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  • The Latest: Anti-abortion group admits defeat in Irish vote

    DUBLIN (AP) — The Latest on the Irish abortion referendum (all times local): 10:40 a.m. One of Ireland’s leading anti-abortion groups says the abortion referendum result is a “tragedy of historic proportions” in a statement that all but admits defeat in the historic vote. Spokesman John McGuirk of the Save the 8th group — which refers […]
  • Turks feel pinch from currency slide ahead of polls

    YAVUZLAR, Turkey (AP) — Farmer Abdulkadir Cekic was already struggling to make a living, snowed under by a bank loan he took out for the purchase of a 130,000-euro harvesting machine. The tumbling of the Turkish currency, the lira, has hit him hard, considerably increasing the cost of his yearly payments. “This year I have […]
  • AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week

    Here’s your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see. This week’s images include Rafael Nadal getting set to serve at the Italian Open; the launch of a SpaceX rocket […]
  • China orders crackdown on large outdoor religious statues

    BEIJING (AP) — China’s ruling Communist Party has ordered local governments to better regulate the construction of large outdoor religious statues amid increasing restrictions on religious expression of all kinds. The directive from the United Front Work Department viewed on its website Saturday appears targeted mainly at followers of Buddhism and Taoism, two of China’s […]
  • Emails show EPA working closely with climate-change deniers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior Environmental Protection Agency officials have been working closely with a conservative group that dismisses climate change to rally like-minded people for public hearings on science and global warming. Recently released emails show they also recruited help to counter negative news coverage and tout Administrator Scott Pruitt’s stewardship of the agency. John […]
  • Father, son plead guilty to fraud involving secretive sect

    ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A father and son who belong to a secretive evangelical church in North Carolina pleaded guilty Friday to federal criminal charges in an unemployment benefits scheme that former congregants have said was part of a plan to keep money flowing into the church. As part of an ongoing investigation into physical […]
  • Trump takes steps to ease firing of federal workers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday signed a trio of executive orders to overhaul the federal bureaucracy by making it easier to fire federal workers for poor performance and misconduct, requiring that departments and agencies negotiate better union contracts and limiting the amount of time certain federal workers can spend on union business. […]
  • Veteran publicist to the stars Paul Bloch dead at age 78

    Paul Bloch, a veteran Hollywood publicist for Rogers & Cowan who counted John Travolta, Eddie Murphy and Tom Cruise among his clients in a career that spanned more than five decades, died Friday after a long illness. He was 78. Bloch died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, said longtime friend and fellow publicist […]
  • Business Highlights

    ___ For CEOs, $11.7 million a year is just middle of the pack NEW YORK (AP) — Chief executives at the biggest public companies got an 8.5 percent raise last year, bringing the median pay package for CEOs to $11.7 million. Across the S&P 500, compensation for CEOs is often hundreds of times higher than […]
  • US raises concerns about illnesses tied to synthetic pot

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — U.S. health officials are urging states to regulate marijuana oil extracts after investigating a rash of illnesses tied to the products in Utah. In a report released Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that synthetic products falsely labeled as cannabidiol, or CBD, sickened as many as 52 […]
  • Resentment over Trump election helped fuel Weinstein case

    NEW YORK (AP) — Throughout much of last year, millions of American women resented that a man who’d bragged about sexually assaulting women had been elected president. Then came an electrifying moment — detailed allegations that another powerful man had sexually assaulted or harassed dozens of women as one of Hollywood’s leading producers. “It just […]
  • Emails show cooperation among EPA, climate-change deniers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly released emails show senior Environmental Protection Agency officials working closely with a conservative group that dismisses climate change to rally like-minded people for public hearings on science and global warming, counter negative news coverage and tout Administrator Scott Pruitt’s stewardship of the agency. John Konkus, EPA’s deputy associate administrator for public […]
  • Supermarket suspends political giving amid anti-NRA protest

    PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Survivors of the Parkland school shooting lay down in “die ins” at two Publix supermarkets Friday to protest the chain’s support for a gubernatorial candidate aligned with the National Rifle Association, as the company announced a suspension of political contributions. The students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shouted “USA, not […]
  • Civils rights activists rally outside of NFL headquarters

    NEW YORK (AP) — Civil rights activists protested outside NFL headquarters Friday, calling on team owners to overturn their new national anthem policy and urging a boycott of the league and its sponsors. About 50 people gathered at the midtown Manhattan office building for a rally organized by National Action Network, a civil rights nonprofit. […]
  • How major US stock indexes fared Friday

    Energy companies and oil prices took their worst losses in months Friday on reports OPEC countries plan to produce more oil soon. Stock indexes finished an indecisive week with small losses. On Friday: The S&P 500 index slipped 6.43 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,721.33. The Dow Jones industrial average shed 58.67 points, or 0.2 […]