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House vote condemns Trump's tweets, draws some GOP support

Jul. 17, 2019 3:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a remarkable political repudiation, the Democratic-led U.S. House voted to condemn President Donald Trump's "racist comments" against four congresswomen of color, despite protestations by Trump's Republican congressional allies and his own insistence he hasn't "a racist bone in my...

Trump voters cringe and shrug at tweets while Democrats rage

Jul. 17, 2019 12:39 AM EDT

HELENVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Bill Brasch greeted President Donald Trump's latest tweet controversy with a shrug. He doesn't believe Trump was being racist for telling four congresswomen, all women of color, to "go back" to the countries they came from. It doesn't matter much that all four of the women are...

John Paul Stevens evolved into Supreme Court's liberal lion

Jul. 17, 2019 3:22 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Paul Stevens moved left as the Supreme Court shifted to the right during his nearly 35 years as a justice. That's how the bow-tie wearing Republican from the Midwest emerged as the leader of the high court's liberal wing and a strong proponent of abortion rights, consumer protection...

Confusion, fear reigns on Mexico border with new US policy

Jul. 17, 2019 1:33 AM EDT

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AP) — Asylum-seekers gathered in Nuevo Laredo, across the border from Texas, grappled to understand what a new U.S. policy that all but eliminates refuge claims by Central Americans and many others meant for their bids to find a better life in America amid a chaos of rumors, confusion...

APNewsBreak: NRC looking at reducing inspections at reactors

Jul. 17, 2019 3:24 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff is recommending that the agency cut back on inspections at the country's nuclear reactors, a cost-cutting move promoted by the nuclear power industry but denounced by opponents as a threat to public safety. The recommendations, made public Tuesday,...

Sudanese military, protesters sign power-sharing document

Jul. 17, 2019 2:55 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's ruling military and the pro-democracy movement have signed a political document that's part of a power-sharing deal meant to end the country's deadlock after weeks of stalled talks. The two sides — representatives from the military council and the Forces for Declaration of...

Iran says minister's missile remarks meant to challenge US

Jul. 17, 2019 1:21 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran says remarks by the country's foreign minister about Iran's missile program possibly being up for negotiations with the U.S. meant to challenge Washington's arms sales policy to the region — and were not meant to indicate a readiness by Tehran for any such...

Netanyahu makes history as Israel's longest-serving leader

Jul. 17, 2019 2:04 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — As Benjamin Netanyahu becomes Israel's longest-serving prime minister, he is solidifying his place as the country's greatest political survivor and the most dominant force in Israeli politics in his generation. He has persevered through scandals, crises and conflicts, winning election...

Federal data shows opioid shipments ballooned as crisis grew

Jul. 17, 2019 1:29 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Newly released federal data shows how drugmakers and distributors increased shipments of opioid painkillers across the U.S. as the nation's addiction crisis accelerated from 2006 to 2012. The data, released this week by a federal court in Ohio as part of a far-reaching opioids case, shows...

Asian entertainment industries grappling with #MeToo issues

Jul. 17, 2019 3:08 AM EDT

When Wu Ke-xi was looking for a frightening plotline for her latest film, she didn't need to look further than her own industry. The Taiwanese actress and screenwriter's latest movie, "Nina Wu," is the story of an actress who, in pursuit of a role that will lead to stardom, is abused and psychologically scarred...

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Taliban close Afghan health facilities run by Swedish group

Jul. 17, 2019 3:27 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Swedish non-governmental organization in Afghanistan says the Taliban have forced the closure of 42 health facilities run by the non-profit group in eastern Maidan Wardan province. Parwiz Ahmad Faizi, communications manager at the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan, said on...

Cruz due in Florida court hearing in 2018 school shooting

Jul. 17, 2019 3:16 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Nikolas Cruz is due back in a Florida courtroom for a hearing in the 2018 school shooting that left 17 people dead. A status hearing is set Wednesday for 20-year-old Cruz, who faces the death penalty if convicted. A likely topic is whether the case is moving toward a planned...

Australian finds message in a bottle written 50 years ago

Jul. 17, 2019 3:11 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A fisherman said on Wednesday he was looking for the author of a message in a bottle found off the southern Australian coast 50 years after it was written. Paul Elliot told Australian Broadcasting Corp. that he and his son Jyah found the bottle on the west coast of Eyre Peninsula...

Germany: leader of Merkel party takes over defense ministry

Jul. 17, 2019 3:08 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The new leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel's party is taking over Germany's defense ministry in a risky but potentially rewarding move, reversing her previous insistence that she wouldn't join the Cabinet. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is to be formally appointed Wednesday as the successor to...

Asian entertainment industries grappling with #MeToo issues

Jul. 17, 2019 3:08 AM EDT

When Wu Ke-xi was looking for a frightening plotline for her latest film, she didn't need to look further than her own industry. The Taiwanese actress and screenwriter's latest movie, "Nina Wu," is the story of an actress who, in pursuit of a role that will lead to stardom, is abused and psychologically scarred...

Sudanese military, protesters sign power-sharing document

Jul. 17, 2019 2:55 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's ruling military and the pro-democracy movement have signed a political document that's part of a power-sharing deal meant to end the country's deadlock after weeks of stalled talks. The two sides — representatives from the military council and the Forces for Declaration of...

Man in NW China executed after decades-long blood feud

Jul. 17, 2019 2:46 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A man in northwest China was executed Wednesday for killing three neighbors in apparent revenge for his mother's death more than two decades earlier. The Supreme People's Court in Shaanxi province announced that it implemented the death penalty on Zhang Koukou for intentional homicide...

Seoul: US understands seriousness of Seoul-Tokyo trade fight

Jul. 17, 2019 2:45 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The United States fully understands the seriousness of South Korea's festering trade dispute with Japan, a high-ranking Seoul official said Wednesday after a meeting with the top U.S. diplomat for East Asian affairs. David Stilwell, the Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau...

NC firm fires worker over invoice for 'poka honas'

Jul. 17, 2019 2:42 AM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A Valvoline Instant Oil Change in North Carolina has fired a worker over an invoice that called a customer "poka honas," an apparent reference to Pocahontas. The Asheville Citizen Times reports a photograph of the Asheville business' invoice posted online Monday shows the customer's...

Sudan's ruling military, pro-democracy movement sign political document as part of power-sharing deal to end deadlock

Jul. 17, 2019 2:36 AM EDT
CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's ruling military, pro-democracy movement sign political document as part of power-sharing deal to end deadlock.