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FILE- This Sept. 30, 2016, file photo shows the logo of the Tesla model S at the Paris Auto Show in Paris, France.  The U.S. government's auto safety agency is looking into allegations that all three of Tesla's electric vehicles can suddenly accelerate on their own. An unidentified person petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asking for an investigation into the problem. The agency says the allegations include about 500,000 Tesla Model 3, Model S and Model X vehicles from the 2013 through 2019 model years. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

US agency examining Tesla unintended acceleration complaint

Jan. 17, 2020 6:24 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government's auto safety agency is looking into allegations that all three of Tesla's electric vehicle models can suddenly accelerate on their own. Brian Sparks of Berkeley, California, petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asking for an investigation. An...

Uganda: 7 Eritrean soccer players disappear after tournament

Dec. 24, 2019 3:21 AM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A Ugandan official says seven Eritrean soccer players have disappeared at the end of a regional tournament. Rogers Mulindwa, a spokesman for a body that organised the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup, said Tuesday that a police search for the players continues. A police spokesman did not...

Sri Lankan opposition supporters gather to protest against the arrest of a former Cabinet minister whose political defection in 2014 triggered the fall of the government led by Mahinda Rajapksa, a brother of the current president Gotabaya Rajapksa, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, Dec. 23, 2019. Protesters urged authorities to release Patali Champika Ranawaka who was was arrested last week over a 2016 traffic accident in which a young motorcyclist was seriously injured. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Opposition lawmakers protest arrest of ex-Cabinet minister

Dec. 23, 2019 10:06 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — About 200 opposition lawmakers and supporters protested in Sri Lanka's capital on Monday to condemn the arrest of a former Cabinet minister whose political defection in 2014 triggered the fall of the government led by the brother of the current president. The protesters carried...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., walks to his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

GOP gives Trump unapologetic embrace over impeachment

Dec. 19, 2019 4:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called on his Republican-led Senate Thursday to keep the impeached President Donald Trump in office, as the chamber edged toward a fray that spotlights the GOP's most unapologetic embrace yet of Trump. “A political faction in the lower chamber has...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., announces the passage of the first article of impeachment, abuse of power, against President Donald Trump by the House of Representatives at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. (House Television via AP)

President Donald Trump impeached by US House, 3rd in history

Dec. 18, 2019 11:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday night, becoming only the third American chief executive to be formally charged under the Constitution’s ultimate remedy for high crimes and misdemeanors. The historic vote split along party lines,...

FILE- In this Nov. 18, 2014 file photo,Sri Lankan Technology and Research Minister Champika Ranawaka addresses a press conference, in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan police arrested the former Cabinet minister on Wednesday over a 2016 traffic accident in which a young person was seriously wounded, state media reported. The minister called his arrest political revenge.. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena, File)

Former Sri Lankan minister arrested over 2016 road accident

Dec. 18, 2019 1:21 PM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan police arrested a former cabinet minister on Wednesday over a 2016 traffic accident in which a young man riding a motorcycle was seriously injured, state media reported. The former minister has called the government's decision to reopen a criminal case that had been...

The U.S. Capitol in Washington is shrouded in mist, Friday night, Dec. 13, 2019.  This coming week’s virtually certain House impeachment of President Donald Trump will underscore how Democrats and Republicans have morphed into fiercely divided camps since lawmakers impeached President Bill Clinton.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House passes $1.4T government spending bill amid impeachment

Dec. 17, 2019 8:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House voted Tuesday to pass a $1.4 trillion government spending package, handing President Donald Trump a victory on his U.S.-Mexico border fence while giving Democrats spending increases across a swath of domestic programs. The hard-fought legislation also funds...

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., speaks from the podium after the House Judiciary Committee approved the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Impeachment charges head to House; Trump cries anew: 'Hoax'

Dec. 13, 2019 5:17 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats propelled President Donald Trump’s impeachment toward a historic vote by the full U.S. House as the Judiciary Committee on Friday approved charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. It's the latest major step in the constitutional and political storm that has...

FILE - In this Monday, July 17, 2017 file photo, Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes, R-Yucca Valley, center, discusses the cap-and-trade bill at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. The super-minority in the Legislature has lost another state lawmaker, as former Assembly Republican leader Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley has decided to run for re-election in 2020 with no party preference.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Former California GOP legislative leader changes to no party

Dec. 5, 2019 10:15 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A former Republican leader in California's state Assembly is dropping his party affiliation, saying Thursday that he's tired of the political bickering. Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley, east of Los Angeles, said he switched to no party preference on Monday and pulled papers Thursday to...

FILE - This June 25, 2017 file photo shows TK Holdings Inc. headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich. Bankrupt air bag maker Takata is recalling about 1.4 million driver's side inflators in the U.S. because they could explode and hurl shrapnel. They also may not inflate properly to protect people in a crash.  (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Deadly defect found in another version of Takata airbags

Dec. 4, 2019 6:04 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A new and distinct problem has been discovered in air bags made by the now bankrupt company Takata which has led to at least one death. The recently discovered malfunction is different than the defect that led to at least 24 deaths and hundreds of injuries worldwide, though the result, like...