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Number of abortions in US falls to lowest level since 1973

AP National Writer 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…

icon Posted: 18 September 2019 [04:28 PM]

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Wednesday 09/18/2019
Trump names hostage envoy O'Brien national security adviser
icon Posted: 18 September 2019 [03:12 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday named Robert O'Brien, his chief hostage negotiator and an established figure in Republican policy circles, as his new national security adviser. O'Brien, the fourth person in two years to hold the job,…

A divided Fed cuts key rate for 2nd time this year
icon Posted: 18 September 2019 [03:03 PM]

AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - A sharply divided Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate Wednesday for a second time this year while saying it's prepared to continue doing what it deems necessary to sustain the U.S. economic expansion.…

Tuesday 09/17/2019
Netanyahu falls short of parliamentary majority
icon Posted: 17 September 2019 [09:00 PM]

JERUSALEM (AP) - In an apparent setback for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the longtime Israeli leader on Tuesday fell short of securing a parliamentary majority with his hard-line allies in national elections, initial exit polls showed, putting his political future…

'Like a phoenix': Saudis crow about quick oil production recovery
icon Posted: 17 September 2019 [08:56 PM]

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Saudi Arabia’s energy minister said Tuesday that more than half of its daily crude oil production that was knocked out by a weekend attack had been restored and that full production is expected by…

Mormon leader stands firm on gay marriage
icon Posted: 17 September 2019 [08:39 PM]

PROVO, Utah (AP) - The leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reaffirmed Tuesday the religion’s opposition to gay marriage, saying God’s law dictates that marriage is restricted to unions between a man and a woman. Church…

More chemo for Trebek after cancer setback
icon Posted: 17 September 2019 [08:36 PM]

NEW YORK (AP) - “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek says he’s had a setback in his battle with pancreatic cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy again. Trebek told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Tuesday that after a short period of optimism when…

Imelda could drop 14 inches of rain on coastal Texas and Louisiana
icon Posted: 17 September 2019 [08:34 PM]

HOUSTON (AP) - Officials in the Houston area were preparing high-water vehicles and staging rescue boats Tuesday as Tropical Storm Imelda moved in from the Gulf of Mexico, threatening to dump up to 18 inches of rain in parts of…

Sunday 09/15/2019
New York moves to enact state-wide flavored e-cig ban
icon Posted: 15 September 2019 [07:40 PM]

NEW YORK (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing to enact a statewide ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes amid growing health concerns connected to vaping, especially among young people. The Democrat announced Sunday that the state…

Union votes to strike at General Motors
icon Posted: 15 September 2019 [07:40 PM]

DETROIT (AP) - The United Auto Workers union announced Sunday that its roughly 49,000 workers at General Motors plants in the U.S. would go on strike just before midnight because contentious talks on a new contract had broken down. About…

Attack on Saudi oil sites raise risks amid U.S.-Iran tension
icon Posted: 15 September 2019 [07:39 PM]

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - A weekend drone attack on Saudi Arabia that cut into global energy supplies and halved the kingdom’s oil production threatened Sunday to fuel a regional crisis, as the U.S. released new evidence to back…

Friday 09/13/2019
No questions about reproductive rights at Democratic debate
icon Posted: 13 September 2019 [07:13 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - The absence of issues such as women's reproductive rights and the gender pay gap from the Democratic presidential debate is prompting criticism Friday from several candidates and other Democrats who argue the focus of the evening was…

Fugitive ex-priest sentenced to 30 years in sex abuse case
icon Posted: 13 September 2019 [07:11 PM]

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A former Roman Catholic priest who fled the country decades ago was sentenced Friday in New Mexico to 30 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of sexually abusing an altar boy at…

China to lift punitive tariffs on US soybeans, pork
icon Posted: 13 September 2019 [02:14 PM]

AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) - China will lift punitive tariffs imposed on U.S. soybeans and pork in a trade war with Washington, a state news agency said Friday, adding to conciliatory gestures by the two sides ahead of negotiations.…

Hong Kong festival marked with pro-democracy messages
icon Posted: 13 September 2019 [02:13 PM]

HONG KONG (AP) - Thousands of Hong Kong people carried lanterns with pro-democracy messages and formed human chains on two of the city's peaks during mid-autumn festival celebrations Friday night, sustaining months-long protests for democratic reforms in the semi-autonomous Chinese…

Thursday 09/12/2019
Boris Johnson denies lying to the queen
icon Posted: 12 September 2019 [04:00 PM]

The Washington Post LONDON - In England’s long history, telling false tales to the monarch has often been a bad play. Fabricators could lose favor - or their heads. And so Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave the correct answer when…

New data shows Israeli settlement surge in east Jerusalem
icon Posted: 12 September 2019 [02:57 PM]

JERUSALEM (AP) - Jewish settlement construction in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem has spiked since President Donald Trump took office in 2017, according to official data obtained by The Associated Press. The data also showed strong evidence of decades of systematic discrimination,…

145 business leaders implore Senate to act on gun violence
icon Posted: 12 September 2019 [02:16 PM]

The Washington Post The chief executives of 145 U.S. companies pressed Senate leaders to expand background checks to all firearms sales and implement stronger “red flag” laws, marking the latest push by corporate America to pressure Congress to take meaningful…

Grand jury indicts man on capital murder for El Paso attack
icon Posted: 12 September 2019 [02:15 PM]

Nation EL PASO, Texas (AP) - A man accused of gunning down people at a busy Walmart in El Paso last month was indicted Thursday for capital murder, prosecutors announced. Patrick Crusius, 21, of Allen, Texas, was indicted on one…

Democrats outline impeachment hearings as moderates wary
icon Posted: 12 September 2019 [02:13 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler tried to clear up confusion within his caucus about impeachment on Thursday as the committee approved guidelines for impeachment hearings on President Donald Trump . Nadler says there's no uncertainty about…

BP CEO says he'll sell oil projects to meet climate targets
icon Posted: 12 September 2019 [01:56 PM]

Bloomberg BP’s CEO plans to sell some oil projects and curb the development of others to align its business with the Paris accord, the latest sign climate concerns are starting to impact the investment decisions of the world’s largest fossil…

Optimism about U.S.-China trade discussions sends mortgage rates higher
icon Posted: 12 September 2019 [01:55 PM]

The Washington Post After sinking to their lowest levels in nearly three years, mortgage rates popped back up this week. According to the latest data released Thursday by Freddie Mac, the 30-year fixed-rate average climbed to 3.56% with an average…

Wednesday 09/11/2019
China keeps penalties on US pork, soy, eases some others
icon Posted: 11 September 2019 [02:32 PM]

AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) - China on Wednesday announced it will exempt American industrial grease and some other imports from tariff hikes in a trade war with Washington but kept in place penalties on soybeans and other major U.S.…

Europe eyes stimulus plan, but ultra-low rates raise doubts
icon Posted: 11 September 2019 [02:32 PM]

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - The European Central Bank appears to be preparing a new shot of stimulus to try to energize the economy. But the move is sure to renew a nagging question: Can central banks do much good when…

UK court rules Johnson's suspension of Parliament unlawful
icon Posted: 11 September 2019 [02:05 PM]

LONDON (AP) - A Scottish court dealt another blow to Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Brexit plans Wednesday, ruling that his decision to suspend Parliament less than two months before the U.K. is due to leave the European Union was an…

18 years later, America vows to 'never forget' 9/11
icon Posted: 11 September 2019 [02:04 PM]

NEW YORK (AP) - People who were too young on 9/11 to even remember their lost loved ones, and others for whom the grief is still raw, paid tribute with wreath-layings and the solemn roll call of the dead Wednesday…

Tuesday 09/10/2019
Netanyahu vows to begin annexing West Bank settlements
icon Posted: 10 September 2019 [07:14 PM]

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed on Tuesday to annex the heart of the West Bank if he wins re-election next week, a move that could inflame the Middle East and extinguish any remaining Palestinian hope of…

Desperation mounts in Bahamas as shelters turn evacuees away
icon Posted: 10 September 2019 [07:12 PM]

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) - Desperation mounted in the Bahamas on Tuesday as hurricane survivors arriving in the capital by boat and plane were turned away from overflowing shelters. As government officials gave assurances at a news conference that more shelters…

US to commemorate 9/11 as its aftermath extends and evolves
icon Posted: 10 September 2019 [07:10 PM]

NEW YORK (AP) - Americans are commemorating 9/11 with mournful ceremonies, volunteering, appeals to "never forget" and rising attention to the terror attacks' extended toll on responders. A crowd of victims' relatives is expected at ground zero Wednesday, while President…

SC to consider abortion ban; bill faces uncertain future
icon Posted: 10 September 2019 [07:09 PM]

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A small group of South Carolina senators held a daylong hearing Tuesday on whether South Carolina should join about a half-dozen other states in banning nearly all abortions , but the Southern state might not be…

With little change, iPhones may get upstaged by streaming
icon Posted: 10 September 2019 [02:57 PM]

AP Technology Writer CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) - Apple is expected to unveil three new iPhone models that are so similar to last year's lineup, they may be upstaged by details about the company's upcoming video service. The company will show…

Trump dismisses John Bolton, says they 'disagreed strongly'
icon Posted: 10 September 2019 [02:43 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump on Tuesday abruptly forced out John Bolton, his hawkish national security adviser with whom he had strong disagreements on Iran, Afghanistan and a cascade of other global challenges. The two men even offered opposing…

Monday 09/09/2019
NOAA chief says agency may have violated own integrity rules
icon Posted: 09 September 2019 [08:14 PM]

and SETH BORENSTEIN HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The acting chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said his agency likely violated its scientific integrity rules last week when it publicly chastised a weather office that contradicted President Donald Trump’s…

Sunday 09/08/2019
Dorian lashes east Canada at hurricane force most of Sunday
icon Posted: 08 September 2019 [08:46 PM]

TORONTO (AP) - The storm that already walloped the Virgin Islands, Bahamas and North Carolina lashed at far-eastern Canada with hurricane-force winds for much of Sunday, knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of people before beginning to weaken late…

Pope in Madagascar insists: 'Poverty is not inevitable'
icon Posted: 08 September 2019 [08:18 PM]

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) - Pope Francis insisted Sunday that poverty isn't inevitable and that the poor deserve the dignity of work as he visited a rock quarry in Madagascar where hundreds of people toil rather than scavenge in the capital's…

Ex-SC Gov. Sanford adds name to GOP long shots against Trump
icon Posted: 08 September 2019 [02:18 PM]

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Mark Sanford, the former South Carolina governor and congressman, has decided to launch a longshot Republican challenge to President Donald Trump, saying Sunday that he aims to put his Appalachian trail travails behind him for good…

Friday 09/06/2019
Dorian's floodwaters trap people in attics in North Carolina
icon Posted: 06 September 2019 [07:56 PM]

ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. (AP) - A weakened Hurricane Dorian flooded homes on North Carolina's Outer Banks on Friday with a fury that took even storm-hardened residents by surprise, forcing people to climb into their attics. Hundreds were feared trapped by…

American Airlines mechanic accused of sabotaging flight
icon Posted: 06 September 2019 [07:39 PM]

MIAMI (AP) - An American Airlines mechanic charged with sabotaging a plane because he was upset over stalled labor contract negotiations was fired from another airline several years ago and briefly had his mechanic's license suspended, according to court documents.…

U.K. opposition parties to deny Boris Johnson his early election
icon Posted: 06 September 2019 [01:55 PM]

Bloomberg Opposition parties will deny Prime Minister Boris Johnson an early general election in a Parliament vote on Monday, as they seek to ensure the U.K. can’t tumble out of the European Union without a deal on Oct. 31. That…

Mugabe dies; liberated Zimbabwe, then held it for 37 years
icon Posted: 06 September 2019 [01:52 PM]

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) - Former Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe, an ex-guerrilla chief who took power when the African country shook off white minority rule and presided for decades while economic turmoil and human rights violations eroded its early promise, has…

Thursday 09/05/2019
Michigan State University fined $4.5 million in Nassar case
icon Posted: 05 September 2019 [07:49 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government on Thursday ordered Michigan State University to make sweeping changes and pay a $4.5 million fine after determining that it failed to adequately respond to sexual assault complaints against Larry Nassar, a campus sports doctor…

Dorian grazes Carolina coast, aims for Outer Banks
icon Posted: 05 September 2019 [07:47 PM]

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Hurricane Dorian sideswiped the Carolinas with shrieking winds, tornadoes and sideways rain Thursday as it closed in for a possible direct hit on the dangerously exposed Outer Banks. At least four deaths in the Southeast were…

Rhode Island launches mobile sports betting application
icon Posted: 05 September 2019 [07:41 PM]

Nation PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island launched mobile sports betting at one casino and plans to add it to a second casino next week. The mobile application launched Wednesday at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, according to the state…