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Biden evokes '68, asks: What if Obama had been assassinated?

Aug. 23, 2019 8:51 PM EDT

CROYDON, N.H. (AP) — Joe Biden pondered a most serious, and awkward, question at a campaign stop Friday: What if Barack Obama had been assassinated during his presidential campaign in 2008? Toward the end of an event in Hanover, Biden evoked two of his political heroes, Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F....

'Peace park' removes United Nations flag after objections

Aug. 23, 2019 6:17 AM EDT

SHERBORN, Mass. (AP) — Who knew a "peace park" could be so contentious? The Pacifist Memorial in the Boston suburb of Sherborn has been forced to take down a United Nations flag after residents objected. Memorial founder Lewis Randa removed the flag and its flagpole last week because residents of the...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Aug. 16, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: Dr. Michael Baden, 85, the pathologist who investigated the...

Woodstock, Manson and the march to Utopia

Aug. 13, 2019 11:20 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In the summer of 1969, dreams of a new society played out in muddy wonder at the Woodstock music festival and in murderous parody during the Manson rampage in Los Angeles. Over a 10-day period in August, hundreds of thousands of young people journeyed to Bethel, New York, and under rainy...

Epstein death puts renowned pathologist back in spotlight

Aug. 12, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — He testified for O.J. Simpson's defense, helped investigate the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., hosted an HBO show and brought his pathology expertise to bear on celebrity deaths and police killings. Now Dr. Michael Baden is enmeshed in another...

NBA 2019-20: Some tip-offs earlier, back-to-backs down again

Aug. 12, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

The NBA schedule is a little bit easier on players. Fans might be catching a break — and some more sleep — as well. The league announced its 2019-20 schedule on Monday, featuring another dip in back-to-back games for teams and a major change in the number of nationally televised games starting at...

'Let our voices be heard': March against immigration raids

Aug. 11, 2019 10:56 PM EDT

CANTON, Miss. (AP) — The children of Sacred Heart Catholic Church streamed out into Mississippi's heat on a blistering Sunday afternoon, carrying what they said was a message of opposition against immigration raids their parents could not. "I will not sit in silence while my parents are taken away," read a...

AP Interview: Jesse Jackson slams 'dangerous' Trump rhetoric

Aug. 3, 2019 1:26 PM EDT

KRAKOW, Poland (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson has condemned recent outbursts by President Donald Trump targeting lawmakers of color and inner cities as "dangerous, divisive and diversionary" and says he believes they are fueling white nationalist extremism. In an interview, the longtime civil rights leader...

Phoenix video stirs up ghosts of Southwest's segregated past

Aug. 1, 2019 6:50 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Three American Legion posts stand within miles of each other in central Phoenix, a curious reminder of how segregation once ruled the U.S. Southwest as well as the Deep South. Soldiers returning after World War I in 1919 chartered one of the first posts of the U.S. veterans' organization...

Leaders of religious right balk at labeling Trump a racist

Aug. 1, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Many religious leaders have strongly condemned President Donald Trump's disparaging remarks about minority members of Congress. Prominent figures on the religious right have not joined in, instead maintaining public silence or insisting that Trump's tactics reflect hard-nosed politics...