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Review: ‘Midway’ turns the WW II battle into a cartoon

By Mark Kennedy AP Entertainment Writer The first thing director Roland Emmerich should do after his latest movie "Midway" hits theaters is apologize. Apologize to the visual effects crew, the stuntmen, the carpenters, the costumers and artists. He has squandered their considerable visual ...

Mexico farm town prepares funerals after 9 Americans slain

By Peter Orsi The Associated Press LA MORA, Mexico (AP) — With Mexican soldiers guarding the entrance to town, hundreds of people converged on this remote farming community for the first funerals Thursday for the nine American women and children killed by drug cartel gunmen. Dozens of ...

Chicago’s top cop retiring after turbulent 3-plus years

By Don Babwin The Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson will announce on Thursday that he will retire after more than three years as the city's top cop, a post he took over during one of the most violent chapters in the city's history and amid ...

Bevin seeks vote recanvass while Beshear starts transition

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Republican Gov. Matt Bevin said next week's recanvass of the vote count in Kentucky's gubernatorial election won't be his last move in challenging the results, which showed him more than 5,000 votes behind Democrat Andy Beshear. Beshear, meanwhile, said he's confident ...

Judge rejects Trump moral-objection rule for health care

By Larry Neumeister The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday struck down a new rule, not yet in effect, that allowed health care providers to refuse participation in abortions and other services on moral or religious grounds. U.S. District Judge Paul A. ...

States say they’ll keep lawsuits against Purdue on hold

By Geoff Mulvihill The Associated Press State attorneys general with pending lawsuits against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and its owners will ask a federal bankruptcy judge Wednesday to give them more time to continue negotiating. A temporary freeze on their lawsuits expires this week, ...

Group says misinformation is on the rise on Facebook

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An advocacy group tracking misinformation says it has found an increase in fake political news shared on Facebook ahead of the 2020 presidential elections. The group, Avaaz, said Wednesday that misinformation is still being spread on Facebook despite measures the ...

Drug cartel gunmen kill 9 US citizens in an ambush in Mexico

By Mark Stevenson The Associated Press MEXICO CITY (AP) — Drug cartel gunmen ambushed three SUVs along a dirt road, slaughtering six children and three women — all U.S. citizens living in northern Mexico — in a grisly attack that left one vehicle a burned-out, bullet-riddled hulk, ...

Impeachment probe: Diplomat says he knew why US aid withheld

By Mary Clare Jalonick, Eric Tucker and Lisa Mascaro The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In a striking reversal, a top diplomat revised his testimony in the House impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump to acknowledge he understood that U.S. aid to Ukraine was being withheld ...

AP-NORC poll: Interest in campaign growing, as is anxiety

By Emily Swanson and Hannah Fingerhut The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A year out from the 2020 general election, there already is significant interest in the presidential campaign. But a poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research also finds a growing ...

Vinatieri misses late, Steelers edge Colts 26-24

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Tomlin sighed and let out a sentence that, after 13 years on the job, surprised the Pittsburgh Steelers coach for the sincerity with which he meant it. Considering what his team has endured during the first half of a wildly uneven ...

A growing number of Ohio small towns voting to disband

CINCINNATI (AP) — A recent analysis has found a rising number of small towns in Ohio have disbanded in recent years. An analysis of statewide election results by The Cincinnati Enquirer found 12 small towns across the state have gone defunct in the past 15 years, according to the newspaper ...

Krispy Kreme orders student to halt doughnut resale service

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An enterprising Minnesota college student who drove to Iowa every weekend to buy hundreds of Krispy Kreme doughnuts that he then sold to his own customers in the Twin Cities area has been warned by the confectionary giant to stop. There have been no Krispy Kreme ...

UPS CEO talks about holiday shipping, drones, Amazon threat

DALLAS (AP) — Online shoppers are becoming more demanding — impatient might be a better description — and that is good for UPS. Profit at United Parcel Service Inc. is rising partly because next-day and second-day deliveries in the U.S. are booming. Big Brown has invested heavily in ...

McDonald’s CEO steps down after relationship with employee

AP Business Writers NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald's chief executive officer has left the company after violating company policy by engaging in a consensual relationship with an employee, the corporation said Sunday. The fast food giant said former president and CEO Steve Easterbrook ...

Lebanese prime minister quits amid anti-government protests

By Andrea Rosa and Bilal Hussein The Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's prime minister resigned Tuesday, bowing to one of the central demands of anti-government demonstrators shortly after baton-wielding Hezbollah supporters rampaged through the main protest camp in Beirut, ...

Anger rises as California utility imposes more blackouts

By Don Thompson and Jocelyn Gecker The Associated Press SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Frustration and anger mounted across Northern California as the state's biggest utility began another round of fire-prevention blackouts Tuesday that could leave millions of people without electricity, some ...

Hearing begins on fate of Missouri’s lone abortion clinic

By Jim Salter The Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — Patient safety at Missouri's only abortion clinic is the point of contention at a state administrative hearing that will decide if the clinic can remain open. Opening statements and testimony began Monday before a commissioner with the ...

California wildfires erupt in LA, burn in wine country

By Terence Chea and Don Thompson The Associated Press SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters battled destructive wildfires in Northern California wine country and on the wealthy west side of Los Angeles on Monday, trying to beat back flames that forced tens of thousands to flee their ...

EU grants Brexit delay to Jan. 31; UK ponders new election

LONDON (AP) — The European Union agreed Monday to delay Brexit by three months until Jan. 31, acting to avert a chaotic U.K. departure just three days before Britain was due to become the first country ever to leave the 28-nation bloc. The decision was welcomed by politicians in the U.K. ...