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Friday 07/19/2019
In reversal, Trump disavows criticism of chanting crowd
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 7:03 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday reversed his previous criticisms of a North Carolina campaign crowd that chanted "send her back" about a Somali-born congresswoman.

Iran's seizure of UK tanker in Gulf seen as escalation
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 6:46 pm

LONDON (AP) — Iran seized a British-flagged oil tanker Friday and briefly detained a second vessel in the Strait of Hormuz, intensifying tensions in the strategic waterway that has become a flashpoint between Tehran and the West.

Chicago's elusive gator settles into new home in Florida
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 5:45 pm

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — An alligator that eluded capture for days in a Chicago lagoon is settling in its new home in Florida.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump challenges Fed with dubious theory
Posted: July 19, 2019 - 5:13 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is flipping interest-rate theory on its head as he tries to blame the Fed for holding back growth.

Michelle Obama weighs in on Trump feud with 'the squad'
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 5:45 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former first lady Michelle Obama is weighing in on President Donald Trump's escalating feud with four minority Democratic lawmakers known as "the squad."

Florida sheriff to investigate Epstein's work release
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 5:32 pm

MIAMI (AP) — A Florida sheriff launched an investigation Friday into whether his department properly monitored the wealthy financer Jeffrey Epstein while he was serving a sentence for soliciting prostitution from underage girls.

'Go back'? Omar and the squad are building strength at home
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 5:32 pm

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — President Donald Trump can tell Rep. Ilhan Omar to "go back" to Somalia all he wants. All indications suggest she's not going anywhere.

Sandra Day O'Connor's Arizona home makes National Register
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 5:16 pm

PHOENIX (AP) — Before she was hearing cases on the U.S. Supreme Court, former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was bringing people together in her historic Arizona home.

Plastic or paper? Trump campaign weighs in on straw debate
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 4:46 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The president and his reelection campaign are mocking efforts to replace plastic straws with paper ones and turning that disdain into a fundraising gimmick.

Pittsburgh marks its 4th alligator sighting since May
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 4:32 pm

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A baby alligator was found far from the tropics in the parking lot of a grocery store outside Pittsburgh on Friday morning, the fourth alligator discovered near the city since May.

Why no hush-money charges against Trump? Feds are silent
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 4:32 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — When special counsel Robert Mueller closed the books on the Russia investigation, he produced a report of more than 400 pages, and Attorney General William Barr held a news conference outlining the reasons the Justice Department didn't charge President Donald Trump.

Reined-in rate-cut expectations, Iran tensions hit S&P 500
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 4:15 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks pulled further back from their records on Friday to cap the weakest week for the S&P 500 since May.

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 3:46 pm

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts:

Events fall as mercury rises; moon commemoration called off
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 3:46 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City officials have canceled an outdoor festival featuring soccer star Megan Rapinoe, musician John Legend and "Daily Show" host Trevor Noah because of the heat forecast for the weekend.

Instagram expands hiding 'likes' to make you happier
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 3:02 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Instagram is expanding a test to hide how many "likes" people's posts receive as it tries to combat criticism that such counts hurt mental health and make people feel bad when comparing themselves to others.

Labor nominee Scalia has long record of opposing regulations
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 2:30 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eugene Scalia has a decades-long record of challenging Labor Department and other federal regulations, as well as a famous last name. The combination proved irresistible to President Donald Trump.

Fast-growing web of doorbell cams raises privacy fears
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 2:17 pm

The woodsy community of Wolcott, Connecticut, doesn't see a lot of crime. But when the police chief heard about an opportunity to distribute doorbell cameras to some homes, he didn't hesitate.

Plan to slow Western wildfires would clear strips of land
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 5:32 pm

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Trump administration is proposing an ambitious plan to slow Western wildfires by bulldozing, mowing or revegetating large swaths of land along 11,000 miles (17,700 kilometers) of terrain in the West.

AP OPINION: Trump, Harris both wrong about auto sector
Posted: July 19, 2019 - 1:15 pm

DETROIT (AP) — Renaissance or ruin? Americans are being presented with two starkly different accounts of the state of the auto industry, one from President Donald Trump and the other from California Sen. Kamala Harris, a Democratic presidential candidate. Neither is accurate.

2020 Dems grapple with how to pay for 'Medicare for All'
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 1:02 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates trying to appeal to progressive voters with a call for "Medicare for All" are wrestling with the thorny question of how to pay for such a dramatic overhaul of the U.S. health care system.

Correction: Puerto Rico-Protests-Miranda story
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 12:32 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — In a story July 17 about a New York City protest against Puerto Rico's governor, The Associated Press misidentified the status of Puerto Rico. It is a U.S. territory, not a country.

Q&A: Newly public data maps opioid crisis across US
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 1:02 pm

The release of a massive trove of data from lawsuits over the nation's opioid crisis provides the most detailed accounting to date of the role played by the major pharmaceutical companies and distributors.

Berkeley drops words like 'manpower' in push to be inclusive
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 11:46 am

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — There will be no manholes in Berkeley, California. City workers will drop into "maintenance holes" instead.

AP sources: Trump officials weigh delay of abortion curbs
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 7:03 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has told federally funded family planning clinics it is considering a delay in enforcing a controversial rule that bars them from referring women for abortions. That comes after clinics had vowed defiance.

Deepfake videos pose a threat, but 'dumbfakes' may be worse
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 1:02 pm

Sophisticated phony videos called deepfakes have attracted plenty of attention as a possible threat to election integrity. But a bigger problem for the 2020 U.S. presidential contest may be "dumbfakes" — simpler and more easily unmasked bogus videos that are easy and often cheap to produce.

Giant Hawaii telescope to focus on big unknowns of universe
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 1:02 pm

HONOLULU (AP) — Is there life on planets outside our solar system? How did stars and galaxies form in the earliest years of the universe? How do black holes shape galaxies?

Trump's harsh words on 'squad' reinforce dark posts online
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 1:02 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long before President Donald Trump turned up the heat on four Democratic congresswomen of color, saying they should "go back" to their home countries, hateful rhetoric and disinformation about the self-described squad was lurking online.

Riders stuck for 2 hours on Six Flags coaster in Maryland
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 9:31 am

BOWIE, Md. (AP) — Roller coaster riders were stuck atop a hill for nearly two hours at a Six Flags amusement park in Maryland when the ride malfunctioned.

Democrats questioning Robert Mueller to focus on obstruction
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 1:02 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee who will question former special counsel Robert Mueller next week plan to focus on a narrow set of episodes laid out in his report, an effort to direct Americans' attention to what they see as the most egregious examples of President Donald Trump's conduct.

How to beat Trump? Dems divided as he rams race onto ballot
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 7:45 am

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.

New standards aim to improve surgery for the oldest patients
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 1:02 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The 92-year-old had a painful tumor on his tongue, and major surgery was his best chance. Doctors called a timeout when he said he lived alone, in a rural farmhouse, and wanted to keep doing so.

Thursday 07/18/2019
Corvette goes mid-engine for first time to raise performance
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 12:01 am

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — When you first lay eyes on the new 2020 Corvette, a modern version of the classic American sports car isn't the first thing that pops into your head.

The Latest: New mid-engine Corvette starts at $60,000
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 11:17 pm

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the introduction of the new mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette: (all times local):

Today in History
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 11:32 pm

Today in History

American warship destroys Iranian drone in Strait of Hormuz
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 12:03 am

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 Trump came close to retaliating with a military strike.

Ex-Illinois student's life spared in killing of scholar
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 10:32 pm

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 remains are so they can be returned home.

Trump disavows 'send her back' cry, Omar stands defiant
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 10:02 pm

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.

Trump to nominate Eugene Scalia for labor secretary
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 9:31 pm

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.

No 'manpower': Berkeley bans gender-specific words in code
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 8:16 pm

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Berkeley, California, has adopted an ordinance to replace some terms with gender-neutral words in the city code.

President Trump says he will nominate Gene Scalia, son of late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, for Labor Secretary
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 7:45 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Trump says he will nominate Gene Scalia, son of late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, for Labor Secretary.

Records detail frenetic effort to bury stories about Trump
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 7:30 pm

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.

Homeland Security chief: Family border separations are down
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 7:15 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Trump administration official said Thursday the number of family separations at the border has fallen since last summer's zero tolerance policy, and they are done only for compelling reasons.

About 10,000 au pairs to get paid in class-action settlement
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 7:04 pm

DENVER (AP) — About 10,000 live-in childcare workers from around the world will share in a class-action settlement in a case that challenged whether they should be treated as employees entitled to minimum wage or members of the family learning about the United States while helping out at home.

The Latest: Trump claims he was 'not happy' with chant
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 6:15 pm

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's reelection rally in North Carolina (all times local):

Deemed dangerous, Epstein denied bail in sex abuse case
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 6:15 pm

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.

Feds: Man charged with killing 3 had been deported twice
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 6:04 pm

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Guatemalan man who apparently entered the U.S. illegally after being deported twice has been charged with killing an Iowa woman and her two children.

Clarification: Teen Detention Camp story
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 6:04 pm

MIAMI (AP) — In a story July 17, The Associated Press reported that newly relaxed federal requirements are expediting the process for sending child migrants to live with relatives already in the U.S. The story should have specified the changes only apply to adult siblings and grandparents.

Buried in opioids, sickened community eyes drugmakers' role
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 5:16 pm

JACKSON, Ohio (AP) — The numbers are staggering: An average yearly total of 107 opioid pills per resident were distributed over a seven-year period in this rural Appalachian county.

House OKs $15 minimum wage, setting marker for 2020 campaign
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 5:46 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats approved legislation Thursday to raise the federal minimum wage for the first time in a decade, to $15 an hour, transforming an issue that once splintered the party into a benchmark for the 2020 election.

Woman who got postcard sent in 1993 tracks down sender
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 5:17 pm

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois woman who recently got a 1993 postcard in her mailbox has tracked down the man who sent it to his children more than two decades ago.

World News

Friday 07/19/2019
The Latest: Gulf incidents rattle shipping industry
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 6:46 pm

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on developments related to tensions between the U.S and Iran (all times local):

Iran's seizure of UK tanker in Gulf seen as escalation
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 6:46 pm

LONDON (AP) — Iran seized a British-flagged oil tanker Friday and briefly detained a second vessel in the Strait of Hormuz, intensifying tensions in the strategic waterway that has become a flashpoint between Tehran and the West.

Lowry, Holmes share Open lead as McIlroy leaves with cheers
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 4:15 pm

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — Everyone in the massive grandstand rose to cheer and celebrate a bold performance by Rory McIlroy, who longed for such support and affection on his walk toward his final hole at Royal Portrush in the British Open.

Correction: El Salvador-Massacre story
Posted: July 19, 2019 - 3:12 pm

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — In a story July 18 about new charges related to the 1981 El Mozote massacre in El Salvador, The Associated Press reported erroneously that two military officers were killed in 1984 when the helicopter in which they were flying was fired on by guerrillas. It was blown up by a guerrilla bomb.

Man climbs onto plane wing before takeoff at Nigeria airport
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 3:15 pm

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian aviation authorities say an intruder who climbed onto the wing of a commercial plane that was preparing to fly from the country's busiest airport has been detained.

The Latest: McIlroy makes a late charge with 65
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 2:45 pm

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — The Latest on the British Open (all times local):

Column: Another missed cut for Tiger, who's not 23 anymore
Posted: July 19, 2019 - 12:00 pm

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — So now we know.

Suspect in animation studio arson fire reportedly had grudge
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 1:02 pm

TOKYO (AP) — Police on Friday were investigating at the blackened, gutted building in Kyoto where a man raging about theft set a fire that killed 33 people in a beloved animation studio, crushing the hearts of comic fans in Japan and beyond. Some were questioning why mass killings like this are now repeated in the country.

French court rejects claim over 1994 Estonian ferry disaster
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 9:01 am

PARIS (AP) — A Paris court rejected a compensation claim Friday related to the 1994 sinking of an Estonian ferry, which remains one of Europe's deadliest maritime disasters.

Swiss celebrate once-in-a-generation winegrowers' festival
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 8:16 am

VEVEY, Switzerland (AP) — Swiss residents and tourists alike are partying like they haven't since 1999.

Australia 'deeply disappointed' China criminally detains man
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 7:00 am

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's foreign minister said on Friday her government was "deeply disappointed" that a Chinese Australian writer was placed in criminal detention in Beijing, prompting China to urge against "irresponsible" interference.

South Korean dies from self-immolation near Japan's embassy
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 7:00 am

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A 78-year-old South Korean man died hours after setting himself ablaze near the Japanese Embassy in Seoul on Friday, police said, at a time of worsening tensions between Seoul and Tokyo.

FIFA-backed students sent out to help run world sports
Posted: July 19, 2019 - 12:40 am

NEUCHATEL, Switzerland (AP) — It's the Swiss finishing school that has prepared hundreds of post-graduate students to lead, manage and litigate world sports.

A different era: Oda wins Japan's first Olympic gold in 1928
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 12:30 am

TOKYO (AP) — Few paid much attention when Mikio Oda won Japan's first Olympic gold medal — and Asia's first individual gold medal — way back at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics.

Thursday 07/18/2019
Man shouting 'You die!' kills 33 in Japan anime studio fire
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 8:00 pm

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.

British Open back at Royal Portrush and puts on quite a show
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 5:30 pm

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — An emotional opening shot by Darren Clarke. A shocking one by Rory McIlroy.

The Latest: 33 die in fire set at Kyoto animation studio
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 3:16 pm

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on a fire in a Japanese animation studio (all times local):

Asylum seekers waiting in Nuevo Laredo fear lurking dangers
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:33 pm

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AP) — The round-faced woman from La Ceiba, Honduras, and her 5- and 12-year-old sons arrived in this city across the border from Laredo, Texas, where she had been promised a job and hoped to build a new life.

Cyprus detains 12 Israelis for 8 days over alleged rape
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 1:15 pm

PARALIMNI, Cyprus (AP) — A Cyprus court has ordered 12 Israelis vacationing on the east Mediterranean island nation to remain in police custody for eight days after a 19-year-old British woman alleged that she was raped.

Iran state TV: Iranian forces seize foreign oil tanker, crew
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 1:15 pm

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran said Thursday its Revolutionary Guard seized a foreign oil tanker and its crew of 12 for smuggling fuel out of the country, and hours later released video showing the vessel to be a United Arab Emirates-based ship that had vanished in Iranian waters over the weekend.

Jet2 sends big bill to passenger for flight return to London
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 12:47 pm

LONDON (AP) — A passenger accused of severe misbehavior on a Jet2 flight that had to return to London's Stansted Airport in June has received a huge bill from the airline.

Congo soldiers, police to enforce Ebola emergency measures
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 12:46 pm

GOMA, Congo (AP) — Congolese soldiers and police will enforce hand-washing and fever checks now that the deadly Ebola outbreak has been declared an international health emergency , authorities said Thursday.

Lawmakers impede next UK leader's path to a no-deal Brexit
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 12:46 pm

LONDON (AP) — With Britain set to get a new pro-Brexit leader within days, lawmakers on Thursday erected a roadblock in the path of any attempt by the incoming prime minister to take the country out of the European Union without a divorce deal.

Serbia police detain man over Lufthansa bomb scare
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 11:32 am

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbian police say they have arrested a man over a bomb scare that forced the evacuation of a Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt and caused a long delay.

Correction: Norway-Italy-Radical Cleric story
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 10:17 am

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — In a story on July 16 about a Muslim cleric found guilty in Italy of planning terror, The Associated Press misidentified the lawyer of Mullah Krekar. His lawyer is Enrica Franzini, not Marco Vernillo. Vernillo represents another client in the case, but not Mullah Krekar.

Notre Dame's melted lead prompts deep clean for schools
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 9:01 am

PARIS (AP) — The city of Paris has ordered a deep cleaning for schools nearest to Notre Dame, whose lead roof melted away in the cathedral's devastating fire in April.

South Korea faces potential WCup qualifier in North Korea
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 10:02 pm

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea and North Korea will meet on the qualifying path to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar but it's unclear whether a rare match between them in Pyongyang will materialize considering their political tension.

Bitcoin craze hits Iran as US sanctions squeeze weak economy
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 7:45 am

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranians feeling the squeeze from U.S. sanctions targeting the Islamic Republic's ailing economy are increasingly turning to such digital currencies as Bitcoin to make money, prompting alarm in and out of the country.

Wednesday 07/17/2019
Asian stocks follow Wall Street lower on trade war fears
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 11:16 pm

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets on Thursday followed Wall Street lower after President Donald Trump reignited trade fears by saying he could impose more tariffs on Chinese imports.

Mexico cuts budget for all, from athletes to archaeologists
Posted: July 17, 2019 - 7:08 pm

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican Olympic Committee said Wednesday it will no longer be able to offer food, lodging and medical services at its main sports training complex, the latest casualty in a round of deep budget cuts by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

Ebola outbreak in Congo declared a global health emergency
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 8:01 pm

GENEVA (AP) — The deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo is now an international health emergency, the World Health Organization announced Wednesday after a case was confirmed in a city of 2 million people .

Lawyer to be Mexico's first body builder at Pan Am Games
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 6:31 pm

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The sun hasn't even risen and the clang of metal is reverberating through a gym near Mexico City. On a frantic mission to sculpt his body, Carlos Suárez powers through another day of his heavy weight routine.

Confusion, fear spread on Mexico border with new US policy
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 5:16 pm

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 refugee claims by Central Americans and many others meant for their bids to find a better life in America amid a chaos of rumors, confusion and fear.

AP Explains: Why Ebola is now an international emergency
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 4:47 pm

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The World Health Organization says the deadly Ebola virus outbreak in Congo is now an international health emergency . More than 1,600 people have died since August in the second-worst outbreak of the disease in history. Wednesday's declaration was sparked by confirmation of a case in Goma, a Congo city of more than two million people on the border with Rwanda.

US: Russia refusing visas to teachers of diplomats' kids
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 4:16 pm

MOSCOW (AP) — The U.S. and British embassies in Moscow said on Wednesday that Russia has refused visas to teachers at a school that educates diplomats' children.

With Big Tech's dominance under scrutiny, EU probes Amazon
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 4:16 pm

BRUSSELS (AP) — While the U.S. Congress talks about reining in big tech companies, Europe is taking action.

French prosecutors want Air France tried for 2009 Rio crash
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 2:46 pm

PARIS (AP) — French prosecutors want Air France to stand trial for manslaughter in the 2009 crash of a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris that killed all 228 people aboard, a judicial official said Wednesday.

Fans in Italy root for clever brown bear to elude captivity
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 10:02 pm

ROME (AP) — A brown bear in Italy has eluded capture for a third day, following its escape from an electrified enclosure in a forested Alpine region. Appeals mounted urging authorities not to shoot it.

Taste of the Tour: Hunting with dogs for 'Black Diamonds'
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 2:16 pm

CESTAYROLS, France (AP) — When he got the call that Monsieur le Directeur of the Tour de France and friends would be dining in his restaurant and would it be possible, please, to serve them truffles, chef Georges Bermond sprang into action.

Cyprus detains 12 Israelis after UK woman alleges rape
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 1:46 pm

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A dozen Israelis have been detained after a 19-year-old British woman alleged that she was raped in the Cyprus resort town of Ayia Napa, a Cyprus police official said Wednesday.

UK leader May slams populist politics, Brexit 'absolutism'
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 1:31 pm

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday criticized the increasing intolerance and absolutism of world politics, a message that many will see as aimed at her successor as Britain's leader — and at President Donald Trump.

Bus starts smoking in Mont Blanc tunnel; 68 people evacuated
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 1:01 pm

ROME (AP) — Dozens of passengers have been evacuated from a double-decker bus in the Mont Blanc tunnel after the vehicle started spewing smoke.

Sudanese military, protesters sign power-sharing document
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 12:17 pm

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's pro-democracy movement and the ruling military council signed a document early Wednesday that outlines a power-sharing deal, but the two sides are still at work on a more contentious constitutional agreement that would specify the division of powers.

Architect: Notre Dame far from safe for restoration work
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 10:31 am

PARIS (AP) — A French architect says that Notre Dame Cathedral still isn't safe enough for restoration work to begin, more than three months after a devastating fire nearly destroyed the monument.

North and South Korea to meet in 2022 World Cup qualifiers
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 12:47 pm

North Korea and South Korea have been drawn together in an Asian qualifying group as the road to soccer's 2022 World Cup in Qatar became clearer Wednesday.

AP OPINION: UK leadership contenders make wild promises
Posted: July 17, 2019 - 8:40 am

LONDON (AP) — Promises have been flying thick and fast in Britain's Conservative leadership race, ranging from the plausible to the wild.

Germany introducing mandatory measles vaccination for kids
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 6:45 am

BERLIN (AP) — The German government is proposing a measure to make measles vaccinations mandatory for children and employees of kindergartens and schools.

Netanyahu makes history as Israel's longest-serving leader
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 6:31 am

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.

Nesting penguins can't resist lure of New Zealand sushi shop
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 4:45 am

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Two little blue penguins just couldn't stay away from a New Zealand sushi store, returning to nest there even after police had captured them and escorted them back to the ocean.

Australian finds message in a bottle written 50 years ago
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 2:42 am

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.

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