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Texas lieutenant governor calls for 'hardening' of schools

May. 20, 2018 11:28 AM EDT

SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick called Sunday for a "hardening" of the nation's school buildings in the wake of the attack by a 17-year-old student who killed 10 people at a high school near Houston. Patrick, a Republican, blamed a "culture of violence" and said more needs to be done to...

Family, friends recall shooting victims' optimism, humor

May. 20, 2018 8:45 AM EDT

SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — Hardworking. Funny. Loving. Grieving family and friends recalled the endearing qualities of some of the victims of Friday's mass shooting at a Texas high school, as authorities on Saturday released the names of the 10 killed. Eight of the 10 were students: Kimberly Vaughan, Shana...

Maduro favored as Venezuelans vote amid crisis

May. 20, 2018 9:50 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is expected to win a second six-year term in Sunday's election, despite a deepening crisis that's made food scarce and inflation soar as oil production in the once wealthy nation plummets. More than 1 million Venezuelans have abandoned their...

Company in Cuba plane crash had received safety complaints

May. 20, 2018 6:56 AM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — The Mexican charter company whose 39-year-old plane crashed in Havana had been the subject of two serious complaints about its crews' performance over the last decade, according to authorities in Guyana and a retired pilot for Cuba's national airline. Mexico's government said late Saturday...

Attorney-client privilege review in Cohen raid is on track

May. 20, 2018 8:45 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Criminal investigators are getting their first look at materials gathered from raids on the home and office of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer as a process to separate items subject to attorney-client privilege appears to be meeting a judge's demand that it occur speedily and...

Northern states taking down vestiges of racism, intolerance

May. 20, 2018 10:58 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A nearly 80-year-old statue depicting a European settler with a weapon in his hand towering over a Native American that some say celebrates white supremacy has been dismantled by crews in southwestern Michigan's Kalamazoo. And at the University of Michigan, regents have voted to strip a...

Iraq's al-Sadr, promising reform, is constrained by Iran

May. 20, 2018 7:25 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's Muqtada al-Sadr, the maverick Shiite cleric whose political coalition beat out Iran's favored candidates to come in first in national elections, says he wants to form a government that puts Iraqis first. The electoral commission announced early Saturday that the...

British royal family thanks those who celebrated wedding

May. 20, 2018 8:07 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The royal family, blessed with fantastic weather and a buoyant public mood at the royal wedding, has thanked people who attended or watched Prince Harry marry Meghan Markle. The family tweeted its thanks late Saturday night while Harry and his bride were attending a private soiree hosted by...

2018 midterms: An early heat for 2020 Democrats?

May. 20, 2018 8:14 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Look closely enough at the 2018 midterm campaign and you'll see the stirrings of a Democratic scramble to reclaim the White House from President Donald Trump. The leading players — from established national figures such as former Vice President Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth...

Trump Jr. met with Mueller witness during campaign

May. 19, 2018 11:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump Jr. met during the 2016 campaign with a private military contractor and an adviser to Middle Eastern leaders, both of whom have since become a focus of investigators working for special counsel Robert Mueller, a lawyer for President Donald Trump's eldest son said Saturday....

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Sushi-making co-pilot, Nazarene pastors among Cuba victims

May. 20, 2018 11:33 AM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — The co-pilot who loved to cook and was fond of inviting his colleagues over for sushi. An Argentine couple who had dreamed of vacationing in Cuba in their retirement. Evangelical pastors returning from a conference. Officials say 113 people were on a charter passenger jet hired by Cuba's...

Iraqi, Syrian guides bring views to Philadelphia museum

May. 20, 2018 11:33 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Three Iraqi natives and a Syrian woman have been enlisted as guides to share a modern cultural perspective with visitors to new Middle Eastern galleries at a Philadelphia museum. The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is opening the galleries to showcase...

Arrest records of Rosa Parks, MLK to be preserved

May. 20, 2018 11:30 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Yellowing court records from the arrests of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. and others at the dawn of the modern civil rights era are being preserved and digitized after being discovered, folded and wrapped in rubber bands, in a courthouse box. Archivists at historically black...

Texas lieutenant governor calls for 'hardening' of schools

May. 20, 2018 11:28 AM EDT

SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick called Sunday for a "hardening" of the nation's school buildings in the wake of the attack by a 17-year-old student who killed 10 people at a high school near Houston. Patrick, a Republican, blamed a "culture of violence" and said more needs to be done to...

Northern states taking down vestiges of racism, intolerance

May. 20, 2018 10:58 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A nearly 80-year-old statue depicting a European settler with a weapon in his hand towering over a Native American that some say celebrates white supremacy has been dismantled by crews in southwestern Michigan's Kalamazoo. And at the University of Michigan, regents have voted to strip a...

The Latest: US State Department blasts Venezuela elections

May. 20, 2018 10:54 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Latest on Sunday's presidential election in Venezuela (all times local): 10:43 a.m. The U.S. Department of State spokeswoman has called Venezuelan elections illegitimate. In a Twitter post Heather Nauert also said that the U.S. supports "free and fair elections." "Venezuela's...

Taiwan 'angry' over not being invited to WHO assembly

May. 20, 2018 10:51 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Taiwan's health minister says the island feels "very angry" that it was not invited to the World Health Organization assembly in Geneva. Chen Shih-Chung attributed the U.N. body's refusal to let Taiwan participate to tensions between mainland China and Taiwan. Arguing that "disease knows no...

Boy, 12, bitten by rattlesnake after crashing four-wheeler

May. 20, 2018 10:50 AM EDT

GEORGETOWN, Texas (AP) — Authorities in Central Texas say a 12-year-old boy involved in the wreck of a four-wheeler also has been bitten by a rattlesnake. Few details are available about the Saturday evening incident in Georgetown in Williamson County, just north of Austin. Williamson County Sheriff Robert...

City hopes for revitalization in aftermath of fraud case

May. 20, 2018 10:46 AM EDT

NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) — A remote Vermont community down on its luck had looked forward in 2012 to a downtown hotel, office and retail space and a research plant that would bring hundreds of jobs. It now sees just a vacant demolished block that some residents refer to as "the hole." The redevelopment plans...

Janet Jackson, Ariana Grande, BTS set for Billboard Awards

May. 20, 2018 10:43 AM EDT

After celebrating her 52nd birthday and the 25th anniversary of her groundbreaking "janet." album, Janet Jackson will be capping off an epic week with her first televised performance in nine years at the Billboard Music Awards. Jackson will also receive the Icon Award on Sunday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in...