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President Donald Trump, center, accompanied by U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, left, and Trump's White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, right, speaks in the Oval Office at the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Washington. Trump said on Thursday that the United Arab Emirates and Israel have agreed to establish full diplomatic ties as part of a deal to halt the annexation of occupied land sought by the Palestinians for their future state. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Latest: Israeli president invites UAE leader to visit

Aug. 13, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Here is the Latest following President Donald Trump's announcement that the United Arab Emirates and Israel will open diplomatic ties in a deal halting Israel's planned annexation of Palestinian land: 9:05 p.m. JERUSALEM — Israel’s president is inviting the...

In this photo released by Colombia's Prosecutor's Press Office, a police officer and a soldier flank Mark Grennon, second left, and his son Joseph Grennon, during a raid in Santa Marta, Colombia, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Colombian officials say they arrested the two Florida men wanted in the United States on charges they illegally sold a bleachlike chemical as a miracle cure for the new coronavirus and other diseases. (Colombia's Prosecutor's Press Office via AP)

Colombia arrests US men accused of selling fake COVID cure

Aug. 12, 2020 3:25 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian officials say they have arrested two Florida men wanted in the United States on charges they illegally sold a bleachlike chemical as a miracle cure for the new coronavirus and other diseases. The Colombian prosecutor's office said Tuesday that Mark and Joseph Grennon were...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Aug. 12, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Georgia newspapers: ___ Aug. 11 The Daily Citizen-News on Gov. Brian Kemp's stance on local control: Imagine our surprise when we learned that Gov. Brian Kemp said on Monday that it is up to local school districts and superintendents to decide whether to require students to wear masks...

Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar addresses media after lunch at the Mercado Central in Minneapolis Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, primary Election Day in Minnesota. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Minnesota’s Omar holds off well-funded primary challenger

Aug. 12, 2020 7:59 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota survived a stiff Democratic primary challenge Tuesday from a well-funded opponent who tried to make an issue of her national celebrity, the latest in a string of victories by a new generation of emboldened progressive lawmakers. Omar, seeking her second term...

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., meets people before a Corinthian Baptist Church service, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. Harris, tapped on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020 as Joe Biden’s running mate, attended services at both a Black Baptist church and a Hindu temple growing up. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Harris brings Baptist, interfaith roots to Democratic ticket

Aug. 12, 2020 12:47 AM EDT

Kamala Harris, tapped on Tuesday as Joe Biden’s running mate, attended services at both a Black Baptist church and a Hindu temple growing up – an interfaith background that reflects her historic status as the first Black woman and woman of South Asian descent on a major-party presidential ticket....

Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar addresses media after lunch at the Mercado Central in Minneapolis Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, primary Election Day in Minnesota. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

The Latest: Omar holds off well-funded primary challenger

Aug. 11, 2020 10:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Tuesday's elections (all times local): 10:25 p.m. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota has survived a stiff Democratic primary challenge from a well-funded opponent who tried to make an issue of her national celebrity. Omar defeated Antone Melton-Meaux, an attorney and mediator who...

A Hindu pilgrim takes a holy dip on Makar Sankranti festival on Sagar Island, an island in the Ganges delta, in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. For more than 1,700 miles, stretching from the Gangotri Glacier in the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal, the Ganges flows across the plains like a timeline of India's past, nourishing an extraordinary wealth of life. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

Ganges River flows with history and prophecy for India

Aug. 11, 2020 8:24 PM EDT

ALONG THE GANGES, India (AP) — More than 2,000 years ago, a powerful king built a fort on the banks of India’s holiest river, on the fringes of what is now a vast industrial city. Today, little of the ancient construction remains, except for mounds of rubble that tannery workers pick through for...

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Pence brings "tough on crime," religion push to Arizona

Aug. 11, 2020 7:59 PM EDT

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence swung through Arizona Tuesday to shore up two key constituencies the Trump campaign needs to win in November, backing from law enforcement and religious voters. Pence brought President Donald Trump’s tough-on-crime message to Tucson, telling a group of...

Rising seniors at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology gather on the campus in Alexandria, Va., Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. From left in front are, Dinan Elsyad, 17, Sean Nguyen, 16, and Tiffany Ji, 17. From left at rear are, Jordan Lee, 17, and Shibli Nomani, 17. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Elite public schools in Virginia, elsewhere seek diversity

Aug. 11, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Virginia's Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology regularly finds itself at the very top of national rankings, an elite public school in the suburbs of the nation's capital for which families start preparing their children as early as kindergarten. For decades,...

CDC team is at federal immigration facility to address virus

Aug. 11, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered immigration authorities to halt any transfers into a Virginia detention center that has seen the worst coronavirus outbreak at any such facility in the nation. Government lawyers argued unsuccessfully against the injunction at a hearing Tuesday, saying...