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Poll: Rural/urban political divisions also split the suburbs

Feb. 19, 2019 10:10 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — America's suburbs are today's great political battleground, long seen as an independent pivot between the country's liberal cities and conservative small towns and rural expanse. But it's not that simple. It turns out that these places in-between may be the most politically polarized of all...

Consultant on North Carolina race: Methods were surprise

Feb. 19, 2019 7:48 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina political consultant hired to manage the campaign of the Republican in the country's last unsettled congressional election said Tuesday that he was surprised at how little he knew last year about an operative's sketchy activities. Political operative Leslie McCrae...

Sports' future in balance as Semenya-IAAF showdown opens

Feb. 18, 2019 2:51 PM EST

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The longtime standoff between Olympic champion Caster Semenya and track and field's governing body over issues of gender, hormones and performance in sports reached a pivotal phase on Monday as a key tribunal began hosting a planned five-day hearing in a case that could have...

PR push for white officer accused of killing armed black man

Feb. 14, 2019 6:59 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The attorney for a white police officer charged with fatally shooting an armed black man in Tennessee is calling for legal discovery documents to be sealed from members of the public. Meanwhile, a police union has launched a digital ad campaign seeking to defend the Nashville...

Ukraine: Comedian surges ahead in presidential election poll

Feb. 14, 2019 7:17 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The latest opinion poll in Ukraine shows a popular comedian holding a strong lead in campaigning for the presidential election. The survey conducted by the Kiev International Institute of Sociology and released Thursday shows 41-year-old comedian Vladimir Zelenskiy, who plays the nation's...

The Latest: Denver mayor says striking teachers deserve more

Feb. 11, 2019 7:26 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on the Denver teacher strike (all times local): 5:25 p.m. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock says the city's striking teachers deserve better pay. In a series of tweets Monday, Hancock offered "all the resources at my disposal" to help teachers and school administrators reach an...

Clamor for ouster of top Democrats slows in Virginia

Feb. 11, 2019 6:27 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The clamor for the resignation of Virginia's top two politicians seemed to die down Monday, with some black community leaders forgiving Gov. Ralph Northam over the blackface furor and calling for a fair hearing for Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax on the sexual assault allegations against him....

Macedonia prepares for name change by removing signs

Feb. 11, 2019 12:29 PM EST

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonian authorities began Monday removing official signs from government buildings to prepare for the country's new name: North Macedonia. "Government of the Republic of Macedonia" signs were removed from the country's main government building in the capital Skopje. Macedonian...

Australian prime minister boasts security credentials

Feb. 11, 2019 7:54 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister on Monday described his government as stronger on national security than the opposition after signing an agreement with the French government to deliver a fleet of submarines and ahead of federal elections expected to be held in May. Prime Minister...

Liz Weston: Companies are also flunking retirement planning

Feb. 11, 2019 7:08 AM EST

Plenty has been written about American workers' failure to plan adequately for retirement. Their employers seem to be doing an even worse job. Only 1 in 10 large employers offers a formal phased-retirement program that lets workers cut back their hours or responsibilities before they quit work entirely, according...