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Trump delays Russia probe documents; allies voiced concerns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday delayed his own order to declassify and release documents from the FBI’s Russia investigation, saying the Justice Department and U.S. allies have raised security concerns about their disclosure. The announcement, in a pair of tweets, ...

Is $1,100 too much for an iPhone? You can buy an older one for less

NEW YORK — The $1,100 price tag on Apple’s latest iPhone turned heads when the company announced it last week. But for less than half as much, you can still get a good camera, a decent-sized screen and other popular features. Just buy a 2-year-old iPhone 7. That phone was Apple’s ...

Space rovers lowered to asteroid to gather data

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese spacecraft released two small rovers on an asteroid on Friday in a mission that could provide clues to the origin of the solar system. The Japan Space Exploration Agency said the two Minerva-II-1 rovers were lowered from the unmanned spacecraft Hayabusa2 to the ...

May hits back on Brexit plan; pound plunges

LONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May accused the European Union on Friday of creating an “impasse” in divorce negotiations by bluntly rejecting her blueprint for Brexit, sending the value of the pound plunging as worries about a chaotic U.K. exit from the EU soared. With British ...

China distances children from families to subdue Muslim west

ISTANBUL (AP) — The Chinese government has turned four of Meripet’s children into orphans, even though she and her husband are alive. The kids were left with their grandmother when the couple visited Meripet’s sick father in Turkey. But when Chinese authorities started locking up ...

Catholic priest in Slovakia challenges celibacy rules

KLAK, Slovakia — A priest in the conservative Roman Catholic stronghold of Slovakia has challenged the church’s celibacy rules, voicing his dissent at a time when clerical celibacy is once again a topic of debate amid ongoing sex abuse scandals. The Rev. Michal Lajcha has written a book ...

Tell your friend she needs help

Dear Annie: My husband and I enjoy getting together with a group of friends every couple of months. But recently, one of them has hijacked every evening with her saga over looking for a new husband. We feel bad that her husband left her for, quite frankly, an extremely expensive car. Another ...

Memory’s frailty may be playing starring role in Kavanaugh matter

NEW YORK — She says he sexually assaulted her; he denies it. Is somebody deliberately lying? Not necessarily. Experts say that because of how memory works, it’s possible that both Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford — the woman who said a drunken Kavanaugh ...

High winds, tornadoes wreak havoc across southern Minnesota

FARIBAULT, Minn. (AP) — Several tornadoes struck as severe storms packing powerful winds and heavy rain left a trail of destruction across southern Minnesota overnight, the National Weather Service said Friday. The extreme weather late Thursday damaged homes and businesses, and turned a ...

‘Less is a bore’: Robert Venturi, postmodernist architect, dies at 93

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Architect Robert Venturi, who rejected austere modern design and instead ushered in postmodern complexity with the dictum “Less is a bore,” has died. He was 93. His family released a statement on his firm’s website saying Venturi died at home in Philadelphia on ...

Arthur Mitchell, pioneering black ballet dancer, dies at 84

NEW YORK (AP) — Arthur Mitchell, who broke barriers for African-Americans in the 1950s as a ballet dancer with the New York City Ballet and who would go on to become a driving force in the creation of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, has died. He was 84. Mitchell died Wednesday at a New York ...

Air has seeped out of Russia-collusion balloon

“I did not, and of course I looked for it, looked for it hard.” That was Bob Woodward, promoting his book on the Trump White House, “Fear,” replying to talk radio host and columnist Hugh Hewitt’s question, “Did you, Bob Woodward, hear anything in your research, in your interviews, ...

Trump’s beast in the night: Manafort’s claims

If you have been following the serious destruction brought about by Hurricane Florence in North Carolina and the political turmoil caused by the allegations of teenage sexual misconduct made by Christine Blasey Ford against Brett Kavanaugh, along with his firm and unbending denials, you might ...

Questionable mom enters the family

Dear Annie: My brother-in-law, “Ted,” and his wife decided to call it quits over the holidays after being together since high school (about 25 years). Their relationship was very strained and was more of a roommate situation than a marriage for at least 15 years, getting worse every year. ...

Don’t delay cancer treatment

Dear Dr. Roach: I have a relative with cancer who is about to begin multiple therapeutic interventions. My friends tell me all cancer treatments are toxic and kill people instead of curing them, and that I should tell my relative to look into other forms of treatment. What do you suggest I do? ...

Candidates for governor spar over tax returns

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The candidate had just chided the media minutes earlier for not being tougher on his opponent when the moderator asked him what might be his least favorite campaign question: Why won’t you release your tax returns? It wasn’t a scene from the 2016 presidential ...

Puerto Rico marks year since Maria with choirs, protests

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The uplifting strains of one of Puerto Rico’s most beloved songs filled the air at 6:15 a.m. Thursday as a choir stood in the coastal town where Hurricane Maria made landfall at that moment exactly one year ago. The serenade in Yabucoa, a fishing and farming ...

State-backed hackers target senators, aides

State-backed hackers still are trying to break into the personal email accounts of U.S. senators and their aides — and a lawmaker focused on cybersecurity says the Senate’s security office should stop refusing to help defend them. Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, said in a Wednesday ...

US sanctions China military agency for buying Russian arms

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Chinese military agency and its director are facing U.S. sanctions over the purchase of Russian weapons, the State Department announced Thursday. China’s Equipment Development Department and director Li Shangfu made a “significant transaction” involving the ...

Moon to carry private message from Kim Jong Un to Trump

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A beaming South Korean President Moon Jae-in, freshly returned home Thursday from a whirlwind three-day summit with Kim Jong Un, said the North Korean leader wants the U.S. secretary of state to visit Pyongyang soon for nuclear talks, and also hopes for a quick ...