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US sanctions on Iran take force; major oil importers spared

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration’s tough new sanctions on Iran took effect on Monday but eight major importers of Iranian oil were spared from immediate penalties. The sanctions target Iran’s energy, financial and shipping sectors and are aimed at crippling the country’s ...

Nothing certain on the eve of first Trump-era elections

WASHINGTON (AP) — The day of reckoning for American politics has nearly arrived. Voters on Tuesday will decide the $5 billion debate between President Donald Trump’s take-no-prisoner politics and the Democratic Party’s super-charged campaign to end the GOP’s monopoly in Washington and ...

Separatists kidnap 78 pupils in Cameroon’s restive northwest

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Armed separatists have kidnapped at least 78 students and their principal from a Presbyterian school in Nkwen village in Cameroon’s restive northwest region, a governor said Monday. The kidnapping late Sunday took place near Bamenda, the capital of the troubled ...

Trump makes last midterm push

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — President Donald Trump, his shadow hanging over midterm elections that will determine the future of his administration, used his final pitch Monday to ask voters to help preserve “fragile” GOP victories that could be erased by Democratic gains in Congress.

Iowa winner claims huge Powerball jackpot

CLIVE, Iowa (AP) — After hearing someone from Iowa had won half of a nearly $700 million Powerball jackpot, Lerynne West couldn’t find the ticket she’d bought the day before so asked her sister to check her pickup truck. There it was, on the pickup floor — a scrap of paper worth a ...

Caravan migrants arrive in Mexico City, bed down in stadium

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Thousands of Central American migrants traveling in a caravan arrived in the Mexican capital Monday and began to fill up a sports stadium, still hundreds of miles from their goal of reaching the U.S. a day before midterm elections in which President Donald Trump has made ...

3 Wisconsin Girl Scouts, 1 adult killed in hit-and-run crash

LAKE HALLIE, Wis. (AP) — A western Wisconsin community is grieving the deaths of three Girl Scouts and an adult who were struck by a pickup truck while collecting trash along a rural highway. The victims were struck Saturday morning while picking up trash in Lake Hallie, which is 90 miles ...

Voters in Pacific territory choose to keep ties with France

NOUMEA, New Caledonia (AP) — A majority of voters in the South Pacific territory of New Caledonia chose to remain part of France instead of backing independence, election officials announced Sunday as French President Emmanuel Macron promised a full dialogue on the region’s future. The ...

Obama, Trump clash in final pitches to midterm voters

WASHINGTON (AP) — No longer reluctant to speak out, former President Barack Obama is delivering a closing argument for Democrats that seeks a firm check on President Donald Trump’s policies in Tuesday’s midterm elections . Obama and Trump were offering competing visions for the country ...

Migrants camped at border worry caravans will shut them out

MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) — Waiting on the southern end of a bridge that leads to the United States, Humberto Alvarez Gonzalez warily follows the progress of the caravan winding through Mexico with the goal of reaching the border. Alvarez and about two dozen other people are waiting in ...

Most of leading migrant caravan heads for Mexico City

ISLA, Mexico (AP) — Thousands of bone-tired Central Americans set their sights on Mexico City on Sunday, after undertaking a grueling journey through a part of Mexico that has been particularly treacherous for migrants seeking to get to the United States. The majority of the roughly 4,000 ...

Air Force mascot falcon improving after injury at West Point

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — An Air Force falcon injured at West Point during a prank Saturday before the annual rivalry football game between the service academies is back home and showing signs of improvement. The 22-year-old bird named Aurora “was able to fly around in her pen” on ...

Utah mayor, Guard member killed by trainee in Afghanistan

NORTH OGDEN, Utah (AP) — A Utah mayor who was also a Utah Army National Guard major training commandos in Afghanistan was fatally shot by one of his Afghan trainees, officials said Sunday. Brent Taylor, 39, had taken a yearlong leave of absence as mayor of North Ogden north of Salt Lake City ...

In Florida, a bitter and personal clash for US Senate

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Floridians could help determine control of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday as they decide whether to keep three-term incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson in office or replace him with Republican Gov. Rick Scott. Nelson has been viewed as one of the nation’s most vulnerable ...

For some, a vibrant US economy complicates voting decision

EXTON, Pennsylvania (AP) — For many voters in America’s affluent suburbs, a flourishing economy is forcing a thorny dilemma for the midterm elections. Do they vote Democratic, in part to protest President Donald Trump for behavior some see as divisive and unpresidential? Or do they back ...

Sen. Jon Tester pushes to make race about Montana, not Trump

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — With President Donald Trump clamoring to defeat U.S. Sen. Jon Tester and conservative groups spending heavily against him, the Democrat is falling back on a well-worn strategy in his pursuit of a third term: make the election about Montana, not Washington. Trump’s ...