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In this March 5, 2015 photo, Isabel dos Santos, reputedly Africa's richest woman, attends the opening of an art exhibition featuring works from the collection of her husband and art collector Sindika Dokolo in Porto, Portugal. On Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, Angola's foreign minister Manuel Augusto said that there is no political motivation behind the government's demand for more than $1 billion from dos Santos, her husband and a Portuguese business partner. Isabel dos Santos is a daughter of Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who ruled the oil- and diamond-rich nation for 38 years until 2017. (AP Photo/Paulo Duarte)

Portugal police: Banker in Angola scandal hangs himself

Jan. 23, 2020 10:50 AM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A Portuguese banker named in a major Angolan money-laundering and corruption scandal has died in an apparent suicide at his home, police said Thursday. Nuno Ribeiro da Cunha, named as a suspect by Angolan authorities in an investigation targeting the billionaire daughter of...

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street to attend the weekley session of Prime Ministers Questions in Parliament in London, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Next stop, Brexit: Britain's EU divorce bill becomes law

Jan. 23, 2020 10:48 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s delayed and disputed Brexit bill became law on Thursday, removing the last U.K. obstacle to the country leaving the European Union in just over a week. Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans announced in the House of Commons that the Withdrawal Agreement Act had received royal assent...

Police: Man with knife killed by officers in suburban Denver

Jan. 23, 2020 10:40 AM EST

ARVADA, Colo. (AP) — A man was shot and killed by police responding to a domestic violence call in suburban Denver Wednesday night. Officers were called to a neighborhood in Arvada after several people reported that a man was bashing a car and other things with a metal pipe outside a woman's house. ...

Kentucky bill requires care for infants surviving abortion

Jan. 23, 2020 10:38 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A bill that would require doctors and other health workers to provide life-saving care for an infant born alive after a failed abortion attempt was approved by a Kentucky Senate panel Thursday. The measure sailed through the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection...

Sajid Javid, Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer, pictured during the 50th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020.  (Gian Ehrenzeller/Keystone via AP)

High hopes: US, EU and UK all aim for trade deals this year

Jan. 23, 2020 10:36 AM EST

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The United States, the European Union and what will soon be post-Brexit Britain have all raised the prospect of concluding trade deals between themselves by the end of this year, setting up an intense few months of negotiations. High-level representatives said Thursday at the...

Second West Virginia county approves indoor vaping ban

Jan. 23, 2020 10:35 AM EST

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A second West Virginia county has voted to ban the use of e-cigarettes and vapes inside public spaces. The Cabell-Huntington Health Department Board of Health unanimously adopted the regulation Wednesday. It bans the devices in public spaces such as restaurants and even vape shops,...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, file photo, an egret looks for food along Valhalla Pond in Riverview, Fla. The Trump administration was expected to announce completion as soon as Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, of one of its most momentous environmental rollbacks, removing federal protections for millions of miles of the country’s streams, arroyos and wetlands. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Trump aims to remove waterway protections, aiding developers

Jan. 23, 2020 10:32 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration appears ready to move ahead with its plan to remove protections for some of the nation's millions of miles, streams and arroyos, completing one of its most far-reaching environmental rollbacks. The changes, promised by President Donald Trump in his first weeks in...

Nebraska gets new head of state child welfare services

Jan. 23, 2020 10:31 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts has chosen an Indiana public health official to oversee Nebraska's public child welfare services, the governor's office announced Wednesday. Ricketts appointed Stephanie Beasley as the next director of the state Division of Children and Family Services, a part of the...

Migrants stand next to tents outside the Moria refugee camp on the northeastern Aegean island of Lesbos, Greece, on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Some businesses and public services on the eastern Aegean island are holding a 24-hour strike on Wednesday to protest the migration situation, with thousands of migrants and refugees are stranded in overcrowded camps in increasingly precarious conditions. (AP Photo/Aggelos Barai)

Greece: Island mayors in Athens to protest migrant situation

Jan. 23, 2020 10:30 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The “anxiety and indignation” of Greek island residents living at the forefront of a migration crisis are justified, Greece's migration and asylum minister said Thursday while vowing new measures to address increasing arrivals of migrants to the islands. Residents and...

Republican Rep. Matt Shea speaks at a gun-rights rally, where many gathered in support of the embattled lawmaker, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in Olympia, Wash. Shea was suspended from the Republican caucus in the wake of a December report that found he was involved in anti-government activities and several lawmakers have called on him to resign, something he says he will not do. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

Controversial Washington lawmaker spreads views across West

Jan. 23, 2020 10:28 AM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state lawmaker whose actions surrounding an armed standoff with federal agents were dubbed “domestic terrorism” in a recent report has for years been spreading his anti-government views to other Western states. Republican Rep. Matt Shea is a co-founder of...