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Freeland named deputy prime minister in Trudeau new cabinet

Nov. 20, 2019 2:35 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his new cabinet Wednesday and Chrystia Freeland is moving from foreign affairs to become deputy prime minister. Freeland will still oversee Canada-U.S. relations and the new trade agreement with the United States and Mexico that still needs to...

Stocks slide on Wall Street over new trade war concerns

Nov. 20, 2019 2:10 PM EST

Stocks moved broadly lower in afternoon trading on Wall Street Wednesday as investors turned anxious about the possibility that the U.S. and China may not reach a trade deal before next year. A published report suggested a “phase one” trade pact may not be completed this year as negotiators continue...

Last campus protesters hold out as Hong Kong schools reopen

Nov. 20, 2019 1:31 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong schools reopened Wednesday after a six-day shutdown, but students and commuters faced transit disruptions as the last anti-government protesters remained holed up on a university campus, surrounded by police. City officials tried to restore a sense of normalcy as primary and...

Shark crosses Pacific: Parra joins Yomiuri Giants

Nov. 20, 2019 1:28 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The “Baby Shark” is moving to Japan. Outfielder Gerardo Parra has agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract with the Central League champion Yomiuri Giants. As part of the agreement announced Tuesday, Parra can earn $500,000 in bonuses next year. The deal includes a $3 million...

US envoy says time running short for North Korea deal

Nov. 20, 2019 1:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. official in charge of talks with North Korea said Wednesday that time is running short to achieve a deal, but not because of the end-of-year deadline set by the North’s leader, Kim Jong Un. A crisis or any other distraction could derail talks to end North Korea’s...

Number of Chinese visitors to Hawaii continues to decline

Nov. 20, 2019 12:56 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The number of Chinese visitors to Hawaii is decreasing in a trend that has continued for the past four years, officials said. The Hawaii Tourism Authority found Chinese visitors to the state are down 26% through the third quarter of 2019 that closed at the end of September, Hawaii Public...

Murray, Djokovic looking forward to playing in 2020 Olympics

Nov. 20, 2019 11:50 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic have their sights set on playing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Murray said Wednesday “he would love to compete in Tokyo,” and Djokovic acknowledged the Olympics are “very high on the list of wishes for next year.” Murray, the two-time...

A glance at NATO’s aims for Dec. summit, as tensions simmer

Nov. 20, 2019 11:06 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO foreign ministers met in Brussels Wednesday to make final preparations for an imminent summit of the military alliance’s leaders amid deep political tensions between the allies. The rift was exacerbated by French President Emmanuel Macron’s allegations that NATO is...

Molly Solomon promoted to lead NBC Olympics coverage

Nov. 20, 2019 10:34 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Molly Solomon began her career at NBC Sports as a researcher for its Olympics coverage. Nearly 30 years later, she will lead its coverage. NBC announced Tuesday that it has promoted Solomon to executive producer and president of the network’s Olympics unit, becoming the first...

US baseball’s prospects struggle to reach Olympics

Nov. 20, 2019 10:21 AM EST

Brandon Dickson, the U.S. closer who blew a ninth-inning lead, threw his last major league pitch in 2012. Caleb Thielbar, who gave up the game-winning hit in the 10th, threw his last big league pitch in 2015. The entire 28-man American roster at the Olympic qualifying tournament that ended Sunday combined for a...