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US agency scraps proposal to prevent unintended acceleration

May. 13, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government is withdrawing a proposal to require all passenger vehicles to have safety systems to prevent unintended acceleration. The government said Monday the rule isn't needed because the auto industry has installed systems voluntarily. The industry opposed the rule. It was...

Georgia high court hears appeal in election challenge

May. 7, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's highest court is mulling whether to reverse a lower court's dismissal of a lawsuit challenging the outcome of November's race for lieutenant governor in a case that focuses attention on the state's outdated voting machines. The lawsuit says tens of thousands of votes were never...

AP Exclusive: US missed chance to woo Venezuela generals

May. 4, 2019 3:16 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Around May 2017, an unusual request from a prominent Venezuelan general made its way to the White House: Gen. Ivan Hernández, head of both the presidential guard and military counterintelligence, wanted to send his 3-year-old son to Boston for brain surgery and needed visas...

Venezuelans take to streets as uprising attempt sputters

May. 2, 2019 6:50 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelans heeded opposition leader Juan Guaidó's call to fill streets around the nation Wednesday but security forces showed no sign of answering his cry for a widespread military uprising, instead dispersing crowds with tear gas as the political crisis threatened to...

The Latest: More clashes in Venezuela's political crisis

May. 2, 2019 6:07 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 11 p.m. Venezuelans heeded opposition leader Juan Guaidó's call to fill streets around the nation Wednesday but security forces showed no sign of answering his cry for a widespread military uprising, instead...

No Cuban troops in Venezuela, Cuban diplomat tells AP

May. 1, 2019 9:31 PM EDT

Cuba has no troops in Venezuela and engages in no security operations there but maintains the right to carry out military and intelligence cooperation, a top Cuban diplomat said Wednesday in his government's most detailed response yet to U.S. accusations that its forces are propping up President Nicolás...

Kim looks to Russia as sanctions bite North Korea's economy

Apr. 23, 2019 10:43 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Two months after he failed to win a badly needed easing of sanctions from President Donald Trump, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is traveling to Russia in a possible attempt to win its help as the U.S.-led trade sanctions hurt his country's already-struggling economy. There are...

Ex-Marine arrested in North Korea embassy attack in Madrid

Apr. 20, 2019 4:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A man suspected of involvement in a mysterious dissident group's February raid on North Korea's Embassy in Madrid was arrested in Los Angeles by U.S. authorities. Christopher Ahn, a former U.S. Marine, was arrested and charged Friday, according to a person familiar with the matter. The...

Venezuela's ex-spy chief arrested in Madrid on US warrant

Apr. 12, 2019 11:39 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Venezuela's longtime spy chief was arrested Friday in Madrid by Spanish police acting on a U.S. drug warrant a few weeks after he threw his support behind opponents of President Nicolas Maduro. The arrest of retired Maj. Gen. Hugo Carvajal, who for more than a decade advised the late leader...

Medical association blasts military's transgender policy

Apr. 11, 2019 7:11 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Trump administration regulation set to go into effect Friday bars transgender people from the military unless they "correct those deficiencies," a description the American Medical Association said Thursday is unfair and defies science.   The AMA told The Associated Press on...