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Palestinian protesters burn a banner showing Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan during a protest against the United Arab Emirates' deal with Israel near the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's old city, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

Palestinians say UAE deal hinders quest for Mideast peace

Aug. 14, 2020 10:11 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's agreement to establish diplomatic ties with the United Arab Emirates marks a watershed moment in its relations with Arab countries, but the Palestinians say it puts a just resolution of the Middle East conflict even farther out of reach. The UAE presented its decision to upgrade...

President Donald Trump speaks at a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump gives credence to false, racist Harris conspiracy

Aug. 14, 2020 12:25 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday gave credence to a false and racist conspiracy theory about Kamala Harris’ eligibility to be vice president, fueling an online misinformation campaign that parallels the one he used to power his rise into politics. Asked about the matter at the...

This 2007 photo provided by the Kamala Harris campaign shows her with her mother, Shyamala, at a Chinese New Year parade. (Kamala Harris campaign via AP)

For Harris, memories of mother guide bid for vice president

Aug. 14, 2020 8:54 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Speaking from the Senate floor for the first time, Kamala Harris expressed gratitude for a woman on whose shoulders she said she stood. In her autobiography, Harris interspersed the well-worn details of her resume with an extended ode to the one she calls “the reason for...

Barlow Mitchell sits outside the Lee County Public Library while using the public WIFI, in Beattyville, Ky., Wednesday, July 29, 2020. As in other places, parents and officials are concerned about the virus, but dramatically limited internet access in many rural places also means kids could fall seriously behind if the pandemic keeps them home again. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Rural families without internet face tough choice on school

Aug. 14, 2020 11:13 AM EDT

BEATTYVILLE, Ky. (AP) — John Ross worries about his children returning to their classrooms this fall with coronavirus cases rising in Kentucky, but he feels he doesn't have much of a choice: His family's limited internet access makes it nearly impossible for the kids to keep up with schoolwork from home. ...

FILE - In this March 22, 2019 file photo, an American flag flies outside the Department of Justice in Washington.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Ex-FBI lawyer to plead guilty in Trump-Russia probe review

Aug. 14, 2020 12:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former FBI lawyer plans to plead guilty to making a false statement in the first criminal case arising from U.S. Attorney John Durham's investigation into the probe of ties between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign, his lawyer said Friday. Kevin Clinesmith is expected to plead guilty...

FILE - In this July 21, 2020 file photo, Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, speaks during a news conference in Washington. A congressional watchdog agency has found that the top two Trump administration officials in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security were improperly appointed to the posts under federal law. The Government Accountability Office says acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf and acting deputy Ken Cuccinelli are ineligible to run the agency under the Vacancy Reform Act. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Watchdog: Homeland Security officials were wrongly appointed

Aug. 14, 2020 12:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top two officials in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security were improperly appointed to the posts under federal law by the Trump administration, a nonpartisan congressional watchdog said Friday. The Government Accountability Office says acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf and his acting...

FILE - In this June 25, 2020 file photo, a price sign is displayed at a retail store as a store employee wears a mask while working in Niles, Ill.   Small businesses are in limbo again as the coronavirus outbreak rages and the government’s $659 billion relief program draws to a close. Companies still struggling with sharply reduced revenue are wondering if Congress will give them a second chance at the Paycheck Protection Program, which ends Friday, Aug. 7,  after giving out 5.1 million loans worth $523 billion.  (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

US retail sales rise for 3rd month but slowdown expected

Aug. 14, 2020 12:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans increased their spending at retail stores and restaurants in July for a third straight month, but some evidence suggests that sales are weakening with the expiration of government rescue aid that had previously put more money in people's pockets. Friday's report from the...

A woman reacts as she marches holding an old Belarusian national flag in the center of Minsk, Belarus, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020.  Some thousands of people have flooded the cnetre of the Belarus capital, Minsk, in a show of anger over a brutal police crackdown this week on peaceful protesters that followed a disputed election. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Thousands flood Belarus capital as election protests grow

Aug. 14, 2020 1:22 PM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Tens of thousands of people flooded the heart of the Belarus capital of Minsk on Friday in a show of anger over a brutal police crackdown this week on peaceful protesters that followed a disputed election, as authorities sought to ease rising public fury by freeing at least 2,000 who...

The Ranch Fire burns over a residential area, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Azusa, Calif. Heat wave conditions were making difficult work for fire crews battling brush fires and wildfires across Southern California. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

California wildfires burn amid high risk of brutal blazes

Aug. 14, 2020 10:32 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dry vegetation fueled three wildfires near Los Angeles amid warnings Friday that the risk of new blazes erupting was high as temperatures spike and humidity levels drop during a statewide heat wave. A huge forest fire that prompted evacuations north of Los Angeles was just 12% contained...

FILE - In this Tuesday, April 9, 2019, file photo, Chicago Bulls head coach Jim Boylen reacts during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, in Chicago. The Chicago Bulls fired coach Jim Boylen on Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, as the new front office begins its remake of a team that missed the playoffs again.(AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski, File)

Bulls fire coach Jim Boylen after missing playoffs again

Aug. 14, 2020 11:57 AM EDT

The Chicago Bulls fired coach Jim Boylen on Friday, the new front office beginning its remake of a team that missed the playoffs again. The Bulls, who finished 22-43 this season, were one of the eight teams that didn't qualify for the NBA's restart at Walt Disney World. That meant they wouldn't make the...

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Court hears high-stakes Kentucky 'historical racing' case

Aug. 14, 2020 1:28 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's Supreme Court on Friday delved into a high-stakes case over the legality of “historical racing" machines that are big moneymakers for racetracks and the state's thoroughbred industry. Attorneys for racing interests and The Family Foundation argued over the...

9th Circuit ends California ban on high-capacity magazines

Aug. 14, 2020 1:27 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday threw out California's ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines, saying the law violates the U.S. Constitution's protection of the right to bear firearms. “Even well-intentioned laws must pass...

Authorities shield behind a police car near a public transportation bus, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Lutherville, Md., North of Baltimore. Per a twitter feed from the Baltimore Police, they are asking motorists to avoid the area. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Suspect arrested after barricading inside public transit bus

Aug. 14, 2020 1:23 PM EDT

LUTHERVILLE-TIMONIUM, Md. (AP) — A man barricaded himself inside a public transit bus in a Baltimore suburb Friday after he woke up and began making threats with a weapon, authorities said. Police received a call around 10:04 a.m. about the situation inside the bus, said Kevin Gay, a public information...

A woman reacts as she marches holding an old Belarusian national flag in the center of Minsk, Belarus, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020.  Some thousands of people have flooded the cnetre of the Belarus capital, Minsk, in a show of anger over a brutal police crackdown this week on peaceful protesters that followed a disputed election. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Thousands flood Belarus capital as election protests grow

Aug. 14, 2020 1:22 PM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Tens of thousands of people flooded the heart of the Belarus capital of Minsk on Friday in a show of anger over a brutal police crackdown this week on peaceful protesters that followed a disputed election, as authorities sought to ease rising public fury by freeing at least 2,000 who...

Dog shot inside portable toilet in St. Paul city park

Aug. 14, 2020 1:20 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a dog was shot inside a portable toilet in a St. Paul city park early Friday. Police say a man who called 911 about 3:20 a.m. reported hearing gunshots at the Maryland Avenue and Dale Street park. The caller heard a dog yelp and saw a male exit the toilet, the St....

Michigan will distribute 4M free masks to fight coronavirus

Aug. 14, 2020 1:19 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday that 4 million masks will be distributed to Michigan residents — free of charge — to help combat the coronavirus pandemic. The face coverings will go to low-income residents, seniors, schools and homeless shelters through a partnership...

School reopening plans due; restrictions on Hawaii travelers

Aug. 14, 2020 1:18 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A look at coronavirus developments in Massachusetts: REOPENING SCHOOLS Massachusetts school districts must submit their plans for reopening schools amid the coronavirus pandemic to state education officials Friday. Districts are required to prepare plans for three different scenarios:...

President Trump endorses Cynthia Lummis for US Senate

Aug. 14, 2020 1:18 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — President Donald Trump said he endorses Cynthia Lummis in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Wyoming. Lummis, who served as Wyoming's only U.S. House member from 2009 to 2017, is the front-runner in a 10-candidate race for the Republican nomination, the Casper Star-Tribune...

Federal appeals court overturns California ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines, saying it violates 2nd Amendment

Aug. 14, 2020 1:17 PM EDT
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Federal appeals court overturns California ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines, saying it violates 2nd Amendment.

States can't afford Trump's jobless aid plan, governor says

Aug. 14, 2020 1:17 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania does not have the money to provide $100 a week as President Donald Trump pushes states to help pay for a new round of federal unemployment assistance, Gov. Tom Wolf told the state's members of Congress. In a Thursday letter, Wolf, a Democrat, urged Pennsylvania’s...