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President Donald Trump gets heat for urging Ukraine probe

Sep. 21, 2019 3:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump urged the new leader of Ukraine this summer to investigate the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, a person familiar with the matter said. Democrats condemned what they saw as a clear effort to damage a political rival, now at the heart of an explosive...

Steak, beer and politics: 2020 Democrats descend on Iowa

Sep. 21, 2019 3:16 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — When Barack Obama marched into the 2007 Iowa steak fry flanked by 1,000 supporters, skeptical Iowans were put on notice that he could win the caucus. A dozen years later, a new generation of Democratic White House hopefuls are looking to pull off a repeat performance to turbocharge...

US to send troops to Saudi Arabia, hold off on striking Iran

Sep. 20, 2019 8:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon on Friday announced it will deploy additional U.S. troops and missile defense equipment to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as President Donald Trump has at least for now put off any immediate military strike on Iran in response to the attack on the Saudi oil...

Trudeau's support holds after apology for wearing brownface

Sep. 21, 2019 12:21 AM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledged that he let down his supporters — and all Canadians of color — by appearing years ago in brownface and blackface. Yet the scandal's fallout may be limited in a country without the harsh and still-divisive racial history of the...

Bus with Chinese-speaking tourists crashes in Utah; 4 dead

Sep. 20, 2019 11:02 PM EDT

PANGUITCH, Utah (AP) — A tour bus crashed on a highway running through the red-rock landscape of southern Utah on Friday, killing four people from China and injuring dozens more. The bus from of Southern California rolled onto a guard rail, crushing its roof and ramming the rail's vertical posts into the...

Houston area sees relief, rescues after Imelda leaves 4 dead

Sep. 21, 2019 12:10 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Emergency workers used boats Friday to rescue about 60 residents of a Houston-area community still trapped in their homes by floodwaters following one of the wettest tropical cyclones in U.S. history. At least four deaths have been linked to the remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda, which...

'Welcome back' - a reporter's fraught re-entry to Zimbabwe

Sep. 21, 2019 12:16 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The immigration officer lifted his stamp to put the visa into my passport and I heaved a sigh of relief. But then my passport was taken by a smiling woman who asked, "Have you been to Zimbabwe before?" Through questioning she determined that I had worked as a journalist in the...

Q&A: Climate activist Greta Thunberg on global strikes

Sep. 20, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg said she's overwhelmed by the success of Friday's climate protests. But the 16-year-old who sparked the global movement said she was underwhelmed by the United States government's approach to climate change. Thunberg spoke with The Associated...

Antonio Brown cut by Patriots amid sexual misconduct claims

Sep. 20, 2019 10:52 PM EDT

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Antonio Brown was released by the New England Patriots on Friday after a second woman accused him of sexual misconduct — the third team in seven months to tire of the off-field behavior that has overshadowed his accomplishments as one of the NFL's most prolific receivers for...

AP Source: Altered doping data could restart Russian scandal

Sep. 21, 2019 1:45 AM EDT

The Russian anti-doping agency could face suspension again based on information indicating data from the Moscow drug-testing lab had been manipulated before being delivered to the World Anti-Doping Agency earlier this year, a person familiar with the case told The Associated Press. WADA reinstated Russia's...

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PHOTO GALLERY: A selection of pictures from the past week

Sep. 21, 2019 4:01 AM EDT

Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see. This week's gallery includes firefighters dousing the embers of a forest fire in Indonesia; protesters in...

Demonstrators march in Hong Kong in new weekend of protest

Sep. 21, 2019 3:59 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Demonstrators have marched through an outlying district of Hong Kong in another weekend of protest aimed at the Chinese territory's government. Several thousand people, many dressed in black, marched Saturday through Tuen Mun on the Chinese territory's west side. Some chanted "Reclaim Hong...

Rare protests in Egypt call for el-Sissi to step down

Sep. 21, 2019 3:14 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Dozens of people have protested in Egypt's capital, Cairo, to call for President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to step down. The short-lived, rare protest began Friday night near Tahir Square, the epicenter of the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. The protesters were...

President Donald Trump gets heat for urging Ukraine probe

Sep. 21, 2019 3:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump urged the new leader of Ukraine this summer to investigate the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, a person familiar with the matter said. Democrats condemned what they saw as a clear effort to damage a political rival, now at the heart of an explosive...

State's smallest daily paper finds success with happy news

Sep. 21, 2019 3:06 AM EDT

TYRONE, Pa. (AP) — On the second floor of City Hall, tall windows capped with green glass panes offer views of the Allegheny Mountains, and when council members rock back and forth in their old, wooden chairs, the quaint creaking makes it tough for reporters to take notes. Just about everything in Tyrone,...

Vampire novelist Anne Rice's doll collection heads to Pa.

Sep. 21, 2019 3:06 AM EDT

WINDBER, Pa. (AP) — The unique doll collection of best-selling author Anne Rice has found a new home in Windber. Until 2004, Rice's collection of one-of-a-kind dolls filled a three-story former orphanage in New Orleans. She had about 1,000 rare and unique dolls, some made of porcelain and some over 5 feet...

Renovations underway at historic one-room schoolhouse

Sep. 21, 2019 3:06 AM EDT

PINE GROVE, Pa. (AP) — "When I was your age, we walked to school uphill, both ways, in the snow!" It's something every child hears from their elders, but when she was a student at Stanhope Schoolhouse in Pine Grove, Patricia Weckle lived it. "You have to remind the kids nowadays what's out here, what it...

Lancaster County Amish teen finds fame on TikTok video app

Sep. 21, 2019 3:06 AM EDT

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Rebecca Fisher never expected her first video on TikTok, a mobile-only video-sharing app, to go viral. "I wasn't going to post anything (on the app), but then I saw (Pennsylvania) was trending," the 14-year-old Amish girl said. Her first video, which featured Fisher educating viewers...

Ill Pennsylvania man's gift to comfort family when he's gone

Sep. 21, 2019 3:06 AM EDT

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Jeff Hottle hoped to prepare his family for the day when he would leave them. He wanted to share with them his best advice, and he wanted them to always be able to hold a piece of him in their hands because he worried that he may only have months to live. Jeff had good reason to...

Make gets community for taking turtles, turtle eggs

Sep. 21, 2019 3:02 AM EDT

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to 100 hours of community service for illegally possessing turtles and turtle eggs. Court records show that Michael Clemons pleaded guilty Friday in Charlotte County to taking or possessing more than one turtle per day and transporting more than one...