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Trump backs off siding with Russia over US intelligence

Jul. 18, 2018 12:23 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is again contending that his Helsinki summit with Russia's president was a "great success" and blaming what he calls "the Fake News Media" for contrary views. The president backed off his earlier remarks undermining U.S. intelligence agencies, saying Tuesday he had...

Historians say Trump upends norms of presidential behavior

Jul. 18, 2018 12:24 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Plenty of U.S. presidents have created commotion in their travels abroad, but none as much as President Donald Trump. The president's tumultuous trip across Europe, historians say, smashed the conventions of American leaders on the world stage. Trump's "America first" approach to foreign...

Ala. congresswoman wins runoff turning on loyalty to Trump

Jul. 18, 2018 12:25 AM EDT

MILLBROOK, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Martha Roby won Alabama's Republican runoff, fighting through lingering fallout from her years-old criticism of then-candidate Donald Trump in a midterm contest that hinged on loyalty to the GOP president. The four-term incumbent will now represent the GOP on the November...

Lessons for next US financial crisis from 3 key ex-officials

Jul. 18, 2018 12:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three officials who played vital roles in combating the 2008 financial crisis say they worry that the painful lessons from the banking system's near-collapse a decade ago may be forgotten. "It is important that people focus on the lessons," said former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson....

APNewsBreak: Twitter suspended 58 million accounts in 4Q

Jul. 17, 2018 10:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter suspended at least 58 million user accounts in the final three months of 2017, according to data obtained by The Associated Press. The figure highlights the company's newly aggressive stance against malicious or suspicious accounts in the wake of Russian disinformation efforts...

MGM sues Vegas shooting victims in push to avoid liability

Jul. 17, 2018 9:25 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — MGM Resorts International has sued hundreds of victims of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history in a bid to avoid liability for the gunfire that rained down from its Mandalay Bay casino-resort in Las Vegas. The company argues in lawsuits filed in Nevada, California, New York...

Many state lawmakers accused of sexual misconduct run again

Jul. 17, 2018 4:18 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Allegations of sexual misconduct against Kentucky lawmakers have become so common that the statehouse has seemed more like a frat house: Seven have faced accusations, including four who settled secretly with a female legislative aide. Voters' response? Mostly, keep them in office. Of the...

Immigrant children describe treatment in detention centers

Jul. 18, 2018 12:38 AM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Wet and muddy from their trek across the Mexican border, immigrant children say they sat or lay on the cold, concrete floor of the immigration holding centers where they were taken. It was hard to sleep with lights shining all night and guards kicking their feet, they say. They...

Obama delivers veiled rebuke to Trump in Mandela address

Jul. 17, 2018 2:11 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In his highest profile speech since leaving office, former U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday denounced the policies of President Donald Trump without mentioning his name, taking aim at the "politics of fear, resentment, retrenchment," and decrying leaders who are caught lying and...

Record 10 homers as AL wins All-Star Game 8-6 in 10 innings

Jul. 18, 2018 12:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A record 10 home runs. A slew of strikeouts. The all-or-nothing All-Star Game mirrored what baseball has become. Astros teammates Alex Bregman and George Springer homered on consecutive pitches to begin the 10th inning, and the American League beat the National League 8-6 Tuesday night...

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Portion of Business Interstate 40 to close for bridge work

Jul. 18, 2018 12:47 AM EDT

KERNERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Contractors will be closing a portion of Business Interstate 40 in both directions this week to prepare for construction work. The N.C. Department of Transportation says Business I-40 will be closed between mile markers 10 and 14 to allow workers to stage cranes and for girder...

Tennessee judge denies mental illness clam in work shooting

Jul. 18, 2018 12:46 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee judge has rejected a claim that a man charged in a workplace shooting could not appreciate his actions because he has mental illness. The Shelby County district attorney's office says Judge Paula Skahan has found 32-year-old Charles Hammond guilty of first-degree murder in...

Ex-doctor 'Candy Man' resentenced for illegal prescriptions

Jul. 18, 2018 12:42 AM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A former Southern California doctor dubbed the "Candy Man" has been resentenced to 27 years in federal prison for writing illegal drug prescriptions for nine patients, including one who died. His attorney tells City News Service that Julio Diaz was resentenced Monday. His original...

Immigrant children describe treatment in detention centers

Jul. 18, 2018 12:38 AM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Wet and muddy from their trek across the Mexican border, immigrant children say they sat or lay on the cold, concrete floor of the immigration holding centers where they were taken. It was hard to sleep with lights shining all night and guards kicking their feet, they say. They...

Swimmers barely escape before driver crashes into pool

Jul. 18, 2018 12:34 AM EDT

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — Police say a group of children and adults in an above-ground pool in Pennsylvania barely managed to get out the way before a car smashed into it. Lehighvalleylive.com reports the driver struck the pool during what police suspect was a drunken rampage in Bushkill Township Friday night....

Lessons for next US financial crisis from 3 key ex-officials

Jul. 18, 2018 12:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three officials who played vital roles in combating the 2008 financial crisis say they worry that the painful lessons from the banking system's near-collapse a decade ago may be forgotten. "It is important that people focus on the lessons," said former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson....

2 bridges on Interstate 40 to be replaced by NCDOT

Jul. 18, 2018 12:33 AM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Two bridges on Interstate 40 in North Carolina are going to be replaced by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. The agency said in a news release that it awarded a contract to a Mooresville company to replace the bridges that cross Mineral Springs Road in Burke County....

Ceremony to mark start on new North Carolina train station

Jul. 18, 2018 12:32 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A groundbreaking ceremony will mark the return of passenger train service to the downtown of a North Carolina city, although the trains won't actually arrive for another four years. The Charlotte Observer reports the groundbreaking for Charlotte's Gateway Station is scheduled for...

West Virginia trooper being recognized after shooting

Jul. 18, 2018 12:31 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia state police sergeant is being recognized a year after he was wounded in a shooting. Gov. Jim Justice says in a news release he's joining state police Superintendent Col. Jan Cahill on Wednesday to present Sgt. David Fry with the Purple Heart and Medal of Valor. The...

Wildfires force evacuations in Spokane, Columbia River Gorge

Jul. 18, 2018 12:31 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A small but fast-moving wildfire in Spokane prompted evacuation notices for more than 700 homes, authorities said Tuesday. The so-called Upriver Beacon Fire, which was less than 1 square mile (2.6 sq. kilometer), broke out near a residential area. Several homes caught fire, according...