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FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2020. file photo, Attorney General William Barr speaks at the National Sheriffs' Association Winter Legislative and Technology Conference in Washington. Attorney General William Barr took a public swipe Thursday at President Donald Trump, saying that the president’s tweets about Justice Department prosecutors and cases “make it impossible for me to do my job.”  Barr made the comment during an interview with ABC News just days after the Justice Department overruled its own prosecutors. they had initially recommended in a court filing that President Donald Trump’s longtime ally and confidant Roger Stone be sentenced to 7 to 9 years in prison. But the next day, the Justice Department took the extraordinary step of lowering the amount of prison time it would seek for Stone.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

AP source: Barr tells people he might quit over Trump tweets

Feb. 18, 2020 11:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr has told people close to him he’s considering quitting his post after President Donald Trump wouldn’t heed his warning to stop tweeting about Justice Department cases, an administration official told The Associated Press. The revelation came...

An unidentified passenger is surrounded by the media after he disembarked from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Yokohama, near Tokyo. Passengers tested negative for COVID-19 started disembarking Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Passengers begin leaving after ship's virus quarantine ends

Feb. 19, 2020 7:26 AM EST

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — About 500 passengers left the cruise ship Diamond Princess on Wednesday at the end of a much-criticized two-week quarantine aboard the vessel, docked in Japan, that failed to stop the spread of the new virus among passengers and crew. The quarantine's flop was underlined as...

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2020, file photo, Attorney General William Barr arrives for an ceremony at the Department of Justice in Washington, to announce the establishment of the Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice, and its commissioners. Barr has told people close to him he’s considering quitting his post after President Donald Trump wouldn’t heed his warning to stop tweeting about Justice Department cases. (AP Photo/Michael A. McCoy, File)

10 Things to Know for Today

Feb. 19, 2020 6:27 AM EST

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. AP: BARR MULLS RESIGNATION The attorney general tells people close to him he’s considering quitting his post after Trump wouldn’t heed his warning to stop tweeting about Justice Department...

In this Oct. 1, 2018 file photo, a malnourished boy sits on a hospital bed at the Aslam Health Center, Hajjah, Yemen. Houthi rebels in Yemen have blocked half of the United Nations’ aid delivery programs in the war-torn country — a strong-arm tactic to force the agency to give them greater control over the massive humanitarian campaign, along with a cut of billions of dollars in foreign assistance, according to aid officials and internal documents obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)

Yemen's Houthi rebels impeding UN aid flow, demand a cut

Feb. 19, 2020 7:56 AM EST

Yemen’s Houthi rebels have blocked half of the United Nations’ aid delivery programs in the war-torn country — a strong-arm tactic to force the agency to give them greater control over the massive humanitarian campaign, along with a cut of billions of dollars in foreign assistance, according...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a campaign event at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Sanders hopes early strength will prove he can beat Trump

Feb. 19, 2020 6:04 AM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Terry Reece has long been skeptical that voters would back Bernie Sanders, a 78-year-old self-described democratic socialist who is just months removed from a heart attack. Then the Vermont senator essentially tied for first place in the Democratic Party's Iowa caucuses and won its New...

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich shakes hands with a supporter as he arrives home in Chicago on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, after his release from Colorado prison late Tuesday. Blagojevich walked out of prison Tuesday after President Donald Trump cut short the 14-year prison sentence handed to the former Illinois governor for political corruption. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

Ex-Gov. Blagojevich returns to Chicago, maintains innocence

Feb. 19, 2020 6:41 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Rod Blagojevich returned home to Chicago early Wednesday, shaking hands and signing autographs after President Donald Trump cut short the 14-year prison sentence handed to the former Illinois governor for political corruption. Blagojevich landed at O’Hare airport hours after walking...

In this Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, photo, a delivery worker for Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com prepares for the morning round of deliveries from a distribution center in Beijing, China. JD and rivals including Pinduoduo, Miss Fresh and Alibaba Group's Hema are scrambling to fill a boom in orders while protecting their employees. E-commerce is one of the few industries to thrive after anti-virus controls starting in late January closed factories, restaurants, cinemas, offices and shops nationwide and extinguished auto and real estate sales. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

China turns to internet for food supplies amid virus fears

Feb. 18, 2020 10:48 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Wang Feng, house-bound by China’s virus outbreak, counts on the parka-clad delivery drivers of e-commerce giant JD.com to keep her kitchen stocked. Demand for online food vendors has surged since China’s government told the public to stay home as part of the most sweeping...

In this photo released Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a YAK-40 plane is parked on the Aleppo Airport apron, in Aleppo province, Syria. A Syrian commercial flight landed at Aleppo Airport on Wednesday from Damascus, marking the resumption of internal flights between Syria's two largest cities for the first time since 2012. (SANA via AP)

Syria's Aleppo airport resumes flights amid nearby offensive

Feb. 19, 2020 7:14 AM EST

ALEPPO, Syria (AP) — A Syrian commercial flight landed at Aleppo airport on Wednesday from Damascus, marking the resumption of domestic flights between Syria's two largest cities for the first time since 2012 — even as nearby, the government's onslaught continued with airstrikes reportedly hitting...

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2004 file photo, recording artist Whitney Houston performs at the 2004 World Music Awards at the Thomas and Mack Arena in Las Vegas. Houston is about to appear on the concert stage again. Eight years after her death, five years after the show was conceived and a year after production began, a holographic Houston will embark on a European tour starting Feb. 25, with U.S. dates expected to follow. The singer's sister-in-law and former manager Pat Houston says it's the right time for a revival, and says it's a show Whitney Houston would've wanted. The concerts will feature a projected Houston performing most of her biggest hits, including “I Will Always Love You,

In the spirit of Whitney: Houston Hologram tour set to begin

Feb. 19, 2020 3:20 AM EST

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — Whitney Houston is about to appear on the concert stage again. Eight years after her death, a holographic Houston will embark on a European tour that starts in England on Feb. 25 and runs through early April, with U.S. dates expected to follow. “Now is just the right time,"...

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State trooper says in lawsuit reassignment was retaliation

Feb. 19, 2020 8:26 AM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut State Police sergeant says in a lawsuit that state public safety Commissioner James Rovella retaliated against him because the sergeant reported the sexually inappropriate conversation of a colleague. Sgt. Timothy Begley says in his suit he was reassigned from the state...

Russia names exceptions from the entry ban for Chinese

Feb. 19, 2020 8:23 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia will continue to issue official, business, humanitarian and transit visas to Chinese nationals, the country's Foreign Ministry said Wednesday, clarifying the conditions of a sweeping entry ban for Chinese citizens announced the day before. The ban goes into effect on Thursday at...

A city of Fort Lauderdale crew responds to a water main break in the area of 100 South Birch Road in Fort Lauderdale Beach. Fort Lauderdale has been dealing with a slew of back-to-back pipe breaks of late. (Susan Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

Florida fines Fort Lauderdale $1.8 million for sewage spills

Feb. 19, 2020 8:17 AM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The state of Florida is fining the city of Fort Lauderdale $1.8 million for a series of massive sewage spills that have sent sent toxic sewage onto streets and into waterways since December. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection sent a letter to Mayor Dean...

3 killed by al-Shabab extremists in bus attack in Kenya

Feb. 19, 2020 8:11 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The owner of a bus company says three people have been killed by suspected extremists from Somalia after they were pulled out of a bus in northeastern Kenya. Haji Abass said Wednesday that the bus belonging to his company, Moyale Raha, was heading to the Kenyan capital of Nairobi from...

A man walks past an electronic board showing Hong Kong share index outside a local bank in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. Asian shares are mostly rising despite continuing fears about an outbreak of a new virus that began in China, which sent regional indexes mostly lower recently. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Global shares mostly rise but virus fears continue

Feb. 19, 2020 8:09 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Globalshares mostly rose Wednesday though investors continued to monitor the impact of the outbreak of a new virus that began in China. France's CAC 40 rose 0.6% to 6,093, while Germany's DAX gained 0.5% to 13,745. Britain's FTSE 100 gained 0.7% to 7,433. U.S. shares were set to drift higher...

Man accused in beating death of mentally disabled son

Feb. 19, 2020 8:05 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisianaman has been accused of beating to death his adult son, who police said was mentally handicapped. Ellsworth Hull, 77, turned himself in Tuesday and was charged with second-degree murder, news outlets reported. Baton Rouge police found his son, Derrick Christophe, 40, dead...

In this Feb. 18, 2020, photo released by Xinhua News Agency, workers go door to door to check the temperature of residents during a health screening campaign in the Qingheju Community, Qingshan District of Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province. Protective suit-clad inspectors in the epicenter of China's viral outbreak went door-to-door to find every infected person in the central city suffering most from an epidemic that is showing signs of waning as new cases fell for a second day. (Cheng Min/Xinhua via AP)

Iran reports its first 2 cases of the new coronavirus

Feb. 19, 2020 8:04 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian authorities confirmed on Wednesday two cases of the new coronavirus, the first in the country, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported. The report did not elaborate on the nationality of the two people infected. ISNA quoted an official in the country’s health...

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a Pakistan-Turkey business forum, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. Erdogan is in Pakistan for a two-day state visit. (Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool)

Erdogan criticizes EU move to enforce Libyan arms embargo

Feb. 19, 2020 8:04 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's president Wednesday criticized the European Union’s decision to launch a maritime effort focused on enforcing the U.N arms embargo around Libya, accusing European nations that agreed to the operation of “interfering in the region.” Recep Tayyip Erdogan...

Dr. Kong Yuefeng, a recovered COVID-19 patient who has passed his 14-day quarantine, donates plasma in the city's blood center in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. Plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients contains antibodies that can help reduce the virus load in critically ill patients, according to China's National Health Commission. (Chinatopix via AP)

New virus has infected more than 75,000 people globally

Feb. 19, 2020 8:03 AM EST

A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 75,000 people globally. The World Health Organization has named the illness COVID-19, referring to its origin late last year and the coronavirus that causes it. The latest figures reported by each government's health authority as of Wednesday in...

Dubuque council OKs agreement to build cruise ship dock

Feb. 19, 2020 7:57 AM EST

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — The Dubuque City Council has approved an agreement to split with Viking Cruises the nearly $1.8 million cost of building a dock so Mississippi River cruise ships can stop and let off passengers to explore the city and the area. The 20-year agreement passed by the council Monday calls...