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Chicago's vast camera network helped solve Smollett case

Feb. 22, 2019 1:08 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Police tapped into Chicago's vast network of surveillance cameras — and even some homeowners' doorbell cameras — to track down two brothers who later claimed they were paid by "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett to stage an attack on him, the latest example of the city's high-tech...

New election ordered in disputed North Carolina House race

Feb. 21, 2019 7:30 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's elections board Thursday ordered a new election in the nation's last undecided congressional race after the Republican candidate conceded his lead was tainted by evidence of ballot-tampering by political operatives working for him. The State Board of Elections voted...

Battle of the bands: Venezuela power struggle turns to music

Feb. 22, 2019 12:10 AM EST

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — Venezuela's power struggle is set to become a battle of the bands Friday when musicians demanding President Nicolas Maduro allow in humanitarian aid and those supporting his refusal sing in rival concerts being held at both sides of a border bridge where tons of donated food and...

Worry about US-SKorea alliance grows before Trump-Kim summit

Feb. 22, 2019 12:15 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — As President Donald Trump seeks a nuclear deal with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next week in Vietnam, some in Seoul are wondering if the fate of Washington's decades-long military alliance with South Korea could be at stake. Much of this worry is linked to Trump's repeated...

Mueller report looming, new attorney general in hot seat

Feb. 22, 2019 12:23 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — William Barr has been attorney general for just one week but is on the cusp of staring down what will almost certainly be the most consequential decision of his long career: how much of the special counsel's findings to make public. The position catapults him from Justice Department...

Judge grants citizenship to twin son of gay couple

Feb. 22, 2019 12:56 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge in California ruled Thursday that a twin son of a gay married couple has been an American citizen since birth, handing a defeat to the U.S. government, which had only granted the status to his brother. The State Department was wrong to deny citizenship to 2-year-old Ethan...

Japan's Akihito seen as devoted to duties, open to new ideas

Feb. 22, 2019 12:17 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Emperor Akihito has devoted his 30-year reign to making amends for a war fought in his father's name, while adapting the 1,500-year-old monarchy to draw the Imperial Family closer to the public. Whether kneeling beside Empress Michiko to speak intimately with disaster victims, or...

From Syria, IS slips into Iraq to fight another day

Feb. 22, 2019 1:26 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Islamic State fighters facing defeat in Syria are slipping across the border into Iraq, where they are destabilizing the country's fragile security, U.S. and Iraqi officials say. Hundreds — likely more than 1,000 — IS fighters have crossed the open, desert border in the past...

Cellphone internet access bringing changes fast to Cuba

Feb. 22, 2019 12:04 AM EST

HAVANA (AP) — After a tornado slammed Havana in late January, Mijail Ramirez complained on Twitter that authorities were threatening to evict him from his damaged home. A week later he said the government had changed its mind and would help him rebuild the house. Jorge Luis Leon used the official Twitter...

Israel flying to moon after SpaceX launch

Feb. 22, 2019 1:23 AM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — An Israeli spacecraft rocketed toward the moon for the country's first attempted lunar landing, following a launch Thursday night by SpaceX. A communications satellite for Indonesia was the main cargo aboard the Falcon 9 rocket, which illuminated the sky as it took flight. But...

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Nigeria leader says many feared 'the worst' after vote delay

Feb. 22, 2019 2:06 AM EST

KANO, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's president in a final appeal to the nation before Saturday's election says many "thought the worst might happen" after a surprise week-long delay but he pledges that people can go to the polls free from fear. President Muhammadu Buhari spoke Friday morning, nearly 24 hours...

Police seeking those responsible for deadly Bangladesh fire

Feb. 22, 2019 2:01 AM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Police on Friday were seeking up to a dozen suspects in connection with a fire in the oldest part of Bangladesh's capital that killed at least 67 people. "We are investigating to find those responsible. We have not mentioned any names in the case. Upon investigation we will be able...

India seeks to control rivers into Pakistan as punishment

Feb. 22, 2019 2:00 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India says it is building dams to stop its share of water from flowing into Pakistan-controlled Kashmir as it seeks to punish its longtime rival for an attack on paramilitary soldiers last week that left 40 dead. Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari said that India will harness its share...

Colorado 'red flag' gun bill passes first hearing

Feb. 22, 2019 1:55 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Democrats launched another campaign Thursday to pass a "red flag" gun law — an effort backed by many top law enforcement officials to allow weapons to be seized from people who are determined by a court to pose significant risk. Florida passed its own "red flag" law after the...

Saudi crown prince meets Chinese official on Beijing visit

Feb. 22, 2019 1:47 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met Friday with a Chinese vice premier in a bid to strengthen relations in the face of criticism from the West over the kingdom's human rights record and its war in Yemen. Prince Mohammed held bilateral talks Friday with Han Zheng at the Great Hall of...

AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Feb. 22, 2019 1:46 AM EST

A fire that raced through part of a historic district of Bangladesh's capital took hours to extinguish and killed dozens. Firefighters and residents frantically worked to douse the flames in the densely packed neighborhood that is a mix of homes, shops and warehouses. In other images from the Asia-Pacific region...

Australia says coal holdups at China ports are not a ban

Feb. 22, 2019 1:40 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Australia's trade minister says that while there might be some delays in processing of coal shipments at Chinese ports, he has no reason to believe China is banning Australian coal. Simon Birmingham told reporters Friday in Adelaide that he did not see any problem in the...

North Carolina doctor gets 3 years for trading drugs for sex

Feb. 22, 2019 1:39 AM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina doctor has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for giving female patients drugs such as Percocet and Clonazepam in exchange for sex. The Charlotte Observer reports Michael Alson Smith was sentenced Thursday, having pleaded guilty last year to charges...

The Latest: Colorado 'red flag' gun bill passes 1st hearing

Feb. 22, 2019 1:36 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on a Colorado "red flag" bill considered by lawmakers Thursday (all times local): 11:35 p.m. A Colorado House committee has passed "red flag" legislation that would permit the temporary seizure of guns from people deemed by a court to pose a threat to themselves or others. The...

From Syria, IS slips into Iraq to fight another day

Feb. 22, 2019 1:26 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Islamic State fighters facing defeat in Syria are slipping across the border into Iraq, where they are destabilizing the country's fragile security, U.S. and Iraqi officials say. Hundreds — likely more than 1,000 — IS fighters have crossed the open, desert border in the past...