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  • US-backed forces take Syria’s largest oil field from IS

    BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed fighters captured Syria’s largest oil field from the Islamic State group Sunday, marking a major advance against the extremists in an area coveted by pro-government forces. With IS in retreat, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces and the Syrian government have been in a race to secure parts of the oil-rich Deir […]
  • Knoxville Police: Derailment sends cars into building

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities in Tennessee say a Norfolk Southern train derailed in Knoxville, sending rail cars carrying shipping containers off the tracks, with some of them plowing into buildings. No one was injured. The News-Sentinel in Knoxville reported police tweeted that 50 cars derailed, and at least two buildings were damaged. Firefighters at […]
  • Chinese propaganda faces stiff competition from celebrities

    HONG KONG (AP) — When the propaganda film, “The Founding of an Army,” hit theaters in China recently, the reaction wasn’t quite what the ruling Communist Party might have hoped. Instead of an outpouring of nationalism and self-sacrifice for the state, it inspired mockery for trying to lure a younger audience by casting teen idols […]
  • Directors guild files disciplinary charges against Weinstein

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Directors Guild of America announced Saturday it has filed disciplinary charges against disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein. The group said it filed the charges on Oct. 13. Weinstein has been expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Producers Guild and the British Academy of Film and […]
  • The Latest: O’Reilly says he was one of many accused at Fox

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the parent company of the Fox News Channel saying it knew a news analyst had threatened to file a sexual harassment lawsuit against Bill O’Reilly when it renewed the popular personality’s contract in February (all times local): 6:30 p.m. Bill O’Reilly says after 21st Century Fox fired founding […]
  • ‘Zombie’ event staged at Oklahoma Capitol to support taxes

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Anti-tax “zombies” in Oklahoma were stopped outside the entrance to the state Capitol on Saturday in a staged event by groups supporting tax increases to prevent cuts to health, education and other services. The event by Together Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Policy Institute was filmed for videos to be posted on […]
  • Trump plans to help pay aides’ legal costs for Russia probes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump intends to spend at least $430,000 of his own money to help pay the legal bills of White House staff and campaign aides related to the investigations into Russian election meddling in the 2016 election, a White House official said Saturday. It’s the first such commitment by Trump, who […]
  • Search for crew after barge fire off Texas coast

    PORT ARANSAS, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard searched for two missing crew members on Saturday from a crude oil-bearing barge that caught fire off the Texas coast. Coast Guard spokeswoman Jennae Steinmiller says that emergency responders are also working to contain the spread of oil, which had reached the shoreline of Mustang Island, […]
  • Minneapolis approves regulations for short-term rentals

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis will begin regulating Airbnb and other short-term vacation rentals, a move the city wanted to get done before the 2018 Super Bowl. The Minneapolis City Council on Friday approved a pair of ordinances requiring those rental hosts to be licensed with the city. The process would allow the city to inspect […]
  • In gritty city outside Caracas, the story of a socialist win

    GUARENAS, Venezuela (AP) — Two years ago voters in Miranda, bewildered by the decay of their once-prosperous nation, delivered a stinging defeat to the ruling socialist party by voting decisively for the opposition in parliamentary elections. But last week the state turned red again. To Brayand Velasquez’s mind, it’s simple: While the government has provided […]
  • 3 small earthquakes recorded in northern Oklahoma

    RENFROW, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey reports three small earthquakes have been recorded in northern Oklahoma. The most recent of the quakes recorded late Friday and early Saturday was a magnitude 2.5 at 11:03 a.m. Saturday near Renfrow, 103 miles (166 kilometers) north of Oklahoma City. The agency initially rated the temblor at […]
  • APNewsBreak: NAACP names new leader for more active future

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The NAACP turned to an insider Saturday to help bring the nation’s oldest civil rights organization back to prominence. Derrick Johnson, 49, of Jackson, Mississippi, was hired as the NAACP’s 19th president and CEO after having served as interim leader since July and previously as vice chairman of the NAACP board of […]
  • AP FACT CHECK: Trump on military death, and taxes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s boast that he surpasses his predecessors in consoling families of the fallen proved empty this past week as many stepped forward to say they’d never heard from him after losing their loved ones in military service. The suddenly fraught and politically charged subject overshadowed other misfires from the president, […]
  • 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 the danger drew closer, grape pickers spread word of the threat and helped neighbors pack their […]
  • Governor says change-resistant Indiana should think globally

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Factory work dwindled as companies moved operations overseas. Indiana, a manufacturing powerhouse where you once could get a good-paying job even without a high school education, was falling behind. Yet when Subaru started building a plant here, it wasn’t celebrated as a coup for the Republican candidate for governor. Instead, a Democratic […]