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Round 2 for Trump-Putin: A fall invite amid summit mop-up

Jul. 19, 2018 6:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unbowed by swirling criticism of his summit encounter with Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump swiftly invited the Russian leader to the White House this fall for a second get-together. Cleanup from the first continued with no letup Thursday, as Trump belatedly decided Putin's...

Did Trump and Putin agree to anything? Only they know

Jul. 19, 2018 4:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin may have reached several historic agreements at their summit in Finland this week. Or, they may not have. It depends on who you talk to. Three days later no one was quite sure. With no details emerging from the leaders' one-on-one discussion on Monday...

APNewsBreak: Dolphins anthem punishment includes suspensions

Jul. 19, 2018 4:55 PM EDT

Miami Dolphins players who protest on the field during the national anthem could be suspended for up to four games under a team policy issued this week. The "Proper Anthem Conduct" section is just one sentence in a nine-page discipline document provided to The Associated Press by a person familiar with the policy...

Even US intel chief in the dark about Trump-Putin talks

Jul. 19, 2018 7:04 PM EDT

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Even Donald Trump's intelligence chief doesn't know what was said in the president's one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin this week in Helsinki. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats was also unaware that Putin was being invited to Washington. Coats made those...

Home demolitions may create new problem: lead-tainted dust

Jul. 19, 2018 5:29 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The nation's largest home-demolition program, which has torn down more than 14,000 vacant houses across Detroit, may have inadvertently created a new problem by spreading lead-contaminated dust through some of the city's many hollowed-out neighborhoods. Health officials are concerned that...

Zuckerberg's Holocaust comment puts Facebook on the spot

Jul. 19, 2018 5:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Denying the Holocaust happened is probably OK on Facebook. Calling for a mob to kill Jews is not. Mark Zuckerberg's awkward and eyebrow-raising attempt this week to explain where Facebook draws the line illustrates the complexities social media platforms face as they take on the unwanted...

Turmoil slows rebuilding of Puerto Rico's power grid

Jul. 19, 2018 3:15 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Ten months after Hurricane Maria destroyed Puerto Rico's electric grid, the local agency responsible for rebuilding it is in chaos and more than $1 billion in federal funds meant to strengthen the rickety system has gone unspent, according to contractors and U.S. officials who...

Gene tests can provide health clues -- and needless worry

Jul. 19, 2018 1:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Last year, Katie Burns got a phone call that shows what can happen in medicine when information runs ahead of knowledge. Burns learned that a genetic test of her fetus had turned up an abnormality. It appeared in a gene that, when it fails to work properly, causes heart defects, mental...

Trump aims to end automatic protections for some species

Jul. 19, 2018 6:44 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday proposed ending automatic protections for threatened animals and plants and limiting habitat safeguards meant to shield recovering species from harm. Administration officials said the new rules would advance conservation by simplifying and improving how...

Brazilian police arrest 'Dr. Bumbum' after patient dies

Jul. 19, 2018 5:58 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian police have arrested celebrated plastic surgeon Denis Cesar Barros Furtado, who had been on the run since a patient died following injections he gave her to enlarge her buttocks. Furtado is known as "Dr. Bumbum" — Brazilian slang for backside. He was arrested Thursday...

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The Latest: Body found near homeless camp in in Oregon fire

Jul. 19, 2018 7:07 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on wildfires in Oregon (all times local): 4 p.m. Authorities found a man's body inside the perimeter of a wildfire in Oregon and are trying to determine if he died before or during the blaze. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office said Thursday that the man was found near a...

Nicaragua marks 1979 revolution amid protests, bloodshed

Jul. 19, 2018 7:05 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua marked the 39th anniversary of the 1979 revolution against dictator Anastasio Somoza on Thursday amid a political crisis that has seen hundreds killed in a government crackdown on protesters seeking President Daniel Ortega's exit from office. The anniversary remembrance...

The Latest: Police report injuries from Iowa Pella factory

Jul. 19, 2018 7:01 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on severe weather in Iowa (all times local): 6 p.m. Police say people have been taken to a local hospital after a tornado hit a factory in Pella where some people were working. Pella Police Lt. Shane Cox told KCCI-TV some people from Vermeer Manufacturing were taken to a...

Kin say Scout leader who drowned saving boy loved children

Jul. 19, 2018 6:58 PM EDT

OREM, Utah (AP) — A 22-year-old Boy Scout leader who drowned saving a struggling young boy during a practice exercise in a Utah pond was a lifelong Scout himself who loved helping kids learn the wilderness skills he treasured, his family said Thursday. Younger children had always looked up to Wesley Robert...

2 South St. Paul officers hurt in group home confrontation

Jul. 19, 2018 6:58 PM EDT

SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Two South St. Paul police officers were wounded Thursday in an exchange of gunfire with a group home resident in a quiet neighborhood. While authorities initially said one officer was wounded, South St. Paul Police Chief William Messerich and Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie...

Hawaii police: Friends may be hiding police shooting suspect

Jul. 19, 2018 6:56 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A suspect wanted in the killing of the first police officer to be fatally shot on Hawaii's Big Island likely remains hidden on the mostly rural eastern side of the vast island, authorities said Thursday. While the 4,028-square-mile (10,432-square-kilometer) island has a varied terrain...

California sues over Trump halt to truck pollution rule

Jul. 19, 2018 6:54 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California and 14 other states sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Thursday over its decision to suspend an Obama-era rule aimed at limiting pollution from trucks. The July 6 decision by the Trump EPA was illegal and could put thousands of additional highly polluting trucks...

Police: 3 Fort Worth bank employees shot, suspects detained

Jul. 19, 2018 6:54 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Police have detained three suspects after three North Texas bank employees were shot Thursday morning but were expected to survive. FBI Agent Eric Jackson said authorities traced a vehicle that appeared to be connected to the robbery attempt and gunfire around 9:30 a.m. Thursday...

The Latest: Police: 3 detained in bank robbery shooting

Jul. 19, 2018 6:52 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The Latest on a shooting during an attempted robbery at a Texas bank (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Police have detained three people in connection with a shooting during an attempted robbery at a North Texas bank. Three female employees were wounded in the gunfire at Veritex...

NCAA to study possible effects of widespread legal wagering

Jul. 19, 2018 6:51 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA plans to study how the expansion of legalized betting could affect college athletics and member schools. The NCAA announced Thursday it will create a working group of "subject matter experts" to assess areas such as officiating, NCAA rules, federal and state laws, and the use...