Top General News

Netanyahu faces uphill battle after repeat election

Sep. 18, 2019 7:44 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's two main political parties were deadlocked Wednesday after an unprecedented repeat election, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing an uphill battle to hold on to his job. The election's seeming political kingmaker, Avigdor Lieberman, said he'll insist upon a secular unity...

Iran warns US of response to any action over Saudi attack

Sep. 18, 2019 5:30 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran warned the U.S. that any action taken against it following an attack on Saudi oil installations will "immediately" be met with a response from Tehran, its state-run news agency reported Wednesday, further raising Mideast tensions. Iran's president and foreign minister also may skip...

Coral gardeners bring back Jamaica's reefs, piece by piece

Sep. 17, 2019 8:35 PM EDT

OCHO RIOS, Jamaica (AP) — Everton Simpson squints at the Caribbean from his motorboat, scanning the dazzling bands of color for hints of what lies beneath. Emerald green indicates sandy bottoms. Sapphire blue lies above seagrass meadows. And deep indigo marks coral reefs. That's where he's headed. He...

10 Things to Know for Today

Sep. 18, 2019 6:17 AM EDT

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. ISRAEL'S MAIN POLITICAL PARTIES DEADLOCKED AFTER ELECTION Seeming kingmaker Avigdor Lieberman says he'll insist upon a secular unity government between the main Likud and Blue and White parties, and that...

EU lawmakers vote to approve Brexit delay if UK requests one

Sep. 18, 2019 8:12 AM EDT

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — European Parliament lawmakers on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly in favor of another Brexit delay if Britain requests one and certain conditions are met, after European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told the chamber that a no-deal scenario remains "very real." After a...

House Democrats, Lewandowski spar at 1st impeachment hearing

Sep. 18, 2019 6:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first impeachment hearing held by House Democrats quickly turned hostile as their sole witness, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, stonewalled many of their questions and declared they were "focusing on petty and personal politics." Lewandowski, a devoted friend and...

Number of abortions in US falls to lowest since 1973

Sep. 18, 2019 12:24 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The number and rate of abortions across the United States have plunged to their lowest levels since the procedure became legal nationwide in 1973, according to new figures released Wednesday. The report from the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights, counted...

Sackler money complicates donation policies for museums

Sep. 18, 2019 1:14 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Ask the CEO and president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art whether he's accepting money from the Sacklers, the billionaire dynasty notorious for its ties to the drug company Purdue Pharma, and the answer is somewhat complicated. For one thing, it depends on which Sackler. "There are people...

Facebook auto-generating pages for Islamic State, al-Qaida

Sep. 18, 2019 12:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the face of criticism that Facebook is not doing enough to combat extremist messaging, the company likes to say that its automated systems remove the vast majority of prohibited content glorifying the Islamic State group and al-Qaida before it's reported. But a whistleblower's...

Survivors on Bahamas island mark time as officials lay plans

Sep. 18, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

GRAND ABACO, Bahamas (AP) — A handful of men hover around Gayle Wallace as she hands out four fish sandwiches with a dab of ketchup on each at the cramped home she rents in Murphy Town. Some are friends, others family. All are part of a new community of survivors emerging nearly three weeks after Hurricane...

Latest General News

Surge in apartment construction lifts US home building 12.3% in August to highest level since June 2007

Sep. 18, 2019 8:32 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Surge in apartment construction lifts US home building 12.3% in August to highest level since June 2007.

Driver jailed after deputy's SUV catches fire in pursuit

Sep. 18, 2019 8:31 AM EDT

HARRISONVILLE, Mo. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a fleeing motorist after a western Missouri deputy who was pursuing him crashed into a tree and had to be rescued from a burning patrol vehicle. WDAF-TV reports that 36-year-old Charles Rice, of Kansas City, is jailed in Cass County on $150,000 cash only...

Slow progress reported in talks as GM strike enters 3rd day

Sep. 18, 2019 8:29 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Union and company bargainers are making progress toward a new contract as a strike by United Auto Workers brought 33 General Motors factories to a halt continued into its third day. Committees working on thorny issues such as wages, health insurance costs, use of temporary workers, and new...

UK blocks aerospace takeover by US investor over security

Sep. 18, 2019 8:29 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government is halting the takeover of a U.K. aerospace company by a U.S. private equity firm to assess whether it affects national security. Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom said Wednesday that the competition watchdog would look into the security implications of the sale of...

Congo's army says it kills militia leader wanted by the ICC

Sep. 18, 2019 8:28 AM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's army says it has killed the commander of the Rwandan Hutu militia group FDLR for whom the International Criminal Court had issued an arrest warrant. Army spokesman Gen. Richard Kasonga said Wednesday that Gen. Sylvestre Mudacumura was gunned down overnight in Rutshuru...

Light rail station shooting suspect held on $2M bail

Sep. 18, 2019 8:25 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A judge has found probable cause to hold a Seattle man on investigation of homicide, assault and unlawfully having a firearm in connection with a deadly shooting at a Seattle light rail station Friday. The Seattle Times reports the 20-year-old man's bail was set at $2 million. Charges are...

State investigators say man fatally shot by police had knife

Sep. 18, 2019 8:25 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says a man fatally shot by a St. Paul police officer last weekend had confronted him with a knife before he was killed. The BCA, which is investigating the shooting, said Tuesday night Officer Steve Mattson was on patrol in the Midway...

Stocks mixed ahead of Fed, oil dips on Saudi output recovery

Sep. 18, 2019 8:24 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Global stocks were little changed Wednesday as investors watched for a U.S. Federal Reserve decision on a possible interest rate cut and as oil prices eased on hopes for a quick recovery in Saudi oil supplies. Benchmarks in London, Frankfurt and Shanghai advanced while Tokyo and Hong Kong...

Bermuda gets ready for pass by Category 3 Hurricane Humberto

Sep. 18, 2019 8:24 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — People on Bermuda rushed to make final preparations for an expected close brush Wednesday with Hurricane Humberto, a powerful Category 3 storm that caused authorities on the British Atlantic island to order early closings of schools, transportation and government offices. National Security...

Iran suspended from world judo over Israel boycott policy

Sep. 18, 2019 8:23 AM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Iran has been suspended from international judo competitions because it boycotts bouts with Israeli athletes. Less than a month after world champion Saeid Mollaei walked off the Iranian team in protest at the boycott policy, the International Judo Federation said Wednesday that...