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Vital US reservoir OK for now, but shortages are looming

Aug. 15, 2018 8:37 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A vital reservoir on the Colorado River will be able to meet the demands of Mexico and Southwestern U.S. states for the next 13 months, but a looming shortage could trigger cutbacks in late 2019, officials said Wednesday. A forecast from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation echoes previous warnings...

Tighter regulations could take bite out of Airbnb profits

Aug. 15, 2018 8:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Airbnb faces tightening regulations in New York City that could take a big bite out of its profits, and on Wednesday the short-term rental company offered a counter-measure designed to appease hostile politicians: a $10 million contribution to charities. At a Manhattan news conference,...

Arizona voters won't see primary debates

Aug. 15, 2018 8:34 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Republican primary voters casting ballots for an open U.S. Senate seat in Arizona are unlikely to see a televised debate despite calls from two of the three candidates. Rep. Martha McSally, former state Sen. Kelli Ward and former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio are vying for the...

US officials: Iraqi refugee was part of terror group

Aug. 15, 2018 8:31 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A refugee from Iraq was arrested Wednesday in Northern California on a warrant alleging that he killed an Iraqi policeman while fighting for the Islamic State organization. Omar Abdulsattar Ameen, 45, and other members of ISIS killed the officer after the town of Rawah, Iraq, fell...

Murder trial to begin for Texas officer who killed teen

Aug. 15, 2018 8:30 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A murder trial for a former Texas police officer who killed a black 15-year-old teenager highlights the heightened role video evidence plays in high-profile police shootings that have stirred discourse and triggered protests nationwide over issues of race and law enforcement. Former Balch...

Man arrested after overdoses at downtown city park

Aug. 15, 2018 8:27 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — People are saying 46 people overdosed Wednesday from a suspected bad batch of "K2" synthetic marijuana at or near a city park in Connecticut. No deaths were reported, but officials said two people had life-threatening symptoms. Most of the overdoses were on the New Haven Green, a...

Exiled jurists symbolically sentence Maduro to 18 years

Aug. 15, 2018 8:19 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A panel of self-exiled Venezuelan judges holding a symbolic trial found President Nicolas Maduro guilty of corruption Wednesday and sentenced him to more than 18 years in prison. Ousted chief prosecutor Luisa Ortega accused Maduro of accepting $35 million from the Brazilian...

In defiant act, Brazil party registers Lula for president

Aug. 15, 2018 8:17 PM EDT

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — The Workers' Party registered jailed former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as its candidate for president Wednesday, attempting to muscle him into the race to lead Latin America's largest nation and forcing a showdown with Brazilian electoral authorities. More than 10,000 of da...

High court: Mississippi Delta district can merge schools

Aug. 15, 2018 8:15 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Supreme Court is clearing the way for a school district to merge schools, overturning a lower court order. The court ruled Tuesday that Bolivar County Chancery Judge W.M Sanders erred in blocking the North Bolivar school district from merging two high schools and two...

Georgia woman facing 'longest sentence' for leaking to media

Aug. 15, 2018 8:14 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia woman who mailed a secret U.S. report to a news organization faces the "longest sentence" ever behind bars for a federal crime involving leaks to the news media, prosecutors said in a court filing. Former National Security Agency contractor Reality Winner, 26, is scheduled to...