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UK's May faces no-confidence vote after Brexit plan crushed

Jan. 15, 2019 9:45 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers overwhelmingly rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's divorce deal with the European Union on Tuesday, plunging the Brexit process into chaos and triggering a no-confidence vote that could topple her government. The defeat was widely expected, but the scale of the House of...

Barr seeks to assure senators he won't be a Trump loyalist

Jan. 16, 2019 1:10 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vowing "I will not be bullied," President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general asserted independence from the White House, saying he believed that Russia had tried to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, that the special counsel investigation shadowing Trump is not a witch...

Kenya forces still securing hotel after extremist attack

Jan. 16, 2019 1:06 AM EST

NAIROBI,Kenya (AP) — Kenyan police say there is still "an active security operation" Wednesday in and around the luxury hotel and shopping complex attacked by Islamic extremist gunmen. Sporadic gunfire could be heard from the scene in the morning after scores of people were rescued at daybreak as police...

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand jumps into 2020 presidential race

Jan. 15, 2019 6:57 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand entered the growing field of 2020 Democratic presidential contenders Tuesday, telling television host Stephen Colbert that she's launching an exploratory committee. "It's an important first step, and it's one I am taking because I am going to run," the New York...

After years of King's remarks, why now for the GOP response?

Jan. 15, 2019 8:14 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Why now? Despite his seemingly endless string of racist comments and insults about immigrants, Iowa Rep. Steve King had the Republican Party's backing through nine elections and GOP presidential contenders often lined up for his endorsement in the state's lead-off caucuses. Now many...

Shah's last palace, secluded refuge in Iran, is now a museum

Jan. 16, 2019 1:31 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The shah of Iran's last refuge before fleeing his country in 1979 was a palatial estate nestled against the Alborz Mountains — a place no Iranian ever dreamed of visiting. Today, it costs them around $1. The Niavaran Palace, a complex of mansions on a 27-acre (11-hectare) plot,...

Senators consider former lobbyist as EPA's permanent chief

Jan. 16, 2019 1:08 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler's past lobbying work for coal companies and other industries regulated by the agency is expected to draw scrutiny Wednesday when a Senate committee considers his nomination to the position. Wheeler's roughly six-month tenure as...

Craft beer taps squeezed as shutdown delays new releases

Jan. 16, 2019 1:10 AM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The nation's craft beer taps are being squeezed by the government shutdown, which has put new releases on hold, prevented new breweries from opening and stopped shipments of some suds across state lines. The partial shutdown halted operations at the federal agency that regulates alcohol...

New caravan of Honduran migrants makes first border crossing

Jan. 16, 2019 12:06 AM EST

AGUA CALIENTE, Guatemala (AP) — The latest caravan of Honduran migrants hoping to reach the U.S. has crossed peacefully into Guatemala, under the watchful eyes of about 200 Guatemalan police and soldiers. About 500 people, including dozens of children, lined up to show their documents to a first line of...

Former major leaguer Wetteland charged with child sex abuse

Jan. 15, 2019 7:08 PM EST

DENTON, Texas (AP) — John Wetteland, a former All-Star and World Series MVP, has been charged in Texas with continuous sex abuse of a child under age 14. Wetteland, 52, was arrested Monday and freed on $25,000 bond, according to Denton County jail records. Wetteland lives in the Dallas-area suburb of...

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Northridge earthquake shattered Los Angeles 25 years ago

Jan. 16, 2019 1:46 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Twenty-five years ago this week, a violent, pre-dawn earthquake shook Los Angeles from its sleep, and sunrise revealed widespread devastation, with dozens killed and $25 billion in damage. A look back at the damage, deaths and developments in seismic safety since the disaster: ___ THE...

Bus singer gives voice to Venezuela's growing diaspora

Jan. 16, 2019 1:43 AM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — A year ago, Venezuelan migrant Reymar Perdomo was singing for spare change on jammed buses, struggling to make ends meet while building a new life in Peru's capital. But her life took a turn when she wrote a heartfelt reggae song about leaving her homeland that went viral on the internet...

The Latest: Nairobi hotel managers "devastated" by attack

Jan. 16, 2019 1:40 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Latest on the extremist attack on a hotel complex in Nairobi, Kenya (all times local): 9:40 a.m. The Bangkok-based management of the Nairobi hotel that is part of the complex attacked by extremists Tuesday says it is "devastated" by the assault. Dusit International, managers of...

Malaysia says it won't host any more events involving Israel

Jan. 16, 2019 1:39 AM EST

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's foreign minister said Wednesday that the government will not budge over a ban on Israeli athletes in a para swimming competition and has decided that the country will not host any events in the future involving Israel. Malaysia, a strong supporter of the Palestinian...

AP PHOTOS: 1994 LA quake caused widespread devastation

Jan. 16, 2019 1:39 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Twenty-five years ago this week, a hidden fault under Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley neighborhoods unleashed a magnitude 6.7 earthquake that killed dozens, shattered buildings, broke water mains and ignited fires. The ground shook horizontally and vertically for up to 10 seconds, most...

Key moments in Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution

Jan. 16, 2019 1:35 AM EST

Forty years ago, Iran's ruling shah left his nation for the last time and an Islamic Revolution overthrew the vestiges of his caretaker government. The effects of the 1979 revolution, including the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and the ensuing hostage crisis, have reverberated through decades of tense...

AP WAS THERE: Southern California's deadly 1994 earthquake

Jan. 16, 2019 1:34 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — This week marks 25 years since a deadly earthquake struck Southern California's densely populated San Fernando Valley. The state said at least 57 died in the magnitude 6.7 Northridge quake, but a study issued the following year put the death toll at 72, including heart attacks. About...

Super Bowl planners: Shutdown brings 'uncharted territory'

Jan. 16, 2019 1:32 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A day after travelers waited nearly 90 minutes in snail-speed security lines at the world's busiest airport, Atlanta's mayor is concerned about the waits that could result when the city hosts the 2019 Super Bowl. The ongoing partial government shutdown is "uncharted territory" amid planning...

Shah's last palace, secluded refuge in Iran, is now a museum

Jan. 16, 2019 1:31 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The shah of Iran's last refuge before fleeing his country in 1979 was a palatial estate nestled against the Alborz Mountains — a place no Iranian ever dreamed of visiting. Today, it costs them around $1. The Niavaran Palace, a complex of mansions on a 27-acre (11-hectare) plot,...

No talks scheduled as LA teacher strike enters day 3

Jan. 16, 2019 1:27 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles school administrators urged the union to resume bargaining as tens of thousands of teachers planned to walk picket lines for a third day Wednesday, after being joined on strike for the first time by some of their counterparts from independent charter schools. "We need our...