Excavator causes Puerto Rico blackout for 1.4 million

By DANICA COTOAssociated PressSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — An island-wide blackout hit Puerto Rico on Wednesday after an excavator accidentally downed a transmission line, officials said, as the U.S. territory struggles to repair an increasingly unstable power grid nearly seven...

Trump says U.S. and N. Korea talking at ‘extremely high levels’

By JILL COLVINand ZEKE MILLERAssociated PressPALM BEACH, Fla. — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the U.S. and North Korea are holding direct talks at “extremely high levels” in preparation for a potential summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.But...

U.N. security team visits alleged attack site

By BASSEM MROUEand PHILIP ISSAAssociated PressDAMASCUS, Syria — Syrian media said international chemical weapons inspectors on Tuesday entered the town of Douma, where an alleged poison gas attack was carried out earlier this month, but a Syrian diplomat said later that...

Suspect in Iceland’s ‘Big Bitcoin Heist’ escapes prison

By EGILL BJARNASONAssociated PressREYKJAVIK, Iceland — A prisoner in Iceland suspected of masterminding the theft of about 600 computers that were being used to mine bitcoin and other virtual currencies escaped custody and fled Tuesday on a passenger plane that a witness...

Cambridge Analytica ex-CEO won’t testify

By DANICA KIRKAAssociated PressLONDON — Cambridge Analytica’s ex-CEO, Alexander Nix, has refused to testify before the U.K. Parliament’s media committee, citing British authorities’ investigation into his former company’s alleged misuse of data from...
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AP Video: Pentagon: Syria Air Strikes ‘Overwhelming and Effective’

Trump claims success in Syria, but chemical weapons remain By ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Saturday declared “Mission Accomplished” for a U.S.-led allied missile attack on Syria’s chemical weapons program,...
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White House promises Russian sanctions over Syrian involvement

White House weighing more Russia sanctions U.S.-led missile attack on Syria’s chemical weapons program sites was “perfectly carried out.” By HOPE YEN and ROBERT BURNS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says a decision on new economic sanctions...

Palestinian killed, 223 wounded by Israeli fire

By FARES AKRAMand MOHAMMED DARAGHMEHAssociated PressGAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Thousands of Palestinians, some burning Israeli flags and torching tires, staged a mass protest on Gaza’s sealed border with Israel for a third consecutive Friday, as part of a pressure...

Pope admits he made ‘grave errors’ in Chile sex abuse case

By NICOLE WINFIELDand EVA VERGARAAssociated PressVATICAN CITY — Pope Francis admitted Wednesday he made “grave errors” in judgment in Chile’s sex abuse scandal and invited the victims he had discredited to Rome to beg their forgiveness.In an extraordinary...
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Chemical weapons experts to inspect attack site in Syria

Chemical weapons experts to inspect attack site in Syria By BASSEM MROUE and ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — The international chemical weapons watchdog said Tuesday it was sending a fact-finding mission to the Syrian town where a suspected chemical gas attack took...