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The Latest: Power restored to nearly all utility customers

Jul. 22, 2019 12:37 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on a power outage on the island of Kauai (all times local): 6:15 p.m. A utility company says it has restored power to nearly all of its 33,000 customers on Kauai. The Kauai Island Utility Cooperative says that the island-wide power outage began at 2:30 p.m. when the main...

GOP group removes post calling congresswomen "Jihad Squad"

Jul. 21, 2019 10:16 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois Republican group has apologized and removed from its Facebook page a post that showed images of four Democratic congresswomen who have been criticized by President Donald Trump and referred to them as the "Jihad Squad." The post appeared Friday night on the Republican County...

Utility says most of a Hawaiian island is without power

Jul. 21, 2019 9:05 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A utility company that serves about 33,000 customers on the island of Kauai reports that power is out on most of the island. The Kauai Island Utility Cooperative says in a Facebook post Sunday that it is trying to determine the cause of the problem and expects that it will take at least two...

Pageant winner ousted after tweets on Muslims, black people

Jul. 21, 2019 8:56 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Miss World America organization has stripped its Michigan pageant winner of her title, which she says was because of tweets she made about Muslims and black people. Kathy Zhu was crowned the pageant's Michigan winner last week. She's a University of Michigan conservative who's active...

ESPN reasserts political talk policy after attack on Trump

Jul. 21, 2019 10:50 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — ESPN is making sure that its employees know there is not change in the network's policy to avoid talking about politics unless it intersects with sports after radio talk show host Dan Le Batard criticized President Donald Trump and his recent racist comments and ESPN itself on the air this...

Trump's bail offer for jailed rapper rings hollow in Sweden

Jul. 20, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump said he spoke with Sweden's prime minister Saturday about jailed rapper A$AP Rocky and "offered to personally vouch for his bail," a hollow offer in a criminal justice system that doesn't include bail. Trump tweeted that during "a very good call" with Prime...

Trump's 'go back' remark: In workplace, it might be illegal

Jul. 20, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's suggestion that four activist Democratic congresswomen of color "go back" to countries "from which they came" has excited some in his political base. Yet in many of America's workplaces and institutions, the same language would be unacceptable and possibly illegal....

Lawmaker insists that slavery came from economics not racism

Jul. 20, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker in New Hampshire is standing by comments made on social media that slavery was motivated by economics rather than racism, even as he was criticized by his own party. In a Facebook exchange with a former lawmaker, state Rep. Werner Horn wrote that owning slaves...

Hack leads to strange tweets, web posts from London police

Jul. 20, 2019 9:08 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The official Twitter account of London's Metropolitan Police Service has been briefly hacked, leading to a number of unusual tweets from the force, also known as Scotland Yard. One of the posts on the Twitter account @metpoliceuk late Friday called for British rapper Digga D's release. The...

Stricken cyclist: Without 4 'angels' he 'wouldn't be here'

Jul. 20, 2019 3:06 AM EDT

BREINIGSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — He missed quite a show, with him at the center. The stars were the four people who aided him as he lay on the blacktop, his heart stopped, after collapsing while cycling near his Upper Macungie home. Verma couldn't have picked a better cast — a retired firefighter, two...