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Signs of recession worry Trump ahead of 2020

Aug. 17, 2019 6:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is warning of an economic crash if he loses reelection, arguing that even voters who personally dislike him should base their ballots on the nation's strong growth and low unemployment rate. But privately, Trump is growing increasingly worried the economy won't look...

Hong Kong's divide: 1 protest for democracy, 1 for China

Aug. 17, 2019 6:16 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Pro-democracy protesters marched on one side of Hong Kong's famous harbor on Saturday to demand the government heed their demands. Across the water, a pro-government rally called for an end to the often violent protests. The dueling demonstrations highlighted the political divide in the...

AP Interview: Pelosi assails 'weakness' of Trump, Netanyahu

Aug. 17, 2019 12:27 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday the U.S.-Israel relationship can withstand the "weakness" of President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who shook diplomatic norms this week in barring two members of Congress from visiting the country. Pelosi told The Associated...

Indian authorities begin easing clampdown in Kashmir

Aug. 17, 2019 7:56 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir began restoring landline phone services on Saturday after a nearly two-week security crackdown and news blackout following a decision by India's government to downgrade the Muslim-majority region's autonomy. Shahid Choudhary, a government...

Native American voters, once overlooked, seek role for 2020

Aug. 17, 2019 6:28 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates will descend on Iowa next week to do something that Native Americans say doesn't happen enough: court their vote. At least seven White House hopefuls have said they'll attend a forum in Sioux City on Monday and Tuesday named for longtime Native American...

From tusks to tails, nations eye trade in endangered species

Aug. 17, 2019 6:56 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — From guitars to traditional medicines and from tusk to tail, mankind's exploitation of the planet's fauna and flora is putting some of them at risk of extinction. Representatives of some 180 nations are meeting in Geneva to agree on protections for vulnerable species, taking up issues...

Bullock tries to find middle ground on guns

Aug. 17, 2019 12:09 AM EDT

As a Democratic politician in deep-red Montana, Steve Bullock has long searched for a middle ground on guns. Now a presidential candidate in a party pushing hard for new gun-control laws, he still is. While many of his Democratic opponents go all-in on new proposals for restricting guns, responding to the latest...

'Easy Rider' star, 1960s swashbuckler Peter Fonda dies at 79

Aug. 16, 2019 10:23 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Peter Fonda, the son of a Hollywood legend who became a movie star in his own right after both writing and starring in the counter-culture classic "Easy Rider," died Friday at his home of complications from lung cancer. He was 79. "I am very sad," Jane Fonda said in a statement....

Portland, Oregon, awaits right-wing rally, counter protests

Aug. 17, 2019 12:10 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — More than two dozen local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI and the Federal Protective Service, were in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday to help police there monitor a right-wing rally that's expected to draw demonstrators from around the U.S. Self-described...

Thailand's lost baby dugong dies from shock, eating plastic

Aug. 17, 2019 6:59 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — An 8-month-old dugong nurtured by marine experts after it was found lost near a beach in southern Thailand has died of what biologists believe was a combination of shock and ingesting plastic waste, officials said Saturday. The female dugong — a large ocean mammal — was named...

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Gullah Geechee commission to meet in North Carolina

Aug. 17, 2019 8:01 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission is holding its next community meeting at a historical site near Wilmington, where members will hear updates on various projects in North Carolina. The StarNews of Wilmington reports the commission will meet Saturday at the...

Indian authorities begin easing clampdown in Kashmir

Aug. 17, 2019 7:56 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir began restoring landline phone services on Saturday after a nearly two-week security crackdown and news blackout following a decision by India's government to downgrade the Muslim-majority region's autonomy. Shahid Choudhary, a government...

Kim expresses 'great satisfaction' over NKorea weapons tests

Aug. 17, 2019 7:55 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Saturday that leader Kim Jong Un supervised another test-firing of an unspecified new weapon, seen as an attempt to pressure Washington and Seoul over slow nuclear negotiations and their joint military exercises. Pyongyang's Korean Central News Agency, or KCNA,...

The Latest: HK riot police deployed to chase down protesters

Aug. 17, 2019 7:46 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong (all times local): 7:45 p.m. Hong Kong riot police have been deployed to chase down a group of pro-democracy protesters they say were assembling illegally after the end of a sanctioned protest march. The protesters had gathered outside a police station...

Small plane makes emergency highway landing in Croatia

Aug. 17, 2019 7:38 AM EDT

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — A small plane has made an emergency landing on a main highway in Croatia, surprising drivers but causing no injuries. Croatian emergency services say the incident happened Saturday on the highway connecting the capital Zagreb with the northern Adriatic port of Rijeka. It is one of...

Police: 2nd mosque prayer leader killed in SW Pakistan

Aug. 17, 2019 7:04 AM EDT

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police said Saturday that a second mosque's prayer leader had been killed in as many days near the southwestern city of Quetta. Mohammad Azam was shot dead in front of a grocery store, according to Shafqat Mahmood, a police officer in Kuchlak, where the attacks occurred....

Libya intercepts boats with over 270 Europe-bound migrants

Aug. 17, 2019 7:01 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Libya's coast guard says it has intercepted four boats carrying 278 Europe-bound migrants off the country's Mediterranean coast. Saturday's statement by spokesman Ayoub Gassim said the migrants, including 18 women and two children, were intercepted Tuesday in separate rescue operations off the...

Zimbabwe commission asks FIFA to fire soccer bosses

Aug. 17, 2019 7:00 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's government-run sports commission said it has asked FIFA to remove officials in charge of the country's soccer federation from office and appoint a temporary committee. The Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC), which regulates sport in Zimbabwe, wants the Zimbabwe...

Thailand's lost baby dugong dies from shock, eating plastic

Aug. 17, 2019 6:59 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — An 8-month-old dugong nurtured by marine experts after it was found lost near a beach in southern Thailand has died of what biologists believe was a combination of shock and ingesting plastic waste, officials said Saturday. The female dugong — a large ocean mammal — was named...

From tusks to tails, nations eye trade in endangered species

Aug. 17, 2019 6:56 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — From guitars to traditional medicines and from tusk to tail, mankind's exploitation of the planet's fauna and flora is putting some of them at risk of extinction. Representatives of some 180 nations are meeting in Geneva to agree on protections for vulnerable species, taking up issues...