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Utah governor talks Trump, gun control ahead of Pence visit

Aug. 21, 2019 5:38 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is calling for increased discussions about mental health and violent video games in response to recent mass shootings. Herbert added that President Donald Trump's messaging sometimes distracts from the administration's strong policy. During his monthly news...

Bolsonaro suggests NGOs setting Amazon fires, gives no proof

Aug. 21, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's official monitoring agency is reporting a sharp increase in wildfires this year, and President Jair Bolsonaro suggested Wednesday, without citing evidence, that non-governmental organizations could be setting them to make him look bad. Brazil's National Institute for Space...

Missouri governor calls special session on car sales taxes

Aug. 21, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Mike Parson on Wednesday directed lawmakers to undo a recent Missouri Supreme Court ruling on vehicle sales taxes during a special legislative session next month, a move one Democrat called "unnecessary." The Republican governor scheduled the special session to begin Sept....

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's false claims on fuel economy rules

Aug. 21, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — President Donald Trump is misrepresenting the facts about his proposal to freeze Obama-era fuel economy requirements at 2021 levels. In a tweet Wednesday, Trump blasted auto executives as "foolish" and accused the companies of being "politically correct" for resisting the plan, which two of...

Appeals court: Italian film composer can reclaim copyrights

Aug. 21, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — An appeals court says a famous Italian film composer can reclaim copyrights to six scores composed three decades ago. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled Wednesday that Ennio Morricone can take back copyrights from Italian publisher Bixio Music Group Limited. The scores...

Lawsuit: US citizen held for skin color, Latino name

Aug. 21, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal lawsuit says a Louisiana sheriff's office kept a U.S. citizen illegally detained for more than three days, wrongly suspecting the Honduran-born man was in the country illegally. Lawyers for the New Orleans-based American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana filed the suit...

Judge tells jail to improve conditions for Epstein cellmate

Aug. 21, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A judge ordered a federal jail on Wednesday to improve housing conditions for one of Jeffrey Epstein's former cellmates. Nicholas Tartaglione, a former police officer awaiting trial in a quadruple murder case, was sharing a cell with Epstein at the Metropolitan Correctional Center...

In Venezuela, Guaidó questions Maduro claims about US talks

Aug. 21, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó on Wednesday cast doubt on President Nicolás Maduro's claim that he is overseeing secret talks with the United States, saying it only reflects disarray within the Venezuelan government. Guaidó spoke a day after Maduro and...

Israel appoints ambassador to Paraguay after embassy dispute

Aug. 21, 2019 5:18 PM EDT

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Yoed Magen has been accredited as the new Israeli ambassador to Paraguay amid tensions between the two nations, the Paraguayan state news agency said Wednesday. The announcement comes after Paraguay announced last September that it was moving its embassy in Israel out of Jerusalem...

Child sex assault suspect kills self at sheriff's office

Aug. 21, 2019 5:18 PM EDT

CLEBURNE, Texas (AP) — Investigators say a man sought on charges that he sexually assaulted two children younger than age 6 shot and killed himself outside the North Texas offices of the sheriff who was seeking him. A statement from the Johnson County Sheriff's Office says 35-year-old Michael Patrick...