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Police officer in 'I can't breathe' death won't be charged

Jul. 16, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors won't bring civil rights charges against a New York City police officer in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, a decision made by Attorney General William Barr and announced one day before the five-year anniversary of his death, officials said. The announcement of...

US fears Iran seized UAE-based tanker in Strait of Hormuz

Jul. 16, 2019 11:34 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A small oil tanker from the United Arab Emirates traveling through the Strait of Hormuz entered Iranian waters and turned off its tracker two days ago, leading the U.S. to suspect Iran seized the vessel amid heightened tensions in the region, an American defense official...

Facing censure, Trump insists 'not a racist bone in my body'

Jul. 16, 2019 10:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defiant in the face of widespread censure, President Donald Trump insisted Tuesday that his tweets suggesting four Democratic congresswomen of color return to their countries "were NOT Racist," and he appealed to fellow Republicans to "not show weakness" and to resist a House resolution...

Trump tweets send stinging message to countless Americans

Jul. 16, 2019 12:17 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — When President Donald Trump tweeted that four congresswomen should "go back" where they came from, Erika Almiron was reminded of the first time she heard the same comments. She was a new fourth-grader at a predominantly white Italian-Catholic school. Since then, the daughter of...

Apollo 11 astronaut returns to launch pad 50 years later

Jul. 16, 2019 10:19 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins returned Tuesday to the exact spot where he and two other astronauts flew to the moon 50 years ago. At NASA's invitation, Michael Collins spent the golden anniversary at Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A in Florida. He marked the...

Pentagon nominee argues for diplomatic approach to Iran

Jul. 16, 2019 11:21 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Army Secretary Mark Esper, President Donald Trump's nominee to become secretary of defense, told his Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday that the United States should pursue diplomatic solutions to its differences with Iran and avoid war. Esper told the Senate Armed Services Committee, "I...

Cyberattacks inflict deep harm at technology-rich schools

Jul. 16, 2019 7:07 AM EDT

AVON, Conn. (AP) — Over six weeks, the vandals kept coming, knocking the school system's network offline several times a day. There was no breach of sensitive data files, but the attacks in which somebody deliberately overwhelmed the Avon Public Schools system in Connecticut still proved costly. Classroom...

Greece: Suspect charged for US scientist's slaying in Crete

Jul. 16, 2019 11:08 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A 27-year-old man was charged with murder and rape Tuesday in the killing of an American scientist who disappeared on the Greek island of Crete and whose body was found in a tunnel formerly used as a storage site during World War II. Crete police said a Greek man from the island...

Africans flee to South America on dangerous journey to US

Jul. 16, 2019 10:37 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — When an armed conflict erupted in his village in Congo, Blaise Matshieba Nduluyele fled from the carnage. Hundreds of people, including some of his relatives, were slaughtered. Death remained close as his family undertook a grueling journey starting in South America and extending...

'Game of Thrones,' 'Veep,' 'Big Bang,' seek final Emmy nods

Jul. 16, 2019 5:45 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Game of Thrones" is seeking to claim the Emmy Awards version of the Iron Throne one last time. When the Emmy nominations are released Tuesday, the HBO fantasy saga could be in the running for television's top honor for its eighth and final season. It's earned three previous top drama...

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Blackface scandal dampens Virginia governor's fundraising

Jul. 16, 2019 11:37 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is struggling to raise big money in a key election year after a blackface scandal nearly ended his political career. New campaign finance reports filed Monday show the Democratic governor raised slightly more than $300,000 between April and June. That's far...

US fears Iran seized UAE-based tanker in Strait of Hormuz

Jul. 16, 2019 11:34 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A small oil tanker from the United Arab Emirates traveling through the Strait of Hormuz entered Iranian waters and turned off its tracker two days ago, leading the U.S. to suspect Iran seized the vessel amid heightened tensions in the region, an American defense official...

Judge overseeing opioid lawsuits orders release of some data

Jul. 16, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The federal judge overseeing more than 1,500 lawsuits filed by city and county governments against manufacturers, distributors and retailers over the opioid crisis has ordered the public release of data showing where prescription drugs were distributed nationally before 2013. Judge Dan...

The Latest: Facebook addresses criminal activity with Libra

Jul. 16, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on congressional hearings on the reach of big tech (all times local): 11:25 a.m. A Facebook executive says digital transactions such as those with the company's upcoming Libra currency will be better than cash in guarding against criminal activities. Facebook's David Marcus was...

Oklahoma City Thunder's rebuild will take some time

Jul. 16, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Yosef Maaroof wanted one more Russell Westbrook memory in Oklahoma City. When he learned Thursday night the Thunder were planning to send Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul and draft picks, the 20-year-old Tulsa resident planned to make the two-hour drive to Oklahoma City...

Ukrainian hacker sought by US arrested

Jul. 16, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine has arrested an alleged major computer hacker who has been sought by the United States for years. The head of Ukraine's national security service Ivan Bakanov said Tuesday that Mykhailo Rytikov was arrested in the city of Odessa, in an operation conducted in coordination with...

Police officer in 'I can't breathe' death won't be charged

Jul. 16, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors won't bring civil rights charges against a New York City police officer in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, a decision made by Attorney General William Barr and announced one day before the five-year anniversary of his death, officials said. The announcement of...

The Latest: 'Game of Thrones,' 'Veep' seek final Emmy nods

Jul. 16, 2019 11:26 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the 2019 Emmy nominations (all times local): 8:22 a.m. Everything is in place and the 2019 Emmy nominations are about to begin. Actors D'Arcy Carden of "The Good Place" and Ken Jeong of "Dr. Ken" will announce the nominees Tuesday starting at 8:30 a.m. PDT. Both presenters...

US stocks flatten as earnings reports ramp up

Jul. 16, 2019 11:26 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks flattened in morning trading as investors assessed a mixed bag of corporate earnings and economic reports. Technology companies fared the worst, with the heaviest declines coming from chipmakers. Intel fell 1.2% and Texas Instruments fell 1.3%. Johnson & Johnson led health...

Lithuania president against any EU sanctions for Poland

Jul. 16, 2019 11:26 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Lithuania's new president spoke out Tuesday against the possibility of European Union sanctions on Poland for changes the country has made to its judiciary. Gitanas Nauseda was sworn in last week and was making his first foreign trip to Poland for talks on European and bilateral...