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President Donald Trump walks with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis along the Colonnade of the White House, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump retreats from threat to attack Iranian cultural sites

Jan. 7, 2020 7:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday backed away from his threats to target Iranian cultural sites if Iran retaliates against the U.S. for killing one of its top generals. Targeting cultural sites is a war crime. After first tweeting the threat and later reiterating it to reporters as he...

Mourners attend a funeral ceremony for Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani and his comrades, who were killed in Iraq in a U.S. drone strike on Friday, at the Enqelab-e-Eslami (Islamic Revolution) square in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. The processions mark the first time Iran honored a single man with a multi-city ceremony. Not even Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who founded the Islamic Republic, received such a processional with his death in 1989. Soleimani on Monday will lie in state at Tehran's famed Musalla mosque as the revolutionary leader did before him. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

The Latest: Iraq seeks Security Council condemnation of US

Jan. 7, 2020 1:18 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The latest on U.S.-Iran tensions in the wake of the U.S. airstrike that killed Iran's top general (all times local): 4 a.m. Iraq is condemning the U.S. airstrike that killed Iran’s top military commander as a “flagrant violation” of the terms of the American...

FILE — In this Jan. 19, 2019 file photo the shrine of Iran's revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini is seen, just outside of Tehran, Iran. The ancient and rich cultural landscape of Iran has become a potential U.S. military target as Washington and Tehran stumble toward a possible open conflict. Iran, home to 24 UNESCO World Heritage sites, has in the past reportedly guarded the sprawling tomb complex of the Islamic Republic's founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, with surface-to-air missiles. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

Pentagon rejects Trump threat to hit Iranian cultural sites

Jan. 6, 2020 10:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon on Monday distanced itself from President Donald Trump’s assertions that he would bomb Iranian cultural sites despite international prohibitions on such attacks. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the U.S. will “follow the laws of armed conflict.” When...

GOP resurrects bill to make English official language

Jan. 6, 2020 4:38 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican lawmakers have resurrected a bill that would make English the official language in Wisconsin, renewing their argument that the measure will push immigrants to learn the language and make them more attractive to employers. Sens. Andre Jacque, Dave Craig and Steve Nass began...

FILE - In this April 7, 2011 file photo, an Iranian vendor stands in front of his goods at Qeisariyyeh old bazaar, in Imam Square in the city of Isfahan, Iran. The ancient and rich cultural landscape of Iran has become a potential U.S. military target as Washington and Tehran lob threats and take high-stakes steps toward a possible open conflict. President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, that if Iran targets any American assets to avenge the killing of a top Iranian general, the U.S. has 52 Iranian sites it will hit, including ones “important to Iran & Iranian culture.

Trump’s threats draw Iran’s cultural sites into tensions

Jan. 6, 2020 11:45 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's ancient and rich cultural landscape has become a potential U.S. military target as Washington and Tehran lob threats and take high-stakes steps toward a possible open conflict. President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday evening that if Iran attacks any American assets...

Historic Nevada hotel damaged in earthquake to get new life

Jan. 5, 2020 3:45 PM EST

WELLS, Nev. (AP) — A historic Nevada hotel damaged in a 2008 earthquake is getting restored. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports the El Rancho Hotel and Casino in Wells, Nevada, is expected to see a new life after the small Elko County town received grants to fix it up. The city has secured funding from the...

In this undated image, Alicia Ayala, a third grade dual-language teacher at El Camino Real Academy in Santa Fe, New Mexico, helps Ian Lopez Rascon, 8, give a report on lions. (Luis Sánchez Saturno/Santa Fe New Mexican via AP)

Finding new ways to engage with language in New Mexico

Jan. 5, 2020 11:01 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Jimmie Barber spoke Spanish at home before arriving at El Camino Real Academy in Santa Fe. The third grader now jokes with friends in English and Spanish. That’s because the school’s dual-language immersion curriculum teaches math, reading and other subjects in both...

Rehab in works for old Nevada hotel damaged in earthquake

Jan. 3, 2020 2:55 AM EST

WELLS, Nev. (AP) — The El Rancho Hotel and Casino was the place to be in Wells, a small Elko County town six hours north of Las Vegas. Originally a hotel-casino and later a community center and banquet hall, the El Rancho served the town of 1,200 since it was built in 1949. Longtime Wells resident Paul...

Opening date of Obama Presidential Center still uncertain

Jan. 1, 2020 11:03 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Four years after Chicago was chosen as the site of Barack Obama's presidential center, it's still unclear when construction will begin on the $500 million facility. Early predictions were that the Obama Presidential Center could open as soon as 2020, but a lengthy federal review process has...

Taiwan's 2020 presidential election candidate Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) speaks during a televised policy debate in Taipei, Taiwan, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. Taiwan will hold its general elections on Jan. 11, 2020. (Pool Photo via AP)

Taiwan president: Island's democracy under threat from China

Dec. 29, 2019 5:42 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said Sunday that the self-governing island's democracy remains under direct threat from rival China, underscoring her calls for closer ties with the U.S. and other allies. Tsai was speaking at a televised debate against Han Kuo-yu of the main...