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India's ruling party claims victory with wide lead in votes

May. 23, 2019 9:43 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party claimed it won reelection with a commanding lead in Thursday's vote count, while the head of the main opposition party conceded a personal defeat that signaled the end of an era for modern India's main political dynasty....

Tornado hits Missouri capital as deadly storms sweep state

May. 23, 2019 9:36 AM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A tornado tore apart buildings in Missouri's capital city as severe weather swept across the state overnight, killing at least three people and injuring nearly two dozen others. The National Weather Service confirmed that the large and destructive tornado moved over Jefferson...

Trump's campaign centered on fighting Democrats, not policy

May. 23, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump dropped the pretense of working with congressional Democrats on Wednesday and sent a clear message that his re-election campaign will be centered on condemning overzealous investigations rather than advancing a robust domestic policy agenda. Both sides may have...

AP sources: Pentagon proposing troop buildup in the Mideast

May. 23, 2019 8:16 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon on Thursday will present plans to the White House to send up to 10,000 more troops to the Middle East, in a move to beef up defenses against potential Iranian threats , U.S. officials said. The officials said no final decision has been made yet, and it's not clear if the...

'American Taliban' Lindh freed after 17 years in prison

May. 23, 2019 9:57 AM EDT

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The California man who became known as the "American Taliban" after his capture on an Afghanistan battlefield in late 2001 has been released from prison. John Walker Lindh, 38, was released Thursday from the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, according to the federal Bureau of...

Theresa May hunkers down as premiership enters its end stage

May. 23, 2019 9:12 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May was hunkered down with close allies on Thursday as she considered whether to give in to relentless pressure to resign, or fight on to save her Brexit plan and her premiership. May was due to meet senior ministers to discuss her Brexit bill as plans to put it...

Fascist symbols and rhetoric on rise in Italian EU vote

May. 23, 2019 7:57 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — A banner emblazoned with the words "Honor to Mussolini," unfurled just steps from the Milan piazza where the fascist dictator's body was hung upside down after his 1945 execution. One-armed salutes and fascist slogans shouted at protests. Italy's right-wing interior minister skipping...

Yes or No: Who's in charge? Power struggles roil Washington

May. 23, 2019 8:49 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A dozen times, Rep. Ayanna Pressley asked the witness for a yes or no answer on housing policy. Not once did Ben Carson, President Donald Trump's housing secretary, give her one. Instead, he mocked her: "Yes or no, can you ask me some questions yourself and stop reading?" Other times, he...

China has more weapons in US tariff war - but do they work?

May. 23, 2019 8:34 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Looking for ways to hit back at Washington as a tariff fight escalates, President Xi Jinping and his economy czar visited a Chinese factory that processes rare earths - exotic minerals used in electric cars, mobile phones and other technology. Rare earths are "an important strategic...

D-Day veterans revisit Normandy, recall horror and triumph

May. 23, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

Planes spread out across the sky, nearly wingtip to wingtip. A sniper's bullet whizzing by the ear. Squeezing a dying soldier's hand, so he knew he was not alone. Across three quarters of a century, the old veterans remember that epic day on the beaches of Normandy. For historians, D-Day was a turning point in...

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'The Tiger Who Came to Tea' author Judith Kerr dies at 95

May. 23, 2019 10:04 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Judith Kerr, a refugee from Nazi Germany who wrote and illustrated the bestselling "The Tiger Who Came to Tea" and other beloved children's books, has died at the age of 95. HarperCollins chief executive Charlie Redmayne announced her death Thursday. The publisher said she died at her home on...

Rotten Tomatoes to link audience ratings to ticket purchases

May. 23, 2019 10:03 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rotten Tomatoes is taking another step to verify that users posting a rating of a movie have actually seen it. The review aggregator says Thursday that users who have purchased tickets on Fandango will get a verified badge next to their review, beginning with films out this weekend like...

UConn coaches travel the state to connect with fans

May. 23, 2019 10:03 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — UConn's coaches have been crisscrossing the state this week, meeting with fans and trying to drum up support for their programs. The second annual Coaches Road Show made a stop Thursday morning at Dunkin' Donuts Park in Hartford, where about 100 fans mingled with basketball coaches...

US new-home sales slumped 6.9% in April; sales of homes deemed affordable for middle class source of decline

May. 23, 2019 10:02 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — US new-home sales slumped 6.9% in April; sales of homes deemed affordable for middle class source of decline.

Analyst predicts more trouble for Tesla amid stock drop

May. 23, 2019 10:01 AM EDT

Shares of Tesla opened lower Thursday, a day after an influential analyst raised questions about demand for its electric vehicles and told investors that Tesla could become a restructuring story. Stock in the Palo Alto, California, company fell 3% after the opening bell to $186.97, its lowest level since February...

GLAAD: LGBTQ representation in film is up, but not for all

May. 23, 2019 10:01 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The advocacy organization GLAAD says that LGBTQ representation is up for major studio films released in 2018, but that none included transgender characters. Of the 110 movies surveyed, 20, or 18.2%, contained an LGBTQ character. That's a significant improvement from 2017's all-time low...

Rhode Island man charged in Massachusetts bank robbery

May. 23, 2019 10:00 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Federal authorities say a Rhode Island man has been arrested in connection with a Boston-area bank robbery in which the suspect fired a shot into the bank's ceiling and opened fire at a pursuing officer. The FBI says 32-year-old Daniel Rosado was arrested in Providence, Rhode Island at about...

Barre deli owner competes on Food Network

May. 23, 2019 9:59 AM EDT

BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Stefano Coppola, the black-bearded chef-owner of Morse Block Deli & Taps, broke seven months of silence after a "soggy bagel" sunk his chances of winning up to $20,000 in his first-ever Food Network appearance Wednesday night. "Now I can talk about it all I want," Coppola joked...

Bible, other items kept from ex-Texas nurse held in deaths

May. 23, 2019 9:58 AM EDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A Texas judge has sided with prosecutors in withholding a Bible, letters and other personal items from a former nurse who authorities suspect of causing the deaths of dozens of children. Bexar County prosecutors argued during a court hearing Wednesday that 68-year-old Genene Jones'...

Kentucky man acquitted in 4-year-old foster son's death

May. 23, 2019 9:58 AM EDT

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) — A jury has acquitted a Kentucky man who was accused of killing his 4-year-old foster son. News outlets report the Elizabethtown jury returned the verdict Wednesday for 34-year-old Billy Embry-Martin after deliberating for about five hours. Hunter Payton died two years ago from...