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Kremlin calls idea that Trump worked for Moscow 'absurd'

Jan. 16, 2019 1:43 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Top Russian officials ridiculed the idea that U.S. President Donald Trump could have worked for Russia's interests, dismissing them Wednesday as "absurd" and "stupid." Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said during a news conference that U.S. newspaper reports about Trump withholding details of...

From travel to IPOs, how shutdown is upsetting US economy

Jan. 16, 2019 1:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Delta Air Lines can't get eight new aircraft in the air. Roughly a million government employees and contractors aren't being paid. Some Americans who are trying to start small businesses face delays in obtaining the required tax identification number from the IRS. As the partial...

The Latest: Official sees no Brexit change on Channel checks

Jan. 16, 2019 1:10 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 4:45 p.m. A top French border police official says checks of the English Channel for illegal immigration won't change after Britain leaves the European Union on March 29. Franck Toulliou, the second-in-command of France's Air and Frontier Police, said...

Teach kids about climate change? This state might require it

Jan. 16, 2019 12:07 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A legislative proposal in Connecticut would mandate instruction on climate change in public schools statewide, beginning in elementary school. Connecticut already has adopted science standards that call for teaching of climate change, but if the bill passes it is believed that it...

The Latest: Dem says EPA's Wheeler 'as extreme' as Pruitt

Jan. 16, 2019 10:37 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on acting Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler (all times local): 10:32 a.m. A top Senate Democrat is describing President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency as "just as extreme" as his predecessor. Acting EPA chief Andrew Wheeler...

Malaysia's 2018 auto sales rebounded, flat growth seen

Jan. 16, 2019 6:40 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — New vehicle sales in Malaysia rebounded last year after two straight years of contraction, thanks to a three-month tax holiday, but growth is likely to remain flat this year amid uncertainties over government policies, an automotive group said Wednesday. The Malaysian...

South Korea stops paintings brought from North Korea

Jan. 16, 2019 5:58 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean officials said Wednesday they have stopped businessmen from bringing North Korean paintings into the country that a report said were purchased at an art studio under U.N. sanctions. Observers say similar incidents could occur frequently as South Korea's liberal...

The Latest: Lavrov: Russia expects Syrian govt gains in east

Jan. 16, 2019 5:32 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on the Russian foreign minister's annual news conference (all times local): 1:30 p.m. Russia's foreign minister says that Moscow expects the Syrian government to take over territory in the country's east following the U.S. military withdrawal. Sergey Lavrov told a news conference...

Asian stocks mixed on poor Japanese data, growth fears

Jan. 15, 2019 11:20 PM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian markets were mixed on Wednesday as poor Japanese data and worries about global growth put a damper on trading. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 index slipped 0.6 percent to 20,430.73 while South Korea's Kospi added 0.3 percent to 2,102.45. Hong Kong's Hang Seng fell 0.3 percent to...

Huawei founder says company would not share user secrets

Jan. 15, 2019 10:44 PM EST

SHENZHEN, China (AP) — The founder of China's Huawei, the world's biggest supplier of network gear to phone and internet companies, says his company would not share secrets about its customers and their communication networks. Ren Zhengfei spoke in a rare meeting with foreign reporters as Huawei...