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SKorea fires 360 rounds of warning shots at Russian warplane

Jul. 23, 2019 3:45 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean air force jets fired 360 rounds of warning shots after a Russian military plane briefly violated South Korea's airspace twice on Tuesday, Seoul officials said, in the first such incident between the countries. Three Russian military planes — two Tu-95 bombers...

Boris Johnson tipped to win as UK Tories reveal new leader

Jul. 23, 2019 3:45 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's governing Conservative Party is set to reveal Tuesday the identity of the country's next prime minister, with Brexit champion Boris Johnson the strong favorite to get the job. Party officials will announce whether Johnson or rival Jeremy Hunt has won a ballot of about 160,000...

Spain's Pedro Sánchez faces difficult 1st vote to form gov't

Jul. 23, 2019 3:39 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain's caretaker prime minister is seeking support in Parliament to form a government. Pedro Sánchez enters Tuesday's parliamentary vote after falling short at the recent general election of getting the required absolute majority in the 350-member lower house. Sánchez's Socialists...

Indian opposition wants Modi to clarify Trump Kashmir claim

Jul. 23, 2019 3:31 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Opposition leaders on Tuesday angrily demanded Prime Minister Narendra Modi clarify his position in Parliament about President Donald Trump mediating India's long-running dispute with Pakistan over Kashmir. External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said in a statement in the upper house of...

Asian stocks rise on hopes for US-China trade talks

Jul. 23, 2019 3:15 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets rose Tuesday on optimism over possible new U.S.-China talks despite concerns about rising Middle East tensions. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney all climbed. Traders were encouraged by U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's suggestion last week that...

Hundreds of black deaths in Red Summer ignored century later

Jul. 23, 2019 2:51 AM EDT

America in the summer of 1919 ran red with blood from racial violence, and yet today, 100 years later, not many people know it even happened. It flowed in small towns like Elaine, Arkansas, in medium-size places such as Annapolis, Maryland, and Syracuse, New York, and in big cities like Washington and Chicago....

Asian stocks rise on hopes for US-China trade talks

Jul. 23, 2019 2:32 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets rose on Thursday on optimism over possible new U.S.-China talks despite rising Middle East tensions. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney all climbed. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin suggested last week that trade envoys might meet in person...

Replacement of Maine-Canada bridge gets major fed aid boost

Jul. 23, 2019 2:32 AM EDT

MADAWASKA, Maine (AP) — The state of Maine will receive $36 million to help pay for the replacement of an aging bridge that connects one of its northernmost communities with the Canadian province of New Brunswick. Republican Sen. Susan Collins, who chairs the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee,...

Panel of national leaders aims for bipartisan justice reform

Jul. 23, 2019 2:31 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A new criminal justice reform group launching Tuesday brings together Democratic and Republican governors, a Black Lives Matter organizer and a Koch Industries vice president in an unlikely collaboration aimed at harnessing momentum following a bipartisan overhaul last year....

Oregon fishing regulations aim to avoid whale entanglement

Jul. 23, 2019 2:30 AM EDT

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — Oregon wildlife officials have proposed new regulations to avoid entangling whales in commercial fishing gear used by the state's Dungeness crab industry. The Daily Astorian reports state fishery officials presented recommendations to avoid unwanted whale interactions to the Oregon...