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Trump rehashes gripes, rips 'radical' Dems in 2020 launch

Jun. 19, 2019 1:14 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Jabbing at the press and poking the eye of the political establishment he ran against in 2016, President Donald Trump officially kicked off his reelection campaign Tuesday with a grievance-filled Florida rally that focused more on settling scores than laying out his agenda for a second...

AP FACT CHECK: In 2020 debut, Trump exaggerates growth

Jun. 18, 2019 10:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump officially opened his 2020 campaign Tuesday with a speech exaggerating what he's done for the economy and against illegal immigration. Some claims from his rally in Orlando, Florida: ECONOMY TRUMP: "It's soaring to incredible new heights. Perhaps the greatest...

Trump protesters rally at gay bar blocks from arena speech

Jun. 18, 2019 11:02 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Opponents of President Donald Trump's reelection announcement Tuesday in Florida rebuked his administration's policies at a rally outside a gay bar with performances by a mariachi band and a drag queen, speeches by a transgender woman and women who had abortions and the appearance of a...

As Hong Kong protests quiet down, what's next?

Jun. 18, 2019 11:49 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — All but a handful of protesters in Hong Kong have gone home, but the crisis that brought hundreds of thousands into the streets to oppose an extradition bill is far from over. The way forward for both Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam and her opponents is uncertain because of the limits...

Xi supports North Korea's direction on issues ahead of visit

Jun. 19, 2019 2:52 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping praised North Korea for moving in the "right direction" by politically resolving issues on the Korean Peninsula in an essay published in both countries' official media Wednesday on the eve of Xi's visit to Pyongyang to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong...

UN: Nearly 71 million now displaced by war, violence at home

Jun. 19, 2019 1:16 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A record 71 million people have been displaced worldwide from war, persecution and other violence, the U.N. refugee agency said Wednesday, an increase of more than 2 million from last year and an overall total that would amount to the world's 20th most populous country. The annual "Global...

Phoenix police chief promises change amid civil rights claim

Jun. 19, 2019 1:19 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Police Chief Jeri Williams promised change in her department after being booed by some of hundreds of people gathered Tuesday night to discuss a videotaped police encounter that has caused a national outcry. The meeting at a downtown church was called by the city in the wake of the release...

Trump EPA close to gutting Obama rule on coal power plants

Jun. 19, 2019 3:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is close to completing one of its biggest rollbacks of environmental rules, replacing a landmark Obama-era effort that sought to wean the nation's electrical grid off coal-fired power plants and their climate-damaging pollution. The final Trump administration...

Democratic panel to open debate on reparations for slavery

Jun. 19, 2019 12:23 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After more than a decade's absence, the case for reparations is returning to Capitol Hill, this time amid a growing discussion in the Democratic Party about what the country might owe to the descendants of slaves in the United States. Actor and activist Danny Glover and writer Ta-Nehisi...

New England newspaper owner fights to save local journalism

Jun. 19, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — These days, the news about local news seems relentlessly bad: Newsroom employment, down by nearly half over the past 15 years. Waves of layoffs continuing to hit both traditional newspaper chains and digital news startups. Cities and towns so denuded of coverage that they're...

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Hong Kong lawmakers raise complaints over police brutality

Jun. 19, 2019 3:43 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong lawmakers grilled the city's security secretary Wednesday over allegations of police brutality during protests over an extradition bill that eventually was suspended. The agenda for the meeting showed that pro-democracy members were planning to file a motion of no-confidence for...

Air New Zealand boss Luxon resigns, could pursue politics

Jun. 19, 2019 3:36 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Air New Zealand Chief Executive Christopher Luxon said Wednesday he's resigning after seven years in the top job at the national carrier. Many have speculated that Luxon has political ambitions, and that he would be a natural fit with the conservative National Party that was...

Delivery man who rescued girls from alleged abuse honored

Jun. 19, 2019 3:33 AM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky police have honored a pizza delivery driver they say rescued two girls who were being abused by their father. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Mark Buede was honored Tuesday by the Lexington Police Department. Police say Buede was delivering a pizza to an area motel last...

Investigation team to announce progress in MH17 probe

Jun. 19, 2019 3:25 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — An international team of investigators building a criminal case against those responsible in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is set to announce progress in the probe Wednesday, nearly five years after the plane was blown out of the sky above conflict-torn eastern...

New Mexico requires co-prescription of opioid reversal drug

Jun. 19, 2019 3:24 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is requiring that many opioid prescriptions for pain relief come with a second prescription that can reverse possible overdoses. A law that went into effect this month requires co-prescriptions of opioid overdose-reversal medication such as naloxone to accompany any opioid...

The Latest: Trump protesters rally at Orlando gay bar

Jun. 19, 2019 3:14 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on planned protests of President Trump's reelection announcement in Florida (all times local): 12:45 p.m. The hometown paper of the Florida city where Donald Trump is making his reelection announcement says it won't endorse the president. The Orlando Sentinel said in an...

Fever's McCall performs with Carrie Underwood

Jun. 19, 2019 3:08 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Erica McCall is still in a state of shock. She can't believe that she got to perform on stage with Carrie Underwood at a concert. The Indiana Fever center sang the guest verse of "The Champion" at the country music star's show Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. "It's up there, definitely an...

Iraqi official: Rocket hits oil site, wounds 3 Iraqi workers

Jun. 19, 2019 3:05 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say a rocket hit an oil-drilling site in southern Basra province, striking a camp housing energy giant Exxon Mobil and wounding three local workers, one seriously. Security official Mahdi Raykan says a Katyusha rocket landed early Wednesday in the Zubair and Rumeila oil...

Wedding to follow World Cup for US teammates Krieger, Harris

Jun. 19, 2019 3:03 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Many World Cup teammates have special bonds. The tie that binds U.S. defender Ali Krieger and American goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris is among the strongest at the tournament. They got engaged last year and are planning a December wedding. "A lot of our teammates with their partners and spouses,...

Asian shares up on trade optimism as Trump hints of Xi talks

Jun. 19, 2019 3:02 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher Wednesday on optimism about trade after President Donald Trump said he will talk with the Chinese leader later this month in Japan. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 added 1.7% to finish at 21,333.87. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 rose 1.2% to 6,648.10. South Korea's...