivility, practice it, too

Oct. 11, 2018 11:54 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — There's a lot of scolding about smack talk in Washington these days, and whether "civility" in politics is possible — or even desirable — ahead of the Nov. 6 midterm elections. Lots of Americans got riled up over Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings. Party leaders...

Trump campaigns in Pennsylvania as hurricane pounds Florida

Oct. 10, 2018 10:47 PM EDT

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — As Hurricane Michael pounded Florida on Wednesday, President Donald Trump took shelter at a campaign event in Pennsylvania, where he sought to boost Republicans before the midterms. Trump acknowledged the hurricane at the top of his rally in Erie, offering his "thoughts and prayers" to...

Rising trash talk in our politics: The latest uncivil debate

Oct. 10, 2018 5:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — There's a lot of talk in Washington these days about whether that quaint politeness known as "civility" is possible — or even desirable — among the nation's political combatants. Lots of people got riled up over Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings, and party...