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Netanyahu brushes off calls for restraint, saying Israel will decide how to respond to Iran's attack

Apr. 17, 2024 15:19 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday his country would be the one to decide whether and how to respond to Iran’s major air assault earlier this week, brushing off calls for restraint from close allies. Israel has vowed to respond to Iran’s...

Convicted scammer who victims say claimed to be a psychic, Irish heiress faces extradition to UK

Apr. 17, 2024 14:37 PM EDT

A woman accused by scam victims of crisscrossing the U.S. claiming to be an Irish heiress is expected to learn next month whether she will be extradited to the United Kingdom. Marianne Smyth, a 54-year-old American, will be in federal court in Maine for the hearing that relates to...

Amazon removed Just Walk Out from many of its own stores but wants to sell the system to others

Apr. 17, 2024 12:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon wants the public and - especially other businesses - to know it’s not giving up on its Just Walk Out technology. Although the company is ditching the cashier-less checkout system at its Amazon Fresh grocery stores, it plans to sell the technology to more...

Hundreds pay tribute to police officer shot dead 40 years ago from inside Libya's UK embassy

Apr. 17, 2024 11:02 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Hundreds of people attended a vigil in central London on Wednesday to commemorate the life of a police officer who was shot dead 40 years ago from inside the Libyan embassy in the British capital. Constable Yvonne Fletcher, 25, was killed when men armed with...

UK lawmakers back landmark bill to gradually phase out smoking for good

Apr. 17, 2024 07:24 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government's plan for a landmark smoking ban that aims to stop young people from ever smoking cleared its first hurdle in Parliament on Tuesday despite vocal opposition from within Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s Conservative Party. The bill, a key policy...

Paris 2024: Roster of more than 10,000 Olympians is still forming, but trials await for thousands

Apr. 17, 2024 04:31 AM EDT

The names have been trickling in, one or two at a time. Over the next two months, that trickle will turn into a flood. By the time the festivities begin in Paris on July 26, some 10,500 athletes from more than 200 countries will be able to call themselves 2024 Olympians. ...

UK inflation falls to lowest level since late 2021 as food prices ease further

Apr. 17, 2024 03:17 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Inflation in the U.K. fell to its lowest level in two and a half years in March after a further easing in food prices, official figures showed Wednesday, a development which could further pave the way for a welcome cut in interest rates soon. Consumer prices rose by...

Former UK leader Liz Truss backs Trump and blames others for her ouster after 49 days

Apr. 16, 2024 21:47 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — During her 49 days as Britain’s shortest-serving prime minister, Liz Truss sparked mayhem on the financial markets and turmoil within her Conservative Party. Now she is speaking up, and her message is: It wasn’t me. In interviews and a new book,...

IMF: Outlook for world economy is brighter, though still modest by historical standards

Apr. 16, 2024 12:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund has upgraded its outlook for the global economy this year, saying the world appears headed for a “soft landing” — reining in inflation without much economic pain and producing steady if modest growth. The IMF now envisions...

Today in History: April 16, Martin Luther King Jr. writes 'Letter From Birmingham Jail'

Apr. 16, 2024 00:01 AM EDT

Today is Tuesday, April 16, the 107th day of 2024. There are 259 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 16, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote his “Letter from Birmingham Jail” in which the civil rights activist responded to a group of...