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Congo announces 6 new confirmed cases of Ebola virus

May. 22, 2018 9:36 AM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's health ministry announced six new confirmed Ebola cases and two new suspected cases Tuesday as vaccinations entered a second day in an effort to contain the deadly virus in a city of more than 1 million. Dozens of health workers in the northwestern provincial capital,...

Pruitt: Dealing with water contaminant a 'national priority'

May. 22, 2018 9:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt says dealing with a widespread contaminant in drinking water is a "national priority." Pruitt spoke Tuesday as he opened a hearing on the contaminants, known as perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl. The chemicals were used in items like...

Brexit vote has already cost households 'a lot of money'

May. 22, 2018 9:29 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's top central banker says the country's vote nearly two years ago to leave the European Union has cost the average household in the country 900 pounds. In testimony to lawmakers Tuesday, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said the British economy is around 1.5 percent smaller than...

Supreme Court sides with Ho-Chunk, protects burial sites

May. 22, 2018 9:26 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Supreme Court says a concrete company can't dig up burial sites. Wingra Redi-Mix wants to excavate burial mounds within its quarry near McFarland. The mounds are on the Wisconsin Historical Society's burial sites catalog, which means Wingra needs a permit. The state Division...

Arrested Saudi activists held incommunicado since last week

May. 22, 2018 9:25 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia is holding and interrogating at least 10 women's rights activists — seven women and three men — without any access to lawyers, according to people familiar with the arrests. The detentions are seen as a culmination of a steady crackdown on...

The Latest: Polls open in Georgia gubernatorial primary

May. 22, 2018 9:22 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the gubernatorial primary in Georgia (all times local): 9:20 a.m. Voting has started in Georgia's gubernatorial primary. Five Republicans and two Democrats are vying to replace Republican Gov. Nathan Deal, who has held the office since 2011 and can't run again because of term...

Dems want to scrap tax cut for rich to fund teachers' raises

May. 22, 2018 9:00 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats want to give a big salary bump to teachers and pay for it by canceling the tax cut for the nation's top 1 percent of earners. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday are expected to propose giving states and school...

Brewer picks another ex-mayor Kansas governor's race ticket

May. 22, 2018 8:57 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer has picked another ex-mayor from the state's most populous county as his running mate for the Democratic nomination for governor. Brewer on Tuesday announced former Gardner Mayor Chris Morrow as his choice for lieutenant governor. The 55-year-old Morrow...

Kansas judge weighs evidence in deadly hoax call case

May. 22, 2018 8:54 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A California man accused of making a hoax call that led to police shooting an unarmed man in Kansas is returning to court, where a judge is set to decide if there is enough evidence to put him on trial for involuntary manslaughter and other charges. Tyler Barriss, 25, is accused of...

The Latest: Polls open as Texas voters decide runoff races

May. 22, 2018 8:53 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on primary runoff elections in Texas (all times local): 7:50 a.m. Polls have opened across most of Texas for voters to decide on primary runoff races, including for party nominees for governor and Congress where no candidate won at least 50 percent of the votes cast during...