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Trump acknowledges China polices may mean US economic pain

Aug. 20, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump acknowledged Tuesday his aggressive China trade policies may mean economic pain for Americans but insisted they're needed for more important long-term benefits. He insisted he's not fearing a recession but is nonetheless considering new tax cuts to promote growth....

Trump steadily fulfills goals on religious right wish list

Aug. 20, 2019 4:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When Donald Trump assumed the presidency, conservative religious leaders drew up "wish lists' of steps they hoped he'd take to oppose abortion and rein in the LGBTQ-rights movement. With a flurry of recent actions, Trump's administration is now winning their praise for aggressively...

Earth's future is being written in fast-melting Greenland

Aug. 20, 2019 4:35 PM EDT

HELHEIM GLACIER, Greenland (AP) — This is where Earth's refrigerator door is left open, where glaciers dwindle and seas begin to rise. New York University air and ocean scientist David Holland, who is tracking what's happening in Greenland from both above and below, calls it "the end of the planet." He is...

Migrants exit rescue ship in Italy after 19-day standoff

Aug. 20, 2019 7:33 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — More than 80 people were being evacuated from a migrant rescue ship on Tuesday, capping a drama that saw 15 passengers jump into the sea to escape deteriorating conditions aboard and spurred Spain to dispatch a naval ship in a bid to end a weekslong humanitarian crisis with Italy. Sicilian...

LA Opera names lawyer to lead Placido Domingo investigation

Aug. 20, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Los Angeles Opera said Tuesday it will immediately open a 'thorough and independent investigation' into allegations of sexual harassment against the opera star Placido Domingo, the company's general director. In a brief statement Tuesday, the opera company said it has hired Debra Wong...

Trump: Any Jew voting Democratic is uninformed or disloyal

Aug. 20, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Showing a fresh willingness to play politics along religious and racial lines, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that American Jewish people who vote for Democrats show "either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty." Trump's claim triggered a quick uproar from critics who said...

Execs starting to worry about tariffs' effects on consumers

Aug. 20, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

Americans continue to shop, vacation and buy cars at a brisk clip. But corporate America is starting to worry out loud that President Donald Trump's tariffs will depress consumer spending and undermine the economy. Home Depot, the nation's largest home improvement chain, said as much on Tuesday, when it reported...

US envoy to resume talks with Taliban on ending Afghan war

Aug. 20, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United States envoy negotiating with the Taliban for an end to nearly 18 years of fighting in Afghanistan was departing Tuesday for Qatar to resume talks, the State Department said, amid concerns about a growing threat by an Islamic State affiliate. Zalmay Khalilzad also will...

Italian premier resigns, blames deputy for political crisis

Aug. 20, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte resigned Tuesday, blaming the collapse of his 14-month-old populist government on his rebellious, anti-migrant Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who triggered a political crisis to try to force early elections. Addressing the Senate, Conte blasted Salvini for...

City: Philadelphia police head quits over bias in department

Aug. 20, 2019 6:45 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The police commissioner of Philadelphia is resigning over new allegations of sexual harassment and racial and gender discrimination against others in the department, the mayor announced Tuesday. Commissioner Richard Ross has been a terrific asset to the police department and the city,...

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Migrants exit rescue ship in Italy after 19-day standoff

Aug. 20, 2019 7:33 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — More than 80 people were being evacuated from a migrant rescue ship on Tuesday, capping a drama that saw 15 passengers jump into the sea to escape deteriorating conditions aboard and spurred Spain to dispatch a naval ship in a bid to end a weekslong humanitarian crisis with Italy. Sicilian...

New blackout for Venezuela's capital compounds energy woes

Aug. 20, 2019 7:29 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Parts of Venezuela's capital and at least one state endured a power blackout on Tuesday lasting several hours, in an occurrence that has become commonplace in the crisis-stricken nation beset by energy woes. The power went out in a wide swath of Caracas during the early afternoon,...

American Airlines will pay $22 million to settle mail case

Aug. 20, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — American Airlines will pay $22.1 million to settle allegations it falsified times when it handed off mail, including items sent to U.S. soldiers stationed abroad. The Justice Department said Tuesday that American picked up mail for the U.S. Postal Service at six locations in the U.S., and...

Judge acquits Mississippi lawmaker accused of punching wife

Aug. 20, 2019 7:13 PM EDT

LUCEDALE, Miss. (AP) — A judge on Tuesday acquitted a Mississippi lawmaker of a domestic violence charge in which he was accused of punching his wife in the face because she didn't undress quickly enough when he wanted to have sex. George County Justice Court Judge Mike Bullock found state Rep. Doug McLeod...

US says anyone who 'touches' Iran tanker risks US sanctions

Aug. 20, 2019 7:12 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says anyone who "touches," supports or allows an Iranian tanker carrying crude oil to dock risks U.S. sanctions. He told reporters Tuesday that if an Iranian supertanker that left Gibraltar on Sunday again heads to Syria, "we'll take every action we...

2015 North Dakota liquid gas spill much bigger than reported

Aug. 20, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A 2015 pipeline spill of liquid natural gas in western North Dakota initially reported as just 10 gallons is at least hundreds of thousands of gallons larger and may take another decade to clean up, state health officials said Tuesday. Oklahoma-based Oneok Partners LP reported the...

Cowboys' Elliott won't face criminal charge in Vegas scuffle

Aug. 20, 2019 7:05 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Dallas Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott won't face criminal charges after scuffling with a music festival security guard in Las Vegas. Prosecutor Steve Wolfson said Tuesday the findings of a police investigation "lacked prosecutorial merit." The NFL said last month that Elliott...

Search intensifies for 2 missing firefighters off Florida

Aug. 20, 2019 7:02 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say they are ramping up the search for two missing firefighters who set out by boat last week from the state's Atlantic coast. Jacksonville Interim Fire Chief Keith Powers said the agency was calling for as "many boats" as could be mustered Tuesday in the ongoing...

Mexican police find 75 migrants in border town safe house

Aug. 20, 2019 7:00 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican federal police have found 75 Central American migrants hidden at a safe house in a border town outside Reynosa, across the border from McAllen, Texas. The migrants included 26 minors. Most were from Honduras, with fewer numbers from Guatemala and El Salvador and two from...

Migrant children programs report drivers harassing buses

Aug. 20, 2019 6:54 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Officials say drivers have been following and harassing buses transporting the children of seasonal and migrant farmworkers for early childhood education programs in Idaho. The Idaho Statesman reported Tuesday that the Community Council of Idaho plans to remove and conceal the "Migrant...