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As probe closes in, Trump distances himself from Cohen

Dec. 13, 2018 5:20 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Abandoned by two of his most powerful protectors, President Donald Trump insisted Thursday that he did not violate campaign finance laws and that the liability for hush-money payments to two women alleging affairs with him rests with his former fixer, Michael Cohen. Both Cohen and...

Detention of Canadians raises stakes in China-US-Canada row

Dec. 13, 2018 10:54 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China confirmed Thursday that it has detained two Canadian men, raising the stakes in a three-way dispute over a Chinese technology executive facing possible extradition from Canada to the United States. Entrepreneur Michael Spavor and former diplomat Michael Kovrig were taken into custody...

10 Things to Know for Today

Dec. 13, 2018 6:53 AM EST

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. IN TRUMP'S ORBIT, SHIFTING EXPLANATIONS The president's knowledge of any payments to women who claim to have been mistresses shift as his legal exposure grows. 2. SENATE TO VOTE ON AID TO YEMEN Lawmakers may...

AP Exclusive: Iran hackers hunt nuke workers, US officials

Dec. 13, 2018 1:19 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — As U.S. President Donald Trump re-imposed harsh economic sanctions on Iran last month, hackers scrambled to break into personal emails of American officials tasked with enforcing them, The Associated Press has found — another sign of how deeply cyberespionage is embedded into the...

Yemen's warring sides agree on truce in key port city

Dec. 13, 2018 2:34 PM EST

RIMBO, Sweden (AP) — Yemen's warring sides agreed Thursday to an immediate cease-fire in the strategic port city of Hodeida, where fighting has disrupted vital aid deliveries and left the country on the brink of starvation in the 4-year-old civil war . The agreement includes a withdrawal of combatants to...

Senate rebukes Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi, Yemen war

Dec. 13, 2018 4:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators voted Thursday to recommend that the U.S. end its assistance to Saudi Arabia for the war in Yemen and put the blame for the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi squarely on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in a direct challenge to both the longtime Middle East ally and...

Lost girls of Indonesia among 61k dead and missing migrants

Dec. 13, 2018 5:00 PM EST

FATUKOKO, Indonesia (AP) — The stranger showed up at the girl's door one night with a tantalizing job offer: Give up your world, and I will give you a future. It was a chance for 16-year-old Marselina Neonbota to leave her isolated village in one of the poorest parts of Indonesia for neighboring Malaysia,...

EU leaders wary of May's plea for help selling Brexit deal

Dec. 13, 2018 7:20 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May implored European Union leaders Thursday to help her sell the Brexit divorce deal at home, only to be told that her proposals are not clear enough for the bloc to offer a helping hand now. Instead, the EU said it would plow ahead with plans for a...

Apple to build new Austin hub, expand in other tech hotbeds

Dec. 13, 2018 3:58 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Apple plans to build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, that will create at least 5,000 jobs ranging from engineers to call-center agents while adding more luster to a Southwestern city that has already become a bustling tech hub. The decision, announced Thursday, comes 11 months...

Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, Nicks join Rock Hall of Fame

Dec. 13, 2018 10:17 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Janet Jackson joins her brother Michael and the Jackson 5 as members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, earning induction on Thursday along with Stevie Nicks and the top fan vote-getter, Def Leppard. Radiohead, the Cure, Roxy Music and the Zombies will also be ushered in next spring at the...

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2 women in custody in death of 4-month-old boy at NYC hotel

Dec. 15, 2018 4:22 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A 4-month-old boy died Saturday after he was found unconscious and unresponsive in the lobby of a New York City hotel. Police apprehended two women who were with him, and they're expected to face charges. Police identified the boy as Dominic Greene, of Wilmington, Delaware. He was taken by...

Aberdeen animal shelter hopes to raise $1M for new facility

Dec. 15, 2018 4:22 PM EST

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — The Aberdeen Area Humane Society hopes to raise at least $1 million for a new shelter and outdoor facility. The American News reports the current shelter was built in the 1980s. Manager Elaine Schaible says the standards of care for animals have changed. Annie Stenvig, president of...

Church founded by German-speaking refugees has last service

Dec. 15, 2018 4:18 PM EST

MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) — The St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church will have its last service Sunday at what once was the church home for hundreds of German-speaking refugees. Bishop Abraham Allende, who oversees 180 congregations in the Northeastern Ohio synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, will be...

Board of Education recommends more funding for teachers

Dec. 15, 2018 4:17 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The state's Board of Education is recommending more funding for teachers, counselors and nurses as well as increased funding for career technical education and "adequate" funding for facilities. The State Journal reports the recommendations are a product of a select committee on...

Cities receive $9.9M for river restoration efforts

Dec. 15, 2018 4:16 PM EST

LORAIN, Ohio (AP) — Three northern Ohio cities have received nearly $10 million for a river restoration project. The state Department of Natural Resources requested the state Controlling Board issue $9.9 million for the cities of Lorain and Conneaut (KAW'-nee-awt) along with the Toledo-Lucas County Port...

Guam governor-elect wants cockfighting to remain legal

Dec. 15, 2018 4:13 PM EST

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Cockfighting is an important Guam tradition that must remain legal, the U.S. territory's governor-elect said in vowing to work to repeal a likely ban imposed by the U.S. government. While cockfighting is illegal in all 50 states, territories have been allowed to set their own rules on...

New Orleans on pace to have fewest murders since 1971

Dec. 15, 2018 4:08 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — With just over two weeks left in 2018, New Orleans is on pace to see a significant drop in the number of murders for the year, and could mark the lowest number of killings the city has seen in nearly half a century. As of Saturday, New Orleans police had investigated 137 murders this...

The Latest: UN climate talks agree on reporting emissions

Dec. 15, 2018 4:05 PM EST

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. climate talks in Poland (all times local): 10 p.m. Officials from around the world have agreed upon a set of rules to govern the 2015 Paris climate accord after two weeks of U.N. climate talks in Poland. Michal Kurtyka, a Polish official chairing the talks in...

West Virginia University board gives nod to vaping ban

Dec. 15, 2018 4:02 PM EST

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University's Board of Governors has given initial approval to a ban on using electronic cigarettes on campus. The Dominion Post reports the change to the university's tobacco and smoke free campus rule was unanimously approved on first reading Friday. There will be a...

Police: Driver shot and killed after hitting patrol cars

Dec. 15, 2018 4:00 PM EST

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Authorities in central Washington say a police officer shot and killed a 66-year-old motorist who struck two patrol cars during an attempted traffic stop. Officials say Yakima police and Yakima County sheriff's deputies responded at about 9:45 p.m. Friday to a report of a reckless...