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Raul Castro retires as Cuban president, outlines future

Apr. 19, 2018 5:56 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Raul Castro handed over Cuba's presidency Thursday to a hand-picked 57-year-old successor he said would hold power until 2031, a plan that would place the state the Castro brothers founded and ruled for six decades in the hands of a Communist Party official who remains little known to most...

Southwest Airlines sought more time for engine inspections

Apr. 19, 2018 7:24 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines sought more time last year to inspect jet-engine fan blades like the one that snapped off during one of its flights Tuesday in an accident that left a passenger dead. The airline opposed a recommendation by the engine manufacturer to require ultrasonic inspections of...

10 Things to Know for Friday

Apr. 19, 2018 7:16 PM EDT

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday: 1. AFTER STRIKES, US IN HOLDING PATTERN The drama of U.S. and allied missiles strikes on Syria obscures the fact that the U.S.-led campaign to eliminate the Islamic State group from Syria has stalled. 2. WHY...

Rudy Giuliani to join Trump legal team in Russia probe

Apr. 19, 2018 6:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is joining the legal team defending President Donald Trump in the special counsel's Russia investigation, a Trump attorney said Thursday. With the addition of Giuliani, Trump gains an experienced litigator and former U.S. attorney in Manhattan....

Some GOP officials urge charges for women who get abortions

Apr. 19, 2018 7:00 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Anti-abortion rhetoric is intensifying ahead of midterm elections as officials in Republican-dominant states push legislation that would punish both doctors and patients, even though such laws are likely unconstitutional. In Idaho, Republicans competing in a crowded field for governor...

2 black men arrested at Starbucks get an apology from police

Apr. 19, 2018 5:43 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rashon Nelson initially brushed it off when the Starbucks manager told him he couldn't use the restroom because he wasn't a paying customer. He thought nothing of it when he and his childhood friend and business partner, Donte Robinson, were approached at their table and were asked if...

The Latest: EMT surprised Prince needed 2 shots for overdose

Apr. 19, 2018 6:41 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the investigation into Prince's death (all times local): 5:40 p.m. Newly released investigative documents in Prince's death show a paramedic's surprise that it took two shots of an opioid antidote to revive the pop superstar after his plane made an emergency landing. The...

Court sides with sanctuary cities in fight over grants

Apr. 19, 2018 6:48 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The federal government cannot withhold public safety grants from cities that refuse to cooperate with President Donald Trump's immigration enforcement policies, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. The three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago agreed with the...

Awww: 10 days old, she makes Senate history in her pink cap

Apr. 19, 2018 5:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tiny Maile Pearl made Senate history Thursday without making a sound. The tightly wrapped 10-day-old baby, brought to the well of the chamber by her mother, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, became the first newborn to appear there, just one day after the Senate approved a new rule permitting it....

Trump will skip Barbara Bush funeral, sending first lady

Apr. 19, 2018 6:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump won't be joining his wife in attending the memorial service of former first lady Barbara Bush, matriarch of a political dynasty that Trump often clashed with during his 2016 campaign. The White House said Thursday that Trump would not attend "to avoid disruptions...

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At trial, experts debate drug Cosby gave to his accuser

Apr. 19, 2018 7:25 PM EDT

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — It's long been one of the most enduring mysteries of Bill Cosby's sexual assault case: What drug did he give his chief accuser on the night she says he molested her? Cosby has insisted he handed 1 ½ tablets of the over-the-counter cold and allergy medicine Benadryl to Andrea...

Southwest Airlines sought more time for engine inspections

Apr. 19, 2018 7:24 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines sought more time last year to inspect jet-engine fan blades like the one that snapped off during one of its flights Tuesday in an accident that left a passenger dead. The airline opposed a recommendation by the engine manufacturer to require ultrasonic inspections of...

Arizona senator vows school safety plan protects gun rights

Apr. 19, 2018 7:21 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Republican chair of the Arizona Senate committee considering Gov. Doug Ducey's wide-ranging school safety proposal vowed Thursday to ensure that any plan that passes the GOP-controlled Legislature would protect gun rights and have support from the National Rifle Association. Sen. Steve...

Louisiana budget with deep health cuts approved by House

Apr. 19, 2018 7:18 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — With only two votes to spare, the Louisiana House on Thursday backed a $27 billion state operating budget for next year that would steeply reduce spending on health services for the poor, the elderly, and people with disabilities to offset expiring state taxes. The spending plan for...

Police confirm MS-13 threat against officers on Long Island

Apr. 19, 2018 7:17 PM EDT

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — Police on Long Island say an MS-13 gang member has put out a call to "take out a cop" in the Hempstead area. Newsday reports that an internal Nassau County police memo attributes the threat to a "credible" informant. It says the informant told police the gang member said MS-13 "needs...

Air National Guard punishes 3 for dinosaur hand puppet video

Apr. 19, 2018 7:16 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Three members of the Tennessee Air National Guard have been punished for a viral video that showed a guardsman use a dinosaur hand puppet while reciting her re-enlistment oath. The Knoxville News Sentinel cites a Wednesday statement from Maj. Gen. Terry Haston that says the...

10 Things to Know for Friday

Apr. 19, 2018 7:16 PM EDT

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday: 1. AFTER STRIKES, US IN HOLDING PATTERN The drama of U.S. and allied missiles strikes on Syria obscures the fact that the U.S.-led campaign to eliminate the Islamic State group from Syria has stalled. 2. WHY...

The Latest: Supreme Court delays planned Alabama execution

Apr. 19, 2018 7:13 PM EDT

ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on the scheduled execution of (all times local): 6 p.m. The U.S. Supreme Court has temporarily delayed the planned execution of an Alabama man convicted of a judge's mail-bomb slaying. The nation's highest court issued the stay order Thursday evening on behalf of 83-year-old...

San Francisco reverses course, controversial statue to stand

Apr. 19, 2018 7:12 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco authorities reversed a decision to remove a 19th century statue near City Hall that some say is degrading to Native Americans. San Francisco's Board of Appeals late Wednesday unanimously voted to overturn the city's Arts Commission decision to remove the "Early Days"...

Brazil's first black justice considers presidential run

Apr. 19, 2018 7:11 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's first black Supreme Court justice said Thursday he is considering a run for president, which could be a significant turn since the widely known retired justice appeals to both supporters and detractors of the current front-runner, jailed former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva....