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AP Exclusive: US talks secretly to Venezuela socialist boss

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) ” The U.S. has made secret contact with Venezuela’s socialist party boss as close allies of President Nicolás Maduro’s inner circle seek guarantees they won’t face prosecution for alleged abuses and crimes if they cede to growing demands to remove him, according to a senior Trump administration official.Diosdado Cabello, who is considered the most-powerful man in Venezuela after Maduro, met last month in Caracas with someone who is in close contact with the […]

Afghanistan vows to crush Islamic State havens after attack

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) ” Afghanistan’s president is vowing to eliminate all safe havens of the Islamic State group as the country marks a subdued 100th Independence Day after a horrific wedding attack claimed by the local IS affiliate.President Ashraf Ghani’s comments Monday come as Afghanistan mourns at least 63 people killed in the Kabul bombing.Many outraged Afghans ask whether an approaching deal between the United States and the Taliban to end nearly 18 years of fighting […]

Economists survey: 34% expect a US recession in 2021

WASHINGTON (AP) ” A number of U.S. business economists appear sufficiently concerned about the risks of some of President Donald Trump’s economic policies that they expect a recession in the U.S. by the end of 2021.Thirty-four percent of economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics, in a report being released Monday, said they believe a slowing economy will tip into recession in 2021. That’s up from 25% in a survey taken in February.

China lashes out at Taiwan over Hong Kong asylum offer

BEIJING (AP) ” China is lashing out at Taiwan over its offer of political asylum to participants in Hong Kong pro-democracy movement.Spokesman for the Cabinet’s Taiwan Affairs Office Ma Xiaoguang said Monday the offer would “cover up the crimes of a small group of violent militants” and encourage their “audacity in harming Hong Kong and turn Taiwan into a ‘heaven for ducking the law.”The government of the self-ruled island China considers its own territory strongly supports the […]

Texas is latest state to explore possible link between adolescent vaping, severe lung disease

Health officials in several states are exploring a possible link between adolescent vaping and severe lung cancer.Texas became the latest state to investigate, announcing its plans Monday.Doctors are being asked to carefully document any lung cancer cases they believe may be linked to vaping, including obtaining a sample of the vaping liquid used by each patient.The Centers for Disease Control reports 94 cases of lung cancer it believes are linked to vaping. The cases […]

Vendors accused of white supremacist ties allowed to remain at Indiana farmers market

An Indiana farmers market reopened over the weekend after a days-long shutdown prompted by tensions over the presence of vendors alleged to have white supremacist ties.Those vendors, Sarah Dye and Douglas Mackey of Schooner Creek Farm, deny any such link exists, according to the Indiana Daily Student.“Those are […]

No. 4 House Democrat issues call for impeachment inquiry

WASHINGTON (AP) ” Rep. Ben Ray Luján on Monday became the highest-ranking Democrat in the House to call for an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, saying it’s time to hold him accountable.The New Mexico congressman, third in line behind House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a 2020 candidate for Senate, said Trump has not tried to secure American elections from foreign interference.”I support moving forward with an impeachment inquiry, which will continue to uncover the […]

'Codfather' settlement means magnate will never fish again

A fishing magnate known as the Codfather will never be allowed to return to U.S. fisheries, the federal government said Monday in announcing it has settled its civil case against a man whose arrest for shirking quotas and smuggling profits overseas shocked the East Coast industry.The settlement with Carlos Rafael and his fishing captains will clear the way for his assets to be divested, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said. Those assets have been embroiled in […]

Pentagon conducts 1st test of previously banned missile

WASHINGTON (AP) ” The U.S. military has conducted a flight test of a type of missile banned for more than 30 years by a treaty that both the United States and Russia abandoned this month, the Pentagon said.The test off the coast of California on Sunday marked the resumption of an arms competition that some analysts worry could increase U.S.-Russian tensions. The Trump administration has said it remains interested in useful arms control but questions Moscow’s willingness to adhere to […]

Planned Parenthood leaves federal family planning program

NEW YORK (AP) ” Planned Parenthood said Monday it’s pulling out of the federal family planning program rather than abide by a new Trump administration rule prohibiting clinics from referring women for abortions.Alexis McGill Johnson, Planned Parenthood’s acting president and CEO, said the organization’s nationwide network of health centers would remain open and strive to make up for the loss of federal money.