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5 dead, many more missing in eruption of New Zealand volcano

Dec. 9, 2019 4:27 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A volcanic island in New Zealand erupted Monday in a tower of ash and steam while dozens of tourists were exploring the moon-like surface, killing five people and leaving many more missing. Police said the site was still too dangerous hours later for rescuers to search for...

Saudi gunman tweeted against US before naval base shooting

Dec. 8, 2019 11:22 PM EST

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — The Saudi gunman who killed three people at the Pensacola naval base had apparently gone on Twitter shortly before the shooting to blast U.S. support of Israel and accuse America of being anti-Muslim, a U.S. official said Sunday as the FBI confirmed it is operating on the assumption...

Judiciary hearing sets stage for impeachment charges

Dec. 9, 2019 12:23 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pushing ahead with articles of impeachment, the House Judiciary Committee convenes Monday to formally receive the investigative findings against President Donald Trump as the White House and its allies launch an aggressive attack on Democrats and the proceedings. Chairman Jerrold Nadler...

Watchdog expected to find Russia probe valid, despite flaws

Dec. 8, 2019 3:45 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department's internal watchdog will release a highly anticipated report Monday that is expected to reject President Donald Trump’s claims that the Russia investigation was illegitimate and tainted by political bias from FBI leaders. But it is also expected to document...

America’s influence, once so dominant, waning under Trump

Dec. 8, 2019 1:17 PM EST

It’s whispered in NATO meeting rooms and celebrated in China’s halls of power. It’s lamented in the capital cities of key U.S. allies and welcomed in the Kremlin. Three years into Donald Trump’s presidency, America’s global influence is waning. In interviews with The Associated...

North Korea calls Trump 'erratic' old man over tweets

Dec. 9, 2019 5:21 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea insulted U.S. President Donald Trump again on Monday, calling him a “heedless and erratic old man” after he tweeted that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wouldn’t want to abandon a special relationship between the two leaders and affect the American...

Britain faces most history-shaping election since WWII

Dec. 9, 2019 3:52 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain is facing the most testing and significant period in its modern history since World War II. The polarized electorate now has a critical choice to make -- but it seems unlikely the result, whatever it may be, will heal deep and toxic divisions that could last a generation or more. ...

Accidental shootings by police expose training shortfalls

Dec. 9, 2019 2:15 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — When an Iowa mother tried to take her child from her husband during an argument on a snowy sidewalk in 2015, an officer stepped in to stop the scuffle, but he accidentally fired his weapon as a dog approached. The bullet went through the woman’s arm and into her chest, killing her as...

Palestinians in Bethlehem look beyond religious tourism

Dec. 9, 2019 12:57 AM EST

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — For decades, the people of Bethlehem have watched tour buses drive up to the Church of the Nativity, disgorge their passengers for a few hours at the traditional birthplace of Jesus, and then return to Israel. But in recent years a new form of tourism has taken root, focused on...

Zellweger, Pitt and ... "Cats"? Here come the Golden Globes

Dec. 9, 2019 12:08 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Renee Zellweger, Brad Pitt and Eddie Murphy are locks. But whether “Cats" has it in the bag, too, we won't know until the 77th annual Golden Globes are announced Monday morning. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association will unveil their nominations in Los Angeles beginning at 8:04...

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British leaders tour country in final push before election

Dec. 9, 2019 5:26 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and opposition leaders are pushing for the finish line in Britain’s election campaign, dashing through multiple constituencies in the final 72 hours before polling day. Johnson was touring Labour-held seats across England on Monday that his...

North Korea calls Trump 'erratic' old man over tweets

Dec. 9, 2019 5:21 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea insulted U.S. President Donald Trump again on Monday, calling him a “heedless and erratic old man” after he tweeted that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wouldn’t want to abandon a special relationship between the two leaders and affect the American...

Peace in sight? Paris summit seeks solution for Ukraine war

Dec. 9, 2019 5:18 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — A long-awaited summit in Paris on Monday is aiming to find a way to end the war in Ukraine, after five years and 14,000 lives lost in a conflict that has emboldened the Kremlin and reshaped European geopolitics. The leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France are holding a series of...

Search on for missing kayak with Polish man, Thai companion

Dec. 9, 2019 5:18 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Rescue teams in southern Thailand were searching Monday for a Polish man and a Thai woman who went missing when the kayak they were paddling carried them away from shore into the open sea. Marine Police Lt. Col Suriya Khunto said 26-year-old Mateusz Juszkiewicz and 23-year-old Werakan...

US Catholic priests beset by overwork, isolation, scandals

Dec. 9, 2019 5:15 AM EST

CHICOPEE, Mass. (AP) — More than a century ago, waves of Catholic immigrants from Ireland, Poland and Quebec settled in Chicopee and other western Massachusetts mill towns, helping build churches, rectories and schools to accommodate their faith. Today the priests leading those churches are under siege due...

US Catholic priests beset by overwork, isolation, scandals

Dec. 9, 2019 5:10 AM EST

CHICOPEE, Mass. (AP) — More than a century ago, waves of Catholic immigrants from Ireland, Poland and Quebec settled in Chicopee and other western Massachusetts mill towns, helping build churches, rectories and schools to accommodate their faith. Today the priests leading those churches are under siege due...

Russia awaits sanctions from World Anti-Doping Agency

Dec. 9, 2019 5:08 AM EST

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The World Anti-Doping Agency began a meeting Monday to judge the latest allegations of Russian corruption in international sports. There is evidence to show that Russian authorities tampered with a Moscow laboratory database to hide hundreds of potential doping cases and...

Torrential rains in Uganda, 26 killed, says Red Cross

Dec. 9, 2019 5:07 AM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — At least 26 people have been killed in floods unleashed by heavy rains in different parts of Uganda, the Red Cross said on Monday as authorities urged people in affected areas to relocate. Seventeen flooding deaths have been confirmed in the western district of Bundibugyo. Another...

Tally of arrests in Hong Kong protests surges past 6,000

Dec. 9, 2019 5:04 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police say they have made 6,022 arrests and fired nearly 16,000 tear gas rounds during six months of anti-government protests that have shaken the city. Police say the arrests included 11 people detained in raids over the weekend that netted a pistol and other weapons. Police...

Utah woman sues Mississippi fair over super slide injury

Dec. 9, 2019 4:52 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Utah woman sued Mississippi's Fair Commission for negligence and emotional anguish, saying she went airborne on a 40-foot (12-meter) super slide and injured her back. Lindsay Casperson of Kaysville, Utah, filed the lawsuit against the State Fair Commission and North American...