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The Latest: France's Macron vows to cut middle-class taxes

Apr. 25, 2019 12:59 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on French President Emmanuel Macron's solutions to quell the economic anger of yellow vest protests(all times local): 6:50 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to cut income taxes for middle-class workers. Macron made the vow Thursday during a planned speech outlining...

Prominent Venezuelan critic to run for European Parliament

Apr. 25, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain's Popular Party says that the father of prominent Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López will run in the conservative party's ballot for a seat in the European Parliament at the end of May. The senior Leopoldo López has Spanish nationality. He has campaigned from Madrid...

SC may use firing squad as death penalty workaround

Apr. 25, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers are considering legislation that would add firing squads to the state's existing execution methods. The House Criminal Laws subcommittee on Thursday approved a Senate proposal that also changes South Carolina's default execution method to the electric chair....

Lawsuit seeks to block Indiana ban on abortion procedure

Apr. 25, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana has filed a lawsuit challenging the state's attempt to ban a second-trimester abortion procedure just hours after the governor signed it into law. The bill passed by the Republican-dominated Legislature would prohibit dilation and evacuation...

FBI, IRS agents search Baltimore mayor's homes, City Hall

Apr. 25, 2019 12:11 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Federal agents raided the homes and offices of Baltimore's embattled mayor on Thursday amid widening probes to determine whether she used sales of her children's books to disguise government kickbacks. The searches pushed the latest political scandal for Maryland's largest city to a...

The Latest: Joe Biden says he asked Obama 'not to endorse'

Apr. 25, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former Vice President Joe Biden's 2020 presidential bid (all times local): 11:55 a.m. Former Vice President Joe Biden has dismissed a reporter's question about why he wasn't endorsed for 2020 by former President Barack Obama, who issued a statement calling his choice of...

Biden launches 2020 bid warning 'soul' of America at stake

Apr. 25, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden formally joined the crowded Democratic presidential contest on Thursday, declaring the "soul of this nation" at stake if President Donald Trump wins re-election. In a video posted on Twitter , Biden focused on the 2017 deadly clash between white...

Probe clears acting defense head of alleged bias in Pentagon

Apr. 25, 2019 11:26 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon's watchdog agency on Thursday cleared Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan of wrongdoing in connection with allegations that he had used his official position to favor his former employer, Boeing Co. The decision by the Defense Department inspector general appears to...

German Greens won't back aspiring EU head who woos far right

Apr. 25, 2019 10:39 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A leading candidate for Germany's left-leaning Greens said Thursday that his party won't back any candidate for president of the European Union's executive branch who relies on support from the far right. Populist and far-right parties critical of the EU are expected to make gains in European...

Solar energy threatened in state known for eco-friendly fuel

Apr. 25, 2019 10:34 AM EDT

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — When Todd Miller began his two-person solar installation business in a suburb of Des Moines, one of the challenges he faced was keeping up with customer orders, as tax incentives and plunging prices for the boxy roof panels created a booming demand for this form of clean energy. Four...