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UK scraps Brexit ferry deal with firm that has no ships

LONDON (AP) — The British government has canceled a contract to ship goods to the country after it leaves the European Union with a company that turned out to have no boats and no experience running a ferry service. Authorities had been criticized for the 13.8 million pound ($18 million) ...

Illegal construction blamed in Istanbul building collapse

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish officials blamed illegal construction practices for the collapse of an apartment building in Istanbul as they joined hundreds of mourners Saturday at a funeral for nine members of one family killed in the disaster. As the overall death toll rose to 18, Turkish ...

Depression 101: Dallas kids learn about mental health

DALLAS (AP) — In a scenario playing out in more and more classrooms around the world, a Dallas teenager recently asked her classmate if anything was wrong, noting that she hadn’t been acting like herself. The brusque reply: “Just leave me alone.” The ninth-graders at the Uplift ...

NY woman resorts to baseball bat after patty not available

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who couldn’t get a beef patty at a favorite New York eatery used a baseball bat in protest. On Saturday, police released surveillance video of the woman in action in the Bronx — smashing a restaurant’s windows after learning the eatery had run out of her ...

Fire chief wants changes in wake of Las Vegas mass shooting

CARSON CITY, Nev. — A Las Vegas-area fire chief who warned lawmakers months before a 2017 mass shooting at a music festival that Nevada should bolster its emergency management planning says he wants to bypass state lawmakers to get changes made. Six months before the Oct. 1, 2017, shooting ...

Warren makes presidential bid official with call for change

LAWRENCE, Mass. — Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren made her bid for the presidency official on Saturday in this working-class city, grounding her 2020 campaign in a populist call to fight economic inequality and build “an America that works for everyone.” Warren delivered a sharp call ...

Grammy weekend kicks off with honor for Dolly Parton

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nobody pokes more fun at Dolly Parton — all hair, sequins, nine-inch nails and five-inch stilettos — than the country superstar herself. Parton was celebrated for her musical achievements and philanthropic work as MusiCares Person of the Year on Friday night. She’s ...

Trump’s Year 3 aims for dramatic sequels

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump prepares to meet North Korea’s Kim Jong Un for a second time, he’s out to replicate the suspenseful buildup, make-or-break stakes and far-flung rendezvous of their first encounter. The reality star American president will soon learn if the ...

Questions, criticism of Brazil soccer club where 10 killed

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Under mounting criticism Saturday, Brazilian soccer club Flamengo defended its management of the training ground where a fire killed 10 of its academy players — all between 14 and 16 years old — at a dormitory that had been registered with the city as a parking ...

Buying a home by age 35 is worth it now — and later

Nicole Christianson, a 26-year-old sales rep, was tired of writing big checks for tiny apartments. And she wanted to do more with her cash than stash it in a savings account. One night, she and her husband Thure, 28, took a look at their newly combined finances and uncovered a pleasant ...

Change your screen habits from time-wasting to money-saving

Apple’s Screen Time feature can tell you more about your iPhone usage than you may care to know. Like how many text notifications you receive, the number of hours you spend on social networking and how your total usage on any given day stacks up against your average. The numbers don’t ...

Trump would get fraction of wall funds in likely deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional bargainers worked toward a border security deal Friday amid indications that the White House was preparing to accept a bipartisan agreement that would give President Donald Trump a fraction of the money he’s demanded for his proposed southern border ...

Let’s talk: White House throws bipartisan Camp David retreat

WASHINGTON (AP) — Can the presidential retreat that produced the landmark Camp David Mideast peace accord do anything to help bridge the divides in polarized Washington? White House Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney isn’t setting any lofty goals, but he’s invited a bipartisan mix of ...

Grab and go: Convenience stores get more convenient

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Get ready to say good riddance to the checkout line. A year after Amazon opened its first cashier-less store, startups and retailers are racing to get similar technology in stores throughout the world, letting shoppers buy groceries without waiting in line. If they ...

Trump says summit with North Korea’s Kim will be in Hanoi

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday that he will hold his second summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un in Hanoi and predicted that the authoritarian country would someday become “a great Economic Powerhouse” under Kim’s leadership. In a pair of tweets, Trump praised ...

‘I’m devastated:’ Ohio police grieve latest officer death

CINCINNATI — Authorities in the Cincinnati region Friday mourned a 20-year veteran sheriff’s deputy, the fifth police officer in the extended law enforcement community to die in less than two months. Uniformed officers from multiple departments helped pack a church for funeral services ...

Actor Albert Finney dies at 82

LONDON (AP) — Albert Finney, one of the most respected and versatile actors of his generation and the star of films as diverse as “Tom Jones” and “Skyfall,” has died. He was 82. From his early days as a strikingly handsome and magnetic screen presence to his closing acts as a ...

Green New Deal backers embrace fantasies, waste resources

Thursday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, introduced what many news outlets described as “legislation” for the Green New Deal, a wildly ambitious plan to eliminate the American fossil fuel industry within a decade or so. It’s worth noting ...

Finnish basic income trial: creates happiness, but not jobs

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A nationwide experiment with basic income in Finland has not increased employment among those participating in the two-year trial, but their general well-being seems to have increased, a report said Friday. The Social Insurance Institution of Finland, or Kela, ...

Oil workers flee crisis in Venezuela for better life

PUNTO FIJO, Venezuela (AP) — Nieves Ribullen, a Venezuelan oil worker sick of struggling to get by as his country falls apart, is betting it all on Iraq’s far-away Kurdish region to give his family a better life. Over the years he’s watched dozens of co-workers abandon poverty wages and ...