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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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Woman severely injured after climbing into trash compactor

Jun. 20, 2019 8:16 AM EDT

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — Police say a woman who had climbed into a Connecticut supermarket's trash compactor suffered potentially life-threatening injuries when a store employee turned it on with her inside. New London police say emergency personnel responded to the NSA Supermarket at about 3:15 p.m....

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...

Defendant to stand trial in 1976 murders

Jun. 20, 2019 8:15 AM EDT

MARINETTE, Wis. (AP) — An 82-year-old man has been ordered to stand trial for the murders of a couple at a Marinette County park 43 years ago. Raymand Vannieuwenhoven is charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shootings of 25-year-old David Schuldes and 24-year-old Ellen Matheys in 1976 at McClintock...

Inmate allegedly got man to toss drugs over prison wall

Jun. 20, 2019 8:15 AM EDT

BOONVILLE, Mo. (AP) — State prison officials say a 49-year-old inmate is facing new charges after he allegedly persuaded a man outside of prison to throw a package of drugs over the wall of the Boonville Correctional Center. Eric Conley was charged Monday with conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance....

PATCO service remains suspended due to storm damage

Jun. 20, 2019 8:14 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — PATCO service between Philadelphia and New Jersey remains suspended due to storm damage. The Port Authority Transit Corporation tweeted Thursday that several stations are flooded and the stones that hold the tracks in place has been washed away in some areas. Repairs and inspections are...

Virginia judge accused of talks with prosecutor recuses self

Jun. 20, 2019 8:14 AM EDT

LANCASTER, Va. (AP) — A Virginia judge accused of inappropriate pretrial talks with the prosecution has recused himself from a case against a Richmond man on trial for manslaughter in a fatal boating crash. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Wednesday that Judge R. Michael McKenney was accused of having...

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...

Charges filed against judge accused of absenteeism, cover-up

Jun. 20, 2019 8:10 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's judicial watchdog has filed charges against a judge accused of being chronically absent and late and trying to cover it up. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the Judicial Qualifications Commission's investigative panel filed the charges Wednesday against Atlanta Municipal...

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.