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Air New Zealand boss Luxon resigns, could pursue politics

Jun. 19, 2019 3:36 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Air New Zealand Chief Executive Christopher Luxon said Wednesday he's resigning after seven years in the top job at the national carrier. Many have speculated that Luxon has political ambitions, and that he would be a natural fit with the conservative National Party that was...

Trump EPA close to gutting Obama rule on coal power plants

Jun. 19, 2019 3:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is close to completing one of its biggest rollbacks of environmental rules, replacing a landmark Obama-era effort that sought to wean the nation's electrical grid off coal-fired power plants and their climate-damaging pollution. The final Trump administration...

The Latest: Trump protesters rally at Orlando gay bar

Jun. 19, 2019 3:14 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on planned protests of President Trump's reelection announcement in Florida (all times local): 12:45 p.m. The hometown paper of the Florida city where Donald Trump is making his reelection announcement says it won't endorse the president. The Orlando Sentinel said in an...

The Latest: Trump kicks off 2020 bid by airing grievances

Jun. 19, 2019 3:06 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 10:20 p.m. President Donald Trump has kicked off his reelection campaign with a grievance-filled rally that focused more on settling scores than on laying out his agenda for a second term. On Tuesday night in Orlando, Florida,...

Iraqi official: Rocket hits oil site, wounds 3 Iraqi workers

Jun. 19, 2019 3:05 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say a rocket hit an oil-drilling site in southern Basra province, striking a camp housing energy giant Exxon Mobil and wounding three local workers, one seriously. Security official Mahdi Raykan says a Katyusha rocket landed early Wednesday in the Zubair and Rumeila oil...

Asian shares up on trade optimism as Trump hints of Xi talks

Jun. 19, 2019 3:02 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher Wednesday on optimism about trade after President Donald Trump said he will talk with the Chinese leader later this month in Japan. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 added 1.7% to finish at 21,333.87. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 rose 1.2% to 6,648.10. South Korea's...

Xi supports North Korea's direction on issues ahead of visit

Jun. 19, 2019 2:52 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping praised North Korea for moving in the "right direction" by politically resolving issues on the Korean Peninsula in an essay published in both countries' official media Wednesday on the eve of Xi's visit to Pyongyang to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong...

Platini: "It hurts," soccer star says of police questioning

Jun. 19, 2019 2:32 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — After a day of police questioning centering on his former role as a top decision-maker in soccer, Michel Platini was released from custody without charge in the early hours of Wednesday and said he found the experience painful given "everything I've done" in the sport. Summoned Tuesday morning...

Kansas City, Missouri, voters elect Lucas as new mayor

Jun. 19, 2019 1:58 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 34-year-old black man whose family was homeless at times during his childhood in Kansas City, Missouri, will become the city's 55th mayor. Voters on Tuesday chose Quinton Lucas over fellow City Council member Jolie Justus in a mayoral runoff, according to unofficial results that...

Hong Kong lawmakers raise complaints over police brutality

Jun. 19, 2019 1:23 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong lawmakers grilled the city's security secretary Wednesday over allegations of police brutality during protests over an extradition bill that eventually was suspended. The agenda for the meeting showed that pro-democracy members were planning to file a motion of no-confidence for...