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Spanish PM aims to take over Catalan govt; residents aghast

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain announced an unprecedented plan Saturday to sack Catalonia's separatist leaders, install its own people in their place and call a new local election, using previously untapped constitutional powers to take control of...

 

After Raqqa, Trump says US shifts to 'new phase' in Syria

STERLING, Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump is portraying the Islamic State group's ouster from its Syrian stronghold as a milestone in the U.S. fight against terrorism and a step toward a political transition and lasting peace in Syria. That...

 

Trump has no plans to block scheduled release of JFK records

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he doesn't plan to block the scheduled release of thousands of never publicly seen government documents related to President John F. Kennedy's assassination. "Subject to the receipt of further...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Kelly distorts congresswoman's actions

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump's chief of staff distorted the facts when he accused a "selfish" Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson of grandstanding at a building dedication in the memory of two slain FBI agents in 2015. John Kelly...

 

Tillerson's Mideast aim is a Saudi-Iraqi axis against Iran

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — As U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits the Middle East this weekend, he'll hope to achieve something that has eluded top American diplomats for a generation: sealing a new alliance between Saudi Arabia and Iraq that...

 

Court, for now, blocks immigrant teen's access to abortion

WASHINGTON (AP) — An appeals court is blocking, for now, an abortion sought by a pregnant 17-year-old immigrant being held in a Texas facility, ruling that the government should have time to try to release her so she can obtain the abortion...

 

Judge tosses $417M award against Johnson & Johnson

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge on Friday tossed out a $417 million jury award to a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer by using Johnson & Johnson talc-based baby powder for feminine hygiene. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Maren...

 

Experts say Chile poet did not die of cancer, deepen mystery

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A team of international scientists said Friday that Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda did not die of cancer or malnutrition, rejecting the official cause of death but not laying to rest one of the great mysteries of...

 

Trump: Considering Powell and Taylor for Fed's top 2 posts

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signaled Friday that he is considering dual nominations for the Federal Reserve's top two jobs. Trump may appoint Jerome Powell, a member of the Fed's board, potentially as chairman, and John Taylor, a...

 

UNO to host lecture on August white supremacist violence

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Two months after violence erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia, during a protest attended largely by white supremacists, a lecture at the University of Nebraska at Omaha will attempt to look at what happened. The 2017 Rabbi...

 

Google parent turns on internet balloons in Puerto Rico

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Google's parent Alphabet Inc. said Friday that its stratospheric balloons are now delivering the internet to remote areas of Puerto Rico where cellphone towers were knocked out by Hurricane Maria. Two of the search...

 

Honolulu store owners say thieves are targeting cans of Spam

HONOLULU (AP) — Cans of Spam have become a common item that's being stolen from Honolulu stores and then sold on the streets for quick cash, according to authorities. Ra Long, who owns a convenience store in the city, said shoplifters have...

 

Police: Man wounded in shooting near Marquette campus

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Authorities say a man was injured in a shooting near the Marquette University campus in Milwaukee. The shooting happened just after 6 p.m. Saturday. Marquette police say the victim was not affiliated with university. WTMJ-TV...

 

2010 oil spill funds remain elusive for coastal counties

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A weekly report from Bay County's RESTORE Act coordinator lays out the steps he must follow on the path to securing the county's Deepwater Horizon oil spill money: Update the status of Pot 1 grant applications, meet with...

 

Hemp stigma fades as scores apply for production permits

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The production of industrial hemp — a cousin of marijuana but distinctly different from the illicit drug — is a step closer in South Carolina as more than 120 farmers signed up to grow the crop here. That's great news for...

 

Unforgiving wildfires affect vineyard workers and owners

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — When the wildfires ignited, vineyard workers stopped picking grapes and fled for their lives. Some vineyard owners decided to stay and fight back, spending days digging firebreaks and sleeping among their vines for safety. As... Full story

 

UN adds 32 items to list of prohibited goods for North Korea

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N. committee has added 32 items that have both civilian and military uses to a list of prohibited goods and technologies banned from sale or transfer to North Korea. The committee that monitors sanctions against North...

 

Lawmakers address key issues on recreational pot, voting

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Lawmakers returned to Augusta on Monday to take up unresolved issues, including deciding the future of two voter-approved laws, one that legalized recreational marijuana and the other that created a first-of-its-kind ranked...

 

What to know about 401(k) plans amid talk of tax change

NEW YORK (AP) — The 401(k) may be in Washington's crosshairs. Congress is looking for ways to raise revenue as part of a tax overhaul plan, and one of the methods reportedly under consideration is to curtail how much pretax money workers can... Full story

 

Bipartisan plan to curb health premiums gets strong support

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan proposal to calm churning health insurance markets gained momentum Thursday when enough lawmakers rallied behind it to give it potentially unstoppable Senate support. But its fate remained unclear as some Republicans...

 

Study: World pollution deadlier than wars, disasters, hunger

NEW DELHI (AP) — Environmental pollution — from filthy air to contaminated water — is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world. More than smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More than AIDS, tuberculosis and malari...

 

California fires cause $1B in damage, burn 7,000 buildings

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The wildfires that have devastated Northern California this month caused at least $1 billion in damage to insured property, officials said Thursday, as authorities increased the count of homes and other buildings destroyed to...

 

Pentagon faces demands for details on deadly attack in Niger

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress demanded answers Thursday two weeks after an ambush in the African nation of Niger killed four U.S. soldiers, with one top lawmaker even threatening subpoenas. The White House defended the slow pace of...

 

Evoking slain son, Kelly defends Trump on condolence calls

WASHINGTON (AP) — He started by describing the reverent handling of America's war dead, bodies packed in ice and shipped home in the dark to Dover Air Force Base. From that opening, White House chief of staff John Kelly delivered a raw and searing...

 

US: Laptops in checked bags pose fire, explosion risk

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government is urging the world airline community to ban large, personal electronic devices like laptops from checked luggage because of the potential for a catastrophic fire. The Federal Aviation Administration said in a...

 

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