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Trump administration pulls $1B from California rail project

May. 16, 2019 8:45 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Trump administration cancelled nearly $1 billion Thursday in federal money for California's high-speed rail project, further throwing into question the future of the ambitious plan to connect Los Angeles and San Francisco. California Gov. Gavin Newsom immediately pledged to...

Germany: 5 charged with trafficking, prostituting Thai women

May. 15, 2019 5:54 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Prosecutors have charged five people with trafficking Thai women to Germany and forcing them to work in a nationwide network of brothels. Frankfurt prosecutor Alexander Badle said Wednesday that four Thai women aged 49, 51, 53 and 60 were charged with trafficking transsexuals and women to...

UN envoy to Mideast warns of war between Israel, Hamas

May. 13, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The U.N. envoy to the Mideast said Monday that the recent ceasefire between Gaza's Hamas rulers and Israel was the "last chance" to prevent an all-out conflict. A Qatari envoy arrived the same day in the Palestinian enclave with cash to help cement the truce, which halted the...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's fog of misinformation on trade

May. 11, 2019 7:21 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump cast a fog of misinformation over the U.S. trade dispute with China, floating inaccurate numbers and skewed economic theories as big tariffs kicked in on Chinese goods. At stake in the rupture is a trading relationship between the world's two largest economies that...

Federal judges have a way to make investigations disappear

May. 10, 2019 6:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fastest way for federal judges facing investigation by their peers to make an inquiry go away is to utter two words: "I quit." That's how appellate judges Maryanne Trump Barry and Alex Kozinski ended investigations into complaints that Barry participated in fraudulent tax schemes and...

Board extends power to cover Puerto Rico's 78 municipalities

May. 9, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A federal control board that oversees Puerto Rico's finances voted on Thursday to extend its power and bring all of the U.S. territory's 78 municipalities under its supervision for the first time. The board announced that it also will require fiscal plans and budgets from 10 of...

Lebanon's Central Bank workers suspend strike for 3 days

May. 7, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Employees at the Central Bank of Lebanon on Tuesday suspended their open-ended strike for three days, saying they hope their wages and benefits will not be cut. The strike began Friday and raised concerns it could paralyze the country's banking sector, which relies on the Central Bank for...

Lebanon stock trading suspended over central bank strike

May. 6, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Beirut Stock Exchange suspended trading on Monday due to an open-ended strike declared by the employees of Lebanon's central bank, adding to the country's economic crisis as the government discusses an austerity budget to avoid an economic crash. The ongoing strike by the Central Bank of...

Pope tends to Orthodox ties, Catholic minorities in Balkans

May. 4, 2019 3:40 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis, who opened 2019 with trips to the Muslim world, is shifting gears to tend to Orthodox relations, with a delicate visit starting Sunday to the Balkan nations of Bulgaria and North Macedonia. Francis will also minister to the countries' tiny Catholic communities and meet...

Maryland governor signs reform bill after player's death

Apr. 30, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — As the 2018 death of a University of Maryland football player continues to reverberate in political and academic circles, Gov. Larry Hogan signed legislation Tuesday to increase transparency in decision making by the state university system's Board of Regents. The new law will require...