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'Chemical spill' at Phoenix post office involved acetone

Sep. 21, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities in Phoenix say a reported chemical spill at a post office Saturday turned out to involve a shattered glass bottle of acetone, which is used in nail polish remover. Hazardous-materials personnel and police had responded to a report of a package exploding and Fire Department...

Markets Right Now: Stocks fall on fresh trade worries

Sep. 20, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 4 p.m. Stocks are finishing lower Friday on concerns about the progress of trade talks between the U.S. and China. The market turned lower in the afternoon after reports said a Chinese trade delegation had cut short a trip...

Markets Right Now: Stocks sink then recover after Fed cut

Sep. 18, 2019 4:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 4:00 p.m. Stocks are rebounding at the close of trading, led by banks and big tech names, after the Federal Reserve delivered an expected cut in interest rates. Stocks initially fell after the Fed announcement, after the Fed...

Greek island ferry crews to launch 24-hour strike Sept. 24

Sep. 17, 2019 11:25 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Ferry services to Greek popular island destinations face severe disruptions next week due to a strike called by the country's powerful seamen's union. The PNO union says the walkout will keep ferries tied up in port for 24 hours starting at 6 a.m. on Sept. 24. Coastal shipping firms...

House panel investigates Elaine Chao for possible conflicts

Sep. 16, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Oversight Committee said Monday it is investigating whether Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao acted improperly to benefit herself or her family's shipping company. Two Democratic leaders sent Chao a letter asking her to turn over documents and communications related to the...

Austin to be first US city to fund abortion support services

Sep. 12, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Abortion advocates said Thursday that Texas' capital of Austin has become the first city in the nation to provide funding toward logistical services for abortion access. The move comes as several states passed sweeping abortion bans this year, and after Planned Parenthood pulled out of...

Typhoon kills 3 in South Korea before moving to North Korea

Sep. 7, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — One of the most powerful typhoons to ever hit South Korea swept along the country's coast on Saturday, toppling trees, grounding planes and causing at least three deaths before moving on to North Korea. Typhoon Lingling knocked out power to more than 161,000 homes across South...

Boat owners seek to head off lawsuits after 34 die in fire

Sep. 6, 2019 12:57 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The owners of the dive boat where 34 people perished in a fire off Southern California filed a lawsuit Thursday to head off potentially costly litigation, a move condemned by some observers as disrespectful to the families of the dead. Truth Aquatics Inc., which owned the Conception,...

Italian shipping firm fined $4M in US waste oil dumping case

Sep. 5, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — An Italian shipping company must pay a $4 million fine for dumping oily waste and other pollutants at sea and then lying about it. Federal prosecutors in New Jersey say the sentence against d'Amico Shipping Italia S.p.A. was handed down Thursday. The company pleaded guilty in April to...

The Latest: Owner of Iran-held ship: Some crew to be freed

Sep. 4, 2019 6:05 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on the Persian Gulf tensions (all times local): 2:30 p.m. The owner of the British-flagged Stena Impero oil tanker held in the Persian Gulf by Iran says he was told by Iranian authorities that seven of the 23-member crew will be released. Erik Hanell, CEO of the Swedish...