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Europe, Asia wants free trade, push back at Trump

By MIKE CORDER Associated Press BRUSSELS — Europe and Asia presented a united front Friday in support of free trade based on international rules and cooperation, starkly underscoring their differences with U.S. President Donald Trump's "America First" policy. That support for free trade ...

Train accident at India festival; at least 58 dead

By ASHOK SHARMA Associated Press NEW DELHI — A speeding train ran over a crowd watching fireworks during a religious festival in northern India on Friday, killing at least 58 people and injuring dozens more, police said. The train failed to stop after the accident on the outskirts of ...

Feds: Child exploitation focus of Pa. church probe

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two years ago, a federal prosecutor in Pittsburgh considered filing a racketeering lawsuit against a Roman Catholic diocese over its handling of child sex-abuse complaints, but left office before he could make the bold move. However, a colleague in Philadelphia is now ...

Staff drug exposure prompts prisons to screen books

By MARK SCOLFORO Associated Press HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Corrections Department announced Friday it will screen books donated to state prison inmates for drugs as part of its response to a sharp rise in the number of employees seeking medical care for suspected exposure to ...

Louisiana university gives Smithsonian crustacean collection

By JANET McCONNAUGHEY Associated Press LOUISIANA — A Louisiana university is giving the Smithsonian Institution a huge collection of crustaceans that has, among other things, been used to identify seafood mislabeled as coming from the Gulf of Mexico. "This is a very important ...

Russian woman charged with US election interference

By DEB RIECHMANN and ERIC TUCKER Associated WASHINGTON — A Russian woman was accused Friday of a sweeping effort to sway American public opinion through social media in the first federal case alleging foreign interference in the 2018 midterm election. The Justice Department unsealed ...

Mega Millions jackpot reaches one billion as drawing nears

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Mega Millions jackpot has soared to an estimated $1 billion, as the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. lottery history gets even bigger. Lottery officials increased the grand prize just hours ahead of the Friday night drawing. The prize climbed from $970 ...

Penn State pledge who died after hazing spurs new law

HARRISBURG (AP) — A new anti-hazing law prompted by the death of a Penn State student after a night of drinking in a fraternity house early last year was signed Friday by Pennsylvania's governor. Gov. Tom Wolf called it "long overdue" as he put his signature on legislation to enact stricter ...

Indian court gives life sentence to guru

HISAR, India (AP) - A court in northern India sentenced a Hindu guru and 14 followers to life imprisonment on Tuesday in the deaths of four women and a child at his sprawling ashram. The court ordered the penalty for Sant Rampal in Hisar city in Haryana state, where authorities deployed ...

The most commonly abused drugs among teenagers

METRO — Teenagers are in a stage in their lives when they are testing boundaries, gaining some independence and learning more about the world around them beyond the watchful eyes of their parents. Social circles may have expanded outside of immediate neighborhoods, and teens could be ...

$215M settlement proposed in alleged USC gynecologist abuse

By AMANDA LEE MYERS Associated Press LOS ANGELES — The University of Southern California on Friday announced a tentative agreement for a $215 million class-action settlement of claims involving alleged sexual harassment and abuse by a gynecologist who treated hundreds of students over ...

How to approach sibling rivalries

METRO — Many parents dream that their children will grow up to be lifelong friends. That happens quite often, but typically not without a few bumps along the way. Siblings disagree from time to time, and sibling rivalry is a part of growing up and charting one's course in the family unit. ...

today in 1973

By The Associated Press On Oct. 20, 1973, in the so-called "Saturday Night Massacre," special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox was dismissed and Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William B. Ruckelshaus resigned. On this date: In 1803, the U.S. Senate ...

Facebook’s election ‘war room’ attacks fake information

By MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Technology Writer MENLO PARK, Calif. — In an otherwise innocuous part of Facebook's expansive Silicon Valley campus, a locked door bears a taped-on sign that reads "War Room." Behind the door lies a nerve center the social network has set up to combat fake accounts ...

Trump threatens to close border as migrant caravan approaches

By SONIA PEREZ D., PETER ORSI and MARK STEVENSON Associated Press GUATEMALA CITY — As some 3,000 Hondurans made their way through Guatemala, attention turned to Mexico, after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened Thursday to close the U.S.-Mexico border if authorities there fail to ...

Trump concedes Khashoggi likely dead, threatens consequences

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump acknowledged Thursday it "certainly looks" as though missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead, and he threatened "very severe" consequences if the Saudis are found to have murdered him. His warning came as the administration toughened its ...

In posthumous message, Hawking says science under threat

LONDON (AP) - Stephen Hawking spoke from beyond the grave Monday to warn the world that science and education are under threat around the world. The words of the scientist, who died in March at 76, were broadcast at a London launch event for his final book "Brief Answers To The Big ...

Fear, frustration pervade life in post-Michael Florida

By JAY REEVES Associated Press MEXICO BEACH, Fla. — Missing relatives and worries that looters are just outside the door. Dirty clothes. Hours-long lines for gasoline, insurance adjusters, food and water. No power, no air conditioning, no schools, no information and little real ...

Poverty still high despite Job growth

By JOSH BOAK AP Economics Writer BALTIMORE — A healthy dose of job growth has long been seen as a likely cure for poverty. But new research suggests that poor Americans are frequently left behind even when their cities or communities benefit from hiring booms. When such cities as ...

Woman charged in death of toddler found buried in park

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A toddler's caregiver was charged with murder in the suffocation death of the baby whose body was found partially buried in a public park with the top of her head exposed, police said Thursday. Police arrested Nyishia Corbitt, 33, for the death of 22-month-old Alina ...