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City gets $500,000 grant to help restore stone bridge

Sep. 22, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

FITCHBURG, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts city has received a $500,000 grant to help repair a roughly 170-year-old stone bridge that has become so weakened that it's dangerous for school buses and emergency vehicles to cross. The Sentinel & Enterprise reports that the grant from the state Department of...

Hong Kong protesters trample Chinese flag, set street fires

Sep. 22, 2019 10:44 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Protesters in Hong Kong trampled a Chinese flag, vandalized two subway stations and set at least two street fires on Sunday, as pro-democracy demonstrations took a violent turn once again. The day's action began peacefully, as protesters filled a shopping mall and, in a new twist, folded...

Today in History

Sep. 22, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 2019. There are 100 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Sept. 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, declaring all slaves in rebel states should be free as of January 1, 1863. On this...

Climate activists step up protests in Britain and France

Sep. 21, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Environmental activists in Britain and France stepped up campaigns Saturday to get their governments to confront climate change with greater urgency, part of a week of global climate actions. Thousands of people marched in south Paris to press French President Emmanuel Macron, world leaders at...

'Chemical spill' at Phoenix post office involved acetone

Sep. 21, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities in Phoenix say a reported chemical spill at a post office Saturday turned out to involve a shattered glass bottle of acetone, which is used in nail polish remover. Hazardous-materials personnel and police had responded to a report of a package exploding and Fire Department...

Charge against airline mechanic highlights 'insider threat'

Sep. 21, 2019 10:46 AM EDT

The arrest of an airline mechanic suspected of being sympathetic with terrorists and charged with sabotaging a jetliner has renewed fear about the "insider threat" to aviation security. Despite security upgrades since the hijacking terror attacks of 2001, breaches including a gun-running operation at the nation's...

2 Muslim men from Texas say American Airlines profiled them

Sep. 20, 2019 11:53 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Two Muslim men from Texas say American Airlines profiled them and canceled their flight after crew members said they "didn't feel comfortable" flying with the pair. Abderraoof Alkhawaldeh and Issam Abdallah said they filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Transportation against the...

Markets Right Now: Stocks fall on fresh trade worries

Sep. 20, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 4 p.m. Stocks are finishing lower Friday on concerns about the progress of trade talks between the U.S. and China. The market turned lower in the afternoon after reports said a Chinese trade delegation had cut short a trip...

Puerto Rico faces slow recovery 2 years after Maria

Sep. 20, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Weekly power outages. Hundreds of uncleared landslides. More than 25,000 homes with blue tarps as roofs. Recovery from Hurricane Maria has been slow as Puerto Rico on Friday remembered those who died two years ago. The Category 4 storm killed an estimated 2,975 people in its...

Saudis show media scorched, shrapnel-blasted oil facility

Sep. 20, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

BUQAYQ, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The heart of Saudi Arabia's oil industry remained wrapped in scaffolding Friday as workers sought to repair the charred innards and shrapnel-blasted arteries caused by drone-and-cruise-missile attacks that raised tensions between the U.S. and Iran. Saudi officials brought...