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White House officials to kick off big Trump impeachment week

Nov. 19, 2019 2:54 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two top national security aides who listened to President Donald Trump’s call with Ukraine are preparing to testify in the impeachment hearings, launching a week of back-to-back sessions as Americans hear from those closest to the White House. Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, an Army...

About that call: What to watch on Day 3 of Trump impeachment

Nov. 19, 2019 12:06 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — They heard the July 25 phone call for themselves. And now, Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and Jennifer Williams are set to tell Americans and the world about its content and their concerns as the lead witnesses in perhaps the most consequential week of the impeachment hearings against...

The Latest: Taliban say they freed US and Australian hostage

Nov. 19, 2019 4:24 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on the Afghanistan prisoner swap with the Taliban for American and Australian hostage held by insurgents since 2016 (all times local): 1:45 p.m. The Taliban say they have freed two hostages — American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks — in southern...

Last holdouts surrounded by police at Hong Kong university

Nov. 19, 2019 4:37 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — About 100 anti-government protesters remained holed up at a Hong Kong university Tuesday, unsure what to do next as food supplies dwindled and a police siege of the campus entered its third day. City leader Carrie Lam said 600 people had left the Hong Kong Polytechnic campus, including 200...

Butterfly on a bomb range: Endangered Species Act at work

Nov. 19, 2019 12:14 AM EST

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — In the unlikely setting of the world’s most populated military installation, amid all the regimented chaos, you’ll find the Endangered Species Act at work. There, as a 400-pound explosive resounds in the distance, a tiny St. Francis Satyr butterfly flits among the...

Georgia’s ‘turning point’? Debate signals Democratic hopes

Nov. 19, 2019 2:56 AM EST

PEACHTREE CORNERS, Ga. (AP) — Beth Moore would typically fit the mold of a Georgia Republican. She attended private school in the affluent, mostly white northern Atlanta suburbs, attended the University of Georgia, practices law and married a Republican. But the 37-year-old is part of a class of 17...

5 things to know about Pope Francis’ visit to Thailand

Nov. 19, 2019 4:30 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Pope Francis arrives in Thailand on Wednesday for the first visit here by the head of the Roman Catholic Church since St. John Paul II in 1984. Some things to know about the visit and the history of the church in Thailand: 1. IT’S A MORALE BOOSTER. Francis is certain to address some...

Deadly attack leaves California Hmong community in shock

Nov. 19, 2019 1:08 AM EST

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A close-knit Hmong community was in shock after gunmen burst into a California backyard gathering and shot 10 men, killing four. “We are right now just trying to figure out what to do, what are the next steps. How do we heal, how do we know what's going on,” said Bobby...

US prison system long plagued by staffing crisis, violence

Nov. 19, 2019 12:42 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, the federal Bureau of Prisons has been plagued by systematic failures, from massive staffing shortages to chronic violence. But the largest agency in the Justice Department has largely stayed out of the public view. The death of billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein and the...

Mahomes, Chiefs hold off Chargers 24-17 in Mexico City

Nov. 19, 2019 1:34 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Nearly everything about this Monday night game felt foreign to Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs, from the gasp-inducing altitude of raucous Azteca Stadium to the struggles of their powerhouse offense. Mahomes loved the experience, but didn’t love how his offense played....

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Hard-line newspaper: Violent Iran protesters face execution

Nov. 19, 2019 4:48 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A hard-line newspaper in Iran is suggesting that those who led violent protests will be executed by hanging as the unrest continues. An article published Tuesday in the Keyhan newspaper made the claim, though Iranian authorities still have not offered a detailed...

German authorities conduct money laundering raids

Nov. 19, 2019 4:47 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities have conducted raids in five states in connection with money laundering and illegal transfers abroad. German news agency dpa reports that some 850 officers, including tax fraud investigators, raided 63 buildings across the country and in the Netherlands. Some 27 suspects...

Taliban say they freed US, Australian hostage for 3 Taliban

Nov. 19, 2019 4:46 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban said they freed on Tuesday an American and an Australian hostage held since 2016 in exchange for three top Taliban figures who were released by the Kabul government and flown out of Afghanistan the previous day. The hostages — American, Kevin King and Australian Timothy...

UK leaders square-off in first debate of election campaign

Nov. 19, 2019 4:43 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn are preparing to square off in the first televised debate of this year's election campaign. The hour-long encounter Tuesday offers Corbyn a chance to make up ground in opinion polls, which show his Labour Party trailing...

Toyota worker’s suicide ruled work-related after harassment

Nov. 19, 2019 4:42 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota says it hopes to prevent further cases after authorities ruled that one of its engineers killed himself after being repeatedly ridiculed by his boss. A regional labor bureau ruled in September that the 2017 suicide entitled the victim’s family to compensation under a law...

Last holdouts surrounded by police at Hong Kong university

Nov. 19, 2019 4:37 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — About 100 anti-government protesters remained holed up at a Hong Kong university Tuesday, unsure what to do next as food supplies dwindled and a police siege of the campus entered its third day. City leader Carrie Lam said 600 people had left the Hong Kong Polytechnic campus, including 200...

Boeing’s grounded 737 Max scores 2nd order at Dubai Airshow

Nov. 19, 2019 4:34 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Boeing’s 737 Max jet got another boost at the Dubai Airshow on Tuesday, this time with an order from Kazakhstan’s newly-launched budget carrier as the Chicago-based company works to try and win U.S. regulatory approval to get the airplane back in the sky by...

The Latest: HK court blocks activist Joshua Wong’s travel

Nov. 19, 2019 4:31 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on Hong Kong protests (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Pro-democracy group Demosisto says a Hong Kong court has rejected activist Joshua Wong’s appeal to change his bail conditions and travel abroad. Demosisto said Tuesday on its Facebook page that Hong Kong’s High...

Group: Egypt targets relatives of dissidents living abroad

Nov. 19, 2019 4:31 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group says Egyptian authorities have arrested, raided houses and imposed travel bans against dozens of relatives of dissidents who live abroad, apparently in reprisal for their activism. Human Rights Watch says Tuesday it has since 2016 documented 28 cases which include...

5 things to know about Pope Francis’ visit to Thailand

Nov. 19, 2019 4:30 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Pope Francis arrives in Thailand on Wednesday for the first visit here by the head of the Roman Catholic Church since St. John Paul II in 1984. Some things to know about the visit and the history of the church in Thailand: 1. IT’S A MORALE BOOSTER. Francis is certain to address some...