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MUNICH | Former VW boss Winterkorn leaves Bayern supervisory board

MUNICH— German soccer champion Bayern Munich says former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn has left its supervisory board, three years after he resigned from the automaker amid its diesel emissions scandal. The club said the 71-year-old Winterkorn stood down on Monday after nearly 16 years as a member. It said Tuesday that Winterkorn, as former CEO … Continue reading MUNICH | Former VW boss Winterkorn leaves Bayern supervisory board

AUSTIN, Texas | Apple deepens Austin ties, expands operations east and west

AUSTIN, Texas — Apple will build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, break ground on smaller locations in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City, California, and over the next three years will expand in Pittsburgh, New York and Colorado. The tech giant said Thursday that the new campus in Austin, less than a mile … Continue reading AUSTIN, Texas | Apple deepens Austin ties, expands operations east and west

AUSTIN, Texas | Apple announces plan to build $1 billion campus in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas — Apple says it plans to build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas. The company released a statement early Thursday saying its plans also include establishing locations in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City, California, with more than 1,000 employees at each. The tech giant, which is based in Cupertino, California, says … Continue reading AUSTIN, Texas | Apple announces plan to build $1 billion campus in Texas

MOJAVE, Calif. | Virgin Galactic aims to reach space soon with tourism rocket

MOJAVE, Calif. — Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is gearing up to finally send its rocket ship to the edge of space. If successful, it would be a major step toward the long-delayed dream of commercial space tourism. The next test flight could come as early as Thursday with the rocket-powered spacecraft soaring high above California’s … Continue reading MOJAVE, Calif. | Virgin Galactic aims to reach space soon with tourism rocket

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. | ‘Significant’ announcement expected in Calif. bar shooting

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Authorities planned Friday to announce what they call a “significant development” in their investigation of last month’s shooting that killed 12 people at a popular Southern California country music bar. The development was to be announced at a news conference at the Ventura County Sheriff’s Station in Thousand Oaks, Detective Eric … Continue reading THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. | ‘Significant’ announcement expected in Calif. bar shooting

HELSINKI | Lego Foundation donates $100mln to aid Rohingya, Syrian kids

HELSINKI — The Lego Foundation says it will donate $100 million to U.S. non-profit educational organization Sesame Workshop to fund projects aimed at helping young children affected by the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh and the civil war in Syria. The Danish foundation said Wednesday that the grant “will benefit some of the world’s most … Continue reading HELSINKI | Lego Foundation donates $100mln to aid Rohingya, Syrian kids

10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: WORLD LEADERS GO SOUTH The U.S.-China trade dispute and the conflict over Ukraine could overshadow the usual agenda of issues like development, infrastructure and investment at the Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION President … Continue reading 10 Things to Know for Today

JOHANNESBURG | Nigerian leader: Islamic extremists are now using drones

JOHANNESBURG — Islamic extremists in Nigeria have begun using drones, the country’s president said Thursday, opening a worrying new front in the region’s nearly decade-long fight against Boko Haram and an offshoot linked to the Islamic State. President Muhammadu Buhari announced the development during a meeting of countries contributing troops to a multinational force combatting … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | Nigerian leader: Islamic extremists are now using drones

MOSCOW | Syria: West should lift sanctions to help refugees return

MOSCOW — Syria’s U.N. ambassador on Thursday urged Western powers to lift crippling economic sanctions against the war-torn country if they are serious about helping millions of Syrian refugees to return to their homeland. Bashar Ja’afari spoke in the Kazakh capital of Astana where Russia, Turkey and Iran are holding talks with the Syrian government … Continue reading MOSCOW | Syria: West should lift sanctions to help refugees return

BRUSSELS | UK and EU agree draft text on future relations after Brexit

BRUSSELS — The European Union and Britain have agreed a draft declaration on their future relations after Brexit, European Council President Donald Tusk said Thursday, a development that paves the way for an EU summit this weekend to rubber-stamp the deal. The 26-page draft declaration was agreed upon at a technical level by negotiators and … Continue reading BRUSSELS | UK and EU agree draft text on future relations after Brexit

Migration at top of agenda of Spanish PM’s 1st Morocco visit

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez urged greater cooperation on migration while making his first visit Monday to Morocco, a jumping-off point for a growing number of migrants trying to reach Spain and get a foothold in Europe. Spain is one of the North African kingdom’s strongest European allies, and enhanced collaboration on all levels was … Continue reading Migration at top of agenda of Spanish PM’s 1st Morocco visit

BUCHAREST, Romania | 6 Romanian ministers fired as party leader seeks more power

BUCHAREST, Romania  — Romania’s ruling Social Democratic Party fired six ministers on Monday as the beleaguered party chairman sought to tighten his grip on the government. Social Democrat chairman Liviu Dragnea has come under fire for his management style and corruption convictions, but has vowed to continue as party leader even though he can’t be … Continue reading BUCHAREST, Romania | 6 Romanian ministers fired as party leader seeks more power

BRUSSELS | US, UK clash with Russia at OPCW over new investigative team

BRUSSELS — The U.S. and Western powers have clashed with Russia and others at the global chemical weapons watchdog over a new investigative team being set up to apportion blame for poison gas and nerve agent attacks. Russia said the new team would wield unlawful powers within the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons … Continue reading BRUSSELS | US, UK clash with Russia at OPCW over new investigative team

WARSAW, Poland | Polish leaders to walk with nationalists on Independence Day

WARSAW, Poland— The Polish government and the organizers of a yearly march of nationalists say they have agreed to hold a joint march on Poland’s Independence Day on Sunday. The announcement made late Friday means President Andrzej Duda and other state officials will march in the capital with organizations whose yearly march last year included … Continue reading WARSAW, Poland | Polish leaders to walk with nationalists on Independence Day

NEW YORK | Bryan Cranston confirms ‘Breaking Bad’ movie in development

NEW YORK— Bryan Cranston has confirmed that a “Breaking Bad” movie is in development, though he’s not sure he’s in it. Following reports that “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan is prepping a two-hour movie connected to the AMC series, Cranston on Wednesday called into the sports talk radio show “The Dan Patrick Show” and confirmed … Continue reading NEW YORK | Bryan Cranston confirms ‘Breaking Bad’ movie in development

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. | Air Force mascot falcon improving after injury at West Point

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — An Air Force falcon injured at West Point during a prank before Saturday’s annual rivalry game between the two service academies is back home and showing signs of improvement. Air Force Academy spokesperson Lt. Col. Tracy A. Bunko says 22-year-old Aurora “was able to fly around in her pen” on … Continue reading AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. | Air Force mascot falcon improving after injury at West Point

NEW YORK | Trump to develop national strategy on ‘5G’ wireless networks

NEW YORK  — The Trump administration is announcing plans to come up with a strategy for supporting the development of next-generation wireless networks known as “5G.” The administration isn’t calling for any specific action other than reports from various agencies due in about six months, and the development of the strategy itself in about nine … Continue reading NEW YORK | Trump to develop national strategy on ‘5G’ wireless networks

TOKYO | Japanese Nobel chemistry laureate Shimomura dies at 90

TOKYO— Japanese-born Marine biologist Osamu Shimomura, who won the Nobel Prize in chemistry, has died. He was 90. His alma mater Nagasaki University said Monday that Shimomura died Friday of natural causes. Shimomura and two American scientists shared the 2008 Nobel prize for the discovery and development of a jellyfish protein that contributed to cancer … Continue reading TOKYO | Japanese Nobel chemistry laureate Shimomura dies at 90

CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico | The Latest: Mexico’s AMLO eyes development to fix migration

CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico  — The latest on the caravan of Central American migrants hoping to reach the United States (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Mexico’s president-elect says he is suggesting to U.S. President Donald Trump that the United States, Canada and Mexico jointly tackle migration by agreeing to invest in development. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador … Continue reading CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico | The Latest: Mexico’s AMLO eyes development to fix migration

NORFOLK, Va. | Startup plans to launch small satellites from Virginia coast

NORFOLK, Va. — A California-based startup has announced big plans to go small as it reaches into space, rocketing satellites the size of loaves of bread into orbit from Virginia. The endeavor reflects increasing demand from companies and governments alike to monitor ships, crops and the weather from space. Rocket Lab said Wednesday it will … Continue reading NORFOLK, Va. | Startup plans to launch small satellites from Virginia coast

THE HAGUE, Netherlands | EU crime fighting unit teams up with counterterror forces

THE HAGUE, Netherlands— The European Union‘s police agency has signed a cooperation agreement with a European network of special counterterror intervention units, in a move that Europol’s chief says will make the bloc’s citizens safer. Under the deal signed Wednesday, the Atlas Network of units, which was established in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. … Continue reading THE HAGUE, Netherlands | EU crime fighting unit teams up with counterterror forces

Carbon tax gets renewed attention but still faces resistance

Advocates of taxing fossil fuels believe their position is stronger now because of an alarming new report on climate change and a Nobel Prize awarded to by two American economists, but neither development is likely to break down political resistance to a carbon tax. Previous alarms about global warming met with resistance from Congress and … Continue reading Carbon tax gets renewed attention but still faces resistance

STOCKHOLM | 2 Americans win economics Nobel for work on climate, tech

STOCKHOLM— Two Americans won the Nobel Prize in economics on Monday for studying a pressing issue facing the global economy: how to deal with pollution and climate change and how to foster the innovation needed to tackle such problems. William Nordhaus of Yale University and Paul Romer of New York University were announced winners of … Continue reading STOCKHOLM | 2 Americans win economics Nobel for work on climate, tech

WASHINGTON | Stealthy F-35 fighter sees first combat action

WASHINGTON — The stealthy F-35 fighter jet has conducted a combat airstrike for the first time, culminating years of development and anticipation for the aircraft’s move to the battlefield. A Marine F-35B Lightening took off from the USS Essex amphibious assault ship and launched an airstrike Thursday against Taliban targets in Afghanistan. The aircraft is … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Stealthy F-35 fighter sees first combat action

WASHINGTON | Rosenstein expecting to be fired, heads to White House

WASHINGTON  — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein headed to the White House Monday expecting to lose his job, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The development followed revelations that Rosenstein had made comments critical of President Donald Trump, including discussing possibly secretly recording the president and invoking the Constitution to have … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Rosenstein expecting to be fired, heads to White House

WASHINGTON | New accusation rocks Kavanaugh nomination; Trump stands firm

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump staunchly defended his embattled Supreme Court nominee against a new allegation of sexual misconduct Monday, calling the accusations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh “totally political.” The president spoke a day after a second allegation emerged against Kavanaugh, a development that further imperiled his nomination to the Supreme Court, forced the White House … Continue reading WASHINGTON | New accusation rocks Kavanaugh nomination; Trump stands firm

WASHINGTON | New sexual-misconduct accusation rocks Kavanaugh nomination

WASHINGTON — A second allegation of sexual misconduct has emerged against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a development that has further imperiled his nomination to the Supreme Court, forced the White House and Senate Republicans onto the defensive and fueled calls from Democrats to postpone further action on his confirmation. The new accusation landed late Sunday in … Continue reading WASHINGTON | New sexual-misconduct accusation rocks Kavanaugh nomination

WASHINGTON | Ford wants her Kavanaugh claim investigated before hearing

WASHINGTON— Christine Blasey Ford wants the FBI to investigate her allegation that she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before she testifies at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing next week, her lawyers said in a letter to the panel. The lawyers wrote that Ford, who is now a college professor in California, … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Ford wants her Kavanaugh claim investigated before hearing

ROME | Migrants aboard Italian coast guard ship begin hunger strike

ROME — Many of the 150 migrants stranded aboard a coast guard ship for a ninth day began a hunger strike Friday out of frustration that Italy won’t let them disembark in Sicily unless fellow European Union nations first pledge to take them, authorities said, in the latest standoff provoked by Italy’s anti-migrant interior minister. … Continue reading ROME | Migrants aboard Italian coast guard ship begin hunger strike

ALBANY, N.Y | AG looks to open probe into whether Cohen violated tax law

ALBANY, N.Y — New York’s attorney general is looking to open a criminal investigation into whether Michael Cohen violated state tax law. A person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Thursday that Attorney General Barbara Underwood recently requested a criminal referral from the state tax department to investigate and potentially file charges … Continue reading ALBANY, N.Y | AG looks to open probe into whether Cohen violated tax law