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Trump defends himself against whistleblower complaint

Sep. 20, 2019 10:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump defended himself Friday against a whistleblower's complaint including a reported private conversation he had with a foreign leader. The complaint, which the administration has refused to let Congress see, is "serious" and "urgent," the government's intelligence...

Journalists see heart of Saudi oil industry after attack

Sep. 20, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

BUQAYQ, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia took journalists on Friday to the site of a missile-and-drone strike on the kingdom's oil industry that shook global energy markets over the weekend, while Kuwait raised the security levels at its ports following the attack that the U.S. alleges Iran carried out....

Young people lead global climate change protests

Sep. 20, 2019 8:53 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — In Canberra and Kabul, Cape Town and Berlin, and across the globe, hundreds of thousands of people took the streets Friday to demand that leaders tackle climate change in the run-up to a U.N. summit. Many were children who skipped school to take part in the second "Global Climate Strike,"...

Imelda leaves 2 dead in Texas, others stranded and trapped

Sep. 20, 2019 9:22 AM EDT

CHINA, Texas (AP) — Emergency crews continued to pull motorists and others from high water Friday after the remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda soaked the Houston area, leaving at least two people dead and prompting hundreds of rescues for people trapped during a relentless downpour that drew comparisons to...

At least they're talking: EU, UK push on with Brexit meets

Sep. 20, 2019 9:45 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British and European Union negotiators agreed Friday to press on with talks in search of an elusive Brexit deal, as Ireland's deputy leader warned that the two sides remain far apart despite an improvement in the "mood music." After weeks spent demanding that Britain provide concrete...

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio drops 2020 presidential bid

Sep. 20, 2019 8:36 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ended his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination on Friday after struggling to gain traction in a sprawling field of candidates. Announcing his decision in an MSNBC interview, de Blasio did not throw his support behind any candidate but...

Central America's dengue epidemic deadly in Honduras

Sep. 20, 2019 12:09 AM EDT

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — In a ward usually reserved for juvenile burn victims, children lay listlessly under mosquito nets next to worried parents. On a recent day, 9-year-old Carlos Benítez was headed home after enduring several days of intravenous fluids while doctors waited for his dengue fever...

What makes Impossible meat possible? A "bloody" ingredient

Sep. 20, 2019 10:50 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — What makes Impossible burgers possible? An engineered ingredient that makes the veggie patty look bloody — and one of many new concoctions food regulators expect to see more of in the coming years. Several new vegetarian products are competing to win over meat lovers, but two...

About 75 people gather at Area 51 gate, 2 people detained

Sep. 20, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

HIKO, Nev. (AP) — About 75 people arrived early Friday at a gate at the once-secret Area 51 military base in Nevada — at the time appointed by an internet hoaxster to "storm" the facility to see space aliens — and at least two were detained by sheriff's deputies. The "Storm Area 51"...

Stocks edge higher; S&P 500 heads for another week of gains

Sep. 20, 2019 10:53 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks edged higher in early trading on Friday as most sectors of the market posted small gains. The S&P 500 rose 0.3% to 3,014 and is within 12 points of all-time high. The index is headed for a fourth straight weekly gain, even after some volatility during the week caused by...

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Greek archaeologists uncover riches overlooked by robbers

Sep. 20, 2019 11:12 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Archaeologists in northern Greece have explored more than 200 new graves in a vast ancient cemetery that was plundered in antiquity but still retained rich finds, including a gold mask and bronze helmets. In a statement Friday, the Culture Ministry said the most impressive finds came...

Tour operator Thomas Cook in race to avoid collapse

Sep. 20, 2019 11:11 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Thomas Cook, one of the world's oldest and largest travel companies, is facing a race against time to stay afloat and ensure that around 150,000 British holidaymakers traveling abroad can get home. The debt-laden tour operator confirmed Friday it was seeking 200 million pounds ($250 million)...

Mechanic pleads not guilty in airliner sabotage case

Sep. 20, 2019 11:09 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A former American Airlines mechanic who prosecutors say may have some links to terrorists has pleaded not guilty to charges that he sabotaged an aircraft with 150 people aboard. The plea came at a hearing Friday in Miami federal court for 60-year-old Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani. He's...

State police says it plans to resume noting race of drivers

Sep. 20, 2019 11:09 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania State Police says it hopes to resume collecting data early next year on the race of drivers that troopers pull over after a news organization reported the practice ended seven years ago. Spotlight PA said Friday the agency stopped recording the race of drivers in...

Iowa unemployment rate remains unchanged at 2.5%

Sep. 20, 2019 11:09 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's unemployment rate remained at 2.5% in August. Iowa Workforce Development reported Friday that the rate didn't change from the previous month as the number of unemployed people and the number of residents with jobs both increased. Iowa is tied for the nation's third-lowest...

About 75 people gather at Area 51 gate, 2 people detained

Sep. 20, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

HIKO, Nev. (AP) — About 75 people arrived early Friday at a gate at the once-secret Area 51 military base in Nevada — at the time appointed by an internet hoaxster to "storm" the facility to see space aliens — and at least two were detained by sheriff's deputies. The "Storm Area 51"...

Man shot by police in hours-long standoff

Sep. 20, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Police in New Hampshire say a man was shot during an hours-long standoff with officers at his home in Nashua. The attorney general's office said Friday that officers responded to the home at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday regarding a criminal threatening complaint. The man was barricaded...

US says airstrike against IS in Libya kills 8

Sep. 20, 2019 11:06 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The U.S. military says it has carried out an airstrike against the Islamic State group in Libya. It's the first U.S. airstrike in the North African country in over a year. U.S. Africa Command released a statement Friday saying eight militants were killed in the airstrike, launched a day...

Chicago-area police find $1M in goods taken from rail cars

Sep. 20, 2019 11:05 AM EDT

MARKHAM, Ill. (AP) — South suburban Chicago police say they've arrested five men in connection with the recovery of more than $1 million in goods stolen from rail cars. Markham police said Friday the stolen goods were found in a storage facility. They say five people are in custody and more arrests are...

Cop convicted of using counterfeit bar codes to buy items

Sep. 20, 2019 11:04 AM EDT

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — A police officer accused of using counterfeit bar codes to pay significantly lower prices for collectibles he bought at stores while in his police uniform has been convicted of theft and official misconduct. Blake Clay faces up to five years in state prison when he's sentenced Nov....