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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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French President Emmanuel Macron pledges to cut taxes for middle-class workers.

Apr. 25, 2019 12:43 PM EDT
PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron pledges to cut taxes for middle-class workers.

The Latest: Cyprus army officer says he killed 7

Apr. 25, 2019 12:42 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The Latest on the slayings of Filipino women in Cyprus: (all times local): 7:30 p.m. Two law enforcement officials in Cyprus say a double-homicide suspect told investigators he killed seven people, five women and two girls. A police official said Thursday that the suspect, a...

Missouri man charged with eighth DWI

Apr. 25, 2019 12:41 PM EDT

SRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Springfield man whose blood-alcohol level measured three times the legal limit after he hit a parked car has been charged an eighth time with driving while intoxicated. The Springfield News-Leader reports that a warrant was requested Tuesday for 56-year-old Steven Marrs, who was...

The Latest: Putin: Kim conditionally ready to denuclearize

Apr. 25, 2019 12:40 PM EDT

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (AP) — The Latest on the summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (all times local): 8:40 p.m. South Korea's president says he believes the Russia-North Korean summit will have a "constructive role" in efforts to achieve complete...

AG's office says roofer agrees to pay back $13K in deposits

Apr. 25, 2019 12:40 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire attorney general's office says a roofer has agreed to repay consumers more than $13,000 in deposits following complaints that he failed to do work for them. The office said Thursday that Tyler Thomson, the owner of Amherst Roofing, entered into a consent judgment to...

The Latest: Victim describes California crash 'like a movie'

Apr. 25, 2019 12:40 PM EDT

SUNNYVALE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on eight people injured in Northern California after a car plows into them (all times local): 9:35 a.m. One of the people injured when a former U.S. Army sharpshooter drove into a group of eight pedestrians said the crash was "like a movie." KTVU-TV reports 15-year-old...

Prosecutors: Divorcing Indiana couple left dog to starve

Apr. 25, 2019 12:38 PM EDT

GREENWOOD, Ind. (AP) — Prosecutors say a suburban Indianapolis couple who vacated their home during divorce proceedings left their dog behind to starve to death. The emaciated dog, named Chuck, was found dead in January in the couple's Johnson County trailer home. A necropsy determined he starved to death....

Tribe members seek recall of leaders over casino debacle

Apr. 25, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

MASHPEE, Mass. (AP) — Members of a Massachusetts tribe have filed petitions to recall their elected leaders. The Cape Cod Times reports that Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council member Aaron Tobey Jr. filed petitions Wednesday with the tribe's Election Committee to recall Council Chairman Cedric Cromwell and...

N Carolina weighs parole for 2 who murdered acquaintances

Apr. 25, 2019 12:37 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Two North Carolina killers serving life sentences for murdering family or acquaintances could be out on the streets in coming years. The state parole commission said Thursday it is studying whether to grant parole to 49-year-old Arthur Vause and 58-year-old Dwight Dobson. Both were...

Bid to legalize hemp production advances in Louisiana House

Apr. 25, 2019 12:35 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana farmers could expand into the hemp-growing business, if lawmakers agree to a proposal heading to the full House for debate. The measure by Republican Rep. Clay Schexnayder would legalize growing and processing of industrial hemp in Louisiana, in line with what's allowed...