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As protectors abandon Trump, investigation draws closer

Dec. 13, 2018 10:52 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump has now been abandoned by two of his most powerful protectors — his longtime lawyer and the company that owns the National Enquirer tabloid — bringing a perilous investigation into his campaign a step closer to the Oval Office. Both Michael 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 weighs aid to Yemen war in wake of Khashoggi slaying

Dec. 13, 2018 12:21 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators will vote Thursday on a resolution that would call on the U.S. to pull assistance from the Saudi-led war in Yemen, a measure that would rebuke Saudi Arabia after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Senate is also expected to consider a separate resolution condemning...

Lost girls of Indonesia among 61k dead and missing migrants

Dec. 13, 2018 12:50 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 3:39 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders offered Theresa May sympathy but no promises Thursday, as the British prime minister, weakened after a leadership challenge, sought a lifeline that could help her sell her Brexit divorce deal to a hostile U.K. Parliament. May acknowledged a breakthrough on her Brexit...

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...

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Markets Right Now: US stocks drift to a mostly lower close

Dec. 13, 2018 4:05 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 4 p.m. Stocks drifted to a mostly lower close on Wall Street as trading calmed down following a turbulent few days earlier this week. Small-company stocks fell broadly Thursday, but the Dow Jones Industrial Average of...

Biden says his family convinced him to run with Obama

Dec. 13, 2018 4:04 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden says he initially refused to run with then-presidential candidate Barack Obama a decade ago, but his family ultimately convinced him he had to support an African-American candidate with a real chance of winning. Biden was greeted with a standing ovation...

Sioux Falls liquor store ends discounts after state warning

Dec. 13, 2018 4:04 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Sioux Falls liquor store will no longer offer its longtime discount programs after the state determined it violates liquor regulations, an issue that other businesses may be grappling with under the unclear rules. JJ's Wine, Spirits & Cigars owner Tom Slattery told the Argus...

US appeals court blocks Trump birth control coverage rules

Dec. 13, 2018 4:04 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. appeals court Thursday blocked rules by the Trump administration allowing more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control. States were likely to succeed on their claim that the changes to President Barack Obama's health care law were made without required...

NY sues 3 companies over lead levels in kids' jewelry kits

Dec. 13, 2018 4:03 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is suing two of the nation's largest retailers and a third company for importing and selling children's toys with lead levels up to 10 times higher than federal limits. State Attorney General Barbara Underwood says the lawsuit filed in an Albany court Thursday names...

Police: Teen, officers exchange gunfire at middle school

Dec. 13, 2018 4:01 PM EST

RICHMOND, Ind. (AP) — A 14-year-old boy who arrived at an Indiana middle school Thursday morning that was already on lockdown after a tip about potential violence shot out glass in a locked door and entered the school before exchanging gunfire with officers inside, authorities said. The boy, who police...

Toyota recalls pickups, SUVs to fix air bag, brake problems

Dec. 13, 2018 4:00 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Toyota is recalling nearly 143,000 SUVs and pickups worldwide to fix air bag and brake problems. The first recall covers about 96,000 Toyota Land Cruisers and Lexus LX570 SUVs from 2008 through 2019. Toyota says a seat belt tension sensor can malfunction and deactivate the passenger's front,...

Italian anti-terror prosecutor: "lone wolves" latest threat

Dec. 13, 2018 3:59 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — Italy's top anti-terrorism prosecutor says recent terror arrests in Italy have been aimed at containing individuals who might be preparing to carry out an attack alone. Federico Cafiero De Raho was quoted by the news agency ANSA on Thursday as saying that the new phase of terrorism deriving...

Judge rules no punishing Smithfield Foods in nuisance case

Dec. 13, 2018 3:58 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge in North Carolina is shutting down a lawsuit against a Smithfield Foods hog feeding operation before jurors who determined the company nuisanced neighbors discussed punishing the pork giant. U.S. District Judge David Faber on Thursday declared there wasn't enough...

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...