Top General News

As probe closes in, Trump distances himself from Cohen

Dec. 13, 2018 5:20 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Abandoned by two of his most powerful protectors, President Donald Trump insisted Thursday that he did not violate campaign finance laws and that the liability for hush-money payments to two women alleging affairs with him rests with his former fixer, Michael Cohen. Both Cohen and...

Detention of Canadians raises stakes in China-US-Canada row

Dec. 13, 2018 10:54 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China confirmed Thursday that it has detained two Canadian men, raising the stakes in a three-way dispute over a Chinese technology executive facing possible extradition from Canada to the United States. Entrepreneur Michael Spavor and former diplomat Michael Kovrig were taken into custody...

10 Things to Know for Today

Dec. 13, 2018 6:53 AM EST

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. IN TRUMP'S ORBIT, SHIFTING EXPLANATIONS The president's knowledge of any payments to women who claim to have been mistresses shift as his legal exposure grows. 2. SENATE TO VOTE ON AID TO YEMEN Lawmakers may...

AP Exclusive: Iran hackers hunt nuke workers, US officials

Dec. 13, 2018 1:19 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — As U.S. President Donald Trump re-imposed harsh economic sanctions on Iran last month, hackers scrambled to break into personal emails of American officials tasked with enforcing them, The Associated Press has found — another sign of how deeply cyberespionage is embedded into the...

Yemen's warring sides agree on truce in key port city

Dec. 13, 2018 2:34 PM EST

RIMBO, Sweden (AP) — Yemen's warring sides agreed Thursday to an immediate cease-fire in the strategic port city of Hodeida, where fighting has disrupted vital aid deliveries and left the country on the brink of starvation in the 4-year-old civil war . The agreement includes a withdrawal of combatants to...

Senate rebukes Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi, Yemen war

Dec. 13, 2018 4:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators voted Thursday to recommend that the U.S. end its assistance to Saudi Arabia for the war in Yemen and put the blame for the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi squarely on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in a direct challenge to both the longtime Middle East ally and...

Lost girls of Indonesia among 61k dead and missing migrants

Dec. 13, 2018 5:00 PM EST

FATUKOKO, Indonesia (AP) — The stranger showed up at the girl's door one night with a tantalizing job offer: Give up your world, and I will give you a future. It was a chance for 16-year-old Marselina Neonbota to leave her isolated village in one of the poorest parts of Indonesia for neighboring Malaysia,...

UK's May, embattled at home, seeks EU lifeline on Brexit

Dec. 13, 2018 5:46 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — In a week of damaging political blows over her handling of both Brexit and her job, British Prime Minister Theresa May insisted Thursday she can still get her European Union divorce agreement approved in Parliament — with a little help from her EU friends. May implored the 27 other...

Apple to build new Austin hub, expand in other tech hotbeds

Dec. 13, 2018 3:58 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Apple plans to build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, that will create at least 5,000 jobs ranging from engineers to call-center agents while adding more luster to a Southwestern city that has already become a bustling tech hub. The decision, announced Thursday, comes 11 months...

Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, Nicks join Rock Hall of Fame

Dec. 13, 2018 10:00 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Janet Jackson joins her brother Michael and the Jackson 5 as members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, earning induction on Thursday along with Stevie Nicks and the top fan vote-getter, Def Leppard. Radiohead, the Cure, Roxy Music and the Zombies will also be ushered in next spring at the...

Latest General News

Kasich continues serious look at 3rd presidential run

Dec. 13, 2018 6:23 PM EST

BEXLEY, Ohio (AP) — Outgoing Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Thursday that he'd prefer to run for president as a Republican, but only if he's entering a primary he could win. In an interview with The Associated Press, Kasich acknowledged he probably couldn't defeat President Donald Trump if the election were...

Florida Senate won't block election chief's suspension

Dec. 13, 2018 6:22 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Senate will not take any action to block the suspension of an embattled county elections supervisor who drew fierce criticism during this year's contentious election recount, a leading state lawmaker said Thursday. Brenda Snipes, who had been in charge of elections in...

Florida man set to be executed for woman's 1992 killing

Dec. 13, 2018 6:22 PM EST

STARKE, Fla. (AP) — A man convicted of killing a South Florida woman 26 years ago during an apartment burglary was set to be executed Thursday evening. Fifty-five-year-old Jose Antonio Jimenez was scheduled to receive a lethal injection at 6 p.m. at the Florida State Prison for the October 1992 killing of...

A move to ban many vacation rentals in New Orleans

Dec. 13, 2018 6:21 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A ban on "whole home" short-term vacation rentals in New Orleans was proposed Thursday by a City Council member, a move long-awaited by critics who say investors were helping drive up housing costs and marring the character of historic neighborhoods by buying up properties and renting...

Southwestern US states get Jan. 31 deadline for drought deal

Dec. 13, 2018 6:18 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The head of the federal agency controlling the Colorado River said Thursday the U.S. government will impose unprecedented restrictions on water supplies to the seven Southwestern U.S. states that depend on the river unless everyone agrees by Jan. 31 on a plan to deal with an expected...

The Latest: EU rejects Britain's plea for Brexit changes

Dec. 13, 2018 6:17 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The latest on Brexit (all times local): 11:15 p.m. European Union leaders meeting in Brussels have declared that the bloc's divorce agreement with Britain is "not open for renegotiation," despite a plea from U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May for changes to help her sell the unpopular deal to...

Officials: Strasbourg market shooter killed in shootout

Dec. 13, 2018 6:16 PM EST

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — The man authorities say killed three people near a Christmas market in Strasbourg died Tuesday in a shootout with police at the end of two-day manhunt, French authorities said. Paris prosecutor's office, which handles terror cases in France, formally identified the man killed in...

Man with knife arrested at Amsterdam airport

Dec. 13, 2018 6:15 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Military police in the Netherlands have arrested a man armed with a knife at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport. Military police spokeswoman Joanna Helmonds said the man allegedly threatened passers-by on Thursday night before officers detained him. Nobody was injured. Helmonds says...

The Latest: Execution plan awaits Supreme Court stay ruling

Dec. 13, 2018 6:13 PM EST

STARKE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Florida execution (all times local): 6:10 p.m. The planned execution of a Florida man convicted in a woman's 1992 stabbing death awaits a final ruling on a stay request by the U.S. Supreme Court. The scheduled 6 p.m. execution of 55-year-old Jose Antonio Jimenez on...

CNN: Anchor promptly made on-air correction about Arpaio

Dec. 13, 2018 6:13 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio alleged in a defamation lawsuit earlier this week against three news organizations that CNN made no effort to correct anchor Chris Cuomo's erroneous statement that the lawman was a convicted felon. But CNN released a statement Thursday saying Cuomo corrected his...