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Taylor Swift releases colorful new song, video called ‘ME!’

NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift released a colorful, upbeat single Friday morning, ending the weeks-long search the pop star set off when she teased fans with clues about a new project. Swift released “ME!” — featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco — on streaming services and also dropped its eye-popping music video Friday. It’s the first single …

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Trump prepares to address NRA at war with itself

Donald Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s largest gun rights organization played a pivotal role in President Donald Trump’s victory in 2016. Three years later, the National Rifle Association is limping toward the next election divided and diminished. It’s a reversal that has stunned longtime observers and that is raising questions about the one-time kingmaker’s potential firepower heading into 2020 as Trump …

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Biden decides on 2020 after Trump Charlottesville comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring the “soul of this nation” at stake, former Vice President Joe Biden pushed into the crowded 2020 presidential contest Thursday and quickly sparked a fierce debate over the direction of the modern-day Democratic Party. Ignoring the political noise in his own party, Biden aimed directly at Donald Trump in an announcement video seizing on the Republican …

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The Latest: Biden: Charlottesville was epiphany on 2020 run

Joe Biden

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former Vice President Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential bid (all times local): 9:05 p.m. Former Vice President Joe Biden says the events in Charlottesville were an “epiphany” to him because he had never seen anything like it in his lifetime. Video of Biden’s remarks on Thursday evening at a fundraiser in Philadelphia were obtained by …

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Christians’ ethnic inclusion in Sri Lanka keeps fragile calm

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — During the bad years, when rebels mostly from the ethnic minority Tamils and majority Sinhalese government forces were slaughtering each other in a horrific civil war, Gnanamani found solace in something many of her fellow Tamils didn’t have: Christianity — and especially its long inclusion of both the Tamil and Sinhalese ethnic groups. After Islamic …

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Officer fled civil war as a child, resettled in Minneapolis

Mohamed Noor

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mohamed Noor fled Somalia’s civil war as a child, following a well-worn path with his family to a refugee camp in Kenya, the U.S. and eventually Minnesota. After a difficult start, he “fell in love” with his new city, Minneapolis, and carved out a life in business. Then he spotted an online ad recruiting police officers. “I …

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3 QBs and lots of defenders highlight 1st round of draft

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback at the top, two more QBs along the way — and a whole lot of guys who like nothing better than putting passers on the ground. That was the look for the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night. Arizona defied NFL custom and at least temporarily created a quarterback quandary …

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Security heavy as Sri Lanka warns of further attacks

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Australia’s prime minister said Friday that the Sri Lankan militant group blamed for the Easter bombings that killed at least 250 people had support from the Islamic State group, a day after Sri Lankan officials said they were still evaluating foreign ties. Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters that he could confirm links between a …

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China’s Xi promotes building initiative amid debt worries

BEIJING (AP) — President Xi Jinping promised Friday to promote high financial standards for China’s infrastructure-building initiative as Beijing tries to dispel complaints the multibillion-dollar program leaves developing countries with too much debt. Xi avoided mentioning debt in a speech at the opening of a Belt and Road forum attended by leaders of three dozen countries to celebrate his signature …

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Biden decides on 2020 after Trump Charlottesville comments Security heavy as Sri Lanka warns of further attacks Trump prepares to address NRA at war with itself Kim Jong Un visits war memorial following summit with Putin North Korea demanded US pay $2M for captured student in coma Quarantines at 2 LA universities amid US measles outbreak 3 QBs and lots …

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