NEW DELHI— Three Muslim-majority Asian countries have elected leaders who campaigned on a promise to temper China’s growing influence, but analysts say reducing the foothold of the world’s second-largest economy won’t be easy because of the billions of dollars in development projects that are already under way. The surprising elections in recent months of nonagenarian … Continue reading NEW DELHI | Asian victors may find anti-China campaign vows hard to keep
SAN FRANCISCO — The so-called “Grand Central of the West” is closed out of safety concerns after workers discovered a crack in a support beam of the $2 billion transit terminal that opened just last month. Workers discovered the crack early Tuesday while installing roofing tiles at the Salesforce Transit Center, according to its executive … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | San Francisco’s new transit terminal closes over beam crack
BILLINGS, Mont.— A court ruling that blocked grizzly bear hunts in the U.S. West carries far wider political implications amid a push by Congress for sweeping changes to how imperiled species are managed. The ruling restored protections for more than 700 grizzlies in and around Yellowstone National Park. It will likely force federal wildlife officials … Continue reading BILLINGS, Mont. | Blocked US grizzly hunts fuel call for changes to law
LOS ANGELES— A man who was deported from the United States six times was expected in court Wednesday to face charges after police say he killed three people and injured four in attacks targeting sleeping homeless men in California. Investigators believe Ramon Escobar, 47, began attacking the men at random on Sept. 8, shortly after … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Deported man is suspect in deadly California beatings
The gunman in the Las Vegas mass shooting was armed with 23 AR-style weapons, 14 of them fitted with “bump stocks” that allowed them to mimic fully automatic fire. The devices were little-known before they were used in the Oct. 1 rampage, the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. And in the immediate aftermath, … Continue reading What’s happened to bump stocks in the year since Las Vegas?
PHOENIX — Senate Republicans are bringing in Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell to handle questioning about allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, describing her as tough, experienced and, above all, objective. Mitchell, a Republican, was expected to question both Kavanaugh and his accuser at Thursday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. Christine Blasey Ford’s … Continue reading PHOENIX | GOP picks female prosecutor to question Kavanaugh, accuser
NORRISTOWN, Pa.— A publicist for once-beloved actor Bill Cosby complained that his conviction and three- to 10-year prison term for sexual assault Tuesday stem from a racist and sexist justice system, as the defense vowed to appeal the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era. Cosby, 81, was spending his first night alone in a … Continue reading NORRISTOWN, Pa. | Cosby camp: Once-beloved actor a victim of racism, sexism
SEATTLE — Houston Astros clinch second straight AL West title when second-place Oakland loses at Seattle. By Associated Press