General news - the best personalized free web-based Email en en General news Asian shares mostly lower on Trump, Brazil worries TOKYO (AP) — Asian stocks were mostly lower Friday as investor worries remained about the U.S. political turmoil over an investigation into possible Russian coordination with President Donald Trump's campaign. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 dipped 0.2 percent to 19,510.96 in morning trading. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 edged down nearly 0.5 perce... Fri, 19 May 2017 02:29:00 GMT 2017-05-19T02:29:00Z 10 Things to Know for Friday Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday: 1. TRUMP CLAIMS WITCH HUNT The president denies that his campaign has collaborated with Russia or that he's tried to kill an FBI probe, contending a newly heightened investigation "hurts our country terribly." 2. ... Fri, 19 May 2017 01:06:00 GMT 2017-05-19T01:06:00Z US, Turkey spar over Erdogan visit violence, Kurdish support WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration faced growing calls Thursday for a forceful response to violence by Turkish presidential guards on American soil, who were briefly detained this week but then set free. The unseemly incident added to U.S.-Turkish tensions that are being compounded by a growing spat over U.S. war strategy against the Islamic State group in Syria. ... Fri, 19 May 2017 01:00:00 GMT 2017-05-19T01:00:00Z Philippines declining EU grants to discourage interference MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines will no longer accept new grants from the European Union, officials said Thursday, forgoing possibly more than 250 million euros ($ 278.7 million) in funds for development projects in the country. The EU delegation in Manila said the Philippine government informed it about its decision Wednesday, but it has yet t... Fri, 19 May 2017 00:33:00 GMT 2017-05-19T00:33:00Z Trump claims witch hunt, says he's most hounded leader ever WASHINGTON (AP) — Brimming with resentment, President Donald Trump fervently denied on Thursday that his campaign had collaborated with Russia or that he'd tried to kill an FBI probe of the issue, contending that "even my enemies" recognize his innocence and declaring himself the most unfairly hounded president in history. Asked point-blank if he'd done a... Fri, 19 May 2017 00:02:00 GMT 2017-05-19T00:02:00Z Tourist Says Uncle Hurt in Times Square Crash A visitor from Guyana says his uncle was injured Thursday when a car swerved onto the sidewalk in Times Square. Thu, 18 May 2017 23:42:00 GMT 2017-05-18T23:42:00Z Greek parliament approves new creditor-demanded cutbacks ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's government secured parliamentary approval late Thursday for a new batch of creditor-demanded measures that will impose further income losses on austerity-weary Greeks over the next three years but pave the way for a modest debt relief deal. The legislation was backed by all 153 deputies in Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' left... Thu, 18 May 2017 23:19:00 GMT 2017-05-18T23:19:00Z Nicaragua says Russian satellite station 'not for spying' MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua is denying that a recently activated land-based satellite station donated by Russia has the purpose of spying on the region or the United States. Orlando Castillo is director of Nicaragua's state-run telecommunications company. He says the station known as Glonass aims to help tackle drug trafficking, natural disasters, global warming and ... Thu, 18 May 2017 23:09:00 GMT 2017-05-18T23:09:00Z Senators: Rosenstein knew of Comey firing before memo WASHINGTON (AP) — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein knew President Donald Trump was going to fire FBI Director James Comey before he wrote a memo justifying the ouster of the law enforcement chief, Democratic senators said Thursday. Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, said Rosenstein told lawmakers at a closed briefing that h... Thu, 18 May 2017 23:00:00 GMT 2017-05-18T23:00:00Z Times Square Crash Suspect in Police Custody A man steered his car onto a sidewalk running through the heart of Times Square and mowed down pedestrians for three blocks Thursday, killing a teenager... Thu, 18 May 2017 22:35:00 GMT 2017-05-18T22:35:00Z The Latest: Rubio praises Trump for new Venezuela sanctions BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 6:25 p.m. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is praising the Trump administration for imposing sanctions on eight members of Venezuela's Supreme Court. Rubio says in a statement Thursday that the sanctions make it clear to Venezuelan Preside... Thu, 18 May 2017 22:27:00 GMT 2017-05-18T22:27:00Z House passes bill targeting shootings of police WASHINGTON (AP) — The House approved legislation Thursday that makes killing a state or local police officer an aggravating factor that juries and judges would consider in death penalty cases. Under current law, killing a federal law enforcement officer is already an aggravating factor in death penalty deliberations. The bill's supporters say it's important to apply that sta... Thu, 18 May 2017 22:22:00 GMT 2017-05-18T22:22:00Z AP Top Stories May 18 P Here's the latest for Thursday, May 18th: Trump says Lieberman top contender for FBI Director; Car plows into Times Square pedestrians, killing one; Musician... Thu, 18 May 2017 22:21:00 GMT 2017-05-18T22:21:00Z The Latest: Trump denies asking Comey to shelve Flynn probe WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 4:40 p.m. President Donald Trump has responded with a direct "no, no" to a question about whether he asked former FBI Director James Comey to shelve an investigation into his former national security adviser. Trump also was questioned Thursday o... Fri, 19 May 2017 06:26:00 GMT 2017-05-19T06:26:00Z Trump Denies Urging Comey to Drop Flynn Probe President Donald Trump has responded with a direct "no, no" to a question about whether he asked former FBI Director James Comey to shelf an investigation... Thu, 18 May 2017 21:38:00 GMT 2017-05-18T21:38:00Z Trump, Santos Pledge Cooperation in Drug Fight President Donald Trump vowed to collaborate with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on drug trafficking and the ongoing political crisis in Venezuela... Thu, 18 May 2017 21:35:00 GMT 2017-05-18T21:35:00Z Many women think men are the better investors; they're not NEW YORK (AP) — Many men and women think men are the better investors. They're wrong. After checking how 8 million of its customers did during 2016, Fidelity Investments found that women did better than men by an average of 0.4 percentage points. The difference in performance is small, and it's always dangerous to make big generalizatio... Thu, 18 May 2017 21:29:00 GMT 2017-05-18T21:29:00Z France's Le Pen to run for parliament with party in disarray PARIS (AP) — Emerging from her crushing defeat in France's presidential contest, far-right leader Marine Le Pen said Thursday she will run for a parliamentary seat in June elections and that her National Front party has "an essential role" in a new political landscape. Le Pen will run for a seat in a district in her northern stronghold of Henin-Beaumont, ... Fri, 19 May 2017 08:30:00 GMT 2017-05-19T08:30:00Z Turkey demands US replace envoy in spat over Syrian Kurds ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey has told the United States it will not join in any military operations that include Kurdish fighters in Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday, while vowing to strike the U.S.-backed Kurds if they threaten Turkey's security. Turkey's foreign minister also demanded that a U.S. envoy be removed for allegedly backing the K... Thu, 18 May 2017 20:51:00 GMT 2017-05-18T20:51:00Z Suspect Arrested In Times Square Crash Two law enforcement officials say a driver accused of running down pedestrians in Times Square told officers he was hearing voices and expected to die.... Thu, 18 May 2017 20:37:00 GMT 2017-05-18T20:37:00Z Graham Gives Mixed Support to Special Counsel Sen. Lindsey Graham said he agreed with the decision to appoint Robert Mueller as special counsel for the Russia investigation, but said the public will... Thu, 18 May 2017 20:34:00 GMT 2017-05-18T20:34:00Z US airstrike hits pro-Syria government forces for first time BEIRUT (AP) — A U.S. airstrike struck pro-Syrian government forces that the coalition said posed a threat to American troops and allied rebels operating near the border with Jordan on Thursday, the first such close confrontation between U.S. forces and fighters backing President Bashar Assad. The coalition said "apparent" Russian attempts to stop pro-Assa... Thu, 18 May 2017 20:33:00 GMT 2017-05-18T20:33:00Z French President Macron talks to Putin, faces media uproar PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron held a special security meeting, spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin and convened his Cabinet for the first time Thursday — all under a growing cloud of concern that his office is trying to control the press. The government, appointed Wednesday, is a carefully calibrated balance of 22 prominent and unk... Thu, 18 May 2017 20:22:00 GMT 2017-05-18T20:22:00Z Markets Right Now: Stocks recover ground a day after slump The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local): 4:00 p.m. Solid gains in phone companies and some retailers pushed U.S. stock indexes modestly higher on Wall Street, recouping some of the ground they lost a day earlier. AT&T and Verizon each rose 1.3 percent Thursday. Wal-Mart Stores rose 3.2 percen... Thu, 18 May 2017 20:08:00 GMT 2017-05-18T20:08:00Z The Latest: French media voice access concerns to Macron PARIS (AP) — The Latest on French President Emmanuel Macron's first week in office (all times local): 9:35 p.m. More than 20 French media organizations have signed an open letter to France's new president, Emmanuel Macron, to express concerns about restrictions on coverage. The letter came as tensions arose over Macro... Thu, 18 May 2017 20:03:00 GMT 2017-05-18T20:03:00Z 'Wonderstruck,' with deaf newcomer Simmonds, lands at Cannes CANNES, France (AP) — The cacophony of the Cannes Film Festival was tamed Thursday by a deaf 14-year-old actress, Millicent Simmonds, whose screen debut is being hailed as a breakthrough. Todd Haynes' partly wordless fable "Wonderstruck" premiered in competition at Cannes, bringing the festival one of its most anticipated films and a possible Academy Awards contender. The fi... Thu, 18 May 2017 19:51:00 GMT 2017-05-18T19:51:00Z UN envoy in shuttle diplomacy for Cyprus talks' final phase NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A United Nations envoy on Thursday shuttled between the rival leaders of ethnically divided Cyprus to clinch agreement on holding a summit in Geneva, where it's hoped two years of reunification talks will produce success. Espen Barth Eide said after talks with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and breakaway Turkish Cypriot leader ... Thu, 18 May 2017 19:51:00 GMT 2017-05-18T19:51:00Z At Cannes, boos can crush a film (or not) CANNES, France (AP) — The Cannes Film Festival has its own version of the Roman gladiator thumbs-up or thumbs-down, and its judgments can be just as harsh. Nowhere are audience and critical reactions to films more closely measured, in standing ovation length or volubility of booing. Cannes can make a movie, but it can also break it. And it has humbled more than a few. ... Thu, 18 May 2017 19:50:00 GMT 2017-05-18T19:50:00Z US, Israeli spies upset that Trump shared intel with Russia WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Israel are publicly brushing aside President Donald Trump's reported sharing of a highly classified tip from Israel with Russia, but spy professionals on both sides are frustrated and fearful about the repercussions to a critical intelligence partnership. "I know how things work in Israeli intelligence," said Uri Ba... Thu, 18 May 2017 19:45:00 GMT 2017-05-18T19:45:00Z The Latest: US: Pro-Syrian forces hit in strike posed threat BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest Syria developments (all times local): 10:35 p.m. The U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group says it hit pro-Syrian government forces near the border with Jordan that "posed a threat" to U.S. forces and rebel groups in the area. The coalition statement late on Thursday says the coa... Thu, 18 May 2017 19:40:00 GMT 2017-05-18T19:40:00Z