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AP Exclusive: Billionaires fuel US charter schools movement

SEATTLE (AP) ” Dollar for dollar, the beleaguered movement to bring charter schools to Washington state has had no bigger champion than billionaire Bill Gates.The Microsoft co-founder gave millions of dollars to see a charter school law approved despite multiple failed ballot referendums. And his private foundation not only helped create the Washington State Charter Schools Association, but has at times contributed what amounts to an entire year’s worth of revenues for the 5-year-old […]

Pakistan rights group issues warning ahead of polls

ISLAMABAD (AP) ” Pakistan’s independent Human Rights Commission warned Monday of “blatant, aggressive and unabashed” attempts to manipulate the results of elections set for later this month, with prominent activist I.A. Rehman calling it “the dirtiest election” in the country’s troubled relationship with democratic rule.The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) in its statement raised several warning flags including allegations that members of disgraced prime minister Nawaz […]

Chicago activist demands all footage from police shooting

CHICAGO (AP) ” A community activist who has pushed for more police transparency said Monday that he’s asked Chicago police for the body camera footage from all the officers at the scene where one of them fatally shot a black man over the weekend.William Calloway said a brief video released by police showing the view from one officer’s body camera does not answer crucial questions, starting with the reasons the officers approached 37-year-old Harith Augustus on Saturday afternoon just […]

The Latest: Ryan says 'no question' Russia interfered

WASHINGTON (AP) ” The Latest on reaction to President Donald Trump’s news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin (all times local):1:50 p.m.House Speaker Paul Ryan says there’s “no question” that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election and continues to try undermine democracy in the United States and around the world.The Wisconsin Republican says the American intelligence community and the House Intelligence Committee agree that Russia interfered in […]

Jared Kushner's family firm accused of pushing out tenants

NEW YORK (AP) ” The hammering and drilling began just months after Jared Kushner’s family real estate firm bought a converted warehouse apartment building in the hip, Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.Tenants say it started early in the morning and went on until nightfall, so loud that it drowned out normal conversation, so violent it rattled pictures off the walls. So much dust wafted through ducts and under doorways that it coated beds and clothes in closets. Rats crawled through […]

Trump: Putin made 'incredible offer' in Russian hacking case

WASHINGTON (AP) ” President Donald Trump says Russian President Vladimir Putin made an “incredible offer” of law enforcement collaboration during the leaders’ one-on-one summit.Trump told reporters Monday that Putin said American investigators who have charged 12 Russian hackers with hacking the 2016 presidential election can come work with Russian investigators on the case.Trump called that an “incredible offer.”A spokesman for special counsel Robert Mueller, whose […]

Judge temporarily halts deportation of reunified families

SAN DIEGO (AP) ” A federal judge on Monday ordered a temporary halt to any deportations of reunited families who were separated by the Trump administration after crossing the southwest border.The American Civil Liberties Union had asked Judge Dana Sabraw to delay deportations a week after reunification. The ACLU said in a court filing that its request is a response to “persistent and increasing rumors … that mass deportations may be carried out imminently and immediately upon […]

British PM accepts key amendments from hard-line Brexiteers

LONDON (AP) ” British Prime Minister Theresa May Monday accepted amendments to a customs bill put forward by Brexit hardliners who oppose her plan for a “common rule book” with the European Union after the country leaves the bloc.A Downing Street spokesman said the government would not fight the amendments because it sees them as consistent with the prime minister’s plan as set out in a formal white paper last week.However, critics said May had caved in to pressure from Brexit […]

Endangered white lion cub on display at Texas sanctuary

TYLER, Texas (AP) ” A rare 7-week-old white lion cub is on public display at an animal sanctuary in northeastern Texas.The Tyler Morning Telegraph reports that Luna, a white African lioness, made her debut last week at the Tiger Creek Animal Sanctuary in Tyler. She is among fewer than 500 white lions left in the world.Sanctuary director Emily Owen says white lions are endangered due to over hunting. Only about a dozen white lions are left in the wild due to poachers and “canned […]

Egypt's parliament passes contentious bills regulating media

CAIRO (AP) ” Egypt’s parliament has passed three controversial draft bills regulating the press and media.The draft bills, which won the parliament’s approval on Monday, will also regulate the Supreme Media Regulatory Council, the National Press Authority and the National Media Authority.The bills still need to be approved by the president, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, before they can become laws.Prominent journalists have decried them as unconstitutional and in violation of […]