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Trump opens state visit, needles Japan over trade issues

May. 25, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — President Donald Trump opened a state visit to Japan on Saturday by needling the American ally over its trade imbalance with the United States. "Maybe that's why you like me so much," he joshed. Trump also promoted the U.S. under his leadership, saying "there's never been a better time" to...

Hate makes a comeback in the Pacific Northwest

May. 25, 2019 10:47 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Nearly two decades after the Aryan Nations' Idaho compound was demolished, far-right extremists are maintaining a presence in the Pacific Northwest. White nationalism has been on the rise across the U.S., but it has particular resonance along the Idaho-Washington border, where the...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump and a tale of 2 sheets of paper

May. 25, 2019 9:47 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump held up and read from a sheet of paper in the Rose Garden this past week as he argued he's been hounded by investigators in the Russia probe for no reason. "Nearly 500 search warrants," says the page, from an ABC News graphic. "More than 2,500 subpoenas." And: "19...

State abortion bans may hand Democrats a political weapon

May. 25, 2019 11:16 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A flood of laws banning abortions in Republican-run states has handed Democrats a political weapon heading into next year's elections, helping them paint the GOP as extreme and court centrist voters who could decide congressional races in swing states, members of both parties say. The...

New evidence links Colombia army chief to civilian slayings

May. 25, 2019 10:50 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — New evidence has emerged linking the embattled head of Colombia's army to the alleged cover-up of civilian killings more than a decade ago. The documents, provided to The Associated Press by a person familiar with an ongoing investigation into the extrajudicial killings, come as...

At the spelling bee, the most common sound is the toughest

May. 25, 2019 10:47 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The word that knocked runner-up Naysa Modi out of last year's Scripps National Spelling Bee was "Bewusstseinslage" — one of those flashy, impossible-sounding German-derived words that make the audience gasp when they are announced. Naysa believes the seemingly mundane word that...

Albinism pageant in Zimbabwe joyfully breaks down prejudice

May. 25, 2019 9:46 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Ayanda Sibanda, a model with albinism, has invariably been called "yellow" or "white" by friends and even some relatives. But she hardly recalls anyone referring to her by her actual race. "I am black, that's what I thought, but then I am always made to feel otherwise," said the...

Young homebuyers scramble as prices rise faster than incomes

May. 25, 2019 8:01 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — For millennials looking to buy their first home, the hunt feels like a race against the clock. In the seven years since the housing crash ended, home values in more than three-quarters of U.S. metro areas have climbed faster than incomes, according to an Associated Press analysis of...

4 countries vote in high-stakes European Parliament election

May. 25, 2019 10:40 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Voters in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Malta and Latvia cast ballots Saturday in the European Parliament elections in which resurgent nationalists are challenging traditional parties that want closer ties among EU countries. The stakes for the European Union are especially high in this...

Hawaii woman missing for 2 weeks rescued from Maui forest

May. 25, 2019 10:57 AM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii woman has been found alive in a forest on Maui island after going missing more than two weeks ago. Amanda Eller was found injured in the Makawao Forest Reserve, the Maui News reported Friday. Family spokeswoman Sarah Haynes confirmed she spoke with Eller's father John. Eller...

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Student finishing old TVA research on tree rings and weather

May. 25, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

JASPER, Tenn. (AP) — A University of Tennessee doctoral student is resurrecting research that was abandoned nearly 80 years ago that could be crucial for Tennessee Valley Authority's understanding of long-term weather patterns that factor into the agency's decisions regarding water. Scientist Florence...

Snows keep Colorado ski resorts open, mountain passes closed

May. 25, 2019 12:12 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Deep snowfalls are letting Colorado ski resorts extend their seasons, but keeping some high-altitude highways popular among tourists closed through the Memorial Day weekend. Purgatory Resort near Durango and Aspen Mountain were among the ski resorts planning to be open. Aspen received more...

The Latest: Green party gains strength in Irish votes

May. 25, 2019 12:11 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the European Parliament elections taking place Saturday (all times local): 5:40 p.m. Early vote counts and an exit poll in Ireland suggest that the Green Party is gaining strength in that European Union nation as it challenges three larger parties in local and European...

Overseas investors in shuttered Vegas casino demand refunds

May. 25, 2019 12:11 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Developers and former managers of Asian-themed Lucky Dragon casino-hotel that was built, open for a year, closed and recently sold in Las Vegas are now facing investor lawsuits. Some plaintiffs are Chinese investors seeking refunds amid complaints they haven't gained conditional...

Planned Parenthood drops challenge of Arkansas abortion law

May. 25, 2019 12:07 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Planned Parenthood has dropped its challenge of an Arkansas law requiring doctors who oversee medication-induced abortions to contract with a physician who has admitting privileges at a hospital and agrees to handle any complications. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that...

FAA investigating Chick-fil-A's exclusion at Texas airport

May. 25, 2019 12:05 PM EDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration says it's investigating a decision to exclude Chick-fil-A from an airport concession contract in San Antonio over opposition to the fast-food chain owners' record on LGBT issues. The San Antonio Express-News reports the FAA told San Antonio officials...

Great Lakes colder than normal over long holiday weekend

May. 25, 2019 12:05 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — It's certainly more chills than thrills in the Great Lakes as the summer season unofficially kicks off with the Memorial Day weekend. National Weather Service officials say water temperatures this week range from the 30s (about 0 Celsius) in Lake Superior to the 50s (10s Celsius) in southern...

WKU storm chase class embarks on 10th annual journey

May. 25, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — For as long as she can remember, Olivia Cahill has been captivated with weather. What compelled Cahill, a meteorology student from Dry Ridge, to study at Western Kentucky University was the chance to conduct real-time forecasting and track storms across the Great Plains through an...

EU urges Albania's opposition to hold peaceful protests

May. 25, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The European Union and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe have called on Albania's opposition to avoid violence in its protests and to hold talks resolve the country's political deadlock. The center-right Democratic Party-led opposition is staging a protest...

Delaware troopers investigate deadly motorcycle crash

May. 25, 2019 12:01 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Delaware troopers are investigating a fatal crash that has killed a 25-year-old motorcyclist. The deadly accident occurred late Friday at the intersection of Concord Pike and Fairfax Boulevard in Wilmington. Troopers say multiple witnesses report that the motorcyclist was riding...