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US mining sites dump 50M gallons of fouled wastewater daily

Feb. 20, 2019 11:28 AM EST

RIMINI, Mont. (AP) — Every day many millions of gallons of water loaded with arsenic, lead and other toxic metals flow from some of the most contaminated mining sites in the U.S. and into surrounding streams and ponds without being treated, The Associated Press has found. That torrent is poisoning aquatic...

Chicago prosecutor recuses herself from Jussie Smollett case

Feb. 20, 2019 11:03 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's top prosecutor recused herself from the investigation into the attack reported by "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett shortly after police requested another interview with the actor. The office of Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx offered few specifics Tuesday when announcing that...

Possible peace declaration looms large over Trump-Kim summit

Feb. 20, 2019 9:26 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — With their second summit fast approaching, speculation is growing that U.S. President Donald Trump may try to persuade North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to commit to denuclearization by giving him something he wants more than almost anything else: an announcement of peace and an end to the...

Putin sternly warns US against putting missiles in Europe

Feb. 20, 2019 8:30 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin sternly warned the United States against deploying new missiles in Europe, saying Wednesday that Russia will retaliate by fielding new weapons that will take just as little time to reach their targets. While the Russian leader didn't say what specific new...

Court: Constitutional ban on high fines applies to states

Feb. 20, 2019 11:06 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that the Constitution's ban on excessive fines applies to the states, an outcome that could help efforts to rein in police seizure of property from criminal suspects. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the court's opinion in favor of Tyson...

Ending the silence on sex abuse: Vatican holds summit

Feb. 20, 2019 4:18 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — If Pope Francis needed a concrete example to justify summoning church leaders from around the globe to Rome for a tutorial on clergy sex abuse, Sister Bernardine Pemii has it. The nun, who recently completed a course on child protection policies at Rome's Jesuit university, has been...

US steps up winter-warfare training as global threat shifts

Feb. 20, 2019 8:17 AM EST

MARINE MOUNTAIN WARFARE TRAINING CENTER, Calif. (AP) — Hunkered down behind a wall of snow, two U.S. Marines melt slush to make drinking water after spending the night digging out a defensive position high in the Sierra Nevada. Their laminated targeting map is wedged into the ice just below the machine...

Civilians, including many children, leave IS-held enclave

Feb. 20, 2019 11:36 AM EST

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — A convoy of trucks carrying hundreds of civilians, including men, women and children, left the last enclave held by Islamic State militants in eastern Syria on Wednesday, signaling a possible end to a standoff that has lasted for more than a week. The tiny enclave on the banks of the...

Kim or Trump? Hanoi barber offers leaders' hairdos for free

Feb. 20, 2019 8:47 AM EST

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — At a barbershop tucked away in a Hanoi alley, Le Phuc Hai patiently waits for the dye to turn his black hair the orange shade of President Donald Trump's locks. On a chair next to him, 9-year-old To Gia Huy emerges as the spitting image of a miniature Kim Jong Un. "Many people say...

Ego, publicity at stake when stars and TV critics meet

Feb. 20, 2019 10:42 AM EST

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Jerrod Carmichael, lamenting what he called the "terrible" state of TV comedy, asked his audience if they'd seen some of it. Staring back at the comedian was a hotel ballroom filled with journalists whose job it is to cover television. "I think they see all of it," helpfully offered...

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Montana delegation reintroduces bill to name ridge

Feb. 20, 2019 11:39 AM EST

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Montana's congressional delegation is making another attempt to name a ridge in the mountains east of the Paradise Valley for an Air Force crew that died in 1962 when their plane crashed into the mountain. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports U.S. Sens. Steve Daines and Jon Tester and...

Hartford police investigate a rash of shootings, 2 fatal

Feb. 20, 2019 11:38 AM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Hartford police are investigating a rash of shootings in a little over 24 hours that left two people dead and two others injured. The latest shooting occurred at about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. Lt. Paul Cicero says the victim was taken to St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, where he...

St. Louis merger group: Plan would save millions in taxes

Feb. 20, 2019 11:36 AM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The nonprofit behind an effort to merge the city of St. Louis with St. Louis County says the consolidation would save the region's taxpayers nearly $5 billion in the first 10 years, but some local leaders are questioning the numbers. Better Together released its fiscal analysis Wednesday....

Civilians, including many children, leave IS-held enclave

Feb. 20, 2019 11:36 AM EST

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — A convoy of trucks carrying hundreds of civilians, including men, women and children, left the last enclave held by Islamic State militants in eastern Syria on Wednesday, signaling a possible end to a standoff that has lasted for more than a week. The tiny enclave on the banks of the...

India suspends key bus service to Pakistani part of Kashmir

Feb. 20, 2019 11:35 AM EST

MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (AP) — India halted a key bus service with the Pakistani-controlled part of Kashmir, cutting the only land route linking the divided Himalayan region, Pakistani and Indian officials said Wednesday. According to a Pakistani official, Shahid Mehmood, Indian authorities suspended the...

Davenport police say teen boy died after accidental shooting

Feb. 20, 2019 11:35 AM EST
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a 15-year-old boy died after the "unintentional discharge of a weapon" at a house in Davenport. The shooting occurred around 1 a.m. Sunday. The boy's name and other details about the incident have not been released. Police said Tuesday that an autopsy was performed.

Zimbabwe launches new currency measure

Feb. 20, 2019 11:35 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe, without its own currency for a decade, took steps to address its worsening economic crisis by allowing its surrogate currency, bond notes, to float against other major currencies, abandoning an official but artificial parity with the dollar. Zimbabwe has not had a local...

Troopers investigate 2 deaths at Wasilla residence

Feb. 20, 2019 11:34 AM EST

WASILLA, Alaska (AP) — Alaska State Troopers say the bodies of two people were found Monday night at a home in Wasilla. Troopers say 47-year-old Sarah Klingener and 57-year-old Shawn McVey, both of Wasilla, were found dead at on the property. Next of kin for both have been notified. The manner of death and...

Florida officer goes on trial for killing black motorist

Feb. 20, 2019 11:33 AM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — For the first time in 26 years, a Florida police officer is standing trial for an on-duty killing — and one of his defenses will be the state's controversial "stand your ground" law. Fired Palm Beach Gardens officer Nouman Raja's trial begins with jury selection...

Alabama Power blames federal rules for closing coal plant

Feb. 20, 2019 11:32 AM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A power company is blaming federal environmental regulations for the decision to close a coal-powered plant in central Alabama. Alabama Power said in a news release Wednesday that it will close the Gorgas plant northwest of Birmingham, mostly because of federal rules on the handling...