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Cruz, O'Rourke debate may be last chance for big moment

Oct. 16, 2018 12:28 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Democratic Congressman Beto O'Rourke of Texas is taking a sharper tone in his campaign heading into the final scheduled debate with Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. The debate Tuesday in San Antonio comes after O'Rourke last week announced a record-breaking fundraising haul of $38 million from...

In Florida, determining hurricane death toll proves elusive

Oct. 16, 2018 12:27 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — In Florida, a grim task is unwinding slowly: Finding out many people were killed in Hurricane Michael. The storm that ravaged Florida's Panhandle left incredible destruction stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to the state border, but so far getting a firm grasp on how many died is...

China says internment camps are 'free vocational training'

Oct. 16, 2018 12:16 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A senior Chinese official is describing the mass internment of ethnic minority Muslims in the country's far west as a system of training centers that saves Muslims from religious extremism by teaching them to speak Mandarin and accept modern science. It was a rare instance of the ruling...

Asian shares up on hopes that US, China will solve dispute

Oct. 16, 2018 12:15 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian markets were mostly higher on Tuesday, though Chinese benchmarks fell after the government reported inflation rose for the fourth straight month. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 added 0.3 percent to 22,317.06. The Kospi in South Korea recovered 0.1 percent to 2,145.71....

Firefighters sue California gas company over massive leak

Oct. 16, 2018 12:04 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Firefighters who worked in and around the site of a massive natural gas leak sued the Southern California Gas Co. on Monday, saying the utility knowingly let them be exposed to dangerous levels of toxic chemicals. A blowout in a well at the underground Aliso Canyon storage field about 40...

McSally accuses Sinema of backing "treason" in Senate debate

Oct. 16, 2018 12:00 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Republican Rep. Martha McSally accused her Democratic opponent, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, of supporting "treason," citing a 15-year-old radio interview -- a charge that Sinema dismissed as part of a "ridiculous" negative campaign during Monday's debate in the race for Arizona's open Senate seat....

The Latest: Washington lobbyists drop client Saudi Arabia

Oct. 15, 2018 11:35 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — The Latest on the disappearance of a Saudi writer who Turkish officials fear was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul (all times local): 6:25 a.m. A Washington lobbying firm has told Saudi Arabia it will no longer represent the kingdom, as international furor builds over the...

Man convicted of killing neighbor while she cleared snow

Oct. 15, 2018 11:21 PM EDT

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan man accused of killing his neighbor while she cleared snow has been found guilty of first-degree murder. Wendell Popejoy is set to be sentenced on Nov. 5. Popejoy faces a mandatory life prison term without the possibility of parole for the December 2017 killing...

New Zealand lawmaker accuses opposition leader of corruption

Oct. 15, 2018 11:11 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's conservative opposition party was in turmoil Tuesday after one of its own lawmakers accused leader Simon Bridges of corruption for hiding a donation from a wealthy Chinese businessman. Jami-Lee Ross made the allegation and then said he was resigning from...

James admits 'terrible error' after swastika shown in TV ad

Oct. 15, 2018 11:02 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate John James of Michigan said Monday he made a "terrible error" by inadvertently showing a swastika in his campaign's first TV ad of the general election. The ad began airing two weeks ago and already was being phased out for a new one, James said, when a...