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Trump threatens shutdown in wild encounter with Democrats

Dec. 11, 2018 7:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a wild Oval Office confrontation, President Donald Trump heatedly threatened to shut down the U.S. government Tuesday as he and Democratic leaders bickered over funding for his promised border wall and offered a grim preview of life in Washington the next two years under divided...

A primer on the ongoing Trump-Russia investigation

Dec. 11, 2018 9:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is facing escalating criminal investigations in Washington and New York that are examining not only whether his campaign coordinated with the Kremlin but also whether he illegally bought the silence of two women who say they had sex with him. A look at the nearly...

Woman who accused man of rape outraged he got no jail time

Dec. 10, 2018 11:09 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — A Texas judge on Monday accepted a plea bargain allowing a former Baylor University student accused of raping a woman at a fraternity party to avoid serving jail time, marking at least the third time the judge has approved probation for men accused of sexually assaulting Baylor students....

UK's May hits narrowing road for help rescuing Brexit deal

Dec. 11, 2018 5:16 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May said she found "a shared determination" among some European leaders Tuesday to persuade the British Parliament to accept a proposed Brexit deal, but her continental counterparts insisted any room for revisions was small. So many British lawmakers oppose the deal...

Huawei CFO gets bail; China detains ex-Canadian diplomat

Dec. 12, 2018 12:25 AM EST

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — A Canadian court granted bail Tuesday to a top Chinese executive arrested at the United States' request in a case that has set off a diplomatic furor among the three countries and complicated high-stakes U.S.-China trade talks. Hours before the bail hearing in Vancouver,...

With new board in place, CBS to decide Moonves' exit pay

Dec. 11, 2018 5:46 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The newly elected CBS board faces daunting tasks: deciding whether former CEO Les Moonves gets a $120 million exit package following a sexual-misconduct investigation and charting a path for CBS to recover after the scandal. CBS shareholders ratified the 11 board members, including six new...

US returns 3 disputed bells taken from Philippines in 1901

Dec. 11, 2018 6:11 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — For over a century, the Bells of Balangiga have not rung in the Philippines, a silence that the president last year called "painful." Now, the revered bells will once again be heard in the country. Hundreds of Filipino villagers in 1901, armed with bolos and disguised as women,...

4 journalists and a newspaper are Time's Person of the Year

Dec. 11, 2018 5:37 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Time magazine on Tuesday recognized journalists, including the slain Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi, as its 2018 Person of the Year in what it said was an effort to emphasize the importance of reporters' work in an increasingly hostile world. The designation wasn't intended as a specific...

Seahawks on brink of playoffs after 21-7 win over Vikings

Dec. 11, 2018 2:18 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Bobby Wagner leaped over the line of scrimmage, swatted Dan Bailey's field goal attempt and sparked the Seattle Seahawks to two late touchdowns. Whether or not what Wagner did was entirely legal, he frankly didn't care. "I'm not stressing about that. I made the play. They called what they...

'Many' candidates vying for chief of staff job, Trump says

Dec. 11, 2018 3:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wanted: Top aide to most powerful leader in world. Chief qualification: Willing to take the job. Must also be prepared to tolerate regular undermining by boss and risk of steep legal bills. Post-employment prospects: Uncertain. President Donald Trump is scrambling to find a new chief...

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Priest accused of sexual abuse arrested on new allegations

Dec. 12, 2018 3:19 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Catholic priest in Washington, D.C., charged with sexually abusing a child has been arrested on new abuse allegations. News outlets report 46-year-old Urbano Vazquez surrendered to authorities Tuesday on charges including sexual assault of a minor. A police report and city U.S....

As May faces leadership vote, a look at what happens next

Dec. 12, 2018 3:15 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May is facing a no-confidence vote from Conservative lawmakers angry about the divorce deal she has struck with the European Union. Here's a look at how the Conservative Party goes about challenging and changing leaders. A confidence vote in the leader is...

Beyonce! Hillary! Guests flood India for a very big wedding

Dec. 12, 2018 3:13 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — In a season of big Indian weddings, the Wednesday marriage of two billionaire scions is set to be the biggest of them all. The bride, Isha Ambani, is the Ivy League-educated daughter of industrialist Mukesh Ambani, thought to be India's richest man. Forbes estimates his net worth at over...

Nominees for Screen Actors Guild Awards to be announced

Dec. 12, 2018 3:09 AM EST

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — The nominees for the Screen Actors Guild Awards will be announced Wednesday as the show prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary. "Crazy Rich Asians" star Awkwafina and "Orange Is the New Black" actress Laverne Cox will read the nominations beginning at 7 a.m. Pacific at the...

Georgia dad found guilty of murder in shaking death of baby

Dec. 12, 2018 3:08 AM EST

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man has been found guilty of second-degree murder in the shaking death of his 10-month-old daughter. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports 32-year-old Sidrick Melancon was convicted Tuesday in the 2017 death of Laura, who prosecutors say was shaken by her mother....

5 detained as France hunts Christmas market terror suspect

Dec. 12, 2018 3:05 AM EST

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — French authorities detained five people as they hunted Wednesday for a suspected extremist who sprayed gunfire at one of Europe's most famous Christmas markets in the eastern city of Strasbourg, killing three and wounding at least 13 and putting the whole country on edge anew. The...

'Jurassic Park,' 'Shining' added to National Film Registry

Dec. 12, 2018 3:04 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The National Film Registry is turning 30 and will bring in a new crop of films ranging from dinosaurs' return from extinction, a cowboys-in-love drama and stories showcasing Native Americans. The Library of Congress announced Wednesday that the films "Jurassic Park," ''Brokeback...

Hopes for US-China trade talks help push Asian shares higher

Dec. 12, 2018 3:04 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares rose Wednesday amid hopes for progress in U.S.-China trade talks. ASIA'S DAY: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 jumped 2.2 percent to 21,602.75. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 edged up 1.4 percent to 5,653.50. South Korea's Kospi was up 1.4 percent at 2,082.57. Hong Kong's Hang Seng added...

China says no information on detained ex-Canadian diplomat

Dec. 12, 2018 2:59 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China's Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that it had no information about a former Canadian diplomat detained in Beijing in apparent retaliation for Canada's arrest of a leading Chinese executive. While declining to confirm the detention of Michael Kovrig, ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the...

Britain's May to face no-confidence vote by lawmakers

Dec. 12, 2018 2:57 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — A British Conservative Party official says Prime Minister Theresa May will face a no-confidence vote from party lawmakers. Graham Brady says the threshold of 48 letters from lawmakers needed to trigger a leadership vote has been reached. Brady chairs the party committee that oversees...