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WARSAW, Poland | The Latest: Police say mayor’s attacker acted ‘irrationally’

WARSAW, Poland — Jan 14, 2019—The Latest on the stabbing of a Polish mayor (all times local): 11:20 a.m. A Polish police spokesman says a man accused of seriously wounding Gdansk city Mayor Pawel Adamowicz acted out of “irrational” motives and is in custody waiting for questioning by prosecutors. Mariusz Ciarka said Monday the 27-year-old, … Continue reading WARSAW, Poland | The Latest: Police say mayor’s attacker acted ‘irrationally’

PARIS | Mirage fighter jet disappears over eastern France

PARIS —Jan 09, 2019—A French fighter jet carrying two pilots disappeared from radar screens Wednesday near the Swiss border in a snowstorm, prompting an extensive search across the rugged, mountainous area. The Mirage 2000D was last detected between the Doubs and Jura regions while on a low-altitude training flight, according to a French air force … Continue reading PARIS | Mirage fighter jet disappears over eastern France

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. | Chris Evert to chair US Tennis Association’s charitable arm

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. —Jan 08, 2019— Chris Evert has been chosen to chair the USTA Foundation’s board of directors, serving as a spokeswoman and ambassador for the U.S. Tennis Association’s charitable arm. The 18-time Grand Slam champion and member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame takes over as chair from James Blake. Evert, currently … Continue reading WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. | Chris Evert to chair US Tennis Association’s charitable arm

LONDON | Russian cargo ship runs aground off southwest England

LONDON — A Russian cargo ship with 18 crew members on board has run aground off the coast of Falmouth, Cornwall, in southwest England, following bad weather. A spokeswoman for Britain’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency said the 180-meter (590 foot) vessel “dragged her anchor and grounded” on the western part of the port entrance between … Continue reading LONDON | Russian cargo ship runs aground off southwest England

WARSAW, Poland | Poland says US ambassador’s letter won’t spoil good ties

WARSAW, Poland — The Polish government said Wednesday that a letter from the U.S. ambassador that took it to task over its treatment of a U.S.-owned television station and misspelled the prime minister’s last name won’t spoil “very good” bilateral ties. The letter from Ambassador Georgette Mosbacher to Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki circulated in Polish … Continue reading WARSAW, Poland | Poland says US ambassador’s letter won’t spoil good ties

MILWAUKEE | Oprah Winfrey’s mother, Vernita Lee, dies at 83

MILWAUKEE — Oprah Winfrey’s mother, Vernita Lee, has died at the age of 83. A Winfrey spokeswoman on Monday issued a statement saying Lee died at her Milwaukee home on Nov. 22. The spokeswoman says private funeral services were held. No other details were provided. Lee was a teenager when she gave birth to Winfrey … Continue reading MILWAUKEE | Oprah Winfrey’s mother, Vernita Lee, dies at 83

WASHINGTON | As number of GOP women in Congress dips, party seeks answers

WASHINGTON— For congressional Republicans, this month’s elections ushered in the year of the woman — literally. West Virginia’s Carol Miller will be the only Republican woman entering the 435-member House as a newcomer in January. She’ll join what may be the chamber’s smallest group of female GOP lawmakers since the early 1990s — as few … Continue reading WASHINGTON | As number of GOP women in Congress dips, party seeks answers

BUCHAREST, Romania | Romanian ex-prison chief who tortured inmates dies in jail

BUCHAREST, Romania  — Alexandru Visinescu, a Romanian communist-era prison guard serving a 20-year sentence for crimes against humanity, died Monday in prison at 93, Romanian authorities said. Visinescu was the first prison guard from the early years of communism to go on trial in Romania. He became a national symbol of the Communist era’s brutality … Continue reading BUCHAREST, Romania | Romanian ex-prison chief who tortured inmates dies in jail

KABUL, Afghanistan | Officials: Utah National Guard member killed in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan  — American military officials say a member of the Utah National Guard has been killed in an apparent “insider attack” in the capital of Afghanistan. The officials say another U.S. service member is being treated for wounds sustained in the attack in Kabul on Saturday. A statement from a spokeswoman for the NATO-led … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan | Officials: Utah National Guard member killed in Afghanistan

BALTIMORE | 2 dead after Amazon building collapse in severe weather

BALTIMORE— Two people were killed when part of an Amazon distribution warehouse collapsed amid severe weather, a spokeswoman for the retail giant said Saturday. The men worked for an outside company and not Amazon, spokeswoman Rachael Lighty said. No one else was injured when severe storms with strong winds tore through Maryland Friday evening, she … Continue reading BALTIMORE | 2 dead after Amazon building collapse in severe weather

AP FACT CHECK: Claim that voters lose hunting licenses false

The North Dakota Democratic Party posted a misleading ad on its website and on Facebook that suggests state residents should reconsider voting in this year’s election if they have hunting licenses in other states. Republican congressman Kevin Cramer is seeking to unseat U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in this year’s Midterm election. The ad comes as … Continue reading AP FACT CHECK: Claim that voters lose hunting licenses false

WASHINGTON | Interior watchdog refers Zinke probe to Justice Department

WASHINGTON — 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 office of inspector general referred a case involving Zinke to Justice. It is not clear what … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Interior watchdog refers Zinke probe to Justice Department

HARTFORD, Conn. | APNewsBreak: Racial bias probed at Coast Guard Academy

HARTFORD, Conn.  — The Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general is investigating allegations of racial discrimination at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and inadequate follow-up by the school’s leadership, the agency said Thursday. The investigation will bring a new layer of scrutiny to the service academy that is already under pressure from Congress to address … Continue reading HARTFORD, Conn. | APNewsBreak: Racial bias probed at Coast Guard Academy

ORLANDO, Fla. | Florida man sues Tesla over autopilot feature, crash

ORLANDO, Fla. — A Florida man says the autopilot feature of his Tesla vehicle failed to detect a disabled car on a highway, leading to a collision that left him with permanent injuries, according to a negligence lawsuit filed Tuesday. Shawn Hudson said in the lawsuit filed in state court in Orlando, Florida, that Tesla … Continue reading ORLANDO, Fla. | Florida man sues Tesla over autopilot feature, crash

TRENTON, N.J. | Another child dead following viral outbreak at rehab center

TRENTON, N.J.— Another child has died following a severe viral outbreak at a New Jersey rehabilitation center for “medically fragile children,” bringing the death toll to seven. The state Health Department says there have been 18 cases overall of adenovirus at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) … Continue reading TRENTON, N.J. | Another child dead following viral outbreak at rehab center

LONDON | Pip Pip Hooray: Pippa Middleton gives birth to baby boy

LONDON— Pippa Middleton, the sister of Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, has given birth to a baby boy. A spokeswoman for Middleton and her husband James Matthews said Tuesday that their first baby had been born the day before. Kensington Palace says that Prince William and Kate are “thrilled for Pippa and James.” The new … Continue reading LONDON | Pip Pip Hooray: Pippa Middleton gives birth to baby boy

BRUSSELS | 9 arrests in Belgian football fraud, match-fixing scandal

BRUSSELS— Belgian authorities have arrested nine people in relation to a massive financial fraud and match-fixing probe into soccer. Three days after an operation targeting nine Belgian clubs, and raids in seven nations, the charges filed include belonging to a criminal organization, match fixing, money laundering, and corruption, said federal prosecutor’s spokeswoman, Wenke Roggen. Those … Continue reading BRUSSELS | 9 arrests in Belgian football fraud, match-fixing scandal

MADRID | 10 dead in torrential flooding on Spain’s Mallorca island

MADRID — At least 10 people died on the Spanish island of Mallorca after a torrential rainstorm caused flash flooding that left a trail of piled vehicles and damaged infrastructure from surges of water and mud. Two British citizens and a Dutch woman were among the victims found Wednesday, one day after the rainfall, a … Continue reading MADRID | 10 dead in torrential flooding on Spain’s Mallorca island

MADRID | 9 dead in torrential flooding on Spain’s Mallorca island

MADRID — Torrential rainstorms that caused flash flooding of water and mud on the Spanish island of Mallorca killed at least nine people, authorities said on Wednesday. A spokeswoman with the regional emergency service said two British nationals and a Dutch woman were among the victims, but she couldn’t confirm whether six more people were … Continue reading MADRID | 9 dead in torrential flooding on Spain’s Mallorca island

SACRAMENTO, Calif. | California gas tax repeal campaign seeks federal inquiry

SACRAMENTO, Calif.  — Leaders of a campaign to repeal California‘s recent gas tax increase are asking the federal government to investigate their claims that public resources have been used against them. Their allegations are based on emails and other documents that appear to show local government workers discussing the repeal effort, known as Proposition 6. … Continue reading SACRAMENTO, Calif. | California gas tax repeal campaign seeks federal inquiry

BERLIN | Germany: window kept husband’s body for 1 ½ years

BERLIN — Prosecutors in the northern city of Hamburg say a widow kept her husband’s body hidden inside her home for one and a half years after he died because she couldn’t bear to part with him. German news agency dpa reported Monday that police found the man’s body inside the couple’s apartment last month … Continue reading BERLIN | Germany: window kept husband’s body for 1 ½ years

LOS ANGELES | Official: More possible victims of California doctor found

LOS ANGELES — Investigators have identified three more possible victims after a California surgeon and his girlfriend were charged with drugging and raping two intoxicated women, prosecutors said Wednesday. Michelle Van Der Linden, a spokeswoman for the Orange County district attorney’s office, said prosecutors have received numerous calls since Tuesday, when the initial charges were … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Official: More possible victims of California doctor found

SHASTA-TRINITY NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. | Wildfire closes key California highway through the weekend

SHASTA-TRINITY NATIONAL FOREST, Calif.— A stretch of a major interstate near the California-Oregon border will remain closed through the weekend as crews try to tame a wildfire roaring along the roadway, forcing truckers and other motorists to take lengthy detours, officials said Friday. The blaze that shut down 45 miles (72 kilometers) of Interstate 5 … Continue reading SHASTA-TRINITY NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. | Wildfire closes key California highway through the weekend

MINNEAPOLIS | Report: Chinese billionaire Liu accused of felony rape

MINNEAPOLIS — A Minneapolis police report says the arrest of Chinese billionaire Liu Qiangdong, founder of the Beijing-based e-commerce site JD.com, was over a felony rape accusation. The report doesn’t provide details of the alleged incident. No charges have been filed against the billionaire, also known as Richard Liu. Jail records show he was arrested … Continue reading MINNEAPOLIS | Report: Chinese billionaire Liu accused of felony rape

The Latest: 4 missing after Colorado River boat collision

MOABI REGIONAL PARK, Calif.  — The Latest on a boat collision on the Colorado River (all times local): 10:03 a.m. Authorities say four people are missing after two boats crashed on the Colorado River, ejecting more than a dozen people who were on board. The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday that a boat carrying … Continue reading The Latest: 4 missing after Colorado River boat collision

MOSCOW | Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny detained in Moscow

MOSCOW — A spokeswoman for Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny says he has been detained outside his home in Moscow. Kira Yarmysh said Navalny was detained early Saturday afternoon and taken to a nearby police station. She said she was not aware of the reason for his arrest. Navalny, President Vladimir Putin’s most formidable political … Continue reading MOSCOW | Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny detained in Moscow

COPENHAGEN, Denmark | World’s biggest shipping firm to test Russian Arctic route

COPENHAGEN, Denmark  — Danish shipping group A.P. Moller-Maersk says it will send a cargo vessel through the Russian Arctic for the first time as a result of melting sea ice. Janina von Spalding, spokeswoman for the world’s biggest shipping company, said Thursday the new ice class container vessel would embark on “a one-off trial designed … Continue reading COPENHAGEN, Denmark | World’s biggest shipping firm to test Russian Arctic route

WASHINGTON | Melania Trump planning solo international swing to Africa

WASHINGTON — Melania Trump is planning her first big solo international swing with a trip through several African countries in October. The first lady told The Associated Press in a written statement Monday that she’s looking forward to learning about the issues that children living on the continent face, as well as appreciating Africa’s history … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Melania Trump planning solo international swing to Africa