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Ex-CIA officer gets 19 years in China spy conspiracy

Nov. 22, 2019 2:57 PM EST

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A former CIA case agent was sentenced Friday to 19 years in prison for an espionage conspiracy with China. Fifty-five-year-old Jerry Chun Shing Lee was sentenced in federal court in Alexandria after his guilty plea earlier this year. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit...

AP Exclusive: Kaillie Humphries now ‘safe’ with USA Bobsled

Nov. 22, 2019 2:46 PM EST

Kaillie Humphries was on what bobsledders call a track walk a few days ago. The two-time Olympic champion was checking out the ice-covered sliding chute at Mount Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid, New York, when she unexpectedly crossed paths with some members of Canada’s bobsled team. Brief hellos were...

US regulators bar govt telecom funds for Huawei, ZTE

Nov. 22, 2019 2:29 PM EST

U.S. communications regulators have cut off government funding for equipment from two Chinese companies, citing security threats. The Federal Communications Commission also proposed requiring companies that get government subsidies to rip out any equipment from Huawei and ZTE that they already have in place....

Washington state deals setback to massive methanol plant

Nov. 22, 2019 2:28 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state dealt a setback Friday to efforts to build one of the world’s biggest methanol plants on the Columbia River, saying that five years in, its backers had failed to provide enough information about its greenhouse gas emissions and how they would be offset. The $2 billion...

Trump claims he’s why China didn’t crush Hong Kong protests

Nov. 22, 2019 2:17 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday wouldn’t commit to signing bipartisan legislation supporting pro-Democracy activists in Hong Kong as he tries to work out a trade deal with China. Trump’s comments came after the House and Senate this week passed the Hong Kong Human Rights...

Canada’s defense minister says China is not an adversary

Nov. 22, 2019 2:00 PM EST

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) — Canada's defense minister said Friday China is not an adversary despite the arbitrary detention of two Canadians — a statement that came as he hosted an international security forum that will honor pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan said...

US stocks edge higher, but S&P 500 on track for weekly loss

Nov. 22, 2019 1:37 PM EST

Stock indexes edged higher on Wall Street in afternoon trading Friday as a week dominated by the progress in U.S.-China trade talks — or lack thereof — comes to a close. President Donald Trump said that a deal between the world’s largest economies is “potentially very close”...

Markets Right Now: Stocks turn mixed on Wall Street

Nov. 22, 2019 11:55 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 11:45 a.m. Stocks are mixed in midday trading as a week dominated by ups and downs in U.S.-China trade talks comes to a close. President Donald Trump said Friday that a deal between the world’s largest economies is...

China’s Xi says Beijing wants trade deal, can ‘fight back’

Nov. 22, 2019 11:54 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — President Xi Jinping said Friday that Beijing wants to work for a trade deal with the United States but is not afraid to “fight back” to protect its own interests. Echoing the upbeat tone adopted by other Chinese officials in recent days, Xi told a visiting U.S. business...

Already a star in China, US fame comes to ‘Farewell’ actress

Nov. 22, 2019 10:29 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Zhao Shuzhen, who has captivated audiences with her performance as the grandmother in “The Farewell,” is essentially unknown to most American audiences. Go to her IMDB page and it looks as though writer-director Lulu Wang’s real-life family drama is her only...