Government and politics

Jenn Gray, right, Ciara Schmalfeld, center, and Jessica Amstutz, left, help set up a special food table at the South Phoenix Missionary Baptist Church for kids affected by the Arizona teacher strike Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Phoenix. Teachers in Arizona and Colorado walked out of their classes today over low salaries keeping hundreds of thousands of students out of school. It's the latest in a series of strikes across the nation over low teacher pay. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
April 26, 2018 - 3:57 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on teacher protests in Arizona and Colorado (all times local): 12:55 p.m. Arizona teachers marching to the state Capitol are breaking into occasional chants along the route in downtown Phoenix, including their signature "Red for Ed." Employees at courthouses and office...
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Volunteer Monroy Martinez, left, hands out a free to-go lunch to a young boy at the St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance due to the Arizona teachers strike Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
April 26, 2018 - 2:48 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — A sea of teachers clad in red shirts flowed toward the Arizona Capitol on Thursday for an unprecedented walkout that closed most of the state's public schools, part of an educator uprising that bubbled up in other parts of the nation and spread west. Waving signs and red balloons,...
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April 26, 2018 - 2:41 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has approved a request to pull millions of gallons of water daily from Lake Michigan to serve a new Foxconn Technology Group manufacturing plant, helping the Taiwanese electronics giant clear a major regulatory hurdle. Foxconn...
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From left, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, continue discussions after the panel 14 to 7, to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller and to send the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act to the full Senate, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 26, 2018. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has insisted he will not hold a full Senate vote on the legislation which would seek expedited judicial review of a firing. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
April 26, 2018 - 2:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bipartisan legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller now lies in the hands of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell after the GOP-led Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to advance it. McConnell, R-Ky., has said the bill is unnecessary and he won't let it reach...
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Protesters hold a huge Armenian national flag in Republic Square, Armenia, Thursday, April 26, 2018. The Armenian parliament on Thursday called for an extraordinary session next week to vote for a new prime minister after the country was plunged into a political crisis with the abrupt resignation of its leader. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
April 26, 2018 - 2:35 pm
YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — The Armenian parliament on Thursday called for an extraordinary session next week to vote on a new prime minister after the country was plunged into a political crisis with the abrupt resignation of its leader. Serzh Sargsyan, who ruled the country for 10 years, surprised...
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April 26, 2018 - 2:31 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will end special protections for an estimated 9,000 Nepalese immigrants in the United States, giving them until June 24, 2019, to leave or find another way to stay in the country, the Department of Homeland Security said Thursday. They were granted that...
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President Donald Trump is surrounded by kids in the Oval Office in celebration of "Bring Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day" at the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
April 26, 2018 - 2:25 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump treated the children of White House journalists to an Oval Office visit Thursday but left their parents, many of whom he criticizes, outside looking in through the windows. "Your parents are being so nice right now. I can't believe it," said Trump, who...
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French President Emmanuel Macron, left, and the Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Angel Gurria shake hands prior to a meeting during the "No money for terror" conference at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, Thursday, April 26, 2018. Ministers from more than 70 countries are working on ways to combat financing for the Islamic State group and Al-Qaida at an international conference in Paris, which still bears scars of deadly terrorist attacks in recent years. (Eric Fefergerg/Pool via AP)
April 26, 2018 - 2:21 pm
PARIS (AP) — More than 70 countries committed Thursday to bolster efforts in the fight against terrorism financing associated with the Islamic State group and al-Qaida. Participants at an international conference in Paris vowed to improve international coordination and enhance transparency of...
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FILE - In this April 12, 2018, file photo Mike Pompeo smiles after his introduction before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a confirmation for him to become the next Secretary of State on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
April 26, 2018 - 2:20 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on CIA Director Mike Pompeo's nomination to serve as secretary of state (all times local): 2:15 p.m. Mike Pompeo has been sworn is as secretary of state. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito swore Pompeo in Thursday afternoon at the Supreme Court. From there, Pompeo was...
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FILE - In this June 21, 2017, file photo, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 election, departs Capitol Hill following a closed door meeting in Washington. Republican senators are promoting an alternative to bipartisan legislation that would protect special counsel Mueller’s job _ a nonbinding resolution endorsing him. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
April 26, 2018 - 2:11 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump insisted Thursday that he "won't be involved" in the special counsel investigation into Russian election meddling, even as he warned he could change his mind, blasted his own Justice Department and accused former FBI Director James Comey of lying about Trump...
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