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China's growth slows as officials try to reassure investors

Oct. 19, 2018 12:03 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China reported economic growth sank to a post-global crisis low as finance officials launched a media blitz Friday to shore up confidence in its sagging stock market. Growth in the quarter that ended in September slipped to 6.5 percent over a year earlier from the previous quarter's 6.7...

AP-NORC Poll: Just 1 in 4 thinks Kavanaugh told entire truth

Oct. 19, 2018 11:48 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just 1 in 4 people thinks Brett Kavanaugh was completely honest when he heatedly rebuffed charges of sexual assault and heavy drinking during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing, and Republicans and Democrats hold starkly divergent views of whether his sworn testimony to senators was...

Turkey probes whether Khashoggi remains taken from consulate

Oct. 19, 2018 10:14 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish official said Friday that investigators are looking into the possibility that missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's remains may have been taken to a forest outside Istanbul or to another city after his suspected killing at the consulate earlier this month. Ankara's top...

US and South Korea again call off a major military exercise

Oct. 19, 2018 11:50 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — The United States and South Korea are scrapping another major military exercise this year, a Pentagon official said Friday, citing a push for diplomatic progress with North Korea. The top Pentagon spokeswoman, Dana W. White, said Washington and Seoul are suspending an air exercise known as...

Trump praises Montana congressman who body-slammed reporter

Oct. 19, 2018 9:37 AM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — President Donald Trump praised a Republican congressman for body-slamming a reporter last year, calling him a "tough cookie" and saying he thinks it might have helped him win election in Montana. At a campaign rally in Missoula Thursday, Trump lauded Rep. Greg Gianforte, who pleaded...

Migrants defy threats, prepare to cross into Mexico

Oct. 19, 2018 12:09 PM EDT

TECUN UMAN, Guatemala (AP) — Members of a 3,000-strong U.S.-bound migrant caravan massed in a Guatemalan border town and prepared to begin crossing the muddy Suchiate River to Mexico Friday, in spite of U.S. President Donald Trump's threats of retaliation. The first members of the group began arriving in...

Survival trumps politics in poverty-hit California farm town

Oct. 19, 2018 11:10 AM EDT

HURON, Calif. (AP) — A rooster signals the start of the day as workers wearing sombreros and ball caps emerge from the shadows and shuffle past boarded-up businesses in this tiny farm town. They converge on a dimly lit dirt lot outside Panaderia de Dios, a bakery sweetening the air with the aroma of...

Worsening odds lead to bigger lottery jackpots

Oct. 19, 2018 12:15 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — If it seems like lottery jackpots are getting larger and larger, it's because they are getting larger and larger. Friday night's Mega Millions grand prize has hit a staggering $1 billion, continuing a trend of giant jackpots. It's the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history and...

Afghanistan postpones election in Kandahar after attack

Oct. 19, 2018 8:56 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's election commission on Friday postponed elections in Kandahar for a week, following a brazen attack on a high-profile security meeting there with a U.S. delegation that killed at least two senior provincial officials, including the province's police chief. The...

Cardi B hands out free winter coats in New York

Oct. 19, 2018 9:14 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of people have lined up in New York City as rapper Cardi B handed out free winter coats. The Bronx-born rapper met with residents and fans on Thursday evening at the Marlboro Houses in Brooklyn during brisk fall weather. The 26-year-old also was given balloons and a cake to...

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12-pound lunar meteorite sells for more than $600,000

Oct. 19, 2018 12:16 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A 12-pound (5.5 kilogram) chunk of the moon that fell to the Earth as a lunar meteorite has been sold at auction for more than $600,000. Boston-based RR Auction announced Friday the $612,500 winning bid for the meteorite, composed of six fragments that fit together like a puzzle, came from a...

Dem South Carolina gov ticket aims to appeal to all voters

Oct. 19, 2018 12:15 PM EDT

WALHALLA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's conservative Upstate isn't typically where Democratic candidates devote much campaign time. But for gubernatorial ticket James Smith and Mandy Powers Norrell, it's where they feel their message has the ability to resonate with voters not typically reached by...

Worsening odds lead to bigger lottery jackpots

Oct. 19, 2018 12:15 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — If it seems like lottery jackpots are getting larger and larger, it's because they are getting larger and larger. Friday night's Mega Millions grand prize has hit a staggering $1 billion, continuing a trend of giant jackpots. It's the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history and...

New Hampshire congressional hopefuls spar on Social Security

Oct. 19, 2018 12:15 PM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire 1st Congressional District candidates Chris Pappas and Eddie Edwards are sparring weeks before the Nov. 6 election. New Hampshire Public Radio reports that the candidates discussed entitlement programs, prescription drug prices and paid family leave at a Thursday forum...

Iowa basketball coach admits to sexually exploiting 400 boys

Oct. 19, 2018 12:14 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A prominent Iowa youth basketball coach faces potentially decades in prison after admitting to a yearslong pattern of sexually exploiting and abusing at least 400 minor boys, including former players, their friends and other young athletes. Greg Stephen, 42, posed as girls on social...

Lottery officials say the Mega Millions jackpot has hit a staggering $1 billion for Friday night's drawing

Oct. 19, 2018 12:14 PM EDT
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lottery officials say the Mega Millions jackpot has hit a staggering $1 billion for Friday night's drawing.

Court order stalls Arkansas hog farm permit decision

Oct. 19, 2018 12:13 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A judge has further delayed an Arkansas hog farm's permit application to operate near the Buffalo River watershed. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Newton County Circuit Judge John Putman issued a stay Wednesday on the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission's...

Arizona man's Native jewelry worth $100K taken in New Mexico

Oct. 19, 2018 12:12 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Arizona artist says his handmade Native American jewelry worth $100,000 was stolen while visiting New Mexico. Abraham Begay told KOB-TV that he and his wife were eating lunch in Albuquerque on Monday when someone smashed their car window. The unknown suspect grabbed a suitcase...

Man accused of trying to kidnap jogger held without bail

Oct. 19, 2018 12:11 PM EDT

BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man charged with trying to abduct a woman jogging along a street has been held without bail. The Enterprise reports that 58-year-old Gordon Lyons, of Bridgewater, pleaded not guilty in Superior Court on Thursday to charges including indecent assault and battery, and...

Court: IDOT officers limited to commercial vehicle offenses

Oct. 19, 2018 12:09 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that Iowa Department of Transportation officers do not have authority to issue speeding tickets to or arrest drivers outside of the regulation of commercial vehicles. The finding came Friday in separate 2016 cases in which lower courts split on the...