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'Many people agree with me': Trump digs in on racist tweets

Jul. 15, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unbowed by searing criticism, President Donald Trump on Monday emphatically defended his tweet calling on four Democratic congresswomen of color to go back to their "broken and crime infested" countries. Condemnation of his comments "doesn't concern me because many people agree with me,"...

Some in GOP rebuke Trump, but party leaders still silent

Jul. 15, 2019 2:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Republicans remained largely silent after President Donald Trump said over the weekend that four women of color in Congress should "go back" to the countries they came from. By Monday, some in the party were speaking up. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., the only black Republican senator, said...

Harris blasts, and takes money from, Epstein's law firm

Jul. 15, 2019 1:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kamala Harris bemoaned the influence of the powerful and connected elite last Tuesday when she called on top Justice Department officials to recuse themselves from any matter related to Jeffrey Epstein. She said work done by their former law firm, which represented the financier accused...

Trump moves to effectively end asylum at Southern border

Jul. 15, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Monday it will end asylum protections for most migrants who arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border in a major escalation of the president's battle to tamp down immigration. According to a new rule published in the Federal Register , asylum seekers who pass through...

Telescope foes tie together, block road to Hawaii summit

Jul. 15, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

MAUNA KEA, Hawaii (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators gathered Monday at the base of Hawaii's tallest mountain to protest the construction of a giant telescope on land that some Native Hawaiians consider sacred. At about daybreak, a group of kupuna, or elders, tied themselves together with rope at the road to...

China's economy growth cools further amid US tariff war

Jul. 15, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's economic growth sank to its lowest level in at least 26 years in the quarter ending in June, adding to pressure on Chinese leaders as they fight a tariff war with Washington. The world's second-largest economy grew 6.2% over a year ago, down from the previous quarter's 6.4%,...

Police: 2 dead, officer and woman hurt at Baltimore clinic

Jul. 15, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Two people are dead and a police sergeant and a woman are injured following a shooting at a methadone clinic in Baltimore, police said Monday. Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said at a news conference that the sergeant is in stable condition and had gone into surgery....

Weakened Barry unleashes a final blast of torrential rains

Jul. 15, 2019 1:55 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tropical Depression Barry failed to unleash catastrophic flooding in New Orleans, but it still swamped parts of Louisiana with up to 17 inches (43 centimeters) of rain and transformed part of the Mississippi Delta into "an ocean." Although Barry was downgraded from a tropical storm...

Man sentenced to 2nd life term in Charlottesville car attack

Jul. 15, 2019 2:17 PM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — An avowed white supremacist was sentenced to life plus 419 years on state charges Monday for deliberately driving his car into anti-racism protesters during a white nationalist rally in Virginia. James Alex Fields Jr., 22, received the sentence for killing one person and...

Apollo 11 moon landing had thousands working behind scenes

Jul. 15, 2019 10:44 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — It took 400,000 people to put Apollo 11's Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon a half-century ago. That massive workforce stretched across the U.S. and included engineers, scientists, mechanics, technicians, pilots, divers, seamstresses, secretaries and more who worked...

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Telescope foes tie together, block road to Hawaii summit

Jul. 15, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

MAUNA KEA, Hawaii (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators gathered Monday at the base of Hawaii's tallest mountain to protest the construction of a giant telescope on land that some Native Hawaiians consider sacred. At about daybreak, a group of kupuna, or elders, tied themselves together with rope at the road to...

Boy, 3, dies after falling into restaurant grease trap

Jul. 15, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A 3-year-old boy has died after falling into an underground grease collection tank behind an upstate New York fast-food restaurant. Rochester Police Investigator Frank Camp says the boy fell through a plastic cover into the grease trap behind a Tim Hortons restaurant around 11 a.m....

Atlantia chosen to help relaunch Italy's Alitalia airline

Jul. 15, 2019 2:55 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Italian state railway running Alitalia has chosen the Atlantia group of the Benetton empire as the key partner to work with the railway, the Italian treasury and Delta Air Lines in trying once again to relaunch the struggling flagship carrier. Ferrovie dello Stato said its board met Monday...

FCC announces $7 million more in rural internet funding

Jul. 15, 2019 2:55 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The federal government says it will allocate an additional $7 million in funding over the next 10 years to expand internet access in rural areas of Arkansas. The Federal Communications Commission announced Monday that the funds will provide broadband access to nearly 4,000 more...

Massachusetts gas prices inch up a penny

Jul. 15, 2019 2:55 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The average cost of a gallon of gasoline in Massachusetts has crept up a penny. AAA Northeast reported Monday that self-serve, regular inched up to an average of $2.70 per gallon in the past week. The Massachusetts price is 9 cents lower than the national average for the same grade and 13...

Former Idaho governor seeks investigation of mining company

Jul. 15, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Former Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has asked the Trump administration to investigate possible Chinese involvement in a mining company that could compete in Idaho with a Canadian-based company that tapped Otter to serve on its board of directors. The Idaho Statesman reports in a story...

Family donates conservation easement covering 4,500 acres

Jul. 15, 2019 2:53 PM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia family has donated 4,500 acres for a conservation easement which will forestall development. James C. Justice Companies announced in a news release that the donation of Presidential Estates by the Justice family forfeits hundreds of development rights and ensures the...

Serial killer linked to Arkansas woman's 1994 slaying

Jul. 15, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) — Authorities are investigating whether possibly the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history is behind the death of an Arkansas woman in 1994. Police in Pine Bluff are reviewing the case of Jolanda Jones's death after Samuel Little confessed to her killing, which had been...

Pakistan says 22 missing in flash floods in Kashmir

Jul. 15, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (AP) — Heavy rains triggered flash floods in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir, leaving at least 22 people missing and feared dead, Pakistan's minister for disaster management in the disputed territory said Monday. Ahmed Raza Qadri said the flooding late Sunday also caused a great deal of...

5th suspect arraigned in death of North Providence man

Jul. 15, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A fifth suspect in the beating and stabbing death of a Rhode Island man killed after he left a Providence nightclub has been held without bail. Emery Page Janarelli, of Providence, was arraigned Monday on a first-degree murder charge in connection with the June 30 slaying of...