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Powerful Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings has died

Oct. 17, 2019 7:18 AM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a sharecropper's son who rose to become the powerful chairman of a U.S. House committee that investigated President Donald Trump, died early Thursday of complications from longstanding health issues, his office said. He was 68. Cummings was a...

US delegation seeking a cease-fire with Turkey and Kurds

Oct. 17, 2019 7:16 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A senior U.S. delegation faces the herculean task of pressuring Turkey to accept a cease-fire in Northern Syria, hours after President Donald Trump declared the U.S. has no stake in defending Kurdish fighters who died by the thousands as America's partners against Islamic State...

UK, EU reach outline Brexit deal; still needs ratification

Oct. 17, 2019 6:08 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Britain and the European Union said Thursday that they have struck an outline Brexit deal after days of intense see-saw negotiations — though it must still be formally approved by the bloc and ratified by the European and U.K. Parliaments. Hours before a summit of all 28 EU national...

Envoy key to Ukraine debate is due up in impeachment inquiry

Oct. 17, 2019 6:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the European Union is expected to tell House lawmakers conducting an impeachment inquiry that he was merely repeating President Donald Trump's reassurances when he told another envoy that there was no quid pro quo in the administration's dealings with Ukraine....

10 Things to Know for Today

Oct. 17, 2019 6:29 AM EDT

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. US REP. ELIJAH CUMMINGS DIES AT 68 The Maryland congressman became the powerful chairman of a U.S. House committee that investigated Trump and was a formidable orator who passionately advocated for the poor....

'See you at the polls': Trump and Pelosi have it out

Oct. 16, 2019 10:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — He said she's a "third-grade" politician. She said he's having a meltdown. And with that President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi chalked up the latest explosive meeting that ended abruptly with a walkout at the White House. It's a familiar ritual, with Trump and...

Aid groups scramble to reach Syrians as battle lines shift

Oct. 17, 2019 5:02 AM EDT

BARDARASH, Iraq (AP) — Humanitarian groups in northeastern Syria are scrambling to provide aid to hundreds of thousands of people as rapidly shifting battle lines make it increasingly difficult to reach them. Nearly all foreign aid workers have been evacuated because of security concerns, and there are...

Cause for hope and caution following police shooting in home

Oct. 17, 2019 12:20 AM EDT

In the days after Atatiana Jefferson's killing in her own home by a white Fort Worth police officer, many in the black community say they've seen at least initial signs of swifter action with the officer's arrest, but also are noticing some recurring and troubling themes. These include the release of police body...

Chicago teachers to strike in nation's 3rd largest district

Oct. 16, 2019 9:21 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago parents and community groups are scrambling to prepare for a massive teachers' strike set to begin Thursday, prompting the city to preemptively cancel classes in the nation's third-largest school district. The Chicago Teachers Union confirmed Wednesday night that its 25,000 members...

Dubai bets billions that Expo 2020 won't be a desert mirage

Oct. 17, 2019 7:14 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — It rises out of what were once rolling sand dunes stretching toward the horizon, a feverish construction site by tempo and temperature that has tens of thousands of workers building what looks like a new city in the desert of Dubai. This is the site of Expo 2020, a...

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Powerful Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings has died

Oct. 17, 2019 7:18 AM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a sharecropper's son who rose to become the powerful chairman of a U.S. House committee that investigated President Donald Trump, died early Thursday of complications from longstanding health issues, his office said. He was 68. Cummings was a...

Death of Outing woman likely a homicide

Oct. 17, 2019 7:16 AM EDT

AITKIN, Minn. (AP) — Sheriff's officials say the death of a northeastern Minnesota woman who had been missing for nearly two weeks appears to be a homicide. Authorities had been searching for 35-year-old Michelle Mary Mae, of Outing, since her family reported her missing Oct. 3. Her body was found Tuesday...

Dubai bets billions that Expo 2020 won't be a desert mirage

Oct. 17, 2019 7:14 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — It rises out of what were once rolling sand dunes stretching toward the horizon, a feverish construction site by tempo and temperature that has tens of thousands of workers building what looks like a new city in the desert of Dubai. This is the site of Expo 2020, a...

Authorities make 5th arrest in Wisconsin THC vaping business

Oct. 17, 2019 7:07 AM EDT

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Authorities have made a fifth arrest in connection with a black market THC vape manufacturing business in Wisconsin. A 22-year-old Racine man is accused of working for the large-scale operation in Kenosha County. He's facing charges of possession of THC with intent to deliver....

The Latest: Farage urges rejection of Brexit deal

Oct. 17, 2019 7:04 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 1 p.m. Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has urged the U.K. Parliament to reject the new tentative deal reached between the British government and the European Union. Farage said Thursday the deal is "just not Brexit" and would bind Britain to the EU...

Gibraltar holds election amid uncertainty of Brexit outcome

Oct. 17, 2019 7:01 AM EDT

GIBRALTAR (AP) — An election for Gibraltar's 17-seat parliament took place Thursday under a cloud of uncertainty about what Brexit will bring for the speck of British territory on Spain's southern tip. The Rock's about 34,000 residents didn't want to leave the European Union — in the 2016...

The Latest: Russia's Putin raises Syria concerns with Turkey

Oct. 17, 2019 6:58 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local): 1:55 p.m. The Kremlin says Russia's President Vladimir Putin will discuss humanitarian problems stemming from Turkey's military operation into northern Syria when he meets with his Turkish counterpart next week. Putin...

Swiss fine commodities firm Gunvor over bribes in Africa

Oct. 17, 2019 6:49 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss authorities have ordered commodities trading company Gunvor to pay nearly 94 million Swiss francs (dollars) in compensation and fines after being convicted of failing to prevent its representatives from bribing public officials to gain access to oil markets in Congo and Ivory Coast. The...

China detains 2 US citizens who ran teaching program

Oct. 17, 2019 6:48 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China said Thursday it detained two U.S. citizens on suspicion of organizing others to illegally cross the border, amid sharpening tensions between the sides over trade, technology and other sensitive issues. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said police in the eastern province...

Sentencing delayed for charity lead who embezzled over $550K

Oct. 17, 2019 6:47 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Sentencing has been delayed for a Louisiana hospital foundation's former fundraising chief, who was convicted this summer of stealing more than $550,000 in donations. News outlets report 49-year-old John Paul Funes' Thursday sentencing has been pushed to Oct. 24 because of a...