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May 20, 2019

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia says it doesn’t want war but will defend itself against Iran if it has to, after the kingdom’s energy sector was targeted twice in recent days amid high tensions in the Persian Gulf. And U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted a warning to Iranian leaders Sunday saying Iran will face destruction if it seeks a fight. His comment came after a rocket hit near the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. Iranian officials, meanwhile, said their country isn’t looking for war.

BOKOSHE, Okla. (AP) — A small town in Oklahoma is warning communities about the Trump administration’s environmental policies. Residents of Bokoshe (boh-KOH’-shee) have been worried for years about coal-ash contamination from a power plant that burns high-sulfur coal. Townspeople regard the Environmental Protection Agency as the only source of serious environmental enforcement. But now the EPA has approved Oklahoma to be the first state to take over enforcement on coal-ash sites.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators have marched in Alabama’s major cities to protest against the state’s new abortion ban, the strictest in the nation. The group chanted “My body, my choice!” and “vote them out!” as they marched Sunday evening. Opponents say they will raise court challenges, seeking to block the law that is to take effect in six months.

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A gang of gunmen reportedly attacked a bar in the capital of Brazil’s northern Pará state, and authorities say 11 people were killed. The state security agency confirmed only that six women and five men died in the Sunday incident in the Guamá neighborhood of the Pará state capital, Belem. The G1 news website says police report that seven gunmen were involved in the attack, which also wounded one person. The news outlet says the attackers arrived at the bar on one motorcycle and in three cars.

UNDATED (AP) — A billionaire technology investor has stunned 400 graduating seniors at Morehouse College by announcing at their commencement that he will pay off their student loans. Commencement speaker Robert F. Smith made the announcement Sunday that he will wipe out student debt estimated at up to $40 million for the class of 2019. Morehouse is an all-male historically black college in Atlanta.

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