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Sri Lanka military gets special powers after deadly bombings

Apr. 22, 2019 7:07 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president gave the military sweeping police powers starting Tuesday in the wake of the Easter bombings that killed nearly 300 people, while officials disclosed that intelligence agencies had warned weeks ago of the possibility of an attack by the radical Muslim group...

Medicare, Social Security face shaky fiscal futures

Apr. 22, 2019 7:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The financial condition of the government's bedrock retirement programs for middle- and working-class Americans remains shaky, with Medicare pointed toward insolvency by 2026, according to a report Monday by the government's overseers of Medicare and Social Security. It paints a sobering...

Trump, business organization sue Democratic House chairman

Apr. 22, 2019 4:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his business organization sued the Democratic chairman of the House oversight committee on Monday to block a subpoena that seeks years of the president's financial records. The complaint became the latest front in the intensifying battle between the president...

Mexican police detain hundreds of Central American migrants

Apr. 22, 2019 6:54 PM EDT

PIJIJIAPAN, Mexico (AP) — Mexican police and immigration agents detained hundreds of Central American migrants Monday in the largest single raid on a migrant caravan since the groups started moving through the country last year. Police targeted isolated groups at the tail end of a caravan of about 3,000...

Fight for 2020 Democratic nomination moves to prime time

Apr. 22, 2019 8:04 PM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The fight for the direction of the Democratic Party played out in prime time on Monday as some of the party's leading presidential contenders pushed for different plans for health care, college debt and whether President Donald Trump should be impeached. Five 2020 hopefuls were set...

Video released of suspect in 2017 killings of Indiana girls

Apr. 22, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities on Monday released video of a man suspected of killing two Indiana teenagers two years ago and urged the public to scrutinize the footage, which shows him walking on an abandoned railroad bridge the girls visited while out hiking the day they were slain. The Indiana State...

SpaceX suffers serious setback with crew capsule accident

Apr. 22, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX has suffered a serious setback in its effort to launch NASA astronauts into orbit this year, with the fiery loss of its first crew capsule during testing. Over the weekend, the company's recently flown Dragon crew capsule was engulfed in smoke and flames on an engine test...

Dem leaders stress more Trump probes, downplay impeachment

Apr. 22, 2019 8:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House chairman on Monday subpoenaed former White House Counsel Don McGahn as Democratic leaders moved to deepen their investigation of President Donald Trump but at the same time bottle up talk among their rank-and-file of impeaching him after the damning details of special counsel...

Surveillance clips show Chinese billionaire with accuser

Apr. 22, 2019 7:43 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An attorney for JD.com founder Richard Liu said Monday that surveillance video showing the Chinese businessman in an elevator and walking arm-in-arm with a woman who has accused him of rape provides a different account of what happened that night. Two edited videos of Liu and his accuser...

Tesla CEO plans to hand the car keys to robots next year

Apr. 22, 2019 8:18 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tesla CEO Elon Musk expects to start converting the company's electric cars into fully self-driving vehicles next year as part of an audacious plan to create a network of robotic taxis to compete against Uber and other ride-hailing services. The vision sketched out Monday during an...

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Colorado Supreme Court upholds attempted murder conviction

Apr. 22, 2019 8:52 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Supreme Court has upheld the attempted murder conviction of a man who is on death row for the related killing of a state senator's son. The Denver Post reports that the court upheld the 2006 attempted first-degree murder conviction of Robert Ray for shooting two men at a music...

Prosecutor threatened after Smollett charges dropped

Apr. 22, 2019 8:52 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago prosecutor whose office handled the Jussie Smollett case has received death threats in the wake of the dismissal of charges against the "Empire" actor. The Chicago Sun-Times reports chief of staff to Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx confirmed Monday the prosecutor's...

7-year-old Georgia girl dies days after drive-by shooting

Apr. 22, 2019 8:50 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A 7-year-old Georgia girl has died 10 days after being wounded in a drive-by shooting while she was sitting on a couch inside a house. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Mariasia Thomas was staying with a foster family in DeKalb County when the shooting happened April 12. Three bullets...

Myanmar Supreme Court to rule on appeal of Reuters reporters

Apr. 22, 2019 8:49 PM EDT

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's Supreme Court is to rule Tuesday on the appeal of two Reuters journalists who were sentenced to seven years in prison for their reporting on the military's brutal crackdown on Rohingya Muslims. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo and their colleagues were awarded the Pulitzer Prize...

New Mexico utility says it will be emissions-free by 2040

Apr. 22, 2019 8:48 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's largest electric provider set a goal Monday aimed at going emissions-free as early as 2040, winning praise from the state's top Democratic leaders and environmental groups that have been pushing for years to end the state's reliance on fossil fuels for electricity...

California may boost rules for homes at high wildfire risk

Apr. 22, 2019 8:44 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Years of increasingly deadly wildfires that ripped through California communities are spurring measures that would toughen requirements for approving homes in high risk areas. Developers would have to increase fire protections, plan for evacuations, or prepare for residents who...

California considers plan to encourage marijuana banking

Apr. 22, 2019 8:41 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California legislators considered a plan Monday intended to encourage more banks to do business with marijuana companies that have been frozen out of thousands of financial institutions. Most Americans live in states where marijuana is legally available in some form. But most financial...

Sri Lanka bombing victims were from at least 12 countries

Apr. 22, 2019 8:38 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — At least 290 people were killed in bombings of churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. Sri Lankan authorities say at least 31 foreigners died in the attacks. Some details on the victims: SRI LANKA: The vast majority of the victims were Sri Lankan, many from the island...

The Latest: Fatal plane crash at California prison yard

Apr. 22, 2019 8:32 PM EDT

NORCO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a plane crash in a California prison yard (all times local): 5:30 p.m. An historic flying wing aircraft has crashed and burned at a state prison in California, killing the pilot. The Federal Aviation Administration says the single-seat Northrop N-9M crashed Monday in the...

Nevada governor signs bill raising clean energy standard

Apr. 22, 2019 8:28 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada's governor signed a bill Monday requiring electricity companies to get half of their energy from renewable sources by 2030. Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak was joined by a crowd of Republican and Democratic state lawmakers during the bill signing. "This milestone piece of...