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Fri. 2:15 p.m.: North Korea deports American even as it boasts of new weapon

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Friday said it will deport an American citizen it detained for illegal entrance, an apparent concession to the United States that came even as it announced the test of a newly developed but unspecified "ultramodern" weapon that will be seen as a ...

Fri. 2:10 p.m.: CNN’s Acosta back at White House after judge’s ruling

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge ordered the Trump administration on Friday to immediately return the White House press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta, though a lawsuit over the credentials' revocation is continuing. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Kelly, an appointee of ...

Fri. 2:08 p.m.: Pelosi has ‘candid’ talk with potential rival for speaker

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nancy Pelosi met privately Friday with her top potential rival for House speaker, Rep. Marcia Fudge, as the Democratic leader works to gather support and fend off a challenge from a small but persistent group determined to stop her from reclaiming the gavel. Fudge said the ...

Thu. 4:23 p.m.: Hoerig request to move to federal court denied

WARREN - A federal judge is refusing Claudia Hoerig's request to move her case out of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court to the United States District Court's Eastern Division of the Northern District of Ohio. There is no jurisdiction for the federal court to intervene, Judge Dan Aaron ...

Thurs. 2:18 p.m.: Fire death toll at 56 and counting in Northern California

MAGALIA, Calif. (AP) — Cool weather helped fire crews gain ground Thursday against the nation's deadliest wildfire in a century, as the search went on for more bodies. At least 56 people were killed and 300 were unaccounted for a week after the flames swept through. The nearly ...

Thur. 10:40 a.m.: Migrants fill Tijuana shelters, more on way to US border

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — The first members of a caravan of Central Americans to reach the U.S. border slept in overcrowded shelters and in tents with a view of armed U.S. Border Patrol agents, with many saying they will wait for other migrants to join them before making their next ...

Thur. 10:30 a.m.: FDA to crack down on menthol cigarettes, flavored vapes

NEW YORK (AP) — A top U.S. health official is pledging to try to ban menthol from regular cigarettes, outlaw flavors in all cigars and tighten rules regarding the sale of most flavored versions of e-cigarettes. Scott Gottlieb of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration disclosed the plans ...

Wed. 4:55 p.m. One of Raymond Fifes killers dies in prison

GRAFTON -- Timothy Combs, one of the men convicted in the September 1985 slaying of 12-year-old Raymond Fife, has died in prison, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. Combs, 50, died at the Grafton Correctional Institute on Friday. A cause of death has not been ...

Wed. 6:30 p.m.: Official: Michael Avenatti in Los Angeles police custody

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Avenatti, who skyrocketed to fame as a chief critic of President Donald Trump and the lawyer for porn actress Stormy Daniels, was taken into police custody today following an allegation of domestic violence, a law enforcement official told The Associated ...

Wed. 11:17 a.m.: McConnell, Schumer re-elected as Senate party leaders

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators chose Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for another term leading Republicans and Chuck Schumer for Democrats in closed-door party elections this morning lacking the high drama underway on the House side in the midterm election fallout. Both senators were chosen by ...

Wed. 11:13 a.m.: Postal Service’s red ink for 12th year as letter mail drops

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service this morning reported a financial loss for the 12th straight year, citing declines in mail volume and the costs of its pension and health care obligations, as the agency braces for an upcoming report ordered by President Donald Trump to address its ...

Wed. 9:14 a.m.: Blame abounds in today’s House GOP leadership race

WASHINGTON (AP) — The speaker's gavel now out of reach, Republican Kevin McCarthy is poised to take over the shrunken House GOP caucus in closed-door elections that will determine party leadership and set the tone for the new Congress. The race for minority leader is McCarthy's to lose ...

Wed. 9:04 a.m.: Rare conservation win: Mountain gorilla population ticks up

WASHINGTON — There are more gorillas in the mist — a rare conservation success story, scientists say. After facing near-extinction, mountain gorillas are slowly rebounding. This morning, the Switzerland-based International Union for Conservation of Nature updated mountain gorillas' status ...

Wed. 8:54 a.m.: North Korean delegation visits South to attend history forum

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A five-member North Korean delegation came to South Korea today to attend an academic forum on Japan's wartime actions, as the rivals continue reconciliation efforts despite stalemated U.S.-led nuclear diplomacy. The North Koreans are among 300 people from nine ...

Wed. 8:47 a.m.: Israeli defense minister resigns over Gaza cease-fire deal

JERUSALEM (AP) — The leader of a major Israeli opposition party says the resignation of Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman shows that the current government has run its course. Yaid Lapid, head of the centrist Yesh Atid party, says today "the countdown has begun" to the end of Benjamin ...

Wed. 8:39 a.m.: Dozens of migrants refuse to leave container ship in Libya

Dozens of migrants have barricaded themselves in a container ship in the Libyan port city of Misrata for the past five days, after being picked up at sea, and refuse to disembark, saying Libya is too dangerous for them. Loaded with cars, the ship Nivin was already bound for Misrata when it ...

TUE. 3:56 p.m.: CIA considered potential truth serum for terror suspects

WASHINGTON (AP) — Shortly after 9/11, the CIA considered using a drug it thought might work like a truth serum and force terror suspects to give up information about potential attacks. After months of research, the agency decided that a drug called Versed, a sedative often prescribed to ...

TUE. 1:43 p.m.: Homeland Security secretary expected to leave

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has soured on Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and she is expected to leave her job, perhaps as soon as this week, according to two people with knowledge of the issue. Trump has blamed Nielsen for not doing more to address what he has ...