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Biographer: Statue poem embraces migrants from 'all places'

Aug. 14, 2019 10:27 PM EDT

Long before a Trump administration official suggested the poem inscribed on the Statue of Liberty welcomed only people from Europe, the words captured America's promise to newcomers at a time when the nation was also seeking to exclude many immigrants from landing on its shores. A biographer of poet Emma Lazarus...

Cuban-born Indians outfielder Puig becomes US citizen

Aug. 14, 2019 1:56 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians outfielder Yasiel Puig has become a U.S. citizen. The Cuban-born Puig, who was traded to Cleveland by Cincinnati last month, posted a photo Wednesday on social media showing him waving a small American flag. He wrote, "Thank you God for this great opportunity to be an American...

Families struggling to cope after mass shootings

Aug. 9, 2019 12:47 AM EDT

Some of the victims were old, some were young. They included teachers, immigrants, a retired iron worker, a business owner, and longtime spouses. Now, their relatives and friends are struggling to go on after the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. Some funerals already have been held, and more...

Loved ones mourn shooting victims as policy debate rages

Aug. 7, 2019 5:13 PM EDT

Tearful mourners hugged at a service to remember a student gunned down in Ohio. In Mexico, relatives and friends gathered for the wake of a teacher slain at a store in Texas. With a policy debate raging over what to do after the United States' latest mass shootings — at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas,...

MMA great Anderson Silva becomes US citizen

Jul. 24, 2019 1:07 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mixed martial arts great Anderson "Spider" Silva of Brazil became a U.S. citizen along with thousands of others in a mass naturalization ceremony Tuesday at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Silva took his oath of citizenship along with his son Kalyl, 20, and daughter Kaory, 23. The...

20 years in prison for Florida man who posted bomb guides

Jul. 18, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A Florida man was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in federal prison for posting bomb-making instructions on websites frequented by extremist groups such as the Islamic State. U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore imposed the maximum possible sentence on Tayyab Tahir Ismail, a naturalized U.S....

Swedish court will not extradite fugitive sought by China

Jul. 9, 2019 5:41 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Sweden's top court said Tuesday it won't extradite a fugitive to China, saying he risks the death penalty, torture or degrading treatment that would violate the European Convention on Human Rights. The Supreme Court said the extradition of Qiao Jianjun "cannot take place," adding...

Concerts, fireworks and a military parade mark July Fourth

Jul. 4, 2019 11:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The national holiday to mark America's birth as a country has been filled with parades, concerts, competitive eating and, of course, fireworks. Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, New York and other places around the country are holding massive celebrations with big name artists like Jennifer...

The Latest: Biden, O'Rourke talk baseball at Iowa ballpark

Jul. 4, 2019 8:34 PM EDT

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on presidential candidates on July Fourth (all times local): 7:30 p.m. Candidates collided Thursday at the Iowa Cubs ballpark in Des Moines when former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife ran into former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke and his family. Biden walked into the...

Presidents on July 4: Some chill, some get in your face

Jul. 4, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Through history, the Fourth of July has been a day for some presidents to declare their independence from the public. They've made tracks to the beach, the mountains, the golf course, the farm, the ranch. In the middle of the Depression, Franklin Roosevelt was sailing to a Hawaii...