Intolerant acts surge as British referendum result sinks in LONDON (AP) - An Eastern European family in Rugby finds dog excrement shoved through its mailbox. A Londoner nearly gets into a fight over drunken slurs shouted on a crowded subway car. A Polish teenager in Gloucestershire is taunted with threats of deportation at her high school. In the wake of last Thursday's vote to leave the European Union, Britain has seen a surge in xenophobia expressed in taunts, threats and worse. For many, foreign- and native-born, the U.K. has suddenly become much scarier place. "Before Friday we lived in a tolerant society," said Oana Gorcea, a 32-year-old Romanian who has lived in Britain since she was a teenager.
UK credit rating slashed, Cameron insists economy is robust LONDON (AP) - Prime Minister David Cameron insisted Monday that Britain's shock vote to leave the European Union won't send the economy into a tailspin, even as the country was stripped of its top credit rating and stock markets and the pound continued a downward spiral. Calling the vote a "seminal event" that "will lead to a less predictable, stable and effective policy framework in the U.K," Standard & Poor's knocked the U.K.'s sovereign rating by two notches, from AAA to AA. Hours later, Fitch Ratings followed suit, downgrading the country to AA, from AA+. Both agencies said they were keeping a negative outlook on their ratings, which means they could downgrade the country further.
Abortion ruling may not open door for new Texas clinics AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Abortion providers celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court striking down major Texas abortion restrictions Monday also acknowledged a daunting reality: Women aren't soon likely to see new clinics replace the about 20 abortion facilities lost since 2013. The restrictions that justices toppled in a 5-3 decision have already forced more than half of Texas' abortion clinics out of business - from 41 facilities before the law was passed to 19. Had the law that former Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis once temporarily blocked with an 11-hour filibuster been found constitutional, only 10 would have remained open in a state of 27 million people.
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Oakland council bans coal shipments, citing health risks OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland City Council voted unanimously Monday night to kill a plan to use a proposed marine terminal to transport Utah coal to Asia, calling such shipments public health and safety hazards. Backers argued the project would bring needed jobs to an impoverished part of town. The vote - which prompted environmental activists still in council chambers after four hours to break into applause - approved an ordinance that bans the transport, handling and storage of coal and petroleum coke at bulk material facilities or terminals in Oakland. "We want jobs that people can have, and have a long life and they don't have to rely upon a job of desperation," said Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney after the vote.
Asian stocks mostly lower as 'Brexit' worries linger HONG KONG (AP) - Most Asian stock benchmarks slipped on Tuesday as Britain's vote to quit the European Union and its messy aftermath continued to reverberate throughout global financial markets. Markets have been roiled by the result of last week's vote, which also sent the pound to its lowest level in three decades. The turmoil and uncertainty over the decision to leave the EU prompted ratings agencies Standard & Poor's and Fitch on Monday to strip the UK of its top-shelf credit rating. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index lost 0.4 percent to 15,248.28 while South Korea's Kospi added 0.2 percent to 1,929.68.
US medical schools expand training to curb painkiller abuse WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - At first, the woman tried to hide her painkiller problem. She told the doctor that she still had pain from her past pregnancy, and that she just wanted a refill on her pain medication. After a few questions, though, she admitted that a friend had sold her some OxyContin, and that she'd stolen pills from another friend. The interaction was all staged, with the patient played by an actor and the doctor played by a medical student last month. The exercise was part of a daylong boot camp at the University of Massachusetts Medical School designed to help physicians in training identify and fight opioid abuse.
AP FACT CHECK: Warren fudges some facts at Clinton stop WASHINGTON (AP) - Hillary Clinton and liberal stalwart Elizabeth Warren campaigned together Monday in Ohio, symbolizing the coming together of the Democratic Party for Clinton's presidential campaign. A sampling of their statements and how they compare with the facts: WARREN: "A lot of America is worried - worried and angry. Angry that too many times, Washington works for those at the top and leaves everyone else behind. That Washington ... lets giant oil companies guzzle down billions of dollars in tax subsidies, but then says there's no money to help kids refinance their student loans." THE FACTS: It's not true Washington has empty pockets on the matter of student debt.
AP Source: Volkswagen reaches $14.7B emissions settlement SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Volkswagen diesel owners can choose to either sell their car back to the company or get a repair that could diminish the vehicle's performance under a settlement of claims tied to the German automaker's emissions-cheating scandal. The settlement will cost VW $14.7 billion, a person briefed on the settlement talks said Monday, but does not resolve all the legal issues stemming from its admission that nearly a half million vehicles with 2-liter diesel engines were programmed to turn on emissions controls during government lab tests and turn them off while on the road. The figure represents the largest auto scandal settlement in U.S.
UK business in limbo in face of years of Brexit uncertainty LONDON (AP) - The impact of Britain's vote to leave the European Union was swift and painful for Ed Bussey's small tech firm in London. The founder and CEO of Quill, an online content company, had been looking to fill a software development job paying 70,000 pounds ($95,000) a year that's been open for six months. He had a job interview set up with a promising candidate from EU member Italy on Friday - the day after the vote. "Because of what had happened on Thursday, he was not prepared to up sticks and move to London," Bussey said with chagrin.
Recovery underway in West Virginia town 'built to carry on' RAINELLE, W.Va. (AP) - When the torrential rains stopped in the tiny West Virginia town of Rainelle, the volunteers started showing up. By Monday, a small food line at a shopping plaza had ballooned from a couple of hundred hot dogs and hamburgers to a feast for flood victims - everything from bananas to cupcakes to nachos - and more hot dogs. Behind the food line, a large room was filled halfway to the ceiling with bags of donated clothing. As volunteers sorted the items, the extent of last Thursday's deluge came into clearer focus: Thousands of homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed and at least 23 people were killed when up to 9 inches of rain fell in a short span, causing perhaps the worst flooding the state has seen in three decades.