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Tens of thousands march in latest Hong Kong protest

Aug. 18, 2019 7:26 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Heavy rain fell on tens of thousands of umbrella-toting protesters Sunday as they marched from a packed park and filled a major road in Hong Kong, where mass pro-democracy demonstrations have become a regular weekend activity this summer. Organizers said they hoped the assembly would be...

The Latest: Hong Kong protesters occupy major road

Aug. 18, 2019 5:06 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong (all times local): 5 p.m. Tens of thousands of protesters have occupied a major road in central Hong Kong and are marching onward after a large public park could not contain the droves of participants. Public transit trains were not stopping Sunday at...

Bodies found at site of China rockslide with 17 missing

Aug. 18, 2019 2:31 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Teams have begun recovering bodies at a railway repair site in southwestern China where 17 workers were buried by rocks. The official Xinhua News Agency said Sunday that four bodies had been retrieved from the section of the Chengu-Kunming railway in Sichuan province's Ganluo county where...

Today in History

Aug. 18, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, Aug. 18, the 230th day of 2019. There are 135 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 18, 1963, James Meredith became the first black student to graduate from the University of Mississippi. On this date: In 1587, Virginia Dare became the first child of...

Top Chinese, North Korean generals meet in Beijing

Aug. 17, 2019 11:23 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Top military leaders from North Korea and China have recommitted themselves to strengthened exchanges between their armed forces during a meeting in Beijing. The meeting Saturday came as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised another test-firing of an unspecified new weapon, seen as an...

Barty upset in Cincy semifinal; Djokovic also knocked out

Aug. 17, 2019 9:13 PM EDT

MASON, Ohio (AP) — Ashleigh Barty's chance to move back to No. 1 was only one victory away. At the end of an up-and-down week, she didn't have another comeback left. Neither did Novak Djokovic, who came away with yet another disappointment in Cincinnati. Barty lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 6-4 in the...

Justin Thomas crushes Medinah with 61 for 6-shot lead

Aug. 17, 2019 8:50 PM EDT

MEDINAH, Ill. (AP) — Winless over the last 12 months, Justin Thomas knew he was playing well and he was due for a low round. Saturday at the BMW Championship was more than he might have imagined. Thomas smashed the course record at Medinah with an 11-under 61 that gave him a six-shot lead over Patrick...

From tusks to tails, nations eye trade in endangered species

Aug. 17, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — From guitars to traditional medicines and from tusk to tail, mankind's exploitation of the planet's fauna and flora is putting some of them at risk of extinction. Representatives of some 180 nations are meeting in Geneva to agree on protections for vulnerable species, taking up issues...

House speaker as US emissary: Pelosi emerges as force abroad

Aug. 17, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — There's an American leader whose words resonate on the global stage. Who draws attention in foreign capitals. Who carries a message from the United States by simply arriving. It's not just President Donald Trump. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is emerging as an alternative...

Kings' De'Aaron Fox removes himself from World Cup plans

Aug. 17, 2019 2:10 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — De'Aaron Fox of the Sacramento Kings surprisingly withdrew from USA Basketball's national team Saturday, meaning the Americans now have 13 candidates for the 12-man World Cup roster. Fox told USA Basketball of his choice a few hours before the team was to fly to Australia for final...