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Judge delays Flynn sentencing, 'not hiding disgust' at crime

Dec. 18, 2018 10:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge Tuesday abruptly postponed the sentencing of President Donald Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, declaring himself disgusted and disdainful of Flynn's crime of lying to the FBI and raising the unexpected prospect of sending the retired Army lieutenant...

Stocks mixed in Asia on Fed rate decision, Japanese data

Dec. 18, 2018 10:33 PM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian stocks were mixed on Wednesday, as traders mulled over the Federal Reserve's interest rate decision and weaker-than-expected Japanese trade data. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 index fell 0.4 percent to 21,025.10 while South Korea's Kospi rose 0.6 percent to 2,074.38. Hong Kong's...

US proposes sale of Patriot missile system to Turkey

Dec. 18, 2018 9:58 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says the U.S. has proposed the sale of a $3.5 billion Patriot missile system to Turkey. Congress has been notified of the proposed sale, which is aimed at improving Turkey's air and missile defense capabilities. The State Department says the deal "will contribute to...

Senate overwhelmingly passes criminal justice overhaul

Dec. 18, 2018 9:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed a sweeping criminal justice bill Tuesday that addresses concerns that the nation's war on drugs had led to the imprisonment of too many Americans for non-violent crimes without adequately preparing them for their return to society. Senate passage of the bill by a vote of...

Huawei calls on US, others to show proof of security risk

Dec. 18, 2018 7:57 PM EST

DONGGUAN, China (AP) — The chairman of Huawei challenged the United States and other governments to provide evidence for claims the Chinese tech giant is a security risk as the company launched a public relations effort to defuse fears that threaten its role in next-generation communications. Talking to...

4 takeaways after judge lambasts Flynn, postpones sentencing

Dec. 18, 2018 7:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The unexpected delay in Michael Flynn's sentencing raised a new wrinkle in the Russia probe. The former national security adviser, who pleaded guilty to lying the FBI about his contacts with Russia's ambassador, had expected to face no jail time after prosecutors vouched for him, saying...

Stock market woes raise a nagging fear: Is a recession near?

Dec. 18, 2018 6:42 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Fears of a recession have been mounting with the U.S. stock market appearing to be headed for its worst December since 1931 — during the Great Depression. Wall Street's sustained slump has been fueled by investor concerns about lower corporate profits, higher corporate debt, a...

Shutdown talk recedes after White House eases wall threat

Dec. 18, 2018 6:05 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and leaders in Congress appeared to be pulling back Tuesday from a government shutdown over his $5 billion request for border wall funds, with the first signs of movement toward a possible end to the standoff. The White House set the tone early when Press Secretary...

Some advertisers leave Carlson show after immigrant comments

Dec. 18, 2018 5:42 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Some advertisers say they are leaving conservative host Tucker Carlson's show following his remarks that immigrants could make the U.S. "poorer and dirtier." It's the latest example of sponsors leaving a Fox News Channel show after controversy, but experts say the flap is likely to blow...

Trump administration moves to ban bump stocks

Dec. 18, 2018 5:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration Tuesday banned bump stocks, the firearm attachments that allow semi-automatic weapons to fire like machine guns and were used during the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.  The regulation gives gun owners until late March to turn in or destroy the...