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Trump acknowledges China polices may mean US economic pain

Aug. 20, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump acknowledged Tuesday his aggressive China trade policies may mean economic pain for Americans but insisted they're needed for more important long-term benefits. He insisted he's not fearing a recession but is nonetheless considering new tax cuts to promote growth....

Trump steadily fulfills goals on religious right wish list

Aug. 20, 2019 4:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When Donald Trump assumed the presidency, conservative religious leaders drew up "wish lists' of steps they hoped he'd take to oppose abortion and rein in the LGBTQ-rights movement. With a flurry of recent actions, Trump's administration is now winning their praise for aggressively...

Earth's future is being written in fast-melting Greenland

Aug. 20, 2019 4:35 PM EDT

HELHEIM GLACIER, Greenland (AP) — This is where Earth's refrigerator door is left open, where glaciers dwindle and seas begin to rise. New York University air and ocean scientist David Holland, who is tracking what's happening in Greenland from both above and below, calls it "the end of the planet." He is...

Australian court upholds cardinal's child sex convictions

Aug. 20, 2019 7:41 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — An Australian court has upheld convictions against the most senior Catholic to be found guilty of children sex abuse. The Victoria state Court of Appeal by a 2-1 majority ruling issued Wednesday rejected Cardinal George Pell's appeal of the unanimous verdicts a jury issued in...

Migrants exit rescue ship in Italy after 19-day standoff

Aug. 20, 2019 7:33 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — More than 80 people were being evacuated from a migrant rescue ship on Tuesday, capping a drama that saw 15 passengers jump into the sea to escape deteriorating conditions aboard and spurred Spain to dispatch a naval ship in a bid to end a weekslong humanitarian crisis with Italy. Sicilian...

LA Opera names lawyer to lead Placido Domingo investigation

Aug. 20, 2019 7:41 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Los Angeles Opera said Tuesday it will immediately open a "thorough and independent investigation" into allegations of sexual harassment against the opera star Placido Domingo, the company's general director. In a brief statement Tuesday, the opera company said it has hired Debra Wong...

Trump: Any Jew voting Democratic is uninformed or disloyal

Aug. 20, 2019 7:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Showing a fresh willingness to play politics along religious and racial lines, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that American Jewish people who vote for Democrats show "either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty." Trump's claim triggered a quick uproar from critics who said...

Execs starting to worry about tariffs' effects on consumers

Aug. 20, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

Americans continue to shop, vacation and buy cars at a brisk clip. But corporate America is starting to worry out loud that President Donald Trump's tariffs will depress consumer spending and undermine the economy. Home Depot, the nation's largest home improvement chain, said as much on Tuesday, when it reported...

US envoy to resume talks with Taliban on ending Afghan war

Aug. 20, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United States envoy negotiating with the Taliban for an end to nearly 18 years of fighting in Afghanistan was departing Tuesday for Qatar to resume talks, the State Department said, amid concerns about a growing threat by an Islamic State affiliate. Zalmay Khalilzad also will...

Italian premier resigns, blames deputy for political crisis

Aug. 20, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte resigned Tuesday, blaming the collapse of his 14-month-old populist government on his rebellious, anti-migrant Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who triggered a political crisis to try to force early elections. Addressing the Senate, Conte blasted Salvini for...

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Harvey Weinstein wants to move trial out of NYC

Aug. 20, 2019 7:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A Lawyer for Harvey Weinstein has asked that the disgraced movie mogul's upcoming criminal trial be moved out of New York City, saying he can't get a fair trial. In a longshot motion filed with the state appellate court on Friday, attorney Arthur Aidala suggested the trial be moved to...

Trump and Maduro confirm talks between high-level officials

Aug. 20, 2019 7:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday his government is talking to "various representatives" of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, who also confirmed that discussions had been taking place. In a nationally broadcast appearance hours after Trump spoke, Maduro said that "secret" talks...

Australian court upholds cardinal's child sex convictions

Aug. 20, 2019 7:41 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — An Australian court has upheld convictions against the most senior Catholic to be found guilty of children sex abuse. The Victoria state Court of Appeal by a 2-1 majority ruling issued Wednesday rejected Cardinal George Pell's appeal of the unanimous verdicts a jury issued in...

LA Opera names lawyer to lead Placido Domingo investigation

Aug. 20, 2019 7:41 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Los Angeles Opera said Tuesday it will immediately open a "thorough and independent investigation" into allegations of sexual harassment against the opera star Placido Domingo, the company's general director. In a brief statement Tuesday, the opera company said it has hired Debra Wong...

Plutonium found in Colorado soil; 2nd test shows lower level

Aug. 20, 2019 7:39 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Elevated levels of plutonium were found in the soil near a former nuclear weapons plant outside Denver, while a second test showed far lower levels, health officials said Tuesday. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said it is trying to sort out the conflicting results of...

Ex-baseball players Dotel, Castillo linked to DR drug ring

Aug. 20, 2019 7:38 PM EDT

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Authorities in the Dominican Republic have arrested former MLB pitcher Octavio Dotel and cited ex-infielder Luis Castillo for their alleged links to a drug-trafficking and money-laundering ring, officials said Tuesday. Dominican Attorney General Jean Alain...

Appeals court upholds convictions against Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic found guilty of child sex abuse

Aug. 20, 2019 7:37 PM EDT
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Appeals court upholds convictions against Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic found guilty of child sex abuse.

Migrants exit rescue ship in Italy after 19-day standoff

Aug. 20, 2019 7:33 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — More than 80 people were being evacuated from a migrant rescue ship on Tuesday, capping a drama that saw 15 passengers jump into the sea to escape deteriorating conditions aboard and spurred Spain to dispatch a naval ship in a bid to end a weekslong humanitarian crisis with Italy. Sicilian...

New blackout for Venezuela's capital compounds energy woes

Aug. 20, 2019 7:29 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Parts of Venezuela's capital and at least one state endured a power blackout on Tuesday lasting several hours, in an occurrence that has become commonplace in the crisis-stricken nation beset by energy woes. The power went out in a wide swath of Caracas during the early afternoon,...

Man who drowned at Crater Lake identified

Aug. 20, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

CRATER LAKE, Ore. (AP) — The man who drowned after jumping off a rock cliff into Crater Lake was a student at Oregon State University. Crater Lake National Park spokeswoman Marsha McCabe says 27-year-old Sumedh Mannar jumped off the cliff at Cleetwood Cove Sunday afternoon and did not resurface. McCabe...