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The Latest: Hawaii crews installing highway barriers

Jul. 15, 2019 6:27 PM EDT

MAUNA KEA, Hawaii (AP) — The Latest on the start of work to build a massive telescope on a site considered sacred by some Native Hawaiians (all times local): 12:30 p.m. Hawaii officials say crews will spend a few hours installing concrete barriers along a highway shoulder to protect large numbers of people...

Government restrictions on religion increasing worldwide

Jul. 15, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Government restrictions on religion have increased markedly in many places around the world, not only in authoritarian countries, but also in many of Europe's democracies, according to a report surveying 198 countries that was released Monday. The report released by the Pew Research Center,...

Former Idaho governor seeks investigation of mining company

Jul. 15, 2019 4:28 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...

Telescope foes tie together, block road to Hawaii summit

Jul. 15, 2019 4:05 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, sitting in chairs tied themselves together with...

China's growth cools further as tariff war pressures mount

Jul. 15, 2019 3:20 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%,...

The Latest: Israeli PM: EU-Iran deal same as bowing to Nazis

Jul. 15, 2019 2:18 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf amid a crisis between the United States and Iran (all times local): 8:10 p.m. Israel's prime minister has responded to the European Union's efforts to salvage the Iran nuclear deal by comparing it to "European appeasement in the 1930s" of Nazi...

Maryland renews MOU with Japanese region on life sciences

Jul. 15, 2019 2:08 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has renewed an agreement with a jurisdiction in Japan that is designed to advance life sciences. Hogan signed a new memorandum of understanding on Monday in Annapolis, Maryland, with Gov. Yuji Kuroiwa of Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Hogan says renewing the...

Trade wars cool market for small businesses

Jul. 15, 2019 1:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The market for small businesses cooled for the third straight quarter during the spring as tariffs from the trade war with China made some sellers and buyers uneasy about making a deal. That report comes from BizBuySell.com, an online marketplace for small companies that counted 2,444...

Hong Kong leader thanks police after clashes with 'rioters'

Jul. 15, 2019 8:03 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam thanked police on Monday after violent scuffles erupted between law enforcement officers and protesters demanding her resignation. A demonstration Sunday in Hong Kong's Sha Tin district was peaceful for most of the day, but fights broke out when police started...

World shares mixed as China reports economic slowdown

Jul. 15, 2019 7:41 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Global shares were mixed Monday after China reported that its economy grew at the slowest pace in at least 26 years in the last quarter, leading investors to opt for caution despite Friday's record highs on Wall Street. Tariff hikes by President Donald Trump have battered Chinese and U.S....