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Biden launches 2020 bid warning 'soul' of America at stake

Apr. 25, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden formally joined the crowded Democratic presidential contest on Thursday, declaring the "soul of this nation" at stake if President Donald Trump wins re-election. In a video posted on Twitter , Biden focused on the 2017 deadly clash between white...

One horrifying day in Virginia led to Biden's big 'yes'

Apr. 25, 2019 11:21 AM EDT

Joe Biden spent a hot August day at his lakefront Delaware home watching hatred on display in Charlottesville, Virginia, where, days earlier, torch-wielding white supremacists had marched through town. A counter-protester advocating racial equality was killed when a white supremacist drove his car into a crowd....

US says to avoid Sri Lanka places of worship, fearing attack

Apr. 25, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka warned Thursday that places of worship could be targeted for militant attacks over the coming weekend, as police searched for more suspects in the Islamic State-claimed Easter suicide bombings that killed over 350 people. The stark warning came as Sri...

Putin: NKorea's Kim ready to denuclearize _ with conditions

Apr. 25, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un confirmed during their first summit Thursday that he is willing to give up his nuclear weapons — but only if he gets an ironclad security guarantee first. The Russian president stressed that Moscow and...

FBI, IRS agents search Baltimore mayor's homes, City Hall

Apr. 25, 2019 12:11 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Federal agents raided the homes and offices of Baltimore's embattled mayor on Thursday amid widening probes to determine whether she used sales of her children's books to disguise government kickbacks. The searches pushed the latest political scandal for Maryland's largest city to a...

Ammonia leak sends 37 to hospitals in Chicago suburb

Apr. 25, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

BEACH PARK, Ill. (AP) — Plumes of a toxic gas that leaked in a northern Chicago suburb Thursday morning sent at least 37 people to hospitals and prompted an order for residents to stay locked inside their homes with windows shut tight, officials said. Three law enforcement officers who responded to the...

Some California towns at risk of fire have few escape routes

Apr. 25, 2019 10:13 AM EDT

PARADISE, California (AP) — Californians got a deadly wakeup call when more than 27,000 Paradise residents trying to escape the Camp Fire got caught in a nightmare traffic jam. The 2018 catastrophe illuminated the grim reality that road systems throughout the state are not designed to handle a sudden...

AP-NORC Poll: Many blame drug firms for opioid crisis

Apr. 25, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — About two-thirds of Americans believe drug companies are to blame for the opioid crisis, although nearly as many hold drug users themselves responsible, a new poll finds. The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll showed many people also fault doctors who prescribed...

Walmart experiments with AI to monitor stores in real time

Apr. 25, 2019 9:55 AM EDT

LEVITTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Who's minding the store? In the not-too-distant future it could be cameras and sensors that can tell almost instantly when bruised bananas need to be swapped for fresh ones and more cash registers need to open before lines get too long. Walmart, which faces fierce competition from...

Moms-to-be teach each other in monthly group prenatal visits

Apr. 25, 2019 10:27 AM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — In a big room full of moms-to-be, pregnant women check each other's blood pressure and weight, a nurse-midwife measures their growing bellies, and they all join a seated circle for two hours of candid talk about what to expect when you're expecting. A young woman's revelation about...

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Legislature OKs bill to guarantee rest breaks for nurses

Apr. 25, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Legislature has given final approval to a measure that guarantees that nurses and other hospital staff will get regular rest and meal breaks. A negotiated compromise between the House and Senate was voted on Wednesday and now heads to Gov. Jay Inslee, the Spokesman...

Rights group: Bahraini authorities abuse, torture detainees

Apr. 25, 2019 1:13 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A Bahraini rights group said Thursday that sexual abuse and torture have been widespread and systematic in jails in the Gulf island nation during a yearslong crackdown. The SALAM for Democracy and Human Rights group released a 30-page report documenting abuses it says "use the most intimate...

The Latest: Sri Lanka revises down death toll from attack

Apr. 25, 2019 1:13 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Latest on the Easter attacks in Sri Lanka (all times local): 10:30 p.m. Sri Lankan authorities say the death toll from the Easter Sunday suicide attacks is lower than previously stated and now stands at "approximately" 253 people. Top health ministry official Dr. Anil Jasinghe...

DA: Man ran prostitution ring out of parents' basement

Apr. 25, 2019 1:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a Long Island man ran a prostitution ring out of his parents' home, luring women with drugs, locking them in a basement dungeon and making them use a bucket instead of a bathroom. Suffolk County District Attorney Tim Sini says Raymond Rodio III ran the prostitution ring out...

Report: Texas inmate died after guards tried to restrain him

Apr. 25, 2019 1:11 PM EDT

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A state report shows a 42-year-old man being held last month in a Texas jail died after he fell and struck his head against a cement bench as guards attempted to restrain him. The report on file with the Attorney General's Office says guards at the Cameron County jail were...

N Carolina man settles claims he sexually harassed renters

Apr. 25, 2019 1:11 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man accused of sexually harassing 17 female renters or home buyers is settling a lawsuit with the government by paying the women $550,000 and exiting the real estate business. The U.S. Justice Department said Thursday it resolved its lawsuit with Robert Hatfield of...

Monitors: US-led coalition killed 1,600 civilians in Raqqa

Apr. 25, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S.-led coalition killed more than 1,600 civilians in the northern Syria city of Raqqa during months of bombardment that liberated it from the Islamic State group, far more than the number announced earlier by the U.S.-led coalition, Amnesty International and a London-based watchdog...

Man fatally struck by semi at Minneapolis recycling facility

Apr. 25, 2019 1:09 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Police say a man has been struck and killed by a semi at a Minneapolis recycling facility. Authorities say the man was conducting business at Re-Alliance Iron and Metal Thursday morning when he was hit by the semi that was backing up. Police spokesman John Elder says the semi driver is...

Energy company worker hurt in North Carolina explosion dies

Apr. 25, 2019 1:09 PM EDT

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — An energy company employee who was critically injured in a natural gas explosion in North Carolina has died. UNC Medical Center spokesman Tom Hughes confirmed Thursday that 51-year-old Jay Rambeaut of Creedmoor died. Hughes didn't say when Rambeaut died, citing hospital policy....

New Mexico governor visits immigrant shelters in Las Cruces

Apr. 25, 2019 1:08 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is visiting emergency facilities in the south of the state that are providing temporary shelter and humanitarian supplies to a wave of asylum seekers from Central America. Lujan Grisham scheduled a trip Thursday to Las Cruces to visit an...