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China demands US cancel arms sale to Taiwan

Sep. 25, 2018 5:26 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday demanded the U.S. cancel a $330 million sale of military equipment to Taiwan, warning of "severe damage" to bilateral relations and mutual cooperation if Washington fails to comply. Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters at a regular briefing that the sale...

Cuomo signs bill naming highway bridge after WWII veteran

Sep. 25, 2018 12:09 AM EDT

BOSTON, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that names a bridge on a western New York highway in honor of a local World War II veteran who flew more than 50 missions in the Pacific. The measure signed Monday by the Democrat names a Route 219 bridge over state Route 391 in the Erie County...

The Latest: Utility: No negative impacts at flooded ash dump

Sep. 24, 2018 9:11 PM EDT

BLADENBORO, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the remnants of Hurricane Florence (all times local): 8:45 p.m. Duke Energy says results from samples collected downstream of a flooded North Carolina coal ash dump show no negative impacts to the Cape Fear River. The data Duke released Monday came from a sample...

2-year window for child sex abuse suits advances in House

Sep. 24, 2018 8:17 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A proposal to give victims of child sexual abuse a two-year window to sue over allegations that would otherwise be too old to pursue was overwhelmingly approved by the state House on Monday, as supporters cheered from the gallery. The 171-23 vote was on an amendment to adopt the...

The Latest: Zinke says public lands not going to oil, gas

Sep. 24, 2018 7:19 PM EDT

ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah (AP) — The Latest on Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's visit to Utah (all times local): 5:10 p.m. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke dismissed the notion that he's giving away public lands to oil and gas during a visit to at Zion National Park where he drew attention to the maintenance...

Hawley defends duck boat lawsuit in latest court filing

Sep. 24, 2018 7:08 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is defending his lawsuit against the operators of a duck boat that sank in July, killing 17 people. Hawley's August lawsuit accuses Branson Duck Vehicles and Ripley Entertainment Inc. of violating Missouri's consumer protection law and...

Cosby prosecutor asks for 5 to 10 years in prison

Sep. 24, 2018 5:51 PM EDT

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Declaring Bill Cosby doesn't deserve a free pass because of his advanced age, prosecutors on Monday asked a judge to sentence the comedian to five to 10 years in prison for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman, while the defense argued that he is too old and helpless to do time...

AP Explains: The US push to boost 'quantum computing'

Sep. 24, 2018 3:39 PM EDT

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. (AP) — A race by U.S. tech companies to build a new generation of powerful "quantum computers" could get a $1.3 billion boost from Congress, fueled in part by lawmakers' fear of growing competition from China. Legislation passed earlier in September by the U.S. House of...

Employers giving paid leave getting tax credits in new law

Sep. 24, 2018 3:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Employers who offer paid family and medical leave to their workers earning up to $72,000 a year can receive tax credits under the new tax law, the government has affirmed. The Treasury Department issued guidelines Monday for the tax credit, which is available to employers for leave paid...

New, more secure Kentucky driver's license designs unveiled

Sep. 24, 2018 2:59 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky transportation officials say newly redesigned driver's licenses will enhance security and make it harder for counterfeiters to duplicate. State Department of Vehicle Regulation Commissioner Matt Henderson showed off the design at a news conference Monday. With the change,...