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Saudis say they don't want war, but will defend

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Saudi Arabia does not want war but will not hesitate to defend itself against Iran, a top Saudi diplomat said Sunday, after the kingdom’s energy sector was targeted this past week amid heightened tensions…

icon Posted: 19 May 2019 [08:15 PM]

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Sunday 05/19/2019
Rocket attack hits near U.S. Embassy in Baghdad
icon Posted: 19 May 2019 [08:14 PM]

BAGHDAD (AP) - A rocket crashed Sunday night in the Iraqi capital’s heavily fortified Green Zone, landing less than a mile from the sprawling U.S. Embassy, an Iraqi military spokesman said. The apparent attack, which Iraq’s state-run news agency said…

Graduation speaker pledges to pay class of 2019 student debt
icon Posted: 19 May 2019 [08:14 PM]

AP National Writer A billionaire technology investor and philanthropist says he will provide grants to wipe out the student debt of the entire graduating class at Morehouse College - an estimated $40 million. Robert F. Smith, this year’s commencement speaker,…

Friday 05/17/2019
Missouri's GOP-led Legislature passes 8-week abortion ban
icon Posted: 17 May 2019 [06:30 PM]

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's Republican-led House on Friday passed sweeping legislation designed to survive court challenges, which would ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy. If enacted, the ban would be among the most restrictive in the U.S.…

End to Labour talks is final nail in coffin for May's Brexit deal
icon Posted: 17 May 2019 [06:30 PM]

Bloomberg Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn walked out of talks with the government aimed at finding a Brexit compromise, all but killing off any chance U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May had of getting her plan through Parliament. Corbyn left the door…

Taiwan approves same-sex marriage in first for Asia
icon Posted: 17 May 2019 [06:20 PM]

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) - Taiwan's legislature voted Friday to legalize same-sex marriage, a first in Asia and a boost for LGBT rights activists who had championed the cause for two decades. Lawmakers pressured by LGBT groups as well as by…

Trump lifts tariffs on Mexico, Canada
icon Posted: 17 May 2019 [06:19 PM]

The Washington Post WASHINGTON - The United States has agreed to lift its tariffs on industrial metals from Mexico and Canada, clearing a major obstacle to congressional passage of President Trump’s new North American trade deal, according to two sources…

Thursday 05/16/2019
Saudis blame Iran for drone attack amid calls for U.S. strikes
icon Posted: 16 May 2019 [06:02 PM]

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Saudi Arabia on Thursday blamed Tehran for a drone attack by Yemen’s rebels that knocked out a key oil pipeline and a newspaper close to the palace called for the U.S. to carry out…

TB case confirmed at school in Windham
icon Posted: 16 May 2019 [06:01 PM]

WILLIMANTIC Chronicle WINDHAM - An active tuberculosis case was confirmed at the Charles H. Barrows STEM Academy in North Windham Wednesday. Parents were informed of the outbreak in a letter sent home Wednesday. An email and telephone message regarding…

Schools turn to technology to reduce toll during shootings
icon Posted: 16 May 2019 [06:00 PM]

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Efforts to combat school shootings are starting to shift from preventing the violence to reducing the number of victims through technology that speeds up law enforcement’s response and quickly alerts teachers and students to danger. School…

NYC Mayor de Blasio seeking Dem nod for president
icon Posted: 16 May 2019 [05:55 PM]

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday that he will seek the Democratic nomination for president, adding his name to an already long list of candidates itching for a chance to take on Donald…

Wednesday 05/15/2019
Pro-abortion groups sue to thwart Ohio's most restrictive abortion law
icon Posted: 15 May 2019 [07:49 PM]

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Planned Parenthood and abortion clinics sued Wednesday to thwart Ohio's latest and most restrictive abortion law, an anticipated move that's part of a national anti-abortion strategy to challenge the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. The lawsuit…

U.S. employees to leave Iraq amid tensions with Iran
icon Posted: 15 May 2019 [07:48 PM]

The Washington Post BEIRUT - The State Department on Wednesday ordered all “non-emergency U.S. government employees” to leave Iraq amid soaring tensions with Iran, which backs proxy forces there. It said in a statement that the announcement affects both the…

Saudis restart oil pipeline after attack
icon Posted: 15 May 2019 [07:47 PM]

Bloomberg Saudi Arabia restarted its main cross-country oil pipeline after a drone attack by Iran-backed rebels that halted the link and escalated tensions in the world’s largest oil-exporting region. Saudi Aramco resumed operations at the pipeline after a halt Tuesday,…

AG Barr to probe Russia investigation
icon Posted: 15 May 2019 [07:46 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General William Barr is stepping up the probe into the origins of the Russia investigation, naming a U.S. attorney to oversee the investigation and working with intelligence chiefs to see how surveillance was conducted. Barr tapped…

Panel reaches deal with Trump Jr. for interview
icon Posted: 15 May 2019 [07:43 PM]

Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate Intelligence Committee has struck a deal with Donald Trump Jr. to appear for a closed-door interview next month, pulling the two sides back, for now, from a confrontation over a subpoena as part…

FAA chief defends handling of Boeing Max safety approval
icon Posted: 15 May 2019 [07:42 PM]

The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - The acting head of the Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday that Boeing should have done more to explain an automated flight-control system on its 737 Max aircraft before two deadly crashes, but he defended…

Tuesday 05/14/2019
Consumers likely to feel impact of Trump trade war
icon Posted: 14 May 2019 [07:43 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - For many Americans, President Donald Trump’s trade war may soon get very real. His administration is preparing to extend 25% tariffs to practically all Chinese imports not already hit with duties. That’s roughly an additional $300 billion…

Pompeo warns Russian official about election meddling
icon Posted: 14 May 2019 [07:42 PM]

SOCHI, Russia (AP) - On his first trip to Russia as U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo warned his Russian counterpart against any “unacceptable” Russian meddling in U.S. elections. At a news conference following three hours of meetings Tuesday, Pompeo…

Saudi Arabia alleges drone attack against oil pipeline
icon Posted: 14 May 2019 [07:40 PM]

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - An oil pipeline that runs across Saudi Arabia was hit Tuesday by drones, the Saudi energy minister said, as regional tensions flared just days after what the kingdom called an attack on two of…

Monday 05/13/2019
Felicity Huffman pleads guilty in college admissions scam
icon Posted: 13 May 2019 [07:50 PM]

BOSTON - “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman pleaded guilty Monday in the college admissions bribery scheme, the biggest name to do so in a scandal that has exposed the lengths to which some wealthy parents will go to get their…

Police investigate rappers' ties to shootings
icon Posted: 13 May 2019 [07:47 PM]

SUNNY ISLES BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A weekend of shootings involving rap musicians and their entourages in South Florida for a huge hip-hop festival left two people dead and four wounded, multiple vehicles riddled with bullets and at least seven…

Britain warns U.S.-Iran conflict could break out 'by accident'
icon Posted: 13 May 2019 [07:46 PM]

BRUSSELS (AP) - Britain warned Monday that armed conflict might be sparked “by accident” amid rising tensions between the United States and Iran, as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held talks with officials from European powers that are racing…

China retaliates on tariffs, stock markets slide
icon Posted: 13 May 2019 [07:44 PM]

BEIJING (AP) - Deepening its trade war with the U.S. and sending world financial markets into a slide, China announced higher tariffs Monday on $60 billion worth of American goods in retaliation for President Donald Trump’s latest penalties on Chinese…

Sunday 05/12/2019
Why tariff war threatens Beijing's ambitions
icon Posted: 12 May 2019 [08:01 PM]

BEIJING (AP) - China’s intensified tariff war with the Trump administration is threatening Beijing’s ambition to transform itself into the dominant player in global technology. The United States is a vital customer and source of technology for Chinese makers of…

UAE: Four ships targeted by 'sabotage'
icon Posted: 12 May 2019 [07:59 PM]

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - The United Arab Emirates said Sunday that four commercial ships off its eastern coast “were subjected to sabotage operations,” just hours after Iranian and Lebanese media outlets aired false reports of explosions at a…

'Heartbeat' abortion bans advancing in South, Midwest
icon Posted: 12 May 2019 [07:55 PM]

If a new Mississippi law survives a court challenge, it will be nearly impossible for most pregnant women to get an abortion there. Or, potentially, in neighboring Louisiana. Or Alabama. Or Georgia. The Louisiana legislature is halfway toward passing a…

Friday 05/10/2019
Iranian commander rejects talks with U.S.
icon Posted: 10 May 2019 [07:38 PM]

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - A top commander in Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard said Friday that Tehran will not talk with the United States, an Iranian news agency reported - a day after President Donald Trump said he'd like Iranian leaders…

Projectiles launched by North Korea were short-range missiles
icon Posted: 10 May 2019 [07:37 PM]

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - The U.S. and South Korea have determined that two projectiles launched by North Korea were short-range missiles, a South Korean military official said Friday, a day after the North's second launch in five days raised…

U.S. House passes $19 billion disaster aid bill
icon Posted: 10 May 2019 [07:36 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House on Friday passed a $19 billion disaster aid bill that would deliver long-sought relief to farmers, victims of hurricanes and floods, and rebuild southern military bases, as Democrats try to dislodge the legislation from a…

Rosenstein bids farewell to the Justice Department
icon Posted: 10 May 2019 [07:33 PM]

The Washington Post WASHINGTON - Rod Rosenstein, whose two-year tenure as the Justice Department’s No. 2 official was spent in the eye of a public storm surrounding special counsel Robert Mueller III’s investigation of President Donald Trump, said farewell Thursday…

US-China talks break up after US raises tariffs
icon Posted: 10 May 2019 [07:32 PM]

The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - Trade talks between the U.S. and China broke up Friday with no agreement, hours after President Donald Trump more than doubled tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports. Trump asserted on Twitter that there…

Thursday 05/09/2019
Sen. Burr takes GOP fire over Trump Jr. subpoena
icon Posted: 09 May 2019 [06:22 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans lashed out Thursday at fellow GOP Sen. Richard Burr for his committee’s subpoena of President Donald Trump’s son, a move that suggested the Russia investigation is not “case closed” as some in the party insist. Trump…

U.S. sanctions to hit Iran's metals industry
icon Posted: 09 May 2019 [06:21 PM]

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - U.S. sanctions have targeted Iran’s government, its paramilitary forces and the oil exports that fund them. Now they are hitting its vital steel, aluminum, copper and iron industries. The new sanctions, imposed as Tehran announced its…

North Korea fires two suspected missiles in possible new warning
icon Posted: 09 May 2019 [06:20 PM]

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea fired two suspected short-range missiles toward the sea on Thursday, South Korean officials said, its second weapons launch in five days and a possible warning that nuclear disarmament talks with Washington could be…

South Africa's ruling ANC holds lead in vote
icon Posted: 09 May 2019 [05:43 PM]

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - The ruling African National Congress held a comfortable lead Thursday with more than half the vote counted from South Africa’s presidential and parliamentary election, but it received much lower support than in the last ballot five years…

Wednesday 05/08/2019
Colorado community mourns 'hero' student killed in school shooting
icon Posted: 08 May 2019 [05:55 PM]

The Washington Post He was a high school senior, set to graduate this week. But instead of celebrating Kendrick Castillo's graduation, the family of the 18-year-old will be mourning his death. Castillo, a senior at STEM School Highlands…

Iran takes steps to end compliance with nuclear accord
icon Posted: 08 May 2019 [05:54 PM]

The Washington Post Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced Wednesday that his country was taking steps to halt its compliance with elements of a landmark nuclear accord, in a move that appeared certain to aggravate tensions with the United States. In…

british-royal-family-welcomes-baby-archie British royal family welcomes baby Archie
icon Posted: 08 May 2019 [05:52 PM]

LONDON (AP) - Tired but beaming, new parents Meghan and Prince Harry presented their 2-day-old son to the world as he slumbered…

Amazon hit by 'extensive' fraud from hackers
icon Posted: 08 May 2019 [05:52 PM]

Bloomberg Amazon.com was hit by an “extensive” fraud, revealing that unidentified hackers were able to siphon funds from merchant accounts over six months last year. Amazon believes it was the victim of a “serious” online attack by hackers who broke…

Uber, Lyft drivers protest
icon Posted: 08 May 2019 [05:51 PM]

NEW YORK (AP) - Some drivers for ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft turned off their apps Wednesday to protest what they say are declining wages at a time when both companies are raking in billions of dollars from investors. Demonstrations…

Tuesday 05/07/2019
Tough abortion ban becomes law in Georgia
icon Posted: 07 May 2019 [08:41 PM]

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Tuesday signed into law one of the nation’s most restrictive abortion laws, a measure that bans the procedure once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks,…

Pompeo makes unannounced visit to Iraq
icon Posted: 07 May 2019 [08:40 PM]

BAGHDAD - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a lightning visit to Baghdad on Tuesday to show U.S. support for the Iraqi government as Washington steps up warnings to Iran against any action against American interests in the Middle…

7 injured in Colorado school shooting
icon Posted: 07 May 2019 [08:37 PM]

The Washington Post At least seven students were injured Tuesday in a shooting at a suburban Denver school, according to law enforcement authorities. Two shooters are in custody, officials in Douglas County, Colorado, say. The shooting happened at 1:53 p.m.…

Monday 05/06/2019
Gaza quiet after Israel, Hamas agree to cease-fire
icon Posted: 06 May 2019 [07:54 PM]

JERUSALEM (AP) - The Israeli military lifted protective restrictions on residents in the south on Monday, while Gaza’s ruling Hamas militant group reported a cease-fire deal had been reached to end the deadliest fighting between the two sides since a…

U.S. rushes ships to Middle East over unspecified Iran threats
icon Posted: 06 May 2019 [07:54 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. is rushing an aircraft carrier and other military resources to the Middle East after seeing Iranian troops and proxy forces making preparations for attacks against U.S. forces and interests in the region, a defense official…

Sunday 05/05/2019
13 die in accident at Moscow airport
icon Posted: 05 May 2019 [08:13 PM]

MOSCOW (AP) - Thirteen people died Sunday in a fiery airplane accident at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport, a spokeswoman for the Russian Investigative Committee said. The Sukhoi SSJ100 operated by national airline Aeroflot had 73 passengers and five crew members on…

Trump threatens to raise China tariff to 25%
icon Posted: 05 May 2019 [08:12 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump turned up the pressure on China on Sunday, threatening to hike tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. Trump’s comments, delivered on Twitter, came as a Chinese delegation was scheduled to resume talks…