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Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 11:00 a.m. EDT

May 17, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic leaders are taking issue with President Donald Trump for describing some immigrants as “animals.” During a White House roundtable, Trump was responding to a complaint about gangs when he said that many people trying to get into the U.S. are being stopped. He added, “These aren’t people. These are animals.” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, on Twitter, responded, “When all of our great-great-grandparents came to America they weren’t ‘animals,’ and these people aren’t either.”

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. (AP) — The FBI says the investigation into a deadly building explosion in Southern California has led to the arrest of a man on suspicion of possession of an unregistered destructive device. An FBI spokeswoman says Stephen Beal of Long Beach has not been charged in connection with Tuesday’s explosion. Beal’s Facebook page shows many photos of him apparently recently traveling with the woman who was killed.

UNDATED (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 a similar battle following protests over teacher pay that shut down schools statewide in recent months, transforming education funding into a major midterm campaign issue in many states.

ATLANTA (AP) — As the midterm congressional primaries heat up amid fears of Russian hacking, 1 in 5 Americans will be casting their ballots on machines that do not produce a paper record of their votes. That worries cybersecurity experts, who say the lack of a hard copy makes it difficult to double-check the results for signs of manipulation. Many election officials say they are confident in their paperless voting machines.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The Miss America Organization is putting women in its three top leadership positions following an email scandal in which male officials were caught making vulgar and insulting comments about past winners of the beauty pageant. The organization tells The Associated Press it is appointing Regina Hopper as president and CEO of the Miss America Organization, and Marjorie Vincent-Tripp as chairwoman of the board of the Miss America Foundation. Gretchen Carlson leads the Miss America Organization’s board of trustees.

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