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Trump cancels summit, citing 'open hostility' by North Korea

May. 24, 2018 1:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a dramatic diplomatic turn, President Donald Trump on Thursday called off next month's summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, calling the cancellation a "tremendous setback" for peace and stressing that the US military was ready to respond to any "foolish or reckless acts" by the...

N. Korea demolishes nuclear test site as journalists watch

May. 24, 2018 12:07 PM EDT

PUNGGYE-RI, North Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made good on his promise to demolish his country's nuclear test site, which was formally closed in a series of huge explosions Thursday as a group of foreign journalists looked on. The explosions at the test site deep in the mountains of the...

China says no reason found for US staffer's sonic condition

May. 24, 2018 11:17 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — No explanation has yet been found for a U.S. government employee's report of abnormal sensations of sound and pressure, China said Thursday, as the incident in southern Guangzhou city recalled the experiences of illness-stricken American diplomats in Cuba. "China is already conducting a...

Dem, GOP leaders to get classified briefings on Russia probe

May. 24, 2018 12:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate lawmakers from both parties are meeting with top intelligence officials Thursday for classified briefings as President Donald Trump has raised new suspicions about the federal investigation into his 2016 campaign. Trump is calling his newest attempt at discrediting...

Cyclone Mekunu pounds Yemen island on its path to Oman

May. 24, 2018 11:42 AM EDT

SALALAH, Oman (AP) — Cyclone Mekunu pounded the Yemeni island of Socotra in the Arabian Sea on Thursday morning, lashing it with heavy rain and strong winds as the powerful storm remained on a path to strike Oman this weekend. At least 17 people were reported missing. With winds now gusting up to 160 kph...

Probe: Missile that downed MH17 came from Russia-based unit

May. 24, 2018 1:23 PM EDT

BUNNIK, Netherlands (AP) — The missile used to shoot down a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet over eastern Ukraine in 2014, killing all 298 aboard, belonged to a Russia-based military unit, an international team of investigators said Thursday after painstakingly studying video and photos of a military...

Security troops on US nuclear missile base took LSD

May. 24, 2018 6:02 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — One airman said he felt paranoia. Another marveled at the vibrant colors. A third admitted, "I absolutely just loved altering my mind." Meet service members entrusted with guarding nuclear missiles that are among the most powerful in America's arsenal. Air Force records obtained by The...

Bucks' Brown decries 'police intimidation' during arrest

May. 24, 2018 9:04 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee police chief has apologized to Sterling Brown and says officers have been disciplined for acting "inappropriately" after the Bucks player was zapped with a stun gun during his arrest for a parking violation in January. Brown, who is African-American, said in a statement...

Stoner comedy pioneer Tommy Chong still toking, joking at 80

May. 24, 2018 12:58 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yeah man, Tommy Chong says he always knew he'd live to see the day marijuana legalization would be sweeping America. He knew when he and partner Cheech Marin pioneered stoner comedy 50 years ago, a time when taunting the establishment with constant reminders that they didn't just play...

Michigan Supreme Court justice: Judges must cool rhetoric

May. 24, 2018 1:35 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan Supreme Court justice has a message for judges who seem to seek vengeance: cool it, folks. Justice Bridget McCormack said judges should drop rhetoric that "would validly call into question judicial impartiality." She said it's important these days, especially "when our norms of...

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Kansas water park: Rides won't open until issues resolved

May. 24, 2018 1:44 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The operator of a Kansas water park where a boy was killed on a giant waterslide in 2016 says the park won't open for the season until safety issues raised in a recent state audit are resolved, though it believes the audit stemmed from a "malicious effort" to "stir up unfounded fear."...

Ex-CHP officer gets jail for embezzling from employee club

May. 24, 2018 1:43 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A former California Highway Patrol officer has been sentenced to 30 days in jail for embezzling money from a CHP employee club. Orange County prosecutors say 41-year-old Mark Matthew Linza of Huntington Beach was also ordered Wednesday to pay restitution and to serve three years of...

Texas governor meeting with students, shooting survivors

May. 24, 2018 1:42 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is shifting the focus of his meetings on school safety and mass shootings this week to those who have been closest to the recent violence, including students, surviving victims and one person who grabbed a gun and fought back. Abbott, a staunch gun-rights...

New Jersey beaches weathered 'Foureaster' in good shape

May. 24, 2018 1:41 PM EDT

ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) — Despite what seemed like an unusually stormy winter, New Jersey's beaches emerged in good shape, even after a series of March storms collectively dubbed the "Foureaster." State environmental officials and a coastal engineering expert from Stevens Institute of Technology made the...

Officials: Efforts failing to save US West sagebrush land

May. 24, 2018 1:41 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Officials say they're losing the battle against a devastating combination of invasive plant species and wildfires in the vast sagebrush habitats in the U.S. West that support cattle ranching, recreation and is home to an imperiled bird. The Western Association of Fish & Wildlife...

Herbert open to gun reform, criticizes NRA tactics

May. 24, 2018 1:40 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says he is open to changing the state's gun laws as one of other strategies to prevent violence at schools. The Republican said at his monthly televised news conference at KUED Thursday that he is not a member of the National Rifle Association. While he supports...

Feds: Uber self-driving SUV saw pedestrian, did not brake

May. 24, 2018 1:40 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The autonomous Uber SUV that struck and killed an Arizona pedestrian in March spotted the woman about six seconds before hitting her, but did not stop because the system used to automatically apply brakes in potentially dangerous situations had been disabled, according to federal...

A rare look at NYC's potter's field, home to 1 million dead

May. 24, 2018 1:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An island that holds the remains of 1 million deceased New Yorkers has long been shrouded in secrecy. But the city's Department of Correction partially opened Hart Island to reporters this week for a rare look at the place that has served as New York City's potter's field for 150 years....

Car-sharing service car2go suspending operations in Toronto

May. 24, 2018 1:38 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — The car-sharing service car2go said Thursday it is indefinitely suspending its operations in Canada's largest city because parking regulations make its business inoperable. The German-based company sent an email to its 80,000 users on in Toronto on Thursday saying it will suspend operations...

Boston Globe probes text allegation against top editor

May. 24, 2018 1:36 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Globe executives said Wednesday they're investigating an allegation the newspaper's top editor had an inappropriate text exchange with a former employee he once dated. Hilary Sargent, a former editor for Boston.com, tweeted a screenshot of a text exchange she said occurred between her...