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Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 1:40 p.m. EDT

May 15, 2019 GMT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is not saying whether she intends to sign a proposed abortion ban into law. Ivey told reporters Wednesday that she will review the legislation approved by lawmakers Tuesday night before announcing her decision.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A top Emirati diplomat says the UAE is “very committed to de-escalation” after the alleged sabotage of oil tankers. Anwar Gargash, the UAE’s minister of state for foreign affairs, made the comment Wednesday while speaking to journalists in Dubai. Though declining to name a suspect in the alleged sabotage, Gargash says “Iranian behavior” is at the center of regional problems.


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is facing skepticism among allies and others about its claims that U.S. personnel are facing significant threats in the Persian Gulf from Iran and groups linked to Iran. The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad on Wednesday ordered all non-essential, non-emergency government staff to leave Iraq immediately. But some key U.S. allies and others say they see no heightened risk in the Gulf region.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Delta Air Lines pilot and executive Stephen Dickson asserts that he will make sure the Federal Aviation Administration does not become captive to the industry if he is confirmed as its chief. He tells the Senate Commerce Committee considering his confirmation that he will make an iron-clad commitment that his service would be to the American public.

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) — Colorado prosecutors have charged the students suspected of opening fire at their school with murder and attempted murder and other counts and are pursuing adult charges against the younger suspect. The shootings at the STEM School Highlands Ranch on May 7 killed 1 student and injured 8 others. A memorial service for 18-year-old Kendrick Castillo is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at a Highlands Ranch church. Castillo and two other students have been credited with tackling one of the gunmen.