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Ukrainian leader felt Trump pressure before taking office

Oct. 23, 2019 2:01 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — More than two months before the phone call that launched the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, Ukraine's newly elected leader was already worried about pressure from the U.S. president to investigate his Democratic rival Joe Biden. Volodymyr Zelenskiy gathered a small...

Facebook reaches licensing deal with News Corp for headlines

Oct. 18, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — News Corp. says it has reached a licensing deal with Facebook that lets the social network feature headlines from The Wall Street Journal, the New York Post and other publications on its upcoming news section. The companies did not give financial details of the deal. Facebook has reportedly...

The Latest: Pompeo optimistic cease-fire in Syria will hold

Oct. 18, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local): 10:55 p.m. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he's optimistic that the cease-fire between the Turkish army and Kurdish forces in northern Syria will hold in coming days, despite some breaches. After briefing...

The Providence Journal owners ask for overtime pay exemption

Oct. 18, 2019 1:00 PM EDT

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's labor department is considering a request from the owners of The Providence Journal to exempt the daily newspaper industry from state laws requiring overtime pay for Sunday and holiday work. The Providence Journal reports union leaders urged the department Thursday to...

Prison officials ask to toss lawsuit on execution access

Oct. 17, 2019 2:50 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Department of Corrections has asked a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit that claims prison officials are unconstitutionally limiting public access to executions in Virginia. The lawsuit filed last month by four news organizations alleges that the department is violating...

California prison agency spent $12K on retirement party

Oct. 16, 2019 8:56 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A newspaper investigation finds a California prison agency spent $12,000 in public money on a retirement party with 300 guests for a longtime manager. The Sacramento Bee on Wednesday cites records that show the Prison Industry Authority paid for food, equipment, supplies and...

Correction: Bike Ride-Iowa story

Oct. 16, 2019 3:35 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — In a story Oct. 15 about the resignations of organizers of a popular Iowa bike ride, The Associated Press reported that Gannett, the Des Moines Register's parent company, didn't immediately respond to inquiries. That sentence should have been removed once Gannett's chief marketing...

Top PG&E executive in ill-timed winery retreat out of job

Oct. 16, 2019 3:26 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A top Pacific Gas and Electric Co. executive who was among a group of employees who wined and dined top customers just before the utility's widespread power outage last week is no longer with the company. Mel Christopher, who until recently was the top PG&E gas executive, was gone...

Court: Stacking bodies at Arizona funeral homes punishable

Oct. 16, 2019 2:33 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A Mesa funeral home owner who fought a punishment from state industry regulators for stacking containers of remains is ending her legal fight. Marc Harris, Arizona's assistant attorney general, informed the Arizona State Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers at a meeting Tuesday that...

White House: Trump condemns violent parody, hasn't seen it

Oct. 14, 2019 7:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump "strongly condemns" a graphic and violent parody video that depicts a likeness of him shooting and stabbing opponents and members of the news media, the White House said Monday. But his press secretary said he hadn't yet watched the two-minute clip. The video, which...