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US demands wholesale changes in Iran policies post-nuke deal

May. 21, 2018 3:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday demanded that Iran make wholesale changes in its military and regional policies or face "the strongest sanctions in history," as it sought to turn up heat on Tehran after President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from a landmark nuclear deal. In...

School shooting may not bring change to gun-loving Texas

May. 21, 2018 4:01 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas has more than 1.2 million licensed handgun owners who can openly carry their weapons in public. The state hosted the National Rifle Association's annual meeting two weeks ago. And until Monday, the governor's re-election website was raffling off a shotgun. Guns are so hard-wired...

Divided Supreme Court sides with businesses over workers

May. 21, 2018 1:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that businesses can prohibit their workers from banding together in disputes over pay and conditions in the workplace, a decision that affects an estimated 25 million non-unionized employees. With the court's five conservative members in the majority,...

Syrian government declares capital fully under its control

May. 21, 2018 1:57 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's military on Monday captured an enclave in southern Damascus from Islamic State militants following a ruinous monthlong battle, bringing the entire capital and its far-flung suburbs under full government control for the first time since the civil war began in 2011. The gains freed...

Netflix says it has signed Barack and Michelle Obama

May. 21, 2018 2:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Barack and Michelle Obama are getting into the television business with Monday's announcement that they had signed a multi-year deal with Netflix. The former president and first lady have formed their own production company, Higher Ground Productions, for the material. In announcing a deal...

Toxic cloud caused by Hawaii volcano lava emerges over ocean

May. 21, 2018 3:44 PM EDT

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — White plumes of acid and extremely fine shards of glass billowed into the sky over Hawaii as molten rock from Kilauea volcano poured into the ocean, creating yet another hazard from an eruption that began more than two weeks ago: A toxic steam cloud. Authorities on Sunday warned the...

Pastor: Mental illness drove man to ram car into his family

May. 21, 2018 3:31 PM EDT

BESSEMER CITY, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina businessman suffering from severe mental illness left a meal with his family, got into his sport utility vehicle and then drove at high speed into the restaurant, killing his daughter and daughter-in-law and critically injuring other relatives, his pastor said...

LGBT community cheers pope's 'God made you like this' remark

May. 21, 2018 2:38 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' reported comments to a gay man that "God made you like this" have been embraced by the LGBT community as another sign of Francis' desire to make gay people feel welcomed and loved in the Catholic Church. Juan Carlos Cruz, the main whistleblower in Chile's clerical sex...

Iran's transgender people face discrimination despite fatwa

May. 21, 2018 1:36 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Nahal smokes yet another cigarette on her mother's balcony overlooking Tehran, one of the few peaceful places the 19-year-old transgender woman has in Iran, where her identity can bring harassment and prying, judging eyes on the street. Nahal recalled how she had hardly started high...

Portrait of despair: Opioids land more women behind bars

May. 21, 2018 1:30 PM EDT

JACKSBORO, Tenn. (AP) — On opposite sides of the county jail, a mother and her son chat about school, girls, birthday gifts — and their future together. They aren't allowed to see each other face-to-face, so the inmate and the fifth-grader connect by video. "Hi, Mommy," 10-year-old Robby says to...

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Judge considers request to dismiss mystery deaths case

May. 21, 2018 4:19 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Both sides in the case of a Vermont man accused by his family of killing his millionaire grandfather and possibly his mother are sparring over whether the case could continue in New Hampshire. Nathan Carman, who represented himself Monday, also said he needed more time to raise money...

Teachers, battle for Congress highlight Kentucky primaries

May. 21, 2018 4:18 PM EDT

WINCHESTER, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky voters are preparing to go to the polls Tuesday for several primary elections that will test the reach of teachers' political power and set the stage for a key Congressional race. And amid the noise of the big campaigns, a county clerk's race in eastern Kentucky offers a...

University official resigns after Afghanistan bombing claim

May. 21, 2018 4:18 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A high-ranking New York university official resigned Monday after a newspaper challenged his story about surviving a deadly bombing in Afghanistan, being offered a job by former Secretary of State Colin Powell and other claims. The State University of New York Upstate Medical University...

Man wounded by gunfire in parking lot of elementary school

May. 21, 2018 4:16 PM EDT

GRIFFIN, Ga. (AP) — A gunshot victim says he was wounded in the parking lot of a Georgia elementary school, but deputies say the gunfire appears to be unrelated to the school. The Spalding County Sheriff's Department said in a statement that the person says he was shot Monday afternoon in the parking lot...

Florida deputy allegedly stole action figures from Walmart

May. 21, 2018 4:15 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida deputy is facing charges after authorities say he stole action figures and other items from Walmart. Broward Sheriff's officials arrested Deputy Henry Guzman on Monday. The 13-year veteran is expected to be suspended without pay after the state attorney's office...

The Latest: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders launches Senate bid

May. 21, 2018 4:13 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Latest on Sanders Re-election (all times local): 4 p.m. Independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont says health care and infrastructure will be the most important issues in his campaign for re-election. Sanders' campaign announced he will seek a third term Monday. The...

Maryland police officer injured while investigating vehicle

May. 21, 2018 4:12 PM EDT

TOWSON, Md. (AP) — Authorities say a Maryland police officer has been injured while investigating a suspicious vehicle. Baltimore County authorities said the officer was taken to a local hospital after the incident Monday afternoon, and that police were searching for at least one armed suspect. Police...

3-year-old Utah girl falls out of a 2nd-story window

May. 21, 2018 4:12 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Police say a 3-year-old girl is in critical condition after she fell out of a second-story window. The Deseret News reports that Spanish Fork Police Sgt. Chris Sheriff said Monday that the girl was on a bed next to a window Sunday and put her hands on a window screen. He says the...

Owner of Florida's largest electric company gets bigger

May. 21, 2018 4:12 PM EDT

JUNO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The owner of Florida's largest power company on Monday dramatically expanded its reach in the state after announcing it was acquiring the main utility that serves nearly a half-million customers in northwest Florida. NextEra Energy announced it had reached a $6.475 billion deal with...

Report cites Rauner's office for improper hiring

May. 21, 2018 4:11 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A state inspector on Monday criticized Governor Bruce Rauner's office for improper hiring that violated the same anti-patronage law Rauner blasted his predecessor for skirting. The Office of the Executive Inspector General's report found that Rauner's Department of Central...