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Trump fires back after Mueller disputes accuracy of report

Jan. 19, 2019 12:54 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller's office has issued a rare public statement disputing the accuracy of BuzzFeed News' report that said President Donald Trump's former attorney told Mueller that the president directed him to lie to Congress. BuzzFeed, citing two unidentified law enforcement...

Trump plans 'major announcement' on border, longest shutdown

Jan. 19, 2019 12:52 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he'll be making a "major announcement" on the government shutdown and the southern border on Saturday afternoon as the standstill over his border wall continues into its fifth week. Democrats are now proposing hundreds of millions of dollars for new immigration...

Officer who shot black teen sentenced to nearly 7 years

Jan. 18, 2019 11:19 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The white Chicago officer who gunned down a black teenager in 2014 was sentenced Friday to nearly seven years in prison, ending an explosive case that arose from one of the nation's most graphic dashcam videos and added fuel to debates about race and policing and law enforcement's "code of...

Mothers of slain Nicaraguan students unite to seek justice

Jan. 18, 2019 5:45 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The two mothers walked shoulder-to-shoulder ahead of a casket in the northern Nicaraguan city of Esteli, wailing in shared grief at the killings of their sons during a wave of anti-government protests. Francisca Machado was accompanying the casket holding her 24-year-old son Franco...

Products made of threatened African wildlife sold at US expo

Jan. 18, 2019 8:55 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Photos and video taken by animal welfare activists at a recent trophy hunting convention show an array of products crafted from the body parts of threatened big-game animals, including boots, chaps, belts and furniture labeled as elephant leather. Vendors at the Safari Club International...

Total lunar eclipse meets supermoon Sunday night

Jan. 18, 2019 4:08 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Here comes a total lunar eclipse and supermoon, all wrapped into one. The moon, Earth and sun will line up this weekend for the only total lunar eclipse this year and next. At the same time, the moon will be ever so closer to Earth and appear slightly bigger and brighter than...

Researchers come face to face with huge great white shark

Jan. 18, 2019 2:46 PM EST

HALEIWA, Hawaii (AP) — Two shark researchers who came face to face with what could be one of the largest great whites ever recorded are using their encounter as an opportunity to push for legislation that would protect sharks in Hawaii. Ocean Ramsey, a shark researcher and conservationist, told The...

Horrifying fireball at ruptured Mexico oil pipeline kills 21

Jan. 19, 2019 12:47 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A massive fireball that engulfed people scooping up fuel spilling from a pipeline ruptured by thieves in central Mexico killed 21 people and badly burned 71 others in what was a chronicle of a tragedy foretold. It came just three weeks after new President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador...

Trump promises March for Life crowd that he stands with them

Jan. 19, 2019 1:06 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump sought to assure opponents of abortion rights on Friday that he stands with them and would veto any legislation from a Democratic-controlled House that "weakens the protection of human life." Trump spoke via video to participants at this year's March for Life on the...

Talks over Los Angeles teachers strike to resume Saturday

Jan. 19, 2019 1:07 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Striking teachers and the nation's second-largest school district are set to continue renewed negotiations Saturday following a fifth day of passionate protests in Los Angeles. Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted that talks ended without a deal between a teachers' union and the Los Angeles...

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Indonesia cleric to be freed despite holding to radicalism

Jan. 19, 2019 2:07 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Lawyers say the Islamic cleric who was the ideological leader of the Bali bombers and other Indonesian militants is being freed after the country's president relented on a requirement he renounce radical beliefs. Abu Bakar Bashir had previously been ineligible for a parole because...

Man charged with murder in death of Israeli in Australia

Jan. 19, 2019 1:40 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A 20-year-old man appeared in an Australian court on Saturday charged with murder and rape in a savage attack on an Israeli student that had captured the country's attention. Codey Herrmann, an aspiring rapper who performs as M.C. Codez, did not apply for bail in the Melbourne...

Attack on Buddhist temple in southern Thailand kills 2 monks

Jan. 19, 2019 1:28 AM EST

HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) — Police say gunmen presumed to be Muslim insurgents have stormed a Buddhist temple in southern Thailand, killing two monks and wounding two others. The Friday night attack in Narathiwat province is the latest in a recent upsurge of violence in the area, which since 2004 has been...

UN experts: Fuel from Iran is financing Yemen rebels' war

Jan. 19, 2019 1:19 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Fuel is being shipped illegally from Iran to Houthi Shiite rebels in Yemen to finance their war against the government, and both sides are violating international law with their military campaigns and arbitrary detention of rivals, U.N. experts said in a new report. The experts...

Talks over Los Angeles teachers strike to resume Saturday

Jan. 19, 2019 1:07 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Striking teachers and the nation's second-largest school district are set to continue renewed negotiations Saturday following a fifth day of passionate protests in Los Angeles. Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted that talks ended without a deal between a teachers' union and the Los Angeles...

Trump promises March for Life crowd that he stands with them

Jan. 19, 2019 1:06 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump sought to assure opponents of abortion rights on Friday that he stands with them and would veto any legislation from a Democratic-controlled House that "weakens the protection of human life." Trump spoke via video to participants at this year's March for Life on the...

Gov. Baker proposes expanding Medicare savings program

Jan. 19, 2019 1:04 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Low-income seniors would see a break on how much they pay for health care under a plan Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is including in his state budget proposal. Under the plan, seniors who earn 130 to 165 percent of the federal poverty level — from just under $16,000 to about $20,000...

The Latest: No deal yet in Los Angeles teachers strike

Jan. 19, 2019 12:50 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the Los Angeles teachers strike (all times local): 9:45 p.m. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti says a second day of renewed negotiations between striking teachers and the nation's second-largest school district ended without a deal. Garcetti tweeted late Friday that the...

Horrifying fireball at ruptured Mexico oil pipeline kills 21

Jan. 19, 2019 12:47 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A massive fireball that engulfed people scooping up fuel spilling from a pipeline ruptured by thieves in central Mexico killed 21 people and badly burned 71 others in what was a chronicle of a tragedy foretold. It came just three weeks after new President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador...

Pacific Rim trade bloc meets in Tokyo, prepping for growth

Jan. 19, 2019 12:23 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Trade ministers of a Pacific Rim trade bloc were meeting in Tokyo on Saturday, gearing up to roll out and expand the market-opening initiative. The Pacific Rim free trade agreement, rejected by President Donald Trump after he took office in 2017, took effect at the end of last year after...