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No motive in Delaware trooper’s fatal shooting, standoff

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 01:26:03 -0700

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MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) — About 20 hours after he fatally shot a state trooper, a Delaware man was shot to death after an overnight standoff with police, but authorities haven’t given a motive for his actions. Law enforcement officers shot Burgon Sealy Jr. when he emerged from his home armed Thursday morning and “engaged police,” […]



China won’t confirm US claim of new pressure on North Korea

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 01:13:03 -0700

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BEIJING (AP) — China’s foreign ministry has refused to confirm or deny U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s assertion that Beijing has threatened to impose unilateral sanctions on North Korea if it conducts further nuclear tests. Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang repeatedly avoided giving a direct answer when asked about the matter at a daily press […]



International arm helps Barclays post solid first-quarter

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 01:07:03 -0700

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LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Barclays Bank says its international operations helped shore up the company during the first quarter. The London-based group said Friday net income from its core businesses rose to 1.18 billion pounds ($1.53 billion) from 950 million in the same period last year. Barclays International, which includes corporate and investment banking, was […]



New scrutiny of timeline after Arkansas executes 4th inmate

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 01:04:06 -0700

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VARNER, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas wrapped up an accelerated executions schedule with a lethal injection that left the condemned inmate lurching and convulsing before he died, prompting calls for investigations and renewed scrutiny of the state’s efforts to put multiple inmates to death on a compressed timeline. Kenneth Williams on Thursday became the fourth convicted […]



Australian police reveal they broke new metadata laws

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:47:02 -0700

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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian police revealed on Friday that an officer broke the country’s contentious new metadata laws by illegally accessing a journalist’s phone records to identify an anonymous source. Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin revealed the first known breach of the laws, which were passed by Parliament in March 2015 despite widespread […]



Senate confirms Alex Acosta as labor secretary

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:44:11 -0700

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Acosta has been confirmed as the nation’s new labor secretary, filling out President Donald Trump’s Cabinet as he approaches his 100th day in office. A 60-38 vote by the Senate on Thursday confirmed Acosta to the post. Once sworn as the 27th labor secretary, the son of Cuban immigrants will lead […]



Rebel Wilson sues Australian publisher for defamation

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:41:09 -0700

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SYDNEY (AP) — Rebel Wilson is suing an Australian publisher for defamation over a series of magazine articles the actress says cost her movie roles by painting her as a serial liar. Wilson’s lawyer, Renee Enbom, said during a court hearing on Friday that the Australian-born actress would present evidence that the articles published by […]



Facing a pro-gun government, anti-gun movement feels defiant

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:40:06 -0700

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump, darling of the National Rifle Association, has custody of the Oval Office. The Republican-controlled Congress already has ditched one Obama-era rule to tighten access to guns. And an emboldened NRA has much more ambitious plans afoot for easing state and national gun laws as its annual convention unfolds this weekend […]



AP FACT CHECK: Claims about Trump’s tax plan don’t hold up

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:38:11 -0700

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Getting to the bottom of President Donald Trump’s tax plan is difficult because it exists so far as bullet points on a single page, with no detail. Still, there are reasons to be wary about some of the claims coming out of the White House about it. CLAIM: TAX CUT IS BIGGEST […]



AP FACT CHECK: US anti-missile system in S. Korea has limits

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:37:02 -0700

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Neat certainties are rare in the North Korean nuclear crisis, which for decades has simmered and occasionally boiled over, without resolution. So it was jarring to see the absolute confidence with which America’s top Pacific commander described the ability of a contentious U.S. missile defense system, scheduled to be up […]



Le Pen’s party in new turmoil over alleged Holocaust denial

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:35:06 -0700

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PARIS (AP) — French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen’s far-right party is in new turmoil — its temporary leader is stepping down over allegations he expressed doubt about Nazi gas chambers. National Front vice president Louis Aliot said on BFM television Friday that interim party leader Jean-Francois Jalkh is leaving his post because of comments […]



Georgia lawmaker deals cannabis oil in shadows of the law

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:34:05 -0700

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MACON, Ga. (AP) — Once a month, a cardboard box from Colorado appears at the office of a conservative Christian lawmaker in central Georgia, filled with derivatives of marijuana, to be distributed around the state in the shadows of the law. Operating in ways he hopes will avoid felony charges of drug trafficking, state Rep. […]



Immigrants plan May Day rallies buoyed by Trump opposition

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:33:05 -0700

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CHICAGO (AP) — Immigrant groups and their allies have joined forces to carry out marches, rallies and protests in cities nationwide next week to mark May Day, saying there’s renewed momentum to fight back against Trump administration policies. Activists in major cities including New York, Chicago and Los Angeles expect tens of thousands of people […]



Trump won’t get House OK of health bill before his 100th day

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:31:09 -0700

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump seems destined to serve his 100th day in office without House passage of a major Republican health care bill or enactment of a budget financing the government for the rest of this year. But at least the government probably won’t be shut down — for at least another week. […]



Wait for calorie count on burgers, pizza may get longer

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:27:07 -0700

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers hoping to consistently find out how many calories are in that burger and fries may have to wait — again. New government rules to help people find out how many calories are in their restaurant meals are set to go into effect next week after years of delays. But they could […]



In invasive species battle, thinking outside the cage works

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:21:03 -0700

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A robot zaps and vacuums up venomous lionfish in Bermuda. A helicopter pelts Guam’s trees with poison-baited dead mice to fight the voracious brown tree snake. A special boat with giant winglike nets stuns and catches Asian carp in the U.S. Midwest. In the fight against alien animals that invade and overrun […]



Woman dies after Stockholm truck attack; death toll now 5

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:20:08 -0700

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STOCKHOLM (AP) — A woman in her 60s who was injured in the April 7 truck attack in Stockholm has died, Swedish authorities said Friday, raising the death toll to five. The Stockholm police said in a statement the woman, who has not been publicly identified, had been hospitalized in southern Sweden. A 39-year-old Uzbek […]



Macedonia’s head seeks emergency talks after parliament riot

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:13:05 -0700

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SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia’s president called an emergency meeting of political leaders Friday, hours after demonstrators — mostly supporters of the country’s dominant conservative party — invaded parliament and assaulted opposition lawmakers. Police said 77 people, including opposition Social Democrat leader Zoran Zaev, the head of a small ethnic Albanian opposition party and 22 […]



Ann Coulter a no-show at raucous but peaceful Berkeley rally

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:03:10 -0700

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BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Ann Coulter did not turn up in Berkeley where hundreds held a raucous but largely peaceful demonstration in her absence and lamented what they called the latest blow to free speech in the home of America’s free speech movement. The conservative pundit’s canceled appearance at the University of California, Berkeley drew […]



Sony returns to black on healthy chip, game, battery sales

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:01:03 -0700

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TOKYO (AP) — Sony Corp. reported Friday a January-March profit of 27.7 billion yen ($250 million) on the back of healthy sales of image sensors, PlayStation 4 game software and batteries for mobile devices, marking a recovery from its red ink a year ago. Tokyo-based Sony had an 88 billion yen loss in the same […]