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'Many people agree with me': Trump digs in on racist tweets

Jul. 15, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unbowed by searing criticism, President Donald Trump on Monday emphatically defended his tweet calling on four Democratic congresswomen of color to go back to their "broken and crime infested" countries. Condemnation of his comments "doesn't concern me because many people agree with me,"...

Some in GOP rebuke Trump, but party leaders still silent

Jul. 15, 2019 2:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Republicans remained largely silent after President Donald Trump said over the weekend that four women of color in Congress should "go back" to the countries they came from. By Monday, some in the party were speaking up. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., the only black Republican senator, said...

Harris blasts, and takes money from, Epstein's law firm

Jul. 15, 2019 1:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kamala Harris bemoaned the influence of the powerful and connected elite last Tuesday when she called on top Justice Department officials to recuse themselves from any matter related to Jeffrey Epstein. She said work done by their former law firm, which represented the financier accused...

Trump moves to effectively end asylum at Southern border

Jul. 15, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Monday it will end asylum protections for most migrants who arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border in a major escalation of the president's battle to tamp down immigration. According to a new rule published in the Federal Register , asylum seekers who pass through...

Telescope foes tie together, block road to Hawaii summit

Jul. 15, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

MAUNA KEA, Hawaii (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators gathered Monday at the base of Hawaii's tallest mountain to protest the construction of a giant telescope on land that some Native Hawaiians consider sacred. At about daybreak, a group of kupuna, or elders, tied themselves together with rope at the road to...

China's economy growth cools further amid US tariff war

Jul. 15, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's economic growth sank to its lowest level in at least 26 years in the quarter ending in June, adding to pressure on Chinese leaders as they fight a tariff war with Washington. The world's second-largest economy grew 6.2% over a year ago, down from the previous quarter's 6.4%,...

Police: 2 dead, officer and woman hurt at Baltimore clinic

Jul. 15, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Two people are dead and a police sergeant and a woman are injured following a shooting at a methadone clinic in Baltimore, police said Monday. Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said at a news conference that the sergeant is in stable condition and had gone into surgery....

Weakened Barry unleashes a final blast of torrential rains

Jul. 15, 2019 1:55 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tropical Depression Barry failed to unleash catastrophic flooding in New Orleans, but it still swamped parts of Louisiana with up to 17 inches (43 centimeters) of rain and transformed part of the Mississippi Delta into "an ocean." Although Barry was downgraded from a tropical storm...

Man sentenced to 2nd life term in Charlottesville car attack

Jul. 15, 2019 2:17 PM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — An avowed white supremacist was sentenced to life plus 419 years on state charges Monday for deliberately driving his car into anti-racism protesters during a white nationalist rally in Virginia. James Alex Fields Jr., 22, received the sentence for killing one person and...

Apollo 11 moon landing had thousands working behind scenes

Jul. 15, 2019 10:44 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — It took 400,000 people to put Apollo 11's Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon a half-century ago. That massive workforce stretched across the U.S. and included engineers, scientists, mechanics, technicians, pilots, divers, seamstresses, secretaries and more who worked...

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Telescope foes tie together, block road to Hawaii summit

Jul. 15, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

MAUNA KEA, Hawaii (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators gathered Monday at the base of Hawaii's tallest mountain to protest the construction of a giant telescope on land that some Native Hawaiians consider sacred. At about daybreak, a group of kupuna, or elders, tied themselves together with rope at the road to...

Atlantia chosen to help relaunch Italy's Alitalia airline

Jul. 15, 2019 2:55 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Italian state railway running Alitalia has chosen the Atlantia group of the Benetton empire as the key partner to work with the railway, the Italian treasury and Delta Air Lines in trying once again to relaunch the struggling flagship carrier. Ferrovie dello Stato said its board met Monday...

Former Idaho governor seeks investigation of mining company

Jul. 15, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Former Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has asked the Trump administration to investigate possible Chinese involvement in a mining company that could compete in Idaho with a Canadian-based company that tapped Otter to serve on its board of directors. The Idaho Statesman reports in a story...

Serial killer linked to Arkansas woman's 1994 slaying

Jul. 15, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) — Authorities are investigating whether possibly the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history is behind the death of an Arkansas woman in 1994. Police in Pine Bluff are reviewing the case of Jolanda Jones's death after Samuel Little confessed to her killing, which had been...

Pakistan says 22 missing in flash floods in Kashmir

Jul. 15, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (AP) — Heavy rains triggered flash floods in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir, leaving at least 22 people missing and feared dead, Pakistan's minister for disaster management in the disputed territory said Monday. Ahmed Raza Qadri said the flooding late Sunday also caused a great deal of...

Minor injuries after roof collapse at California casino

Jul. 15, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

GARDENA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say mostly minor injuries are reported after a roof collapsed in the lobby of a Los Angeles area casino. LA County Fire Department spokesman Marvin Lim says the agency received multiple calls Monday following the collapse at Larry Flynt's Lucky Lady Casino in Gardena....

The Latest: Elders brace for arrest for blocking summit road

Jul. 15, 2019 2:42 PM EDT

MAUNA KEA, Hawaii (AP) — The Latest on the start of work to build a massive telescope on a site considered sacred by some Native Hawaiians (all times local): 8:30 a.m. Hawaii officials have closed a road leading to the summit of the state's tallest mountain, the site of an embattled giant telescope...

10 Pakistani coal miners trapped after methane explosion

Jul. 15, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani rescue teams struggled to save 10 miners trapped in a coalmine after a methane gas explosion in the southwestern Baluchistan province, an official said Monday. One other miner had already been rescued because he was closer to the surface when the blast occurred late...

Louisiana coroner: Museum founder was suffocated to death

Jul. 15, 2019 2:29 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana coroner has ruled the death of a 75-year-old woman who founded Baton Rouge's African American history museum a homicide by suffocation. East Baton Rouge Coroner Beau Clark released preliminary autopsy results Monday that show Sadie Roberts-Joseph was suffocated to death...

Deals, protests during Amazon Prime Day

Jul. 15, 2019 2:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon's Prime Day is coming with a wave of deals — and protests. The company's fifth annual Prime Day now stretches two days, Monday and Tuesday, invented as an effort to try to drum up sales during sluggish summer months and sign up more users for its Prime loyalty program. The...