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  • Asian stocks rally on hope of further China-US trade talks

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian markets were broadly higher on Monday as traders looked forward to the continuation of trade talks between Chinese and American officials in Washington this week. South Korea’s Kospi jumped 0.7 percent to 2,210.89 and the Shanghai Composite index rose 2.5 percent to 2,748.92. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was 1.7 percent higher […]
  • North Carolina to hold hearing on undecided US House race

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s elections board is holding a hearing Monday on ballot fraud allegations in the nation’s last undecided congressional election. The hearing, slated to last at least two days, will include the results of a monthslong investigation into allegations that a political operative tampered with mail-in ballots in a rural county. […]
  • Abe mum on reports he nominated Trump for Nobel Peace Prize

    TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his chief spokesman declined Monday to say if Abe had nominated President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize, though they praised Trump for dealings with North Korea. Questioned in parliament about reports he had done so, Abe said: “In light of the Nobel Committee’s policy […]
  • Border wall could be tricky issue, especially for O’Rourke

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) — When Donald Trump visited Beto O’Rourke’s hometown to argue that walling off the southern border makes the U.S. safer, the former Democratic congressman and possible 2020 presidential hopeful was ready. As the president filled an El Paso arena with supporters, O’Rourke helped lead thousands of his own on a protest […]
  • AP FACT CHECK: Trump spins fiction about diversity visas

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is going after the “horror show” known as the diversity visa lottery program. His description of it is pure fiction. The president offered a multitude of fabrications and partial truths over the past week on the subject of immigration — both the legal and illegal varieties — as he […]
  • DC’s many prankster activists turn anger into street theater

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In the nation’s capital, it can be hard for protesters to stand out. Fifty people — or even 500 — holding signs and shouting hardly merits a second glance in this city of protests. That’s why Washington activists have to get creative. There’s an ethos of performative prankster-style protest wired into the […]
  • Today in History

    Today in History Today is Monday, Feb. 18, the 49th day of 2019. There are 316 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 18, 2001, auto racing star Dale Earnhardt Sr. died in a crash at the Daytona 500; he was 49. On this date: In 1546, Martin Luther, leader of […]
  • Team LeBron rallies to beat Team Giannis, 178-164

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — LeBron James was trading lob passes with Dwyane Wade again, one last time. Catching lobs from former teammate Kyrie Irving once again, too. And after making a stepback 3-pointer late, he stared down Joel Embiid to send a message without saying a word. Oh, this mattered to James — and Team […]
  • Asian stocks rally on hope of further China-US trade talks

    SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian markets were broadly higher on Monday as traders looked forward to the continuation of trade talks between Chinese and American officials in Washington this week. South Korea’s Kospi jumped 0.7 percent to 2,212.38 and the Shanghai Composite index rose 1.6 percent to 2,724.23. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was 1.7 percent higher […]
  • Warren highlights her work on economic crisis in Vegas stop

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democrat Elizabeth Warren used her first visit to Nevada as a presidential candidate to describe a squeeze on working families and a political system that she says fails to protect homeowners, including the residents of Las Vegas who were pummeled by the mortgage crisis a decade ago. The Massachusetts senator spoke […]
  • Year in space put astronaut Scott Kelly’s disease defenses on alert

    Nearly a year in space changed Scott Kelly's genetic activity, compared to his Earth-bound identical twin: U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kelly of Arizona.
  • Ex-FBI official: ‘Crime may have been committed’ by Trump

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said in an interview that aired Sunday that a “crime may have been committed” when President Donald Trump fired the head of the FBI and tried to publicly undermine an investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia. McCabe also said in the interview with “60 Minutes” […]
  • Denny Hamlin cruises to 2nd Daytona 500 victory in 4 years

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Denny Hamlin came to the Daytona 500 determined to honor his late car owner with a victory. He delivered with a storybook tribute for Joe Gibbs Racing. Hamlin won NASCAR’s biggest race for the second time in four years Sunday, leading JGR in a 1-2-3 sweep of the podium in […]
  • Julia Roberts to receive George Eastman Award for movie work

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Actress Julia Roberts will be this year’s recipient of the George Eastman Award, given to honor contributions to the art of cinema. The George Eastman Museum in Rochester says it will honor the “Pretty Woman” and “Steel Magnolias” actress on May 2. Past recipients include Lauren Bacall, Charlie Chaplin, Gary Cooper […]
  • More than 1,500 attend vigil for Aurora shooting victims

    AURORA, Ill. (AP) — More than 1,500 people braved snow and freezing drizzle to attend a prayer vigil for five slain co-workers Sunday, two days after they were fatally shot at a suburban Chicago manufacturing plant by a longtime employee who was fired moments earlier. The Rev. Dan Haas told those who gathered near five […]
  • The Latest: Chicago police still seek Smollett interview

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the reported attack on “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Chicago police say they still want to do a follow-up interview with Jussie Smollett about a reported attack that the “Empire” star says included his attackers yelling racial and homophobic slurs. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said […]
  • Dog reunited with owner after 8 month, 175-mile journey

    SOUTH PARIS, Maine (AP) — A dog that went missing in Massachusetts months ago has been reunited with its family after being found in Maine, 175 miles (282 kilometers) away. The Bangor Daily News reports 5-year-old king shepherd Kaiser made his way from Ashby, Massachusetts, to South Paris, Maine, over a span of eight months. […]
  • Former governor spent $22K on Trump hotel stays: report

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Documents obtained by a Maine newspaper show the state’s former Republican governor and his staff spent at least $22,000 in public money at a hotel owned by the family of President Donald Trump. The Portland Press Herald reports Sunday that former Gov. Paul LePage and staff paid for more than 40 […]
  • US immigration officials detain 2 bankers wanted in Ecuador

    MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two brothers from Ecuador wanted in the South American country on charges that they stole millions of dollars from a now-defunct bank have been detained in Florida by U.S. immigration authorities. William and Roberto Isaias were arrested Wednesday in Miami and detained pending deportation, Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Nestor […]
  • Officials: Centralia sinkhole unrelated to underground fire

    CENTRALIA, Pa. (AP) — State environmental authorities say a 100-foot (30-meter) sinkhole found in a central Pennsylvania town almost completely emptied by a decades-long underground fire is unrelated to the blaze. The (Bloomsburg) Press Enterprise reports that a Department of Environmental Protection crew started work Friday to fill the sinkhole near Route 61 in Centralia. […]