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Trump says he had 'perfectly fine' call with Ukraine leader

Sep. 21, 2019 11:11 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump urged the new leader of Ukraine this summer to investigate the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, a person familiar with the matter said. Democrats condemned what they saw as a clear effort to damage a political rival, now at the center of an explosive...

GM electric car push could mean fewer and lower paying jobs

Sep. 21, 2019 10:10 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — If U.S. consumers ever ditch fuel burners for electric vehicles, then the United Auto Workers union is in trouble. Gone would be thousands of jobs at engine and transmission plants across the industrial Midwest, replaced by smaller workforces at squeaky-clean mostly automated factories that...

Big rise in US mass shooting tips poses challenge for police

Sep. 21, 2019 12:32 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It had all the makings of a massacre. Six guns, including a Colt AR-15 rifle. About 1,000 rounds of ammunition. A bulletproof vest. And an angry Southern California man who threated to kill his co-workers at a hotel and its guests. But a concerned colleague intervened, alerting...

Charge against airline mechanic highlights 'insider threat'

Sep. 21, 2019 10:46 AM EDT

The arrest of an airline mechanic suspected of being sympathetic with terrorists and charged with sabotaging a jetliner has renewed fear about the "insider threat" to aviation security. Despite security upgrades since the hijacking terror attacks of 2001, breaches including a gun-running operation at the nation's...

Trump heads to UN with long list of deals he's yet to close

Sep. 21, 2019 12:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, a self-described deal-maker, is saddled with a long list of unresolved foreign policy deals he has yet to close heading into his U.N. visit this coming week. There are challenges with Iran, North Korea, the Afghan Taliban, Israel and the Palestinians — not...

4 die after bus with Chinese tourists crashes in Utah

Sep. 21, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

PANGUITCH, Utah (AP) — Four people died after a tour bus carrying them and other visitors from China crashed, rolling onto a guard rail and leaving carnage and debris in its wake on a highway running through the red-rock landscape of southern Utah. To Robert Driedonks, who heard the crash from the wildlife...

Deputies say South Carolina shooting leaves 2 dead, 8 hurt

Sep. 21, 2019 1:39 PM EDT

LANCASTER, S.C. (AP) — Authorities said a shooting at a bar in South Carolina left two people dead and eight injured early Saturday. The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that the agency was investigating a shooting at a bar at about 2:45 a.m. Two adult males were shot and killed. Four...

'Welcome back' - a reporter's fraught re-entry to Zimbabwe

Sep. 21, 2019 12:16 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The immigration officer lifted his stamp to put the visa into my passport and I heaved a sigh of relief. But then my passport was taken by a smiling woman who asked, "Have you been to Zimbabwe before?" Through questioning she determined that I had worked as a journalist in the...

Justices' DC sniper case examines teen murderers' sentences

Sep. 21, 2019 10:21 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lee Boyd Malvo, who terrorized the Washington region in 2002 as one-half of a sniper team, is at the center of a case the Supreme Court will hear this fall. But the justices' eventual ruling probably will mean less for him than for a dozen other inmates who, like the now-34-year-old...

25 years later, a new generation gets immersed in 'Friends'

Sep. 21, 2019 10:08 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Friends" is getting old. Its fans have never been younger. As the sitcom about six twentysomethings marks its 25th anniversary on Sunday, it has spawned a devoted youthful viewership, especially among tween and teen girls who weren't yet born when it went off the air in 2004. In an era...

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Mosquitoes swarm N Carolina county after Hurricane Dorian

Sep. 21, 2019 2:16 PM EDT

SWAN QUARTER, N.C. (AP) — Mosquitoes have swarmed a North Carolina county in the days since Hurricane Dorian brought heavy rainfall to the area. Luana Gibbs is the interim health director of Hyde County. She tells The Virginian-Pilot that the mosquitoes are "twice as bad as they were" before the hurricane....

Police: Suspect in Chicago bike attack shoots officer

Sep. 21, 2019 2:09 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A man suspected of shooting and wounding a Chicago police officer on Saturday is the bicyclist suspected of shooting a woman in the back in broad daylight near downtown earlier in the week, police said. Michael Blackman, 45, managed to get away from both shootings and should be considered...

Rare protests in Egypt call for president to step down

Sep. 21, 2019 2:09 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Rare anti-government protests broke out in several Egyptian cities late Friday calling on President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to step down. The small street demonstrations were quickly dispersed by riot police using batons and tear gas. Dozens of people were arrested, including at least two...

Motorists seeing higher gas prices in New Jersey

Sep. 21, 2019 2:09 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Motorists are seeing higher prices at the pumps in New Jersey in the wake of last weekend's attack on key Saudi Arabian oil facilities. AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in the state on Friday was $2.59, which is up 4 cents from last week. Drivers were...

Police in Tennessee identify victim who drowned in river

Sep. 21, 2019 2:05 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police in Tennessee have identified a man who drowned after jumping off a bridge into a river. The Knoxville Police Department says the body of 29-year-old Erik Phillips was discovered Friday night in the Tennessee River after he drowned on Tuesday. Police say they went to Scottish...

FIFA sees no obstacles for women to attend games in Iran

Sep. 21, 2019 2:04 PM EDT

ZURICH (AP) — Soccer's governing body FIFA says an inspection visit to Iran has shown "no noteworthy operational obstacles" to lifting the country's 40-year ban and letting women attend a World Cup qualifying game next month. After meeting government and soccer officials in Tehran this week, FIFA says it...

Albuquerque students send handmade cards to El Paso schools

Sep. 21, 2019 2:04 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Stacks of roughly 6-inch by 4-inch notes spilled onto tables in an Eisenhower Middle School science classroom — the colorful drawings and stickers contrasting with the black tabletops. Some of the letters from the Albuquerque, New Mexico school had the outline of the state...

Quake with preliminary magnitude 5.8 quake strikes Albania

Sep. 21, 2019 2:01 PM EDT

POGRADEC, Albania (AP) — An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.8 struck the west of Albania on Saturday but caused only minor injuries, the country's government said. Citing the country's Institute of GeoSciences, Energy, Water and Environment, Albania's defense ministry said the quake struck 13...

Florida beachfront hotel evacuated after man makes threats

Sep. 21, 2019 1:58 PM EDT

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A man whose threats to kill himself caused the evacuation of a Florida hotel is now in police custody. The Daytona Beach Police Department tweeted that the unidentified man was taken into custody after a standoff Saturday morning. The 11-story Ocean Breeze Beach Club hotel was...

Tennessee man charged with setting wife on fire

Sep. 21, 2019 1:55 PM EDT

GRAY, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man has been indicted after authorities say he lit his wife on fire. The Washington County Sheriff's Office says 35-year-old Todd Darrell Briggs of Gray was indicted earlier this month on charges of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault and aggravated arson. The...