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Saudis couldn't stop oil attack, even with top US defenses

WASHINGTON (AP) — Saudi Arabia spent billions to protect a kingdom built on oil but could not stop the suspected Iranian drone and missile attack, exposing gaps that even America's most advanced weaponry failed to fill. In addition to deciding...

 

A divided Fed reduces rates but may not cut again this year

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sharply divided Federal Reserve cut its benchmark interest rate Wednesday for a second time this year but declined to signal that further rate cuts are likely this year. The Fed's move reduced its key short-term rate — which...

 

US says attack on Saudi oil site was an Iranian 'act of war'

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday called the attack on Saudi Arabia's oil installations an "act of war" against the kingdom by Iran, as the Saudis displayed missile and drone wreckage and cited other...

 

Prosecutor: Man charged in killings of 4 women in Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — A prosecutor announced murder charges Wednesday against a 34-year-old man in the slayings of four women in Detroit whose deaths authorities have characterized as the work of a serial killer. Deangelo Martin is charged with four...

 

Facebook still auto-generating Islamic State, al-Qaida pages

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the face of criticism that Facebook is not doing enough to combat extremist messaging, the company likes to say that its automated systems remove the vast majority of prohibited content glorifying the Islamic State group and...

 

Knockoff pot vapes raise concerns for licensed companies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A short walk from police headquarters in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, a cluster of bustling shops are openly selling packaging and hardware that can be used to produce counterfeit marijuana vapes that have infected...

 

Coral gardeners bring back Jamaica's reefs, piece by piece

OCHO RIOS, Jamaica (AP) — Everton Simpson squints at the Caribbean from his motorboat, scanning the dazzling bands of color for hints of what lies beneath. Emerald green indicates sandy bottoms. Sapphire blue lies above seagrass meadows. And deep...

 

Lewandowski, House Democrats spar at impeachment hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first impeachment hearing held by House Democrats quickly turned hostile on Tuesday as their sole witness, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, stonewalled many of their questions and declared they were "focusing...

 

Trump strains to balance diplomacy, military threat to Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration tried to balance diplomacy with fresh talk of military action Tuesday in response to the fiery missile and drone attack on the heart of Saudi Arabia's oil industry — a strike marking the most explosive...

 

Democrats push ahead with short-term bill to avoid shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats controlling the House are steering clear of controversy in a short-term, government-wide spending measure that's needed to prevent a government shutdown at the end of September. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has agreed to...

 

Trump outpaces Obama, Bush in naming ex-lobbyists to Cabinet

WASHINGTON (AP) — In less than three years, President Donald Trump has named more former lobbyists to Cabinet-level posts than his most recent predecessors did in eight, putting a substantial amount of oversight in the hands of people with ties to...

 

'Blood money'? Purdue settlement would rely on opioid sales

The tentative multibillion-dollar settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma would raise money to help clean up the opioid mess by ... selling more OxyContin. That would amount to blood money, in the opinion of some critics. And it's one reason...

 

AP Analysis: Saudi oil attack part of dangerous new pattern

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The assault on the beating heart of Saudi Arabia's vast oil empire follows a new and dangerous pattern that's emerged across the Persian Gulf this summer of precise attacks that leave few obvious clues as to who...

 

Fighting for survival: Keys to Netanyahu's return to power

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is in a race for political survival as the country holds repeat parliamentary elections Tuesday. If Netanyahu's Likud party and his smaller allies can secure a narrow 61-seat majority...

 

Discounted movie subscription service MoviePass shuts down

NEW YORK (AP) — The movie ticket subscription service known as MoviePass that allowed subscribers to purchase up to three movie tickets per month for a small fee has temporarily shut down. MoviePass shut down Saturday and its future is unclear....

 

Company to close plant after more than 4 decades

BELTON, S.C. (AP) — A company with almost five decades of history is closing its plant in South Carolina's Anderson County. WYFF-TV reports Hydro Aluminum Sapa plant officials in Belton made the announcement Friday. The Norwegian company supplies...

 

Owners of burned out Vermont general store ponder future

BENSON, Vt. (AP) — The owners of what was once a beloved general store in the Vermont town of Benson don't know yet whether they are going to rebuild after a fire destroyed the structure. The Rutland Herald reports Robin Marzella-Tillman, who...

 

Trump: Pompeo won't take on duties of ousted security aide

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he's not going to be asking Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to take on the duties of former national security adviser John Bolton, who was ousted on Tuesday. Trump says 15 people want the now-vacant...

 

Ohio senators propose renaming NASA site for Neil Armstrong

SANDSUKY, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's U.S. senators want Congress to rename a NASA research facility in Ohio after astronaut Neil Armstrong. Republican Rob Portman and Democrat Sherrod Brown introduced legislation Thursday to honor the Ohio native by...

 

Trump to have dinner with Otto Warmbier's parents

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump planned to have dinner Saturday with the parents of an American college student who died in 2017 shortly after being freed from captivity in North Korea. An administration official said Trump was to host...

 

Death toll rises to 6 in torrential rains in southeast Spain

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Record rainfall claimed two more lives in southeastern Spain as it caused widespread flooding, raising the overall death toll to six from the storms, authorities said Saturday. Emergency rescue workers saved thousands of...

 

Alligator Lighthouse swim won by St. Pete Beach man

ISLAMORADA, Fla (AP) — A Florida swimmer has posted the fastest time among 460 participants during an open-water swimming competition in the Florida Keys. Thirty-year-old Michael Schultz of St. Pete Beach, finished Saturday's four-mile Swim for...

 

Suspended NY judge pleads guilty in underwear burglary case

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — A suspended New York judge has pleaded guilty to attempted burglary for trying to sneak into a neighbor's home to steal her underwear. Robert Cicale (sih-KAL'-lee) pleaded guilty Friday in Suffolk County court....

 

Solid gold toilet stolen from Winston Churchill's birthplace

LONDON (AP) — A unique solid gold toilet that was part of an art exhibit was stolen early Saturday from the magnificent home in England where British wartime leader Winston Churchill was born. The toilet, valued at roughly 1 million pounds ($1.25... Full story

 

Average US price of gas down 3 cents per gallon

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has dropped 3 cents per gallon (3.8 liters) over the past three weeks to $2.63. The price is 20 cents lower than what it was in mid-July. However, industry analyst Trilby...

 

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