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Trump predicts he will make trade deal with China

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump expressed confidence he can reach a deal to end a burgeoning trade war with China, saying he will meet his Chinese counterpart at the Group of 20 meetings in Argentina in about a month. “I think we’ll make a deal with China, and I think it will ...

Supreme Court agrees to hear cross memorial case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear a case about whether a nearly 100-year-old, cross-shaped war memorial located on a Maryland highway median violates the Constitution’s required separation of church and state, a case that could impact hundreds of similar monuments ...

Court allows census trial to go forward

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is allowing a trial over the decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census to go forward over the Trump administration’s objection. The justices’ issued a brief order Friday rejecting the administration’s request to postpone the trial, ...

U.S. restores Iran sanctions lifted under Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday announced the reimposition of all U.S. sanctions on Iran that had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal, ramping up economic pressure on the Islamic Republic as President Donald Trump completed the unraveling of what had been one of his ...

Wahlberg supports repairs to damaged war memorial

BOSTON (AP) — Actor and Boston native Mark Wahlberg is among those offering his support to efforts to repair a vandalized Vietnam War memorial. The damage to the memorial in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood and the landscaping around it was discovered last week. State police said bricks ...

Ex-CIA contractor sentenced to 90 days for retaining classified info

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A former CIA contractor was sentenced Friday to 90 days in jail for unauthorized retention of classified materials at a hearing that shed little light on his motives. Reynaldo Regis, 54, of Fort Washington, Maryland, had been seeking probation at his sentencing ...

NY investor gets probation for groping plane passenger

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a New York investor to a year of probation for groping a woman last year during a Spirit Airlines flight to Kennedy Airport. Prosecutors say Musa Yenni rubbed and squeezed the woman’s leg under a blanket during a flight They say the ...

Mobile pay allows for no wallet at checkout

By MARGARETTE BURNETTE, NerdWallet When you’re at the checkout line this holiday season, you could juggle your bags and dig into your purse or billfold for your credit or debit card. Or you could use that phone you’re already clutching, or that new smartwatch strapped to your wrist. ...

Kids struggling in migrant caravan trek

NILTEPEC, Mexico (AP) — Toddlers slump in strollers bouncing across the rough asphalt, and infants only a few weeks old jiggle in their fathers’ arms. Others, limp from exhaustion and nearly too big to be carried, are slung across their mothers’ chests like sacks of grain, sweaty hair ...

Feds open a criminal probe into natural gas explosions

By PHILIP MARCELO Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors are conducting a criminal investigation into the natural gas explosions and fires that rocked three communities near Boston in September. NiSource, the parent company of Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, disclosed ...

U.S. veteran homelessness declines by 5 percent in 2018

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The number of homeless veterans across the U.S. declined more than 5 percent over the past year after a slight rise in 2017. The departments of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs announced Thursday that the number of homeless vets dropped to about ...

Ground search for missing Wisconsin girl has scaled back

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin authorities are scaling back their ground search for a missing 13-year-old girl whose parents were shot dead, saying Wednesday that their investigation into Jayme Closs’ abduction is entering a new phase. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said in a ...

Employers eager to fill jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) —Against the backdrop of next week's midterm elections, the U.S. job market is the healthiest it's been in at least two decades. And with another strong hiring report expected Friday, some barometers of the job market suggest that it has room to strengthen ...

Review: ‘Nutcracker’ on big screen falls flat

By MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer So Disney has gone ahead and made a Christmas movie from “The Nutcracker.” Is this what we’re doing now? We’re making big Hollywood movies from 19th century ballets? Anyone have any fresh ideas at all? Talk about low-hanging fruit: It’s a ...

Review: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ won’t quite rock you

By JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer Where does a preening, pansexual rock god get his powers? The Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” traces his sonorous majesty to an unlikely place: his back teeth. Mercury, nee Farrokh Bulsara, was born with four extra incisors, giving him a bigger ...

Tiffany Haddish’s goal to make 50 movies by 50th birthday

By JILL DOBSON Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — By the time Tiffany Haddish turns 50, she’s hoping to have 50 movies to her credit. She’s got 12 years and a few dozen films to achieve it. “That’s the goal,” she said recently and quickly followed it up with, “They’re not ...

Interior watchdog refers Zinke probe to Justice Department

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Interior Department’s internal watchdog has referred an investigation of Secretary Ryan Zinke to the Justice Department, signaling a potential escalation amid a series of inquiries into Zinke’s conduct. Two people familiar with the investigation said Interior’s ...

U.S. charges Chinese in trade secrets theft

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has charged companies in China and Taiwan and three individuals with stealing trade secrets from a U.S. semi-conductor company, the Justice Department announced Thursday. The charges come amid heightened trade tensions between China and the U.S. and as ...

Agencies clash on cellphone cancer risk

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two U.S. government agencies are giving conflicting interpretations of a safety study on cellphone radiation: One says it causes cancer in rats. The other says there’s no reason for people to worry. No new research was issued Thursday. Instead, the National Toxicology ...

Black Dems want 1 of 2 top posts

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Congressional Black Caucus served notice Thursday that the influential group wants a black lawmaker to hold at least one of the House’s two top Democratic jobs next year if Nancy Pelosi or other party leaders don’t retain their posts in the new Congress. Caucus ...