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N Carolina elections head says ballots handled illegally

Feb. 18, 2019 4:16 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A Republican operative, who last year rounded up votes for a GOP candidate running for Congress, conducted an illegal and well-funded ballot-harvesting operation, North Carolina's elections director said Monday. The director's testimony came on the first day of a hearing into...

Trump the pundit handicaps 2020 Democratic contenders

Feb. 18, 2019 12:07 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Kamala Harris had the best campaign roll-out. Amy Klobuchar's snowy debut showed grit. Elizabeth Warren's opening campaign video was a bit odd. Take it from an unlikely armchair pundit sizing up the 2020 Democratic field: President Donald Trump. In tweets, public remarks and...

Israeli leaders' Nazi comments derail European summit

Feb. 18, 2019 3:54 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Poland on Monday withdrew from a European summit in Jerusalem, derailing the meeting and embarrassing its Israeli hosts, to protest claims by Israel's acting foreign minister that Poles collaborated with the Nazis and "suckled anti-Semitism with their mothers' milk." The abrupt...

Sailor in iconic V-J Day Times Square kiss photo dies at 95

Feb. 18, 2019 3:59 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The ecstatic sailor shown kissing a woman in Times Square celebrating the end of World War II died Sunday. George Mendonsa was 95. Mendonsa fell and had a seizure at the assisted living facility in Middletown, Rhode Island, where he lived with his wife of 70 years, his daughter,...

Tense standoff spells endgame for IS militants in Syria

Feb. 18, 2019 3:38 PM EST

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — The collection of tents was largely silent on a sunny winter Monday afternoon. Few people were visible, but the few out and about were calm: Two men in long robes and pants walked slowly together through the grass, a woman leisurely came out of her tent to look around, a man on a...

China accuses US of trying to block its tech development

Feb. 18, 2019 12:59 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China's government on Monday accused the United States of trying to block its industrial development by alleging that Chinese mobile network gear poses a cybersecurity threat to countries rolling out new internet systems. And in a potential blow to the U.S.'s effort to rally its allies on...

Haitians seek water, food as businesses reopen after protest

Feb. 18, 2019 3:27 PM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Businesses and government offices slowly reopened across Haiti on Monday after more than a week of violent demonstrations by tens of thousands of protesters demanding the resignation of President Jovenel Moise over skyrocketing prices that have more than doubled for basic goods...

Brex-split: 7 lawmakers quit Labour over EU, anti-Semitism

Feb. 18, 2019 12:45 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Seven British lawmakers quit the main opposition Labour Party on Monday over its approach to Brexit and anti-Semitism — the biggest shake-up in years for one of Britain's major political parties. The announcement ripped open a long-simmering rift between socialists and centrists in the...

Brazil's #metoo moment: Spiritual guru accused of sex abuse

Feb. 18, 2019 11:15 AM EST

ABADIANIA, Brazil (AP) — For over 40 years, spiritual healer Joao Teixeira de Faria drew people from all over the world to this small city in central Brazil, offering treatment for everything from depression to cancer. His work was both praised — Oprah Winfrey called de Faria "inspiring" while...

French judge refuses to block Catholic sex scandal movie

Feb. 18, 2019 11:07 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — A French judge refused Monday to block the release this week in French cinemas of a movie based on a Catholic sex scandal. French director Francois Ozon's film "Grace a Dieu" ("By the Grace of God") won the Berlin Film Festival's jury grand prize on Saturday. The movie, which opens Wednesday,...

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Police: Car seat caused Alabama child's injury, not bullet

Feb. 18, 2019 4:30 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama authorities say the 2-year-old child they thought was grazed by a bullet in a drive-by shooting was injured by part of a car seat instead. WVTM-TV says the shooting happened Monday in Birmingham, and the child was taken to the hospital but was considered in good condition....

Scientist who popularized term "global warming" dies at 87

Feb. 18, 2019 4:29 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A climate scientist who popularized the term "global warming" has died. Wallace Smith Broecker was 87. Columbia University said the longtime professor and researcher died Monday at a New York City hospital. A spokesman for the university's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory said Broecker had...

Man arrested during Virginia Capitol protest over Northam

Feb. 18, 2019 4:23 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A protester at the Virginia Capitol has been arrested during a protest against Gov. Ralph Northam. Capitol Police said 23-year-old Patrick Talamantes of Sacramento, California, was charged with vandalism and littering after he tossed a container of red dye in a Capitol fountain. Police...

Trudeau's top adviser resigns while denying wrongdoing

Feb. 18, 2019 4:22 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's top adviser resigned Monday while denying allegations that he pressured Canada's former attorney general to avoid prosecuting a major Canadian engineering company. Principal Secretary Gerald Butts has been Trudeau's closest adviser and best friend since...

Retired judge suggested as mediator in Ohio State lawsuits

Feb. 18, 2019 4:20 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Men who brought one of two lawsuits alleging Ohio State ignored or failed to stop a team doctor's sexual misconduct are proposing another possible mediator after the university and plaintiffs couldn't agree . In a court filing Monday, lawyers for some plaintiffs suggested a retired...

Budget committee approves $2.2 billion for Idaho schools

Feb. 18, 2019 4:17 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Legislature's budget-setting committee on Monday approved about a 6 percent increase to $2.2 billion for public schools in grades kindergarten through 12th grade. The Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee voted unanimously on a series of school budgets for fiscal year 2020 that...

West Virginia man sought in shooting of Virginia officer

Feb. 18, 2019 4:16 PM EST

BLUEFIELD, Va. (AP) — Federal and state officials continue to search for a man wanted in the shooting of a police officer during a traffic stop in Virginia. Virginia State Police said in a news release Monday that they and the U.S. Marshals Service are searching for 25-year-old Donquale M. Gray of...

N Carolina elections head says ballots handled illegally

Feb. 18, 2019 4:16 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A Republican operative, who last year rounded up votes for a GOP candidate running for Congress, conducted an illegal and well-funded ballot-harvesting operation, North Carolina's elections director said Monday. The director's testimony came on the first day of a hearing into...

Correction: Grab And Go Shopping story

Feb. 18, 2019 4:15 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a story Feb. 8 about retailers adopting technology to allow shoppers to buy goods without waiting in line, The Associated Press misspelled the name of a provider of checkout-free shopping technology. The company is Grabango, not Grabandgo. A corrected version of the story is below:...

Police: Man witnesses say killed ex-girlfriend kills self

Feb. 18, 2019 4:14 PM EST

SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) — Police say a man who witnesses said fatally shot his ex-girlfriend in the head in Central Texas was later found in his vehicle with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. San Marcos police said Monday that witnesses told officers 24-year-old Brihana Landrum was shot Sunday morning by...