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Xi defends vision of Hong Kong as 25-year anniversary marked

Jul. 01, 2022 01:13 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday defended his vision of the “one country, two systems" framework against accusations by the U.S., U.K. and others that Beijing has undermined the freedoms and autonomy promised to Hong Kong for 50 years. In a speech marking...

N. Korea suggests balloons flown from South brought COVID-19

Jul. 01, 2022 01:01 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea suggested Friday its COVID-19 outbreak began in people who had contact with balloons flown from South Korea — a highly questionable claim that appeared to be an attempt to hold its rival responsible amid increasing tensions. Activists for...

Towns agrees with Timberwolves on $224 million extension

Jul. 01, 2022 01:01 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns is under contract for six more years, after agreeing to an extension Friday to remain with the Minnesota Timberwolves. It's a huge commitment from the Timberwolves, and one they made as quickly as they possibly could: Starting in 2024-25, Towns...

Asian shares mostly lower after pessimistic 'tankan' survey

Jun. 30, 2022 23:50 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian benchmarks were mostly lower on Friday, echoing a decline on Wall Street, after a quarterly report by Japan’s central bank rekindled worries about the world’s third largest economy. Recent data suggest global growth is slowing as countries grapple with...

Last-minute deal averts casino strike in Atlantic City

Jun. 30, 2022 23:48 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The main union for Atlantic City casino workers reached agreements on new contracts with four casinos on Thursday, providing for what one its president called “the best contract we've ever had” and labor peace that will avoid a strike on Fourth of July weekend, one...

Supreme Court: Biden can end Trump-era asylum policy

Jun. 30, 2022 20:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Thursday the Biden administration can scrap a Trump-era immigration policy to make asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. immigration courts, a victory for a White House that still must address the growing number of people seeking refuge at...

Reports chart good month in May for Nevada casinos, tourism

Jun. 30, 2022 19:46 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A trio of economic reports show that May was a good month for Nevada tourism and gambling, including passenger traffic characterized as the third-busiest ever at Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas. The Nevada Gaming Control Board said Thursday that...

Essence CEO Wanga: Festival is 'never leaving' New Orleans

Jun. 30, 2022 18:47 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Essence's chief executive officer said she's been asked multiple times whether the Essence Festival of Culture is staying in New Orleans. On Thursday, Caroline Wanga ended any speculation, making the answer to that question very clear. “The Essence Festival of...

California advances bid to create legal drug injection sites

Jun. 30, 2022 17:42 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Assembly on Thursday approved a controversial bill allowing Los Angeles, Oakland and San Francisco to set up places where opioid users could legally inject drugs in supervised settings. The move follows more than a year of legislative...

Wimbledon updates | Kyrgios fined $10K for conduct in 1st Rd

Jun. 30, 2022 17:41 PM EDT

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local): ___ 10:35 p.m. Nick Kyrgios was fined $10,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct in his first-round Wimbledon victory, the largest of the penalties announced so far at the tournament. ...