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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 4:31 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China's government on Monday accused the United States of trying to block the country's 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...

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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Protests slam Trump's emergency declaration for border wall

Feb. 18, 2019 4:43 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Protesters converged in cities around the country Monday to decry President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency to fund his planned U.S.-Mexico border wall. Organized by the liberal group MoveOn and others, the demonstrations took the occasion of Presidents Day to assail...

Legislation gives lawmakers say on citizen initiatives

Feb. 18, 2019 4:42 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Senate has approved a resolution that would give the Legislature input on successful citizen-led initiatives that amend the state constitution. Senators voted 31-16 on Monday to allow the Legislature to vote on the measure following voters' approval. The initiative...

Governor calls for investing in Rhode Island parks, beaches

Feb. 18, 2019 4:42 PM EST

LINCOLN, R.I. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo says Rhode Island needs to invest more in its state parks and beaches. Raimondo and her husband, Andy Moffit, joined Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit and environmental advocates at Lincoln Woods State Park Monday. Raimondo's...

Alaska lawmakers push back on proposed education cuts

Feb. 18, 2019 4:41 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — State legislators pushed back Monday against Gov. Mike Dunleavy's proposed cuts to public education amid an ongoing budget deficit. Sen. Lyman Hoffman, a Bethel Democrat, called the proposed cuts unacceptable and questioned how districts would be able to absorb them. Sen. Natasha von...

US Rep. Larson seeks public input about Republican tax law

Feb. 18, 2019 4:41 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. John Larson is hosting a public forum to talk with residents about the effects of the Republican-written tax law. The Connecticut Democrat says as average tax refunds fall, he wants to hear from constituents. The forum is planned for 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, at the Lincoln...

Thieves swipe 'Peanuts' art from Southern California gallery

Feb. 18, 2019 4:41 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thieves broke into a Southern California gallery last week, pilfering artwork depicting Charlie Brown and other characters from the iconic comic strip "Peanuts." The Los Angeles Times reports a security guard patrolling an open-air mall in Costa Mesa discovered a glass door smashed at...

Group takes on death penalty in N Carolina court brief

Feb. 18, 2019 4:41 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A former Superior Court judge is among those asking the North Carolina Supreme Court to find the death penalty unconstitutional because its rare use means it serves no purpose. In a friend-of-the-court brief , the group also argues that the death penalty is "cruel or unusual" under the...

4 people, including children, found dead in western Michigan

Feb. 18, 2019 4:39 PM EST

SOLON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say four people, including children, have been found dead at a property in western Michigan. WOOD-TV reports Kent County Sheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young says the incident occurred at a property near Cedar Springs, a community about 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of...

Trudeau's top adviser resigns while denying wrongdoing

Feb. 18, 2019 4:38 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...

Southern California highways reopened after icy storm

Feb. 18, 2019 4:37 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two major Southern California highways reopened Monday after ice and blowing snow forced closures that stranded hundreds of motorists, including some who spent a frigid night in their vehicles. Traffic started moving again around 11 a.m. in northbound lanes of Interstate 5 at the...