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Prosecutors dismiss charges against Smollett, draw backlash

Mar. 26, 2019 9:23 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Infuriating Chicago's mayor and police chief, prosecutors abruptly dropped all charges against Jussie Smollett on Tuesday after the "Empire" actor accused of faking a racist, anti-gay attack on himself agreed to let the city keep his $10,000 in bail. But he maintained his innocence and...

Trump takes victory lap; parties start to pivot past Russia

Mar. 26, 2019 7:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An exuberant President Donald Trump took a victory lap on Capitol Hill Tuesday, emboldened by the end of the special counsel's Russia probe, even as Democrats pressed insistently for Robert Mueller's full report and Justice Department officials said more information could be released in...

Israel bombs targets in Gaza as rocket fire resumes

Mar. 26, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli army on Tuesday bombed several targets in the Gaza Strip and bolstered its forces along the volatile frontier as a truce with the territory's Hamas rulers showed signs of unraveling. Palestinian militants responded with a new barrage of late-night rocket fire, setting the stage...

Democrats see opening in Trump's push to quash 'Obamacare'

Mar. 26, 2019 11:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is calling on Republicans to revive the effort to quash the Affordable Care Act, handing Democrats an opportunity to unite in defense of the law as they try to move past the Russia investigation and win the White House in 2020. Trump's administration is asking a...

FAA to revamp aircraft construction oversight, official says

Mar. 26, 2019 11:00 PM EDT

The Federal Aviation Administration plans to significantly revamp its oversight of airplane construction this summer after questions were raised about how it manages inspections done by the industry, according to testimony prepared for a Senate subcommittee hearing on Wednesday. The testimony by Calvin Scovel...

Southwest 737 Max makes emergency landing in Orlando

Mar. 26, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 Max made a safe emergency landing Tuesday in Orlando, Florida, after experiencing an engine problem, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The crew declared an emergency after taking off from Orlando International Airport around 2:50 p.m., and...

Trump border emergency survives as House veto override fails

Mar. 26, 2019 8:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-led House failed Tuesday to override President Donald Trump's first veto, salvaging his effort to steer billions of extra dollars to erecting border barriers and delivering a victory to the White House in a constitutional and political clash that's raged for months....

Save The Children: 7 killed in airstrike on Yemen hospital

Mar. 26, 2019 9:50 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A hospital in a rural area of northwest Yemen was hit by an airstrike Tuesday killing seven people and wounding eight others, Save the Children said. The international aid organization, which supports the hospital, said in a statement sent to the Associated Press that four of those...

Maker of OxyContin agrees to $270M settlement in Oklahoma

Mar. 26, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The maker of OxyContin and the company's controlling family agreed Tuesday to pay a groundbreaking $270 million to Oklahoma to settle allegations they helped create the nation's deadly opioid crisis with their aggressive marketing of the powerful painkiller. It is the first settlement...

True to form, Avenatti attacks Nike a day after arrest

Mar. 26, 2019 9:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Attorney Michael Avenatti came out swinging Tuesday against Nike, accusing the shoemaker — without evidence — of "rampant" corruption mere hours after he was released from U.S. custody on charges he tried to extort up to $25 million from the company. In a string of posts on...

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Dismissal of Smollett case brings backlash, more questions

Mar. 26, 2019 11:54 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors still insist Jussie Smollett faked a racist, anti-gay attack on himself in the hopes that the attention would advance his acting career. The "Empire" star still says he was assaulted by two men late at night in downtown Chicago. But with little explanation, authorities on Tuesday...

China defends Tibet policies, bashes exile government

Mar. 26, 2019 11:49 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese officials responsible for Tibet are praising development in the Himalayan region in the 60 years since the suppression of an uprising against Beijing's rule. Executive vice governor Norbu Dondrup on Wednesday reviewed gains in the economy, health care and education since 1959 and...

Australia, Holland, Russia start talks over downed MH17

Mar. 26, 2019 11:44 PM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — The Netherlands and Australia have confirmed three-way talks with Russia have begun over the ongoing criminal investigation into the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in 2014. The two countries announced last year they were holding Russia responsible for providing the missile...

Alaska university investigated ex-teacher over allegations

Mar. 26, 2019 11:29 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A retired University of Alaska Anchorage professor was the subject of a university investigation over sexual misconduct allegations by multiple women going back decades, including one who said he accosted her in a shower. A copy of an investigative Title IX report obtained by...

Chinese student found alive after being kidnapped in Canada.

Mar. 26, 2019 11:15 PM EDT

MARKHAM, Ontario (AP) — Canadian police say a Chinese student who was abducted in the Toronto area has been found. Const. Andy Pattenden with York Regional Police said Wanzhen Lu showed up at a house looking for help in what's called cottage country in Ontario. He has minor injuries and was treated in...

Australian reporters charged over Pell gag order violations

Mar. 26, 2019 11:14 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Some of Australia's highest-profile journalists face possible prison sentences and large media organizations could be fined after being ordered to appear in court next month for allegedly breaching a gag order on reporting about Cardinal George Pell's convictions on charges of...

Commemoration of Brazil's military coup causes anger, unease

Mar. 26, 2019 11:13 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro's call to commemorate the anniversary of Brazil's 1964 military coup is causing discomfort in Latin America's largest nation, with social groups organizing protests and the federal prosecutors' office saying the call "deserves social and political...

FAA to revamp aircraft construction oversight, official says

Mar. 26, 2019 11:00 PM EDT

The Federal Aviation Administration plans to significantly revamp its oversight of airplane construction this summer after questions were raised about how it manages inspections done by the industry, according to testimony prepared for a Senate subcommittee hearing on Wednesday. The testimony by Calvin Scovel...

Jury awards $9M to family of woman killed by police

Mar. 26, 2019 10:59 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California jury has awarded $9 million to the family of a woman fatally shot seven times by police in Long Beach in 2017 in what the family's attorneys say is the largest such award in city history. The federal jury reached the verdict in favor of 37-year-old Sinuon Pream's parents and...

Australian party accused of asking US gun lobby for money

Mar. 26, 2019 10:56 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister on Tuesday accused an influential minor political party of trying to "sell Australia's gun laws to the highest bidders" by asking the U.S. gun lobby for donations. Prime Minister Scott Morrison was responding to an Al Jazeera documentary that reported...