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Brexit bill is law; EU ratification needed

LONDON (AP) - Britain’s delayed and disputed Brexit bill became law on Thursday, removing the last U.K. obstacle to the country leaving the European Union in just over a week. The U.K. is finally leaving the 28-nation bloc more than…

icon Posted: 23 January 2020 [07:15 PM]

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Thursday 01/23/2020
Coronavirus: 18 million Chinese in lockdown
icon Posted: 23 January 2020 [07:14 PM]

BEIJING (AP) - Chinese authorities Thursday moved to lock down at least three cities with a combined population of more than 18 million in an unprecedented effort to contain the deadly new virus that has sickened hundreds of people and…

Dems' impeachment challenge: Making a case
icon Posted: 23 January 2020 [07:13 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Democrats pressed into the second day of arguments in President Donald Trump’s impeachment case focused intently on the charge of abuse of power, which top prosecutor Adam Schiff said would leave senators with no choice but…

Annabella Sciorra: Weinstein held me down, raped me
icon Posted: 23 January 2020 [07:13 PM]

NEW YORK (AP) - “Sopranos” actress Annabella Sciorra confronted Harvey Weinstein from the witness stand Thursday, telling a jury in a quivering voice that the burly Hollywood studio boss barged into her apartment in the mid-1990s, overpowered her and raped…

Wednesday 01/22/2020
Trump on troops' injuries in Iraq: 'They had headaches'
icon Posted: 22 January 2020 [09:04 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday minimized the severity of head injuries sustained by U.S. troops during an Iranian missile strike on an Iraqi air base as he was pressed on why he had claimed no troops were…

Impeachment arguments open with appeal to GOP senators
icon Posted: 22 January 2020 [09:02 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Democrats opened arguments in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial Wednesday, appealing to skeptical Republican senators to join them in voting to remove Trump from office to “protect our democracy.” Trump’s lawyers sat by, waiting their turn,…

'He was a rapist,' says prosecutor as Weinstein trial opens
icon Posted: 22 January 2020 [08:59 PM]

NEW YORK (AP) - Harvey Weinstein went on trial Wednesday in a landmark moment for the # MeToo movement, with prosecutors painting him as a sexual predator who used his movie-magnate stature to abuse women for decades, while his lawyers…

Tuesday 01/21/2020
Prison violence kills two more inmates in Mississippi
icon Posted: 21 January 2020 [08:40 PM]

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Two inmates were killed Monday night at an understaffed Mississippi prison that has been shaken by other deadly violence in recent weeks. The state Department of Corrections confirmed the deaths Tuesday but did not immediately release…

Mexico sends migrants back
icon Posted: 21 January 2020 [08:38 PM]

CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico (AP) - Hundreds of Central American migrants who waded across a river into Mexico in hopes of eventually reaching the U.S. were sent back to their homeland or retreated across the border Tuesday after Mexican troops blocked…

Trump at Davos: Long on economic 'boom,' short on climate change
icon Posted: 21 January 2020 [08:36 PM]

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) - President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he’s led a “spectacular” turnaround of the U.S. economy and urged the world to invest in America, but had less to say about climate change issues that are a focus…

Monday 01/20/2020
Pope calls populism a breeding ground for anti-Semitism
icon Posted: 20 January 2020 [07:58 PM]

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis on Monday denounced populism, saying it is born of “selfish indifference” and provides fertile terrain for hatred, including anti-Semitism. Francis spoke while meeting with a delegation from the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a human…

Migrants cross river from Guatemala into Mexico
icon Posted: 20 January 2020 [07:56 PM]

CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico (AP) - Hundreds of Central American migrants waded across the Suchiate River into southern Mexico Monday in a new test of U.S. President Donald Trump’s Central America strategy to keep them away from the U.S. border. The…

Democratic presidential hopefuls link arms at MLK Day march
icon Posted: 20 January 2020 [07:53 PM]

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Democratic presidential contenders celebrated Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy at a Baptist church Monday and linked arms with each other and civil rights leaders in a march of tens of thousands to the Statehouse. At Zion…

Trump lawyers to Senate: Dismiss 'flimsy' impeachment case
icon Posted: 20 January 2020 [07:51 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump’s legal team asserted Monday that he did “absolutely nothing wrong,“ urging the Senate to swiftly reject an impeachment case that it called “flimsy” and a “dangerous perversion of the Constitution.” The lawyers decried the…

Richmond gun-rights rally ends without incident
icon Posted: 20 January 2020 [07:49 PM]

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Thousands of gun-rights activists from around the country rallied peacefully at the Virginia Capitol on Monday, protesting plans by the state’s Democratic leadership to pass gun-control legislation that have become a key flash point in the…

Sunday 01/19/2020
Hungarian Jews commemorate liberation of Budapest ghetto
icon Posted: 19 January 2020 [08:28 PM]

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) - Hungary’s Jewish community on Sunday commemorated the 75th anniversary of the liberation by Soviet troops of the Budapest ghetto, where over 70,000 Jews were confined near the end of World War II. While some 550,000…

Military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out
icon Posted: 19 January 2020 [08:26 PM]

ST. JOHN’S, Newfoundland (AP) - Canada’s federal government was mobilizing the Armed Forces Sunday to help Newfoundland and Labrador dig out from the monster blizzard that paralyzed eastern regions of the province with record-breaking amounts of snow and as forecasts…

Sanders: Women, seniors both face challenges as candidates
icon Posted: 19 January 2020 [08:24 PM]

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Bernie Sanders made a comparison Sunday between the challenges women face in politics today and his running for president at the age of 78 as the Democratic presidential candidate continues to face questions over his recent…

Prosecutors, Trump defense show no sign of compromise
icon Posted: 19 January 2020 [08:21 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - Advocates for and against President Donald Trump gave no ground Sunday on his Senate impeachment trial, digging in on whether a crime is required for his conviction and removal and whether witnesses will be called. But…

Friday 01/17/2020
Iowa voters shrug off Warren-Sanders 'dustup'
icon Posted: 17 January 2020 [08:14 PM]

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Ann Stromquist watched this week’s Democratic presidential debate like the research scientist she is. She studied the candidates’ answers carefully, looking for something to help her make a final decision between supporting Sen. Bernie Sanders…

Thursday 01/16/2020
Taliban offer brief Afghan cease-fire
icon Posted: 16 January 2020 [07:51 PM]

ISLAMABAD (AP) - The Taliban have given the U.S. envoy their offer for a temporary cease-fire in Afghanistan that would last between seven and 10 days, Taliban officials familiar with the negotiations said Thursday. The offer is seen as…

With new premier OK'd, Putin proposes more changes
icon Posted: 16 January 2020 [07:50 PM]

MOSCOW (AP) - President Vladimir Putin on Thursday fast-tracked work on constitutional changes that could keep him in power well past the end of his term in 2024 while lawmakers quickly sealed his choice for new prime minister. Speaking to…

FBI arrests 3 ahead of pro-gun rally
icon Posted: 16 January 2020 [07:48 PM]

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - FBI agents on Thursday arrested a former Canadian Armed Forces reservist and two other men who are linked to a violent white supremacist group and were believed to be heading to a pro-gun rally…

Weinstein: 5 jurors in, Hadid out; lawyers take on 'circus'
icon Posted: 16 January 2020 [07:48 PM]

NEW YORK (AP) - Harvey Weinstein’s lawyers went to court Thursday with a last-minute demand to halt jury selection and move his rape trial out of New York City, where they say intense media coverage, protesters and even the consideration…

Wednesday 01/15/2020
Putin's latest moves point to intentions to retain power past 2024
icon Posted: 15 January 2020 [08:48 PM]

MOSCOW (AP) - President Vladimir Putin engineered a surprise shakeup of Russia’s leadership Wednesday, proposing changes to the constitution that could keep him in power well past the end of his term in 2024. Hours after he made the proposals,…

Trump impeachment articles sent to Senate
icon Posted: 15 January 2020 [08:43 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. House voted Wednesday to send two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate and approve House prosecutors for only the third impeachment trial in American history. The nearly party-line vote moved…

2010s were the planet's hottest recorded decade
icon Posted: 15 January 2020 [08:40 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - The decade that just ended was by far the hottest ever measured on Earth, capped off by the second-warmest year on record, two U.S. agencies reported Wednesday. And scientists said they see no end to the way…

Tuesday 01/14/2020
Six prison guards charged in Rikers Island bribery case
icon Posted: 14 January 2020 [08:32 PM]

NEW YORK (AP) - Federal prosecutors announced charges Tuesday against six New York City correctional officers accused of taking thousands of dollars in bribes to smuggle drugs to inmates at the Rikers Island jail complex. Fifteen other people, including…

Monday 01/13/2020
Thousands flee as Philippine volcano spews lava
icon Posted: 13 January 2020 [08:40 PM]

TAGAYTAY, Philippines (AP) - Red-hot lava spewed from a volcano near the Philippine capital of Manila on Monday as tens of thousands of people fled through heavy ash and frightening tremors, and authorities made plans to evacuate hundreds of thousands…

American troops had hours to prepare for Iranian missile attack
icon Posted: 13 January 2020 [08:39 PM]

AIN AL-ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq (AP) - American troops were informed of an impending missile barrage hours before their air base in Iraq was struck by Iran, U.S. military officials said Monday, days after the attack that marked a major…

Booker ends 2020 presidential run
icon Posted: 13 January 2020 [08:37 PM]

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Democrat Cory Booker dropped out of the presidential race Monday, ending a campaign whose message of unity and love failed to resonate in a political era marked by chaos and anxiety. His departure now leaves…

AR-15's design may jeopardize prosecutions and regulations
icon Posted: 13 January 2020 [08:32 PM]

DALLAS (AP) - A subtle design feature of the AR-15 rifle has raised a technical legal question that is derailing cases against people who are charged with illegally buying and selling the gun’s parts or building the weapon. At issue…

Sunday 01/12/2020
Death toll climbs as storms batter South, Midwest
icon Posted: 12 January 2020 [08:33 PM]

HOUSTON (AP) - Severe storms sweeping across southern portions of the U.S. and up into the Midwest were blamed Saturday in the deaths of at least 11 people, including two first responders, as high winds, tornadoes and unrelenting rain battered…

Defying police, Iranians protest shootdown of passenger plane
icon Posted: 12 January 2020 [08:29 PM]

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Iranian demonstrators defied a heavy police presence Sunday night to protest their country’s days of denials that it shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane carrying 176 people, the latest unrest to roil the capital…

Friday 01/10/2020
puerto-ricans-living-in-baseball-park Puerto Ricans living in baseball park
icon Posted: 10 January 2020 [07:19 PM]

GUAYANILLA, Puerto Rico (AP) - A new community has popped up in this earthquake-damaged town in southwest Puerto Rico: It houses 300…

Thursday 01/09/2020
U.S.: 'Highly likely' Iran shot down Ukrainian plane
icon Posted: 09 January 2020 [09:00 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. officials said Thursday it was “highly likely” that an Iranian anti-aircraft missile downed a Ukrainian jetliner late Tuesday, killing all 176 people on board. They suggested it could well have been a mistake. The crash came…

Trump calls for massive environmental regulation rollback
icon Posted: 09 January 2020 [08:58 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump on Thursday proposed rolling back enforcement of a landmark environmental law, reducing federal oversight of many major projects, from pipelines to commercial development, to speed the approval process. He said the United States cannot…

Pelosi: Impeachment articles to be sent to Senate 'soon'
icon Posted: 09 January 2020 [08:57 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she will “soon’’ transmit the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, but warned that Senate Republicans are rushing to acquittal without a fair trial. Pelosi brushed back GOP claims that…

Wednesday 01/08/2020
All 176 dead as jetliner crashes on takeoff in Iran
icon Posted: 08 January 2020 [08:59 PM]

SHAHEDSHAHR, Iran (AP) - A Ukrainian airliner carrying 176 people crashed on the outskirts of Tehran during a takeoff attempt Wednesday hours after Iran launched its missile attack on U.S. forces, scattering flaming debris and passengers’ belongings across farmland and…

Weinstein lawyers want judge to step aside
icon Posted: 08 January 2020 [08:56 PM]

NEW YORK (AP) - Harvey Weinstein’s lawyers asked the judge in his New York City rape case to step aside Wednesday, a day after he threatened to jail the disgraced movie mogul for texting in the courtroom. Weinstein’s lawyers sent…

Tuesday 01/07/2020
Australian crews race to contain blazes
icon Posted: 07 January 2020 [08:16 PM]

BALMORAL, Australia (AP) - Bolstered by cooler weather and desperately needed rain, exhausted firefighters in Australia raced to shore up defenses against deadly wildfires before the blazes flare again within days when scorching temperatures are expected to return. The first…

Stampede kills 56 at funeral for Iranian general slain by U.S.
icon Posted: 07 January 2020 [08:15 PM]

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - A stampede broke out Tuesday at the funeral for a top Iranian general slain in a U.S. airstrike, and at least 56 people were killed and more than 200 were injured as thousands thronged the procession,…