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Round 2 for Trump-Putin: A fall invite amid summit mop-up

Jul. 19, 2018 6:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unbowed by swirling criticism of his summit encounter with Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump swiftly invited the Russian leader to the White House this fall for a second get-together. Cleanup from the first continued with no letup Thursday, as Trump belatedly decided Putin's...

Did Trump and Putin agree to anything? Only they know

Jul. 19, 2018 7:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin may have reached several historic agreements at their summit in Finland this week. Or, they may not have. It depends on who you talk to. Three days later no one was quite sure. With no details emerging from the leaders' one-on-one discussion on Monday...

APNewsBreak: Dolphins anthem punishment includes suspensions

Jul. 19, 2018 7:19 PM EDT

Miami Dolphins players who protest on the field during the national anthem could be suspended for up to four games under a team policy issued this week. The "Proper Anthem Conduct" section is just one sentence in a nine-page discipline document provided to The Associated Press by a person familiar with the policy...

Tornadoes sweep through Iowa; major damage, some injuries

Jul. 19, 2018 8:32 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A flurry of tornadoes swept through central Iowa Thursday afternoon, flattening buildings and damaging the courthouse in Marshalltown and hitting an agricultural machinery plant in Pella as people were working. Authorities said a hospital was evacuated and there were some injuries...

Even US intel chief in the dark about Trump-Putin talks

Jul. 19, 2018 7:04 PM EDT

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — Even Donald Trump's intelligence chief doesn't know what was said in the president's one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin this week in Helsinki. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats was also unaware that Putin was being invited to Washington. Coats made those...

Home demolitions may create new problem: lead-tainted dust

Jul. 19, 2018 5:29 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The nation's largest home-demolition program, which has torn down more than 14,000 vacant houses across Detroit, may have inadvertently created a new problem by spreading lead-contaminated dust through some of the city's many hollowed-out neighborhoods. Health officials are concerned that...

The Latest: Family survives tornado in basement

Jul. 19, 2018 8:47 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on severe weather and tornadoes in Iowa (all times local): 7:45 p.m. The tornado hit Marshalltown just as clothing shop owner Stephanie Moz, her husband and their 2-month-old baby were taking a late lunch break. She says the storm broke out the shop's window, ruined the...

Zuckerberg's Holocaust comment puts Facebook on the spot

Jul. 19, 2018 7:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Denying the Holocaust happened is probably OK on Facebook. Calling for a mob to kill Jews is not. Mark Zuckerberg's awkward and eyebrow-raising attempt this week to explain where Facebook draws the line illustrates the complexities social media platforms face as they take on the unwanted...

Turmoil slows rebuilding of Puerto Rico's power grid

Jul. 19, 2018 3:15 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Ten months after Hurricane Maria destroyed Puerto Rico's electric grid, the local agency responsible for rebuilding it is in chaos and more than $1 billion in federal funds meant to strengthen the rickety system has gone unspent, according to contractors and U.S. officials who...

Gene tests can provide health clues -- and needless worry

Jul. 19, 2018 1:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Last year, Katie Burns got a phone call that shows what can happen in medicine when information runs ahead of knowledge. Burns learned that a genetic test of her fetus had turned up an abnormality. It appeared in a gene that, when it fails to work properly, causes heart defects, mental...

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Minnesota inmate accused in guard's death has violent past

Jul. 19, 2018 8:53 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An inmate accused of killing a Minnesota corrections officer has been disciplined multiple times for violent encounters while incarcerated, including for a fight in which he lost an eye and spent nearly a year and a half separated from the general prison population, authorities said...

Mississippi accountant indicted on tax-related charges

Jul. 19, 2018 8:53 PM EDT

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi accountant, whose clients include a couple convicted of tax evasion, has been arraigned on 11 tax-related charges. The Hattiesburg American reports Carl Nicholson, of Hattiesburg, was arraigned Thursday following his indictment for conspiracy to defraud the...

Evacuations as forest fire burns near California homes

Jul. 19, 2018 8:51 PM EDT

CORONA, Calif. (AP) — A foothill neighborhood has been evacuated as a wildfire burns out of control near homes on the edge of Southern California's Cleveland National Forest. State fire officials says the blaze broke out Thursday afternoon near Corona, east of Los Angeles, and quickly sent up a huge plume...

The Latest: Family survives tornado in basement

Jul. 19, 2018 8:47 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on severe weather and tornadoes in Iowa (all times local): 7:45 p.m. The tornado hit Marshalltown just as clothing shop owner Stephanie Moz, her husband and their 2-month-old baby were taking a late lunch break. She says the storm broke out the shop's window, ruined the...

Prosecutor: Feds won't recognize state injection sites

Jul. 19, 2018 8:43 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The top federal prosecutor in Massachusetts says supervised injection sites for drug users would violate U.S. law and could lead to criminal charges. The strongly-worded statement from U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling came as the state Senate weighed whether Massachusetts should create injection...

Oklahoma prosecutor seeks expanded probe over text messages

Jul. 19, 2018 8:38 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater says he's asked state investigators to expand their criminal probe surrounding the former top attorney for the Health Department who wrote the state's new medical marijuana rules. Prater confirmed late Thursday he learned of a text...

More Confederate license plates than ever on Tennessee roads

Jul. 19, 2018 8:36 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The number of Tennesseans with Confederate battle flag license plates has reached its highest point in a decade. Data from the Tennessee Department of Revenue shows that 3,273 of the license plates benefiting the Sons of Confederate Veterans were active at the end of the 2018 fiscal...

Walter White may appear in 'Better Call Saul,' creator says

Jul. 19, 2018 8:36 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — "Breaking Bad" is gone, but Walter White may be coming back to television. "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan said Thursday at Comic-Con that there is an excellent chance that the Bryan Cranston character and Aaron Paul's Jesse Pinkman will be in the show's spinoff "Better Call Saul" at...

Tornadoes sweep through Iowa; major damage, some injuries

Jul. 19, 2018 8:32 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A flurry of tornadoes swept through central Iowa Thursday afternoon, flattening buildings and damaging the courthouse in Marshalltown and hitting an agricultural machinery plant in Pella as people were working. Authorities said a hospital was evacuated and there were some injuries...

Nicaragua's president celebrates crackdown on opposition

Jul. 19, 2018 8:32 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — President Daniel Ortega used Thursday's 39th anniversary of the 1979 revolution against dictator Anastasio Somoza to celebrate strengthening his grip on power after three months of anti-government protests and to attack Nicaragua's Roman Catholic Church as allies of "coup...