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Islamic State claims bombing at Kabul wedding that killed 63

Aug. 18, 2019 12:01 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The suicide bomber stood in the middle of the dancing, clapping crowd as hundreds of Afghan children and adults celebrated a wedding in a joyous release from Kabul's strain of war. Then, in a flash, he detonated his explosives-filled vest, killing dozens — and Afghanistan...

Hundreds of thousands turn out for peaceful HK protest

Aug. 18, 2019 11:44 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong streets were turned into rivers of umbrellas on Sunday as hundreds of thousands of people marched through heavy rain down a major road in the Chinese territory, where massive pro-democracy demonstrations have become a regular weekend activity. Organizers said at least 1.7 million...

Biden's prism of loss: A public man, shaped by private grief

Aug. 18, 2019 9:33 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — On the night before Joe Biden's world collapsed, he sat in a picture-perfect scene with his wife by the fireside in their Delaware living room. Biden, the hotshot senator-elect at just 30, was reflecting on the big things he would do when he got to Washington. It was one week out from...

Sanders' criminal justice plan aims to cut prison population

Aug. 18, 2019 9:35 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is proposing a criminal justice overhaul that aims to cut the nation's prison population in half, end mandatory minimum sentencing, ban private prisons and legalize marijuana. He says the current system does not fairly treat people of...

Epstein's purported madam now a focus in sex abuse cases

Aug. 18, 2019 9:00 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — She's been called Jeffrey Epstein's madam, the woman who recruited girls for his sexual appetites, and at times his social planner and household organizer in places ranging from New York to Palm Beach, Florida. Ghislaine Maxwell, the daughter of a British publishing magnate who died under...

Trump wields sanctions hammer; experts wonder to what end

Aug. 18, 2019 8:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Call it the diplomacy of coercion. The Trump administration is aggressively pursuing economic sanctions as a primary foreign policy tool to an extent unseen in decades, or perhaps ever. Many are questioning the results even as officials insist the penalties are achieving their aims. Since...

Trump economic adviser plays down fears of looming recession

Aug. 18, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump's top economic adviser is playing down fears of a looming recession after last week's sharp drop in the financial markets and predicting the economy will perform well in the second half of 2019. Larry Kudlow said in Sunday television interviews that...

Trade war's losers could include microchips, energy, banks

Aug. 18, 2019 11:58 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Looking across the stock market, it's hard to find a company that isn't vulnerable in some degree to the U.S.-China trade war. Stocks of companies that do lots of business with China, such as chipmakers and other technology companies, are obvious candidates for investors to sell when trade...

Migrants jump off rescue boat to try to reach Italian island

Aug. 18, 2019 10:51 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Several migrants jumped into the sea from a Spanish rescue boat Sunday in a thwarted bid to reach shore in Italy, where the government's hard-line interior minister has refused to let the 107 passengers disembark. "We have been warning for days, desperation has its limits," said Open Arms...

Gibraltar rejects US pressure to hold Iranian oil tanker

Aug. 18, 2019 11:05 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Authorities in Gibraltar on Sunday rejected the United States' latest request not to release a seized Iranian supertanker, clearing the way for the vessel to set sail after being detained last month for allegedly attempting to breach European Union sanctions on Syria. The ship was expected to...

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Rise in Utah women in STEM, still less than US average

Aug. 18, 2019 12:12 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — More women in the Utah are earning STEM-related degrees, but experts say completion rates are still behind the national average, a report said. The Utah Women & Leadership Project released a Utah Women in STEM Education study early this month showing an additional 467 women...

Major players shaping troubled Afghanistan's future

Aug. 18, 2019 12:11 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Saturday night's devastating attack on a wedding in Afghanistan's capital comes amid huge uncertainty about the country's future. The United States and the Taliban say they are nearing a deal to end America's longest conflict, one that has lasted a generation and left tens of...

Public's help sought in probe into child's death in minivan

Aug. 18, 2019 12:09 PM EDT

LINDENWOLD, N.J. (AP) — Authorities are asking for help from the public in their investigation of the death of a 22-month-old girl found dead in a minivan at a New Jersey commuter rail station lot. Officials with the Pennsylvania-New Jersey rapid-transit system said the child was found Friday afternoon in...

'Good Boys' is No. 1, ends a drought for R-rated comedies

Aug. 18, 2019 12:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The raunchy coming-of-age tale about a trio of 12-year-olds "Good Boys" is the first R-rated comedy in the last three years to open No. 1 at the box office. "Good Boys" surpassed expectations to debut with $21 million over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. Not since Melissa...

Experts: Burning Man playa dust not serious health concern

Aug. 18, 2019 12:06 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Breakfast, lunch and dinner at Burning Man is served with a side of playa dust that covers cars and clothing and finds its way into places where the sun doesn't shine. But experts say it doesn't appear to pose any significant health risk to those who inhale it during the annual...

Ash Fork man accused of stabbing 69-year-old mother arrested

Aug. 18, 2019 12:05 PM EDT

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — Yavapai County authorities say an Ash Fork man who allegedly tried to kill his mother has been arrested. County sheriff's officials say 47-year-old Charles Gregory Jones was taken into custody Saturday without incident although he was armed with a handgun and a knife. They say Jones...

Carlsbad Caverns creating digital map of cave system

Aug. 18, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The National Park Service is creating a digital map of Carlsbad Caverns National Park to help with repairs and maintenance projects. The agency is using light detection and ranging equipment to digitally map out the entire cave system in southern New Mexico down to the millimeter, the...

Iowa school district may install solar panels

Aug. 18, 2019 12:02 PM EDT

FOREST CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa school district is considering installing solar panels on land it recently bought near its high school. The Forest City school district is evaluating several options for the 17.3 acres of land it purchased near its high school. Superintendent Darwin Lehmann says using the...

Protesters disrupt 1st meeting on Minnesota police shootings

Aug. 18, 2019 12:02 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Protesters are calling for more family representation on a new state panel examining police use of force in Minnesota. Demonstrators disrupted the start of the working group's first public meeting Saturday at the state Capitol. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and Public...

Islamic State claims bombing at Kabul wedding that killed 63

Aug. 18, 2019 12:01 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The suicide bomber stood in the middle of the dancing, clapping crowd as hundreds of Afghan children and adults celebrated a wedding in a joyous release from Kabul's strain of war. Then, in a flash, he detonated his explosives-filled vest, killing dozens — and Afghanistan...