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Kushner adds at least $10M in assets to revised disclosure

President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner "inadvertently omitted" more than 70 assets worth at least $10.6 million from his personal financial disclosure reports, according to revised paperwork released Friday. The previously unreported assets were included in updated disclosure reports certified by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics on Thursday as part of the...
Legal deal pulls money to teach tribal kids native language

Legal deal pulls money to teach tribal kids native language

New generations of children growing up in a tiny American Indian tribe in Arizona have lost a key way of learning to speak their native language, and it may not be coming back. A private land developer stopped making payments five years ago that funded language development in Hopi schools and helped 18 other tribes in Arizona build schools, youth camps and educational facilities. The payments were...
The Latest: 2 dead, 500 hurt as 6.7 quake rocks Aegean Sea

The Latest: 2 dead, 500 hurt as 6.7 quake rocks Aegean Sea

The Latest on the earthquake that hit the Aegean Sea region (all times local): 7:55 p.m. A powerful earthquake has shaken shook beach resorts in Greece and Turkey, killing two tourists crushed when a building collapsed on a bar in the Greek island of Kos and injuring nearly 500 others across the Aegean Sea region. Only a few miles apart, Kos and the Turkish resort of Bodrum were hit hours before dawn...
The Latest: Trump tweets that Spicer's future is 'bright'

The Latest: Trump tweets that Spicer's future is 'bright'

The Latest on changes to the White House communications staff (all times local): 9:50 p.m. President Donald Trump says Sean Spicer is a "wonderful person who took tremendous abuse from the Fake News Media." Trump also says in a late Friday tweet that Spicer's future is "bright." Spicer resigned earlier in the day, six months into the administration, after Trump tapped New York...
Spicer exits as Trump shakes up his beleaguered press team

Spicer exits as Trump shakes up his beleaguered press team

White House press secretary Sean Spicer abruptly resigned Friday over President Donald Trump's decision to tap a camera-ready financier to lead the beleaguered White House communications team. The departing spokesman said the president "could benefit from a clean slate" as he seeks to steady operations amid the Russia investigations and ahead of a health care showdown. Spicer, whose daily...
This is the most accurate map of the Great American Eclipse’s path of totality to date

This is the most accurate map of the Great American Eclipse’s path of totality to date

It’s the final countdown: We are officially one month away from the first total solar eclipse to cross the country coast to coast in nearly 100 years. » RELATED: 7 things to know about the rare total solar eclipse crossing the nation this August  NASA data visualizer Ernie Wright recently published the most accurate map to date of the eclipse’s path of totality using...
Romania: Art exhibit at ex-prison show horrors of communism

Romania: Art exhibit at ex-prison show horrors of communism

An art exhibition went on display Friday at a former Romanian prison where communists tortured and killed political prisoners in a gruesome re-education program. The collection of 11 sculptures at the Pitesti Prison, southern Romania, aims to remind visitors about the horrors that took place there from 1949 to 1951. The 3.5 meter-tall (11.5-feet) grey, polystyrene figures depict detainees who were...
The Latest: Swede confirmed as one of those killed in quake

The Latest: Swede confirmed as one of those killed in quake

The Latest on an earthquake that struck Turkey's Aegean coast and nearby Greek islands (all times local): 5:25 p.m. Sweden's foreign ministry has confirmed that the second victim of the earthquake that struck the Greek island of Kos overnight was a 20-year-old man who lived in central Sweden. His name was not revealed. In a Twitter message, Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom offered her condolences...
Ex-escort gets 16 years for trying to have husband killed

Ex-escort gets 16 years for trying to have husband killed

A former Florida escort convicted of trying to hire a hit man to murder her newlywed husband was sentenced Friday to 16 years in prison, perhaps ending a drawn-out case that drew notice for its startling videos and salacious characters. Circuit Judge Glenn Kelley imposed the sentence on Dalia Dippolito, who was convicted last month of solicitation of first-degree murder. She was recorded on video...
3 Palestinians, 3 Israelis killed in violence over holy site

3 Palestinians, 3 Israelis killed in violence over holy site

Escalating Israeli-Palestinian tensions over the Holy Land's most contested shrine boiled over into violence on Friday that killed six people — three Palestinians in street clashes in Jerusalem and three Israelis in a stabbing attack at a West Bank settlement. After nightfall, a Palestinian sneaked into a home in the Israeli settlement of Halamish in the West Bank and stabbed to death three...
The Latest: 2 tourists killed in quake from Turkey, Sweden

The Latest: 2 tourists killed in quake from Turkey, Sweden

The Latest on an earthquake that struck Turkey's Aegean coast and nearby Greek islands (all times local): ___ 9:00 a.m. Greek authorities say two tourists killed in an overnight earthquake on the island of Kos are from Turkey and Sweden. Fire Service rescue chief Stephanos Kolokouris told state television that the two men had been identified but gave no further details. He said one of the five people...
Layoffs begin at Carrier plant that drew Trump's criticism

Layoffs begin at Carrier plant that drew Trump's criticism

More than 300 Carrier Corp. workers were being laid off Thursday from the company's Indianapolis factory as part of an outsourcing of jobs to Mexico that drew criticism last year from then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. The nearly 340 workers clocked out after their final shifts at Carrier's gas furnace factory. Another wave of 290 workers will be let go by Dec. 22 under a timetable the company...
Trump’s 2008 mansion sale to Russian is part of investigation: report

Trump’s 2008 mansion sale to Russian is part of investigation: report

President Donald Trump’s2008 sale of a Palm Beach mansion to a Russian oligarch is now part of the investigation being led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, according to a new report from Bloomberg News. Mueller’s team has expanded its investigation to include business transactions conducted by Trump and some of his “associates,” including his former campaign manager...
Ryan pitches tax reform at shoe factory as protesters gather

Ryan pitches tax reform at shoe factory as protesters gather

House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday pitched Republican plans for overhauling the nation's tax code at a shoe factory, as demonstrators outside protested the GOP agenda of scrapping former President Barack Obama's health care law and tax cuts. Ryan traveled to this heavily Democratic state to promote one of President Donald Trump's top priorities, as congressional Republicans struggle to advance key...
Should OD rescues be limited? Questions rise as Narcan’s cost soars

Should OD rescues be limited? Questions rise as Narcan’s cost soars

Could multiple drug overdoses by the same person prompt first responders to stop giving that person Narcan? One Martin County commissioner raised that prospect during a budget meeting this week. He isn’t the first to do so nationwide, as counties, cities and towns grapple with the opioid epidemic and the soaring cost of the antidote, which saves lives by blocking the effects of heroin and other...
UCF student behind viral tweet grading breakup letter no longer suspended

UCF student behind viral tweet grading breakup letter no longer suspended

The University of Central Florida student who graded a breakup letter that went viral on social media is no longer suspended from the university. >> Read more trending news An attorney for Nicholas Lutz said the school will allow Lutz back in the classroom.  In February, Lutz graded his ex-girlfriend’s breakup letter for grammar, spelling and syntax. He posted images of the letter...
EU, UK tiptoeing forward in vital Brexit divorce talks

EU, UK tiptoeing forward in vital Brexit divorce talks

Britain and a frustrated European Union hesitantly edged forward during their first full divorce negotiation session this week, though it became clear Thursday that one of the biggest stumbling blocks will be agreeing which court will have the final say in settling legal disputes after Brexit. The EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, urged Britain to flesh out its positions on a variety of...
Croatia battles wildfire that crossed border from Montenegro

Croatia battles wildfire that crossed border from Montenegro

Croatian authorities say firefighters are battling a wildfire in the south of the country's Adriatic coast that has spread across the border from neighboring Montenegro. They said Thursday that firefighting planes have been trying to contain the blaze and prevent it from spreading any further. Both Croatia and Montenegro have faced a series of wildfires along the Adriatic coast amid high summer temperatures...
GOP leaders plan Tuesday health vote, it's an uphill climb

GOP leaders plan Tuesday health vote, it's an uphill climb

Republican leaders pushed toward a Senate vote next Tuesday on resurrecting their nearly flat-lined health care bill. Their uphill drive was further complicated by the ailing GOP Sen. John McCain's potential absence and a dreary report envisioning that the number of uninsured Americans would soar. The White House and GOP leaders fished Thursday for ways to win over recalcitrant senators, including...
Venezuela strike erupts into violence leaving 2 dead

Venezuela strike erupts into violence leaving 2 dead

A nationwide strike against plans to rewrite the constitution shut down much of Venezuelan's capital Thursday before erupting into sporadic violence that left at least two young men dead. President Nicolas Maduro pledged to forge ahead with reshaping Venezuela's government despite the protests and a U.S. threat to levy economic sanctions if he continued. A coalition of opposition groups called what...
Trump stops hundreds of planned regulations

Trump stops hundreds of planned regulations

The Trump administration has withdrawn or delayed 860 proposed regulations in its first five months, the beginnings of a regulatory overhaul meant to bolster economic growth. Federal agencies have withdrawn 469 proposed regulations compared to a fall 2016 report when Barack Obama was president, according to figures the White House budget office. This includes 19 regulations with an economic impact...
7 things to know about the rare total solar eclipse crossing the nation this August

7 things to know about the rare total solar eclipse crossing the nation this August

The nation is gearing up for the first total solar eclipse to cross the country coast to coast in nearly 100 years. This August, the sun, the moon and planet Earth will all align as space junkies revel in the celestial spectacle that has everyone talking. Due to its rarity, astronomers are calling the 2017 phenomenon the Great American Eclipse. Here are seven things to know about the big summer...

OAS chief says he backs targeted sanctions against Venezuela

The leader of the Western Hemisphere's largest diplomatic body said Wednesday he backs targeted sanctions against high-ranking Venezuelan officials responsible for the political and economic turmoil gripping the South American nation. But Luis Almagro, the secretary general of the Organization of American States, cautioned a congressional oversight panel against sweeping economic penalties that could...
10-year-old Florida boy dead after mysterious encounter with fentanyl

10-year-old Florida boy dead after mysterious encounter with fentanyl

Alton Banks went to the community swimming pool like so many other children in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood on a warm day in late June, but unlike the other kids, the 10-year-old collapsed and died later that night at home from a mysterious encounter with the deadly drug fentanyl. Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said on Tuesday that investigators believe...
Man kills 820-pound wild hog found in his front yard

Man kills 820-pound wild hog found in his front yard

A south Alabama man sprang into action last week, when he found his dog barking at an 820-pound wild hog in his front yard, shooting and killing the large animal, according to multiple reports. Wade Seagos, a deer hunter who also operates a taxidermy shop, told AL.com that it’s not unusual for wildlife to wander onto the 100 acres he shares with his family in Samson. He said he wasn&rsquo...
100 animals covered in filth seized from exotic pet store, police say

100 animals covered in filth seized from exotic pet store, police say

Police seized about 100 animals from an exotic pet store Saturday after they said they found a variety of them dead or covered in their own waste. The animals include three dogs, five guinea pigs, 14 snakes, 26 lizards and numerous hamsters, turtles, ferrets, rabbits and sugar gliders, Porter County Animal Shelter director Toni Bianchi told the Northwest Indiana Times. “There was a strong...
Panel approves bill to boost testing of self-driving cars

Panel approves bill to boost testing of self-driving cars

A House panel on Wednesday backed legislation designed to allow automakers to increase the testing of self-driving cars on U.S. roads. The bill would let automakers deploy up to 100,000 self-driving vehicles without meeting existing auto safety standards, a move designed to boost testing of new technology. The current cap for such exemptions is 2,500. The bill would also require manufacturers to report...
Trump's Chicago hotel won't honor woman's low fare on Booking.com

Trump's Chicago hotel won't honor woman's low fare on Booking.com

A hopeful traveler stumbled across the hotel deal of a lifetime. Rose Lawrence quickly took the chance to book a deal in which a normally priced $1,100 room was being offered for much less. But the hotel said it will not honor her deal. >> Read more trending news Lawrence’s excitement quickly turned into frustration and shed light on an online booking fiasco when hotel management...
The Latest: Venezuela opposition eases alternate gov't plan

The Latest: Venezuela opposition eases alternate gov't plan

The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela, where opponents of President Nicolas Maduro's plans to rewrite the constitution have called a general strike for Thursday. (all times local): 2:45 p.m. A coalition of Venezuelan opposition parties has backed away from a plan to take a big step toward total rejection of government authority. The Democratic Unity coalition is made up of some 20 opposition...
Ukrainian firefighting plane helps with Montenegro wildfires

Ukrainian firefighting plane helps with Montenegro wildfires

A plane from Ukraine has joined firefighting efforts in Montenegro after the country asked for international help to battle wildfires raging along the Adriatic coast. Authorities say help also will arrive from Switzerland and Bulgaria. Emergency official Zoran Barbic says "the situation is much better now." Wildfires reaching close to fishing villages and tourist resorts at Lustica peninsula...
Bride honors generations of family with wedding dress photo shoot

Bride honors generations of family with wedding dress photo shoot

A Minnesota bride was able to honor her mother, mother-in-law and great-grandmother during her pre-wedding bridal photo shoot. Colleen Dejno found out that her family saved the gowns from previous weddings, so she came up with the idea to show the fashion progression of the past 100 years while remembering those who walked down the aisle before her, KARE reported.  Dejno works at a children&rsquo...
Warnings as deadly Central African Republic violence returns

Warnings as deadly Central African Republic violence returns

Bullet-riddled roofs line the "boulevard of death" in Central African Republic's southeastern town of Bangassou, where almost everyone who enters is seen as an enemy. The city, spared sectarian bloodshed until May, now has more than 2,000 Muslim residents forced to take refuge at the local cathedral after attacks by the mostly Christian anti-Balaka militia. More than 300 people have been...
Health plan's fall brings dread for 'Obamacare' recipients

Health plan's fall brings dread for 'Obamacare' recipients

One American was able to afford her toddler's latest heart operation. Another had the means to go back to college to pursue her dreams. They and thousands of others were able to do so as beneficiaries of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. And while Republicans in Congress failed this week to craft a new health care plan, they did succeed in shaking the confidence of those who rely on the...
Afghan team among medal winners at global robotics event

Afghan team among medal winners at global robotics event

An international robotics competition in Washington attracted teams of teenagers from more than 150 nations. The team that drew the most attention at the FIRST Global Challenge, which ended Tuesday, was a squad of girls from Afghanistan who were twice rejected for U.S. visas before President Donald Trump intervened. But there were even more stories than there were teams. Here are a few: ___ RESULTS...
Deaths of 9 in Arizona raise questions about flood warnings

Deaths of 9 in Arizona raise questions about flood warnings

The search for a man who was swept away in a flash flood that killed nine others at a swimming hole in central Arizona heads into its third day Wednesday. Meanwhile, there are questions about whether the government should have done more to warn the public about the dangers of floodwaters in wilderness areas. The nine people who died and a man who remains missing were swept away Saturday after a torrent...
'Couldn't even see the sun': Fire races near Yosemite park

'Couldn't even see the sun': Fire races near Yosemite park

A surging wildfire raced through California mountains and foothills west of Yosemite National Park on Wednesday, forcing thousands to flee tiny, Gold Rush-era towns and wafting smoky haze over the park's landmark Half Dome rock face. The 4-day-old blaze nearly doubled in size overnight from about 40 square miles (100 kilometers) to more than 70 square miles (180 square kilometers), the California...
Nobel winner Malala in Nigeria speaks out against Boko Haram

Nobel winner Malala in Nigeria speaks out against Boko Haram

Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai was greeted with cheers by dozens of young women in northeastern Nigeria, where she spoke out for the many girls abducted under Boko Haram's deadly insurgency. The 20-year-old Pakistani activist told The Associated Press on Tuesday she was excited by the courage of the young women who are undaunted as they pursue an education amid one of the world's worst humanitarian...
Venezuela rejects Trump sanctions threat, reviews relations

Venezuela rejects Trump sanctions threat, reviews relations

Venezuela rejected President Donald Trump's call to halt a rewriting of the constitution that would consolidate the power of its socialist government, which said Tuesday that it was reviewing its relations with the United States in response to Trump's threat of sanctions. "No foreign government controls Venezuela," President Nicolas Maduro told a nationally televised meeting of his National...

Lawsuit claims Uber discriminates against wheelchair riders

A nonprofit disability rights organization filed a class-action lawsuit against Uber, claiming the ride-hailing service discriminates against New York City riders with disabilities by not providing enough access to vehicles that can accommodate wheelchairs. "Having grown rapidly since it began operating in New York in 2011, Uber provides hundreds of thousands of rides a day in New York City,...
Walmart pulls retail ad that included n-word in product description

Walmart pulls retail ad that included n-word in product description

Walmart is under fire for a product on its website that used a racial slur.  On Monday, the website offered a wig cap for $7.28 that described its color as n-word brown. The item began circulating heavily on Twitter once writer and comedian Travon Free, who has a significant following on the platform, tweeted to the retailer. Once the company got wind of the item, it was removed almost immediately...
Murder charge dropped in fatal stabbing of Houston boy, 11

Murder charge dropped in fatal stabbing of Houston boy, 11

A murder charge has been dropped against a homeless man accused of fatally stabbing an 11-year-old Houston boy as the child walked home from school last year, prosecutors announced on Tuesday. DNA tests prosecutors received this week were inconclusive and there wasn't enough evidence to try 28-year-old Andre Timothy Jackson Jr. for murder, said Harris County First Assistant District Attorney Tom Berg...
Iraqis hold suspected militants in cramped, stifling prison

Iraqis hold suspected militants in cramped, stifling prison

Hundreds of suspected Islamic State members swept up by Iraqi forces in Mosul are being held in a cramped and stifling prison just outside the city. Associated Press reporters visiting the facility saw more than 100 prisoners packed into a dark room, lined up shoulder to shoulder on the floor. There was no electricity or ventilation, despite daytime temperatures well over 110 degrees F (45 C). The...
Nobel winner Malala in Nigeria speaks out against Boko Haram

Nobel winner Malala in Nigeria speaks out against Boko Haram

Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai was greeted with cheers Tuesday by dozens of young women in northeastern Nigeria, where she spoke out for the many girls abducted under Boko Haram's deadly insurgency. The 20-year-old Pakistani activist told The Associated Press she was excited by the courage of the young women who are undaunted as they pursue an education amid one of the world's worst humanitarian...
Serbia premier: Workers at Fiat plant in agree to end strike

Serbia premier: Workers at Fiat plant in agree to end strike

Workers from Fiat's factory in Serbia have agreed to end their strike and return to work after more than two weeks, Serbia's prime minister said Tuesday. Ana Brnabic met with the striking workers in the central town of Kragujevac, where the Fiat factory is located. She said the government will organize talks between the workers' union and the Fiat representatives on Wednesday in Belgrade. "I...
Afghan girls' story was among many at global robotics event

Afghan girls' story was among many at global robotics event

An international robotics competition in Washington attracted teams of teenagers from more than 150 nations. The team that drew the most attention at the FIRST Global Challenge, which ended Tuesday, was a squad of girls from Afghanistan who were twice rejected for U.S. visas before President Donald Trump intervened. But there were even more stories than there were teams. Here are a few: ___ GIRL POWER...
County lawmakers again try to recoup Trump-related security costs

County lawmakers again try to recoup Trump-related security costs

Six members of Congress, including four from Palm Beach County, have written a pair of letters to federal agencies in an effort to get the county a chunk of the $60 million that has been set aside to reimburse local governments for Donald Trump-related security costs. The letters, which do not specify how much the county wants, are part of an ongoing — and so far unsuccessful &mdash...
The Latest: Weather lookouts helping Arizona search crews

The Latest: Weather lookouts helping Arizona search crews

The Latest on flash flooding in Arizona (all times local): 7 p.m. The search for a 27-year-old man who was swept away in a flash flood at a swimming hole in Arizona has been suspended by afternoon storms twice now and rain is in the forecast through Friday. Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management spokeswoman Tiffany Davila says a National Weather Service meteorologist has been assigned...
Man who tossed children out window during 3-alarm fire 'didn't think twice'

Man who tossed children out window during 3-alarm fire 'didn't think twice'

A massive three-alarm fire overnight at an east Charlotte apartment complex was intentionally set, the Charlotte Fire Department said. Authorities have not said if anyone has been taken into custody or exactly what started the fire that forced more than 130 people and pets out of their homes, WSOC reported. The fire started around 1 a.m. at the Woodscape Apartments on Farm Pond Lane. The flames were...
Why Kushner has had to update his disclosure of foreign contacts more than once

Why Kushner has had to update his disclosure of foreign contacts more than once

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is likely to be interested in Jared Kushner's evolving disclosure of foreign contacts during the security clearance process, legal analysts said, and it is possible that the president's son-in-law could be in legal jeopardy for not fully detailing the interactions from the start.   Kushner, one of President Donald Trump's closest advisers, has filed three updates...
The Latest: Portugal starting to bring fires under control

The Latest: Portugal starting to bring fires under control

The Latest on wildfires in Europe (all times local): 6:15 p.m. Portuguese emergency services say they are gradually bringing under control a spate of wildfires that erupted after temperatures exceeded 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit). Authorities say cooler temperatures Tuesday are allowing firefighters to get the upper hand over the blazes, which scorch Portuguese woodland every summer. The Civil...
Deaths at swimming hole raise questions about flood warnings

Deaths at swimming hole raise questions about flood warnings

The deaths of nine people who were swept away in a flash flood at a swimming hole in central Arizona have raised questions about whether the government should have done more to warn the public about the dangers of floodwaters in wilderness areas. The nine people who died and a man who remains missing were swept away Saturday after a torrent of water from a thunderstorm upstream roared through the...

Cameras turned off again for White House press briefing

Cameras remained off Monday at the White House press briefing on orders of the Trump administration, sidelining one of daytime television's most popular features on the same day that ABC announced new digital programming tied to it. The last on-camera White House briefing was on June 29. Following rules set by the White House, news networks only began airing press secretary Sean Spicer's question-and-answer...
Witness aided in sketch of suspect in Indiana teens' deaths

Witness aided in sketch of suspect in Indiana teens' deaths

A sketch authorities released Monday of a man considered the main suspect in the February killings of two northern Indiana girls was drawn in part from descriptions provided by someone who saw the suspect around the time the girls were slain, a sheriff said. Carroll County Sheriff Tobe Leazenby said the witness saw the man walking near Delphi, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) northwest of Indianapolis...

Investigators talk to plane's captain in taxiway close call

Federal investigators confirmed Monday that an Air Canada jet was descending toward a taxiway holding four other planes rather than the assigned runway and narrowly avoided disaster at San Francisco International Airport. The National Transportation Safety Board said it interviewed the captain of the Air Canada plane, will talk to the co-pilot Tuesday and finish talking to air traffic controllers...
Afghan girls robotics team competes after visa obstacles

Afghan girls robotics team competes after visa obstacles

Their team shirts didn't say "Afghanistan" and their name badges were handwritten, not typed, suggesting the last-minute nature of their entry into the United States. But the Afghan girls competing Monday in an international robotics competition in Washington were clearly excited to be representing their nation. The team of six teenage girls was twice rejected for U.S. visas before President...
Netanyahu visiting Hungary amid dispute over anti-Soros ads

Netanyahu visiting Hungary amid dispute over anti-Soros ads

The first visit by an Israeli prime minister to Hungary since 1989 finds Benjamin Netanyahu at odds with the country's main Jewish group over Israel's failure to fully condemn a campaign by the Hungarian government against billionaire philanthropist George Soros. Netynyahu, who arrived in Budapest on Monday, will be meeting with Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban on Tuesday and with leaders of the...
Trumpcare stakes ‘life or death’ for Boynton mom after teen suicide try

Trumpcare stakes ‘life or death’ for Boynton mom after teen suicide try

Congress’s GOP majority risks “political suicide” either by dismantling Obamacare or failing to replace it, partisans on opposing sides have claimed in the heat of the toughest legislative tangle of the Trump administration. Forgive Amanda Kopacz of Boynton Beach for concentrating more on her daughter, who attempted actual suicide last year. “It’s literally...
Ivanka Inc.’s global reach 

Ivanka Inc.’s global reach 

 On Inauguration Day, President Trump stood in front of the U.S. Capitol and vowed that his "America First" agenda would bring jobs back to the United States.   "We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs," he declared, adding: "We will follow two simple rules — buy...
At least 100 tourists forced to evacuate in Montenegro fires

At least 100 tourists forced to evacuate in Montenegro fires

Montenegro has asked for international help to fight wildfires raging along the Adriatic sea coastline that are also raging along the Adriatic sea coastline in neighboring Croatia, reaching a key port, authorities said Monday. Croatian TV reported that the blaze near the coastal town of Split — a central port and tourism center — stretched to houses in some parts of the city, with residents...
3 years on, families honor loved ones lost on downed MH17

3 years on, families honor loved ones lost on downed MH17

The father of two siblings killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine three years ago said Monday that relatives of the 298 people killed would not rest until those responsible face justice. At an emotional ceremony marking three years since MH17 was shot down, Evert van Zijtveld said a group representing victims' families "shall not give up and shall not be silenced until...
Detained human rights activists face charges in Turkey

Detained human rights activists face charges in Turkey

Ten Turkish human rights activists who were detained by police while attending a training workshop appeared before court officials in Istanbul on Monday to face possible charges or be released from custody. The activists, including Amnesty International's Turkey director Idil Eser, were detained earlier this month at a hotel on Buyukada island off Istanbul and questioned by anti-terrorism police....
American scholar jailed in Iran is innocent, professor says

American scholar jailed in Iran is innocent, professor says

A Chinese-American graduate student at Princeton sentenced to 10 years in prison in Iran for allegedly "infiltrating" the country and sending confidential material abroad is innocent of all charges against him, his professor said Monday. Xiyue Wang's arrest, which happened nearly a year ago, only came to light Sunday when Iran's judiciary announced his sentence and the detention of President...
Health plan hinges on the young, but they're a tough sell

Health plan hinges on the young, but they're a tough sell

Julian Senn-Raemont isn't convinced he needs to buy health insurance when he loses coverage under his dad's plan in a couple of years — no matter what happens in the policy debate in Washington, or how cheap the plans are. The 24-year-old musician hasn't known a world without a health care safety net. But he hates being forced by law to get coverage, and doesn't think he needs it. "I'm...
Arizona flash flood kills 9 relatives celebrating birthday

Arizona flash flood kills 9 relatives celebrating birthday

The flash flood that killed nine people in an Arizona river canyon began its deadly descent as an impressive but avoidable surge of churning water, black with cinders from a recent wildfire and choked with tumbling tree trunks and limbs. By the time it reached a rocky swimming hole several miles downstream, it was a roaring torrent 6 feet (1.8 meters) high, and an extended family celebrating a birthday...
Venezuela opposition calls strike, Trump threatens 'actions'

Venezuela opposition calls strike, Trump threatens 'actions'

Venezuela's opposition called Monday for a 24-hour nationwide strike to pressure President Nicolas Maduro to drop plans to rewrite the constitution while the United States threatened "strong and swift economic actions" against his socialist administration if it ignores the will of voters in a referendum. President Donald Trump joined other world leaders in urging Maduro to heed Sunday's...
Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau dies at 89

Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau dies at 89

Martin Landau, the chameleon-like actor who gained fame as the crafty master of disguise in the 1960s TV show "Mission: Impossible," then capped a long and versatile career with an Oscar for his poignant portrayal of aging horror movie star Bela Lugosi in 1994's "Ed Wood," has died. He was 89. Landau died Saturday of unexpected complications during a short stay at UCLA Medical...

A look at deadly flooding incidents in slot canyons

Crews continue to search Sunday afternoon for a person still unaccounted for, a day after the flash flood hit the Cold Springs canyon, located about 100 miles (160.93 kilometers) northeast of Phoenix. The popular cooling spot, known as the Ellison Creek or Water Wheel swimming holes, is accessible through several hiking trails. It is about 20 feet wide and 20 feet long with a waterfall above it. It...
George A. Romero, father of the zombie film, is dead at 77

George A. Romero, father of the zombie film, is dead at 77

George Romero, whose classic "Night of the Living Dead" and other horror films turned zombie movies into social commentaries and who saw his flesh-devouring undead spawn countless imitators, remakes and homages, has died. He was 77. Romero died Sunday following a battle with lung cancer, said his family in a statement provided by his manager Chris Roe. Romero's family said he died while...
The Latest: Venezuelan opposition says 7.1 million voted

The Latest: Venezuelan opposition says 7.1 million voted

The Latest on Venezuela's political crisis and an opposition referendum on government plans to rewrite the constitution. (all times local): 11:55 p.m. Venezuela's opposition says more than 7.1 million people voted in a symbolic rejection of President Nicolas Maduro's plan to rewrite the constitution. That's less than the 7.7 million who voted for opposition candidates in 2015 legislative elections...
9 dead, boy missing in flash flood in Arizona swim hole

9 dead, boy missing in flash flood in Arizona swim hole

Nine people died and a 13-year-old boy was missing Sunday after their group of family and friends was swept away while cooling off in a creek that suddenly turned treacherous when a rainstorm upstream unleashed floodwaters in Arizona's Tonto National Forest. Gila County Sheriff's Detective David Hornung told The Associated Press that the group from the Phoenix and Flagstaff areas had met up for a...
Texas 'bathroom bill' may shape 2018 GOP primary campaigns

Texas 'bathroom bill' may shape 2018 GOP primary campaigns

Though "bathroom bills" targeting transgender people fizzled in deep-red states across the U.S., the issue is still white hot in Texas, where the Legislature is heading into special session prepared to revive it and conservative groups are vowing revenge on Republican lawmakers who don't approve it. Whether Texas eventually enacts a law requiring transgender people to use public restrooms...
Visitation up at Italian museums after reforms

Visitation up at Italian museums after reforms

Italy's Culture Ministry says the number of visitors to Italian museums continues to rise two years after reforms that included opening top museum positions to foreigners for the first time. The ministry said Sunday that the number of museum visitors rose by 7 percent to more than 23 million in the first half of the year, more than 2 million more than the same period last year. Culture Minister Dario...
The Latest: Macron calls for new Israeli-Palestinian talks

The Latest: Macron calls for new Israeli-Palestinian talks

The Latest on the Israeli prime minister's visit to France (all times local): 3:30 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron has called for new Israeli-Palestinian peace talks to create two independent states. After meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Paris, Macron said that "everything should be done so that negotiations restart" with the aim of reaching a two-state solution...
Macron decries France's Nazi past during Netanyahu visit

Macron decries France's Nazi past during Netanyahu visit

French President Emmanuel Macron denounced France's collaboration in the Holocaust, lashing out Sunday at those who negate or minimize the country's role in sending tens of thousands of Jews to their deaths. After he and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended a Holocaust commemoration, Macron also appealed for renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Worried that Netanyahu is backing away...
7.1 million Venezuelans vote in opposition referendum

7.1 million Venezuelans vote in opposition referendum

Venezuelan's opposition said more than 7.1 million people responded to its call to vote Sunday in a symbolic rejection of President Nicolas Maduro's plan to rewrite the constitution, a proposal that has raised tensions in a nation suffering through widespread shortages and months of anti-government protests. A 61-year-old woman was killed and four people wounded by gunfire that erupted after government...
Star Wars-themed resort, park expansion revealed

Star Wars-themed resort, park expansion revealed

An immersive “Star Wars”-themed resort as well as the name for the park’s expansion based on the epic science fiction movie franchise was revealed Saturday. “From the second you arrive, you will become a part of a ‘Star Wars’ story,” Bob Chapek, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman said about the resort at the D23 Expo. “You’ll immediately...
Self-fueling boat sets off from Paris on 6-year world trip

Self-fueling boat sets off from Paris on 6-year world trip

A boat that fuels itself is setting off around the world from Paris on a six-year journey that its designers hope will serves as a model for emissions-free energy networks of the future. Energy Observer will use its solar panels, wind turbines and a hydrogen fuel cell system to power its trip. The 5 million-euro ($5.25 million) boat heads off Saturday from Paris toward the Atlantic. The futuristic-looking...
Chechen leader invokes damnation for gay persecution claims

Chechen leader invokes damnation for gay persecution claims

Chechnya's strongman leader has harshly denounced claims that his southern Russian republic has tortured and even killed gay men, denying that there even are any homosexual men in his region. Kremlin-backed Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov has faced wide international criticism since a Russian newspaper reported this spring that his security forces had detained some 100 gay men, torturing or killing...
Egypt knife attacker first sat, spoke with 2 German victims

Egypt knife attacker first sat, spoke with 2 German victims

The Egyptian university graduate who stabbed two German women to death at a popular Red Sea resort first sat and spoke to them in fluent German before producing a large kitchen knife and attacking them, security officials said Saturday. Leaving them for dead, 29-year-old Abdel-Rahman Shaaban fled the scene, chased by hotel workers and security guards. He rushed into the hotel next door where he attacked...
Lighting should have alerted pilots of potential disaster

Lighting should have alerted pilots of potential disaster

The Air Canada plane with 140 people aboard came within 100 feet of crashing onto the first two of four passenger-filled planes readying for takeoff. Runways are edged with rows of white lights, and another system of lights on the side of the runway helps guide pilots on their descent. By contrast, taxiways have blue lights on the edges and green lights down the center. "The lighting is different...
Hawaii dad, mom, grandma accused of starving girl to death

Hawaii dad, mom, grandma accused of starving girl to death

A Hawaii father, mother and grandmother are charged with murder after allegedly starving a 9-year-old girl. Police on Hawaii's Big Island on Friday arrested 49-year-old Kevin Lehano (leh-hah-noh), 33-year-old Tiffany Stone and 59-year-old Henrietta Stone. Hawaii County Prosecuting Attorney Mitch Roth, reading from a grand jury indictment, says they are accused of denying the girl food, water and medical...
At least 3 dead in Honolulu high rise fire

At least 3 dead in Honolulu high rise fire

At least three people died in a massive fire at a Hawaii high-rise apartment building Friday, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said. The blaze occurred on the 26th floor of the Marco Polo Apartments, a 538-unit building that includes apartments and condominiums, KHON reported. The victims were found on the same floor, officials said.  It is unclear what caused the five-alarm fire, but authorities...
Floyd Mayweather’s hype: Obama might show up for fight

Floyd Mayweather’s hype: Obama might show up for fight

Boxer Floyd Mayweather continued to hype his upcoming  light-middleweight fight with mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor, saying he has some huge surprises in store for the Aug. 26 fight in Las Vegas. >> Read more trending news “Barack Obama may be there. Donald Trump may be there,” Mayweather told TMZ Sports. “I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a star-studded...
The Latest: Woman in Hawaii fire horrified at flames below

The Latest: Woman in Hawaii fire horrified at flames below

The Latest on a fire in a Honolulu high-rise apartment building (all times local): 8:15 p.m. A 71-year-old woman who lives in the upper floors of the Honolulu high-rise where a fire killed three people says that when it started, she smelled smoke, stepped out on her balcony, and saw flames spreading on the floors below. Karen Hastings, who lived on the 31st floor of the Marco Polo apartments, said...
The Latest: Victims' names read out in French city of Nice

The Latest: Victims' names read out in French city of Nice

The Latest on France's Bastille Day celebrations (all times local): 8:20 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron has sat with other dignitaries as the names of the 86 victims of the extremist attack in Nice last year were read out and posted on a board to form the shape of a heart. The moving sequence of the day-long commemoration left Macron and other dignitaries in the tribune in grave contemplation...
Growing sinkhole swallows 2 houses, 1 boat in Florida

Growing sinkhole swallows 2 houses, 1 boat in Florida

A sinkhole that started out the size of a small swimming pool and continued to grow in Florida swallowed a boat, destroyed two homes and prompted officials to evacuate residents from about a dozen homes Friday. Dramatic video showed the home in Land O' Lakes, north of Tampa in Pasco County, collapsing into the hole Friday morning. It quickly engulfed one home and a boat and then consumed about 80...
The Latest: 3rd home threatened by growing Florida sinkhole

The Latest: 3rd home threatened by growing Florida sinkhole

The Latest on a sinkhole that swallowed a home in Florida (all times local): 4:15 p.m. Officials say a third home is threatened by a growing sinkhole in Florida. The sinkhole that opened up Friday morning in Land O' Lakes quickly swallowed one home and consumed about 80 percent of another. By Friday afternoon, Pasco County public safety official Kevin Guthrie said, the sinkhole threatened to damage...
FBI: Buried body is fugitive accused in police chief slaying

FBI: Buried body is fugitive accused in police chief slaying

A decadeslong search for a fugitive charged in the 1980 killing of a Pennsylvania police chief came to a dramatic end Friday as authorities positively identified remains found buried in a Massachusetts yard as the man they have long suspected in the fatal shooting. Donald Eugene Webb was one of the longest-tenured fugitives on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" list, appearing there from...
Alfred Angelo closing: What happened and what can I do now?

Alfred Angelo closing: What happened and what can I do now?

Fallout from bridal retailer Alfred Angelo’s closing continued Friday. But the abrupt shutdown and bankruptcy lquidation filing was not a total surprise to the few customers who reacted to Internet murmurs of the company’s demise as recently as a few weeks ago. “Is your store in Henderson, NV closing?” one customer asked in a June 29 post on Twitter. “It is not!&rdquo...
Mobile app designed to prevent pregnancy approved in Europe

Mobile app designed to prevent pregnancy approved in Europe

European couples that want to be dialed in about birth control now can use a cellphone app to prevent pregnancy. The app has been certified as a method of birth control in the European Union, NPR reported. The app’s creator, Elina Berglund, is a particle physicist. For 10 years she relied on a hormonal birth control implant, but she wanted to start a family yet still wanted a natural way to...
What is Bastille Day and why do the French celebrate it?

What is Bastille Day and why do the French celebrate it?

President Donald Trump is visiting France on Friday, and along with first lady Melania Trump, were guests at the country’s Bastille Day celebrations. Bastille Day, which is a national holiday in France, celebrates the actions of a mob of Frenchmen, tired of the rule of their king, who stormed a prison to get weapons and free prisoners.  Here’s a primer on France’s National Day...
How Turkey's failed coup unfolded, hour by hour

How Turkey's failed coup unfolded, hour by hour

A year ago Saturday, a group of Turkish soldiers using tanks, warplanes and helicopters launched a plot to overthrow Turkey's president and government. The coup attempt failed, but the fallout continues a year later. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan swiftly blamed his one-time ally, U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is in exile in the U.S. and denies the allegations that he was behind the...
Egypt attacks: 2 German female tourists, 5 policemen killed

Egypt attacks: 2 German female tourists, 5 policemen killed

Two German female tourists were stabbed to death while four other foreigners were wounded in an attack Friday at a hotel in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Hurghada, an Egyptian security official said. The assault came just hours after a shooting near some of Egypt's most famous pyramids outside of Cairo killed five policemen. The motive behind the stabbing was unclear and the Interior Ministry said...
Email chain puts focus on Trump’s Miss Universe ally in Moscow

Email chain puts focus on Trump’s Miss Universe ally in Moscow

He's a real estate mogul with a pop-star son whose Trump Tower-sized ambitions helped bring the Miss Universe pageant to Moscow.   But now, Aras Agalarov's cameo appearance in the emails released by President Donald Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., has drawn him into the firestorm around alleged Kremlin meddling in the U.S. election last fall.   The emails say Agalarov met in June...
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