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Trump rips Sessions: 'I don't have an attorney general'

Sep. 19, 2018 10:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump escalated his attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, saying, "I don't have an attorney general." Trump, in a Hill.TV interview released on Wednesday, said that he's "so sad over Jeff Sessions," whom he has repeatedly denounced for recusing himself from the...

DeVos' dramatic confirmation hearing inspires drama on stage

Sep. 18, 2018 3:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guns in schools to protect students from grizzly bears? Betsy DeVos endured yet another rocky Senate confirmation hearing to become education secretary — this time on a theater stage. During the performance at Arena Stage, about a dozen student actors from local high schools played...

Uncertainties mount as Iraq's PM says he won't seek 2nd term

Sep. 14, 2018 2:38 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said he will not "cling to power," after the country's highest Shiite religious authority called for the appointment of a new head of government. A member of the leader's parliamentary bloc, however, said Friday that if al-Abadi gets a majority in the...

Letitia James wins primary for New York attorney general

Sep. 14, 2018 2:27 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Letitia James, a longtime New York City politician with ties to both the state's underclass and its elites, beat three other candidates in a Democratic primary for attorney general, then turned her sights on the man she saw as her real opponent: President Donald Trump. "This campaign was...

Letitia James wins primary for New York attorney general

Sep. 14, 2018 1:34 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Letitia James, a longtime New York City politician with ties to both the state's underclass and its elites, beat three other candidates in a Democratic primary for attorney general on Thursday, then turned her sights on the man she saw as her real opponent: President Donald Trump. "This...

The Latest: Teacher beats Dem incumbent in NY Senate primary

Sep. 13, 2018 11:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on New York's Democratic primary (all times local): 11:55 p.m. A teacher and first-time candidate has defeated a longtime incumbent in the Democratic primary for the New York state Senate. Rachel May beat state Sen. David Valesky in Thursday's primary for the 53rd state Senate...

The Latest: Fung gets Rhode Island GOP nod for governor

Sep. 13, 2018 2:22 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Latest on primary election day in Rhode Island (all times local): 8:50 p.m. Allan Fung has won the Republican nomination for Rhode Island governor. The win gives Fung, the mayor of Cranston, a second chance at the office he failed to win four years ago in a contest against...

Olympic swimmer Coventry new minister of sport in Zimbabwe

Sep. 7, 2018 10:39 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Kirsty Coventry, a former Olympic champion swimmer and a current member of the IOC's executive board, was appointed minister of sport in Zimbabwe on Friday. The 34-year-old Coventry was vice president of the Zimbabwe Olympic committee. She also chairs the IOC's athletes' commission....

US Defense secretary makes surprise visit to war-weary Kabul

Sep. 7, 2018 8:15 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Defense Secretary James Mattis made a surprise visit to Afghanistan's war-shattered capital on Friday, the U.S. command in Afghanistan said, just days after a suicide bomber killed 21 people in the city and wounded 90 others. Accompanied by Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the...

Amway founder and Magic owner Richard DeVos dies at age 92

Sep. 6, 2018 5:27 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Billionaire Richard DeVos, co-founder of direct-selling giant Amway, owner of the Orlando Magic and father-in-law of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, died Thursday. He was 92. Family spokesman Nick Wasmiller says DeVos died at his western Michigan home due to complications from an infection....