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GOP waits on Trump as clock ticks toward partial shutdown

Dec. 17, 2018 10:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fight over President Donald Trump's $5 billion wall funds deepened Monday, threatening a partial government shutdown in a standoff that has become increasingly common in Washington. It wasn't always like this, with Congress and the White House at a crisis over government funding. The...

US sportswear traced to factory in China's internment camps

Dec. 18, 2018 8:48 PM EST

HOTAN, China (AP) — Barbed wire and hundreds of cameras ring a massive compound of more than 30 dormitories, schools, warehouses and workshops in China's far west. Dozens of armed officers and a growling Doberman stand guard outside. Behind locked gates, men and women are sewing sportswear that can end up...

Flynn's ex-business associates charged with illegal lobbying

Dec. 17, 2018 5:17 PM EST

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Two business associates of Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, were charged Monday with illegally lobbying for Turkey as part of a campaign to pressure the United States to expel a Turkish cleric. Bijan Kian and Ekim Alptekin are accused in an...

Pelosi flashes survival skills - and she'll need them in '19

Dec. 17, 2018 1:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Nancy Pelosi is formidable but not immortal. The California Democrat seems to have sewn up her return as House speaker next month, but she also has accepted a maximum four-year expiration date on her tenure. She previously had resisted any term limit, saying it would weaken her....

After the Fed's likely rate hike this week, all bets are off

Dec. 17, 2018 6:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Having raised interest rates with steady regularity in recent months, the Federal Reserve may embrace a new message this week: Flexibility. On Wednesday, the Fed is set to announce its fourth rate hike of the year. But after this week, no one is sure what it will do. Neither, most likely,...

May says postponed Brexit vote to be held week of Jan 14

Dec. 17, 2018 3:49 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday that the postponed vote in Parliament on Britain's Brexit agreement with the European Union will be held the week of Jan. 14 — more than a month after it was originally scheduled and just 10 weeks before Britain leaves the EU. But even as May...

Child abuse climbs after Friday report cards, study says

Dec. 17, 2018 1:12 PM EST

Child abuse increases the day after school report cards are released — but only when kids get their grades on a Friday, a study in Florida suggests. The curious finding startled researchers, who had figured abuse might go up regardless of the specific day kids got their grades. But their study of reports...

Health insurance on demand? Some are betting on it

Dec. 17, 2018 1:05 PM EST

People with health insurance often pay for coverage they never use. A startup wants to shake that up. It's a radical idea: On-demand insurance that lets customers buy some of their coverage only if and when they need it, similar to how TV viewers might rent a new release from Amazon instead of paying every month...

Girl's death shows communication issues on US-Mexico border

Dec. 17, 2018 5:26 PM EST

Shortly before a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl died in U.S. custody, her father signed a form stating that his daughter was in good health. But it's unclear how much the man understood on the form, which was written in English and read to him in Spanish by Border Patrol agents. The death of Jakelin Caal highlights...

'Burning,' 'Cold War' top AP's best films of 2018

Dec. 17, 2018 1:14 PM EST

Associated Press Film Writers Jake Coyle and Lindsey Bahr name their choices for the best films of 2018. JAKE COYLE 1. "Burning": It was, for sure, an extraordinary movie year. Little to nothing separates my favorite 10 films, or, for that matter, my top 20 or 30. Many of the year's best were found overseas, and...

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Elon Musk unveils underground tunnels, offers rides to VIPs

Dec. 18, 2018 11:15 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elon Musk unveiled his underground transportation tunnel on Tuesday, allowing reporters and invited guests to take some of the first rides in the revolutionary albeit bumpy subterranean tube — the tech entrepreneur's answer to what he calls "soul-destroying traffic." Guests...

The Latest: Elon Musk allows rides on underground tunnel

Dec. 18, 2018 11:11 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on Elon Musk's underground tunnel (all times local): 8 p.m. Elon Musk has unveiled his underground transportation tunnel, allowing invited guests to take some of the first rides ever on the tech entrepreneur's solution to "soul-destroying traffic." Guests boarded Musk's Tesla...

Trust for US bondholders sues Venezuela over defaulted debt

Dec. 18, 2018 11:06 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A trust representing holders of Venezuelan bonds filed suit in New York federal court Tuesday demanding payment on more than $34 million in unpaid debt. The lawsuit is believed to be the first by a long list of investors not being paid by Venezuela's socialist government as it...

AP PHOTOS: Editors' picks for 2018 from Asia

Dec. 18, 2018 10:58 PM EST

The historic summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the riveting drama that unfolded in a cave in northern Thailand and a deadly earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia were just some of the memorable stories from Asia in 2018. Associated Press photographers across the region...

Madagascar votes in runoff election between 2 former leaders

Dec. 18, 2018 10:47 PM EST

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Voters have begun casting their ballots across the Indian Ocean island nation of Madagascar Wednesday to select a new president in a runoff election that pits two former leaders against each other. Andry Rajoelina, 44, president from 2009 to 2014, received 39 percent of the...

US reviews report of imports from forced labor in China camp

Dec. 18, 2018 10:46 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. government said Tuesday that it is reviewing reports of forced labor at a Chinese detention camp where ethnic minorities must give up their religion and language and may be subject to political indoctrination. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement that reporting by...

Prada withdraws luxury trinkets over blackface controversy

Dec. 18, 2018 10:45 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Prada is no longer selling a line of accessories and displays following complaints that they featured blackface-style imagery. The controversy began last week when a New Yorker complained in a viral Facebook posting after walking past a Prada boutique in Manhattan's SoHo district and...

Madagascar begins voting in runoff presidential election between 2 former leaders

Dec. 18, 2018 10:42 PM EST
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Madagascar begins voting in runoff presidential election between 2 former leaders.

Stocks mixed in Asia on Fed rate decision, Japanese data

Dec. 18, 2018 10:33 PM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian stocks were mixed on Wednesday, as traders mulled over the Federal Reserve's interest rate decision and weaker-than-expected Japanese trade data. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 index fell 0.4 percent to 21,025.10 while South Korea's Kospi rose 0.6 percent to 2,074.38. Hong Kong's...

St. Louis police searching for woman's stolen tiny home

Dec. 18, 2018 10:16 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — It shouldn't be hard to spot the property stolen from St. Louis resident Meghan Panu. She's looking for a 12-foot-tall tiny home that was stolen sometime Saturday. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Panu spent the past two years and about $20,000 working on the 20-foot cedar home. The...