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Army's use of TikTok app raises concerns on Capitol Hill

Nov. 12, 2019 6:21 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army's use of a China-owned video app called TikTok as part of a new campaign to recruit young people into the service is raising concerns on Capitol Hill. Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer sent a letter to Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy asking about potential national security risks posed...

Lawsuit aims to kill stalled $2B methanol refinery project

Nov. 12, 2019 6:12 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday aims to keep one of the world's biggest methanol refineries from being built along the Columbia River in Washington state. Plans for the $2 billion refinery, shipping terminal and pipeline project in the small city of Kalama are already stalled after a state...

Senate Democrats assail Trump's $16B bailout for farmers

Nov. 12, 2019 5:24 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — President Donald Trump's $16 billion bailout package for farmers hurt by the trade war with China unfairly benefits the South at the expense of the North and wealthy producers over smaller farms, Democratic senators concluded in a report released Tuesday. The report, one of the sharpest...

US stock indexes turn mixed after early rally loses momentum

Nov. 12, 2019 4:53 PM EST

Stocks on Wall Street closed with modest gains Tuesday after an early rally lost momentum toward the end of the day. The Nasdaq composite still finished with its second record high in three days, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average ended unchanged from the all-time high it set a day earlier. The S&P 500...

Gas up 3 cents per gallon in Massachusetts

Nov. 12, 2019 3:00 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The average price of a gallon of gasoline in Massachusetts has increased 3 cents as trade tensions between the U.S. and China cool. AAA Northeast reported Tuesday that self-serve, regular is now selling for an average of $2.51 per gallon. That is a dime lower than the national average, and 23...

Prosecutors want 18-month sentence for Mar-a-Lago trespasser

Nov. 12, 2019 12:21 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Federal prosecutors want an 18-month prison sentence for a Chinese businesswoman convicted of trespassing at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club and lying to Secret Service agents. Assistant U.S. Attorney Rolando Garcia said in a court memo posted this week that he agrees...

AP Photos: Portraits of Hong Kong's masked protesters

Nov. 12, 2019 11:25 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — For many protesters in Hong Kong, identity is entwined with surveillance. Their signature masks, umbrellas and top-to-bottom black outfits shield them not only from physical threats like the riot police's tear gas and rubber bullets, but also from the invisible dangers of government...

Tear gas and fires: Hong Kong protests from morning to night

Nov. 12, 2019 11:19 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Protesters in Hong Kong battled police on multiple fronts Tuesday, from major disruptions during the morning rush hour to a late-night standoff at a prominent university, as the 5-month-old anti-government movement takes an increasingly violent turn. Gasoline bombs and fires lit up the...

Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii is writing memoir, due in 2021

Nov. 12, 2019 10:16 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, the Senate's first Asian American woman and only current immigrant, is working on a memoir. Viking announced Tuesday that the book, currently untitled, will come out in 2021. Hirono, 72, will write about emigrating at age 8 to the United States after her mother...

Japan, US say 3-way ties with S. Korea are key to security

Nov. 12, 2019 10:00 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, agreed with Japanese officials Tuesday that three-way cooperation with South Korea is key to regional security and that an intelligence sharing pact between Tokyo and Seoul should not be scrapped. Japanese Foreign Minister...