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Texas lieutenant governor calls for 'hardening' of schools

May. 20, 2018 11:28 AM EDT

SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick called Sunday for a "hardening" of the nation's school buildings in the wake of the attack by a 17-year-old student who killed 10 people at a high school near Houston. Patrick, a Republican, blamed a "culture of violence" and said more needs to be done to...

Family, friends recall shooting victims' optimism, humor

May. 20, 2018 8:45 AM EDT

SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — Hardworking. Funny. Loving. Grieving family and friends recalled the endearing qualities of some of the victims of Friday's mass shooting at a Texas high school, as authorities on Saturday released the names of the 10 killed. Eight of the 10 were students: Kimberly Vaughan, Shana...

Maduro favored as Venezuelans vote amid crisis

May. 20, 2018 9:50 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is expected to win a second six-year term in Sunday's election, despite a deepening crisis that's made food scarce and inflation soar as oil production in the once wealthy nation plummets. More than 1 million Venezuelans have abandoned their...

Company in Cuba plane crash had received safety complaints

May. 20, 2018 6:56 AM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — The Mexican charter company whose 39-year-old plane crashed in Havana had been the subject of two serious complaints about its crews' performance over the last decade, according to authorities in Guyana and a retired pilot for Cuba's national airline. Mexico's government said late Saturday...

Attorney-client privilege review in Cohen raid is on track

May. 20, 2018 8:45 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Criminal investigators are getting their first look at materials gathered from raids on the home and office of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer as a process to separate items subject to attorney-client privilege appears to be meeting a judge's demand that it occur speedily and...

Northern states taking down vestiges of racism, intolerance

May. 20, 2018 10:58 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A nearly 80-year-old statue depicting a European settler with a weapon in his hand towering over a Native American that some say celebrates white supremacy has been dismantled by crews in southwestern Michigan's Kalamazoo. And at the University of Michigan, regents have voted to strip a...

Iraq's al-Sadr, promising reform, is constrained by Iran

May. 20, 2018 7:25 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's Muqtada al-Sadr, the maverick Shiite cleric whose political coalition beat out Iran's favored candidates to come in first in national elections, says he wants to form a government that puts Iraqis first. The electoral commission announced early Saturday that the...

British royal family thanks those who celebrated wedding

May. 20, 2018 8:07 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The royal family, blessed with fantastic weather and a buoyant public mood at the royal wedding, has thanked people who attended or watched Prince Harry marry Meghan Markle. The family tweeted its thanks late Saturday night while Harry and his bride were attending a private soiree hosted by...

2018 midterms: An early heat for 2020 Democrats?

May. 20, 2018 8:14 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Look closely enough at the 2018 midterm campaign and you'll see the stirrings of a Democratic scramble to reclaim the White House from President Donald Trump. The leading players — from established national figures such as former Vice President Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth...

Trump Jr. met with Mueller witness during campaign

May. 19, 2018 11:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump Jr. met during the 2016 campaign with a private military contractor and an adviser to Middle Eastern leaders, both of whom have since become a focus of investigators working for special counsel Robert Mueller, a lawyer for President Donald Trump's eldest son said Saturday....

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California ballot measures could send funds to Lake Tahoe

May. 20, 2018 11:53 AM EDT

TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) — Voters in California could approve spending $127 million for projects in Lake Tahoe through a series of ballot measures this year. Chris Mertens, government affairs director for the Sierra Business Council in Truckee, says a portion of the money from the two ballot measures could...

Mnuchin says US and China putting trade war on hold

May. 20, 2018 11:53 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Sunday that the United States and China are stepping back from a possible trade war after two days of talks that produced "meaningful progress." Despite not getting China to agree to trim its overall trade surplus with America by a specific amount,...

The Latest: Governor attends service after school shooting

May. 20, 2018 11:53 AM EDT

SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the school shooting in Texas (all times local): 10:55 a.m. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has arrived at Arcadia First Baptist Church in Santa Fe, where he hugged grieving parishioners reeling two days after a teenage gunman killed 10 people in his high school. Monica...

Darwin man killed after vehicle strikes farm implement

May. 20, 2018 11:52 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say a man was killed after his vehicle struck the back of a farm implement on a highway in Meeker County. The Star Tribune reports the crash occurred about 10:20 p.m. Saturday on Hwy. 15 in Collinwood Township, roughly 10 miles north of Hutchinson and 50 miles west of the...

Money promised for losses in Outer Banks power outage

May. 20, 2018 11:52 AM EDT

SALVO, N.C. (AP) — Attorneys say checks are coming to people who suffered financial losses from an eight-day power outage on the Outer Banks last summer. The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Virginia, reports that attorney Dennis Rose told about 15 people at a meeting in Salvo last week that claims are being...

Teen in critical condition from water tower fall

May. 20, 2018 11:47 AM EDT

YARMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts teenager is suffering life-threatening injuries following a fall from a water tower on Cape Cod. The Cape Cod Times reports the unidentified teen was seriously injured Saturday when he fell as much as 75 feet from a water storage tank in Yarmouth. Rescuers responded...

Pope Francis to invest 14 new cardinals in June

May. 20, 2018 11:46 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday revealed his latest picks to be cardinals in the Catholic Church, including his chief aide for helping the poor in Rome and prelates based in Iraq and Pakistan, where Christians are a vulnerable minority. "I am happy to announce that on June 29, I will hold a...

A fourth-grade teacher, a donor and 'an angel on earth'

May. 20, 2018 11:46 AM EDT

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (AP) — Eva Evans is 10 years old and desperately needs a new kidney to live a normal life. Mrs. Thomas, a smiling fourth-grade teacher at Eva's school, wants to give her one. They barely knew each other before. Eva was in a different fourth-grade room down the hall. Tanya Thomas, 48, had...

Florida's expensive race for governor highlights lax laws

May. 20, 2018 11:45 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's wide-open race for governor won't be decided for another six months, but it's already triggered a wave of expensive television ad buys from groups taking advantage of gray areas in the state's campaign finance laws. Campaigns are interpreting the law so liberally —...

Iraqi, Syrian guides bring views to Philadelphia museum

May. 20, 2018 11:44 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Three Iraqi natives and a Syrian woman have been enlisted as guides to share a modern cultural perspective with visitors to new Middle Eastern galleries at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia. The guides intersperse personal stories with historic content as they lead groups through the...