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Iraqi, Syrian guides bring views to Philadelphia museum

Natalie Pompilio, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 9:46am

Three Iraqi natives and a Syrian woman have been enlisted as guides to share a modern cultural perspective with visitors to new Middle Eastern galleries at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia.

Florida's expensive race for governor highlights lax laws

Gary Fineout, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 9:46am

Florida's wide-open race for governor won't be decided for another six months, but it's already triggered a wave of expensive television ad buys from groups taking advantage of gray areas in the state's campaign finance laws.

US anti-IS office gets reprieve as Syria pullout accelerates

Josh Lederman and Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 9:32am

The State Department unit overseeing the fight against the Islamic State group will stay in business for at least six more months, reversing an administration plan for the unit's imminent downgrade even as President Donald Trump presses ahead with a speedy U.S. exit from Syria.

Arrest records of Rosa Parks, MLK to be preserved

Jay Reeves, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 9:32am

Yellowing court records from the arrests of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. and others at the dawn of the modern civil rights era are being preserved and digitized after being discovered, folded and wrapped in rubber bands, in a courthouse box.

Texas lieutenant governor calls for 'hardening' of schools

Paul J. Weber and Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 9:29am

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick called Sunday for a "hardening" of the nation's school buildings in the wake of the attack by a 17-year-old student who killed 10 people at a high school near Houston.

Boy, 12, bitten by rattlesnake after crashing four-wheeler

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 8:50am

Authorities in Central Texas say a 12-year-old boy involved in the wreck of a four-wheeler also has been bitten by a rattlesnake.

Family, friends recall shooting victims' optimism, humor

Juan Lozano and Sarah Zimmerman, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 6:46am

Hardworking. Funny. Loving.

Attorney-client privilege review in Cohen raid is on track

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 6:42am

Criminal investigators are finally getting to study materials seized in raids on the home and office of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer.

Cougar kills 1 mountain biker, injures 2nd near Seattle

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 19th - 11:29pm

Two friends on a morning mountain bike ride 30 miles (48 kilometers) east of Seattle were attacked by a cougar, killing one of the men and leaving the second hospitalized in what authorities described as a rare occurrence.

Police search for motive in Texas school shooting

Jeff Horwitz, Sarah Zimmerman and Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 19th - 9:53pm

The mother of one of the 10 people killed at a Texas high school said her daughter recently rejected the romantic advances of the 17-year-old charged in the shootings, a possible motive for the violent tragedy.

Trump Jr. met with Mueller witness during campaign

Tom Lobianco and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 19th - 9:46pm

Donald Trump Jr. met during the 2016 campaign with a private military contractor and an adviser to Middle Eastern leaders, both of whom have since become a focus of investigators working for special counsel Robert Mueller, a lawyer for President Donald Trump's eldest son said Saturday.

More than 25 hospitalized in NYC due to synthetic marijuana

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 19th - 9:00pm

More than 25 people have been hospitalized in New York City due to bad reactions to the synthetic marijuana known as K2.

Gunman blasted through door, lingered for about 30 minutes

Paul J. Weber and Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 19th - 8:53pm

The suspect in the Texas school shooting began his attack by firing a shotgun through an art classroom door, shattering a glass pane and sending panicked students to the entryway to block him from getting inside, witnesses said.

Mayor who pulled Confederate statues honored with JFK award

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 19th - 8:46pm

The former mayor of New Orleans is being honored for his leadership in removing Confederate memorials in his city.

In deadly school shooting, a confession but no clear motive

Jeff Horwitz, Sarah Zimmerman and Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 19th - 7:11pm

The mother of one of the 10 people killed at a Texas high school said her daughter recently rejected the romantic advances of the 17-year-old charged in the shootings, a possible motive for the violent tragedy.

1 dead, 1 injured in cougar attack in Washington state

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 19th - 7:09pm

One man was killed and another seriously injured when they encountered a cougar Saturday while mountain biking in Washington state, officials said.

Justify wins foggy Preakness, keeps Triple Crown bid alive

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 19th - 7:01pm

Justify rounded the final turn and hit the top of the stretch winded but with the lead.

The Latest: Wounded student attends school baseball game

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 19th - 6:31pm

The Latest on the mass shooting at a Texas high school (all times local):

Family recall shooting victims as funny, loving

Juan Lozano and Sarah Zimmerman, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 19th - 6:27pm

Hardworking. Funny. Loving.

Company says gas leak caused explosion at Houston-area plant

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 19th - 5:53pm

Officials say a gas leak caused an explosion and brief flash fire at a chemical plant near Houston, resulting in non-life threatening injuries to nearly two dozen workers.