AP Interview: Serbia’s leader vows to lead nation into EU
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AP Interview: Serbia’s leader vows to lead nation into EU

  BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia’s president on Friday promised to lead the Balkan nation into the European Union and said the fact that Russia is arming the Serbian military doesn’t threaten that goal. President Aleksandar Vucic told The Associated Press in an interview that he wants to seek EU membership while at the same … Continue reading

Dolphins’ national anthem protest ‘a disgrace’
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Dolphins’ national anthem protest ‘a disgrace’

NEW YORK (AP) — Supermodel Kate Upton has condemned the four Miami Dolphins players who knelt during the national anthem, writing on Instagram that their actions are “a disgrace to those people who have served and currently serve our country.” The four players — running back Arian Foster, outside linebacker Jelani Jenkins, free safety Michael … Continue reading

Workers evacuated from Alberta oil camps due to wildfire
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Workers evacuated from Alberta oil camps due to wildfire

FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (AP) — Some 8,000 workers at oil camps north of the fire-ravaged Canadian city of Fort McMurray were ordered to evacuate late Monday, May 16 as authorities continued the battle to bring wildfires under control. The mandatory evacuation zone was extended to 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of the city, whose 80,000 … Continue reading

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Russia’s new National Guard will be tasked to suppress riots

MOSCOW (AP) — The National Guard being formed in Russia will be given broad powers to suppress riots, according to a presidential decree released Wednesday. Analysts said President Vladimir Putin’s decision to create the National Guard could reflect Kremlin fears of possible anti-government protests — or even a coup attempt — amid an economic downturn. … Continue reading

Trump, Clinton ride key groups to clear front-runner status
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Trump, Clinton ride key groups to clear front-runner status

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton are cementing their status as presidential front-runners with strong performances among demographic groups at the core of their two parties, developments that put tremendous pressure on their top rivals as the nominating contests head into delegate-rich March. Trump built a varied coalition in his … Continue reading

Obama moves to protect 1.8 million acres of Calif. desert
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Obama moves to protect 1.8 million acres of Calif. desert

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Barack Obama is granting national monument status to nearly 1.8 million acres of scenic Southern California desert, a move the White House says will maintain in perpetuity the region’s fragile ecosystem and natural resources, as well as provide recreational opportunities for hikers, campers, hunters and others. Obama, in California this … Continue reading

Missouri student president: School has racism, also unity
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Missouri student president: School has racism, also unity

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — When Payton Head ran as a gay, black man for student president at the University of Missouri — a school now known for one student’s hunger strike and other protests against the administration’s handling of racial bias and hostility on campus — he promised to “ignite Mizzou.” “We’ve definitely done that,” … Continue reading

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Virginia higher ed retirement plan to get new management

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An optional retirement plan for about 5,000 Virginia highereducation employees is getting new management. The Virginia Retirement System plans to switch the plan’s management from TIAA-CREF and Fidelity to International City Management Association — Retirement Corp. The change will be effective in fall 2016. Retirement system spokeswoman Jeanna Chenault told the … Continue reading

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Biden tells college students to intervene to prevent assault

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden brought a White House initiative to prevent campus sexual violence to his alma mater Thursday, urging the Syracuse University audience to take a pledge to intervene if they see the potential for assault. “She’s nearly passing out and you see your roommate or fraternity brother walking her … Continue reading

Missouri student government president weighs in
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Missouri student government president weighs in

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The latest on the protests and turmoil over racially charged incidents at the University of Missouri (all times local): 10 p.m. The student government president at the University of Missouri is calling new initiatives that aim to address issues of race and discrimination steps “in the right direction.” Missouri Students Association … Continue reading

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Big decrease in number of ‘dropout factory’ high schools

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation has far fewer so-called “dropout factory” high schools these days, down sharply from 2008 as more students leave high school with a diploma, according to a new report. The number of dropout factories — where less than 60 percent of students who started as freshmen remain enrolled four years later … Continue reading

The Latest: University of Missouri leaders meeting Wednesday
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The Latest: University of Missouri leaders meeting Wednesday

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The latest on the protests and turmoil over racially charged incidents at the University of Missouri (all times local): 6:45 p.m. The University of Missouri system’s governing board plans to meet Wednesday afternoon. The Board of Curators’ meeting comes two days after system President Tim Wolfe and Columbia campus Chancellor R. … Continue reading