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New Zealand holds first funerals for mosque shooting victims

Mar. 20, 2019 2:22 AM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — A father and son who fled the civil war in Syria for "the safest country in the world" were buried before hundreds of mourners Wednesday, the first funerals for victims of shootings at two mosques in New Zealand that horrified a nation known for being welcoming and diverse....

Mozambique mourns, Zimbabwe buries dead from Cyclone Idai

Mar. 20, 2019 6:01 AM EDT

CHIPINGE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe is retrieving and burying bodies Wednesday as Mozambique begins three days of national mourning for victims of Cyclone Idai, one of the most destructive storms southern Africa has experienced in decades. The death toll is rising in both countries, but the full number of...

Disney closes $71B deal for Fox entertainment assets

Mar. 20, 2019 3:29 AM EDT

Disney has closed its $71 billion acquisition of Fox's entertainment business, putting "Cinderella," ''The Simpsons," ''Star Wars" and "Dr. Strange" under one corporate roof. The deal is likely to shake up the media landscape. Among other things, it paves the way for Disney to launch its streaming service, Disney...

Trump keeps a sharp focus on Ohio as 2020 campaign nears

Mar. 20, 2019 5:43 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is returning to the state that foretold his 2016 victory and serves as the linchpin of his re-election effort. Trump's visit to Ohio on Wednesday marks his first trip to the state since last year's midterm election campaign , when the state was a rare bright spot...

Arts and crafts see special counsel Robert Mueller as icon

Mar. 20, 2019 5:26 AM EDT

Her family wanted a puppy, so Alicia Barnett dreamed they would find one that was smart, steady and a bit mysterious. She hoped their new addition could share a personality — and a name — with the man who has become her rather unlikely idol. At Christmas, her teenage son brought home a 10-week-old...

Erdogan again airs attack video at rally despite criticism

Mar. 20, 2019 1:57 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Ignoring widespread criticism, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday again showed excerpts of a video taken by the attacker who killed 50 people in mosques in New Zealand, to denounce what he called rising hatred and prejudice against Islam. Speaking at a campaign rally in...

UK's May prepares to ask EU for short Brexit delay

Mar. 20, 2019 5:35 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May is preparing to ask the European Union for a short delay to the country's divorce from the European Union. A Downing Street official said May will write to EU leaders on Wednesday to formally request "a bit more time," past the scheduled departure date of...

APNewsBreak: Congress' inaction endangers black lung fund

Mar. 20, 2019 1:49 AM EDT

COEBURN, Va. (AP) — Former coal miner John Robinson's bills for black lung treatments run $4,000 a month, but the federal fund he depends on to help cover them is being drained of money because of inaction by Congress and the Trump administration. Amid the turmoil of the government shutdown this winter, a...

Smoking strong pot daily raises psychosis risk, study finds

Mar. 19, 2019 7:40 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Smoking high-potency marijuana every day could increase the chances of developing psychosis by nearly five times, according to the biggest-ever study to examine the impact of pot on psychotic disorder rates. The research adds to previous studies that have found links between marijuana and...

Sorrow revisited: Re-creating Katrina's muck in New Orleans

Mar. 20, 2019 1:23 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Patches of black mold on the ceiling. Water marks on the dingy walls. Toys, furniture and a baby grand piano tossed about and covered in a gray muck. The busted floodwall behind the long-abandoned house in New Orleans' Gentilly neighborhood was mended over a decade ago but the house...

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UK Police: Wealthy jeweler Nirav Modi arrested in London at request of Indian authorities

Mar. 20, 2019 6:02 AM EDT
LONDON (AP) — UK Police: Wealthy jeweler Nirav Modi arrested in London at request of Indian authorities.

Spain's far-right seeks looser arms control laws

Mar. 20, 2019 6:02 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The leader of Spain's far-right Vox party says that Spaniards should be allowed to possess firearms and use them for self-defense without legal consequences. In an interview published Wednesday by a website specializing in weapons, Santiago Abascal says that "the concept of legitimate defense...

Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams talks 2020, voter suppression

Mar. 20, 2019 6:01 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Georgia's Stacey Abrams is willing to meet with any candidate running for president in 2020, but warned she has two ground rules before she starts meeting with the wide range of Democratic hopefuls "My two requirements," Abrams said Tuesday at Vanderbilt University in Nashville....

Mozambique mourns, Zimbabwe buries dead from Cyclone Idai

Mar. 20, 2019 6:01 AM EDT

CHIPINGE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe is retrieving and burying bodies Wednesday as Mozambique begins three days of national mourning for victims of Cyclone Idai, one of the most destructive storms southern Africa has experienced in decades. The death toll is rising in both countries, but the full number of...

Pompeo, in Kuwait, again urges resolution to Gulf crisis

Mar. 20, 2019 5:56 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is renewing calls for a resolution to a festering dispute between Qatar and four other Arab nations, all America's Mideast partners. On a visit to Kuwait, Pompeo says the crisis that has roiled the Gulf Cooperation Council for almost two years is...

Bruce gets 1st hit of 2019 MLB season, Piscotty 1st home run

Mar. 20, 2019 5:54 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Jay Bruce of the Seattle Mariners has gotten the first hit of the 2019 Major League Baseball season and Oakland's Stephen Piscotty has connected for the first home run. Bruce lined a single off the glove of shifted Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien with two outs in the top of the first inning...

UN judges to deliver Radovan Karadzic appeals decisions

Mar. 20, 2019 5:52 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — United Nations judges are set to hand down their decisions in the appeal by former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic against his convictions and 40-year sentence for masterminding atrocities in his country's devastating 1992-95 war. Karadzic appealed his 2016 convictions...

Moderate earthquake hits Turkey; 3 people injured

Mar. 20, 2019 5:50 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A moderately-strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.5 hit southwestern Turkey on Wednesday, Turkish authorities said. At least three people sustained minor injuries but there were no reports of any deaths. The government-run Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency...

Waukegan's Ray Bradbury statue to be dedicated in August

Mar. 20, 2019 5:49 AM EDT

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — An August dedication is planned for a statue of famed science fiction writer Ray Bradbury in his hometown of Waukegan. The (Waukegan) News-Sun reports that work has started on the statue and fundraising efforts are in the final stretch. The 12-foot-tall (3.7-meter-tall) statue will...

The Latest: Markets cautious ahead of Fed statement

Mar. 20, 2019 5:47 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Federal Reserve's monetary policy meeting (all times local): 4:45 a.m. Stock markets are subdued ahead of a monetary policy statement by the U.S. Federal Reserve in which the central bank is expected to say it will be patient about raising interest rates further. Futures...