Thousands salute Bush funeral train 4141 on final Texas ride
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Thousands waved and cheered along the route as funeral train No. 4141 — for the 41st president — carried George H.W. Bush's remains to their final resting place on Thursday, his last journey as a week of national remembrance took on a decidedly personal feel in an emotional home state farewell.
Bill Clinton, Jeb Bush pine for the days of civility
BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — Former Democratic President Bill Clinton and former Republican Florida Gov. Jeb Bush are pining for the days when the two parties worked together.
Bush’s presidential funeral train first in nearly 50 years
SPRING, Texas (AP) — The locomotive was painted to resemble Air Force One, but George H.W. Bush joked that if it had been around during his presidency, he may have preferred to ride the rails rather than take to the skies.
"I might have left Air Force One behind," Bush quipped during the 2005 unveiling of 4141, a blue and gray locomotive commissioned in honor of the 41st president and unveiled at Texas A&M University.
Flag-waving crowds in Texas watch Bush’s funeral train
Flag waving-crowds lined the tracks as a special funeral train carried the flag-draped body of former President George H.W. Bush to College Station, Texas, where he'll be buried on the grounds of his presidential library.
As the train passed through the towns a group of elementary students could be seen holding a banner that read "THANK YOU," firefighters saluted atop their truck on an overpass and a woman in a red hat held a sign that said "Rest in Peace George" with hearts.
Thousands line Bush casket train route
Bush was political patriarch to enduring American dynasty
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Kennedys had their New England coastal hideaway in Hyannis Port, a Camelot-like mystique and a political godfather in Joseph P. Kennedy.
For the country's other political dynasty — the Bushes — it was a summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine, and the West Texas oil patch that created a mix of Yale blue-blood and backcountry cowboy, and their own patriarch in George H.W. Bush.
George and Barbara Bush, a ‘storybook’ 73-year marriage
HOUSTON (AP) — They met at a Christmas dance. She was 16. He was 17.
Three years later they were married. The couple stayed together for 73 years, becoming the longest-married couple in presidential history.
"George Bush knows how I feel," Barbara Bush had said. "He is the hero ... He is my hero."
Bush and Trump presidencies show how GOP itself has changed
WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing the nation for the first time as its president, George H.W. Bush vowed to lead with humility, moral principle and a spirit of unity.
Deep successes "are made not of gold and silk but of better hearts and finer souls," Bush said in 1989, adding: "America is never wholly herself unless she is engaged in high moral principle. We as a people have such a purpose today. It is to make kinder the face of the nation and gentler the face of the world."
George H.W. Bush’s life embodiment of Texas spirit
HOUSTON (AP) — Although he was born and grew up on the East Coast, former President George H.W. Bush was the quintessential Texan.
He found early success in the state's oil fields, helped change the landscape of Texas politics and loved Tex-Mex food.
And in his adopted hometown of Houston, Bush, who died on Friday, and his wife Barbara endeared themselves to the city and its residents through their kindness, accessibility and support of charitable causes and local sports teams.
Not just a fashion statement: Bush’s socks spoke volumes
News guide: George HW Bush’s final farewell, burial in Texas
HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush will be buried in Texas after a funeral service at the church he attended for many years and a special memorial train that will carry his casket.
Reba McEntire, Oak Ridge Boys sing at Bush’s Texas funeral
HOUSTON (AP) — Reba McEntire has sung "The Lord's Prayer" at the Houston funeral service of former President George H.W. Bush.
The Grammy winner on Thursday followed the Oak Ridge Boys, who were one of the president's favorite musical acts and who sang "Amazing Grace" during the service at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston.
Peaceful Iceland amazed at weapons in Pence security detail
KEFLAVIK AIRPORT, Iceland (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's arrival in Iceland with military jets and armed personnel set eyes popping Wednesday in a nation consistently ranked as the...
AP-NORC poll: 62% disapprove of how Trump’s handling his job
NEW YORK (AP) — About 6 in 10 Americans disapprove of President Donald Trump's overall job performance, according to a new poll released Thursday by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public...
Texas restaurant with famous men named George changes mural
WACO, Texas (AP) — A Texas restaurant called George's that features a mural honoring famous men with the same name has been changed to avoid a trademark dispute.
Resumed federal executions raise death penalty’s 2020 stakes
WASHINGTON (AP) — The question to Michael Dukakis, the Democratic presidential candidate in 1988, was brutally personal.
"If Kitty Dukakis were raped and murdered, would you favor an...
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Wyoming businessman with GOP ties considers 2020 run
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming businessman with national Republican ties says he's considering running for federal office.
The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports Bob Grady announced Friday that...
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — A crowd has gathered at the George H.W. Bush presidential center at Texas A&M University as part of a birthday celebration for the 41st president and his wife...
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Friends and family of former President George H.W. Bush recalled his prolific letter writing Wednesday as they gathered to mark the first day of issue for the U.S....
Former Bush, Reagan EPA heads warn on Trump rollbacks
WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency heads under three previous Republican presidents joined their Democratic counterparts Tuesday in telling lawmakers they were concerned by the...
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KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — Maine's Memorial Day celebrations are absent a prominent veteran who died last year.
The American Legion has two empty chairs in Kennebunkport's Dock Square on...
Ex-US Sen. Lugar lauded for advocacy of global peace
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former Sen. Richard Lugar's soft-spoken presence belied an influence on the global stage that was celebrated Wednesday for helping secure peace in many parts of the...
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — After a long wait, President Donald Trump has nominated a candidate for U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington.
CHICAGO (AP) — Boeing is assigning its top lawyer to a new position in which he will handle legal issues stemming from two deadly crashes involving its 737 Max airliner.
Trump speaks with Jimmy Carter about China trade
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump spoke over the weekend with former President Jimmy Carter about his China policies and "numerous other topics."
HOUSTON (AP) — The George and Barbara Bush Foundation has asked that an Air Force One plane set for retirement in 2025 be permanently exhibited at the late president's museum at Texas...
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service will issue a stamp honoring former President George H.W. Bush.
The Postal Service said Saturday that the commemorative Forever stamp...
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — The George H.W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation's board of directors has changed the organization's name to The George and Barbara Bush Foundation .
HOUSTON (AP) — Four months after the death of the former president, George H.W. Bush's office in Houston is to close for the last time at 5 p.m. Friday.
Art Mazmanian, star on USC’s CWS title team, dies at 91
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Art Mazmanian, an All-American second baseman on Southern California's first College World Series championship team in 1948 who later coached future major leaguers, has died. He...
Jimmy Carter’s new milestone: Longest-lived US president
ATLANTA (AP) — Nearly four decades after voters unceremoniously rejected then-President Jimmy Carter's bid for a second term, the 39th president has reached a milestone that electoral math cannot...
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ATLANTA (AP) — Jimmy Carter cemented a new milestone Friday, becoming the longest-lived of the 44 men who have ascended to the American presidency.
George W. Bush to speak Monday at Vanderbilt University
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former President George W. Bush is slated to speak at Vanderbilt University as part of a lecture series.
The university says the 43rd president will be joined on...
MACON, Ga. (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas will give the keynote address this month during a dedication ceremony at Mercer Law School.
Sully the service dog has new role helping wounded vets
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Sully, the service dog who symbolized devotion lying by former President George H.W. Bush's flag-draped casket, has a new mission.
Bill would authorize coins honoring George and Barbara Bush
A bill introduced in the U.S. Senate would authorize the U.S. Treasury to mint $1 coins honoring former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, for the year.
The Bushes, who lived in Texas and Maine, both died in 2018.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said the coin will pay tribute to the Bush legacy of "courage, duty, honor, and compassion" and serve as a reminder of their contributions to the country.
William Barr sworn in for 2nd stint as US attorney general
WASHINGTON (AP) — William Barr was sworn in Thursday for his second stint as the nation's attorney general, taking the helm of the Justice Department as special counsel Robert Mueller investigates Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Daughters of George W. Bush to co-host author breakfast
NEW YORK (AP) — Presidential daughters-granddaughters Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush will be hosting a breakfast during this spring's BookExpo convention.
Guests at the Children's Book & Author Breakfast, announced Tuesday by convention organizers ReedPop, will include Oscar winner and author Lupita Nyong'o. Others appearing will be fantasy novelist Tomi Adeyemi, "Artemis Fowl" author Eion Colfer and best seller Da Chen.
Trump campaign takes steps to prevent a challenge within GOP
WASHINGTON (AP) — Worried about a potential Republican primary challenge, President Donald Trump's campaign has launched a state-by-state effort to prevent an intraparty fight that could spill over into the general-election campaign.
The nascent initiative has been an intense focus in recent weeks and includes taking steps to change state party rules, crowd out potential rivals and quell any early signs of opposition that could embarrass the president.
Arkansas governor reports $11K in trips accepted in 2018
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' governor is reporting he and his wife accepted more than $11,000 in trips from groups last year, the bulk of which came from Republican-affiliated organizations.
Tom Raum, versatile Washington reporter for AP, is dead
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tom Raum, a versatile writer who covered three presidents, Congress and national politics and translated knotty economic issues for readers during 44 years with The Associated Press, died Friday. He was 74.
The cause of death was a brain injury from a fall last week at home, said his wife, Nora Raum.
The Latest: Graham says Barr will ‘do well’ in Senate vote
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's attorney general nominee, William Barr (all times local):
The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee believes the president's pick for attorney general will "do well" in a confirmation vote before the Senate.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said Tuesday that he hopes his colleagues will vote to confirm William Barr based on his qualifications.
Barr served as attorney general in the early 1990s under President George H.W. Bush.