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Campus under siege as Hong Kong police battle protesters

Nov. 18, 2019 12:03 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Police tightened their siege of a university campus where hundreds of protesters remained trapped Monday night in the latest dramatic episode in months of protests against growing Chinese control over the semi-autonomous city. The pitched battle for control of the campus of Hong Kong...

Time and again, envoy’s Ukraine tale differs from others

Nov. 18, 2019 12:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The witnesses who have testified publicly and privately in the House impeachment inquiry so far have generally told a consistent tale. Then there’s Gordon Sondland. The U.S. ambassador to the European Union has said he cannot recall many of the episodes involving him that other...

Chief justice orders delay in House fight for Trump records

Nov. 18, 2019 1:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chief Justice John Roberts is ordering an indefinite delay in the House of Representatives’ demand for President Donald Trump’s financial records to give the Supreme Court time to figure out how to handle the high-stakes dispute. Roberts’ order Monday contains no hint...

Police search for suspects in California shooting, 4 killed

Nov. 18, 2019 10:17 AM EST

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Police in the central California city of Fresno were searching Monday for suspects and trying to determine a motive for the killing of four people at a backyard party and the wounding of six as dozens were watching football on TV. Fresno Police Lt. Bill Dooley said “unknown...

AP Exclusive: US softens position on Israeli settlements

Nov. 18, 2019 1:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to announce on Monday that the U.S. is softening its position on Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, the latest in a series of Trump administration moves that weaken Palestinian claims to statehood. Pompeo plans to repudiate a 1978...

Police chief: 3 people killed in Oklahoma Walmart shooting

Nov. 18, 2019 1:14 PM EST

DUNCAN, Oklahoma (AP) — Two men and a woman were fatally shot Monday outside a Walmart store in southwestern Oklahoma, the chief of police said. Two victims were shot inside a car and the third was in the parking lot outside the store in Duncan, Police Chief Danny Ford said. Police are looking for...

Judge denies DNA testing sought 13 years post-execution

Nov. 18, 2019 1:18 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Memphis judge ruled on Monday that the daughter of a man executed 13 years ago for murder does not have standing to seek DNA testing of evidence in the case, although she stressed that the ruling was not on the merits of the claims. April Alley is the daughter of Sedley Alley,...

Flood-hit Venice’s dwindling population faces mounting woes

Nov. 18, 2019 9:10 AM EST

VENICE, Italy (AP) — One of only four oar makers for Venice’s famed gondoliers, Paolo Brandolisio wades through his ground-floor workshop for the third time in a week of record-breaking floods, despairing of any help from national or local institutions. “If these phenomena continue to repeat...

Ford Mustang SUV starts a blitz of new electric vehicles

Nov. 18, 2019 1:35 AM EST

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Ford is unveiling its first all-electric SUV, marking the start of an avalanche of battery-powered vehicles coming from mainstream and luxury automakers during the next two years that industry analysts say will boost electric vehicle sales. The “Mustang Mach E,” which...

Yogurt sales sour as US breakfast culture changes

Nov. 18, 2019 10:49 AM EST

What’s eating yogurt? Despite shelves full of new varieties — from Icelandic to Australian to coconut-based — U.S. yogurt sales are in a multiyear slump. Yogurt companies are confident that more new products can boost sales. But some analysts are skeptical, saying larger trends — like...

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Sheriff: Man punched umpire over disputed Little League call

Nov. 18, 2019 1:32 PM EST

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in Florida say a man punched a Little League umpire and broke his tooth over a disputed call after a game. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says in a news release Monday that 22-year-old Alberto Escartin Ramos was arrested on a charge of felony battery of a sports...

California police say woman tampered with officer’s food

Nov. 18, 2019 1:30 PM EST

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A California woman who lost a police excessive force lawsuit was arrested on suspicion of tampering with an officer’s food at a McDonald’s restaurant. The Bakersfield Californian reported 21-year-old Tatyana Hargrove was arrested Friday after the restaurant provided...

Regulators stop sale of Montana mine waste `Bag O’Slag’

Nov. 18, 2019 1:27 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Environmental regulators have put a halt to a Montana business association’s sale of sandwich bags of mining waste advertised as a “Bag O’Slag.” Environmental Protection Agency officials overseeing the Superfund cleanup of pollution from decades of smelter...

Guide business owner appointed to Alaska House

Nov. 18, 2019 1:25 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Republican who owns his own hunting and fishing guiding business has been appointed to the Alaska Legislature. Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s office announced late Sunday night that Melvin Gillis has been selected to replace Josh Revak to an open seat for the Anchorage area in the...

US officials granting $29 million for coastal protection

Nov. 18, 2019 1:24 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Projects to protect Texas marshes from erosion and an Alaska village from the Bering Sea are getting help from some of the 44 grants awarded by the National Coastal Resilience Fund, a public-private partnership assisting communities threatened by storms and flooding from rising and...

Day care worker gets 10-year term in Kansas baby’s death

Nov. 18, 2019 1:24 PM EST

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A woman convicted in the killing of a 9-month-old boy at a Kansas day care has been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison. Forty-five-year-old Carrody Melissa Buchhorn was found guilty in July of second-degree murder in the September 2016 death of Oliver Ortiz at the Sunshine Kids...

Driving under influence charge dropped against lawmaker

Nov. 18, 2019 1:24 PM EST

ENOLA, Pa. (AP) — Authorities have dropped a charge of driving under the influence against a state lawmaker whose blood-alcohol level was below Pennsylvania’s legal limit for driving. Court records indicated the allegation against 26-year-old Democratic Rep. Brandon Markosek was withdrawn on Monday,...

Norcross says tax break panel was unfair, inaccurate

Nov. 18, 2019 1:23 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — An influential, unelected Democratic powerbroker says a task force established by Gov. Phil Murphy unfairly and inaccurately targeted him and businesses tied to him as part of its probe of state tax breaks. George Norcross, an insurance brokerage executive and chairman of the Cooper...

Nicaragua files weapons charges against opposition activists

Nov. 18, 2019 1:22 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A Nicaraguan lawyer says prosecutors have charged 16 opposition activists with allegedly transporting weapons. The accused include 13 social leaders who were arrested as they tried to bring water to hunger strikers protesting the incarceration of relatives they say are political...

Contractor pays $110K to resolve overbilling claims

Nov. 18, 2019 1:20 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Maryland contractor has paid $110,000 to resolve claims that it improperly billed the federal government for computer hardware. U.S. Attorney Robert Hur’s office on Monday announced the settlement with Eagle Alliance, a government contractor and Northrop Grumman partnership. The...