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Trump defends himself against whistleblower complaint

Sep. 20, 2019 10:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump defended himself Friday against a whistleblower's complaint including a reported private conversation he had with a foreign leader. The complaint, which the administration has refused to let Congress see, is "serious" and "urgent," the government's intelligence...

Journalists see heart of Saudi oil industry after attack

Sep. 20, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

BUQAYQ, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia took journalists on Friday to the site of a missile-and-drone strike on the kingdom's oil industry that shook global energy markets over the weekend, while Kuwait raised the security levels at its ports following the attack that the U.S. alleges Iran carried out....

Young people lead global climate change protests

Sep. 20, 2019 8:53 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — In Canberra and Kabul, Cape Town and Berlin, and across the globe, hundreds of thousands of people took the streets Friday to demand that leaders tackle climate change in the run-up to a U.N. summit. Many were children who skipped school to take part in the second "Global Climate Strike,"...

Imelda leaves 2 dead in Texas, others stranded and trapped

Sep. 20, 2019 9:22 AM EDT

CHINA, Texas (AP) — Emergency crews continued to pull motorists and others from high water Friday after the remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda soaked the Houston area, leaving at least two people dead and prompting hundreds of rescues for people trapped during a relentless downpour that drew comparisons to...

At least they're talking: EU, UK push on with Brexit meets

Sep. 20, 2019 9:45 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British and European Union negotiators agreed Friday to press on with talks in search of an elusive Brexit deal, as Ireland's deputy leader warned that the two sides remain far apart despite an improvement in the "mood music." After weeks spent demanding that Britain provide concrete...

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio drops 2020 presidential bid

Sep. 20, 2019 8:36 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ended his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination on Friday after struggling to gain traction in a sprawling field of candidates. Announcing his decision in an MSNBC interview, de Blasio did not throw his support behind any candidate but...

Central America's dengue epidemic deadly in Honduras

Sep. 20, 2019 12:09 AM EDT

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — In a ward usually reserved for juvenile burn victims, children lay listlessly under mosquito nets next to worried parents. On a recent day, 9-year-old Carlos Benítez was headed home after enduring several days of intravenous fluids while doctors waited for his dengue fever...

What makes Impossible meat possible? A "bloody" ingredient

Sep. 20, 2019 10:50 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — What makes Impossible burgers possible? An engineered ingredient that makes the veggie patty look bloody — and one of many new concoctions food regulators expect to see more of in the coming years. Several new vegetarian products are competing to win over meat lovers, but two...

Music starts for Earthlings around Area 51 events in Nevada

Sep. 20, 2019 7:19 AM EDT

HIKO, Nev. (AP) — Sound checks echoed from a distant main stage while Daniel Martinez whirled and danced at dusty makeshift festival grounds just after sunset in Rachel, the Nevada town closest to the once-secret Area 51 military base. Martinez's muse was the thumping beat from a satellite set-up pumping a...

Climate change will grab globe's focus with summit, strikes

Sep. 20, 2019 10:42 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Get ready to hear about global warming — or the "climate emergency " as the United Nations is calling it. In the next week, there will be climate strikes, climate summits, climate debates, a dire climate science report, climate pledges by countries and businesses, promises of...

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Pittsburgh prepares to commemorate 2018 synagogue attack

Sep. 20, 2019 11:01 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — As Pittsburgh prepares to commemorate last year's deadly shooting at a synagogue, Jewish leaders say returning to the synagogue remains a priority. While there is no set time frame, "it is indeed our goal we will one day return to Tree of Life," said Tree of Life's Rabbi Jeffrey Myers,...

Woman convicted in texting suicide case denied parole

Sep. 20, 2019 11:01 AM EDT

NATICK, Mass. (AP) — The Massachusetts woman convicted of urging her boyfriend to kill himself via text messages has been denied early release. The state Parole Board announced Friday it has rejected Michelle Carter's bid for release after serving about half her 15-month jail sentence. The board says...

Mother accused of trying to kill baby, self takes plea deal

Sep. 20, 2019 10:58 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Sioux Falls woman accused of attempting to kill her baby and herself in a car crash may avoid any time in jail as part of a plea agreement. Thirty-five-year-old Julia Alzoubaidi pleaded guilty Thursday to abuse or cruelty to a minor, a charge punishable by up to 15 years in...

Woman, 19, charged in deadly Kansas trailer park shooting

Sep. 20, 2019 10:57 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A 19-year-old woman has been charged in the deadly shooting of a man at a Kansas City Kansas, trailer park over Labor Day weekend. The Kansas City Star reports that Alexia Lasha Hendricks is jailed on $150,000 bond on charges of second-degree murder and aggravated robbery in the...

Russian anti-doping CEO says track ban won't be lifted soon

Sep. 20, 2019 10:56 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The CEO of the Russian anti-doping agency predicted Friday that the country's track team won't be reinstated in time for the upcoming world athletics championships. The Russian team has been suspended from international track and field since 2015 over widespread doping, though dozens are...

Journalists see heart of Saudi oil industry after attack

Sep. 20, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

BUQAYQ, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia took journalists on Friday to the site of a missile-and-drone strike on the kingdom's oil industry that shook global energy markets over the weekend, while Kuwait raised the security levels at its ports following the attack that the U.S. alleges Iran carried out....

Algeria protesters defy army chief's tougher stance

Sep. 20, 2019 10:53 AM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Thousands of pro-democracy protesters took to the streets of the capital on Friday, chanting defiantly in the face of a crackdown on the demonstration by the country's powerful army chief. For the 31st straight week, the protesters made their presence felt in Algiers though this...

Vermont unemployment rate holds steady in August at 2.1%

Sep. 20, 2019 10:53 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Labor says the state's unemployment rate held steady in August at 2.1%. The August unemployment rate compares to a rate of 2.6% in August of last year. Unemployment in Vermont's 17 labor markets ranged from a low of 1.8% in the White River Junction area to a...

Stocks edge higher; S&P 500 heads for another week of gains

Sep. 20, 2019 10:53 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks edged higher in early trading on Friday as most sectors of the market posted small gains. The S&P 500 rose 0.3% to 3,014 and is within 12 points of all-time high. The index is headed for a fourth straight weekly gain, even after some volatility during the week caused by...

Maine home sales could break last year's sales record

Sep. 20, 2019 10:52 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine realtor group says the state might break its record for single-family home sales. The Maine Association of Realtors says statistics released on Thursday show an increase of a little more than 3% in sales from August 2018 to August 2019. Last year was the best home sales year...