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Boeing finishes software update for grounded airliner

May. 16, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

Boeing says it has finished with its updates to the flight-control software implicated in two deadly crashes involving its 737 Max, moving a step closer to getting the plane back in the sky. Aviation regulators still have more questions about how pilots interact with the plane's controls under different...

US plans to hike tariffs Friday, says China broke promises

May. 6, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Accusing Beijing of "reneging" on commitments it made in earlier talks, the nation's top trade negotiator said Monday that the Trump administration will increase tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods Friday, a sharp escalation in a yearlong trade dispute. At the same time, a Chinese...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump, Putin on 'no collusion'; economy myths

May. 6, 2019 12:53 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is still pulling numbers out of thin air on the economy. Trump repeatedly asserted that the U.S. economy is perhaps the best "ever" and insisted that last quarter's gross domestic product was the highest in 14 years. Neither claim is true. The president bragged the...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump, Putin and the no-collusion chorus

May. 4, 2019 8:48 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The "no-collusion" chorus sang loudly this past week, with President Donald Trump in full-throated roar and even Russian President Vladimir Putin chiming in. The upshot: substantial misrepresentations of what the special counsel's Russia investigation actually found. A review of recent...

Erdogan: F-35 program doomed to fail without Turkey

Apr. 30, 2019 5:52 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says a U.S. F-35 fighter aircraft program that excludes Turkey would be "doomed to a total collapse." Erdogan made the comments Tuesday at a defense industry fair amid warnings from Washington that Turkey's decision to purchase the Russian S-400...

Mississippi shipyard gets $746M contract for icebreaker

Apr. 23, 2019 7:42 PM EDT

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi shipyard won a $746 million contract Tuesday to design and build the first of what could be three heavy polar icebreakers for the U.S. Coast Guard. The U.S. Navy's Naval Sea Systems Command awarded the contract to VT Halter Marine of Pascagoula, choosing Halter's bid...

Correction: Oklahoma-Boeing story

Apr. 23, 2019 10:29 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — In a story April 16 about Boeing Co. winning a contract to service bombers at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the B-21 Raider is expected to replace the B-1 and B-52 bombers in the mid-2020s. The B-21 Raider is expected to begin...

NKorea says it tested new weapon, wants Pompeo out of talks

Apr. 18, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Thursday that it had test-fired a new type of "tactical guided weapon," its first such test in nearly half a year, and demanded that Washington remove Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from nuclear negotiations. The test, which didn't appear to be of a banned mid- or...

Thai Election Commission faces criticism in vote count

Mar. 28, 2019 7:18 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Election Commission held a sudden news conference Thursday to release full preliminary results of the country's recent general election, though some of the data was inconsistent, adding to concerns over the management of the nation's first poll since a military coup. The...

Thai anti-military parties say they have seats to form govt

Mar. 27, 2019 11:59 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A group of Thai political parties led by one ousted from power in a military coup said they believed they won enough seats in the recent general election to form the next government. The announcement Wednesday came amid concerns about potential irregularities in Sunday's vote, the first...