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‘Aladdin’ soars, but ‘Booksmart’ barely passes at box office

By Lindsey Bahr The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Moviegoers voted with their dollars and chose the familiar over the new this Memorial Day weekend. The Walt Disney Co.'s live-action remake of "Aladdin" crushed the competition at the box office, which included two new original ...

Proposal would help parents keep custody of troubled kids

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A legislative proposal would allow Ohio parents to avoid an often heart-breaking decision: giving up custody of troubled children so they can receive desperately needed and expensive services. The amendment to Ohio's two-year budget is aimed at so-called "multisystem ...

Impeach Trump? Most 2020 Democrats tiptoe past the question

By Elana Schor and Juana Summers The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic leaders in Congress have argued that impeaching President Donald Trump is a political mistake as the 2020 election nears. Most of the candidates running to succeed him seem to agree, for now. Fewer ...

Report: More companies in China handing over technology

By Joe McDonald AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) — The number of foreign companies that feel compelled to hand over technology in exchange for Chinese market access — an issue that sparked President Donald Trump's tariff fight with Beijing — has doubled since two years ago despite ...

China has more weapons in US tariff war – but do they work?

By Joe McDonald and Michael Liedtke AP Business Writers BEIJING (AP) — Looking for ways to hit back at Washington as a tariff fight escalates, President Xi Jinping and his economy czar visited a Chinese factory that processes rare earths - exotic minerals used in electric cars, mobile ...

Review: Smith’s fine in ‘Aladdin.’ Another guy’s the problem

By Mark Kennedy AP Entertainment Writer It's pretty clear after watching the new live-action "Aladdin" that doubts about Will Smith's casting as the Genie are overblown. It's the guy behind the camera who should be doubted. And stuffed into a small lamp forever. Guy Ritchie — that lover ...

Review: A cool concept lost in execution in ‘Brightburn’

By Lindsey Bahr AP Film Writer "Brightburn " is a one idea movie. What if a baby from another planet crash lands on earth and is adopted and raised by a nice childless couple living on a farm? This kid doesn't get hurt, never bleeds and, right around puberty starts to discover that he has ...

Trump’s ‘great patriot’ farmers follow him into a trade war

By Sara Burnett and Scott McFetridge The Associated Press MADRID, Iowa (AP) — Iowa farmer Tim Bardole survived years of low crop prices and rising costs by cutting back on fertilizer and herbicides and fixing broken-down equipment rather than buying new. When President Donald Trump's ...

U.S. to roll out economic part of Mideast peace plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will unveil the first phase of its long-awaited blueprint for Mideast peace next month at a conference in the region designed to highlight economic benefits that could be reaped if the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is resolved, the White House said ...

Speaker stuns 2019 Morehouse grads, to pay off student debt

By Errin Haines Whack AP National Writer A billionaire technology investor stunned the entire graduating class at Morehouse College when he announced at their commencement Sunday that he would pay off their student loans __ estimated at up to $40 million. Robert F. Smith, this year's ...

Saudis say they don’t want war, but will defend themselves

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia does not want war but will not hesitate to defend itself against Iran, a top Saudi diplomat said Sunday, after the kingdom's energy sector was targeted this past week amid heightened tensions in the Persian Gulf. On Sunday night, a rocket was ...

Virginia town remembers the high price paid on D-Day

BEDFORD, Va. (AP) — Marguerite Cottrell remembers the summer day 75 years ago when a Western Union telegram was delivered to her family farm as her mother was hanging clothes on the line to dry. Her mother read it, sat down and wept. Cottrell's older brother, John Reynolds, had been ...

Hundreds protest Alabama’s abortion ban at state capitol

By Kim Chandler The Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators marched to the Alabama Capitol on Sunday to protest the state's newly approved abortion ban, chanting "my body, my choice!" and "vote them out!" The demonstration came three days after Gov. Kay Ivey ...

Bill would bar death penalty if ‘serious mental illness’

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A bill now in Ohio's Legislature would prevent people convicted of aggravated murder from being sentenced to the death penalty, if they are found to have had a "serious mental illness" at the time of the offense. Republican Rep. Brett Hudson Hillyer, a primary sponsor ...

AP source: Barr launches new look at origins of Russia probe

By Michael Balsamo The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr has appointed a U.S. attorney to examine the origins of the Russia investigation and determine if intelligence collection involving the Trump campaign was "lawful and appropriate," according to a ...

‘Zombie cells’ buildup in your body may play role in aging

By Malcolm Ritter AP Science Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Call them zombie cells — they refuse to die. As they build up in your body, studies suggest, they promote aging and the conditions that come with it like osteoporosis and Alzheimer's disease. Researchers are studying drugs that can ...

Man pleads guilty in mall attack against boy, faces 19 years

By Jeff Baenen The Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man who reportedly told investigators that he went to the Mall of America "looking for someone to kill" pleaded guilty Tuesday to throwing a 5-year-old boy from a third-floor balcony and faces 19 years in prison. Emmanuel ...

Trade row deepens as China ups tariffs on $60B in U.S. goods

By Joe McDonald The Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — Deepening a trade battle and sending financial markets spinning, China announced Monday it was raising tariffs on $60 billion of U.S. goods in retaliation for the latest hike in U.S. tariffs on its exports. The Finance Ministry said ...

Legendary actress and singer Doris Day dead at 97

By The Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Doris Day, the honey-voiced singer and actress whose film dramas, musicals and innocent sex comedies made her a top star in the 1950s and '60s and among the most popular screen actresses in history, has died. She was 97. In recent years, Day had ...

White House expects China to retaliate over trade tariffs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is awaiting retaliation from China over increased tariffs, after talks in Washington ended without a deal on trade, the president's chief economic adviser said on Sunday. "The expected countermeasures have not yet materialized. We may know more today or even this ...