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Henderson lead Meijer LPGA Classic; Thompson makes big move

Jun. 15, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Brooke Henderson birdied the final three holes Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a two-stroke lead over Annie Park in the Meijer LPGA Classic, with Lexi Thompson three shots back after matching the course record with a 62. Trying to break a tie for the Canadian victory record for...

Hong Kong leader delays unpopular bill; activists want more

Jun. 15, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam sought to quell public anger Saturday by shelving an unpopular extradition bill that has highlighted apprehension about relations with mainland China, but opponents of the measure said it was not enough. Activists said they were still planning a mass...

The Latest: Activists say shelving bill is not enough

Jun. 15, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong against an extradition bill (all times local): 7:30 p.m. China's Foreign Ministry spokesman has expressed support for Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam after she shelved an unpopular bill backed by Beijing. Geng Shuang said Saturday that the Chinese government...

Armani unveils Italian Olympic team uniforms during MFW

Jun. 15, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Milan Fashion Week for spring/summer menswear previews has started with a slightly different rhythm, with many mainstays not showing this season. It is a sign of the times that fashion houses are seeking new ways to reach their audiences, and slotting menswear into womenswear shows by now is...

Vermont companies: Tariffs are cutting into bottom line

Jun. 15, 2019 11:26 AM EDT

BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Vermont County Store CEO Jim Hall says consumers are going to pay for tariffs on China goods and that it's going to hurt companies' profits. Hall made his remarks Friday at an event hosted by Democratic Rep. Peter Welch in Barre, Vermont. Welch tells WCAX-TV that businesses from...

Hong Kong's first female leader fights for political life

Jun. 15, 2019 10:45 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam steadily climbed her way up bureaucratic ranks to capture the top position in the former British colony, relying on sheer intelligence, ambition, canny networking and an astute deference to authority. Yet the ground has shifted considerably since she...

Trump blames Iran for tanker attacks but calls for talks

Jun. 15, 2019 6:49 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has blamed Iran for attacks on oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, but he also held out hope that implicit U.S. threats to use force will yield talks with the Islamic Republic as the Pentagon considers beefing up defenses in the Persian Gulf area. A day...

Middle East attack jolts oil-import dependent Asia

Jun. 15, 2019 3:45 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The blasts detonated far from the bustling megacities of Asia, but the attack this week on two tankers in the strategic Strait of Hormuz hits at the heart of the region's oil import-dependent economies. While the violence only directly jolted two countries in the region —...

Hong Kong leader says government will suspend debate on unpopular extradition bill.

Jun. 15, 2019 3:21 AM EDT
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong leader says government will suspend debate on unpopular extradition bill.

The Latest: Arab League chief tells Iranians to 'be careful'

Jun. 15, 2019 3:21 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on Mideast developments amid rising tensions in the Persian Gulf region (all times local): 11:45 p.m. The head of the Arab League is calling on the Iranians to "be careful and reverse course." Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit noted after meeting with U.N....