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NYPD fires officer 5 years after Garner's chokehold death

Aug. 19, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — After five years of investigations and protests, the New York City Police Department on Monday fired an officer involved in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, the unarmed man whose dying gasps of "I can't breathe" gave voice to a national debate over race and police use of force....

Early Epstein accuser: Police could have stopped him in 1997

Aug. 19, 2019 1:47 PM EDT

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — More than two decades before Jeffrey Epstein took his own life, a woman went into a California police station and filed one of the earliest sex-crime complaints against him: that he groped her during what she thought was a modeling interview for the Victoria's Secret catalog....

Wide implications as Germany teeters toward recession

Aug. 19, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany, Europe's industrial powerhouse and biggest economy, with companies like Volkswagen, Siemens and BASF, may be entering a recession, according to a gloomy report from the country's central bank Monday — a development that could have repercussions for the rest of the eurozone and...

APNewsBreak: US prisons chief removed after Epstein's death

Aug. 19, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr has removed the acting director of the Bureau of Prisons from his position more than a week after millionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein took his own life while in federal custody. Hugh Hurwitz's reassignment Monday comes amid mounting evidence that guards at...

Afghanistan mourns, vows to crush militants after attack

Aug. 19, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — As Afghanistan mourned the 63 people killed in a suicide bombing at a Kabul wedding , a brother of the groom spoke through tears of his weariness at the bloodshed in the country and the crushing guilt he felt at having to face his neighbors, many of whom lost relatives in the...

Pentagon conducts 1st test of previously banned missile

Aug. 19, 2019 3:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military has conducted a flight test of a type of missile banned for more than 30 years by a treaty that both the United States and Russia abandoned this month, the Pentagon said. The test off the coast of California on Sunday marked the resumption of an arms competition that...

74% of economists in survey see US recession by end of 2021

Aug. 19, 2019 2:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A strong majority, 74%, of U.S. business economists appear sufficiently concerned about the risks of some of President Donald Trump's economic policies that they expect a recession in the U.S. by the end of 2021. The economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics,...

Planned Parenthood leaves federal family planning program

Aug. 19, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Planned Parenthood said Monday it's pulling out of the federal family planning program rather than abide by a new Trump administration rule prohibiting clinics from referring women for abortions. Alexis McGill Johnson, Planned Parenthood's acting president and CEO, said the organization's...

Another first for Clemson: No. 1 in AP preseason Top 25

Aug. 19, 2019 1:06 PM EDT

Cross off another milestone for Clemson, college football's newest superpower. For the first time, the defending national champion Tigers are No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason Top 25 presented by Regions Bank . The Tigers won the program's second national title in three seasons behind freshman quarterback...

AP Exclusive: US talks secretly to Venezuela socialist boss

Aug. 19, 2019 10:52 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The U.S. has made secret contact with Venezuela's socialist party boss as close allies of President Nicolás Maduro's inner circle seek guarantees they won't face prosecution for alleged abuses and crimes if they cede to growing demands to remove him, according to a senior Trump...

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The Latest: Migrant charity official: Boat won't break law

Aug. 19, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on migration issues in Europe (all times local): 9:50 p.m. A Spanish humanitarian group's founder says the Open Arms rescue boat with 107 migrants isn't aiming to breaking the law and dock in Italy. An Italian crackdown on charity rescue ships forbids those boats from entering...

Naval Academy professor returns, but not to class

Aug. 19, 2019 3:51 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A civilian professor at the U.S. Naval Academy who was fired by the school last year has returned to campus after being reinstated by a judge. But the academy is restricting him to scholarly research for now in an ongoing battle to keep him out of the classroom. Bruce Fleming returned...

Jury selection begins in Florida parking lot shooting case

Aug. 19, 2019 3:51 PM EDT

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — No one disputes that Michael Drejka fatally shot Markeis McGlockton 13 months ago in a fight that began over a handicapped parking space — it's on video seen worldwide. The fight at his manslaughter trial, which began Monday, will hinge on whether jurors determine Drejka...

Hiker recalls harrowing week in Montana-Idaho wilderness

Aug. 19, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

FLORENCE, Mont. (AP) — A Utah man said he ate berries and bugs to survive for nearly a week while lost in wilderness along the Idaho-Montana border. Kaden Laga, 25, is about to become a father and told himself he had to survive and make it home to his pregnant wife no matter what, he told Salt Lake City...

California governor signs law to limit shootings by police

Aug. 19, 2019 3:49 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is changing its standards for when police can kill under a law signed Monday by Gov. Gavin Newsom, as it tries to deter police shootings of young minority men that have roiled the nation. "We are doing something today that stretches the boundary of possibility and sends...

Widow of migrant who took his own life sues US government

Aug. 19, 2019 3:49 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The widow of a Honduran man who died took his own life after being separated from his 3-year-old child has sued the U.S. government and the South Texas county that jailed him when he died. The Texas Civil Rights Project on Monday announced the lawsuit on behalf of the widow of Marco Antonio...

Romney says climate change happening, humans contribute

Aug. 19, 2019 3:47 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney said Monday that he believes climate change is happening and human activity is a significant contributor. During a speech at the conservative Sutherland Institute in Salt Lake City, the senator acknowledged that the position is rare among his fellow Republicans,...

Technology companies drive a broad rally on Wall Street

Aug. 19, 2019 3:44 PM EDT

Tech companies pushed stocks broadly higher on Wall Street Monday afternoon, placing the market on track for its third straight gain. The surge in technology stocks followed a decision by the U.S. to give Chinese telecom giant Huawei another 90 days to buy equipment from American suppliers. As China's biggest...

'Codfather' settlement means magnate will never fish again

Aug. 19, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

A fishing magnate known as the Codfather will never be allowed to return to U.S. fisheries, the federal government said Monday in announcing it has settled its civil case against a man whose arrest for shirking quotas and smuggling profits overseas shocked the East Coast industry. The settlement with Carlos...

Memorial to victims of Boston Marathon bombing completed

Aug. 19, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Three stone pillars were placed Monday near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, marking the final step in a $2 million effort to memorialize the bombing that killed three people. The understated monument of granite and bronze, which took four years to plan and develop, was supposed to be...