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Campus under siege as Hong Kong police battle protesters

Nov. 18, 2019 1:38 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Police tightened their siege of a university campus where hundreds of protesters remained trapped overnight Tuesday in the latest dramatic episode in months of protests against growing Chinese control over the semi-autonomous city. In a sign of a fresh escalation for the movement, protests...

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 1:44 PM EST

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Police searched Monday for the assailant or assailants who sneaked into a backyard party in Fresno and opened fire while a small crowd watched football on television. Four people were killed and six wounded. Authorities offered no immediate word on a motive nor any indication that the...

AP Exclusive: US softens position on Israeli settlements

Nov. 18, 2019 2:11 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 1:58 PM EST

DUNCAN, Oklahoma (AP) — Two men and a woman were fatally shot Monday morning outside a Walmart store in southwestern Oklahoma, 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. Two bodies covered with sheets were...

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...

Anti-government protests cripple major Iraqi port, oil field

Nov. 18, 2019 1:56 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Anti-government demonstrations in southern Iraq blocked roads leading to the country’s main port and an oil field on Monday, while the Iraqi central bank reduced working hours because of the ongoing unrest, security officials said. Protesters burned tires, blocking the roads to the...

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...

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Auto union opens talks with Fiat Chrysler; strike possible

Nov. 18, 2019 2:12 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The United Auto Workers union has begun to focus bargaining on Fiat Chrysler, raising the possibility of another strike against a Detroit automaker. Ford workers ratified their contract Friday night, while the union settled with General Motors last month after a 40-day strike that shut down...

Iran downplays, demonizes protests amid internet shutdown

Nov. 18, 2019 2:11 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iranian officials on Monday alternatively downplayed and demonized ongoing protests across the country that have killed at least five people and put renewed pressure on Iran’s government as it struggles to overcome U.S. sanctions. The full scale of the protests,...

UN expert: 100,000 kids in migration-related detention in US

Nov. 18, 2019 2:08 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — An independent expert working with the U.N. human rights office estimates that over 100,000 children are being held in migration-related detention in the United States. Human rights lawyer Manfred Nowak said Monday the U.S. is holding “far more” than are other countries for...

Brazil says Amazon deforestation is worst since 2008

Nov. 18, 2019 2:06 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The rate of deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest is at its highest level in more than a decade, according to a government report published on Monday. Deforestation between August 2018 and July 2019 reached 9,762 square kilometers (3,769 square miles), a 30 percent...

Prince Andrew’s efforts to put scandal behind him backfire

Nov. 18, 2019 2:05 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Prince Andrew's effort to put the Jeffrey Epstein scandal behind him may have instead done him irreparable harm. While aides are trying to put the best face on his widely criticized interview with the BBC, royal watchers are asking whether he can survive the public relations disaster and...

Democrats’ Southern victories could affect redistricting

Nov. 18, 2019 2:04 PM EST

Election results this month in three Southern states could give Democrats a greater say in redistricting for U.S. House and state legislative seats after the 2020 census. The victory this past weekend by Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards in Louisiana and Republicans’ inability to win a veto-proof...

US officials granting $29 million for coastal protection

Nov. 18, 2019 2:01 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...

Judge hears arguments on teen’s role in school shooting

Nov. 18, 2019 1:59 PM EST

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) — One of the two Colorado teenagers charged in a school shooting in a Denver suburb is in court for a judge to determine whether prosecutors have enough evidence to go to trial. A judge also is expected to hear arguments on whether 16-year-old Alec McKinney should be tried as an...

Police chief: 3 people killed in Oklahoma Walmart shooting

Nov. 18, 2019 1:58 PM EST

DUNCAN, Oklahoma (AP) — Two men and a woman were fatally shot Monday morning outside a Walmart store in southwestern Oklahoma, 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. Two bodies covered with sheets were...

Anti-government protests cripple major Iraqi port, oil field

Nov. 18, 2019 1:56 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Anti-government demonstrations in southern Iraq blocked roads leading to the country’s main port and an oil field on Monday, while the Iraqi central bank reduced working hours because of the ongoing unrest, security officials said. Protesters burned tires, blocking the roads to the...