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Man shouting 'You die' kills 33 at Japan anime studio

Jul. 18, 2019 11:13 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A man screaming "You die!" burst into an animation studio in Kyoto, doused it with a flammable liquid and set it on fire Thursday, killing 33 people in an attack that shocked the country and brought an outpouring of grief from anime fans. Thirty-six others were injured, some of them...

Trump blasts 4 congresswomen; crowd roars, 'Send her back!'

Jul. 18, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Going after four Democratic congresswomen one by one, a combative President Donald Trump turned his campaign rally into an extended dissection of the liberal views of the women of color, deriding them for what he painted as extreme positions and suggesting they just get out....

Iran state TV: Iranian forces seize foreign oil tanker, crew

Jul. 18, 2019 8:35 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard forces seized a foreign oil tanker accused of smuggling oil, Iran's state TV reported Thursday. The vessel appears to be a United Arab Emirates-based tanker that had disappeared off trackers in Iranian territorial waters over the weekend. The...

Bitcoin craze hits Iran as US sanctions squeeze weak economy

Jul. 18, 2019 8:15 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranians feeling the squeeze from U.S. sanctions targeting the Islamic Republic's ailing economy are increasingly turning to such digital currencies as Bitcoin to make money, prompting alarm in and out of the country. In Iran, some government officials worry that the energy-hungry...

Jeffrey Epstein denied bail in sex trafficking case

Jul. 18, 2019 11:45 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge denied bail Thursday for jailed financier Jeffrey Epstein on sex trafficking charges after prosecutors argued the jet-setting defendant is a danger to the public and might flee the country. The federal judge's ruling means Epstein will remain behind bars while he fights charges that...

Facing Trump's tariffs, some companies move, change or wait

Jul. 18, 2019 10:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some are moving factories out of China. Others are strategically redesigning products. Some are seeking loopholes in trade law or even mislabeling where their goods originate — all with the goal of evading President Donald Trump's sweeping tariffs on goods from China. But most of...

Asylum seekers waiting in Nuevo Laredo fear lurking dangers

Jul. 18, 2019 12:07 AM EDT

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AP) — The round-faced woman from La Ceiba, Honduras, and her 5- and 12-year-old sons arrived in this city across the border from Laredo, Texas, where she had been promised a job and hoped to build a new life. Instead they were met by unidentified men, taken to a hotel, held in a room...

Elizabeth Warren pitches new constraints on private equity

Jul. 18, 2019 10:47 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House hopeful Elizabeth Warren is proposing new regulations on the private equity industry, pitching constraints designed to end what she decries as "legalized looting" by investment firms that take over troubled companies. Warren's plan, the latest in a series of policy ideas that...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump goes after Omar at rally

Jul. 17, 2019 9:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday misrepresented words from Rep. Ilhan Omar to make her sound like an al-Qaida sympathizer and exaggerated the performance of the economy under his watch. A look at claims from his rally in North Carolina: OMAR TRUMP quotes Omar as saying: "You don't say...

The Latest: McIlroy shoots 79 after wild opening round

Jul. 18, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — The Latest on first round of The British Open (all times local): 3:30 p.m. A quadruple-bogey 8 at the first hole might not have been the most embarrassing part of Rory McIlroy's wild opening round at the British Open. Three-putting from 4 feet for a double at the par-3...

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Jury deliberates for 2nd day on penalty in scholar's slaying

Jul. 18, 2019 11:48 AM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) —  Jurors are set to resume deliberations on whether an ex-University of Illinois doctoral student deserves the death penalty for slaying a 26-year-old scholar from China. Thursday will be their second day of deliberations on whether Brendt Christensen should die or spend the rest...

UN food chief says full food aid could be restored in Yemen

Jul. 18, 2019 11:48 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. food agency has reached an "agreement in principle" to restore full food aid to rebel-controlled parts of war-torn Yemen after suspending the aid last month, the agency's director said Thursday. World Food Program Executive Director David Beasley told the Security Council he...

Police: Connecticut man killed when tree limb falls on car

Jul. 18, 2019 11:48 AM EDT

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Police say a Connecticut man has been killed by a tree limb that fell on his car after a lightning strike. Fairfield police Capt. Robert Kalamaras says 21-year-old Jarrod Marotto was driving at about 5:15 p.m. Wednesday when the limb fell on his vehicle. Emergency responders found...

Authorities recapture Alabama inmate mistakenly released

Jul. 18, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — An inmate in Alabama who was mistakenly set free has been taken back into custody ahead of a murder trial. News outlets report 34-year-old Andrea Duhreal Flagg was captured Wednesday morning in the Dothan area. He had been out since his July 11 release from Donaldson Correctional...

Girl dies, 2nd child critical after fall into Indiana pond

Jul. 18, 2019 11:45 AM EDT

JAMESTOWN, Ind. (AP) — Police say a 5-year-old girl died and a 3-year-old girl is in critical condition after they fell into a central Indiana pond. The Boone County Sheriff's office says Arianna Aliff of New Ross died Wednesday after being pulled from the pond near Jamestown, about 20 miles (32...

Jeffrey Epstein denied bail in sex trafficking case

Jul. 18, 2019 11:45 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge denied bail Thursday for jailed financier Jeffrey Epstein on sex trafficking charges after prosecutors argued the jet-setting defendant is a danger to the public and might flee the country. The federal judge's ruling means Epstein will remain behind bars while he fights charges that...

Woman charged in missing mom case makes court appearance

Jul. 18, 2019 11:43 AM EDT

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — A woman charged in connection with the disappearance of a Connecticut mother of five has made a brief appearance in court where her out-of-state travel was discussed. Michelle Troconis has pleaded not guilty to evidence tampering and hindering prosecution in connection with the May...

New Jersey jobless rate hits record low of 3.5 percent

Jul. 18, 2019 11:42 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's unemployment rate for June has fallen to a record low of 3.5 percent. The state Labor and Workforce Development Department made the announcement Thursday. The agency says it's the lowest monthly rate since record-keeping began in 1976. The June figure is down from the 3.8...

Court records show Trump was on calls with aides rushing to squash stories about alleged affairs before election

Jul. 18, 2019 11:41 AM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — Court records show Trump was on calls with aides rushing to squash stories about alleged affairs before election.

Rural Ohio county shows the impact of opioid influx

Jul. 18, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

JACKSON, Ohio (AP) — The numbers are staggering: An average yearly total of 107 opioid pills per resident were distributed over a seven-year period in this rural county deep in Appalachia. The newly released federal data is shocking even to people who live here in Jackson County, where nearly everyone...