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Bernie Sanders unveils plan to overhaul public education

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders wants to suspend taxpayer funding of new charter schools and ban those that are for-profit as part of his plan to overhaul public education that he released on Saturday. Saying...

 

Thousands march in Northern Ireland for same sex marriage

LONDON (AP) — Thousands are marching in Northern Ireland to demand that the region's leaders permit same-sex marriage. The demonstrators in Belfast on Saturday want same-sex couples to be treated the same way in Northern Ireland as they are in the...

 

US: Iran military could misidentify airliners amid tension

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Commercial airliners flying over the Persian Gulf risk being targeted by "miscalculation or misidentification" from the Iranian military amid heightened tensions between the Islamic Republic and the U.S., American...

 

ExxonMobil employees evacuating oil field in southern Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — Employees of energy giant ExxonMobil have begun evacuating from an oil field in the southern Iraqi province of Basra but work at the field is still ongoing, Iraqi officials said Saturday. The evacuation comes amid rising tensions bet...

 

Once again, Iraq caught up in tensions between US and Iran

BAGHDAD (AP) — When U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sat down with Iraqi officials in Baghdad last week as tensions mounted between America and Iran, he delivered a nuanced message: If you're not going to stand with us, stand aside. The...

 

What Happens When Wind Turbines Get Too Old?

Taylor Hays grew up watching her father fix wind turbines. She didn't consider herself to be very mechanical. But she knew she wanted to work with her hands. So she decided to follow in her father's footsteps. Hays is studying at Walla Walla...

 

Analysts: Gas prices might go up just before holiday weekend

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Drivers in New Jersey and across the nation got a break at the pump last week due to a dramatic drop in demand, but analysts warn that the respite might not last heading into the Memorial Day weekend. AAA Mid-Atlantic says the...

 

Choteau craft miller combines conservation, ancient grains

CHOTEAU, Mont. (AP) — Farming is a 23,000-year-old experiment, so it's only suitable that Judy Cornell's Conservation Grains is experimental in spirit and practice, too. Cornell, formerly an accountant, started farming 11 years ago between Choteau...

 

Flooding disrupts farm shipments on the Mississippi River

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Normally this time of year, huge barges can be seen chugging up the Mississippi River, carrying millions of tons of grain to market and bringing agriculture-related products to farmers in the Midwest for the new growing season....

 

Female lawmakers speak about rapes as abortion bills advance

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — For more than two decades, Nancy Mace did not speak publicly about her rape. In April, when she finally broke her silence, she chose the most public of forums — before her colleagues in South Carolina's legislature. A bill...

 

Michigan agency aims to reduce stress among prison guards

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Corrections is trying to address concerns about stress and suicide among corrections officers. Department Director Heidi Washington recently told the Senate Oversight Committee and a subcommittee on...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's miscues on trade and drug prices

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump spoke this past week as if he's unaware that drug prices have gone up and tariffs came before him. His boast that the U.S. never collected a dime on goods from China until he imposed them marked a series of...

 

Possible slave cemetery on west Georgia campus stirs debate

CARROLLTON, Ga. (AP) — Lord knows how many times in the 113-year-old history of the University of West Georgia that students have picnicked, played Frisbee or casually walked across a small, grassy plot of land in the middle of the campus. The...

 

Former Disney employee accused of stealing parks' costumes

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A former Walt Disney World employee with backstage access stole about $14,000 worth of costumes and items from the Magic Kingdom and Epcot theme parks, authorities said Friday. Patrick Allen Spikes, 24, faces burglary, grand...

 

Van passenger impaled by tripod on Sacramento freeway

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say somebody stole a tripod from a California Department of Transportation crew and then dropped it from an overpass onto a Sacramento freeway, impaling the lung of a passenger in a van. The driver of the van,...

 

Biden rejects Democrats' anger in call for national unity

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — His party may be enraged by Donald Trump's presidency, but Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden insisted Saturday that Democrats will not defeat the Republican president if they pick an angry nominee. Facing thousands of...

 

Michigan GOP congressman says Trump conduct is 'impeachable'

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican congressman from Michigan on Saturday became the first member of President Donald Trump's party on Capitol Hill to accuse him of engaging in "impeachable conduct" stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller's...

 

Illinois not alerted to early clues in womb-cutting case

CHICAGO (AP) — Police and Illinois' child welfare agency say staff at a Chicago-area hospital didn't alert them after determining that a bloodied woman who arrived with a gravely ill newborn had not just given birth to the baby boy, as she...

 

In clash with Congress, weak legal case may still help Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — For all of President Donald Trump's talk of winning, his lawyers are using a legal argument that many scholars say is a pretty sure loser as his team tries to defy congressional attempts to investigate him. Yet they may end up...

 

No longer in the dark: Navajo Nation homes get electricity

KAIBETO, Ariz. (AP) — Miranda Haskie sits amid the glow of candles at her kitchen table as the sun sinks into a deep blue horizon silhouetting juniper trees and a nearby mesa. Her husband, Jimmie Long, Jr., fishes for the wick to light a kerosene...

 

1 year after wedding: Harry and Meghan have new home, son

LONDON (AP) — It's been an eventful first year of marriage for Prince Harry and the former Meghan Markle, now known formally as the Duchess of Sussex. The besotted couple wed on May 19, 2018 before rapt crowds outside of Windsor Castle, with one...

 

Court: University fails to follow open-records law

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — An appeals court says the University of Kentucky failed to follow open-records law in a dispute with the campus newspaper over its pursuit of documents in a sexual harassment investigation. A three-judge Court of Appeals...

 

Schools turn to apps, other tech to guard against shootings

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Schools trying to protect kids from mass shootings are turning to gunshot detection systems, cellphone apps and artificial intelligence — a high-tech approach designed to reduce the number of victims. Technology that speeds up...

 

Once again, Iraq caught up in escalating US-Iran tensions

BAGHDAD (AP) — When U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sat down with Iraqi officials in Baghdad last week as tensions mounted between America and Iran, he delivered a nuanced message: If you're not going to stand with us, stand aside. The...

 

Mounting tensions with Iran, China leave oil prices in flux

NEW YORK (AP) — A rare mix of geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and China is tugging oil prices in opposite directions and creating uncertainty over where they might land. Deteriorating trade talks between the United States and China, the...

 

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