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2-for-1: Total lunar eclipse comes with supermoon bonus

Jan. 21, 2019 4:23 AM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The only total lunar eclipse this year and next came with a supermoon bonus. On Sunday night, the moon, Earth and sun lined up to create the eclipse, which was visible throughout North and South America, where skies were clear. There won't be another until the year 2021. It was...

Shutdown goes on as Trump offer doesn't budge Democrats

Jan. 21, 2019 4:08 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thirty-one days into the partial government shutdown, Democrats and Republicans appeared no closer to ending the impasse than when it began, with President Donald Trump lashing out at his opponents after they dismissed a plan he'd billed as a compromise. Trump on Sunday branded House...

Ice glazes over swath of US as wind chills fall below zero

Jan. 20, 2019 8:33 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Bitter cold is setting in after a major winter storm blanketed a wide swath of the country in snow, sleet and rain this weekend, creating dangerously icy conditions that promise to complicate cleanup efforts and make travel challenging on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Some of the coldest...

After 2016 ruling, battles over juvenile lifer cases persist

Jan. 21, 2019 3:17 AM EST

Locked up for life at 15, Norman Brown remains defined by the crime that put him behind bars. Twenty-seven years ago, Brown joined a neighbor more than twice his age to rob a jewelry shop in Chesterfield, Missouri, and the man shot the owner to death. The shooter was executed. But state officials, bound by a 2016...

Bolton's test: Massaging Trump tweets into foreign policy

Jan. 21, 2019 12:43 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In President Donald Trump's Washington, matters of war and peace are decided in 280-character bursts. It's up to John Bolton to massage them into a foreign policy. The mustachioed national security adviser developed a reputation as a bureaucratic bulldozer through more than three decades...

Patriots make 3rd straight Super Bowl, beat Chiefs 37-31 OT

Jan. 20, 2019 11:41 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It's the dead of winter, meaning the weather in New England can be brutal. And that the Patriots are headed to the Super Bowl. It took them overtime and more of Tom Brady's brilliance to get there — for the third straight year. While the folks back home dealt with a frigid...

Israel says its jets struck Iranian military sites in Syria

Jan. 21, 2019 5:41 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said its jets struck a series of Iranian military targets in Syria early Monday, an announcement that was a rare departure from Israel's years-long policy of ambiguity regarding activities in neighboring war-torn Syria. The military said the targets included munition...

Teen in confrontation with Native American: I didn't provoke

Jan. 20, 2019 10:46 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The student who stared and smiled at an elderly Native American protester drumming in his face outside the Lincoln Memorial as his schoolmates chanted and laughed says he did nothing to provoke the man in the videotaped confrontation and was only trying to calm the situation. The student...

Ex-deputy to Argentine bishop says Vatican knew of misdeeds

Jan. 20, 2019 8:27 PM EST

ORAN, Argentina (AP) — The Vatican received information in 2015 and 2017 that an Argentine bishop close to Pope Francis had taken naked selfies, exhibited "obscene" behavior and had been accused of misconduct with seminarians, his former vicar general told The Associated Press, undermining Vatican claims...

Serena Williams ousts No. 1 Simona Halep at Australian Open

Jan. 21, 2019 5:19 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams faced her first real test at this year's Australian Open and emerged with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 victory over No. 1-ranked Simona Halep to reach the quarterfinals. It was a back-and-forth match Monday night, filled with momentum swings and terrific play by both women....

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Austria's young chancellor welcomes one of oldest PMs

Jan. 21, 2019 5:42 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has some special words of welcome for his guest, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who is more than six decades his senior. Kurz told Mahathir after meetings Monday in Vienna "for me personally it is nice, as one of the youngest prime ministers of...

Israel says its jets struck Iranian military sites in Syria

Jan. 21, 2019 5:41 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said its jets struck a series of Iranian military targets in Syria early Monday, an announcement that was a rare departure from Israel's years-long policy of ambiguity regarding activities in neighboring war-torn Syria. The military said the targets included munition...

Report: China population growth continued to slow in 2018

Jan. 21, 2019 5:39 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China's population growth rate continued to slow in 2018, spelling possible trouble ahead as a swelling number of retirees pushes up against a shrinking labor pool. Numbers released Monday by the National Bureau of Statistics put the population at 1.395 billion in 2018. That marked a growth...

The Latest: UK starts program to register EU citizens

Jan. 21, 2019 5:26 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's exit from the European Union (all times local): 10:25 a.m. Britain is rolling out a program to help register an estimated 3.5 million European Union citizens living in the United Kingdom as it begins the process of leaving the bloc. Under a plan that enters the test...

Few signs of breakthrough as May set to unveil Brexit Plan B

Jan. 21, 2019 5:26 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May is set to unveil her new plan to break Britain's Brexit deadlock — and it's expected to look a lot like the old plan decisively rejected by Parliament last week. May is scheduled to brief the House of Commons Monday afternoon on how she plans to proceed....

Serena Williams ousts No. 1 Simona Halep at Australian Open

Jan. 21, 2019 5:19 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams faced her first real test at this year's Australian Open and emerged with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 victory over No. 1-ranked Simona Halep to reach the quarterfinals. It was a back-and-forth match Monday night, filled with momentum swings and terrific play by both women....

Reinvented legacy: Nazi's paintings fund foundation for Jews

Jan. 21, 2019 5:09 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — When Hilde Schramm inherited several paintings collected by her father, Hitler's chief architect and Armaments Minister Albert Speer, she was only sure of one thing: she didn't want them. Despite determining they probably hadn't been looted from Jews during World War II, she wanted their...

The Latest: Iranian air force chief threatens Israel

Jan. 21, 2019 5:04 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Israeli airstrikes in Syria (all times local): 11:55 a.m. The chief of Iranian Air Force says his forces are "impatient and ready" to fight against Israel in order to destroy the Jewish state, remarks that came just hours after Israeli jets struck a series of Iranian military...

Nepal police search for 5 missing followers of 'Buddha Boy'

Jan. 21, 2019 4:58 AM EST

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Police in Nepal are searching for five missing followers of a spiritual leader who is believed by devotees to be a reincarnation of Buddha, officials said Monday. Ram Bahadur Bamjan, also known as Buddha Boy, became famous in southern Nepal in 2005 when many believed he was able to...

EU's Vestager, Silicon Valley nemesis, doesn't shy from tech

Jan. 21, 2019 4:54 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The European Union's competition commissioner, Margarethe Vestager, has made her name challenging Silicon Valley tech companies. But the Danish politician isn't exactly a luddite when it comes to using technology herself. She detailed her preferences in a recent interview when it...