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Death toll hits 39 in Italy bridge collapse; blame begins

Aug. 15, 2018 7:08 AM EDT

GENOA, Italy (AP) — Italian emergency workers pulled two more bodies out of tons of broken concrete and twisted steel Wednesday after a highway bridge collapsed in Genoa, raising the death toll in the disaster to at least 39 people. The collapse of the Morandi Bridge sent dozens of cars and three trucks...

Priests molested 1,000 children in Pennsylvania, report says

Aug. 15, 2018 8:04 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A priest raped a 7-year-old girl while he was visiting her in the hospital after she'd had her tonsils removed. Another priest forced a 9-year-old boy into having oral sex, then rinsed out the boy's mouth with holy water. One boy was forced to say confession to the priest who...

Some primary night 'firsts' as Dems pick diverse slates

Aug. 15, 2018 9:00 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — In a night of firsts, Democrats in Vermont's primary chose the nation's first transgender gubernatorial nominee. In Minnesota, they picked a woman who would be the first Somali-American member of Congress. Connecticut Democrats nominated a candidate who could become the first black...

Vigil held at Detroit church for Aretha Franklin

Aug. 15, 2018 8:56 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — People are praying for Aretha Franklin in the Detroit church where her father was once a pastor. The special vigil at New Bethel Baptist Church began before dawn Wednesday. The prayers come one day after Stevie Wonder visited the ailing Queen of Soul at her home. The Rev. Jesse Jackson and...

Manafort jury to hear closing arguments in his fraud trial

Aug. 15, 2018 7:04 AM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Closing arguments were expected Wednesday in the trial of Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman accused of tax evasion and bank fraud. Manafort's defense rested its case Tuesday without calling any witnesses. Manafort himself chose not to testify. It's the first trial to...

White House admits error for false claim on black employment

Aug. 15, 2018 8:55 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has acknowledged error in its false claim that President Donald Trump created three times as many jobs for African-Americans than President Barack Obama. It was a rare admission of fault for an administration that frequently skews data and overstates economic gains. White...

10 Things to Know for Today

Aug. 15, 2018 6:01 AM EDT

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. DEATH TOLL RISES TO 37 IN ITALY BRIDGE COLLAPSE Rescuers search a second day through tons of broken concrete and twisted steel for any more survivors of the collapse of a highway bridge in Genoa, which sent...

Defiant as Trump rages, Omarosa says she won't be silenced

Aug. 15, 2018 4:20 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman declared that she "will not be silenced" by President Donald Trump, remaining defiant as her public feud with her former boss appeared to shift to a possible legal battle. In an interview Tuesday with The Associated Press, Manigault Newman,...

Afghan officials: Taliban attack in north kills 30 troops

Aug. 15, 2018 8:32 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Taliban assault on two adjacent checkpoints in northern Afghanistan killed at least 30 soldiers and policemen, officials said, as life gradually returned to normal on Wednesday in parts of the eastern city of Ghazni after a massive, days-long insurgent attack, with sporadic...

Turkey increases tariffs on some US goods, escalating feud

Aug. 15, 2018 8:01 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey said Wednesday it is increasing tariffs on imports of certain U.S. products, including rice, cars, alcohol and coal — escalating a feud with the United States that has helped trigger a currency crisis . The Turkish government said tariffs on American cars will be doubled...

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Couple arrested in Florida in Alabama double slaying

Aug. 15, 2018 9:02 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Police in south Florida have arrested two people charged with capital murder in the slayings of a couple found dead in their home in Birmingham. Police say 23-year-old Zachary Taylor Phillips of Arab (AY-rab) and 30-year-old Kristen Leigh Gullion of Cullman are accused in the...

Pharmacist indicted in opioid case

Aug. 15, 2018 9:01 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita pharmacist has been indicted in a scheme to unlawfully distribute tens of thousands of opioid tablets that has already ensnared a doctor. The U.S. attorney's office says 45-year-old Ebube Otuonye, of Bel Aire, faces one count of conspiracy to unlawfully dispense prescription...

Lawsuit: Ex-Bellevue College dean raped assistant for years

Aug. 15, 2018 8:59 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A woman has filed a lawsuit against Bellevue College claiming the school, and by extension Washington state, fostered a hostile work environment by failing to protect her from a former dean. SeattlePI.com reports the woman's attorney Julie Kays filed the lawsuit last week alleging former...

Judge: Firm can mandate drug test for medical marijuana user

Aug. 15, 2018 8:59 AM EDT

BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — A federal court judge has ruled that a New Jersey business doesn't have to waive its mandatory drug testing requirement for a worker who uses medical marijuana. Daniel Cotto had filed a discrimination lawsuit against Bridgeton-based Ardagh Glass last year. He was a forklift operator...

The Latest: Turkish court rules to free rights activist

Aug. 15, 2018 8:57 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's currency crisis (all times local): 3:55 p.m. Amnesty International says a court in Istanbul has ruled for the release from prison of the rights group's former Turkey chairman. The decision to release Taner Kilic on Wednesday came a day after a Turkish court...

Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman: Death toll in Kabul suicide bombing that targeted a Shiite neighborhood rises to 25

Aug. 15, 2018 8:57 AM EDT
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman: Death toll in Kabul suicide bombing that targeted a Shiite neighborhood rises to 25.

US retail sales rose at robust 0.5 pct. annual rate in July

Aug. 15, 2018 8:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans shopped at a healthy pace in July, buying more cars, clothes and appliances, evidence that confident consumers are helping drive robust economic growth. Retail sales rose at a 0.5 percent annual rate in July, after a 0.2 percent increase the previous month, the Commerce...

Diamondback Energy acquires Alabama-based Energen

Aug. 15, 2018 8:56 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Texas-based Diamondback Energy Inc. is acquiring one of Alabama's largest publicly held companies, the Birmingham-based Energen Corp., in a stock deal worth more than $9 billion. The companies announced the transaction in a statement Tuesday. The statement says the deal creates a...

US productivity grew at strong 2.9 percent rate in Q2

Aug. 15, 2018 8:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. productivity grew at an annual rate of 2.9 percent in the second quarter, the fastest pace in more than three years, while labor costs actually fell. The April-June increase in productivity followed a much weaker 0.3 percent rate of gain in the first quarter, the Labor Department...

Vigil held at Detroit church for Aretha Franklin

Aug. 15, 2018 8:56 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — People are praying for Aretha Franklin in the Detroit church where her father was once a pastor. The special vigil at New Bethel Baptist Church began before dawn Wednesday. The prayers come one day after Stevie Wonder visited the ailing Queen of Soul at her home. The Rev. Jesse Jackson and...