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Free speech supporters: Outnumbered but successful

BOSTON (AP) - Supporters of a small, conservative “free speech rally” held Saturday in Boston said that despite being outnumbered by tens of thousands of counterprotesters, their event was a success. Demonstrators protesting against racism and white supremacy had descended…

icon Posted: 20 August 2017 [08:30 PM]

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Sunday 08/20/2017
Spain: Police think extremists planned bomb attack
icon Posted: 20 August 2017 [08:29 PM]

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Police put up scores of roadblocks across northeast Spain on Sunday in hopes of capturing a fugitive suspect from the 12-member Islamic extremist cell that staged two vehicle attacks and plotted much deadlier carnage using explosives…

Millions converge across U.S. to see sun go dark
icon Posted: 20 August 2017 [08:26 PM]

AP Aerospace Writer Millions of Americans converged on a narrow corridor stretching from Oregon to South Carolina to watch the moon blot out the midday sun Monday for a wondrous couple of minutes in the first total solar eclipse to…

Trump will address path forward on Afghanistan
icon Posted: 20 August 2017 [08:26 PM]

CAMP MOREHEAD, Afghanistan (AP) - Signaling that the U.S. military expects its mission to continue, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan on Sunday hailed the launch of the Afghan Army’s new special operations corps, declaring that “we are with you…

Saturday 08/19/2017
Trump to skip Kennedy Center arts awards
icon Posted: 19 August 2017 [04:42 PM]

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. - In a break with tradition, President Donald Trump and the first lady have decided not to participate in events honoring recipients of this year's Kennedy Center Honors arts awards to “allow the honorees to celebrate without any…

A look at U.S. and South Korea war games and how North might respond
icon Posted: 19 August 2017 [04:41 PM]

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - America's annual joint military exercises with South Korea always frustrate North Korea. The war games set to begin Monday may hold more potential to provoke than ever, given President Donald Trump's “fire and fury” threats…

Police search for Spain van driver and missing Moroccan imam
icon Posted: 19 August 2017 [04:39 PM]

BARCELONA, Spain - Authorities in Spain searched Saturday for a member of an Islamic extremist cell that staged vehicle attacks in Barcelona and a seaside resort, focusing on links with his Moroccan comrades, a missing imam believed to have radicalized…

Trump remarks could sidetrack Democrats from other issues
icon Posted: 19 August 2017 [04:37 PM]

ATLANTA- President Donald Trump's widely criticized response to white supremacist violence in Virginia has left Democrats in a quandary: how to seize the moral high ground without getting sucked into a politically perilous culture war. Democrats have denounced Trump for…

Counter-protesters block neo-Nazi march to Berlin prison
icon Posted: 19 August 2017 [04:35 PM]

BERLIN - Left-wing groups and Berlin residents prevented more than 500 far-right extremists from marching Saturday to the Berlin prison where high-ranking Nazi official Rudolf Hess died decades ago. Police in riot gear kept the neo-Nazis and an estimated…

Friday 08/18/2017
Bannon leaves White House
icon Posted: 18 August 2017 [08:50 PM]

WASHINGTON - Steve Bannon, the blunt-spoken and divisive strategist who rose from Donald Trump’s conservative campaign to a top White House post, was pushed out by the president Friday, capping a turbulent seven months that now has seen the departure…

Police: Attacks in Spain linked; American among dead
icon Posted: 18 August 2017 [08:49 PM]

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - The back-to-back vehicle attacks in Barcelona and a nearby resort had been planned for a long time by an Islamic terrorist cell - and could have been far deadlier had its base not been destroyed by…

Independent cyber command OK'd
icon Posted: 18 August 2017 [08:48 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has approved a long-delayed Pentagon plan to create an independent and more aggressive cyber command in order to beef up cyberwar operations against the Islamic State group and other foes. The White House announcement…

Two dead, six injured in stabbing in Finland
icon Posted: 18 August 2017 [08:47 PM]

HELSINKI (AP) - A man stabbed eight people Friday in Finland’s western city of Turku, killing two of them, before police shot him in the thigh and detained him, police said. Authorities were looking for more potential suspects in the…

Thursday 08/17/2017
Parents of Newtown victims want to know if teachers had keys
icon Posted: 17 August 2017 [09:17 PM]

HARTFORD (AP) - Lawyers for the parents of two children killed in the Newtown school shooting are demanding to see evidence that two teachers fatally shot in the massacre had access to keys that could have been used to lock…

13 dead, 100 hurt in Barcelona terror attack
icon Posted: 17 August 2017 [09:16 PM]

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - A van veered onto a promenade Thursday and barreled down the busy walkway in central Barcelona, swerving back and forth as it mowed pedestrians down and turned a picturesque tourist destination into a bloody killing zone.…

Wednesday 08/16/2017
Plan to silence Big Ben for four years under review
icon Posted: 16 August 2017 [08:19 PM]

LONDON (AP) - British Parliament officials said Wednesday they will review plans to silence Big Ben during four years of repairs after senior politicians criticized the lengthy muting of the beloved bell. When the repairs were announced last year, officials…

China urges U.S., North Korea to 'hit the brakes' on threats
icon Posted: 16 August 2017 [08:19 PM]

BEIJING (AP) - China has urged the United States and North Korea to “hit the brakes” on threatening words and work toward a peaceful resolution of their tense standoff created by Pyongyang’s recent missile tests and threats to fire them…

Trump goes after Amazon.com
icon Posted: 16 August 2017 [08:18 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump renewed his attacks on e-commerce giant Amazon, saying Wednesday that the company is “doing great damage to tax paying retailers.” Trump, in a tweet, said that “towns, cities and states throughout the U.S.…

Under pressure, Trump disbands business councils
icon Posted: 16 August 2017 [08:17 PM]

WASHINGTON (The Washington Post) - President Donald Trump’s relationship with the American business community suffered a major setback on Wednesday as the president was forced to shut down his major business advisory councils after corporate leaders repudiated his comments…

Victim's mother: Channel anger into action
icon Posted: 16 August 2017 [08:16 PM]

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - The mother of a woman killed while protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville urged mourners at a memorial service Wednesday to “make my daughter’s death worthwhile” by confronting injustice and channeling “anger into righteous action,”…

Confederate monuments removed overnight in Baltimore
icon Posted: 16 August 2017 [08:16 PM]

BALTIMORE (AP) - Confederate monuments in Baltimore were quietly removed and hauled away on trucks in darkness early Wednesday, days after a violent white nationalist rally in Virginia that was sparked by plans to take down a similar statue there.…

Tuesday 08/15/2017
Korean leaders, U.S. open door to diplomacy in nuclear crisis
icon Posted: 15 August 2017 [09:35 PM]

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea’s military on Tuesday presented leader Kim Jong Un with plans to launch missiles into waters near Guam and “wring the windpipes of the Yankees,” even as both Koreas and the United States signaled…

Report: Higher premiums if Trump halts Obamacare subsidies
icon Posted: 15 August 2017 [09:34 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - Premiums for a popular type of individual health plan would rise sharply, and more people would be left with no insurance options if President Donald Trump makes good on his threat to stop “Obamacare” payments to insurers,…

3-nation efforts to revise NAFTA begin
icon Posted: 15 August 2017 [09:32 PM]

WASHINGTON - Of all the trade deals he lambasted on the campaign trail as threats to American workers, President Donald Trump reserved particular scorn for one: The North American Free Trade Agreement. The NAFTA agreement with Mexico and Canada was…

U.S. decries Islamic State 'genocide' of Christians
icon Posted: 15 August 2017 [09:30 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration denounced the Islamic State group on Tuesday for carrying out “genocide” against Christians and other religious minorities in areas under its control. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the group is “clearly responsible for…

Trump signs order to speed infrastructure work
icon Posted: 15 August 2017 [09:27 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says he’s signing a new executive order “streamlining” the federal permitting process to speed up construction of transportation, water and other infrastructure projects without harming the environment. White House officials confirmed that Trump’s order…

New Jersey bomb evidence OK at Manhattan trial
icon Posted: 15 August 2017 [09:25 PM]

NEW YORK (AP) - A judge says evidence related to New Jersey bombs can be admitted at the October trial of a man charged in a 2016 New York bombing that injured 30 people. Federal Judge Richard Berman on Tuesday…

Monday 08/14/2017
'Racism is evil': Trump speaks out on Charlottesville clashes
icon Posted: 14 August 2017 [09:02 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - Under pressure all weekend, President Donald Trump on Monday named and condemned hate groups as “repugnant” and declared “racism is evil” in an updated, more forceful statement on the deadly, race-fueled clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump had…

Man accused of car-ramming in Charlottesville remains jailed
icon Posted: 14 August 2017 [09:01 PM]

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - An Ohio man accused of ramming his car into a crowd of protesters at a white nationalist rally in Virginia will remain in jail. Judge Robert Downer declined to set bond at a hearing Monday for…

VP Pence says U.S. won't stand by as Venezuela 'crumbles'
icon Posted: 14 August 2017 [08:58 PM]

CARTAGENA, Colombia (AP) - Seeking to highlight the growing plight in Venezuela, Vice President Mike Pence on Monday met with people who’ve fled the country to neighboring Colombia. Pence visited the Calvary Chapel in Cartagena, where met with faith leaders…

N. Korea leader briefed on plans for missile tests
icon Posted: 14 August 2017 [08:58 PM]

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea said Tuesday that leader Kim Jong Un was briefed on his military’s plans to launch missiles into waters near Guam as part of an effort to create “enveloping fire” near the U.S. military…

Sunday 08/13/2017
Iran lawmakers raise missile, Guard spending to challenge U.S.
icon Posted: 13 August 2017 [09:26 PM]

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Chanting “Death to America,” Iran’s parliament voted unanimously Sunday to increase spending on its ballistic missile program and the foreign operations of its paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, part of a sanctions bill mirroring a new U.S. law…

Kenyan opposition leader calls for mourning
icon Posted: 13 August 2017 [09:24 PM]

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga urged his supporters to skip work on Monday in a protest against the country’s disputed election and police killings of rioters, even as the government denounced violent demonstrations as unlawful and…

Trump faulted for not explicitly rebuking white supremacists
icon Posted: 13 August 2017 [09:23 PM]

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) - President Donald Trump is drawing criticism from Republicans and Democrats for not explicitly denouncing white supremacists in the aftermath of violent clashes in Virginia, with lawmakers saying he needs to take a public stand against groups…

Guam celebrates Mass amid N. Korea threat
icon Posted: 13 August 2017 [09:20 PM]

TUMON, Guam (AP) - Across Guam - where nearly everyone is Roman Catholic - priests prayed for peace as residents of the U.S. Pacific island territory faced a missile threat from North Korea. Archbishop Michael Byrnes instructed priests in Guam’s…

Saturday 08/12/2017
Venezuela rejects Trump talk of military option
icon Posted: 12 August 2017 [05:38 PM]

CARACAS, Venezuela ) - Venezuela's government energetically rejected U.S. President Donald Trump's talk of a potential “military option” to resolve the country's political crisis on Saturday, calling it the most egregious act of belligerence against Venezuela in a century and…

White nationalist rally, violence rock Virginia city; 1 dead
icon Posted: 12 August 2017 [05:36 PM]

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - A car plowed into a crowd of people peacefully protesting a white nationalist rally Saturday in a Virginia college town, killing one person, sending at least 26 others to hospitals and ratcheting up tension in an increasingly…

Trump signs bill to fund veterans medical care program
icon Posted: 12 August 2017 [05:35 PM]

BEDMINSTER, N.J. - President Donald Trump has signed an emergency spending bill that will pump more than $2 billion into a program that allows veterans to receive private medical care at government expense. Trump, who made improving veterans care a…

North Korea still mastering how to deliver a nuke to US
icon Posted: 12 August 2017 [05:34 PM]

WASHINGTON - U.S. intelligence officials are pretty sure North Korea can put a nuclear warhead on an intercontinental missile that could reach the United States. But experts aren't convinced the bomb could make it all that way intact. They cite…

U.S.-NKorea talking behind the scenes for months
icon Posted: 12 August 2017 [05:33 PM]

WASHINGTON - Beyond the bluster, the Trump administration has been quietly engaged in back channel diplomacy with North Korea for several months, addressing Americans imprisoned in the communist country and deteriorating relations between the longtime foes, The Associated Press has…

Friday 08/11/2017
Trump: N. Korea will 'regret it fast' if it attacks U.S. or allies
icon Posted: 11 August 2017 [09:33 PM]

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) - President Donald Trump on Friday issued another warning of swift and forceful retaliation against nuclear North Korea, declaring the U.S. military “locked and loaded.” He said the isolated nation’s leader “will regret it fast” if he…

Brexit opponents mull forming new party
icon Posted: 11 August 2017 [08:58 PM]

LONDON (AP) - Opponents of Britain’s departure from the European Union are floating the idea of setting up a new anti-Brexit political party. James Chapman, a former top aide to Brexit Secretary David Davis, has become an outspoken critic of…

Escalating Trump-McConnell feud highlights stalled agenda
icon Posted: 11 August 2017 [08:56 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump’s escalating feud with his top Senate partner undercuts the president’s stalled agenda on tax overhaul and budget while prompting swift pushback from Republican senators who have lined up squarely behind Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Trump…

Poll: Stop trying to repeal Obamacare
icon Posted: 11 August 2017 [08:55 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - Message to President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans: Stop trying to scuttle the Obama health care law, and start trying to make it more effective. That’s the resounding word from a national poll released Friday by the…

Thursday 08/10/2017
3 Fla. firefighters resign in noose investigation
icon Posted: 10 August 2017 [08:45 PM]

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A Florida fire chief fired a firefighter recruit and accepted the resignations of three others following an investigation into a noose left hanging over the chair of the only black recruit in a class of…

After flood, New Orleans braces for more rain, pump problems
icon Posted: 10 August 2017 [08:44 PM]

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - With more rain in the forecast and city water pumps malfunctioning after weekend floods, New Orleans’ mayor is urging residents of some waterlogged neighborhoods to move their vehicles to higher ground. Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s office said…

Trump demands N. Korea 'get their act together'
icon Posted: 10 August 2017 [08:40 PM]

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) - President Donald Trump issued a new threat to North Korea on Thursday, demanding that Kim Jong Un’s government “get their act together” or face extraordinary trouble. He said his previous “fire and fury” warning to Pyongyang…

Frustrated with Trump, McCain unveils Afghanistan war strategy
icon Posted: 10 August 2017 [08:39 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a rebuke of President Donald Trump, Arizona Sen. John McCain declared Thursday that “America is adrift in Afghanistan” as he unveiled a war strategy of his own that includes more U.S. combat forces and greater counterterrorism…

Trump continues taunts of Senate GOP leader
icon Posted: 10 August 2017 [08:38 PM]

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump resumed his taunts of the Senate’s top Republican on Thursday, expressing disbelief that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell couldn’t persuade a GOP majority to pass a health care bill. “Can you believe that Mitch…