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Malaysia rejects Russian involvement in MH17 downing

Jun. 20, 2019 4:01 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has rejected the implication that Russia may have been involved in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine in 2014. Mahathir says he doesn't think the findings of an international investigative team "is true at all" as...

Iran Revolutionary Guard shoots down US drone amid tensions

Jun. 20, 2019 3:29 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's Revolutionary Guard shot down a U.S. drone on Thursday amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington over its collapsing nuclear deal with world powers, American and Iranian officials said, while disputing the circumstances of the incident. The Guard said it shot down...

US official tells AP that US drone was shot down by an Iranian missile in international airspace over Strait of Hormuz

Jun. 20, 2019 2:21 AM EDT
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — US official tells AP that US drone was shot down by an Iranian missile in international airspace over Strait of Hormuz.

APNewsBreak: Texas says Rapid DNA supplier jeopardizes cases

Jun. 20, 2019 1:23 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — With a name that sounds like futuristic fiction, Rapid DNA machines roughly the size of an office printer have helped solve rape cases in Kentucky, identified California wildfire victims and verified family connections of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. Now a state board in Texas...

Parts of southern India facing acute water shortages

Jun. 20, 2019 1:15 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Millions of people are turning to water tank trucks in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu as house and hotel taps run dry because of an acute water shortage caused by drying lakes and depleted groundwater. State Rural Development Minister S.P. Velumani said on Wednesday that the...

Florida city pays $600,000 ransom to save computer records

Jun. 19, 2019 11:51 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida city agreed to pay $600,000 in ransom to hackers who took over its computer system, the latest in thousands of attacks worldwide aimed at extorting money from governments and businesses. The Riviera Beach City Council voted unanimously this week to pay the hackers'...

Seattle to open smoke shelters for 'new normal' summer fires

Jun. 19, 2019 11:12 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Ahead of a Western wildfire season expected to be again worse than average, officials in Seattle announced Wednesday that five city buildings would be outfitted to serve as havens where residents can go to breathe clean air. The move is in response to several years marked by thick smoke...

PG&E says it's fixed many major safety risks on lines, poles

Jun. 19, 2019 8:57 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. officials said Wednesday its workers discovered more than 1,000 high-priority safety risks on its transmission lines and distribution poles over several months of inspections and almost all of them have been fixed. Some of the transmission line...

Train derails near Nevada-Utah line; no injuries reported

Jun. 19, 2019 8:17 PM EDT

WELLS, Nev. (AP) — A train carrying military munitions derailed in the high desert of northeast Nevada on Wednesday, closing an interstate for about an hour before emergency crews determined there was no danger. No injuries were reported. Cars carrying the munitions to a Nevada Army depot were not among...

Officials: Bureaucracy meant no warning system in park death

Jun. 19, 2019 8:09 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials say bureaucratic issues were behind the lack of a warning system at Cummins Falls State Park, where fast-moving water killed a 2-year-old earlier this month. Parks and Conservation Deputy Commissioner Jim Bryson told lawmakers Wednesday that after 2017 flooding,...