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Bahrain king reinstates citizenship of 551 amid mass trials

Apr. 21, 2019 12:02 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahrain's king on Sunday reinstated the citizenship of 551 people convicted and stripped of their nationality amid a series of mass trials conducted as part of a yearslong crackdown on dissent. The surprise royal order gave no explanation for King Hamad bin Isa Al...

Shedd Aquarium CEO to give Knox College commencement speech

Apr. 21, 2019 9:36 AM EDT

GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) — The head of one of Chicago's premier attractions is slated to give the keynote address to Knox College graduates this year. The western Illinois school has announced Shedd Aquarium CEO Bridget Coughlin will deliver the 2019 commencement address on June 2. Commencement speakers at the...

Harris' campaign focuses on black colleges for support

Apr. 21, 2019 8:18 AM EDT

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — California Sen. Kamala Harris has described her experience as a student at a historically black college as "one of the most important aspects" of her life. Now, her Democratic presidential campaign is using that experience to connect with voters. Not only is she one of only two...

Trump brushes off Romney's criticism, points to loss in 2012

Apr. 21, 2019 5:05 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Mitt Romney says he's "sickened" by the dishonesty the Russia investigation found in the Trump White House, but the president fires back that Romney should have put the same energy into running for president in 2012 that the Utah Republican has tapped in criticizing him. Romney also...

Israeli election may have dimmed hopes for 2-state solution

Apr. 21, 2019 2:13 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Is the two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict dead? After Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu coasted to another victory in this month's Israeli election, it sure seems that way. On the campaign trail, Netanyahu ruled out Palestinian statehood and for the first time, pledged...

Today in History

Apr. 21, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, April 21, the 111th day of 2019. There are 254 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 21, 1789, John Adams was sworn in as the first vice president of the United States. On this date: In 1509, England's King Henry VII died; he was succeeded by his...

At 19, Wisconsin's youngest lawmaker aiming high

Apr. 20, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — In some ways, Kalan Haywood is a typical 19-year-old: His spare time is spent eating out with friends, going to movies, bowling and binge-watching Netflix. Not that Haywood has much time on his hands now that he's a state lawmaker — Wisconsin's youngest. The Milwaukee teenager's...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump team's distortions on Mueller report

Apr. 20, 2019 8:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller all but boldfaced this finding in his report on the Russia investigation: No exoneration for President Donald Trump on whether Trump criminally obstructed justice. But Trump and his aides are stating that Mueller's report did exonerate. No words from the...

Rural Nevada creating a virtual presidential campaign trail

Apr. 19, 2019 7:46 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democrat Kimi Cole is tired of excuses from presidential candidates who say it's too expensive and time-consuming to visit areas of rural Nevada like her town of Minden, population 3,400. To get there from Washington, D.C., however, would likely mean at least a seven-hour, multi-stop...

Biden expected to launch presidential campaign next week

Apr. 19, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden is expected to join the crowded 2020 Democratic presidential field next week. The decision answers one of the most significant outstanding questions of the early presidential primary season, which has already seen announcements from 18 other Democrats....