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Windsor gears up for royal wedding

WINDSOR, England (AP) — Meghan Markle will have an heir to the British throne walk her down the aisle — and have her mother and friends on hand for support — when she marries Prince Harry at Windsor Castle. Friday's announcement that Markle has asked her future father-in-law Prince ...

Egypt’s president announces Rafah crossing open for Ramadan

By ASHRAF SWEILAM and FARES AKRAM Associated Press CAIRO — Egypt has opened the Rafah border crossing with Gaza for the entire Muslim holy month of Ramadan, President Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi announced on Twitter, in what would be the longest uninterrupted period of time since 2013. The ...

Restored WWII bomber Memphis Belle makes debut

By MITCH STACY Associated Press DAYTON, Ohio — Robert K. Morgan Jr.'s voice wavered with emotion when he talked about seeing the Memphis Belle all put together for the first time in 50 years. His father, Robert Sr., had flown the legendary B-17F on 25 perilous bombing missions in ...

Prince Charles walking Markle down aisle

By GREGORY KATZ Associated Press WINDSOR, England — Prince Charles was scheduled to walk Meghan Markle down the aisle when she marries his son Prince Harry — a gesture of welcome to the American actress as she joins the royal family. Kensington Palace said Friday that Markle asked ...

Bishop won’t try to block report on abuse investigation

ERIE (AP) — A Roman Catholic bishop in Pennsylvania says he won't try to block the release of a report detailing the findings of an investigation into how church leaders have handled allegations of abuse. Erie Bishop Lawrence Persico made the announcement Wednesday after meeting with ...

Pennsylvania mayor resigns amid prostitution charges

By MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press A Pennsylvania mayor who claimed he had been set up after his arrest on prostitution charges has resigned from office, officials said Thursday. Bloomsburg Mayor Eric Bower, 36, was arrested April 20 at a Hampton Inn after he showed up with $200 cash ...

Teen who ignited massive fire may have to repay $37 million

HOOD RIVER, Ore. (AP) — A teenager who started a huge wildfire in the scenic Columbia River Gorge in Oregon could owe more in restitution that he will earn in a lifetime. Eleven requests for restitution totaling almost $37 million have been submitted to a court. That covers the costs of ...

Hawaii volcano explosions could go for weeks

By SETH BORENSTEIN Associated By SETH BORENSTEIN Associated Press WASHINGTON, D.C. — Kablooey! Hawaii's Kilauea volcano exploded a tall, steely gray column of ash into the sky Thursday, just as scientists warned eight days ago. Experts say the explosive ballistic displays could ...

Knock, knock: Cleveland’s there; team set for HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks’

CLEVELAND — Ready or not, the Cleveland Browns are getting their close-up. Coming off a historic, dismal 0-16 season, the Browns have been chosen to appear on HBO’s popular “Hard Knocks” series, which gives NFL fans a behind-the-scenes look at training camp. The Browns have turned ...

University of Arkansas to continue playing Little Rock through 2024

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Hunter Yurachek has been asked repeatedly since his hiring in December what he planned to do about Arkansas playing football at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, nearly 200 miles from its campus in Fayetteville. The new athletic director finally had an answer to ...

Bucks officially announce hiring of HC Mike Budenholzer

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks have officially announced the hiring of Mike Budenholzer as their new coach. A person familiar with the search had told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the Milwaukee Bucks had reached an agreement with Budenholzer, the former Atlanta Hawks coach. The ...

Newgarden sticks to Penske plan as others grab spotlight

INDIANAPOLIS — Josef Newgarden brought Team Penske’s prestigious No. 1 car to Indianapolis. Since then, the defending series champion has mostly been out of the spotlight. He watched one teammate, Will Power, dominate opening weekend to give the team its 200th series win. He’s seen ...

ACC seeks to expand NCAA tournament by four teams

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. (AP) — The Atlantic Coast Conference wants to expand the NCAA Tournament and change several college basketball rules. Commissioner John Swofford said Thursday the league will propose legislation to expand the NCAA Tournament from 68 to 72 teams. That would create a ...

IndyCar adds eye-tracking system to concussion test

INDIANAPOLIS — Nearly every indicator suggested Will Power was suffering from concussion-like symptoms after his car hit a wall during one of the first practice sessions of the 2016 season. He was dizzy, had difficulty standing when he climbed from his car the next day, and was overcome with ...

Las Vegas’ Knights wild playoff run built from expansion draft bonanza

After Bill Foley agreed to pay a whopping $500 million for the right to put a hockey team in the middle of the Mojave Desert, the NHL decided his Vegas Golden Knights deserved a chance for a swift return on that investment. If the other NHL owners had known just how huge Foley’s reward ...

It happens every spring: LeBron forced to carry Cavaliers

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — LeBron James recovered quickly from his neck strain. There’s still too much stress on his back. He’s carrying the Cavaliers. It’s a springtime tradition. As has been the case for much of his 15-year career, James has had to perform at an extraordinary level ...

Senate votes to confirm Haspel as first female CIA director

By LISA MASCARO AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON — The Senate confirmed Gina Haspel on Thursday as the first female director of the CIA following a difficult nomination process that reopened an emotional debate about brutal interrogation techniques in one of the darkest chapters ...

Cleanup underway after powerful storms pound though the Northeast

NEW YORK (AP) — Residents in the Northeast cleaned up Wednesday, a day after powerful storms pounded the region with torrential rain and marble-sized hail, leaving at least four people dead and more than 200,000 homes and businesses without power. Connecticut officials said two people in ...

PA legislator to move seat

HARRISBURG (AP) — Republican leaders said Thursday they will take away the committee assignments — and move the seat — of a Pennsylvania state representative accused of abusing two women, including a fellow lawmaker who has a protection order against him and is assigned a bodyguard. A ...

Senate pushing to restore ‘net neutrality’ rules

By KEVIN FREKING Associated Press WASHINGTON— Senate Democrats, joined by three Republicans, pushed through a measure Wednesday intended to revive Obama-era internet rules that ensured equal treatment for all web traffic, though opposition in the House and the White House seems ...