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American warship destroys Iranian drone in Strait of Hormuz

Jul. 18, 2019 7:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. warship on Thursday destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz after it threatened the ship, President Donald Trump said. The incident marked a new escalation of tensions between the countries less than one month after Iran downed an American drone in the same waterway and...

Records detail frenetic effort to bury stories about Trump

Jul. 18, 2019 8:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Court records released Thursday show that President Donald Trump took part in a flurry of phone calls in the weeks before the 2016 election as his close aides and allies scrambled to pay porn star Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about an alleged affair. The documents detailing calls and text...

How to beat Trump? Dems divided as he rams race onto ballot

Jul. 18, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joe Biden was at a soul food restaurant in Los Angeles on Thursday when he blasted President Donald Trump's "racist" taunts at a rally the night before. "This is about dividing the country," the early Democratic front-runner, who has been criticized for his own handling of race , told...

Trump to nominate Eugene Scalia for labor secretary

Jul. 18, 2019 10:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he will nominate lawyer Eugene Scalia, the son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, to be his new labor secretary. Trump tweeted the news Thursday evening, less than a week after his previous secretary, Alexander Acosta, resigned...

2020 debates: Biden-Harris rematch and progressive faceoff

Jul. 18, 2019 9:51 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The second set of summer Democratic presidential debates will feature a rematch with a twist, plus the first showdown of leading progressives as the party wrestles with its philosophical identity and looks ahead to a 2020 fight against President Donald Trump. Former Vice President Joe Biden...

Deemed dangerous, Epstein denied bail in sex abuse case

Jul. 18, 2019 6:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge who denied bail for jailed financier Jeffrey Epstein on sex trafficking charges Thursday said he poses a danger to the public and seems to still have an uncontrollable urge for sexual conduct with or in the presence of underage girls. Epstein, 66, also might use his "great wealth...

Ex-Illinois student's life spared in killing of scholar

Jul. 18, 2019 9:30 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A former University of Illinois doctoral student was spared the death penalty Thursday and sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping and killing a 26-year-old scholar from China. Her parents, disappointed he was not sentenced to death, publicly begged for the killer to reveal where her...

Man shouting 'You die!' kills 33 in Japan anime studio fire

Jul. 18, 2019 8:42 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A man screaming "You die!" burst into an animation studio in Kyoto, doused it with a flammable liquid and set it on fire Thursday, killing 33 people in an attack that shocked the country and brought an outpouring of grief from anime fans. Thirty-six others were injured, some of them...

Trump disavows 'send her back' cry, Omar stands defiant

Jul. 18, 2019 9:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday chided his supporters who chanted "send her back" when he questioned the loyalty of a Somali-born congresswoman, joining widespread criticism of the campaign crowd's cry after Republicans warned about political blowback from the angry scene. In a week...

British Open back at Royal Portrush and puts on quite a show

Jul. 18, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — An emotional opening shot by Darren Clarke. A shocking one by Rory McIlroy. Tiger Woods had his worst score to start a British Open. Brooks Koepka quickly got into contention again. Emiliano Grillo made a 1. David Duval made a 14. The Open returned to Royal Portrush after...

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Japan summons SKorean envoy to protest wartime labor dispute

Jul. 18, 2019 10:15 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan has summoned South Korea's ambassador to protest Seoul's refusal to join in an arbitration panel to settle a dispute over World War II labor. South Korea had until midnight Thursday to respond to Japan's request for a three-nation panel. The neighboring countries are quarreling over...

Lin-Manuel Miranda geeks out on 'His Dark Materials'

Jul. 18, 2019 10:01 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Lin-Manuel Miranda says he agreed to being in the adaptation of "His Dark Materials" before he even knew what part he was being offered. Miranda plays Lee Scoresby, a cowboy who flies hot air balloons and gets into bar fights, although he says he would have sharpened pencils to be part of...

The Latest: Moore asks trustees to halt USC president vote

Jul. 18, 2019 9:57 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the University of South Carolina's search for a new president (all times local): 9:55 p.m. Billionaire businesswoman Darla Moore is asking University of South Carolina trustees to stop a planned vote Friday on a new president. Moore sent a note late Thursday to Board of...

California man drowns in Oregon trying to help daughter

Jul. 18, 2019 9:55 PM EDT

LYONS, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a California man drowned in a river south of Portland, Oregon, as he tried to help his 12-year-old daughter who appeared to be in distress. The Marion County Sheriff's Office says emergency crews responded to a report of a swimmer who had gone underwater in the Santiam...

Moore asks USC trustees to halt university president vote

Jul. 18, 2019 9:47 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A billionaire businesswoman and the biggest donor to the University of South Carolina is asking trustees to cancel a planned vote Friday for a new president. Just hours before the board was set to meet, Darla Moore sent a note to Board of Trustees Chairman John von Lehe saying voting...

Police overseers fire 4 officers in McDonald-related case

Jul. 18, 2019 9:46 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Police Board on Thursday fired four police officers for allegedly covering up a white officer's 2014 fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald. The nine-member board found the officers exaggerated the threat posed by the 17-year-old McDonald to justify his shooting by...

Fort Lauderdale hit with water outage due to main break

Jul. 18, 2019 9:41 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Tens of thousands of residents in Fort Lauderdale and surrounding cities were warned Thursday they may be without water for at least 24 hours after a contractor hit a water main during construction. City officials said more than 220,000 customers could be affected, issuing a...

Ex-Illinois student's life spared in killing of scholar

Jul. 18, 2019 9:30 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A former University of Illinois doctoral student was spared the death penalty Thursday and sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping and killing a 26-year-old scholar from China. Her parents, disappointed he was not sentenced to death, publicly begged for the killer to reveal where her...

Man sentenced for protest blast that injured Oakland police

Jul. 18, 2019 9:26 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A man who supplied a homemade explosive device that was thrown during an Oakland protest, injuring 10 police officers, has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in federal prison. Twenty-three-year-old Giovonni Gaines was sentenced Thursday. He pleaded guilty in April to possessing an...

Police: Man on electric scooter hit, killed by Atlanta bus

Jul. 18, 2019 9:24 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Police say a transit bus in Atlanta has hit and killed a man who was riding an electric scooter home from an Atlanta United soccer game. Atlanta police tell news outlets that 37-year-old William Alexander was hit by a CobbLink bus late Wednesday and died before he could be pulled out from...