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Iran tells US retaliation looms if targeted for Saudi attack

Sep. 18, 2019 8:48 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has warned the U.S. it will retaliate "immediately" if Tehran is targeted over a weekend attack on Saudi oil installations, its state-run news agency reported Wednesday, further raising Mideast tensions. Iran's president and foreign minister also may not be able to attend next...

US home building climbs 12.3% in August to 12-year high

Sep. 18, 2019 8:33 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The pace of U.S. home construction jumped 12.3% last month to a 12-year high on a surge in apartment building. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that housing starts came in at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.36 million, most since June 2007 and up from a revised 1.22 million,...

Stocks mixed ahead of Fed, oil dips on Saudi output recovery

Sep. 18, 2019 8:24 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Global stocks were little changed Wednesday as investors watched for a U.S. Federal Reserve decision on a possible interest rate cut and as oil prices eased on hopes for a quick recovery in Saudi oil supplies. Benchmarks in London, Frankfurt and Shanghai advanced while Tokyo and Hong Kong...

Cries in the night: Life in the limbo of a Mexican shelter

Sep. 18, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Long after midnight, when the heat has finally relented and the walled courtyard is scattered with men sleeping in the open, someone begins to sob. The sound is quiet, muffled. The only light comes from streetlights shimmering above the razor wire. It's impossible to see who is...

The Latest: Hearing with Trump loyalist ends after 6 hours

Sep. 18, 2019 8:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Corey Lewandowski's appearance before the House Judiciary Committee (all times local): 6:50 p.m. The House Judiciary Committee's first impeachment hearing against President Donald Trump has concluded on a combative note after six hours of testimony from Corey Lewandowski....

McConnell says Congress in 'holding pattern' on gun control

Sep. 18, 2019 6:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Six weeks after a pair of mass shootings killed more than 30 people, Congress remains "in a holding pattern" on gun control as lawmakers await proposals from the White House, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said. While President Donald Trump has said he would veto a House-passed...

House Democrats, Lewandowski spar at 1st impeachment hearing

Sep. 18, 2019 6:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first impeachment hearing held by House Democrats quickly turned hostile as their sole witness, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, stonewalled many of their questions and declared they were "focusing on petty and personal politics." Lewandowski, a devoted friend and...

Number of abortions in US falls to lowest since 1973

Sep. 18, 2019 5:29 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The number and rate of abortions across the United States have plunged to their lowest levels since the procedure became legal nationwide in 1973, according to new figures released Wednesday. The report from the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights, counted...

The Latest: State media says Iran sends US official warning

Sep. 18, 2019 5:19 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf (all times local): 1:15 p.m. Iran's state-run news agency is reporting that Iran sent an official warning through Swiss diplomats to the U.S. that any action taken against Tehran "will face an immediate answer." That's according...

Oil price drops further on hope for recovery of Saudi output

Sep. 18, 2019 5:12 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The price of oil fell back further on Wednesday after the Saudi government said half of production that was knocked out by an attack over the weekend had already had been restored. Benchmark U.S. crude was down 42 cents to $58.92 per barrel in electronic trading Wednesday. The contract fell...