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Some Spelman students object to Atlanta's black female mayor

Apr. 24, 2019 10:51 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Some students at Spelman College aren't happy about the selection of Atlanta's black female mayor as this year's commencement speaker. The students at the city's historically black women's college told WSB-TV that they believe Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is in favor of gentrification. Spelman...

State Sen. Bice to challenge Oklahoma US Rep. Horn in 2020

Apr. 24, 2019 10:50 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican Oklahoma state Sen. Stephanie Bice says she will run for the U.S. House against Democratic Rep. Kendra Horn in 2020. Bice said in a prepared statement Wednesday that Democrats who won the House majority in November have "embraced socialist policies and big government...

EU ambassador: Trump Cuba policy worries European companies

Apr. 24, 2019 10:42 AM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — The Trump administration's crackdown on business with Cuba's communist government is causing unprecedented concern among European companies on the island, according to the European Union's ambassador. "There's enormous worry," Ambassador Alberto Navarro told The Associated Press. "There are...

Seoul lawmaker: Top Kim Jong Un adviser removed from post

Apr. 24, 2019 10:42 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's most trusted policy adviser has been removed from one of his posts, a South Korean lawmaker said Wednesday, a reshuffle that if confirmed may be related to the breakdown of the North Korea-U.S. summit in Hanoi in February. The head of parliament's...

Michigan Senate votes to try 17-year-olds as juveniles

Apr. 24, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A push to no longer automatically try 17-year-olds as adults is gaining momentum in Michigan's Legislature. The Senate overwhelmingly approved a 14-bill package Wednesday to put 17-year-old offenders in the juvenile justice system, with an exception for violent felony cases. The House...

Republican Powers wins Tennessee Senate special election

Apr. 24, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Bill Powers has won a Tennessee Senate special election. The Clarksville city councilman and auto dealer defeated Democrat Juanita Charles by about 9 percentage points Tuesday. Charles is a U.S. Army veteran and a Clarksville real estate agent. The Senate District 22 seat...

Rights group denounces 'unfree and unfair' Egyptian vote

Apr. 24, 2019 10:37 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The referendum approved by Egyptian voters that allows President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to extend his rule to 2030 was held in an "unfair and unfree" environment and has "no pretense to legitimacy," an international rights group said. Human Rights Watch said the three-day vote on a set of...

Fairfax blasts Democrats over rejected donation

Apr. 24, 2019 10:37 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax is blasting his own political party for not letting him sponsor a table at major fundraising event. The Democratic Party of Virginia recently rejected Fairfax's bid to donate $2,500 to pay for a table at the party's annual Blue Commonwealth dinner. DPV...

Feds: Coast Guard officer targeted Supreme Court justices

Apr. 24, 2019 10:36 AM EDT

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Coast Guard lieutenant accused of stockpiling guns and compiling a hit list of prominent Democrats and network TV journalists looked at other targets: two Supreme Court justices and two executives of social media companies. Those new allegations are contained...

China charges former Interpol president with bribery

Apr. 24, 2019 10:35 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China announced Wednesday that it has formally arrested former Interpol President Meng Hongwei on suspicion of accepting bribes. The indictment from the Supreme People's Procuratorate comes after Meng was expelled last month from public office and the ruling Communist Party. Meng's wife...