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China announces new drills as US delegation visits Taiwan

Aug. 15, 2022 07:12 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China announced more military drills around Taiwan as the self-governing island’s president met with members of a new U.S. congressional delegation on Monday, threatening to renew tensions between Beijing and Washington just days after a similar visit by U.S. House Speaker...

Iran denies involvement but justifies Salman Rushdie attack

Aug. 15, 2022 08:43 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian official Monday denied Tehran was involved in the stabbing of author Salman Rushdie, though he sought to justify the attack in the Islamic Republic's first public comments on the bloodshed. The remarks by Nasser Kanaani, the spokesman...

WNBA's Brittney Griner appeals her Russian prison sentence

Aug. 15, 2022 08:45 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Lawyers for American basketball star Brittney Griner filed an appeal Monday of her nine-year Russian prison sentence for drug possession, Russian news agencies reported, in a case denounced by the United States that could lead to a high-profile prisoner swap. Griner,...

What to watch: Cheney in trouble while Palin eyes comeback

Aug. 15, 2022 00:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Elections in Wyoming and Alaska on Tuesday could relaunch the political career of a former Republican star and effectively end the career of another — at least for now. Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney is the vice chair of a U.S. House committee seeking to expose the...

Afghanistan marks 1 year since Taliban seizure as woes mount

Aug. 15, 2022 08:21 AM EDT

KABUL (AP) — The Taliban on Monday marked a year since they seized the Afghan capital of Kabul, a rapid takeover that triggered a hasty escape of the nation's Western-backed leaders, sent the economy into a tailspin and fundamentally transformed the country. Bearded Taliban...

New Zealand river's personhood status offers hope to Māori

Aug. 15, 2022 00:05 AM EDT

WHANGANUI, New Zealand (AP) — The Whanganui River is surging into the ocean, fattened from days of winter rain and yellowed from the earth and clay that has collapsed into its sides. Logs and debris hurtle past as dusk looms. Sixty-one-year-old Tahi Nepia is calmly paddling his...

PM Modi pledges to make India developed country in 25 years

Aug. 15, 2022 08:13 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged to raise millions out of poverty and turn India into a developed country in the next quarter-century as he marked 75 years since independence from British rule. Wearing a flowing, cream-colored turban printed with small stripes...

Six Flags amusement park shooting near Chicago leaves 3 hurt

Aug. 15, 2022 08:37 AM EDT

GURNEE, Ill. (AP) — Three people were injured in a shooting in a parking lot of an amusement park north of Chicago that sent visitors scrambling for safety, authorities said. Officers responded about 7:50 p.m. Sunday after 911 calls reporting shots fired at Six Flags Great America,...

New climate deal spurs hopes of more carbon storage projects

Aug. 15, 2022 06:57 AM EDT

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — The rolling prairie lands of northeastern Wyoming have been a paradise of lush, knee-deep grass for sheep, cattle and pronghorn antelope this summer. But it’s a different green — greener energy — that geologist Fred McLaughlin seeks as he drills nearly...

Anne Heche, star with troubled life, dies of crash injuries

Aug. 14, 2022 23:22 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anne Heche, the Emmy-winning film and television actor whose dramatic Hollywood rise in the 1990s and accomplished career contrasted with personal chapters of turmoil, died of injuries from a fiery car crash. She was 53. Heche was “peacefully taken off life...

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Seattle ambulance contractor pays $1.4 M in fines

Aug. 15, 2022 09:14 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The private ambulance contractor for the Seattle Fire Department paid nearly $1.4 million last year for violating the terms of its contract with Seattle and arriving late to calls. American Medical Response contracts with Seattle to provide basic life support...

Pay pushes Venezuelan teachers to protest, consider quitting

Aug. 15, 2022 09:14 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Public school teachers across Venezuela had planned to use their annual vacation bonus to buy uniforms for their children, waterproof leaky roofs, get new prescription glasses or fix the pair barely held together by adhesive tape. Some expected to get...

Starbucks asks labor board to halt union votes temporarily

Aug. 15, 2022 09:11 AM EDT

Starbucks is asking the National Labor Relations Board to temporarily suspend all union elections at its U.S. stores in response to allegations of improper coordination between regional NLRB officials and the union. In a letter sent Monday to the NLRB, Starbucks said an unnamed...

British regulator 1st to OK Moderna's updated COVID booster

Aug. 15, 2022 09:07 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British drug regulators have become the first in the world to authorize an updated version of Moderna's coronavirus vaccine that aims to protect against the original virus and the omicron variant. In a statement on Monday, the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory...

Russian shells slam into eastern Ukraine, killing 3 people

Aug. 15, 2022 09:04 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — At least three Ukrainian civilians have been killed and nearly 20 others wounded in the latest artillery barrages from the Russian military, Ukrainian officials said Monday. The eastern region of Donetsk, one of the two provinces making up the country’s...

Judge: Sen. Graham must testify in Georgia election probe

Aug. 15, 2022 09:03 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge on Monday said U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham must testify before a special grand jury in Atlanta that is investigating whether former President Donald Trump and his allies broke any laws while trying to overturn his narrow 2020 general election loss in the state. ...

Myanmar executions revive pressure for more sanctions

Aug. 15, 2022 09:02 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Recent executions of four democracy activists in Myanmar have reenergized efforts to get the United States and other countries to impose further sanctions against military leaders who ousted an elected government early last year. Human rights advocates and comments...

Cause for massive fish kill in German-Polish river unclear

Aug. 15, 2022 09:00 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German officials expressed mounting anger Monday at the slow flow of information from Poland about a polluted border river as experts raced to discover what killed tens of thousands of fish. German Environment Minister Steffi Lemke demanded a transparent and full...

US futures fall to open a week heavy with retail news

Aug. 15, 2022 08:59 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. futures are falling ahead of a week of quarterly financial reports from retailers as well as government data that may shed light on how American shoppers and businesses are weathering stubborn, four-decade-high inflation. Futures for the Dow Jones industrials...

Norway bridge collapses, drivers of 2 vehicles rescued

Aug. 15, 2022 08:47 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A wooden bridge over a river in southern Norway collapsed early Monday, with a car plunging into the water and a truck getting stuck on a raised section. The drivers of both vehicles were rescued and doing well, police said. Police were alerted shortly...