Nation and World

  • As suburbs roar, Pennsylvania Democrats pick top 2020 target
    by MARC LEVY on April 19, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — After Democrats flipped six state Senate seats in the suburbs of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Tom Killion is among the chamber’s last Republicans standing in those areas. He’s also Democrats’ No. 1 target in 2020, when President Donald Trump will be on the ballot. For now, Killion is a chief sponsor of […]

  • AP: Failures caused toxic gas leak at Iowa police academy
    by RYAN J. FOLEY on April 19, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A series of infrastructure failures in a crumbling state dormitory caused a toxic gas leak at an Iowa police academy that sickened dozens of recruits and could have killed some of them, a workplace safety investigation concluded. At least three recruits were poisoned by potentially lethal levels of carbon monoxide […]

  • Ecuador orders arrest of former foreign minister
    by The Associated Press on April 19, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — An Ecuadorian judge has ordered the arrest of a former foreign minister, highlighting political tensions in the country that evicted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from the country’s London embassy last week. Ricardo Patiño says in a video message on social media that he’s being wrongfully pursued for calling for peaceful protests […]

  • Powerful Emirati crown prince entangled by Mueller report
    by The Associated Press on April 19, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — One of the most-powerful leaders in the United Arab Emirates has found himself entangled in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian interference in America’s 2016 election. Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, believed to be the Emirates’ day-to-day ruler, […]

  • Ancestry pulls slavery-era ad after backlash
    by MAE ANDERSON on April 19, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    NEW YORK (AP) — Ancestry.com is apologizing for its ad that showed a mixed-race couple discussing escaping to the North during the Civil War era. The DNA testing company removed the ad from TV and its YouTube channel after it drew widespread criticism for whitewashing slavery. The ad is part of a campaign by Ancestry […]

  • Two-wave U.S. flu season is now the longest in a decade
    by MIKE STOBBE on April 19, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    In 2019, a surprising second viral wave has just made this flu season the nation's longest in years. Still, this season is not nearly as bad as last winter's in terms of hospitalizations and deaths. […]

  • Officials: South Carolina school girl died of natural causes
    by RUSS BYNUM on April 19, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    WALTERBORO, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina prosecutor said Friday that the investigation into the death of a 5th grader last month was due to natural causes and not a fight with another student. Solicitor Duffie Stone said at a press conference that 10-year-old Raniya Wright died of a congenital condition called an arteriovenous malformation, […]

  • Judge says US government can be sued for Flint water crisis
    by The Associated Press on April 19, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A judge says the federal government can be sued by Flint residents who blame the Environmental Protection Agency for waiting too long to intervene in the city’s water crisis. Federal Judge Linda Parker didn’t determine whether EPA employees were negligent when Flint’s water system became contaminated with lead in 2014 and […]

  • Mayor charged with pointing gun at minors in park steps down
    by The Associated Press on April 19, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    DERRY, Pa. (AP) — The mayor of a small town in Pennsylvania is stepping down after being charged with pointing a gun at kids in a park. The lawyer for Derry Mayor Kevin Gross said Friday that he has resigned less than a week after being accused of pointing the gun. The 38-year-old mayor turned […]

  • Thousands gather for rally supporting populist Serbia leader
    by The Associated Press on April 19, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Tens of thousands gathered in Belgrade on Friday for a rally in support of Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, who critics argue has overseen a dilution of democratic freedoms in the Balkan country. Authorities sealed off central streets in the capital as Vucic’s supporters arrived in buses from all over the country, […]