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This July 19, 2019 photo shows An Epic Charter Schools office in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma investigators wrote in a court affidavit that Epic Charter Schools co-founders Ben Harris and David Chaney recruited "ghost students" who received little or no instruction. The investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed. The two men released a statement saying they did nothing wrong and are confident they'll be vindicated. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
August 12, 2019 - 12:16 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — When two tech-savvy Oklahoma men launched their vision for an innovative charter school in 2011 that students could attend from home, the timing was perfect. Republicans had just extended their majorities in the Legislature, taken control of every elected statewide office and...
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Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini receives media attention at the end of a political rally as part of his 'Italian summer tour', in Taormina, Southern Italy, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019. Italy on Friday edged closer to holding an election as early as this fall that could move the country farther to the right, with anti-migrant Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini already unofficially campaigning for the premiership and declaring it makes “no sense” to keep alive the feuding populist coalition government. (Carmelo imbesi/ANSA via AP)
August 12, 2019 - 11:49 am
ROME (AP) — The Italian Senate will return Tuesday from its summer vacation to set a crucial date for a no-confidence vote on Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte's populist government. That development followed a meeting Monday of party whips in the Senate who failed to unanimously agree on the date of...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Friday, March 29, 2019, a pro-Brexit demonstrator holds a British flag with the words "Leave Means Leave" in front of the Winston Churchill statue in London. The Brexit decision to split from the European Union was fuelled by a sense that the U.K. is fundamentally separate from its continental neighbours, but both sides of the Brexit debate conjure up strong historical concepts for this sceptered isle.(AP Photo/ Kirsty Wigglesworth, FILE)
August 11, 2019 - 8:02 am
LONDON (AP) — British history has become a Brexit battleground. British voters' decision three years ago to split from the European Union was fueled by a sense that the U.K. is fundamentally separate from its continental neighbors — a sceptered isle, rather than a European power. Brexit-backing...
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FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2014 file photo, former California State Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, displays a homemade fully automatic rifle, confiscated by the Department of Justice, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. California is among a handful of states taking tough actions to limit the availability of guns including military-style assault weapons, restrict the capacity of ammunition magazines and require background checks for purchasing bullets. But those steps and future gun control laws passed by Democratic-leaning states could face an uphill battle as the federal court system becomes increasingly dominated by conservative Republican appointees.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
August 11, 2019 - 6:40 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation, including a ban on the type of high-capacity ammunition magazines used in some of the nation's deadliest mass shootings. How long those types of laws will stand is a growing concern among gun control advocates in...
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FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2019 file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., addresses the audience gathered at the Fancy Farm Picnic in Fancy Farm, Ky. The Republican Party, the Trump campaign and other GOP organizations say they are suspending their spending on Twitter to protest the platform’s treatment of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Twitter temporarily locked McConnell’s campaign account after it shared a video in which some protesters spoke of violence outside his Kentucky home, where he is recovering from a shoulder fracture. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)
August 10, 2019 - 7:18 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not quite "Trump-McConnell 2020," but it might as well be. As he runs for reelection, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is positioning himself as the president's wingman, his trusted right hand in Congress, transformed from a behind-the-scenes player into a prominent if...
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FILE - In this July 8, 2019 file photo, supporters of a fully funded oil check hold signs in Wasilla, Alaska. For decades, Alaska has had an uneasy reliance on oil, building budgets around its volatile boom-or-bust nature. When times were rough, prices always seemed to rebound, forestalling a day of reckoning some believe may finally have come. The situation has politicians weighing changes to the annual dividend paid to residents from earnings of the state's oil-wealth fund, the Alaska Permanent Fund. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)
August 09, 2019 - 5:24 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Daniel Bowen came to Alaska in 2011, looking for adventure and opportunity. He and his wife eventually settled on the Kenai Peninsula south of Anchorage, a salmon fishing haven calling itself "Alaska's Playground." But the Bowens, both teachers, recently returned to their...
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President Donald Trump talks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Washington, as he prepares to leave Washington for his annual August holiday at his New Jersey golf club. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
August 09, 2019 - 2:31 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday he believes he has influence to rally Republicans around stronger federal background check laws as Congress and the White House work on a response to last weekend's mass shootings in Texas and Ohio. At the same time, Trump said he had assured the...
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Italian deputy Premier and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini talks to journalists after meeitng with Entrepreneurs and Labor Unions representatives at the Viminale, the Interior Ministry building, in Rome, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019. (Maurizio Brambatti/ANSA Via AP)
August 09, 2019 - 11:51 am
ROME (AP) — Italy on Friday edged closer to holding an election as early as this fall that could move the country further to the right, with anti-migrant Deputy Premier Matteo Salvini already unofficially campaigning for the premiership and declaring it makes "no sense" to keep alive the feuding...
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Jaroslaw Kaczynski,right, the head of Poland's ruling party, and parliament speaker Marek Kuchcinski after at a news conference where Kuchcinski announces his resignation in Warsaw, Poland, on Thursday Aug. 8, 2019. Kuchcinski's resignation was prompted by public anger over his and his family's frequent use of government aircraft. Kuchcinski and Kaczynski insisted that the speaker had broken no law and did nothing wrong but that they were acting in response to the public anger.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
August 09, 2019 - 10:28 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish lawmakers have chosen a new parliamentary speaker as the ruling populist party seeks to move past a scandal over the frequent use of a government jet by the previous speaker and his family. A majority of lawmakers in the lower house of parliament voted on Friday to make...
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., left, joins Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., as she signs the budget package just passed in the Senate to permit the government to resume borrowing to pay all of its obligations and would remove the prospect of a government shutdown in October, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
August 09, 2019 - 7:41 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on possible congressional action on gun safety legislation (all times local): 7:25 p.m. The top two congressional Democrats say President Donald Trump has assured them he will review a House-passed bill that expands federal background checks for gun sales. House Speaker...
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