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Stocks edge higher; S&P 500 heads for another week of gains

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks edged higher in early trading on Friday as most sectors of the market posted small gains. The S&P 500 rose 0.3% to 3,014 and is within 12 points of all-time high. The index is headed for a fourth straight weekly gain, even after some volatility during the week ...

Women leave Montana town over border agency lawsuit backlash

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A woman who is suing the U.S. Customs and Border Protection after an agent questioned her and a friend for speaking Spanish in a convenience store said Friday the backlash to their lawsuit has forced them to move away from their small Montana city. Ana Suda and her ...

Trump, in call, urged Ukraine to investigate Biden’s son

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump urged the new leader of Ukraine this summer to investigate the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, a person familiar with the matter said Friday. Democrats condemned what they saw as a clear effort to damage a political rival, now at the heart of ...

Trudeau’s support holds after apology for wearing brownface

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledged Friday that he let down his supporters — and all Canadians of color — by appearing years ago in brownface and blackface. Yet the scandal’s fallout may be limited in a country without the harsh and still-divisive racial ...

US, El Salvador sign asylum deal, details to be worked out

NEW YORK (AP) — The United States on Friday signed an agreement that paves the way for the U.S. to send some asylum-seekers to one of the world’s most violent countries, El Salvador. But both countries must first take necessary legal actions and implement major border security and asylum ...

NYPD commander who took Son of Sam’s confession dies at 99

NEW YORK (AP) — John Keenan, the police official who led New York City’s manhunt for the Son of Sam killer and eventually took a case-solving confession from David Berkowitz, has died. His death Thursday at age 99 was announced by the police department and Keenan’s family. He had been in ...

Imelda leaves 2 dead in Texas, others stranded and trapped

CHINA, Texas (AP) — Emergency crews continued to pull motorists and others from high water Friday after the remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda soaked the Houston area, leaving at least two people dead and prompting hundreds of rescues for people trapped during a relentless downpour that drew ...

Biden critical of Trump for urging Ukraine probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden is decrying reports that President Donald Trump urged the president of Ukraine to look into his son’s business dealings there. Biden says in a statement that if the reports are true, “Then there is truly no bottom to President Trump’s ...

Iran diplomat warns of ‘all-out war’ if hit for Saudi attack

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran’s top diplomat said Thursday that any attack on his country over a drone-and-missile strike on Saudi Arabia’s oil industry will result in “all-out war,” further pushing up tensions across the Persian Gulf.

Trump sues Manhattan DA seeking to block tax return subpoena

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump asked a federal judge Thursday to block an effort by New York prosecutors to obtain his tax returns. Trump’s attorneys filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in New York against the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., who recently ...

Nevada desert towns prep for possible ‘Storm Area 51’ influx

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Visitors descending on the remote Nevada desert for “Storm Area 51” are from Earth, not outer space. No one knows what to expect, but the two tiny towns of Rachel and Hiko near the once-secret military research site are preparing for an influx of people over the next few ...

Water rescues begin as Imelda soaks east Texas

HOUSTON (AP) — Rain from Tropical Depression Imelda deluged parts of Texas and Louisiana on Thursday, prompting hundreds of water rescues, a hospital evacuation and road closures in areas east of Houston that were hit hard by Hurricane Harvey two years ago. Forecasters warned that Imelda ...

Philippines declares new polio outbreak after 19 years

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine health officials declared a polio outbreak in the country on Thursday, nearly two decades after the World Health Organization declared it to be free of the highly contagious and potentially deadly disease. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said at a ...

Brownface, blackface photos cause scandal for Trudeau

TORONTO (AP) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s campaign moved to contain a growing scandal Thursday after a yearbook photo surfaced of him in brownface at a 2001 “Arabian Nights” costume party and two other similar incidents came to light. With the election a month away, he apologized ...

Trump names hostage envoy O’Brien national security adviser

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday named Robert O’Brien, his chief hostage negotiator and an established figure in Republican policy circles, as his new national security adviser. O’Brien, the fourth person in two years to hold the job, becomes the administration’s ...

Saudi Arabia says Iranian missiles, drone hit oil facilities

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia alleged Wednesday that Iranian cruise missiles and drones attacked the heart of the kingdom’s oil industry, showing journalists the remains of the weapons while stopping short of directly accusing Iran of launching the assault. Saudi military ...

Federal plan to end state mileage standards draws criticism

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is poised to revoke California’s authority to set auto mileage standards, asserting that only the federal government has the power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy. Gloria Bergquist, spokeswoman for the Alliance of Automobile ...

Israel’s Arabs poised to gain new voice after tight election

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s Arab coalition appears poised to emerge as the main opposition bloc following Tuesday’s election, a historic first that would grant a new platform to a long-marginalized minority. With more than 90% of votes counted Wednesday, the Joint List was expected to win ...

Netanyahu faces uphill battle after repeat election

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s two main political parties were deadlocked Wednesday after an unprecedented repeat election, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing an uphill battle to hold on to his job. The election’s seeming political kingmaker, Avigdor Lieberman, said he’ll insist ...

Netanyahu’s career on the line as Israel votes

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israelis voted Tuesday in an unprecedented repeat election that will decide whether longtime Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stays in power, despite a likely indictment on corruption charges. Netanyahu, the longest serving leader in Israeli history, is seeking a fourth ...