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Iran Revolutionary Guard shoots down US drone amid tensions

Jun. 20, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's Revolutionary Guard shot down a U.S. drone on Thursday amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington over the collapsing nuclear deal with world powers, American and Iranian officials said, though they disputed the circumstances of the incident. The Guard said it shot...

Biden's words on segregationist senators draw rivals' fire

Jun. 20, 2019 6:17 AM EDT

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is dismissing calls to apologize for saying that the Senate "got things done" with "civility" even when the body included segregationists with whom he disagreed. His rivals for the 2020 nomination, including the two major black candidates in the race, roundly criticized...

China's Xi Jinping holds talks with Kim Jong Un in N. Korea

Jun. 20, 2019 6:00 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The leaders of China and North Korea met in the North's capital on Thursday, their fifth meeting in 15 months, with stalled nuclear negotiations with Washington expected to be on the agenda. China's official Xinhua news agency reported that the talks in Pyongyang between Chinese President Xi...

Poll: Tracking asteroids a favored focus for space program

Jun. 20, 2019 7:45 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Americans prefer a space program that focuses on potential asteroid impacts, scientific research and using robots to explore the cosmos over sending humans back to the moon or on to Mars, a poll shows. The poll by The Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs...

10 Things to Know for Today

Jun. 20, 2019 5:41 AM EDT

Your daily look at late breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. IRAN SHOOTS DOWN US DRONE AMID SPIRALING TENSIONS The Revolutionary Guard says it took down the drone over Iranian airspace, while U.S. officials tell the AP that the downing happened over international...

Animated videos: Boy Scouts' new tactic to fight sex abuse

Jun. 20, 2019 7:33 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Under financial pressure from sex-abuse litigation, the Boy Scouts of America are seeking to bolster their abuse-prevention efforts with a new awareness program featuring cartoon-style videos that will be provided to more than 1.2 million Cub Scouts across the nation. Targeted at children...

Climate of guilt: Flying no longer the high road for some

Jun. 20, 2019 5:56 AM EDT

NYKOPING, Sweden (AP) — School's out for summer and Swedish lawyer Pia Bjorstrand, her husband and their two sons are shouldering backpacks, ready to board the first of many trains on a whistle-stop vacation around northern Europe. The family is part of a small but growing movement in Europe and North...

APNewsBreak: Texas says Rapid DNA supplier jeopardizes cases

Jun. 20, 2019 7:32 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — With a name that sounds like futuristic fiction, Rapid DNA machines roughly the size of an office printer have helped solve rape cases in Kentucky, identified California wildfire victims and verified family connections of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. Now a state board in Texas...

Oil shippers boost security after attacks on tankers in Gulf

Jun. 20, 2019 7:18 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A series of attacks on oil tankers near the Persian Gulf has ratcheted up tensions between the U.S. and Iran — and raised fears over the safety of one of Asia's most vital energy trade routes, where about a fifth of the world's oil passes through its narrowest at...

In Lebanon, Syrian refugees face new pressure to go home

Jun. 20, 2019 7:48 AM EDT

ARSAL, Lebanon (AP) — Lebanese authorities are making their most aggressive campaign yet for Syrian refugees to return home and are taking action to ensure they can't put down roots. Mirroring the rise of anti-migrant sentiment in Europe and around the world, some in Lebanon say that after eight years of...

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Florida police: Have you lost an ear? We have it.

Jun. 20, 2019 8:16 AM EDT

HOLMES BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida police department is trying to locate the owner of a prosthetic ear that was found on a beach after a competition. The Holmes Beach Police Department posted a photo of the rubber ear found in the sand after the "World's Strongest Man" contest on Anna Maria Island, south...

Iran Revolutionary Guard shoots down US drone amid tensions

Jun. 20, 2019 8:13 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's Revolutionary Guard shot down a U.S. drone on Thursday amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington over the collapsing nuclear deal with world powers, American and Iranian officials said, though they disputed the circumstances of the incident. The Guard said it shot...

The Latest: UK Tories narrow prime minister race to 3

Jun. 20, 2019 8:12 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on choosing Britain's next prime minister (all times local): 1:10 p.m. The contest to become Britain's next prime minister is down to its final three candidates, with Environment Secretary Michael Gove and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt chasing front-runner Boris Johnson for a spot...

Boris Johnson increases lead in race to be next UK prime minister as field of Conservative contenders is cut to three.

Jun. 20, 2019 8:08 AM EDT
LONDON (AP) — Boris Johnson increases lead in race to be next UK prime minister as field of Conservative contenders is cut to three.

The Latest: N. Korea leader seeks 'active response' in talks

Jun. 20, 2019 8:08 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to North Korea (all times local): 7:15 p.m. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says his country has taken "many positive measures" over the past year, but hasn't received an "active response from the relevant party," an apparent reference...

World shares rise on hopes for US-China truce, Fed outlook

Jun. 20, 2019 8:00 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Global markets advanced Thursday on hopes for a trade truce between the United States and China and the Federal Reserve's hint at lower rates. The price of oil surged amid heightened tensions between Iran and the U.S. Confirmation of a meeting between President Donald Trump and his...

Police fire tear gas as thousands in Malawi protest election

Jun. 20, 2019 7:59 AM EDT

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Police in Malawi have fired tear gas at some protesters as thousands demonstrate in major cities over last month's disputed election. Thursday's confrontation in Blantyre occurred as some protesters tore down and burned billboards showing President Peter Mutharika, who narrowly won...

The Latest: US military denounces Iran's 'unprovoked attack'

Jun. 20, 2019 7:52 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region amid rising tensions between Iran and the U.S. (all times local): 3:35 p.m. The U.S. military's Central Command has confirmed that Iranian forces shot down a U.S. drone, an RQ-4 Global Hawk, saying the downing took...

Turkey launches new gas drillship amid tensions with Cyprus

Jun. 20, 2019 7:49 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey is launching a second drillship that it says will drill for gas off neighboring Cyprus despite European Union warnings to refrain from such illegal actions that could incur sanctions against Ankara. Turkish Energy Minister Fatih Donmez was due aboard the Yavuz on Wednesday as part of...

In Lebanon, Syrian refugees face new pressure to go home

Jun. 20, 2019 7:48 AM EDT

ARSAL, Lebanon (AP) — Lebanese authorities are making their most aggressive campaign yet for Syrian refugees to return home and are taking action to ensure they can't put down roots. Mirroring the rise of anti-migrant sentiment in Europe and around the world, some in Lebanon say that after eight years of...