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Puerto Rico gov will not seek reelection, but won't resign

Jul. 21, 2019 10:22 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said Sunday evening that he will not resign in the face of public furor over an obscenity-laced leaked online chat, but he will not seek reelection or continue as head of his pro-statehood political party. Protesters said they were not...

Nadler: Mueller hearing to air evidence of Trump wrongdoing

Jul. 21, 2019 8:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee chairman said Sunday that this week's hearing with Robert Mueller will air "very substantial evidence" of wrongdoing by President Donald Trump and make a public case for impeachment. Republicans pledged sharp questioning of the special counsel about what they...

Administration pauses enforcement of abortion restriction

Jul. 21, 2019 10:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is giving taxpayer-funded family planning clinics more time to comply with its new rule that says they no longer can refer women for abortions. But the clinics reacted warily to the administration's enforcement pause, and the widening rift could eventually affect...

Clashes involving Hong Kong's protest movement grow violent

Jul. 21, 2019 8:49 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Clashes involving Hong Kong's protest movement escalated violently late Sunday as police launched tear gas at protesters who didn't disband after a massive march and subway riders were attacked by masked assailants who appeared to target the pro-democracy demonstrators. The firing of tear...

Olympic robots offer 'virtual' attendance, help out on field

Jul. 21, 2019 10:27 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A cart-like robot scuttles across the field to bring back javelins and discuses. A towering screen-on-wheels is designed for "virtual" attendance. The cute ones are, naturally, the likeness of the Olympic and Paralympic mascots. Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp., a major Olympic sponsor,...

In some states, GOP sees the recall as its way back to power

Jul. 21, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Republicans frustrated by losing their grip on political power in some Western states have begun deploying a new weapon: the recall. Once reserved for targeting corrupt or inept elected officials, the recall has become part of the toolkit for Republicans seeking a do-over of election results....

Heat and humidity grip East Coast as Midwest gets reprieve

Jul. 21, 2019 10:21 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The East Coast on Sunday sweated through another day of extreme heat and humidity as organizers in Boston canceled a benefit run, Delaware Civil War re-enactors got the day off and the New York Police Department implored residents to take it easy. "Sunday has been canceled," the NYPD jokingly...

Could coastal mansions become eligible for disaster aid?

Jul. 21, 2019 8:15 PM EDT

OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (AP) — On an exclusive Connecticut peninsula, where signs warn outsiders to stay off private roads, eight multimillion-dollar homes with sprawling yards along the Long Island Sound are poised to become eligible for taxpayer-funded disaster aid. That's despite the fact that the Fenwick...

1960s prankster Paul Krassner, who named Yippies, dies at 87

Jul. 21, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paul Krassner, the publisher, author and radical political activist on the front lines of 1960s counterculture who helped tie together his loose-knit prankster group by naming them the Yippies, died Sunday in Southern California, his daughter said. Krassner died at his home in Desert Hot...

Mariano Rivera closes Hall of Fame induction ceremony

Jul. 21, 2019 7:53 PM EDT

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — For Mariano Rivera, it was the culmination of a storied career, dreams of being the next Pelé long since forgotten. For Brandy Halladay, the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony was a tearful moment to reflect on the accomplishments of her late husband, and she handled a...

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Papua New Guinea PM won't discuss China on Australian visit

Jul. 21, 2019 10:51 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Papua New Guinea's prime minister said on Monday his country's relationship with China is not open to discussion during his current visit to Australia. Prime Minister James Marape is making his first visit to Australia since he became leader of its nearest neighbor and former...

Heat wave knocks out power to thousands in NYC

Jul. 21, 2019 10:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of New York City residents grappled with power outages Sunday night as extreme heat continued to bake the metro area with temperatures hovering in the high 90s. Roughly 50,000 customers were without power late Sunday evening due to scattered outages, mostly in Brooklyn and Queens,...

The Latest: Power restored to most of utility's customers

Jul. 21, 2019 10:48 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on a power outage on the island of Kauai (all times local): 4:50 p.m. A utility company says it has restored power to a majority of its customers on Kauai. In a statement late Sunday afternoon on Facebook, the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative says: "We are bringing up additional...

The Latest: Governor says wildfire near Flagstaff has grown

Jul. 21, 2019 10:42 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on a growing wildfire north of Flagstaff (all times local): 7:40 p.m. Gov. Doug Ducey says a wildfire north of Flagstaff has grown to nearly two-thirds of a square mile (400 acres or 1.6 square kilometers.) U.S. Forest Service officials say the fire was reported about 11...

Olympic robots offer 'virtual' attendance, help out on field

Jul. 21, 2019 10:27 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A cart-like robot scuttles across the field to bring back javelins and discuses. A towering screen-on-wheels is designed for "virtual" attendance. The cute ones are, naturally, the likeness of the Olympic and Paralympic mascots. Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp., a major Olympic sponsor,...

Puerto Rico gov will not seek reelection, but won't resign

Jul. 21, 2019 10:22 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said Sunday evening that he will not resign in the face of public furor over an obscenity-laced leaked online chat, but he will not seek reelection or continue as head of his pro-statehood political party. Protesters said they were not...

Heat and humidity grip East Coast as Midwest gets reprieve

Jul. 21, 2019 10:21 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The East Coast on Sunday sweated through another day of extreme heat and humidity as organizers in Boston canceled a benefit run, Delaware Civil War re-enactors got the day off and the New York Police Department implored residents to take it easy. "Sunday has been canceled," the NYPD jokingly...

GOP group removes post calling congresswomen "Jihad Squad"

Jul. 21, 2019 10:16 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois Republican group has apologized and removed from its Facebook page a post that showed images of four Democratic congresswomen who have been criticized by President Donald Trump and referred to them as the "Jihad Squad." The post appeared Friday night on the Republican County...

The Latest: Abe falls short of seats to change constitution

Jul. 21, 2019 10:13 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Japanese upper house elections (all times local): 12:55 a.m. Monday Japanese media say Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc will not reach the two-thirds majority in the upper house needed to propose a constitutional revision even if joined by supporters from another party and...

Asian shares mostly fall, taking cue from Wall Street, Fed

Jul. 21, 2019 10:10 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly lower Monday after Wall Street ended last week lower as investors continue to watch for what may be in store for U.S. interest rates. Japan's Nikkei 225 slipped 0.2% in early trading to 21,415.51. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 was little changed but a tad lower at...