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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....

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...

Trump Tower meeting emails 'really bad,' aide told Trump

Apr. 25, 2019 11:37 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The president's communications director didn't sugarcoat it: The emails, Hope Hicks told Donald Trump, were "really bad." They concerned an as-yet unpublicized meeting in Trump Tower a year earlier involving Donald Trump Jr., his brother-in-law, Jared Kushner, and former campaign chairman...

Sanders holds 1st press briefing since Feb. 28, but for kids

Apr. 25, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sarah Sanders held her first briefing in more than a month Thursday, but the questions didn't come from working journalists. Sanders made herself available for what the White House said was a "kids-only press briefing" held for children participating in "Take...

Biden hires strategist Symone Sanders, adds diversity to bid

Apr. 25, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden has hired Symone Sanders, a prominent African American political strategist, as a senior adviser to his newly launched presidential campaign. The move adds a younger, diverse voice to Biden's cadre of top advisers, which has been dominated by older white men. It suggests Biden...

Some women of color frustrated by Biden's presidential bid

Apr. 25, 2019 6:26 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden's decision to enter the Democratic presidential race is causing consternation among some Democrats, particularly women of color, who have been hoping for a nominee who better reflects the nation's diversity. At the She the People forum, billed as the first...

Trump to address Air Force Academy graduation on May 30

Apr. 25, 2019 12:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will deliver the commencement address at the U.S. Air Force Academy's graduation ceremony next month. The White House announced Thursday that Trump will travel to Colorado Springs, Colorado, on May 30 to speak to the graduates. It's tradition for the commander in...

US official condemns sit-in protest at Venezuelan embassy

Apr. 25, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. supporters of embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (nee-koh-LAHS' mah-DOO'-roh) are being warned to end a sit-in protest at the country's shuttered embassy in Washington. U.S. envoy for Venezuela Elliott Abrams says the protesters who have camped out at the embassy for more...

Probe clears acting defense head of alleged bias in Pentagon

Apr. 25, 2019 11:26 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon's watchdog agency on Thursday cleared Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan of wrongdoing in connection with allegations that he had used his official position to favor his former employer, Boeing Co. The decision by the Defense Department inspector general appears to...

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AP Analysis: Justice Dept. reversal could cost states $220M

Apr. 25, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A recent opinion by the U.S. Justice Department has put a handful of states in danger of losing at least $220 million in annual lottery profits that they use to fund college scholarships, senior citizen services and a variety of other programs. The states are anxiously waiting on a...

Some horse advocates buck at new plan to save wild mustangs

Apr. 25, 2019 1:01 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Animal welfare groups have reached a milestone agreement with ranching interests they say would save wild mustangs from slaughter but the compromise has opened a nasty split among horse protection advocates. The Humane Society of the United States and the American Society for the...

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...

Trump to address Air Force Academy graduation on May 30

Apr. 25, 2019 12:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will deliver the commencement address at the U.S. Air Force Academy's graduation ceremony next month. The White House announced Thursday that Trump will travel to Colorado Springs, Colorado, on May 30 to speak to the graduates. It's tradition for the commander in...

The Latest: 37 people hospitalized after Chicago-area leak

Apr. 25, 2019 12:27 PM EDT

BEACH PARK, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on a chemical leak in a north suburban Chicago community (all times local): 11:15 a.m. Authorities say 37 people have been hospitalized due to an ammonia leak in a Chicago suburb. Lake County Sheriff's spokesman Christopher Covelli says three law enforcement officers are...

Altria 1Q earnings miss as cigarette sales continue to slide

Apr. 25, 2019 12:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Shares of Altria Group, the nation's largest tobacco company, fell Thursday after the company's earnings missed expectations on lower cigarette revenue and big expenses aimed at diversifying its business. The Richmond, Virginia-based company reported first quarter profit of $1.12 billion,...

Sanders holds 1st press briefing since Feb. 28, but for kids

Apr. 25, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sarah Sanders held her first briefing in more than a month Thursday, but the questions didn't come from working journalists. Sanders made herself available for what the White House said was a "kids-only press briefing" held for children participating in "Take...

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...

It's not just record-high stocks feeling the Fed effect

Apr. 25, 2019 12:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — It's not just the stock market at a record high that's feeling the Fed effect. Jewelry shoppers, home buyers, retirees and many others are feeling the ramifications of the Federal Reserve's decision earlier this year to halt raising interest rates, at least temporarily. For some...

US takes step toward listing giraffes as threatened species

Apr. 25, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration took a first step Thursday toward extending protections for giraffes under the Endangered Species Act, following legal pressure from environmental groups. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that its initial review has determined there is "substantial...