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Global stocks mostly rise as investors mull French election

TOKYO (AP) -- Global stocks were mostly higher Monday as investors pondered the outcome from the first round of the French presidential election. KEEPING SCORE: France's CAC 40 added 3.9 percent in early trading to 5,255.62. Germany's DAX gained 2.5 percent to 12,354.94, while Britain's FTSE 100 rose 1.6 percent to 7,230.84. U.S. shares were also set to drift higher with Dow futures up 0.9 percent at 20,677. S&P 500 futures were up 1.

Mississippi State catcher arrested for DUI over the weekend

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- A Mississippi State baseball player has been arrested on charges of driving under the influence and no insurance. The Clarion-Ledger reports (http://on.thec-l.com/2oCzdKp) that sophomore catcher Elih Marrero was arrested Saturday, according to the Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office. He was released on bail. The university didn't immediately issue a statement regarding the arrest. Mississippi State Head Baseball Coach Andy Cannizaro said earlier this season that 19-year-old Marrero hadn't played since Feb.

3 African countries chosen to test 1st malaria vaccine

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Three African countries have been chosen to test the world's first malaria vaccine, the World Health Organization announced Monday. Ghana, Kenya and Malawi will begin piloting the injectable vaccine next year with young children. The vaccine has the potential to save tens of thousands of lives if used with existing measures, the WHO regional director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, said in a statement.

French vote for Macron, Le Pen shuts out mainstream politics

PARIS (AP) -- French voters shut out the country's political mainstream from the presidency for the first time in the country's modern history, and on Monday found themselves being courted across the spectrum for the runoff election. The May 7 runoff will be between the populist Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron, and French politicians on the moderate left and right immediately urged voters to block Le Pen's path to power.

Family: Iran rejects detained British-Iranian woman's appeal

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The family of a British-Iranian woman detained in Iran while on a trip with her toddler daughter says all efforts to appeal her five-year prison sentence in court have failed. The husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who works for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of the news agency, found out this weekend her appeal to Iran's supreme court failed.

Militants ambush convoy with off-duty Iraq soldiers, kill 10

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's military says militants have ambushed a convoy of off-duty soldiers near a town in the country's sprawling western desert, killing at least 10 and wounding 20. Maj. Emad al-Dulaimi said on Monday that the attack took place the night before near the town of Rutba. He says the militants were armed with assault rifles and rockets.

French vote for Macron, Le Pen shuts out mainstream politics

PARIS (AP) -- French voters shut out the country's political mainstream from the presidency for the first time in the country's modern history, and on Monday found themselves being courted across the spectrum for the runoff election. The May 7 runoff will be between the populist Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron, and French politicians on the moderate left and right immediately urged voters to block Le Pen's path to power.

German business confidence up in April, beats forecasts

BERLIN (AP) -- A survey shows that business confidence in Germany, Europe's biggest economy, has beaten economists' expectations to rise to a six-year high as companies take a brighter view of their current situation. The Ifo institute said Monday that its closely watched confidence index rose to 112.9 points for April from 112.4 in March. Economists had expected it to stay at 112.4.

Inspired by own family, Kentucky gov. tackles foster system

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- The little girl was 11, living in a foster care group home, when she ended up playing tag in a Louisville park with the daughters of a wealthy investment manager who would one day be Kentucky's governor. Matt Bevin said he and his wife, Glenna, noticed how the girl attached herself to their daughters, "like she was just one of the kids.

US Defense Sec'y Mattis in Afghanistan to discuss war needs

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived unannounced in Afghanistan on Monday to assess America's longest war as the Trump administration weighs sending more troops. Kabul was the final stop on a six-nation, weeklong tour Mattis said was intended to bolster relations with allies and partners and to get an update on the stalemated conflict in Afghanistan. He is the first member of President Donald Trump's Cabinet to visit Afghanistan. Gen.

Senate set to confirm Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) -- After months of delay, the Senate is expected to confirm former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as agriculture secretary. Perdue would be the first Southerner in the post in more than two decades. He's the son of a farmer and has owned several agricultural companies. The Senate plans to vote on his nomination Monday.

Transcript of AP interview with Trump

A transcript of an Oval Office interview Friday with President Donald Trump by AP White House Correspondent Julie Pace. Where the audio recording of the interview is unclear, ellipses or a notation that the recording was unintelligible are used. AP: I do want to talk to you about the 100 days. TRUMP: Good. AP: I want to ask a few questions on some topics that are happening toward the end of the interview.

Trump sons seek to extend family brand into domestic markets

NEW YORK (AP) -- Apprentices no more, Eric and Donald Trump Jr. are now at the helm of the Trump Organization and adjusting to the reality presented by their father's presidency. They're eyeing ways to use the new lease on the family fame by expanding the brand into parts of the United States that embrace him. Some business has slowed as a result of the pledge to stall international deal-making while Trump is president.

Absences of Marte, Bumgarner could shake up NL

The Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants are both in last place, and that's not even their biggest problem at the moment. They will both have to overcome some significant adversity to contend for the postseason this year after losing two of the National League's top players this past week.

Trump's 100 days: A rattled establishment, some surprises

WASHINGTON (AP) -- For nearly 100 days, President Donald Trump has rattled Washington and been chastened by its institutions. He's startled world leaders with his unpredictability and tough talk, but won their praise for a surprise strike on Syria. He's endured the steady drip of investigations and a seemingly endless churn of public personnel drama.

As budget deadline looms, Trump pushes border wall funding

WASHINGTON (AP) -- With a budget deadline looming, President Donald Trump plans a whirlwind of activities seeking to highlight accomplishments while putting fresh pressure on congressional Democrats to pay for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, even if that pressure risks a possible government shutdown.

Republicans in position to reshape federal bench

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans have put President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee on the bench, and they're now in a position to fill dozens more federal judgeships -- and reshape some of the nation's highest courts. Democrats have few ways to stop them.

Republicans want to muzzle database of consumer complaints

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. consumers filed nearly 300,000 complaints last year about their dealings with banks, credit card issuers and other financial services companies. Most of those complaints were compiled and made available for anyone to see as part of a database administered by the federal government.

AP FACT CHECK: Misfires in Trump's AP interview

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In an Associated Press interview, President Donald Trump claimed more progress than he's achieved on his 100-day plan and showed he was not completely familiar with what he had promised in that "contract" with voters. A look at some of his assertions in the interview conducted Friday and other statements he made over the past week: TRUMP, on his 100-day plan: "I'm mostly there on most items.