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In this photo taken on Thursday, March 1, 2018, Giuseppe Conte, right, shakes hands with leader of the Five-Star Movement, Luigi Di Maio, during a meeting in Rome. Italy edged toward its first populist government Monday as the eurosceptic 5-Star Movement and the right-wing League indicated a 54-year-old law professor with no political experience as their candidate for premier. Neither 5-Star leader Luigi Di Maio nor League leader Matteo Salvini named Giuseppe Conte in brief remarks to reporters after leaving a closed-door meeting with President Sergio Mattarella in what could be final consultations before forming a government 11 weeks after elections left Italy with a hung parliament. But, in a breach of protocol, Di Maio identified Conte to reporters outside the Quirinale presidential palace and posted his name on the movement’s popular block. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
May 21, 2018 - 3:52 pm
ROME (AP) — With Europe and markets watching anxiously, Italy edged toward its first populist government Monday as the euroskeptic 5-Star Movement and the right-wing League identified a 53-year-old law professor with no political experience as their pick to become the country's next premier. Five-...
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FILE - In this Saturday, May 19, 2018 file photo, the League party leader, Matteo Salvini, meets reporters in Milan, Italy. One of Italy’s two main populist leaders says he and his rival have finally agreed on who should be premier, and it’s neither of them. Exactly 11 weeks after elections resulted in political gridlock, League leader Matteo Salvini told reporters Sunday he and 5-Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio have snagged a deal on both who should head Italy’s next government and choice of Cabinet ministers. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File )
May 21, 2018 - 1:16 pm
ROME (AP) — Italy edged toward its first populist government Monday as the euroskeptic 5-Star Movement and the right-wing League indicated a law professor with no political experience was their pick to become the country's next premier. Neither 5-Star leader Luigi Di Maio nor League leader Matteo...
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May 18, 2018 - 6:05 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gay-rights advocates are divided on whether to cheer or bemoan a potential marriage between the state of North Carolina and one of the global corporations most friendly to LGBT workers and causes. Feelings remain raw over North Carolina's so-called bathroom bill, which prompted...
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President Donald Trump shakes hands with Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie, during an event on prison reform in the East Room of the White House, Friday, May 18, 2018, in Washington. Trump announced he's nominating Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to lead the agency. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
May 18, 2018 - 2:00 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday he has chosen Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to permanently lead the beleaguered department, a surprise announcement that appeared to catch Wilkie off guard. Wilkie, a former Pentagon undersecretary for personnel and readiness,...
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Five-Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio talks on the phone as he leaves the lower house of parliament, at the end of his meeting with League leader Matteo Salvini, in Rome, Thursday, May 17, 2018. Italy's two populist leaders are brushing off fears in Brussels and the markets over the outlines of their possible government, and are insisting they are close to a deal designed to help ordinary Italians. (Angelo Carconi/ANSA via AP)
May 18, 2018 - 1:22 pm
MILAN (AP) — Italian financial assets were hit hard Friday after the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the right-wing League party unveiled a program that could clear the way to Italy's first populist government. The platform includes a rollback on pension reform, a minimum salary for...
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Five-Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio talks on the phone as he leaves the lower house of parliament, at the end of his meeting with League leader Matteo Salvini, in Rome, Thursday, May 17, 2018. Italy's two populist leaders are brushing off fears in Brussels and the markets over the outlines of their possible government, and are insisting they are close to a deal designed to help ordinary Italians. (Angelo Carconi/ANSA via AP)
May 18, 2018 - 9:24 am
MILAN (AP) — Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement has opened voting by its members on a program with the right-wing League party that could clear the way to Italy's first populist government. Luigi Di Maio, the 5-Star leader, assured his voters Friday that they would find the money to pay for...
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Five-Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio talks on the phone as he leaves the lower house of parliament, at the end of his meeting with League leader Matteo Salvini, in Rome, Thursday, May 17, 2018. Italy's two populist leaders are brushing off fears in Brussels and the markets over the outlines of their possible government, and are insisting they are close to a deal designed to help ordinary Italians. (Angelo Carconi/ANSA via AP)
May 18, 2018 - 9:21 am
MILAN (AP) — Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement has opened voting by its members on a program with the right-wing League party that could clear the way to Italy's first populist government. Luigi Di Maio, the 5-Star leader, assured his voters Friday that they would find the money to pay for...
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FILE - In this Monday, May 14, 2018 file photo, betting odds are displayed on a board in the sports book at the South Point hotel and casino in Las Vegas. A new poll finds that half of Americans approve of legal sports betting. The Fairleigh Dickinson University poll conducted shortly before the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for states to legalize sports betting found that 50 percent of Americans favor it, with 37 percent opposed. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
May 18, 2018 - 5:03 am
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A new poll finds that half of Americans approve of legal sports betting. The Fairleigh Dickinson University poll conducted shortly before the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for states to legalize sports betting found that 50 percent of Americans favor it, with 37...
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Liz Leivas, co-president of Tempe Education Association, right, gathers signatures Thursday, May 10, 2018 for ballot initiate to raise the income tax on wealthy earners to fund public education. Thousands of teachers in Arizona, Oklahoma and West Virginia are turning their attention to political activities after organizing in massive statewide teacher movements. (AP Photo/Melissa Daniels)
May 17, 2018 - 9:20 am
PHOENIX (AP) — As they packed up their protest signs and returned to the classroom to finish out the school year, thousands of teachers in North Carolina turned their attention to a different fight: the midterm elections. Their counterparts in Arizona, Oklahoma and West Virginia are already waging...
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May 17, 2018 - 6:03 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark says online room-rental platform Airbnb will start to automatically report its users' deals to taxation authorities, the first country to do so. Taxation minister Carsten Lauritzen says Airbnb "has committed to report data so their hosts pay taxes." He says Airbnb...
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